[October Update] UK RPG Conventions and Cancellations

Cancelled and postponed events have been labelled.
This is the October update for the UK RPG conventions for 2020 and far beyond.
Please note that other conventions may also cancel as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Many conventions are running a virtual version of the convention instead.

Each has a website (though a few have Facebook pages) for information and details.
I am waiting on news on a few regular events so I may update this list.
If you know of any that have been missed please mention them in the comments below.

Please note, a few conventions have asked to be removed from this list.



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Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
Shake, Battle and Roll (Formerly StabCon South) Autumn 2020
, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton, Bracken Pl, Chilworth, Southampton SO16 3RB
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th October 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/shake-battle-roll-southampton-/452840058700308/?ti=icl

Cancelled - To be scheduled for 2021.
DragonDaze 2020
, Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.dragondaze.com

AlbaCon 2020, Virtual Con on-line.
Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th October 2020
http://www.albacon.co.uk

Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
Furnace XV
, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://furnace.org.uk

Cancelled - Scheduled for 2021.
Tabletop Scotland 2020
, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Cancelled - To be scheduled for 2021.
Spaghetti ConJunction 4b
, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 17th October 2020, 10.00am - 7.30pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649755452002793/

Cancelled - Scheduled for 2021.
Con-Densed 2020
, Billing Aquadrome, Crow Ln, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9DA
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/499592967602345/

Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
GrogMeet 2020
, Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://thegrognardfiles.com

Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
UnCon 2020
, St George's Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2LH
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/uncon-2020/460895727909901/?ti=icl

Cancelled - Scheduled for 2021.
GBCon Autumn 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day
, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 28th November 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Possibly Cancelled?
Dragonmeet 2020
, Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, UK
​Saturday 5th December 2020, 9.00am - Midnight
https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk

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Possibly Cancelled?
Winter StabCon 2021
, Britannia Hotel Stockport, Dialstone Ln, Stockport, SK2 6AG
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th January 2021
https://m.facebook.com/groups/21195645768

Cancelled - Scheduled for 2022.
ConTingency 2021
, Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk. PE36 5BB
Wednesday 18th - Monday 25th January 2021.
http://www.con-tingency.uk/

Revelation 2021, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st February 2021
http://revelationgames.org.uk/

UK Games Expo 2021, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th June 2021
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Continuum 2021, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 6th - Monday 9th August 2021
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

Tabletop Scotland 2021, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd August 2021
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

FeatherCon 2021, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 27th - Monday 30th August 2021
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

Con-Densed 2021, Billing Aquadrome, Crow Ln, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9DA
Friday 12th - Monday 15th November 2021
https://www.facebook.com/groups/499592967602345/

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Continuum 2022, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2022
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

[August Update] UK RPG Conventions and Cancellations

Cancelled and postponed events have been labelled.
This is the August update for the UK RPG conventions for 2020 and far beyond.
Please note that other conventions may also cancel as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Many conventions are running a virtual version of the convention instead.

Each has a website (though a few have Facebook pages) for information and details.
I am waiting on news on a few regular events so I may update this list.
If you know of any that have been missed please mention them in the comments below.

Please note, a few conventions have asked to be removed from this list.




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Cancelled - Scheduled for 2021.
Continuum 2020
, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 7th - Monday 10th August 2020
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

Still on - Socially distance controls in place.
Grand Tribunal 2020
, Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham GL51 9HQ
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th August 2020
http://www.grandtribunal.org/wiki/Main_Page

Postponed - New date in October 2020.
Tabletop Scotland 2020
, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd August 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
UK Games Expo 2020
, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd August 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Cancelled - Scheduled for 2021.
FeatherCon 2020
, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 28th - Monday 31st August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
ShadowCon XIV
, Northfields Community Centre, 71A Northcroft Road, West Wali g, London, W13 9SS
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th August 2020
http://www.shadowwarriors.co.uk

Cancelled - Autumn event still going ahead.
GBCon Summer 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day
, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 5th September 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Still on - Socially distance controls in place.
TringCon Autumn 2020
, Marsworth Millennium Hall, 1 Vicarage Road, Marsworth, Herts, HP23 4LR.
Saturday 19th September 2020, 9:00am - 9:00pm
http://tringcon.org

Cancelled - To be scheduled for 2021.
Armagh Ged[C]on 2020
, Seven Hills at County Armagh Golf Club, 7 Newry Rd, Poyntzpass, Newry BT35 6TH Northern Ireland.
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://m.facebook.com/events/2527944454110946

Cancelled - To be scheduled for 2021.
Wyntercon VII
, Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels WY, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://www.wyntercon.org

Cancelled - To be scheduled for 2021.
DragonDaze 2020
, Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.dragondaze.com

Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
Furnace XV
, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://furnace.org.uk

Cancelled - Scheduled for 2021.
Tabletop Scotland 2020
, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Spaghetti ConJunction 4b, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 17th October 2020, 10.00am - 7.30pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649755452002793/

Cancelled - Scheduled for 2021.
Con-Densed 2020
, Billing Aquadrome, Crow Ln, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9DA
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/499592967602345/

Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
GrogMeet 2020
, Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://thegrognardfiles.com

Cancelled - Replaced with a Virtual Con.
UnCon 2020
. St George's Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2LH
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/uncon-2020/460895727909901/?ti=icl

