UK RPG Convention Calendar

2017: AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER | 2018: JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | 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.

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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 It's probably partly out of date these days.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


August 2017


11th-13th August: Britcon, at Manchester University. This is actually "the UK's biggest residential multi-period, multi-ruleset historical wargames competition", but apparently there'll be some RPGs there for the first time this year; see http://www.bhgs.org.uk/britcon.html for any announcements.


11th-13th August: Grand Tribunal U.K., at Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham GL51 9HQ, and other venues round the town; weekend tickets are 15. "Grand Tribunal is a roleplaying, freeform and boardgame convention dedicated to the games and settings of Atlas Games. ... The convention has an informal social aspect on Friday night (free to anyone to join in), and then games playing from 10am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday till 4pm. ... The convention is of especial interest to fans of Ars Magica, and also Unknown Armies, Over the Edge, Rune and other Atlas Games RPGs. We also have some freeform LARP games, but a large Ars Magica themed game suitable for everyone, and some smaller freeforms..."; see http://www.grandtribunal.org for more details.


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


18th-20th August: AlderCon, at the Upper Hale Scout Hut, Wings Road, Farnham, GU9 0HN. "AlderCon is a three-day games convention run by the Alder Valley Gamers Society. The event consists of 6 gaming slots spread over the three days."

The club website is http://www.avgas.me.uk; you can book into games on their Warhorn site, https://warhorn.net/events/aldercon-2017; the Facebook event page is https://www.facebook.com/events/349990882043949/.


26th-27th August: Shadowcon, at the Northfields Community Centre, Northcroft Road, Northfields, London W13 9SS. "The event is now in its tenth year and is run by Shadow Warriors games club." Ticket prices are 3 per game for an RPG slot or 5 (for the whole day) if you're playing Board Games. Each day will run from 9.00am to 8.00pm, with a morning and afternoon slot and an hour break for lunch. "There will be a tuck shop on site selling 'convention standard' fare such as crisps, chocolate and soft drinks. There are mixed games: Warhammer, Cthullhu, D&D, Cypher, boardgames and Pathfinder Society will have around 16 tables running over the two days."

See http://www.shadowwarriors.co.uk/shadowcon-11/ for more details.


September 2017


2nd September: BURPS Reunicon 2017, at the Dice Saloon, First Floor, Vantage Point. New England Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4GW. "ReuniCon is a day-long tabletop gaming event held in Brighton. It takes place annually and is organised and managed by former members of the University of Brighton's roleplaying society, BURPS." Tickets are 8, or 10 with food included. For more information, see http://www.reunicon.uk/, or e-mail enquiries@reunicon.uk.


2nd-3rd September: FantastiCon 2017, at the Guildhall, Hull. A general SF/fantasy/games con, but with a significant tabletop RPG element evidently planned; times actually vary by type of ticket, but mostly seem to run 10am - 11pm Saturday and 10am - 6pm Sunday. Likewise, prices vary according to age, number of days, etc., but an adult weekend day pass is 17. For more information, see http://fantasticon.co.uk/.


16th September: Concrete Cow 17, at the Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5RL. As usual, 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 is 5.00; under 16s are 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.


22nd-24th September: AmberCon UK 2017, at Harben House, Newport Pagnell. A convention (obviously) dedicated to the Amber Diceless RPG. 145 for residential membership, 65 for non-residential, 50 to stay on for Sunday night, 20 for the banquet on Saturday night. All queries, games, registrations and money to AmberCon UK, 62 Newcastle Road, Reading, RG2 7TS, or 'phone 0118 9018776, or e-mail ambercon@ntlworld.com.


23rd September: Raiders of the Game Cupboard XL, 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.


30th September: Dragondaze, at the Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1UH. "A games convention and mini comics con ... Dragondaze is all about Playing Games, Dressing Up, Having Fun and Raising Money for Charity..." Opens 10:00am-5:00pm. Adult Tickets 7.50, Child Tickets (under 18) 5.00; children under the age of 10 are free but must be accompanied by a full paying adult. For more information, see http://dragondaze.com/.


30th September-1st October: SPSX 2017 (the Scottish Pathfinder Society Convention), at the Queen Margaret Union, 22 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QN. Saturday 9am-late, Sunday 9am-7pm. For more information, see their Warhorn page; https://www.warhorn.net/events/spsx-2017.


October 2017


6th-8th October: Stabcon South, at Jury's Inn, Southampton. A tabletop gaming convention of some kind; RPGs are mentioned, but the extent of that element is unclear. See http://hersle.com/events/8214727/stabcon-south-autumn-2017-jupiter-watch for more details.


7th-8th October: Furnace, at The Garrison Hotel, Sheffield. "Furnace is an annual tabletop roleplaying game convention ... For more than a decade, 70+ people have come together and enjoyed a relaxed, friendly, game-packed weekend amongst the seven hills of Sheffield. ... Over our award-winning gaming weekend there will be a schedule of five gaming slots, packed with high quality games run by some of the best Gamemasters in the country (because we say so). The hotel provides comfortable rooms, good food and a warm welcome..." Unfortunately, this seems to be booked up now, but see http://furnace.org.uk/ for any relevant updates.


7th-8th October: Wyntercon, at Princes Park, Eastbourne. "Now moving into its fourth year, the ever-expanding WynterCon is an award winning, strictly non-profit event that specialises in family friendly multi-genre entertainment, showcasing and celebrating hobbies and achievements across the entire fantasy spectrum" -- including an RPG area. See http://www.wyntercon.com/ for more details.


13th-15th October: OddConUK XI, at the Park Inn, Telford. "OddConUK is the only fully inclusive UK games convention that provides the following for on-site residents: Accommodation - INCLUDED. Breakfast - INCLUDED. Evening Meal - INCLUDED. Games - INCLUDED. Access to 24-hour bar." For more information, including membership rates, see http://www.oddconuk.org.uk/index.php.


21st October: GamesFest, at the Victoria Hall, Akeman Street, Tring, Herts, HP23 6AN, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. "A one day tabletop gaming convention based in Hertfordshire that aims to introduce new tabletop games alongside some well loved classics in an informal atmosphere. Our events continue to gather fans and plaudits as we cross beams and encompass war gaming, RPG's, board games, comics, cos play and much more." See http://www.gamesfest.co.uk/ for details (including admission prices when they announce those).


21st October: Spaghetti ConJunction, in Birmingham. Rather minimal information seems to be available at the moment, but see https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649755452002793/.


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.


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


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.


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. I don't have much on this at present, but I'm sure that more will be announced in due course.


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.


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.


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.


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


20th-23rd July: Continuum 2018, at the Oadby Student Village, Leicester. 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.


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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