MidCon is not the only con
Aaargh! I meant to publicise this earlier but got dragged down the pub on successive evenings by workmates old and new.
However, if you are reading this the same day that I am posting it, there is still time to attend the
Autumn Mini Beer & Pretzels Games Weekend on
October 18/19th 2014 at the Three Queens Hotel, Bridge St, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1SY.
It is a non-residential con but if you mention Autumn B&P when booking a room at the 3 Queens you will get a £5 discount off a double room.
The con is run by our friends at Spirit Games and in keeping with the ethos of that excellent games shop, you will find a broad spectrum of games being played at the con: board games, CCGs, FRP, miniatures and beer.
As such, it is not like most of the other cons in the calendar.
One bonus is that it is held in the brewing capital of Britain and so the beer is sure to be good - I am not sure about the pretzels, but they do soak up the beer.
Rooms going fast
I have just heard from MidCon HQ and,
subject to a recount, all of the single rooms in the
main Hallmark Hotel have now been booked.
Double and twin rooms are still available and, of
course, there are also rooms available across the
road in the Hallmark Inn, but these are also going
In fact, bookings are at their highest level
since 2006 so you had better get your skates on if
you want to book a room at either of the hotels.
There is nothing to stop you from booking a local
B&B and trekking to the hotel, and I will be
doing some research on this front soon.
I have had some kind soul volunteer to help me on
the Bring & Buy games stall. One or two more
would be welcome, so we can operate a shift system.
Use the Queries button in the left margin to let us
know if you want to help out, or just make yourself
known to the committee when you arrive at the con.
As before, we will be charging a 5% commission to
cover the cost of hiring the room, which those of
you who attended last year will know was a big
improvement on the room we used to use.
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)
Dates have been confirmed
The 2014 MidCon will be
held on November 7th - 9th.
As you can see from the booking
form, room rates are similar to last
year's level. We took a real bath on the
coffee (not in the coffee) last
year, with the bill £600 higher than the
year before, so we are still working
through the accounts to determine
Rather than put the registration fees up
to cover the expected loss on the flasks
of hot drinks in the convention rooms,
cups of java and char will be available
over the counter in the Wyedale bar, which
is the bar where the real ale is
Cafetiere coffee will also be available
from the main bar, but at a somewhat
higher price, I imagine.
We still have some T-shirts on the
Settlers theme. You can have any
colour as you like, so long as it is
white. If memory serves we were banging
these out for £12 a pop.
The T-shirt design is below.
Bring & Buy
We'll be doing the Bring & Buy
again but we've had to introduce a charge
for sellers in order to cover the cost of
hiring the room, which this year will be
the Milldale room. We will be skimming 5%
off the selling price of any games that
Games that will be on offer
If you want to give punters advance
notice of the games you will be bringing
along to sell,
contact John by rearranging the
following elements into the right order
for his e-mail address:
Clue: Put them in the following order:
2-1-3, with no spaces in between!
This year I will once again have sheets
printed with unique game ID numbers on
them that I can hand out to those sellers
who will, to use a technical term, be
selling a shed load of games.
They can then put details of the games
they have for sale on the sheets, take
note of the game ID numbers and put the
appropriate numbers on post-it notes and
attach them to the games. That way we
might streamline the booking part of the
Bring & Buy.
If you are new to MidCon
or games conventions in general, Paul
Oakes has bashed out a guide for newbies.
Advance orders with Spirit Games
Spirit Games will - we presume - 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.
I know this
photo looks like it has a big crease
going north to south just right of the
centre of the picture, but that is, in
fact, a piece of string, atop of which
is a helium filled balloon. The balloon
is always (well, almost always) with a
committee member to make it easy to find