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 It's probably partly out of date these days.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


August 2018


17th-19th August: Grand Tribunal 2018, at Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham, GL51 9HQ. A convention dedicated to Ars Magica; see http://www.grandtribunal.org/wiki/Main_Page for details.


September 2018


1st September: GamesCon 2018, at Emsworth Community Centre, PO10 7DD. See https://gamescon.co.uk/visitor-info/.


1st-2nd September: Tabletop Scotland, at the Dewars Centre, Perth. "At the heart of gaming in Scotland. A 2 day convention ... celebrating board games, card games and roleplaying games. ... We will have approximately 15 tables of RPGs and amongst that we're hosting the first D&D Adventurers League EPIC event in Scotland." See the Web site, and also the RPG Schedule and the Exhibitor List.

Booking is now open online. For a weekend ticket, prices are Adults £15, Young Adult (11 to 15 years) £10, Family £44. For a Saturday ticket, it's Adults £10, Young Adult £7, Family £30. For a Sunday ticket, it's Adults £8, Young Adult £5, Family £23. Family tickets admit 2 adults and 2 young adults. Young Adults can only attend with a parent or guardian. Children aged 10 and under are admitted free with a parent or guardian.


15th September: Concrete Cow 18.5, 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. See https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow for details.


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.


22nd September: The Owlbear and Wizard's Staff, at The Band Factory, Unit 13, Althorpe Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 2AU; "RPG sessions morning and afternoon, with a lunch break. Time for a trip to the pub at the end of the day. ... We'll open the doors at 9am and the first RPG sessions run from 10am-1.30pm, break for lunch, and second session run from 2.30pm-6pm.". See https://asakosoh.wordpress.com/2018/02/25/the-owlbear-and-the-wizards-staff-warwickshire-rpg-mini-con-22nd-september-2018/ for details, or go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-owlbear-and-the-wizards-staff-warwickshire-rpg-mini-con-tickets-45627617432 for tickets.


29th-30th September: Tabletop Gaming Live, at Alexandra Palace, London. A big general tabletop gaming show, set up by Tabletop Gaming magazine; the Web site doesn't have a lot to say about roleplaying games specifically, but there's at least one RPG company exhibiting, and doubtless plenty more roleplaying stuff will show up on the trade stands. Advance booking is now open; adults are £15 for one day, £25 for two, Young Adults (11-15) are £10/£15, Under 10's go free, and family tickets (2 adults & 2 young adults) are £40/£65 (all plus a £1/person booking fee).


October 2018


6th October: DragonDaze 2018, at Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1UH, running 10am-5pm. See http://www.dragondaze.com for more details.


6th October: TekUKon - A Joyful Sitting Among Friends, at Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LR, running 10am-7:30pm. "A one day roleplaying convention devoted to the world of Tékumel: Empire of the Petal Throne, the creation of Professor M.A.R. Barker. There will be two gaming sessions, with a chance to socialise between the sessions and afterwards. There is no limit on the type of game played on the day, or the rules system used, as long as the scenarios are set on Tékumel. The event is open to dedicated Tékumelis who have been playing for years or those who know little or nothing about the world and would like to learn by experiencing it directly through play." See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tekukon-a-joyful-sitting-among-friends-tickets-48422711634?aff=es2 for more details and the option to book.


6th-7th October: Furnace 2018, at Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB. See http://furnace.org.uk for more details.


12th-14th October: OddconUK XII, at Park Inn, Forge Gate, Telford TF3 4NA. See https://www.oddconuk.org.uk for more details.


20th October: Spaghetti ConJunction 2b, at Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA. Running 10.00am - 7.30pm. See https://spaghetticonjunction.wordpress.com/ for more details.


November 2018


10th November: GrogMeet 2018, at Mad Lab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN and Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester, M1 1EL. Running 9.00am - 9.30pm. See https://armchairadventurerblog.com/grogmeet-2018/ for more details.


10th-11th November: UNCON 4.0, 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.


22nd-26th November: Lucky Consequences, at Naish Holiday Village, Christchurch, Dorset, BH25 7RE. See https://www.ishtari.co.uk/consequences/ for details.


December 2018


1st December: Dragonmeet 2018, at Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, UK. Running 9.00am-Midnight. The big one-day RPG-focussed UK convention. See https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk for details, but it's likely to be substantial.


January 2019


4th-6th January: Stabcon 2019, at the Britannia Hotel, Stockport. The latest in a very, very long-running twice-yearly series of general tabletop games events with a fair amount of roleplaying going on. 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; single day membership is £7.50 rising to £8.75. Rooms in the hotel are £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.


23rd-27th January: ConTingency, at Searles Leisure Resort, Hunstanton. "5 Days of Gaming in Norfolk. ... Searles Leisure Resort is a family run park that has been offering holidays on the Norfolk coast of 'Sunny Hunny' for over 83 years. ... For ConTingency we have exclusive use of an area which will house trade stalls, the admin area, bring and buy stall, raffle and several tables of games, plus a licensed bar and food outlet. We will also be running games in these areas."

Booking should be open soon; see http://con-tingency.uk/ for more information as it's posted -- prices for a range of accommodation options are already up.


February 2019


23rd February: Dudley Bug Ball, at Station Hotel, Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4RA. Runs from 10.00am-11:00pm. See https://b-m.facebook.com/Dudley-Bug-Ball-Games-Convention-328010347608331/ 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.


April 2019


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. 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


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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