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7 August 2013

The Cast Are Dice 2013

Filed under: — Garry @ 9:03 pm

This weekend is the annual games convention in Stoke-on-Trent, The Cast Are Dice. It runs from 10.00am-10.00pm on Saturday 10th August and 10.00am-8.00pm on Sunday 11th August at Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College ST4 2RU. All the details can be found here.

I’ll only be there on the Saturday but am looking forward to the event as always. And Nick should have copies of Robinson Crusoe, Mascarade, Hey Waiter, and the Dungeon Twister Card Game for me to pick up. Anyone want to teach me Robinson Crusoe?

15 April 2013

Telford Mini-Con 2013

Filed under: — Garry @ 9:59 pm

Coming up on Saturday 20th April 2013 is the annual Telford mini-con in Shifnal. The event starts at 10.00am and finishes at around 10.00pm. The location is Shifnal Village Hall, Aston Street, Shifnal, Telford TF11 8DW. There is ample free parking next to the hall and the railway station is just a short walk away. More details can be found here.

31 October 2012

Beer & Pretzels Autumn Con

Filed under: — Garry @ 9:32 pm

This weekend on the 3rd and 4th November 2012, there will be an Autumn Beer & Pretzels convention at the Town Hall, Burton on Trent. It runs from 10am to 8pm on the Saturday and 10am to 7pm on the Sunday. Entry is £5 per day or £9 for both. Further details can be found on the Spirit Games website.

24 September 2012

Bolton Games Day - 30 September 2012

Filed under: — Garry @ 3:10 pm

This weekend is the next Bolton Games Day. It’s taking place on Sunday 30th September from about 10.30am to 11pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Horwich, BL6 5QT

Just £3.50 to get in, and that gets you a plate of something warm around 6pm. And there’s a bar open all afternoon. More info can be found here.

4 July 2012

Deeside Defenders Gauntlet Weekend

Filed under: — Garry @ 8:37 pm

Deeside Defenders have their gauntlet weekend this Saturday, 7th July 2012, running from 10am till 7pm and Sunday 8th July from 10am till 5pm. It is mainly wargaming but there will be boardgaming as well. It is at Wings Social Club, Airbus UK, Broughton, Chester, CH4 0DR. Entry is free for both days!

Further details and directions can be found on the Deeside Defenders website

10 May 2012

Beer & Pretzels weekend 12-13 May 2012

Filed under: — Garry @ 5:04 pm

This nearly passed me by but the 23rd Beer & Pretzels Games Weekend is being held on 12-13th May 2012 at the Town Hall, Burton on Trent.

With its usual mix of board, card, roleplaying and miniatures games with good food & beer, in a splendid venue.

Open 10.00 - 10.00 on Saturday

10.00 - 7.00 on Sunday

Tickets £5 per day or £9 for both

Further details can be found here.

19 September 2011

Chester (Deeside Defenders) Gaming Weekend: 23-25 September 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 10:08 pm

A bit like buses, you wait for ages and then two come along together. Hot on the heels of last Sunday’s Bolton games day, this weekend sees the gaming action transferred to Chester. Here’s some info from John Roach:

I know that this is the weekend after the Bolton all-dayer but some of you may be interested in this gaming opportunity.

It is mainly a chance for the club’s wargamers to play some epic games but there will be a boardgaming presence and you are welcome to join us.

Deeside Defenders have secured the use of a hall at the Airbus factory in Broughton near Chester from Friday pm until Sunday evening. There is a cheap bar and food available. I am not aware of any entry fees but I will provide more details as I get them. In the meantime, it would be helpful if you are interested in coming along so we can ensure that we have sufficient tables available.

For directions etc please visit the Deeside Defenders website.

Opening times are Friday noon to 11pm, Sat 9am to 11pm, Sun 9am to 11pm.

12 September 2011

Bolton all-day gaming 18 September 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 6:19 pm

The next gaming event in the calendar is an all-day gaming session from the GNOME guys. Here’s the lowdown:

Gamers North of Manchester England (GNOME) are holding another of our famous and increasingly popular all-dayers on Sunday 18th September 2011 at St Mary’s Church Hall, Horwich. Access to the car park is from Richmond st (BL6 5QT for you Satnavvies). Doors open at 10:30AM 11AM and we need to be out by 11PM.

As previously, we have the hall to ourselves and the bar is open from 12 Noon to 11PM. There are shops and takeaways within easy walk but we will be providing some light grub at around 6PM to keep you going.

Everyone is welcome of course, from newbies to old hands and including kids (so long as they are gamers and not run-around-and-knock-things-over-ers). Bring your own games or come and play ours. Over 70 gamers turned up last time (despite an emergency change of venues, promise it won’t happen again this time) and there is a genuinely friendly atmosphere.

Entry is £3 (£1 for under 16s) which includes free hotpot/soup at 6:00PM. There is no such thing as a free lunch, but consider this a free tea (or free dinner for any soft Southerners out there).

More information can be found on this BGG thread, including a list of expected attendees.

14 August 2011

The Cast Are Dice 2011

Filed under: — Garry @ 8:52 pm

The Cast are Dice 2011 is coming up next weekend. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss it again as I’m on holiday in Italy. However, here are the details:

Where: Stoke 6th Form College, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RU

When: Saturday 20th August 2011 & Sunday 21st August 2011

Times: 10am to 10pm Saturday, 10am to 8pm Sunday

The best board gaming weekend in the UK is finally back!

After two very successful events in 2006 and 2007, there is a new venue for this year, which meets the organiser’s (rather fussy) requirements of being light, clean, airy, and above all family-friendly.

Among other things, there will be:

- A massive games library of approximately 500 titles (or more)

- A shop at the venue where snacks and drinks can be bought

- Other places to eat and drink within easy walking distance

- A hotel for those that need to stay overnight also within very easy walking distance.

- Colour name badges (including BGG avatars, if required) for all weekend tickets booked in advance!

- A free game with every £15 weekend ticket booked in advance!

Don’t miss out on the most fun pure board gaming event of the year! You can book tickets here or just turn up on the day.

11 July 2011

Manorcon XXIX

Filed under: — Garry @ 8:08 pm

This year’s Manorcon is again being held at Stamford Hall, University of Leicester, and runs from 2pm on Friday 15th July until 2pm on Monday 18th July 2011.

The event will have all the regular tournaments plus, possibly, one or two new ones. It features a second-hand game sale on Friday and Saturday, the Pop Quiz on Saturday evening and the Treasure Hunt on Sunday afternoon. All the details can be found on the Manorcon website.

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