Countdown to Hoop & Stick 2017!

It’s hard to believe, but we are less than one month from the fifth annual Hoop & Stick convention! Hoop & Stick Con 2017 will be held Thursday February 23rd through Sunday February 26th. As I say every year, this is four days of gaming goodness, in a castle, for charity – it really doesn’t get any better!

We’ve got a great convention planned this year. Details can be found in the announcement, or on the Hoop & Stick page. We’ll also have a few surprises for our guests, but we’ll be keeping those under our hats for a bit longer.

What’s no surprise is that we have once again set ourselves an aggressive fundraising goal. We raised over $8,000 last year, and are hoping to keep our streak alive and raise even more money for children’s hospitals this year!

As always, we can only achieve this goal with your help. If you would like to make a donation, head on over to our Hoop & Stick page and click on the “Make a Donation” button on the right side. Your tax deductible donation will go directly to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Even better yet, we have several sponsorship opportunities available. If you would like to participate in our efforts to help sick children, visit our sponsorship page or send us an email at All sponsors receive a logo on the Hoop & Stick main page, the ability to provide materials for inclusion in the convention registration package, and any level specific items listed on the sponsorship page.

Sponsor Hoop & Stick. You’ll be joining a great group of companies. Just a few of our new and returning sponsors include:

Origins Game Fair

We are thrilled that Origins Game Fair will be joining us as a returning Hoop & Stick sponsor. For those of you who haven’t ventured to Origins – and you really should – it is one of the largest tabletop gaming conventions in the United States, and is held right in our own backyard in Columbus, Ohio. Origins 2017 is scheduled for June 14th – 18th. Mark your calendars for a great week of gaming. And be sure to stop in to the Ravenwood Castle and Malted Meeple booth on the exhibit hall floor!

Slugfest Games

Also returning for their second year of sponsorship is Slugfest Games, who will once again be taking over the Raven’s Roost pub and turning it into – you guessed it – the Red Dragon Inn!

Heavy Seas Beer

Joining us for their first year as a sponsor is one of our favorite breweries – Heavy Seas! Heavy Seas creates some amazing brews, including TropiCannon and Peg Leg, both of which are staples in the Raven’s Roost Pub. Join us in the pub during Hoop & Stick and enjoy a Heavy Seas, and be sure to check out the beautiful Heavy Seas neon sign which will be featured in the silent auction!

Join us, and help raise money for Extra Life and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!

Jim Reed

Jim Reed is a lifelong gamer who started with the original red box Dungeons & Dragons. After spending 20 years in the corporate world, he decided it was high time that work be fun and struck out on his own. Jim now owns and operates Ravenwood Castle, and spends his days ensuring his guests have as much fun as he does.