Britcon 2024, The BHGS's historically-themed wargames convention returns for the third year to the very heart of the UK's Lead Belt wargaming community in Nottingham over the weekend of 10th & 11th August at the Nottingham Trent Uni City campus Conference Centre, and The BHGS are now taking applications from clubs and groups to stage demo and participation games at this year's event.
Fitting neatly into the East Midlands' wargaming calendar "Summer" slot (with Hammerhead and both Partizan shows in the other 3 calendar quarters), Britcon boasts an eclectic mix of historical and non-historical competition games, less competition orientated "organised play" gatherings from gaming communities such as the Too Fat Lardies, and of course the Britcon Trade Show including space for a number of show-floor demos and participation games,
And, uniquely all of this happens slap bang in the middle of Nottingham, with great connections to every conceivable form of public transport as part of a multi-day convention with onsite student accommodation right on the doorstep of all of the evening (and daytime) attractions that Nottingham has to offer the discerning wargamer running a weekend demo or participation game!
We also offer:
- Free show entry for all demo/participation game runners
- Free onsite weekend parking for the main organisers of each game, and heavily discounted city-centre parking for other players and helpers
- Leisurely setup times, starting on from Friday lunchtime, to allow you time to create your tablescape
- Access to book our onsite "Student" accommodation on Friday & Saturday for anyone wishing to stay all weekend and take advantage of everything Nottingham has to offer
- Late night gaming on Friday and Saturday if your group wishes to continue progressing the action in any particularly engrossing games after the trade show closes for the evening
Britcon is a 2-day event which this year is on track to host over 500 "there all weekend" players, plus several hundred additional "walk-in" show-only attendees as the show becomes more firmly established as we move into our 3rd year in Nottingham. The main day of the show will again be from 10-4 on Saturday, with a part day on Sunday from 10-2
In terms of layout the demo games are integrated within the main trade show floor, which sits at the very heart of the event. Show attendees walk from the entrance straight into the middle of the show, and all of the residential gamers will also be walking past our stands and demo tables multiple times every day to get to the bars, catering spaces and even the main entrance and exits from the venue each morning and evening.
We will also again be promoting attendance at the trade show to our database of 750 gamers, running a series of ads in the usual trade press and online, pushing news about the show out on our social media channels, and working with Gary at the Nottingham Wargames Collective to reach out to their list of local gamers as well in order to make sure everyone in the catchment area hears about the Britcon show and your presence at it.
If your group is interested in applying to run a demo game, or if you have any questions or would like to understand more about taking part in Britcon 2024, please get in touch by email and we can arrange a time to discuss the possibilities.