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You can book your room and register for the con

I understand the hotel and the inn are now accepting room bookings, using the booking code HMC0682019. The code applies for rooms booked from Thursday through to (and including) Sunday.

The con is now accepting bookings.


Someone on the Facebook page asked whether we have a policy on kids attending MidCon.

Our policy stretches about as far as declaring that chidren are welcome to come along. Whether they should pay a registration fee and, if so, how much, is something for which we do not have an official policy except the usual one, which is "leave it to Jeremy to decide".

I think I can confidently say that very small children who are unlikely to be doing any gaming would not be expected to pay a registration fee. Things start getting a bit trickier with older kids who may play the occasional game.

We'll discuss an official policy after this year's con but for now the best advice is to talk to Jeremy about whether your child needs to pay a registration fee.

The Bring & Buy: advance registration of games for sale

Once again, we will be running the Bring & Buy games stall in two sessions on the Saturday. Please note that the venue will once again be the Hardwick suite in the Aston Court hotel across the road.

If you would like to register the games you want to sell in advance, please do so as this is most helpful to the organisers. Just find the Bring & Buy registration sheets folder in the hallway that runs from the Hallmark Hotel registration desk towards the Garden Room and follow the instructions.

Further details of how it all works are on the Bring & Buy web page.

The con booklet

The 2018 con booklet is more or less finished. There might be some minor tweaks but if you want to download the booklet ahead of the con, you can now do so.

The games library

I've been told not to mention this so I won't mention that a small collection of games will be available on a shelf behind the registration desk that attendees are welcome to borrow.

I won't mention that committee member David Clasby will bring along some sheets so attendees can book games in and out.

The library (that I am not allowed to mention) will not be as large as the ones you see at some games cons as the normal form at MidCon is for attendees to ask other attendees if they may borrow a game (subject to the usual niceties). As such, our "library" probably amounts to something like one thousand games (affects Dr Evil pose).

It is entirely possible that the committee will forget to bring along games for the library, in which case it is just as well I have not mentioned it.

Let there be beer!

MidCon, as we know, is "a games convention, not a beer festival" but even so we will be having a decent selction of ales from Derby's very own Derventio brewery.

We will have four ales on offer in the "bag-in-a-box" format: Minerva (ABV 3.8%) - an amber ale; Equinocks (4.0%) - a pale ale we've not featured before; Spartan (5.3%) - IPA; Gold (gold! 4.2%) - a pale ale

Please note that the bar in the Garden Room will only be manned from noon until midnight on Friday and Saturday and from noon until 6.00pm on Sunday but if you are a resident you can still get a drink of the proper stuff by going to the main bar and asking them to serve you in what Smashy & Nicey would call a "room service-mungous type way". This means paying for the drinks by card or putting it on your room bill.

Coffee of uncertain quality should also be available from the real ale bar

MidCon committee members John Harrington and Dave Simpson sharing a pint at ManorCon

There will be Diplomacy

Once upon a time, the con used to be host to the national Diplomacy championship. Numbers have certainly dwindled but I understand there are enough players this year for at least one board.

Play starts on Saturday from 11.00am plus there should be a Sunday session running from 10.00am (I have been assured that this time does exist on a Sunday) until 4.00pm.

The games will be played in the same room as last year - wherever that was.

Still accepting room bookings & registrations

This was the first year where con attendees booked hotel rooms directly via the hotel than via the con (i.e. Jeremy). In the main it has worked well even if it does leave the committee a bit in the dark as to how many people have booked rooms.

There have, however, been the inevitable teething troubles, one of which relates to the discount on rooms that con attendees receiver.

Traditionally, this has been offered right up to the last day of the con but the contract appears to stipulate that the hotel only has to offer the rooms while they are reserved (as a block booking) for the con, which this year was through to the end of September.

As a consequence, a number of you who booked rooms in October found that the MidCON discount code (see the booking form) was not available.

We are happy to say that after being informed that it was normal form (no matter what the contract appeared to say) for the hotel to offer a con discount right up to the end of the con, the hotel management has reinstated the MidCON discount option. Those of you who have paid the full rate should raise this with the hotel, which has agreed to honour MidCon discount rates. Some of you may have taken advantage of seasonal offers at the hotel that basically offer much the same rate as the MidCon discount rates; it's obviously your call whether you want to try to back out of these and go for the MidCon option.

As of 17 October, the hotel had set aside six rooms for late bookers at MidCon so if you have yet to book a room and wish to do so, you may still have the chance. If there are none available at the Hallmark Hotel, try the Hallmark Inn, and if that has none, try the Aston Court across the road, which is not offering any sort of  MidCon code but which, I understand, offers room rates that are on a par with the Hallmark Inn.

For more information, check out the booking form

Pencils out: some dates for 2019

We have provisionally been offered November 8 - 10 for 2019. We're not accepting bookings for that yet.

Facebook group

We already have a Facebook page, but now we have a Facebook 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 players.

The committee members in pictures

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, images of the committee member are on this page.

Car parking

Once again, convention attendees will be expected to pay the car parking fees at the hotel. 

One thing to remember if you are using the car park is you'll need to provide Reception with your number plate, otherwise as well as getting charged for using the car park you'll run the risk of getting clamped and paying a hefty surcharge.

Advance orders with Spirit Games

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 e-mail 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. 

Con booklet

The 2017 con booklet is still available. We are working on the 2018 version, which may also be available on the web site in HTML format. Watch this space.

John Dodds

John Dodds, former editor of postal gaming fanzine Perspiring Dreams, founding member of the MidCon committee, died suddenly in September 2016 just days after being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

John Dodds 

15 February 1961 - 16th September 2016

A memorial service was held for him on 20 October in London, with many hobby old lags in attendance.

Off the top of my head, we had Chris Tringham (another founding member of the MidCon committee), Adam Huby, Bart Huby, Paul Oakes, Jeff Edmunds, Colin & Marie Gamble, Ken Simpson, Chris Dawe, Mike Moor, Dane Maslen, Mike Woodhouse, Geoff Challinger, Richard Beattie, Brian Creese and maybe a few more.

People flew in from as far afield as Hong Kong and Australia to attend his memorial, which says pretty much all you need to know about the high regard in which he was held.

As Jeremy Tullett remarked upon learning of John's death, there are not so many con attendees these days who remember him, but those who do, remember him with a good deal of fondness.

It is no exaggeration to say that without John, in all probability we'd be doing something else other than attending MidCon on a weekend in November.

Doddsy's memory was honoured by some generous contributions from MidCon attendees to a charity diedicated to funding those looking for a cure to COPD.

I understand that John's long-time friend, David Long, who organised the sale of John's games collectiom, raised more than 400 through the sale of his (David's) and John's games, and he was very pleased with the response.  

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:  

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 library (ditto).

Farcebook and Witter

As well as the Facebook group we have a bog standard Facebook page here   We also have a Twitter account . We are advising people to use the hashtags