We are now accepting bookings
Thanks to Rolls-Royce having got in first, this
year's con will be a little earlier in November than
usual on the weekend of November 2 - 4.
We are now accepting bookings. Use the booking
form link in the margin to find instructions on how
to register for the con and, should you be intending
to stay at either of the Hallmark hotels overnight,
how to book your rooms.
Please note, this year rooms are being booked
directly via the hotel, not via our illustrious
While we are at it, we have provisionally booked
November 8 - 10 for 2019. We're not accepting
bookings for that yet, either.
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
Con booklet & other info resources
The con booklet is to all intents and purposes
finished and available for download. There may be a
few tweaks and corrections between now and the con
but I am not expecting many.
You can also download and guillotine your own crib
cards and if you are a real glutton for
punishment the handy cut out and throw away sheet
with the mug
shots of the committee.
Bring & Buy spreadsheet
If you are intending to put a lot of games (i.e.
more than five) in the Bring & Buy sale it would
be most handy if you would let me know in advance
what games you are listing.
Download the Bring
& Buy spreadsheet, fill in the details, and
email the spreadsheet to john at fbgames.co.uk by
11pm on the Wednesday before the con.
Unless I have assigned you a specific range of
numbers, do not assume the numbers you use on the
spreadsheet will be the game ID numbers you will be
As I type this,
MidCon is less than a week away.
Last I heard, all the single rooms had gone at the
Hallmark Hotel but there were still one or two
There should still be plenty of room over the
road at the Hallmark Hotel.
Either way, if you have not yet booked a room
then it must now be done directly through the hotel
rather than through the committee.
If you want to get the
MidCon room rate, be sure to mention
you are booking to attend the con; you might be
able to get a cheaper rate by booking through the
Hallmark Hotels web site but beware, sometimes their
special deals do not include breakfast (and you
won't want to miss that!).
We don't get any money out of the room bookings,
so we do not mind if you book directly without
mentioning the con, though bear in mind the more
people known to be attending the hotel because of
MidCon the more clout we have with
the hotel in negotiations.
For more information, check out the booking
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.
I understand that this year convention attendees
will be expected to pay the car parking fees at
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.
Let's do it again next year
In a shock development, we have decided to hold MidCon
again next year and, to put the minds of
many of you at rest, it is almost certain we will
be staying at the Hallmark.
Quite a few of you were vehement in your advice
that we do not move the con away from its current
location, and I can assure you that the committee
is just as happy with the hotel as you lot appear
to be, but we have to make contingency plans based
on the growth rate of the con.
As it happens, numbers were fractionally down
this year so running out of space will probably
not be an issue for a while.
While I am here, I might as well go out on a limb
and predict that next year's con will be held on
the second weekend of November next year, but that
is not official. I only mention it so
Jonty can book the wrong weekend off at work again
Talking of whom, Jonty and cohorts run the
and they are now taking bookings for next year. If
this year's con is anything to go by, you'll be
advised to take a Davy lamp with you.
The gaming room
at SorCon (during a power outage that was quickly
John Dodds collection
Just a quick word to say thanks to those of you
who contributed generously to the charity
collection in memory of John Dodds, paying more
than listed price for the games on the charity
In many cases, people paid over the odds for
games not on the charity table and asked
for the money to be put in the Doddsy pot.
I understand that John's long-time friend, David
Long, who organised the sale, raised more than
£400 through the sale of his and John's games, and
he was very pleased with the response.
I shall be writing to John's widow, Clare, this
week, to pass on the condolences of the few old
lags who turned up at the con and who were unaware
of John's demise.
The 2016 con booklet
is now available, at least a day earlier than it
usually is. Feel free to print your own copy ahead
of the con, though there will be a few paper-based
copies on the registration desk.
We've added about seven new restaurant entries
and deleted the entry of what was once the nearest
Chinese restaurant as apparently it is now being
converted into a residence, or several residences.
John Dodds, former editor of postal gaming
fanzine Perspiring Dreams, founding member of the
MidCon committee, died suddenly in
September just days after being diagnosed with
idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
15 February 1961 - 16th
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.
A proper obituary
for John will be in the MidCon
booklet. In all probability, there'll be a bucket
on the registration desk for those of you who
wants to make a donation in his memory to Action
for Pulmonary Fibrosis, the charity nominated by
his widow, Clare.
This being the Internet age, you can donate
electronically ahead of the con.
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 the
weekend of November 11-13.
Let there be beer!
Once again, the Derventio brewery will be
providing a selection of ales that look (and
taste) suspiciously similar to the ales on offer
Please note that the bar in the Garden Room will
only be manned until midnight 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
Someone letting the side down
and ordering a soft drink instead of one of the
available ales (see the boxes behind the barman)
Mind you, I can
talk; this is me (John Harrington) enjoying a pint
at ManorCon with fellow committee member Dave
The Bring & Buy
games room will take place again across the road
at the Hallmark Inn.
This year I will once again have sheets printed
with unique game ID numbers on them. They will be
in a folder marked Bank Statements (it's not a
long story but it is a dull one) located on the
MidCon Registration desk in the Garden
Feel free to complete these and then grab the
requisite number of post-it notes that
should also be located on the registration desk,
and transfer the relevant info (game ID, selling
price) from the sheet to the post-it notes; the
post-it notes should then be affixed to the games,
which you then bring along during the sellers only
We have a Boardgamegeek guild
In fact, for all I know, we have two (see
Facebook entry, below).
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
Take two Facebooks into the shower?
It seems I was a off the mark with my previous
comments about us not having a Facebook page. I
might have known that young Dave Simpson had
already set one up. Unfortunately, I only found
out after I had also set up a Facebook
So, now we have two. We are the Janus of the
The original and much more populated page is here
and has been for yonks.
The new MidCon Facebook page,
which had better become a page dedicated to the
Bring & Buy games sale, is: www.facebook.com/midcongames
There is not a lot on it at the moment, and
nothing that is not already on this web site but
that may change at some point in the near future.
We may even get around to publicising it at some
Next stop, Witter (sic)
We still have some T-shirts on the Settlers
theme, in various colours. If memory serves
we were banging these out for £12 a pop. E-mail us
(via the Queries button on the left) if you want
The T-shirt design is below.