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 It's probably partly out of date these days.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


August 2019


16th-18th August: Grand Tribunal 2019, at Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham GL51 9HQ. A small convention dedicated to the Ars Magica RPG. See http://www.grandtribunal.org for more details including booking.


24th-25th August: ShadowCon XIII, at Northfields Community Centre, Northcroft Road, Northfields, W13 9SS. Four game sessions over the weekend, 5 a session. See http://www.shadowwarriors.co.uk/shadowcon-xii/ for more details.


24th-25th August: Tabletop Scotland 2019, at the Dewars Centre, Perth, running from 9am on both days. A number of RPG sessions announced already, plus a number of trade stands/exhibitors, a bring-and-buy, and food available on site. Admission: Adults 15, Young Adult (11 to 15 years) 10, Family 44, for a weekend ticket; Adults 10, Young Adult (11 to 15 years) 7, Family 30 on the Saturday; Adults 8, Young Adult (11 to 15 years) 5, Family 23 on the Sunday.

See https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/ for more details, ticket sales, and event bookings.


31st August: GamesCon 2019, at Emsworth Community Centre, PO10 7DD, from 9am-10pm. "An Annual Board Game & RPG Convention." See https://gamescon.co.uk/ for more details.


September 2019


14th September: Concrete Cow 19.5, 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.


21st September: The Owlbear and the Wizard's Staff II at The Band Factory, Unit 13, Althorpe Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 2AU, from 9:00am-10:00pm. "RPG sessions morning and afternoon, with a lunch break. Time for a trip to the pub at the end of the day. ... We'll ... not have fixed ticket prices, but ask for donations on the day of 5-10 to cover venue hire, refreshments, and GM gifts." See the eventbrite page for more details.


28th-29th September: Wyntercon VI, at Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels WY, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF. A general "SciFi and Fantasy" event, but with some RPGs. See https://www.wyntercon.org for more details.


28th-29th September: 24 Hour RPG Challenge, at The Prince of Wales Hotel Southport. Raising money for Galloway's Society for the Blind; "The players will bid real money to take part, with the highest bids/donations taking a place at one of the tables..." See https://dev.24hr-rpg.fyi/ for more details.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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