Still on - Socially distance controls in place.
GBCon Autumn 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day
, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 28th November 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Still on - Socially distance controls in place.
Dragonmeet 2020
, Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, UK
​Saturday 5th December 2020, 9.00am - Midnight
https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk

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Winter StabCon 2021, Britannia Hotel Stockport, Dialstone Ln, Stockport, SK2 6AG
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th January 2021
https://m.facebook.com/groups/21195645768

ConTingency 2021, Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk. PE36 5BB
Wednesday 18th - Monday 25th January 2021.
http://www.con-tingency.uk/

Revelation 2021, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st February 2021
http://revelationgames.org.uk/

UK Games Expo 2021, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th June 2021
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Continuum 2021, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 6th - Monday 9th August 2021
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

Tabletop Scotland 2021, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd August 2021
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

FeatherCon 2021, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 27th - Monday 30th August 2021
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

Con-Densed 2021, Billing Aquadrome, Crow Ln, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9DA
Friday 12th - Monday 15th November 2021
https://www.facebook.com/groups/499592967602345/

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Continuum 2022, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2022
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

[June Update] UK RPG Conventions & Cancellations

Cancelled and postponed events have been labelled.
This is the June update for the UK RPG conventions for 2020 and far beyond.
Please note that other conventions may also cancel as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.




Each has a website (though a few have Facebook pages) for information and details.
I am waiting on news on a few regular events so I may update this list.
If you know of any that have been missed please mention them in the comments below.

Please note, a few conventions have asked to be removed from this list.

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Postponed- 8th January 2021
Summer StabCon 2020
, Britannia Hotel Stockport, Dialstone Ln, Stockport, SK2 6AG
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2020
https://m.facebook.com/groups/21195645768

Cancelled-
Continuum 2020
, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 7th - Monday 10th August 2020
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

Grand Tribunal 2020, Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham GL51 9HQ
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th August 2020
http://www.grandtribunal.org/wiki/Main_Page

Postponed - New date in October 2020
Tabletop Scotland 2020
, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd August 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Cancelled -
UK Games Expo 2020
, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd August 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

FeatherCon 2020, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 28th - Monday 31st August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

ShadowCon XIV, Northfields Community Centre, 71A Northcroft Road, West Wali g, London, W13 9SS
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th August 2020
http://www.shadowwarriors.co.uk

GBCon Summer 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 5th September 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

TringCon Autumn 2020, Marsworth Millennium Hall, 1 Vicarage Road, Marsworth, Herts, HP23 4LR.
Saturday 19th September 2020, 9:00am - 9:00pm
http://tringcon.org

Armagh Ged[C]on 2020, Seven Hills at County Armagh Golf Club, 7 Newry Rd, Poyntzpass, Newry BT35 6TH Northern Ireland.
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://m.facebook.com/events/2527944454110946

Wyntercon VII, Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels WY, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://www.wyntercon.org

DragonDaze 2020, Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.dragondaze.com

Furnace XV, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://furnace.org.uk

Tabletop Scotland 2020, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Spaghetti ConJunction 4b, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 17th October 2020, 10.00am - 7.30pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649755452002793/

Con-Densed 2020, Billing Aquadrome, Crow Ln, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9DA
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/499592967602345/

GrogMeet 2020, Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://thegrognardfiles.com

UnCon 2020, St George's Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2LH
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/uncon-2020/460895727909901/?ti=icl

GBCon Autumn 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 28th November 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Dragonmeet 2020, Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, UK
​Saturday 5th December 2020, 9.00am - Midnight
https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk

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Winter StabCon 2021, Britannia Hotel Stockport, Dialstone Ln, Stockport, SK2 6AG
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th January 2021
https://m.facebook.com/groups/21195645768

ConTingency 2021, Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk. PE36 5BB
Wednesday 18th - Monday 25th January 2021.
http://www.con-tingency.uk/

Revelation 2021, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st February 2021
http://revelationgames.org.uk/

UK Games Expo 2021, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th June 2021
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Continuum 2021, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 6th - Monday 9th August 2021
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

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Continuum 2022, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2022
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

[May Update] UK RPG Conventions & Cancellations

Cancelled and postponed events have been labelled.
This is the May update for the UK RPG conventions for 2020 and far beyond.






Each has a website (though a few have Facebook pages) for information and details.
I am waiting on news on a few regular events so I may update this list.
If you know of any that have been missed please mention them in the comments below.

Please note, a few conventions have asked to be removed from this list.

