UK RPG Convention Calendar

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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 It's probably partly out of date these days.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:

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The Events


February 2019


9th February: Spaghetti ConJunction, at Geek Retreat, Priory Queensway, Birmingham. "A One Day Role Playing Convention ... Fast food and fantastic games for beginners and veterans! ... Charity Raffle with proceeds to Birmingham Children's Hospital." Runs from 10.00am-7:30pm; 3 entry for the full day. See http://spaghetticonjunction.wordpress.com for more details.


23rd February: Dudley Bug Ball, at Station Hotel, Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4RA. "A friendly one day games convention for tabletop role playing games, board games and miniature wargames. Entry fee is 10 and all games free to play." Runs from 10.00am-11:00pm. See http://www.dudleybugball.org.uk/ for more details.


23rd-24th February: Concord 2019, at a venue TBC in Bristol. See http://www.concordgamingconvention.com/ for more details as they emerge.


March 2019


8th-10th March: AireCon 2019, at Harrogate International Centre, King's Rd, Harrogate, HG1 5LA. See https://airecon.uk for more details.


16th March: Concrete Cow 19, at The Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5RL, from 9.00am -11.00pm. A well-established one-day event with a variety of RPGs run in three slots during the day. See https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow for details.


April 2019


5th-7th April: Conpulsion Death, at Teviot Row House, Edinburgh, Scotland; the latest in the long-standing series of cons run by GEAS, the University of Edinburgh's roleplaying society. "Yes, Conpulsion, Scotland's oldest and best (we confidently claim) gaming convention, is back for its 32nd or 24th year running, depending on when you count from ... This year it will be more hardcore and spooooooky than ever, as the theme is Death. ... So join us at Teviot Row House, Edinburgh, Scotland, for a phantasmagorical weekend of all your favourite nerdy things, including: Role Playing, Board Games, Traders, War Gaming, LARPs, Auctions, Panels, A Pub Quiz, And much more!" See http://conpulsion.org/ for more details.


6th-7th April: Seven Hills 2019, at The Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB. See http://7hills.org.uk/ for more details.


6th-7th April: UNCON 5.0, at Heart Centre, St Georges School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2LH. "An Unconventional Convention"; may be more of a board/card game event, but I'll mention it anyway. See https://m.facebook.com/Uncon-Tabletop-Convention-133304054023566/ for more details.


May 2019


11th-12th May: North Star 2019, at The Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB. Specifically a science fiction roleplaying game convention -- five sessions worth of SF RPGs. See http://www.northstarcon.org.uk/ for more details.


31st May-2nd June: UK Games Expo 2019, at NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP. The UK's biggest games convention of the year, so even though the RPG element is just a minority part of it, it's large. Only the date seems to have been announced as yet; watch http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/ for more details.


June 2019



July 2019


5th-7th July: Summer Stabcon 2019, at the Britannia Hotel, Stockport, SK2 6AG. The latest in a very, very long-running twice-yearly series of general tabletop games events with a fair amount of roleplaying going on. Summer Stabcon 2019 will (I believe) again be at the Britannia Hotel, Stockport, which has a large amount of conference space and all the usual facilities including a leisure centre with pool; there's usually a private bar for attendees with a range of beer and cider obtained specifically for the convention. Stabcon attendance is restricted to over-18s in general, although the con will accept babies who are not yet independently mobile and teenagers who are accompanied by a family member.

Full weekend price is, I think, 15 at first, 17.50 after some date, with single day membership 7.50 rising to 8.75. Equally, on past form, rooms in the hotel are likely to be around 54/night for a single, 59/night for a double or twin, 74/night for a triple or family room. Note that the event has often come close to or hit its numeric limits in recent years, so advance booking is strongly advised. For booking forms or if you have any questions, please contact bookings@stabcon.org.uk.


September 2019


28th-29th September: Tabletop Gaming Live 2019, at Alexandra Palace, London. A general tabletop games show, but with some RPG elements, run by the magazine of the same name. See https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/shows for more details, including online booking.


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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