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:

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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 It's probably partly out of date these days.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


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.


11th January: Go Play Manchester Winter Con 2020, at Fan Boy 3, 23-25 Hilton St, M1 1EL, Manchester, from 10.00am-6.00pm. Aiming for "at least six tables of roleplaying games for groups of up to five players, running over two-time slots 10-1 and 2-6, with an hour for lunch." Cost is 5 per head. For more details, see https://goplaymanchester.org/wintercon2020/.


12th January: Northants Role Play Games Day #1, at Manascrew (Gaming Shop & Gaming Space), Chancery House, 52 Sheep Street, Northampton, NN1 2LZ, from 9.00am-6.00pm. "Join us for a day of RPG (role-playing games) with other local fans of table top role-playing action and adventures. You are welcome to come and run a game as a GM (game master) or join in as a PC (player character). It doesn't matter if you just want to try it out or if you are an experienced player, we'd love to see you. All genre of games and systems are welcome. Our intention to to provide a fun, safe and inclusive environment to play together." Cost is 3 per head. For more details, see http://www.roleplayday.moonfruit.com/.


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. "What started as a friendly one day games convention for tabletop role playing games, board games and miniature wargames, has now expanded to the full weekend." See https://www.dudleybugball.org.uk/ for more details.


29th February-1st March: Concord Gaming Convention, at the City Centre Holiday Inn, Bristol, 9:00 till late Saturday, 9:00 till 21:30 Sunday. "Bristol's Friendliest Gaming Convention ... We bring together all forms of Table Top Gaming, Board Games, RPG's, Card Games, Miniatures, as well as hosting a trader market, demo games and competitions." See https://concordgamingconvention.com/ for more details, including tickets and accommodation.


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, 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 - apparently it's the UK's largest RPG schedule - and there's also the trade hall (400+ exhibitors) and so forth. Admission prices vary; three-day price for an adult is 35. See http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/ for other options and more details as they're announced.


August 2020


7th-10th August: Continuum 2020, at John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Oadby, 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.


September 2020


26th-27th September: Tabletop Gaming, at Alexandra Palace, London. A general gaming event with a focus more on boardgames (and very much a trade hall event), but it's a substantial show with some RPG elements. More details will doubtless emerge in due course.


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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