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Many thanks to all who attended, making the con another success.

There remain, of course, areas for improvement, but in the main everyone seemed to have a good time most of the time.

Shockingly, we did not drink all of the beer, Tables were a bit in short supply at time causing some friction and we had the perennial problem of newcomers being a bit overwhelmed by it all.

I am pretty sure we are going to do it all over again next year, only more betterer!

If you want to see an impartial review of the site, you can find one on the Creaking Shelves blog. Matt, the blogmeister, also kindly allowed us to use some of his photos from the 2015 con on this site.

The con booklet is still available

Brought to you by Last minute (and then some) productions, the 2015 con booklet is now available to download. It is much the same as last year but with a few updates, include the location of new gaming rooms.

There is also an updated version of the Beginners' Guide. Judging by the number of queries on the MidCon thread on Board Game Geek there will be quite a few newbies turning up, so if you see someone looking lost and confused, clutching a game you have never heard of, give them a helping hand.

Finally, there is a crib sheet for those who do not want to download the booklet and just want to know the essentials, such as times & locations of events.

The Kniziathon

Ben Bateson ran the first Annual MidCon Kniziathon on Sunday between 10am and 4pm in the Milldale room. That suggests he's going to be running it again next year.

Here’s some information from Ben about this:

What is a Kniziathon? It's an opportunity not just to play your choice of Reiner Knizia's best games, but an opportunity to do so and win prizes! Play the games, submit the winners, and I'll manipulate them through an overcomplicated Excel algorithm which will produce a running score. The people who score the most will win some games, kindly contributed by

The Kniziathon appeal: There are currently well over 30 games that I am planning to contribute to the Kniziathon. Obviously, the more games the better, so if people are able to lend copies of Knizia games that are not on the list (and, even better, hang around and teach them), I'd be very grateful.

Let there be beer!

Once again, the Derventio brewery will be providing a selection of ales that look (and taste) suspiciously similar to the ales on offer last year.

Please note that the bar in the Garden Room will only be manned until midnight but if you are a resident you can still get a drink of the proper stuff by going to the main bar and asking them to serve you in what Smashy & Nicey would call a "room service-mungous type way". This means paying for the drinks by card or putting it on your room bill.

Someone letting the side down and ordering a soft drink instead of one of the available ales (see the boxes behind the barman)

Games stall

The Bring & Buy games room has been relocated across the road at the Hallmark Inn. 

This year I will once again have sheets printed with unique game ID numbers on them. This year they will be on a folder marked Bank Statements (it's not a long story but it is a dull one) located on the MidCon Registration desk in the Garden Room. 

Feel free to complete these and then grab the requisite number of post-it notes of the correct colour that should also be located on the registration desk, and transfer the relevant info (game ID, selling price) from the sheet to the post-it notes; the post-it notes should then be affixed to the games, which you then bring along during the sellers only phase.

Thursday night room rates confirmed

An increasing number of people are now turning up for the con one day early to take advantage of the fact that the con starts on Friday much earlier than it used to.

The numbers are not large enough for the Hallmark to offer the same cheap rate they offer for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but the hotel has agreed to offer a discount on the its regular rates.

Long story short, the room rates for Thursday are £5 above the standard con rates. You can book directly via the hotel; phone 'em up and ask for the Thursday night room rate and, just to be on the safe side, check what that room rate is. I am assuming it is +£5 per room, but it might be per person.

MidCon online booking

Apologies to everyone for the online booking system being down. This looks like a long term problem unless we can resolve the issue at the post-con meeting of t'committee on Sunday. 

If you know anyone who has a spare server, get in touch ...

MidCon sets new record

We may be biased, but we think the 2014 event went very well, notwithstanding the leaking roof in one of the satellite gaming rooms, which seemed to be sorted by the traditional remedy of placing a bucket underneath it.

Registrations totalled 210, up from 186 last year and 169 the year before, so we are sticking by our claim that we are the fastest growing games convention in the UK, though I suppose there could be a con that last year only had two people turn up and which this year had three, so it is a difficult claim to prove.

So far as we know, the number of registrations was a new high. The con has been going for well over 30 years and records from the early days are a bit sketchy, but I would be very surprised if MidCon has topped 200 registrations before, though there was a period for a couple of years when the con was held in Birmingham when we had to book an overspill hotel; then again, that hotel in Brum is not as big (or as nice) as the hotel we currently use.

Lighting in the garden room 

Talking of feedback, it has been pointed out that the lighting is a bit gloomy near the garden end of the garden room (the main gaming room), which is why we locate Spirit Games there.

Not that we're saying the fine folks at Spirit Games look better in the dark; quite the contrary, in fact. It's just that the gloomy end of the room is not so good for the playing of games where it is important to be able to differentiate, for instance, between grey and light brown.

Any road up, I do not know how much use they will be but I've brought along a couple of rechargeable desk lamps, These will be located on the registration desk. Please bring them back after you have finished using them.

We have a Boardgamegeek guild

In fact, for all I know, we have two (see Facebook entry, below).

If we'd created the guild 42 guilds earlier we could have got the coveted 1830 number for our guild, but as it is, the URL is:  

Please join the guild because currently I am Nobby No-Mates and the only guild member.

The guild has a calendar - just one entry on it at the moment - plus a forum (empty) and an images library (ditto).

Take two Facebooks into the shower?

It seems I was a off the mark with my previous comments about us not having a Facebook page. I might have known that young Dave Simpson had already set one up. Unfortunately, I only found out after I had also set up a Facebook page.

So, now we have two. We are the Janus of the Facebook world.

The original and much more populated page is here and has been for yonks.

The new MidCon Facebook page, which had better become a page dedicated to the Bring & Buy games sale, is:

There is not a lot on it at the moment, and nothing that is not already on this web site but that may change at some point in the near future. We may even get around to publicising it at some point.

Next stop, Witter (sic)


We still have some T-shirts on the Settlers theme, in various colours.  If memory serves we were banging these out for £12 a pop. E-mail us (via the Queries button on the left) if you want one.

The T-shirt design is below.

Advance orders with Spirit Games

Spirit Games will once again be running the official games stall. If any you have any specific games you'd like to buy from him - including those released at this year's Essen games tournament - phone him on 01283 511293 or e-mail him to see whether they have it in stock and, if they do, he will put it to one side and then bring it along to the con. 


Directions on how to get to the con by coach, aeroplane or winged chariot are now available in two flavours: Word document or PDF file.

Paul Oakes, noted ale enthusiast, playing Concordia. Note he is wearing a white badge, which means he is not a committee member; committee members have green badges and a slightly harassed look.