What did you do in the Diplomacy era, Daddy?
John Harrington (that's me but I love writing about
myself in the third person) has done a bit of a
nostalgia piece on what games
were available to con goers in the early days of
Given recent developments - the rule of six and all
that - the committee and the hotel management have
agreed that it is best to end uncertainty and
officially cancel MidCon
Those of you who paid for registration through
PayPal should have already been refunded via the
same channel. Those who paid by cheques have had
their cheques torn up
Notwithstanding the fact that at the time of
writing, the Hallmark Hotel and the Hallmark Inn are
closed for business because of the coronavirus
lockdown, we understand that the Hallmark Inn will
not be available to us this year.
Just to clarify, that means you won't be able to
book accomodation there and we won't be able to use
the breakfast room as an overspill gaming area.
And to further clarify, in an earlier update I
said it was the Hallmark Hotel that will be closed;
I meant the Inn.
Not that we are expecting to have need of an
overspill gaming area. Even if the restrictions on
social gatherings are relaxed by the time November
rolls around, it would not surprise us if numbers
dropped off this year.
There's also the grim prospect of the Hallmark
chain of hotels going belly-up.
Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to
forecasting how the pandemic will pan(demic) out but
suffice to say that currently it is our intention to
run the con if the Hallmark Hotel (i.e. the main
hotel) is open for
We are now accepting bookings and while we
normally say registration fees cannot be refunded,
it would be a bit of a rum do if we were not to do
so in the event of a cancellation so rest assured we
will do the decent thing if the con is cancelled.
available and it is not even the day before the
con (at the time of writing). An online version is
Those we have lost
We've lost three more luminaries from the postal
gaming scene. Richard Hucknall, the editor of the
zine "Fall of Eagles"; Tony Bromley, veteran postal
gamer; and Craig Nye, who I only know of from
If the log sheets are to be believed, at least
three games were borrowed from the games library
last year - maybe as many as half a dozen.
Flushed with success we plan to offer a small collection of games,
located on a shelf behind the registration desk,
that attendees are welcome to borrow (the games -
not the shelf).
of uncertain quality should also be available from
the real ale bar
members John Harrington and Dave Simpson sharing a
pint at ManorCon
We already have a Facebook page, but now we have
group to make it easier for you to do whatever
it is people do on Facebook groups.
I expect we'll be putting things on it such as
the Bring & Buy spreadsheets but our big hope is
that it will prove a useful resource for matching up
people looking for games with those looking for
If this is your first time, or if you've a bad
memory for faces, it might be useful to see what the
committee members look like, just in case you wish
to raise an issue with them, ask them a question or
buy them a drink.
We'll include their mug shots in the con booklet,
and possibly have them on display in the main gaming
rooms - so you have been warned.
For a sneak preview,
of the committee member are on this page.
Spirit Games will 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 con.
We have a Boardgamegeek guild
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
Farcebook and Witter
As well as the Facebook group we have a bog
Facebook page here We also have a
Twitter account that is not so much dormant as