I do reserve the right not to include events that appear to be only very marginally relevant to RPG'ing, and I have a bias in favour of 'tabletop' RPGs. No offence is intended; it's just that I've only got so much space and time for this thing. I may mention some live-action events, but my coverage of those is probably all too patchy; LARP fans should search out specialist 'Web sites for more complete information.
I have a little discussion of board game, wargame, and CCG cons and similar, lower down this page, for completeness. Anyone looking for an even faintly complete events listing site should look elsewhere, though.
RSS Feed: Neil Blumfield has kindly set up an RSS feed based on this site, the URL for which is http://feed43.com/british-rpg-convention-list.xml. I should say that I've not tried this out myself.
Calendar File Form: Roger Burton West has set up a site which converts this page to standard calendar file format, and updates that file periodically. See http://firedrake.org/infobot/ics/conventions.ics for this. Or - I'm told that by using webcal://firedrake.org/infobot/ics/conventions.ics instead, you should be able to "subscribe" to this calendar.
7th December: Dragonmeet 2013, at Kensington Town Hall, London, from 10am. To quote the organisers, "Once again, Kensington Town Hall will be hosting London’s foremost roleplaying, board game and collectable card gaming convention. ... Whether you want to play old favourites with friends or to try something new, whether it’s attending industry panels, or having your books signed by the designers, picking up an art print of your favourite game book cover or indeed the original painting, making new friends and hanging out with fellow gamers - it’s all here!
"Dragonmeet 2013 has an on-the-day sign-up system for demo and participation ... We also have a full schedule of panels, seminars, and other events going on throughout the day in addition to our great selection of traders and special guests!" More details are available on the website: http://www.dragonmeet.co.uk/.
28th December: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XXV. Presuming this is like previous such events, this will be at The Salvation Army Citadel, Mosley Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 1DR, from 10:00am till 8:00pm. "A full fun-packed day of gaming with plenty for everyone. New players are always welcome and the organisers are on hand to help you find a game. ... All sorts of games will be played: board games, mini's, card games and roleplaying games. ... Sign in Desk for all games; Tea & Coffee Provided."
Event Fee: £2.00 (Accompanied Children under 16 Free; "Whilst children are welcome, attendees younger than 18 should be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian. None of the organisers are insured, qualified, certified or trained to be responsible for minors please bear this in mind when you plan your visit to the event.") See http://www.raidersofthegamecupboard.co.uk or e-mail email@example.com for more details.
3rd-5th January: Stabcon 2014, at the Britannia Hotel, Dialstone Lane, Stockport. The latest in an extremely long-running string of twice-yearly general games conventions, including a fair amount of roleplaying. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
29th January-2nd February: Conception XV. Only recently announced at this time, but - "Conception is a major roleplaying game convention on the south coast of England", presumably as before at Hoburne Naish Holiday Camp, Christchurch Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 7RE. Watch www.conceptionuk.org/ for more information.
8th March: Concrete Cow 14, at The Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RL. Organised by Milton Keynes RPG Club, this will run from 9:00am-11:00pm, with first games starting at around 10am. There will probably also be a trader present. Admission £5, with under-16s free. See http://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow for more details, or the Concrete Cow forum on UK Roleplayers.
28th-30th March: AmberCon Northern Ireland, at Corr’s Corner Hotel, 315 Ballyclare Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, Belfast, BT36 4TQ. "AmberConNI, the latest addition to the AmberCon series of Diceless Gaming Conventions, will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the weekend of the 28th to 30th of March 2014. You can find out everything about the con at http://www.AmberConNI.org.uk and we look forward to seeing you there!"
The e-mail address for inquiries is Kevin@AmberConNI.org.uk.
26th-27th April: Seven Hills, at the Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. "Seven Hills is a new roleplaying convention, to be held in Sheffield, the Rome of the north ... It will be held at the Garrison Hotel, which should be familiar to those who have attended the Furnace convention." £25 for the full weekend, £13 for one day. "You will need to arrange your accommodation separately." Other information and registration details can be found on their 'Web site at http://7hills.org.uk/.
30th May-1st June: UK Games Expo 2014, at the NEC Hilton Metropole, Birmingham. The biggest general hobby games show in Britain, and with a goodly RPG element. Hours are 9.30 to Late for gaming on Friday (no trade halls), trade halls open 9.30 to 5pm Saturday and then open gaming 5pm to late, and trade halls open 9.30 to 4pm Sunday.
Details are still being announced at the time of writing, but room prices in the hotel are known; £63 for singles, £106 for twins. A link for room bookings and other information can be found on their 'Web site at http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/.
25th-28th July: Continuum 2014, at John Foster Hall, Leicester University Halls of Residence, Oadby, Leicester, UK. To quote their Web site, "If you love to game, be it table top, boardgame, freeform or LARP, then Continuum 2014 is the place you want to be. If you've always wanted to try gaming,there will be a full spectrum of games to choose from over the weekend, so come join us!" Previous conventions in the series focussed largely on games and worlds created by Issaries Inc and Chaosium (notably Glorantha or Call of Cthulhu), but that emphasis seems to have faded a bit now.
Membership prices vary with accommodation booked (if any), but note that they rise at the end of February 2014; for more information in general, including games being run, and online sign-up, see http://www.continuumconvention.co.uk. Prices specifically are here.
13th September: Concrete Cow 14½, at The Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RL. Organised by Milton Keynes RPG Club, this will run from 9:00am-11:00pm, with first games starting at around 10am. There will probably also be a trader present. Admission £5, with under-16s free. See http://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow for more details, or the Concrete Cow forum on UK Roleplayers.
20th September: Dragondaze, at the Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1UH. "Dragondaze is all about having fun, it's a one day convention celebrating all things gaming. There will be many things to see and play. ... All profits from this convention will be going to the Barnardos Young Carers, a charity that helps young carers cope and give them days out as a break." For more information, see see http://www.dragondaze.com or e-mail email@example.com.
30th July-3rd August: Con-Quest 2015, ‘The Long Weekend’, at John Foster Hall, University of Leicester Halls of Residence -- the same venue that Continuum has used over the last few years. "Not only will we have role playing games, board and card games, and miniature wargames, but we will also have multi-player Freeform and LARP games running too. Games will run from Friday morning right through to Monday morning. Other events planned will be a Masquerade Ball, a trade hall, seminar and panel talks, cosplay events, and of course games, games and more games."
Tickets will be available from Tuesday 1st July 2014. See http://www.con-quest.co.uk for more information.
There are also numerous clubs and regular public games group meets, some of which come and go, some of which last a while. One regular meeting that may be of interest is that which I believe is organised by Gameforce in London; last I heard, they held club meets in The Black Horse, 6 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HH, on the third Sunday of each month, running 2pm-9pm. For details, try e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 'phoning 020 8346 2327 (9.30am to 6pm) or joining the Gameforce Community on Livejournal - http://community.livejournal.com/gameforce/.
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