Less than two days to go
As we get closer to the con, the updates start
coming thick and fast. In the last few days on this
page we have done updates on the con booklet, games library, the
beer, the Diplomacy, the Bring & Buy and the
restoration of the MidCON hotel discount.
So, read on Macduff.
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
The Bring & Buy: advance registration of games
Once again, we will be running the Bring &
Buy games stall in two sessions on the Saturday.
Please note that this year the second session will
be a couple of hours earlier than usual and that the venue has changed to 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
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
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
of uncertain quality should also be available from
the real ale bar
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
As a consequence, a number of you who booked
rooms in October found that the MidCON
discount code (see the
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
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
Pencils out: some dates for 2019
We have provisionally been offered November 8 -
10 for 2019. We're not accepting bookings for that
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
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,
of the committee member are on this page.
Once again, 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
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.
The 2017 con
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, 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.
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.
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: 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 . We are advising people to use