UK RPG Convention Calendar

2017: OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER | 2018: JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | JUNE | JULY | 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 It's probably partly out of date these days.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


October 2017


28th October: SOXS - South Oxfordshire Gaming Day, in Radley, Oxfordshire. A "general games day with RPGs." Rather minimal information seems to be available at the moment, but see http://www.soxsgamingday.org.uk.


28th-29th October: JenCon, at The Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB. A Pathfinder Society convention; 15 for the weekend, including unlimited free tea and coffee. "Now in its fifth year, JenCon is still alive and kicking! ... JenCon is now a full weekend packed with PFS goodness ... There will be two slots per day from 10am-3pm and 4-9pm. Scenario and module sign up will be finalised nearer the time." See http://www.paizocon.co.uk/index.php/10-newsflash/143-jencon-phwoar for more information, including links to registration details.


November 2017


9th-12th November: Indiecon 2017, which was scheduled for this weekend, is CANCELLED due to venue problems.


11th November: GROGMEET 17, at at Manchester's Mad Lab, "in the heart of the city's Northern Quarter", from 9.00am - 6.00pm.. To quote, "You'll be able to play two games during the day, hosted by fantastic Games Masters, who will be bringing the best of old school games: Judge Dredd RPG, Paranoia, Warhammer Fantasy Role-playing and Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes; and new editions of old favourites, such as Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest and D&D. There'll be some vintage miniatures too, in a pick up and play game within the Dwarven Forge."

More details are at https://armchairadventurerblog.com/grogmeet-2016/, or visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grogmeet-2017-tickets-34029154116?ref=estw to purchase tickets.


December 2017


2nd December: Dragonmeet, at Novotel London West, Hammersmith. Special guest, the much-loved John Kovalic. This is THE big UK national one-day RPG event, and booking is now open; see http://www.dragonmeet.co.uk for that and other details.


January 2018


5th-7th January: Stabcon, at the Britannia Hotel, Dialstone Lane, Stockport. A very long-running general tabletop games convention with a regular RPG element. So popular with its regular attendees that it doesn't need to advertise much... But see https://www.facebook.com/events/1314903291941444??ti=ia on Facebook.


6th January: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XLI, at the Waterside Community Centre, Heath Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9LF. "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. A wide variety of games are usually played, including Boardgames, Roleplaying Games, Card Games, Miniature Games and a host of others. The venue is a good-sized hall large enough to accommodate many gaming tables. Bring along any games you would like to play or let us know if you are running a Roleplaying Game and we'll add it to the events page. Sign in Desk for all games. Tea & Coffee Provided"

Runs from 10am to 8pm; event fee 3.00 (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." see www.raidersofthegamecupboard.co.uk for more details.


17th-21st January: Con-Tingency, at Sandy Balls Holiday Village, New Forest. "A 5-day convention held at the Sandy Balls Holiday Village in the New Forest for the first time in 2017. The phoenix rising from the ashes of Conception. Running Pathfinder, D&D, Call of Cthulhu and more. Boardgames, card game and LARPs." see http://www.con-tingency.uk for details.


February 2018


24th-25th February: Revelation 2018, at the Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. A convention focusing on the "Powered by the Apocalypse" system. Watch http://revelationgames.org.uk/ for more information.


March 2018


9th-11th March: ConVergence UK, at the Element Games North West Gaming Centre, Stockport. "The Northern Powerhouse Gaming Convention for 2017"... See http://www.convergenceuk.co.uk/ for details.


9th-11th March: AireCon, at the Harrogate International Centre. Described as a "large analogue games convention with a dedicated RPG area; see https://airecon.uk/ for more details.


17th March: Con-Quest York 2018, at the Merchant Taylors' Hall, Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX. "Con-Quest is a one day show packed with all manner of gaming activities and trade stands, with a strong focus on role playing games..." Runs from 10:00am to 7:00pm; see www.con-quest.org.uk for more details.


17th March: Concrete Cow 18, at the Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RL. If this follows the usual pattern, 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 regular event usually features a trader or two, including Leisure Games, during the day, and a charity raffle.

