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Chris J Davis
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Hi guys,

A quick question: I've never been to a gaming convention before, but I'd love to as soon as humanly possible. What would be the best con for me to attend, keeping in mind that I live in the UK, only speak (or maybe more importantly, read) English and tend to go for a cross-section of Euros (especially Knizia) and Fantasy Flight-style games.

Thanks for the recommendations,

Chris.
 
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Skip Maloney
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Well, you could hop a plane immediately (to Baltimore, here in the US) and attend Euro-Quest, which, as I write, has already started and will continue through Sunday.
I recommend the WBC in late July/early August. Check out www.boardgamers.org for details.
 
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Steve K
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Quote:
I'd love to as soon as humanly possible


It's your lucky day!

Midcon starts tomorrow 16:00 until Sunday 18:00. It's in Birmingham.

(that's Birmingham, England not the one in Alabama)

Details here: http://fbgames.co.uk/Midcon/index.htm (this page also has links to some other UK conventions).
 
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Chris J Davis
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Oops! I know I said as soon as humanly possibly, but I'm afraid for this human it's not possible this weekend!

Any time over the next year would be fine. ;-)

Apart from the obvious playing, buying and selling games, what else goes on at a con? :-)

Cheers,

Chris.
 
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Of the Cons that I have been to I like Gencon, it has a good mix of gaming types, but probably isn't the best for straight board gaming.

I would say that the most important factor is having a friend to go with, I think doing a con solo might be a bit depressing.
 
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Luke Morris
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The Cast Are Dice in Stoke was incredibly friendly, chilled out, laid back (and all other fun, relaxed words) and I'm sure more people than I will agree with that.

Next one will be summer next year.
I dunno what Oxcon is like but that's not too far away...
 
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This year I've been to Baycon (Exeter), Beer+Pretzels (Burton-on-Trent), Manorcon (Birmingham) and CastAreDice (Stoke). Each time, I've travelled alone, though for a couple of the later conventions I knew someone I'd met at Baycon would be attending.

I've found every one of them great fun, with plenty of people happy to play games with all comers.

This is my first time at Midcon, but I don't think it will be that different.

I'd also say that playing games is the main thing - buying & selling occurs, but its very minor. Other things do get organised (I can think of quiz nights & a croquet competition), but I seem to miss them by playing games. Some people have been know to have a drink.

The one thing I'd mention is that a couple of the conventions have organised championships alongside "open gaming". After dipping my toe into an organised competition at my first convention I decided the time commitments (& pressure) weren't for me, and I stick to open gaming - which basically means playing whatever you like with whoever you like.
 
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Luke Morris
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Like Cash and Guns with me
 
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simon craddock
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The following site hopes to have details of most of the UK cons.
http://www.boardgamers.org.uk/index.php

Hope it provides some help.
I have been to most of the UK cons and they are all very
similar with a very friendly crowd ready and willing to play
almost anything...
 
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Phillip Heaton
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I don't know about the UK cons, because I've never been to one. All I can comment on is the US cons.

All cons have open gaming. Most cons have specific games scheduled to be played at certain times & places. Many cons will have competitions, where gamers will play a specific game to determine a champion. Some cons may have multigame championships, or team championships. Many cons will have dealers selling gaming stuff, and the bigger cons will have new games released there. Some cons will have flea-markets, where someone can rent a table to sell their stuff or just put items up for sale. Some cons will have silent auctions, and some of the larger cons will have normal auctions. I have also seen cons that have movie rooms, art rooms and costume contests - although these are more likely at Sci-Fi cons.
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Steve K
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HamsterOfFury wrote:
Like Cash and Guns with me


Precisely...

Provided you manage to take time out from letting the clamouring public get a taste of your wonderful new game Tour, which a little bird tells me you'll be bringing along to the con.
 
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James Cheevers
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I can highly recommend Stabcon in Manchester, which will take place the first weekend after New Year (and again in the summer).

It's also very reasonably priced.

James
 
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Jonas Resting-Jeppesen
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www.greatcanadianbaycon.com would be rather good. it's really cheap 1 day pass 12 $ and weekend pass 20 $ that makes it interesting for a first timer. and there are a lot of introduction games running so that will be a good place to go.

it's running in may 4,5 & 6.

...im going!

resting
 
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