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 It's probably partly out of date these days.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

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The Events


October 2019


5th October: Dragondaze, at Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH, 10:00am-5:00pm. "Dragondaze is all about Playing Games, Dressing Up, Having Fun and Raising Money for Charity; it's a One Day Convention Celebrating all things gaming." Adult Tickets 7.50, Child Tickets (under 18) 5.00, Children under 12 are free but must be accompanied by a Full paying adult. See http://www.dragondaze.com/ for further details and announcements.


12th-13th October: Furnace Games Convention, at The Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB. The latest in a string of well-regarded RPG conventions at this venue. See http://furnace.org.uk/ for further details and announcements.


19th October: Spaghetti ConJunction 3b, at Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA. "Spaghetti ConJunction is one-day convention devoted to Tabletop Roleplaying Games right in centre of Birmingham. Following successful events in February and October 2017, February 2018 and 20th October 2018, Spaghetti Conjunction 3a will be on 9th February 2019. We just can't wait to do it all again!" See https://spaghetticonjunction.wordpress.com/ for further information.


November 2019


8th-10th November: Cork RPG Con 2019, at The Imperial Hotel, Cork, Ireland. Described to me as "an RPG convention, about 90% D&D", but the Web site says "Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun, Vampire: The Masquerade, Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, Calidar and many more. Featuring: X-Wing tournament." A range of prices, from 10 for Friday or Sunday alone up to 350 for all three days, two nights in the hotel, and some meals. See https://corkrpgcon.com/ for more details.


9th November: GROGMEET19, at FanBoy 3, 25 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 1EL. Actually, they say, "It's a one day event but there's also events on 8th November (GROGMEET Eve) and 10th Sunday morning (GROGMEET Fringe), for those who want to make a weekend of it. ... It's the best of RPG Games from back in the day and today. Sunday will feature an interview with Paul Fricker, co-author of Call of Cthulhu (7th ed.)." Tickets will be available from early June. Watch https://thegrognardfiles.com/grogmeet-2019/ for further details and announcements.


30th November: Dragonmeet, at Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, W6 8DR. The big annual London one-day RPG event; as they say, "You'll discover a day jam-packed with things for you to do. Expect new and old games to play, industry panels, book signings, an art show, bring & buy, cosplay events, lots of new traders and big demos, tournaments and of course the chance to make new friends and hang out with fellow gamers! This year we've expanded to two big halls in the Novotel Hammersmith providing lots more open gaming space, a bigger seminar room, more demo game space, more participation games and more RPG space! ... You can expect boardgames, roleplaying games and miniatures games, tournaments plus an evening of gaming including the charity auction." Gaming hall is open 9am-Midnight, trade hall 10am-7pm.

Standard tickets are 10 up to the end of October, 12 thereafter; concessions are 6, under-16s accompanied by an adult are free, and there are group discounts. See https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk/ for more details, schedules, and announcements.


30th November-1st December: Beacon5, at The Accidental Theatre, Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, "From 09:30 to late". RPGs, boardgames and LARPs are promised; 15 for the weekend or 10 for Sunday ("LARP Day"). See https://www.facebook.com/events/2396366827148610/.


December 2019


January 2020


3rd-5th January: Stabcon 2020, 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. For more details, please contact bookings@stabcon.org.uk.


22nd-26th January: ConTingency, at Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5BB. "Contingency 2020 brings five days of fun and games to Hunstanton, Norfolk with all aspects of hobby gaming available for you to enjoy while raising money for some worthy charities." RPGs are promised alongside boardgames, LARPS, and card games. Membership rates aren't stated yet that I can see, though the Web site quotes a range of prices for accommodation. See http://www.con-tingency.uk/ for more details as they become available, or e-mail contingency.uk@gmail.com.


February 2020


22nd-23rd February: Revelation, at the Garrison Hotel, Hillsborough Barracks, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB. "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. This is our fourth outing: "Riders of the Apocalypse". ... The games timetable will be offering all day Saturday and Sunday games alongside 4 hour slot games." See http://revelationgames.org.uk/ for more details as they become available.


22nd-23rd February: Dudley Bug Ball, at the Station Hotel, Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4RA. See https://b-m.facebook.com/Dudley-Bug-Ball-Games-Convention-328010347608331/ for more details.


March 2020


13th-15th March: Airecon, at the Harrogate Convention Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA. A general tabletop games convention, but with a significant RPG element promised, along with trade stands, bring and buy, special guests, etc. Watch https://www.airecon.co.uk/ for more details, ticket prices, etc., as they become available.


14th March: Concrete Cow 20, 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. Cost is traditionally 5 a head; tea and coffee are available in the venue, and there are generally trade stands and a raffle in aid of charity. See https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow for details.


April 2020


4th-5th April: Seven Hills: Punk, at the Garrison Hotel, Hillsborough Barracks, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB. The latest in a string of events at this venue. "The theme in 2020 is Punk. Any flavour of punk welcome. Expect your fair share of steampunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, splatterpunk and renegade elf punk. But don't be surprised if someone rocks up with a table full of dungeon punk, sandal punk, cattle punk, desert punk, stone punk, biopunk or gothic punk. There's even been rumour of some anthro-punk." See https://7hills.org.uk/ for more details as they become available.


May 2020


9th-10th May: North Star 2020, at the Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB. See http://www.northstarcon.org.uk/ for details.


29th-31st May: UK Games Expo 2020, (presumably) at The NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP. The UK's biggest hobby games convention of the year, so even though the RPG element is just a minority part of it, it's big - and there's also the trade hall and so forth. Watch http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/ for more details, including prices, as they're announced.


August 2020


7th-10th August: Continuum 2020, at John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG. This event is planning ahead, or so I'm told -- see http://continuumconvention.co.uk/ for more details as they become available.


22nd-23rd August: Tabletop Scotland 2020, at Dewars Centre, Perth, PH2 0TH. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 31st January 2020 at 20:00. Watch https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/ for more details as they become available.


August 2021


6th-9th August: Continuum 2021, at John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG. This event is planning ahead, or so I'm told -- see http://continuumconvention.co.uk/ for more details as they become available.


August 2022


5th-8th August: Continuum 2022, at John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG. This event is planning ahead, or so I'm told -- see http://continuumconvention.co.uk/ for more details as they become available.


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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