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Cancelled -
North Star 2020
, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th May 2020
http://www.northstarcon.org.uk/

Postponed - no date announced as yet
Mega Charity Games Day for Mind 2020
, The Core, 32 Foley Trading Estate, Herefordshire, HR1 2SF
Saturday 16th May 2020, 11:00am - 11:00pm
https://m.facebook.com/events/459922967890974

Postponed - new date in August 2020 but new date cancelled
UK Games Expo 2020
, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st May 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Summer StabCon 2020, Britannia Hotel Stockport, Dialstone Ln, Stockport, SK2 6AG
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2020
https://m.facebook.com/groups/21195645768

Continuum 2020, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 7th - Monday 10th August 2020
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

Grand Tribunal 2020, Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham GL51 9HQ
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th August 2020
http://www.grandtribunal.org/wiki/Main_Page

Postponed - New date in October 2020
Tabletop Scotland 2020
, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd August 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

UK Games Expo 2020, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd August 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

FeatherCon 2020, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 28th - Monday 31st August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

ShadowCon XIV, Northfields Community Centre, 71A Northcroft Road, West Walig, London, W13 9SS
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th August 2020
http://www.shadowwarriors.co.uk

GBCon Summer 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 5th September 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

TringCon Autumn 2020, Marsworth Millennium Hall, 1 Vicarage Road, Marsworth, Herts, HP23 4LR.
Saturday 19th September 2020, 9:00am - 9:00pm
http://tringcon.org

Armagh Ged[C]on 2020, Seven Hills at County Armagh Golf Club, 7 Newry Rd, Poyntzpass, Newry BT35 6TH Northern Ireland.
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://m.facebook.com/events/2527944454110946

Wyntercon VII, Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels WY, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://www.wyntercon.org

DragonDaze 2020, Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.dragondaze.com

Furnace XV, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://furnace.org.uk

Tabletop Scotland 2020, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Spaghetti ConJunction 4b, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 17th October 2020, 10.00am - 7.30pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649755452002793/

Con-Densed 2020, Billing Aquadrome, Crow Ln, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9DA
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/499592967602345/

GrogMeet 2020, Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://thegrognardfiles.com

UnCon 2020, St George's Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2LH
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/uncon-2020/460895727909901/?ti=icl

GBCon Autumn 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 28th November 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Dragonmeet 2020, Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, UK
​Saturday 5th December 2020, 9.00am - Midnight
https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk

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ConTingency 2021, Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk. PE36 5BB
Wednesday 18th - Monday 25th January 2021.
http://www.con-tingency.uk/

Revelation 2021, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st February 2021
http://revelationgames.org.uk/

Continuum 2021, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 6th - Monday 9th August 2021
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

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Continuum 2022, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2022
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

[Tales From The Loop] My Game Blurb Picture for 'On Cloud Nine & Golden Sunshine'

So for one of my Tales from the Loop episodes, On Cloud Nine and Golden Sunshine, I had this image in my head. A small Magnetrine ship abandoned in a dried out marsh. Vandalised, missing parts, covered in graffiti, and deserted. A play area for adventurous Kids, a possible machine that could be tinkered with, and a possible means to get onboard a larger Magnetrine vessel floating over the industrial section of Derby.

Now I am no Simon Stålenhag but I do have a modicum of artistic flare. So I went about and photobashed an image together, an orange Magnetrine ship, sitting in a green, misty field, it’s Magnetrine discs crushed and buried. Called, of course, Golden Sunshine.

I used an actual photo of the field I was envisioning, from next to the location near where I used to live as a child myself. The vessel I cobbled together from a few photos of similar tractors and I swapped out the wheels for an engine to act as an undercarriage of sorts.



I also used it for my advertising for my game so I designed the title as well. I went for a “Top Gun” theme for the first part of the title, ‘Cloud Nine’, swapping Top Gun for Cloud Nine. The second part of the title I went with the Indiana Jones theme for the ‘and Golden Sunshine’.



I was rather pleased with the results, though when I used the picture in my game, most of the players just thought it was an old tractor stuck in a field.
Damn, not want I wanted at all!

So I went back to the drawing board. I tweaked the image to make it look like the Magnetrine vessel, Golden Sunshine was flying. Fixed and repaired by the Kids, it would hover over the hole it made in the field when it had crashed.
I made the turbo in the engine undercarriage spin, added new Magnetrine discs, and added lightning sparks coming off the engine. I added a miss-coloured panel, black smoke coming out the top exhaust pipes, and populated it with eighties kids trying to fly the vessel. I particularly like the girl balancing on the ‘prow’ of the vessel on her BMX bike!



Now it is a dramatic image, an impossibly large Magnetrine ship flying over a Derby field with a range of eighties children flying the vessel away.


[April Update] UK RPG Conventions and Cancellations

Cancelled and postponed events have been labelled.
This is the April update for the UK RPG conventions for 2020 and far beyond.



Each has a website (though a few have Facebook pages) for information and details.
I am waiting on news on a few regular events so I may update this list.
If you know of any that have been missed please mention them in the comments below.

Please note, a few conventions have asked to be removed from this list.

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Cancelled -
Conpulsion 2020
, Teviot Row House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th April 2020
http://conpulsion.org/
https://www.facebook.com/conpulsion/

Cancelled -
TringCon Spring 2020
, Marsworth Millennium Hall, 1 Vicarage Road, Marsworth, Herts, HP23 4LR.
Saturday 4th April 2020, 9:00am - 9:00pm
http://tringcon.org

Cancelled -
Seven Hills 2020
, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th April 2020
http://7hills.org.uk/

Postponed - no date announced as yet
DevaCon IV
, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity St, Chester CH1 2BD
Saturday 18th April 2020, 10.00am - 11.00pm
https://devaconblog.wordpress.com

Postponed - no date announced as yet
GBCon Spring 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day
, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 18th April 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Cancelled -
National Student Gaming & Roleplaying Championships 2020
, The University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April 2020
https://nsgrc.co.uk/

