Wintercon 2023 Saturday 14th January

If you are Manchester UK based , or can easily reach it, on Saturday 14th January, Go Play Manchester is having its 2023 Wintercon at Fan Boy 3.

I’m currently putting together two slots of games over the day, 10 am to 6 pm. Games already offered Star Wars, Tales from the Loop, Traveller and RuneQuest.

More games to follow, player registration opens soon.

Attendee Registration for Saturday 15th Jan Meetup Now Open

It’s a new year, and we are back with our first face to face meet up of Go Play Manchester at Fan Boy 3 on Saturday 15th January, 1 pm to 5 pm. 

The event is public, and If you’ve not attended one of our events before, you are welcome to come along. 

Game signup will happen two weeks before the event, on Saturday 8th January. You have to register for the event beforehand, and it will open at 8 pm. 

Please note there is a £3 charge payable to the venue on the day.

Once registered, if you can not attend, please un-register since this frees up your seat for someone else to come. 

We currently have spaces available for GMs, so if you are interested, read our GM’s Information page and take it from there. 

No Go Play Manchester until Spring next year

Hi all,

Just to let you know that after the grand total of one person (Blythy) answering my call for GMs for our next online meetup, I’ve decided to put Go Play Manchester into hibernation for the foreseeable future. No reflection on anyone, it’s just the GMs are all busy with regular commitments.

I’m going to review the situation in early spring (March 1st) next year 2021, and hopefully, things will have significantly improved by then.

All the best

;O) Newt

Next Go Play Manchester Online is on Sunday 15th November

Please note the previously advertised Go Play Manchester this coming Saturday 24th October is not going ahead.

The next date is Sunday 15th November – our post-Grogmeet meet-up.

If you would like to run a game at this meetup, please visit the GM’s Information page and submit a game using the form.  I’m going to hold sign up for the games on Sunday 1st November – so please submit your game details by then.

Welcome to Grim Con

And now a message of Welcome from our Chairnewt on this day of great games 🙂

While we are at it, here’s something to listen to before and after your game sessions. 22 odd tracks chosen by Grim Con attendees, from a wide variety of musical genres,

Ladies, Gentlemen and Wild Things (over the age of 18) I present….

Radio Grim Con 2020.

Three Games for Go Play Manchester Online July 2020

Registration for Saturday 11 July 1-5 pm is well underway, with spaces filling up fast.

I’ve currently got three games on offer:

Click on the links for more details.


Go Play Online Sat 28 & Sunday 29 March Register now!

In place of our regular face to face meet up at Fanboy 3 this week, we are running an Online version over two days, with a social at the virtual pub the Mitchester Arms the night before.

Friday Night: Social at the Mitchester Arms.  Our regular guest GM Paul Mitchener set up a virtual pub for gamers over Google Hangouts, which ran with great success last Friday. He’s making it a regular weekly thing, and we have a table where we can meet and say hello to one another before mingling with the rest of the pub.

GPM Online March
The main event split over two days with two games on Saturday and Sunday, with more to be announced during the week.

Saturday 1-5 pm

  • Message from St Michel – Actung Cthulhu (Fate version) with Blythy.
  • The Edge of the World – Skyraiders of the Floating Realms (D100 Fantasy) with Newt

Sunday 1-5 pm

  • The Bishop’s Treasure – Wolfshead (Fate) with Paul Mitchener.
  • Nyarlathotep: His Part in My Downfall -WW2 Cthulhu using the Only War rules with Roderick.

More games to come since we’ve had at least one GM throw his hat into the ring since we got the initial line up sorted.  Also, I’ll release the full descriptions of each game, along with requirements for virtual gaming tabletop and any joining instructions from the GM as the week progresses.

For now, register your attendance. You can attend just one day or both. If demand is high, you might only get into one game.

Once you’ve registered, I’ll email you when you can choose your games, which should be either Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll then notify you when people have been allocated to the games, either Thursday or Friday night at the latest.

If you are new to online gaming, I’d recommend this guide to playing RPGs online by Dom, who is a seasoned convention GM.


You’ll need a headset with a microphone as well as pc with a robust internet connection.  I would recommend getting a reconditioned call centre headset with a USB connection. Not only are they cheap from eBay, but the quality is also excellent, and they are amazingly robust.

Any questions please get in touch via the contact page.

Go Play Manchester Meet Ups Postponed until Further Notice

It is with great sadness that I’m postponing Go Play Manchester at Fanboy 3. Yesterday’s Government announcement about Corona Virus and its guidance for the general public to avoid unnecessary social contact made it clear to me that we can not continue. And that we should not do so since our community will have people who are at risk, or have family members who are at risk.

When some form of “all-clear” is called, we will work with Fanboy 3 and restart the meetups as quickly as possible.  Please subscribe to our newsletter, so we can tell you when we are reopening.

Plans for Online Go Play Manchester
In the meantime, we are working on keeping our community together by moving our meetups online. We are still working on the details of this, but I’m aiming to have this up and going on what would have been our next face-to-face meetup on Saturday 28th March.

If you are interested in GMing at our first virtual Go Play Manchester, please email me at

If you are interested in playing, even if you are new to online rpging, we will provide joining instructions sometime in the next week or so to coincide with game sign up. Again if you want details of this when it happens, sign up to our newsletter.