UK RPG Convention Calendar

2017: JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | JUNE | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | 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 It's probably partly out of date these days.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.

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The Events


January 2017


6th-8th January: Stabcon 2017, 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 for booking information.


25th-30th January: ConTingency 2017, at Sandy Balls Holiday Village, Godshill, Fordingbridge, The New Forest, Hampshire, SP6 2JZ. See http://www.con-tingency.uk/ for more information.


February 2017


11th February: Spaghetti ConJunction, at Geek Retreat, Priory Queensway, Birmingham. "A one day convention devoted to Tabletop Roleplaying Games right in centre of Birmingham. ... Put it in your diary today. It's going to be an awesome day of RPG goodness. More details coming soon. If you've any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact us at Spaghetticonjunction@yahoo.com."


25th-26th February: Revelation, at the Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. "A Powered by the Apocalypse Gaming Convention ... Revelation is a UK based roleplaying games convention that meets once per year at the Garrison Hotel in Sheffield. We have space for 80 gamers to come and play ‘Powered by the Apocalypse’ roleplaying games. The games timetable will be offering all day Saturday and Sunday games alongside 4 hour slot games. Sign up for a rich array of gaming experiences and explore the many worlds of the Apocalypse." See http://revelationgames.org.uk/ for more information.


March 2017


17th-19th March: ConVergenceUK, at the North-West Gaming Centre, Stockport, Greater Manchester. "A new gaming convention for the north-west of England ... There will be a mixture of RPGs, miniatures games and board games available, with a selection of slot lengths to suit ... There is a licenced bar in the gaming hall and a Subway platter deal is available as well ... There is free parking both at the Northwest Gaming Centre itself and for guests of the Premier Inn just across the road. There is plenty of nearby on and off street parking too."

For more information, see http://www.convergenceuk.co.uk/, or e-mail admin@convergenceuk.co.uk.


18th March: Concrete Cow 17, at the Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RL. Doors open at 9.00am, first games start at 10.00am, finish at 11.00pm. "Any tabletop roleplaying game. You want to play it, bring it along and run it. ... (Note that it's generally RPGs that get played, with the odd boardgame happening in breaks between games, or during a slot with people at a loose end.)" This event usually features a few traders -- most likely including Leisure Games and All Rolled Up -- during the day, and there'll be a charity raffle in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Admission is £5.00; under 16s are free, but the organisers state that they can't take responsibility for them. For more information, including details of game slots and sign-up arrangements, see https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow.


April 2017


7th-9th April: Conpulsion Underworld, at Teviot Row House, Edinburgh. "Scotland's biggest weekend gaming convention" -- the latest in a long-running and successful series of Edinburgh conventions run by GEAS, the Edinburgh University Roleplaying Society. See http://www.geas.org.uk/conpulsion/ for more information and news as plans develop.


June 2017


2nd-4th June: UK Games Expo, at the National Exhibition Centre and Hilton Metropole, Birmingham. As they say, "UKGE is the largest hobby game convention and the fourth largest in the world. With games from every genre of hobby games and 25,000+ attendees you are sure to find a game to suit you and someone to play it with." RPGs are only a fraction of the show, but that still makes for a lot of roleplaying.

Entry is £13/£22/£28 for 1/2/3 days for adults, £8/£14/£18 for young adults (11-16 years), and £35/£50/£70 for a family ticket (covering two adults and two young adults). See http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk for more information.


August 2017


12th-13th August: Shacon, at the Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. "The UK's dedicated Savage Worlds RPG convention"; See http://www.shacon.org.uk for more details.


September 2017


16th September: Concrete Cow 17½, at the Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RL. Details presumably much as for Concrete Cow 17 in March, qv., or see https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow.


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.

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