Postponed - no date announced as yet
ConTroll 2020
, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF
Saturday 25th April 2020, 09:00am - 10:00pm
https://facebook.com/events/s/controll-2020/961409550898039/

Cancelled -
ConVivial 2020
, Caldicot Castle, Church Rd, Caldicot NP26 4HU
Saturday 25th April 2020, 10:00am - 6:00pm
https://bonhomiegames.uk/ConVivial-2020

Cancelled -
Glorantha Games 2020
, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 25th April 2020, 10.00am - 8.00pm
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glorantha-games-2020-tickets-74628996337

Cancelled -
North Star 2020
, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th May 2020
http://www.northstarcon.org.uk/

Postponed - no date announced as yet
Mega Charity Games Day for Mind 2020
, The Core, 32 Foley Trading Estate, Herefordshire, HR1 2SF
Saturday 16th May 2020, 11:00am - 11:00pm
https://m.facebook.com/events/459922967890974

Postponed - new date in August 2020
UK Games Expo 2020
, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st May 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Summer StabCon 2020, Britannia Hotel Stockport, Dialstone Ln, Stockport, SK2 6AG
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2020
https://m.facebook.com/groups/21195645768

Continuum 2020, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 7th - Monday 10th August 2020
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

Grand Tribunal 2020, Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham GL51 9HQ
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th August 2020
http://www.grandtribunal.org/wiki/Main_Page

Postponed - New date in October 2020
Tabletop Scotland 2020
, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd August 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

UK Games Expo 2020, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd August 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

FeatherCon 2020, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 28th - Monday 31st August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

ShadowCon XIV, Northfields Community Centre, 71A Northcroft Road, West Walig, London, W13 9SS
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th August 2020
http://www.shadowwarriors.co.uk

GBCon Summer 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 5th September 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

TringCon Autumn 2020, Marsworth Millennium Hall, 1 Vicarage Road, Marsworth, Herts, HP23 4LR.
Saturday 19th September 2020, 9:00am - 9:00pm
http://tringcon.org

Armagh Ged[C]on 2020, Seven Hills at County Armagh Golf Club, 7 Newry Rd, Poyntzpass, Newry BT35 6TH Northern Ireland.
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://m.facebook.com/events/2527944454110946

Wyntercon VII, Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels WY, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://www.wyntercon.org

DragonDaze 2020, Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.dragondaze.com

Furnace XV, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://furnace.org.uk

Tabletop Scotland 2020, Dewars Centre, Glover Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Spaghetti ConJunction 4b, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 17th October 2020, 10.00am - 7.30pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649755452002793/

Con-Densed 2020, Billing Aquadrome, Crow Ln, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9DA
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/499592967602345/

GrogMeet 2020, Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://thegrognardfiles.com

UnCon 2020, St George's Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2LH
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/uncon-2020/460895727909901/?ti=icl

GBCon Autumn 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 28th November 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Dragonmeet 2020, Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, UK
​Saturday 5th December 2020, 9.00am - Midnight
https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk

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ConTingency 2021, Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk. PE36 5BB
Wednesday 18th - Monday 25th January 2021.
http://www.con-tingency.uk/

Revelation 2021, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st February 2021
http://revelationgames.org.uk/

Continuum 2021, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 6th - Monday 9th August 2021
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

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Continuum 2022, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2022
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

[March Update] UK RPG Convention Listing

This is the March update for the UK RPG conventions for 2020 and far beyond.

Each has a website (though a few have Facebook pages) for information and details.
I am waiting on news on a few regular events so I may update this list.
If you know of any that have been missed please mention them in the comments below.

Please note, a few conventions have asked to be removed from this list.

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Concord 2020, Arnos Manor Hotel, 470 Bath Rd, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3HQ
Saturday 29th February - Sunday 1st March 2020
http://www.concordgamingconvention.com/

Convergence UK 2020, Element Games, Hallam Business Centre, Hallam Street, Stockport SK2 6PT
Friday 6th - Sunday 8th March 2020
http://www.convergenceuk.co.uk

AireCon 2020, Harrogate International Centre, King's Rd, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th March 2020
https://airecon.uk

Concrete Cow 20, The Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5RL
Saturday 14th March 2020, 9:00am - 11:00pm
https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow

NormCon 2020, Entoyment Wargaming and Hobby Centre, Unit 2 Fleetsbridge Business Centre, Upton Road, Poole, Dorset BH17 7AF
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2020
https://www.facebook.com/normcon20xx/

Shake, Battle and Roll (Formerly StabCon South) Spring 2020, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton, Bracken Pl, Chilworth, Southampton SO16 3RB
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/shake-battle-roll-southampton-/452840058700308/?ti=icl

Conpulsion 2020, Teviot Row House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th April 2020
http://conpulsion.org/
https://www.facebook.com/conpulsion/

Seven Hills 2020, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th April 2020
http://7hills.org.uk/

DevaCon IV, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity St, Chester CH1 2BD
Saturday 18th April 2020, 10.00am - 11.00pm
https://devaconblog.wordpress.com

GBCon Spring 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 18th April 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

National Student Gaming & Roleplaying Championships 2020, The University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April 2020
https://nsgrc.co.uk/

ConTroll 2020, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF
Saturday 25th April 2020, 09:00am - 10:00pm
https://facebook.com/events/s/controll-2020/961409550898039/

