UK RPG Convention Calendar

2016: JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER | Regular Minicons

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. I 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.

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, especially since this page changed its URL.

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. Again, I haven't looked at this since this page changed URL.

Organisers Note:

Mail If you want your convention listed here, e-mail me with a date and URL.

Advice on Organising Conventions:

I once saved the text of a Usenet discussion on the art of UK RPG convention organisation; it's on this site as ConOrganising.txt. It's probably partly out of date these days. Anyone interested in 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:

This page was created as a public service, and I'm happy for it to be used as widely as possible (so long as I don't get blamed for anything). Anyone creating or maintaining another RPG-related page is welcome to include a link to this URL.

Donations

This is a completely voluntary, non-profit project which I perform for its own sweet sake. Still, if anyone wants to encourage me in this, please feel free to use the tip jar:

The Events


June 2016


25th June: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XXXV, 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. The organisers often bring games from their collections; please ask if there is something you wish to play or have us bring. If you have ideas for the day let us know. Sign in Desk for all games; Tea & Coffee Provided.

"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." E-mail events@raidersofthegamecupboard.co.uk for more information.


July 2016


1st-3rd July: Summer Stabcon 2016, 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. E-mail bookings@stabcon.org.uk.


August 2016


5th-7th August: Grand Tribunal 2016, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. "This year Grand Tribunal will feature the usual mix of Atlas Games RPGs - Ars Magica, Unknown Armies, Feng Shui, Over the Edge and others, as well as boardgames and Freeforms. We are delighted to announce our Guest of Honour all the way from Japan will be David Chart..." See http://www.grandtribunal.org/wiki/Main_Page for more details.


12th-15th August: Continuum 2016, at Leicester University John Foster Hall of Residence, Manor Road, Leicester. "Best of British – A Celebration of the Awesome Gaming Talent we have in Great Britain. ... If you love to game, be it tabletop, boardgame, freeform, or LARP, then Continuum 2016 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!"

Admission: Weekend Pass £35, Friday Day Pass £10, Saturday or Sunday Day Pass £15. Accommodation: 1 Night including Pass £85, 2 Nights including Pass £135, 3 Nights including Pass £165. For more details, including online booking, see http://www.continuumconvention.co.uk/.


27th-28th August: Shadow Con X, at the Northfields Community Centre, Northfields, West London, W13 9SS. "We hope to be running ... Cthulhu, D&D 5th Ed., Pathfinder, Squadron UK, The Code of the Spacelanes, Descent, X Wing, Zombicide..." Also, "various Board games" are mentioned, along with at least one trader. See http://www.shadow-warriors.co.uk/Shadow_Con10.htm for more details, or the discussion board at http://www.ukroleplayers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=223&t=18676.


September 2016


9th-11th September: Ambercon UK 2016, at Harben House, Newport Pagnell.


10th September: Concrete Cow 16½, at the Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RL. Organised by Milton Keynes RPG Club, and running from 9:00am-11:00pm, with the first games starting at around 10am. There will also doubtless be traders present. Admission £5, with under-18s free. This is a one-day non-residential con, but on previous occasions the organisers have arranged a discount rate at Day's Inn Newport Pagnell, about ten minutes from the venue. ("There's a bar and an area for socialising; for meals, there's the motorway service centre on the other side of the car park.") See http://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow for confirmation and more details, or the Concrete Cow forum on UK Roleplayers.


24th September: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XXXVI, 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. The organisers often bring games from their collections; please ask if there is something you wish to play or have us bring. If you have ideas for the day let us know. Sign in Desk for all games; Tea & Coffee Provided.

"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." E-mail events@raidersofthegamecupboard.co.uk for more information.


November 2016


12th November: GROGMEET 2016, at "Mad Labs", Manchester (address appears to be 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN), from 10.15–17.00 with the RPG sessions running from noon. Tickets are £10, or free to Patreon $5 backers of The GROGNARD Files. "It’s a day of Old School gaming which will end in the official launch of the first ever annual the GROGNARD files ‘zine. ... Sign-up for the RPG sessions will be available nearer to the event and will be released to Patreon backers first." See https://armchairadventurerblog.com/2016/04/13/grogmeet-2016/ for more details, including a list of games running and a link for ticket purchases.


December 2016


3rd December: Dragonmeet, at Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London. Described as "London's tabletop gaming convention", and certainly one of the U.K.'s biggest RPG-focused events. No further details for this year's show yet, but they've advertised the date and the new venue; watch http://www.dragonmeet.co.uk/ for more details.

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"

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 info@megagames.org.uk.

2016: JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER | Regular Minicons

RPGs Go to my RPGs page.