UK RPG Convention Calendar

2014: JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER | 2015: JANUARY | MARCH | APRIL | 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.

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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.

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The Events (in date order)


July 2014


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.


August 2014


8th-10th August: Grand Tribunal UK, at Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham, GL51 9HQ (for the Saturday and Sunday - there'll be fringe events elsewhere on the Friday). "Grand Tribunal UK is the European convention for Atlas Games' Ars Magica role-playing game. ... Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-4pm, plus unofficial fringe/social events on the Friday evening ... The price has not yet been confirmed, but it will be affordable." Watch http://www.grandtribunal.org/wiki/Main_Page for more details as they emerge.


September 2014


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 http://www.dragondaze.com or e-mail simon@dragondaze.com.


20th-21st September: Fayre Times Festival II, at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, Essex. This mostly seems to be an outdoor, "Renaissance Fayre" style of event, but some kind of RPG element is promosed. See http://www.fayretimesfestival.co.uk/.


27th September: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XXVIII, 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."


October 2014


18th-19th October: Furnace 2014, at the Garrison Hotel in the Hillsborough barracks in Sheffield. "Furnace is an annual roleplaying convention in Sheffield ... which is held in a converted gaol. Each year for seven years 70+ people have come and enjoyed a relaxed friendly and yet game packed weekend amongst the seven hills of Sheffield." Registration opens at Easter, and prices will presumably be announced then, but double or twin rooms for Friday to Sunday will apparently cost £55 including breakfast.

In the meantime, watch their 'Web page at http://furnace.org.uk/, which already includes a bit more information about the event, or see their discussion board on the UK Roleplayers site.


31st October-2nd November: Wyntercon, at Eastbourne Winter Gardens. Eastbourne, Sussex. This seems to be more of a general geek/genre convention, but it is advertising a gaming track. See http://www.wyntercon.com/ for general information, and http://www.wyntercon.com/whats-on/zones/table-top-and-rpg-gaming-zone for specifically relevant stuff.


November 2014



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


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.


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



September 2015


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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