Unfortunately, and despite our best efforts it now appears that we will not be able to stage an edition of Britcon this year.
Even with all of the positive news in recent weeks, and steady progress along the roadmap to lifting of the current restrictions "Covid uncertainty" has still eaten greatly into our normal planning and promotional cycle for Britcon such that by the time we are likely to have an official green light in mid June, the timeline will then be woefully short until early August.
Even more importantly our venue at Manchester Uni may not be in a position to confirm our booking even by mid June, with the venue management team who handle our booking all having either been temporarily redeployed to support testing of the student population or in some cases furloughed or made redundant.
Taken together this means that even with the best will in the world we do not see how we can stage an event of the size and quality we would wish to deliver this year.
For 2022, with the Manchester venue still on track to be demolished in the Spring/Summer we have been looking at a number of other similar venues around the country to stage a residential weekend-long gaming event and trade show.
As a result of this process we're now pleased to report that we now have a shortlist of two suitable venues for Britcon 2022, both of which are in Nottingham and both of which are holding dates for us on our normal "2nd weekend in August" dateline. Once Covid restrictions allow (hopefully in June) we will be making site visits to both and signing a contact with one of them as soon as possible so we can start the process of planning for a much more normal Britcon in a new venue in 2022.
For the rest of the calendar, the latest status is as follows:
Bookings are open for the BHGS Teams Competition @ the London GT over the weekend of 25/26th September, where we will be staging competitions for DBM, DBMM, To the Strongest, L'Art de la Guerre and Field of Glory under the BHGS banner.
Updated details for all of these events are now on the BHGS website and we already have almost 100 players signed up at what looks to be a keenly anticipated set of competitions this September - and we very much hope you too will be able to join us in London to start rolling some dice again!
We are hoping to hear back soon from our regular venue for Roll Call to confirm some dates for Spring 2022, and will publish these dates and competition detailsas soon as possible.
We hope to see you at the LGT in September, and in both Cranfield and also in Nottingham next year.
The BHGS Britcon Team