ConVivial 2020, Caldicot Castle, Church Rd, Caldicot NP26 4HU
Saturday 25th April 2020, 10:00am - 6:00pm
https://bonhomiegames.uk/ConVivial-2020

Glorantha Games 2020, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 25th April 2020, 10.00am - 8.00pm
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glorantha-games-2020-tickets-74628996337

North Star 2020, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th May 2020
http://www.northstarcon.org.uk/

Mega Charity Games Day for Mind 2020, The Core, 32 Foley Trading Estate, Herefordshire, HR1 2SF
Saturday 16th May 2020, 11:00am - 11:00pm
https://m.facebook.com/events/459922967890974

UK Games Expo 2020, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st May 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Summer StabCon 2020, Britannia Hotel Stockport, Dialstone Ln, Stockport, SK2 6AG
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th July 2020
https://m.facebook.com/groups/21195645768

Continuum 2020, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 7th - Monday 10th August 2020
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

Grand Tribunal 2020, Gas Green Community Centre, Baker Street, Cheltenham GL51 9HQ
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th August 2020
http://www.grandtribunal.org/wiki/Main_Page

FeatherCon 2020, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 28th - Monday 31st August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

ShadowCon XIV, Northfields Community Centre, 71A Northcroft Road, West Wali g, London, W13 9SS
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th August 2020
http://www.shadowwarriors.co.uk

GBCon Summer 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 5th September 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Armagh Ged[C]on 2020, Seven Hills at County Armagh Golf Club, 7 Newry Rd, Poyntzpass, Newry BT35 6TH Northern Ireland.
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://m.facebook.com/events/2527944454110946

Wyntercon VII, Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels WY, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://www.wyntercon.org

DragonDaze 2020, Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH
Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.dragondaze.com

Furnace XV, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://furnace.org.uk

Spaghetti ConJunction 4b, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 17th October 2020, 10.00am - 7.30pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649755452002793/

GrogMeet 2020, Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://thegrognardfiles.com

UnCon 2020, St George's Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2LH
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/uncon-2020/460895727909901/?ti=icl

GBCon Autumn 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 28th November 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Dragonmeet 2020, Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, UK
​Saturday 5th December 2020, 9.00am - Midnight
https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk

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ConTingency 2021, Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk. PE36 5BB
Wednesday 18th - Monday 25th January 2021.
http://www.con-tingency.uk/

Revelation 2021, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st February 2021
http://revelationgames.org.uk/

Continuum 2021, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 6th - Monday 9th August 2021
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

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Continuum 2022, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2022
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

[February Update] UK RPG Convention Listing

This is the February update for the UK RPG conventions for 2020 and far beyond.

Each has a website (though a few have Facebook pages) for information and details.
I am waiting on news on a few regular events so I may update this list.
If you know of any that have been missed please mention them in the comments below.

Please note, a few conventions have asked to be removed from this list.

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GBCon Winter 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 1st February 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Beachhead 2020, Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH
Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th February 2020.
https://facebook.com/events/s/beachhead-2020/1982909161820126/?ti=icl

Spaghetti ConJunction 4a, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 8th February 2020, 10.00am - 7.30pm
https://spaghetticonjunction.wordpress.com/

Dudley Bug Ball 2020, Station Hotel, Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4RA
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd February 2020
https://b-m.facebook.com/Dudley-Bug-Ball-Games-Convention-328010347608331/

Revelation 2020, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd February 2020
http://revelationgames.org.uk/

Concord 2020, Arnos Manor Hotel, 470 Bath Rd, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3HQ
Saturday 29th February - Sunday 1st March 2020
http://www.concordgamingconvention.com/

AireCon 2020, Harrogate International Centre, King's Rd, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th March 2020
https://airecon.uk

Concrete Cow 20, The Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5RL
Saturday 14th March 2020, 9:00am - 11:00pm
https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow

NormCon 2020, Entoyment Wargaming and Hobby Centre, Unit 2 Fleetsbridge Business Centre, Upton Road, Poole, Dorset BH17 7AF
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2020
https://www.facebook.com/normcon20xx/

Shake, Battle and Roll (Formerly StabCon South) Spring 2020, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton, Bracken Pl, Chilworth, Southampton SO16 3RB
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/shake-battle-roll-southampton-/452840058700308/?ti=icl

Conpulsion 2020, Teviot Row House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th April 2020
http://conpulsion.org/
https://www.facebook.com/conpulsion/

Seven Hills 2020, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th April 2020
http://7hills.org.uk/

DevaCon IV, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity St, Chester CH1 2BD
Saturday 18th April 2020, 10.00am - 11.00pm
https://devaconblog.wordpress.com

GBCon Spring 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 18th April 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

National Student Gaming & Roleplaying Championships 2020, The University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April 2020
https://nsgrc.co.uk/

ConTroll 2020, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF
Saturday 25th April 2020, 09:00am - 10:00pm
https://facebook.com/events/s/controll-2020/961409550898039/

Glorantha Games 2020, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 25th April 2020, 10.00am - 8.00pm
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glorantha-games-2020-tickets-74628996337

North Star 2020, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th May 2020
http://www.northstarcon.org.uk/

