Many thanks to all who attended, making the con
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.
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
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 www.knizia.de
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
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)
The Bring & Buy
games room has been relocated across the road at the
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
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: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/1872
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
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
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: www.facebook.com/midcongames
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
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
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.