UK RPG Convention Calendar

2014: NOVEMBER | DECEMBER | 2015: JANUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | Regular Minicons | Borderline Interest

Introduction

This is a list of conventions and events, taking place in the British Isles, with at least some significant role-playing games element. I try to keep it current, but I make absolutely no guarantees about anything I mention. The whole point is that I am undertaking to record any event of which I am informed, and which appears to my casual judgement to be genuine.

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 Bell 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.

Organisers Please Note:

Mail If you want your convention mentioned here, or you wish to correct my description of your event, PLEASE e-mail me with one or two short paragraphs of information. Mention events planned, whether or not there'll be space for trade stands, and expected numbers attending. HTML format codes in the text will be preserved, within reason.

Advice on Organising Conventions:

I once saved the text of a Usenet discussion on the art and science of UK RPG convention organisation, and posted it on this site as ConOrganising.txt. I hope that it's useful. Anyone interested ub the subject might also do very well to look at the notes on the subject published by the organisers of Concrete Cow.

Linking to this Page:

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The Events (in date order)


November 2014


23rd November: Longcon 2014, at Carlton, Barnsley, S713HX. Basically seems to be a micro-con dedicated to longer-running scenarios, organised at short notice; see http://www.ukroleplayers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=18277 for a bit more information.


December 2014


6th December: Dragonmeet, at the ILEC Convention Centre at the Ibis Hotel Earls Court, London. Note the late change of venue AND date! Running from 9am-Midnight (trading hall 10am-6pm). "London's biggest one-day roleplaying, boardgame, collectible card game (and now miniatures) convention ... You'll discover a day jam-packed with things for you to do. You can expect new and old games to play, industry panels, book signings, art show, bring & buy, cosplay events, lots of new traders and big demos, tournaments and of course the chance to make new friends and hang out with fellow gamers! This year we're adding in more boardgames, tournaments and miniatures exhibitors plus an evening of gaming and entertainment including the charity auction, the Dragonmeet Awards and some special events!"

A limited number of Early Bird tickets should go on sale "shortly", but no prices have been announced yet. Still, this is definitely one of the big UK RPG events of the year. See http://dragonmeet.co.uk/ for full details and further announcements as they come.


January 2015


2nd-4th January: Stabcon 2015, at the Britannia Hotel, Dialstone Lane, Stockport. The latest in an extremely long-running string of twice-yearly general games conventions, including a bit of roleplaying. For more information, e-mail bookings@stabcon.org.uk.


3rd January: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XXIX, at Waterside Community Centre, Heath Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9LF. (Please note the new venue.) From 10am until 8pm. Event Fee: £3.00 (accompanied children under 16 free). The organisers say, "A full day of gaming with plenty for everyone. New players are always welcome, and the organisers are on hand to assist you in finding a game. A wide variety of games are usually played, including Boardgames, Roleplaying Games, Card Games, Miniature Games and a host of others. There is usually a good mix of new and old games on offer with most attendees bringing some of their own collection, though Spirit Games has a Games Library available that they kindly let us use.

"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."


March 2015


14th March: Concrete Cow 15, 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 one or more traders 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.


27th-29th March: AmberConNI, at The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn. "A Convention devoted to Diceless Roleplaying Games" - and specifically the Amber Diceless RPG.

The organisers say "AmberConNI is returning once again in 2015 and will once again be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on the weekend of the 27th to 29th of March 2015. We'd love you to join us for three packed days of diceless gaming in 'The Old Inn', a 400 year old inn which boasts clientèle such as C.S.Lewis who spent his honeymoon there! You can find out everything about the venue and the conference at www.AmberConNI.org.uk, and we look forward to seeing you there!"


28th March: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XXX, at Waterside Community Centre, Heath Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9LF, from 10am until 8pm. Event Fee: £3.00 (accompanied children under 16 free). The organisers say, "A full day of gaming with plenty for everyone. New players are always welcome, and the organisers are on hand to assist you in finding a game. A wide variety of games are usually played, including Boardgames, Roleplaying Games, Card Games, Miniature Games and a host of others. There is usually a good mix of new and old games on offer with most attendees bringing some of their own collection, though Spirit Games has a Games Library available that they kindly let us use.

"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."


April 2015


3rd-5th April: Conpulsion Overboard, at Teviot Row House, Edinburgh. The latest instance of a long-running Edinburgh convention. Only recently announced, with details still to come; watch http://www.geas.org.uk/conpulsion/ for more, or see the relevant section of the UK-Roleplayers boards.