Mega Charity Games Day for Mind 2020, The Core, 32 Foley Trading Estate, Herefordshire, HR1 2SF
Saturday 16th May 2020, 11:00am - 11:00pm
https://m.facebook.com/events/459922967890974

UK Games Expo 2020, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st May 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Continuum 2020, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 7th - Monday 10th August 2020
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

FeatherCon 2020, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 28th - Monday 31st August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

GBCon Summer 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 5th September 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Wyntercon VII, Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels WY, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://www.wyntercon.org

Furnace XV, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://furnace.org.uk

GrogMeet 2020, Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://thegrognardfiles.com

UnCon 2020, St George's Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2LH
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://facebook.com/events/s/uncon-2020/460895727909901/?ti=icl

GBCon Autumn 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 28th November 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

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ConTingency 2021, Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk. PE36 5BB
Wednesday 18th - Monday 25th January 2021.
http://www.con-tingency.uk/

Continuum 2021, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 6th - Monday 9th August 2021
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

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Continuum 2022, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2022
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

[January Update] UK RPG Convention Listing

This is the January update for the UK RPG conventions for 2020 and far beyond.

Each has a website (though a few have Facebook pages) for information and details.
I am waiting on news on a few regular events so I may update this list.
If you know of any that have been missed please mention them in the comments below.

Please note, a few conventions have asked to be removed from this list.

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Winter StabCon 2020, Britannia Hotel Stockport, Dialstone Ln, Stockport, SK2 6AG
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th January 2020
https://m.facebook.com/groups/21195645768

Northants Role Play Games Day #1, Manascrew (Game Shop) Chancery House, 52 Sheep St, Northampton, NN1 2LZ
Sunday 12th January 2020, 10:00am to 6:00pm
http://www.roleplayday.moonfruit.com/

HandyCon 7, Holiday Inn, Maidenhead, Manor Lane, Berkshire, Maidenhead, SL6 2RA
Friday 17th - Sunday 19th January 2020
http://handycon.co.uk/

ConTingency 2020, Searles Leisure Resort, South Beach, Hunstanton, Norfolk. PE36 5BB
Wednesday 22nd - Monday 27th January 2020.
http://www.con-tingency.uk/

GBCon Winter 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 1st February 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Spaghetti ConJunction 4a, Geek Retreat, 38 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham. B4 7LA
Saturday 8th February 2020, 10.00am - 7.30pm
https://spaghetticonjunction.wordpress.com/

Dudley Bug Ball 2020, Station Hotel, Castle Hill, Dudley, DY1 4RA
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd February 2020
https://b-m.facebook.com/Dudley-Bug-Ball-Games-Convention-328010347608331/

Revelation 2020, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd February 2020
http://revelationgames.org.uk/

Concord 2020, Arnos Manor Hotel, 470 Bath Rd, Arnos Vale, Bristol BS4 3HQ
Saturday 29th February - Sunday 1st March 2020
http://www.concordgamingconvention.com/

AireCon 2020, Harrogate International Centre, King's Rd, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th March 2020
https://airecon.uk

Concrete Cow 20, The Old Bath House, 205 Stratford Road, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5RL
Saturday 14th March 2020, 9:00am - 11:00pm
https://www.mk-rpg.org.uk/Concrete_Cow

NormCon 2020, Entoyment Wargaming and Hobby Centre, Unit 2 Fleetsbridge Business Centre, Upton Road, Poole, Dorset BH17 7AF
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2020
https://www.facebook.com/normcon20xx/

StabCon South Spring 2020, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Southampton, Bracken Pl, Chilworth, Southampton SO16 3RB
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2020
https://m.facebook.com/StabconSouth/

Conpulsion 2020, Teviot Row House, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th April 202020
http://conpulsion.org/
https://www.facebook.com/conpulsion/

Seven Hills 2020, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th April 2020
http://7hills.org.uk/

DevaCon IV, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Trinity St, Chester CH1 2BD
Saturday 18th April 2020, 10.00am - 11.00pm
https://devaconblog.wordpress.com

GBCon Spring 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 18th April 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

National Student Gaming & Roleplaying Championships 2020, The University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April 2020
https://nsgrc.co.uk/

North Star 2020, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th May 2020
http://www.northstarcon.org.uk/

Mega Charity Games Day for Mind 2020, The Core, 32 Foley Trading Estate, Herefordshire, HR1 2SF
Saturday 16th May 2020, 11:00am - 11:00pm
https://m.facebook.com/events/459922967890974

UK Games Expo 2020, NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT & Hilton, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PP
Friday 29th - Sunday 31st May 2020
http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk

Continuum 2020, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 7th - Monday 10th August 2020
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

FeatherCon 2020, Featherstone Castle, Hall Bank, Northumberland NE49 0JG
Friday 28th - Monday 31st August 2020
https://www.facebook.com/groups/485003805271383/

GBCon Summer 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 5th September 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

Wyntercon VII, Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels WY, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF
Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th September 2020
https://www.wyntercon.org

Furnace XV, Garrison Hotel, 635 Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2GB
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th October 2020
http://furnace.org.uk

GrogMeet 2020, Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2020
https://thegrognardfiles.com

GBCon Autumn 2020 Tabletop Gaming Day, Lopping Hall, 189 High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF
Saturday 28th November 2020. 10:00am - 10:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/gbconuk

