Winter Con 2020 a Big Thanks!

The idea was simple to run a day meet up, with games in the morning and afternoon, to celebrate Go Play Manchester’s 1st Anniversary.

Two months of constant publicity, on Twitter, Facebook, word of mouth through the shop at Fanboy 3, later and suddenly on Saturday 11th at 10 am when I walked through the door 40 odd people were already there eager to get on with the gaming. And after my brief introduction, they did, sorting themselves out with tables and getting down to the hard work of rolling dice and describing their characters actions.  I joined John Ossoway’s River of Heaven game and had a cracking time being a space marine in a slick sci-fi action thriller (read my review here).

Even due to last-minute dropouts we ran 13 games over the two slots

The Mermaids of Magda, The Guns of Olympus Mons, Only Fools Rush In, Fire, The Great Wain Robbery, Legions of Gold (Redux), Murky Waters, Breakout!,
Manta Prowl Tank Down., Hostile Negotiations., Captain Moonray and the League of Unspeakable Evil., GoblinQuest., The Rumble in the Bronx (Marvel Superheroes FASERIP).

Fanboy 3, as usual, were excellent hosts.  I cannot emphasise how much of Go Play’s success both at Winter Con and during the usual monthly meetups are down to Hedi and her staff. It’s a lovely, comfortable venue, where the game shop side of the business is neatly pushed to the side to allow a massive amount of organised play as well as pick up games in-store. The games side of it is well maintained and fantastic, with a wide range of boardgames and RPGs. My wallet is significantly lighter after browsing the excellent selection of RPGs during the con.

We took an hour for lunch which gave folk time to socialise as well as decamp to local eateries nearby in the Northern Quarter and Piccadilly Gardens. After the con was over a large group of us went to the Port Street Beer for a few post-con real ales 😊

Will we be doing it again this time next year? Hell yes! It’s inspired me to run another one day con later in the year (details to follow because it is still in discussion), as well as commit to more regular afternoon meetups which starting next month.

Note, there have been two changes in how we organise things that arose from the day.

  1. Saturday suits us so much better than Sunday, and more importantly Fan Boy 3, who run regular D&D events on Sunday. We were struggling for numbers and they were struggling to fit us in alongside the D&D. So while neither side is not ruling out Sunday Go Play’s in the future, in the main, we shall now be meeting on Saturday afternoons.
  2. To help with the increased attendance, and if I can’t make it on the day, Roderick, who some of you have had the pleasure of playing in his WFRP/W40K, is going to be my deputy.

Thanks to everyone who came along and played or ran a game at Winter Con and made it such a triumphant day.

Enjoy

;O) Newt

Other reviews of the day:

A gallery of photos from the day.

 

Winter Con Games Allocation + Timetable

Hi all

Winter Con is almost here, only one more sleep!

The time table for the day is as follows:

  • 10:00 Con Opens, Newt says hello.
  • 10:00-13:30 Morning game.
  • 13:30-14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30-17:30 Afternoon game.
  • 17:30 -18:00 Convention ends, thank yous and farewells.
  • 18:00 Pub – venue to be announced.

Organiser notes:

  • Please note due to a number of cancellations we’ve lost a game in both sessions, and a certain amount of rearrangement has occurred to firm up numbers in the remaining games.
  • Table 7 is downstairs.
  • There is a handful of spaces left, so if you want to come please contact me or see me on the day.
  • Payment: Please note payment for the day is £5 or £3 if you are coming for the morning only. Please pay at the shop counter. Thank you.

Right onto the fun bit. Here are the game allocations for the day.

Morning Games

Table1
The Guns of Olympus Mons
System: River of Heaven
GM: John Ossoway

  • Newt
  • Jonathan Buschenfeld
  • Andrew Hemming
  • Matthew Thomas
  • Josh Clark

Table 2
Manta Prowl Tank Down
System: Code of the Space Lanes
GM: Simon Burley

  • Stephen Donlan
  • Andrew Grant
  • David Gaskin
  • Mike Bold
  • Richard Wareing

Table 3
Only Fools Rush In
System: Stargate 5th Ed
GM: Paul Baldowski

  • Doerte Boehle
  • Andrew Murphy
  • Udo Kaiser
  • Paulina Drozdowska
  • Kieron Enright

Table 4
The Great Wain Robbery
System: WFRP 4th
GM: Roderick Hamilton

  • John Smithe
  • Neil Benson
  • Pookie
  • Charles Bancroft
  • Jeremy Short
  • Declan Feeney

Table 5
Murky Waters
System: Cthulhu Hack
GM: Richard August

  • Scott Dobbie
  • Andrew Angus-Whiteoak
  • Blythy
  • Jonathan Cockram
  • Nick Hart
  • Michael Ashton

Table 6
Breakout!
System: Marvel Heroic
GM: Guy Milner

  • Amelia Hart
  • Chris Hart
  • Becky Austin
  • Joy Phillips
  • Martin Smart

Table 7 (in Basement)
Hostile Negotiations
System: Star Wars WEG
Kris Main

  • Sean Doyle
  • Dave Griffiths
  • Vicki Griffiths
  • Debbie
  • Jack Wood

Afternoon Games
Table 1
Return to the Savage North
System: OpenQuest
GM: Newt

  • John Ossoway
  • Dave Griffiths
  • Vicki Griffiths
  • David Gaskin

Table 2
Captain Moonray and the League of Unspeakable Evil
System: The Doomed (PBTA)
GM: Declan Feeney

