The next Go Play Manchester is on Saturday 8th February, from 1 pm to 5 pm at Fan Boy.
If you are coming register below.
You will be alerted when games sign-up starts, which will be the weekend of 1st Feb. Registered players will get priority at sign up for games, and it helps us greatly when planning for the number of games. If you drop out at any point, contact us so we can free up your space.
If you want to GM fill out this form with the details of your game. If you’ve not GMed with us before please read our GM’s information page.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 (email@example.com). If you can’t make it let me know before the event.