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Continuum 2021, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 6th - Monday 9th August 2021
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

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Continuum 2022, John Foster Hall, Manor Road, Leicester, LE2 2LG
Friday 5th - Monday 8th August 2022
http://continuumconvention.co.uk/

Dragonmeet 2019 Con Report

Dragonmeet 2019, Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London, UK
​Saturday 30th November 2019, 9.00am - Midnight
https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk

I do love this convention and I have tried to attend most over the last couple of decades. Last year I was kindly driven down and had over-night accommodation on the Saturday night by Bruce Cunnington due to my broken leg (thanks Bruce!). Despite my lack of mobility I was able to get about and run two games of Tales from the Loop, that were very well received. Trouble is I spent most of the evening, last year, stuck in the bar! What a shame.


So this year, with the news that there was engineering works on the line on Saturday 30th November, I had to start off really early catching the first train to London from Derby, at 05:21 in the morning!
It was very cold and frosty, and later before the dawn it got very misty with a dense fog reducing visibility right down to almost nothing. The train was going as far as Market Harborough. I had to change from a nice warm train carriage to a freezing cold bus to Bedford to then catch another train to London St Pancras. So instead of a swift two hour trip, the journey was an additional hour and a half longer. From St Pancras it was a quick tube train to the Hammersmith Station to get to the Novotel Hotel and Dragonmeet.



I got there just before the morning game slots started at 09:30. I rushed upstairs to my allocated room, the Fronsac Suite on the second floor of the hotel. I had a table full of players patiently waiting for my game.

I was firstly running Fria Ligen Tales from the Loop game ’On Cloud Nine and Golden Sunshine’, my latest episode.

I handed out the Character Archetypes and blank character sheets for the players to go through, whilst I set up and got ready to start the game. The players even started char-gen while I set up, they were that keen!
We put two of the tables together to give us enough space to play in. Plus I had to park my laptop at one end for the display of my Keynote presentation for the game.
So I had five players, a sixth one was due as he was stuck in the queue for the Bring & Buy, and he would join us later.

So I took them through the Principles of the Loop to understand the setting, set the scene about Derby in the summer of 1984, and to inform them that they have been sent to a Summer Camp - not the nice fun summer camp from the American films with the summer sport activities, hijinks, splashing in the river, etc. No, this is a correctional camp for troubled children, a penal camp for underage offenders and not a holiday at all. The players Problem for their characters would be the crime the committed (or were accused of) that got them sentenced to the camp.

Michael had a Young Farmer called Dylan with his farm dog hooch, whose favourite song is ‘Blue Monday’ by New Order. His crime was breaking the right arm of the son of another farmer during a decades old feud.
Matt was playing the Weirdo called Percival whose iconic item was a string of sausages (very weird) and liked Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’. He was sentenced due to stealing a tractor to pull out a trapped cow in a ditch.
Sunny was Horace the Computer Geek with his modded Gameboy and obsessed with the cartoon Transformers song ‘The Touch’. He had a disagreement with his Computer Studies teacher, Mr Smith. So Horace hacked all the BBC Micros at the school.
Pete is playing Stevie the Rocker with his iconic leather jacket and is always playing Aerosmith’s ‘Eat the Rich’. He is trying to make a band with Horace. His crime (the most Rock & Roll thing he has done) was throwing a dust bin through a large plate glass window.
Morgan was playing the Jock, Toni, with her blood-stained netball and her love of Joan Jet’s ‘I Love Rock & Roll’. She was sentenced because she was bribed to throw the final of the Midlands Netball Tournament.
Joining the game later was Robert playing Bob the Bookworm with his magnifying glass and liked Aha’s ‘Take on Me’. His crime was that he burnt down the school library because it didn’t carry the books he wanted.

They were all members of the ‘mildest’ hut, Hut D, that operates as their Hideout.

So they were rudely introduced to the Camp Leader (commandant) Ms Hodgeson and learnt that they were in a competition, with the other huts, to win attendance at the Champagne Launch Party of the new Magnetrine Ship, Cloud Nine. The players were very keen and competitive and were wanting to beat the other huts to this prize.

Hut A was given the task of clearing up the litter and rubbish at the country park Elvaston Castle after a festival.
Hut B were issued the job of working on the local farm.
Hut C had the top job of delivering leaflets into the letterboxes of Derby.
Hut had the task of clearing books in their own hut.
Now the players’ hut, Hut D, were given the job of clearing a section of the River Derwent of the floatsum, jetsam, and debris that accumulated there. It sounds like a cosy job until they realised that the smooth and serene millpond surface of the river wasn’t water but solid sludge! Black, solid sludge and mud. Breaking the ‘surface’ were abandoned shopping trolleys, traffic cones, glass bottles, cans, and other detritus.

Straight away they sought to get a tractor to assist them in clearing the river but they also wanted to sabotage the other huts in their tasks too. So they planned and schemed, fortunately abandoning the more vicious and nasty plans.

