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What is HandyCon?

HandyCon is an biannual board gaming convention held every January and August in High Wycombe, UK with an emphasis on playing lots of games, meeting fellow gamers and having a lot of board game related fun. We have various tournaments, events, a trader, a games library and plenty more going on.

Open Gaming

Play new games or old favourites. Party games, heavy strategy games, 18xx or anything in between.

Games Library

Be sure to check our our games library which is open to attendees for the duration of the convention.

Tournaments

Fame! Glory! Prizes! Test your skills and take on fellow gamers in various tournaments.

Events

Convention games (such as Two Rooms and a Boom), Raffle challenges and more.

Bring And Buy

Bring along those unloved and unwanted games and grab a bargain at the Bring and Buy.

Playtest Zone

Play or sign up to bring along the latest prototypes of yet to be released games.

Trader

The CCG and Boardgame Social will be providing for your gaming retail needs by showing off his latest wares and hottest deals.

Supporting Charity

Each year we choose a charity to support with donations from attendees, events and the bring and buy.

More Details

Open Gaming

This is what HandyCon is all about!

Bring along your shiny new hotness or dig out your old favourites and prepare to game the weekend away with your fellow board gamers. Play party games, heavy strategy games, 18xx or anything in between.

We have a large main open gaming area as well as several other rooms for tournaments and events. We also have use of the bar area and platformed area next to the restaurant.

Are you coming along on your own or do you just need some extra players? No worries! We have ‘Players Wanted’ signs for anyone looking to fill seats as well as a noticeboard for anyone looking to organise a specific game. Don’t forget that the HandyCon Facebook Page is also a good way to pre-arrange games before the event.

Games Library

In addition to bringing along your own games we also provide a selection of games in ever growing our library.

The games library is open to all HandyCon attendees free of charge for the duration of the convention.

The list of games available in the library will be posted to the respective pages for HandyCon January and HandyCon August.

Tournaments

Each HandyCon we run a few tournaments for a variety of different games. Some may require prior knowledge of the rules, whilst others are relatively simple to pick up and play.

In the past we have run tournaments for games such as Viticulture, Flamme Rouge, Baseball Highlights 2045, Pitch Car, 18xx and Scythe.

For details on how to register and the tournament schedules, please refer to the respective pages for HandyCon January and HandyCon August.

If you are interested in running a tournament at HandyCon, please email Rich Watney for details.

Events

Convention games (such as Two Rooms and a Boom), raffles, mini-games challenges and more!

Please see the pages for HandyCon January and HandyCon August for a full list of events.

Bring & Buy

Fallen out of love with an old favourite? Never taken that Kickstarter out of shrink? Bring along your unwanted games to the Bring and Buy! Get paid real cash monies and free up some shelf space for all the bargains to be had.

Each HandyCon, we try and raise funds for meaningful causes, and ask for a discretionary donation for each game sold in the Bring and Buy.

See the respective pages for HandyCon January and HandyCon August for more information on the causes being supported.

We also have a HandyCon Sales and Trading Facebook group for those wishing to prearrange sales and trades.

Playtest Zone

Play yet to be released games and give your feedback to designers! For more information about playtesters attending the convention or if you are a designer and have a game you would like to playtest at HandyCon, please see the relevant pages for HandyCon January and HandyCon August.

Trader

The magnificent Barny Baker will be at HandyCon from The CCG and Boardgame Social for all your gaming retail needs.

Please feel free to contact him if you have any specific games you would like him to bring along for your purchasability.

Supporting Charity

Each year we choose a charity to support with donations from attendees, events and the bring and buy.

See our Previous HandyCons page to find out more about the causes we have supported and how much we have raised.

The Venue

Holiday Inn, High Wycombe

Handycross
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 1TL
United Kingdom
 
We have a large main room for open gaming, several other rooms for tournaments and events and a further lounge and bar area too.
 
Parking is available at the venue free of charge for all HandyCon attendees.
 
Those staying on site will receive a special HandyCon room rate. Please see the relevent pages for HandyCon January and HandyCon August for details of how to book.
 
Visit the The Holiday Inn, High Wycombe website for more information.

Accommodation

We have negotiated special room rates for all HandyCon attendees. The hotel has a number of single, double, twin and family rooms available.

Please see the relevant pages for HandyCon January and HandyCon August for details of how to book.

Food and Drink

Food: A special HandyCon menu will be available during the event. Please advise the hotel of any dietary requirements.

Snacks: Feel free to eat biscuits, sweets, chocolate an other snacks of your own on site but please be respectful and don't eat other more substantial foods at the venue as there is a restaurant and bar at the hotel.

Drinks: Discounted drinks tokens will be available for purchase at the event. The bar also serves Starbucks Coffee and iced water is availble free of charge. Please note that only drinks bought on site at the hotel bar are to be consumed on the premises.

Walking Distance: There are a few restaurants (Frankie & Benny's and T.G.I Fridays) in the neighboring retail park, along with a Costa Coffee, McDonalds and ASDA supermarket.

Parking

Parking is available at the venue free of charge for all HandyCon attendees.

The hotel car park has a capacity of 200 cars, which should be ample for the con.

The HandyCon Team

Paul Harris

Head Organiser

Jonathan Kipps-Bolton

Awards

Richard Watney

Tournaments

Rae Watney

Person

Lucy Rycroft-Smith

Marketing & Social Media

Daniel Sullivan

Webdude
Rob Piesse

Rob Piesse

Merchandise & Design
Buzz

Jon 'Buzz' Humphries

Dude

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