3rd-6th April: Dysprosium , at at the Park Inn, Heathrow. Actually this year's Eastercon - an annual literary SF convention - but apparently they may have some RPG content this time. See http://www.dysprosium.org.uk for details.


May 2015


29th-31st May: UK Games Expo, at the NEC HIlton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham. This is just a preliminary announcement so far, but this has become Britain's biggest general tabletop games event, and apparently this time, the trade hall will be open on all three days (in fact, there'll be some open gaming space available on the Thursday evening), and there'll be more space, with a marquee outside.

Prices have also been announced: Single Day Ticket: Adults £10, Child (11 to 15 years) £7. Family £25. Two Day Ticket: Adults £16, Child (11 to 15 years) £10. Family £42. Three Day Ticket: Adults £21, Child (11 to 15 years) £15. Family £50. (A Family Ticket admits two adults and two children; Children 10 and under go free.) Single Rooms in the hotel are £66 B+B; Twin rooms are £111 B+B. More information will doubtless follow; it's early days as yet. Watch http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/.


June 2015


27th June: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XXXI, at Waterside Community Centre, Heath Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9LF, from 10am until 8pm. Event Fee: £3.00 (accompanied children under 16 free). The organisers say, "A full day of gaming with plenty for everyone. New players are always welcome, and the organisers are on hand to assist you in finding a game. A wide variety of games are usually played, including Boardgames, Roleplaying Games, Card Games, Miniature Games and a host of others. There is usually a good mix of new and old games on offer with most attendees bringing some of their own collection, though Spirit Games has a Games Library available that they kindly let us use.

"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."


July 2015


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.


August 2015


21st-23rd August: DraCon 2015, at Chesford Grange, Warwickshire. This basically seems to be set to run from 7:30pm on the Friday to 7pm on the Sunday. "DraCon is an annual convention where all manner of tabletop gaming is brought together under one roof for all to enjoy. At DraCon 2015 there will be a wide range of Board Games, Role Playing Games, Card Games & Miniature Games being played. From tournament to open play, you will find it all here at DraCon. There will also be Guests, Cosplay, Freeform, Live Action RolePlay and other entertainment for all of the family to enjoy." See http://www.dracon.co.uk/about/ for more information and timetables.

Early bird tickets are already on sale from the 'Web site; prices will rise from January 1st 2015. Listed prices are £12.00 (rising to £14.00 in January) for an Adult Weekend Ticket, £7.00 (rising to £10.00) for a Child Weekend Ticket (applying to persons aged under 16), and £28.00 (rising to £35.00) for a Family Weekend Ticket (covering two adults and two children).


29th-30th August: ShadowCon IX, at the Northfields Community Centre, Northfields, West London, W13 9SS. Just a preliminary announcement at the time of writing, but this has run before, apparently successfully.


September 2015


12th September: Concrete Cow 15½, 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 one or more traders present. Admission £5, with under-16s free (assuming prices hold steady from previous events). See http://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow for more details, or the Concrete Cow forum on UK Roleplayers.


26th September: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XXXII, at Waterside Community Centre, Heath Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9LF, from 10am until 8pm. Event Fee: £3.00 (accompanied children under 16 free). The organisers say, "A full day of gaming with plenty for everyone. New players are always welcome, and the organisers are on hand to assist you in finding a game. A wide variety of games are usually played, including Boardgames, Roleplaying Games, Card Games, Miniature Games and a host of others. There is usually a good mix of new and old games on offer with most attendees bringing some of their own collection, though Spirit Games has a Games Library available that they kindly let us use.

"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."

Regular Events

The London Indie RPG Meetup Minicon ("Play small press/indie RPGs") runs one Saturday a month. For location and other details, see http://www.meetup.com/London-Indie-RPG-Meetup-Group or e-mail londonindierpg@gmail.com.

Board Game, Wargame, and CCG Cons and "Events"

Other Events

There are many other events with some tangential interest for RPG'ers. For example, there are wargame conventions, which tend to have companies selling figures and paints or interesting reference books, along with second-hand and bring-and-buy stands and the like. However, do try and find out exactly what's expected before travelling too far. I suggest that people try the relevant newsgroups and fanzines for 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 info@gameforcehq.org, 'phoning 020 8346 2327 (9.30am to 6pm) or joining the Gameforce Community on Livejournal - http://community.livejournal.com/gameforce/.


Megagames

These are giant wargames, taking most of a day or more, often with some element of role-playing. Most are run in London, some elsewhere. Last I knew, the organisers had a 'Web page, at http://www.megagame-makers.org.uk/, and could be contacted at megagames@btinternet.com.

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