Admission has previously been 5.00, with under 16s free, but the organisers cannot 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.


24th March: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XLII, at the Waterside Community Centre, Heath Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9LF. "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. A wide variety of games are usually played, including Boardgames, Roleplaying Games, Card Games, Miniature Games and a host of others. The venue is a good-sized hall large enough to accommodate many gaming tables. Bring along any games you would like to play or let us know if you are running a Roleplaying Game and we'll add it to the events page. Sign in Desk for all games. Tea & Coffee Provided"

Runs from 10am to 8pm; event fee 3.00 (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." see www.raidersofthegamecupboard.co.uk for more details.


24th-25th March: Seven Hills, at the Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. A dedicated RPG convention; "Seven Hills 2018 has a the theme of Far Frontiers. We aim to have the majority of games reflecting that theme..." See http://7hills.org.uk/ for more details, including pre-registration.


April 2018


7th April: DevaCon II, at the Crowne Plaza, Trinity Street, Chester, CH1 2BD. "Chester's own gaming convention. RPGs, Board Games, and CCGs all welcome." Runs from 10am -11pm, with 3 slots; food, drink, and accommodation are available on site. See https://devaconblog.wordpress.com/ or e-mail Stygianfox@post.com for more information.


13th-15th April: Conpulsion Conspiracy, at the students union, Teviot Row, Edinburgh. "Scotland's premier gaming convention. Traders, tabletop games of all kinds, with a strong RPG track." See http://www.conpulsion.org for more information.


28th-29th April: North Star, at the Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. "A science fiction roleplaying game convention ... Come and play out amazing stories amongst the stars for a full weekend of tabletop SF RPGs. Avoid Imperial entanglements, set phasers to stun, survive the dark between the stars, or join the crew of the Free Trader Beowulf; whatever path you choose, enjoy some time away in other worlds and new realities." See http://northstarcon.org.uk/ for more details, including registration.


June 2018


1st-3rd June: UK Games Expo, at the National Exhibition Centre and Hilton Metropole, Birmingham. As they said in 2017, "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.

Arrangements are still at the preliminary stage, but watch http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk for more information - and note that early hotel booking may be highly advisable.


23rd June: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XLIII, at the Waterside Community Centre, Heath Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9LF. "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. A wide variety of games are usually played, including Boardgames, Roleplaying Games, Card Games, Miniature Games and a host of others. The venue is a good-sized hall large enough to accommodate many gaming tables. Bring along any games you would like to play or let us know if you are running a Roleplaying Game and we'll add it to the events page. Sign in Desk for all games. Tea & Coffee Provided"

Runs from 10am to 8pm; event fee 3.00 (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." see www.raidersofthegamecupboard.co.uk for more details.


July 2018


7th-8th July: LongCon, at the Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. A dedicated RPG convention where players take part in a single extended game for the whole weekend. See https://www.thedodd.com/longcon-home for more information.


20th-22nd July: PaizoCon UK, "A weekend convention focussed on Pathfinder Society games in Birmingham. Packed full of gamers from all over Europe and beyond, running the latest scenarios, including the annual special. Senior folks from Paizo come over for the weekend, and there are often other special guests." Watch http://www.paizocon.co.uk for more.


20th-23rd July: Continuum 2018, at Stamford Court, Manor Road, Leicester University, Oadby. Minimal information as yet, but this is a con with a long history, and the dates are now confirmed. Watch http://continuumconvention.co.uk/ for more information as it's posted.


September 2018


22nd September: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XLIV, at the Waterside Community Centre, Heath Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, DE15 9LF. "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. A wide variety of games are usually played, including Boardgames, Roleplaying Games, Card Games, Miniature Games and a host of others. The venue is a good-sized hall large enough to accommodate many gaming tables. Bring along any games you would like to play or let us know if you are running a Roleplaying Game and we'll add it to the events page. Sign in Desk for all games. Tea & Coffee Provided"

Runs from 10am to 8pm; event fee 3.00 (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." see www.raidersofthegamecupboard.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.

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