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MidCon 2020  
has been cancelled owing to COVID-19 restrictions
13 – 15 November 2020

Hallmark Hotel, Derby, DE1 2SQ, UK

MidCon 2020 takes place in a comfortable hotel in the city of Derby from Friday morning (9am) to Sunday evening (6pm). 

The convention features:

  • the opportunity to play board games with like-minded adults, including all the hot games from this year's Essen games fair

  • the MidCon music and general knowledge quiz for teams of four on Saturday evening

  • a Diplomacy tournament, subject to numbers

  • the chance to buy even more board games from Spirit Games

  • the chance to sell your surplus games on the Bring & Buy stall on the Saturday or pick up a bargain

MidCon is primarily about playing games and meeting people. You can play any of the number of games people bring along with them, including the hot new games from the Spiel games fair in Essen, which takes place a few weeks before MidCon. Popular games include 18XX, Pandemic Legacy, Agricola, Scythe, Terraforming Mars and Great Western Trail, but you are welcome to bring along your own favourite games – you will almost certainly find some people willing to play at least one of them. 

Registration costs cover the costs of hiring the convention rooms, sending out flyers, maintaining this web site and so on. 

£25 per person for the whole weekend, when booked before 1st November, £30 afterwards, and on the door.

The day rates are: £15/£15/£10 for Friday/Saturday/Sunday. 

Please note: convention fees are not refundable except where the con is cancelled.

You may register online via the Games Convention Booking System or the old school way by sending a cheque - details are on the 2020 flyer.

You do not have to stay in the Hallmark Hotel to attend the con, but if you do choose to do so, these are the room rates (using the code MIDCON20). The discount rate applies to the Thursday before the con and the Sunday night of the con.

Hallmark Hotel Accommodation: Bed and breakfast prices of £69 Single; £82 Double / Twin per room per night. These prices also apply to Thursday night and Sunday night.

Please note that the Hallmark Inn is not available this year, either for gaming or for staying in.

Unlike in previous years, the booking of the rooms should be done directly with the hotel, not via MidCon. 

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Visit the Hallmark Hotels website
  2. Locate the “Derby Midland”.
  3. Select the nights that you require
  4. Enter the booking code MIDCON20.
  5. The rates listed above should be applied.
  6. It should also be possible to book by telephone.

The hotel has a dedicated car park but you will need to register your vehicle's details with the hotel reception to secure free parking. On the plus side, Derby railway station is still only about 50 metres away and there is a bus link from there to East Midlands airport.


If you would like to join us at MidCon, please complete the booking form or just turn up on the day. 


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