What is a games convention?
A Games Convention is an organised gathering of people of all ages who wish to write and present games/events to those who want to play and participate in games/events. It is a chance for people to meet other like-minded people in a safe, creative and fun environment and play those games/events they like to play regularly or that they haven’t played before. Game conventions are often held in a public facility, such as a hall or school/university. Organisers endeavour to select a venue that is easily accessible by car and public transport, and runs the convention over two to four days.
What happens at Conquest games conventions?
Types of games/events run include:
- Freeforms (aka. Parlour LARP)
- Tabletop Roleplaying
- Miniatures (both gaming and painting)
- Board Games
- Card Games
- Multiplayer Video Games
- Demonstration Games of various kinds
- Special Events such as Trivia Contests and Costume Contests
- At Conquest there is also a Trader’s Hall where many different companies and groups sell various roleplaying, general game, fan and miniature related products.
We also have a Canteen that offers a wide variety of hot/cold food and drinks. Proceeds from the Canteen support the convention.
How can I get involved?
There are many different ways you can participate in a Conquest Games Convention. You can:
- Write and/or run a game/event as a Game Designer, or GM (aka Games Master) / DM (Dungeon Master).
- Come as a Player.
- Offer to be a Volunteer.
- Run a stall in the Trader’s Lane.
Please Note: If you have any special requirements, such as needing disabled access to the building, please Contact Us before the convention. This is so we can ensure you have what you need to enjoy the convention!
How is the convention organised?
Each day of the convention is divided into two to four blocks of three hours starting at 9.00am, 12:30pm, 4.00pm, and 7:30pm.
Each session is scheduled to run for two and a half hours from the start of that block, leaving either half an hour or a full hour between playing sessions. Breaks enable you to get from one game to the next, get something to eat/drink, or just socialise and catch your breath.
For legal/insurance purposes you need to register with Conquest in order to participate in any capacity. If you are playing in a timetabled game you must confirm your registration with each game/event organiser before the game/event is scheduled to commence. If you do not, the organiser may fill your place with someone else in order to be able to run it.
Please be aware that there is a chance you could miss out on a game or event due to a game/event being already filled, or being cancelled. Every effort will be made to book you into every game/event you wish to participate in. If you miss out on a game/s or event/s that you have registered and paid for, you can talk to us and we will find you a spot in another suitable game.
Attendees can pre-register for the convention and sign up for events they want to join. Pre-registering allows players the best chance of getting into preferred games/events and time slots; it allows event organisers to see how much demand there will be for their event; it allows the con-orgs a chance to plan for how much space will be required.
Please note: Pre-registration does not necessarily guarantee entry into particular events. Although every effort is made to enter you into the events you would like to play, events are sometimes cancelled, or over or under booked such that they cannot run.
Doing a Combination of GM-ing, Volunteering, or Playing?
If you are doing a combination of GM-ing (running a game), volunteering and/or playing you may not have to pay entry fees. This is determined on a case-by-case basis, however typically if you are volunteering 50% or more of your time on the day, then you will be granted free entry for the day. If you are unsure, please ask us (firstname.lastname@example.org).