In just under two months, I'll be travelling to Harrogate to attend Airecon. Airecon is a board gaming convention that runs over the weekend (Fri-Sun). It's a fantastic weekend, away from digital distractions and an oppertunity to sit down with friends (old and new) around a table and play board games.
Tickets are still available here on the Airecon website.
The convention is running from March 13th to March 15th. It's at Harrogate Convention Centre and the closest hotels are the Premier Inn and the Crowne Plaza (right on the doorstep).
There's a fantastic Bring and Buy section, traders from all parts of the industry as well as game designers showing off their latest designs. Last year I got to playtest the upcoming expansion to Dice Hospital with none other than Mike Nudd, the designer of the game. I beat him :D
I also had the pleasure of meeting Jamie Frew, designer of the Old Hellfire Club - a game due this year which I cannot wait for. It's like Gloom with the epic weaving of storytelling but with a rather interesting game mechanic where a roll of the dice can set the scene with a suggested overall topic. Just what were we doing in the airing cupboard?
The last 12 months have been pretty sparse in terms of oppertunities to play. Hopefully over the next few months, I'll be able to get back into the swing of going to game nights. Maybe even travel a little way to game nights that aren't on my doorstep to visit friends I've not seen for a while.
I might even see if I can get Harry into one or two of them again now we've left it 6 months or so since the last attempt.
Oh also, I got commenting working, not sure if I'll stick with this one or try to find something a little more engineered, no point paying for something that I can code myself.