  • Andrew Angus-Whiteoak
  • Andrew Murphy
  • Josh Clark
  • Mike Bold
  • Debbie

Table 3
Fire
System: Dead of the Night
GM: Udo Kaiser

  • Scott Dobbie
  • Michael Ashton
  • Roderick Hamilton
  • Jack Wood
  • Richard Wareing

Table 4
Legions of Gold (Redux)
System: Gamma World
GM: Chris Hart

  • Pookie
  • Guy Milner
  • Jonathan Cockram
  • Matthew Thomas
  • Amelia Hart

Table 5
The Mermaids of Magda
System: Best Left Buried
GM: Blythy

  • Neil Benson
  • Stephen Donlan
  • Doerte Boehle
  • Becky Austin
  • Charles Bancroft
  • Andrew Grant

Table 6
GoblinQuest
System: GoblinQuest
GM:Joy Phillps

  • Nick Hart
  • Sean Doyle
  • Martin Smart

Table 7 (in Basement)
The Rumble in the Bronx
System: Marvel Superheroes FASERIP
GM:Kris Main

  • John Smithe
  • Jonathan Buschenfeld
  • Richard August
  • Simon Burley

Second Wave of Games

We’ve now completely filled two slots of six tables with spaces for 30-36 gamers on the day. Since the first wave of games, we’ve had another four submissions.

  1. Murky Waters, an adventure for The Cthulhu Hack.
  2. Guard of Honour, an adventure for Ars Magica.
  3. The Bishop’s Treasure, step into the world of the Medieval Outlaw in this Fate driven adventure.
  4. Breakout! – A Marvel Heroic adventure featuring the Avengers.

If you want to be in on it go sign up on the Winter Con 2020 page.

More games are coming, just waiting for the details, and we’ve now expanded the convention beyond its initial six table allocation, to twelve tables, taking over Fan Boy 3 for the day 🙂

Winter Con 2020 now Twice as Big

Winter Con has now doubled in size since we now have an additional six tables downstairs at Fanboy3, bring it up to a total of 12 tables over two slots (morning and afternoon) serving up a total of 24 games.

Now we just need some more players and Games Masters.

For more information (including all the glorious games we have so far) and registration, visit this page:

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th Edition

GPM Nov 2019 Player Allocation

Here’s the player allocation for this coming Sunday’s GPM 1-5pm at Fanboy 3.
Note we still have spaces in the following games: VURT, RuneQuest and Only War. If you want to play in one of those games get in touch with me (mrnewt@gmail.com).  If you can’t make it let me know before the event.

Table1 Table 2 Table 3 Table 4
GM Blythly Dirk Newt Roderick
System Troika Vurt RuneQuest Only War
Adventure title The Cage of Sermit Nevermind the Buzzcoughs Dry Run in Prax The Undoing
Player 1 Andrew J Alexander Pete Doerte
Player 2 Andrew C Jeremy Stephen Udo
Player 3 Andrew M Debbie James John
Player 4 Neil Richard
Player 5 Paula
Player 6 Kieron

GPM November 2019 Player Signup

Hello and welcome to the player sign-up for GPM Nov, our post-Grogmeet extravaganza!

So let’s get on with it!

1. Review the available games.

2. Fill in and submit the following form, and enter your 1st and 2nd choice of games.

3. Notification of who is booked into what game will be published on Wednesday 6th, before the event on the website and I will email you as well.

In the very unlikely event that you don’t get your 1st or 2nd choice, I will contact you via email to discuss possibilities, prior to the final allocation of games.

4. If you change your mind about coming to the event, please let me (Newt) know via the contact form. This way I can free up your space in the game that you have chosen.

5. Please remember that there is a £2 fee, to help the venue cover costs, payable at the counter on the day.

Any questions? Get in touch.

Look forward to seeing you on the day!

;O) Newt

GPM dates for October, November 2019 and Jan 2020

It’s like buses this time out, with not one but three dates!  One of them is jolly exciting, so read on!

Sunday 27th October Our usual 1 pm to 5 pm meet up. If you want to GM contact me over the next couple of days and I’ll open player sign up on Sunday evening.

Sunday 10th November. Since this date is post-Grogmeet, a one-day RPG meet up mainly for old games, which runs on Saturday, I’m opening up attendance to Grogmeeters who’ve not yet fled Manchester to go home.

So if you are coming please let me know, by registering here.

I will be asking everyone to do this so I can plan GMs in advance to match numbers.

So far I have myself, Roderick and Chris (aka Dirk the Dice) who is Grogmeet organiser are down to GM. We need more GMs. So let me know if you would like to when you sign up.

December – No Go Play this month, while Fanboy is happy to have us. I’m going to be swamped with end of term school Christmas concerts.

GPM Winter Con 2019, Saturday 11th January.
To celebrate Go Play Manchester’s 1st Birthday, we shall be holding a one-day mini-con at Fanboy 3. 10 am start – 5 pm finish, with an hour or so for lunch. Two slots, with a possible social afterwards.

I floated this one past some of our regular GM’s so we’ve already got three or so GMs, but with Hedi offering all six tables on the ground floor and me inviting folk from far and wide, we are going to need more GMs. You lot get first dibs, but you need to let me know by return since when I announce it to the wider audience, I’m sure there be no shortage of offers.

Like the Nov GPM, I’m asking everyone to pre-sign via a form on the mini-con’s page.

(BTW advertise this page and let your friends know)

Like a normal GPM, all games will be pre-signed before the event, so you can sit down and play.

I am looking forward to seeing you on the day(s).

All the best

;O) Newt