So with plans in place they set about the adventure, using their Contacts to get a tractor to assist them, Sneaking about the camp to get extra tools and robotic help, planning to sabotage the efforts of the other huts, encountering broken robots, crashed Magnetrine ship, weird tramp, automations (not Minions!), and time portals. There were a few bad puns (Prof Bell was called Babybel - groan), a sausage obsession, vicious dog attack, too much interest in one of the character’s fit mum, feats of incredible strength from a twelve year old netball girl, and breaking into very bad German accents occasionally.
It was a lot of fun, lots of laughter and the whole group of players delivered an excellent game session. Very rewarding and a perfect start to the convention.
Unfortunately I was having too much fun that I forgot to take any photos of the group! D’oh!

I did record the game for Podcasting though, so expect that to be broadcast in the New Year.

Then it was a two hour lunch break so I had a good wander around the trade hall, got caught up in a first aid incident there - a busman’s holiday reallly. I had a sandwich and a small bottle of London Pride (£5.70 for a 300ml bottle!) and got set up and changed for my next game for the afternoon - Alien.



Now I have made a Nostromo uniform shirt before my arrival, from a white pilot shirt with the Nostromo patches and badges on. I also had the ‘Nostromo’ done in the same style lettering from the film uniforms too. I must say myself but it did look affective and did add to the atmosphere of the game.

I had only six players turn up for my Fria Ligan Alien game even though it was marked as full. A few were wanting to learn about the Alien game as they had the book from Fria Ligan so were wanting to experience it. A few of the players had their own dice too which helped a lot during the session, so we could get several dice rolls going at once.

I introduced the player characters and let them choose who they wanted to play. I also showed them how to unfold the Agenda sheets so they can access their agendas and orders for each of the three Acts in the game. I also took them through the character sheet and explained the skills to them.

I also mentioned that they may feel inclined to pass secret notes due to their agendas or events occurring during play. I encouraged them to say their secret intentions out loud so that everyone can enjoy them, and asked them to respect that their own characters would be obvious to that information. As with secret notes not all the players would be privy to that information and experience. I also warned them that in the latter acts of the game is *may* go player versus player. At the start their agendas are more closely aligned but will diverge as the game goes on.


The Players in my Alien Game

We had Doug playing Dr Monygham, the cryogenic specialist and acting as squad medic. Andy was playing Corporal Carlos Gould, stoic and capable. Anton was playing the Smart Gun Trooper Lance Corporal Hernandez, whose Smart Gun was smarter than he was. Nikki was playing Lieutenant Antonia Avellanos, the second in command of the squad. Iain was portraying Senior Hirsch, the Weyland-Yutani agent who was taking comprehensive notes. Finally Richard was playing Captain Decoud, the squad leader, who had to keep the group together.

Then I ran through the introduction to the scenario in the characters of the Sergeant Major Montero and as of the captain of the ship, Captain Mitchell, as if they were leading the mission briefing. Of course this was backed up with the Keynote presentation on my laptop with plenty of images of the station, planet, and the people involved.

The premise of the scenario is that the San Tome Mining Facility on remote planet LV-510 was reduced to a skeleton crew as the planet was going through a dangerous phase of terraforming. Dissidents in the workforce revolted and took over the Facility and took hostages from the Mine Management Team. They also took four executives, who were still in their cryogenic chambers, captive too.
The PCs are a Weyland-Yutani corporate hit-squad, brought in to provide a ‘Final Solution’ to the problem. Their orders are to eliminate all hostiles with extreme prejudice, capture the leaders of the resistance for ‘questioning’, and to rescue the hostages especially the corporate executives in cryo-sleep chambers.
Of course nothing is as it seems.

The players had some good ideas out of the gate, one suggested using the PDTs, Personal Data Transmitters, to locate the dissidents in hiding before engaging them. A good idea except they wouldn’t be able to use them until they liberate the main control room, the mission target.

So they get dropped down planetside via the UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship, this group decided on the main landing pad as their touchdown point, foregoing the auxiliary landing pad. Corporal Gould drove the M577 APC using his Heavy Machinery skill (1 + 5 Strength + 2 Bonus for the APC). He managed to succeed, rolling a six, but I explained to the group how to Push the Roll, gaining a Stress if he failed his roll.

The Cheyenne Dropship took them down to the Facility, firing a couple of missiles at the Radar before they noticed them. Senior Hirsch wasn’t happy with the wanton damage, noting it down in his notebook. More damage occurred though as the good lieutenant used the rail guns on the turret on the APC to rain damage on the windows above the main airlock as well as the vehicles on the landing pad.

Of course the group moved through the facility with extreme prejudice, dealing with the dissidents with relative ease. But as things went wrong with the mission, the Stress built up in all the characters, it went very player versus player at the end. It was a lot of fun.


Me with the players in my Alien game

The players were happy with the game and those players that owned the game were more confident in running games themselves.

Again I recorded the session for a future Actual Play Podcast.


The Alien wants to podcast too!


After that I packed up and went down to the main bar of the hotel, meeting people and chatting about games, role playing and conventions. I also took the opportunity to show off my foldable character sheets to anyone interested much to their delight and mock chagrin.

That was flooded by a quick trip to the pub, The Latymers, for another quick pint and a social visit. I left the pub to catch the 20:30 tube back to St Pancras Railway Station to start my epic trip back home. The train only went as far as Bedford again, so it was a long and cold coach trip to Derby, getting home at 01:30 in the morning!

In all a great day out, only spoilt by the long, long journey in and out.