Biannual Board Gaming Convention

Maidenhead, UK

HandyCon is an biannual board gaming convention held every January and August in Maidenhead, UK with an emphasis on playing lots of board 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 out 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.

Demos

Various games will be available to be demoed throughout the convention.

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.

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.

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 Discussion Facebook group 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.

Demos

We shall have demos of various games running throughout the weekend. For more information please see the pages for HandyCon January and HandyCon August for a full list of demos.

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 Discussion 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, Maidenhead

Manor Lane
Berkshire
Maidenhead
SL6 2RA
 
At the venue we have a large main room for open gaming along with several other rooms for tournaments and events (and open gaming when tournaments and events are not running) and a further lounge and bar area too.
 
The hotel health club and swimming pool are also available for all HandyCon attendees.
 
Parking is available at the venue free of charge.
 
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 Maidenhead website for more information about the hotel.

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.

Drinks:  We have free tea and coffee available for all HandyCon attendees. The bar also serves Starbucks Coffee and iced water is available free of charge.

Food and drink not purchased at the hotel may only be consumed within bedrooms and not in any of the Public Areas.

Nearby: Maidenhead town centre has many restaurants and shops and is just a 20 minute walk away, or 15 minutes by bus.

Parking

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

The hotel car park has capacity for over 200 cars, which should be ample for the con. The road just outside the hotel and some of the surrounding areas are also available for parking.

The HandyCon Team

Paul Harris

Paul Harris

Head Organiser

Jonathan Kipps-Bolton

Awards

Richard Watney

Tournaments
Rae

Rae Watney

Person
Lucy

Lucy Rycroft-Smith

Marketing & Social Media
Dan

Daniel Sullivan

Webdude
Rob Piesse

Rob Piesse

Merchandise & Design
Buzz

Jon 'Buzz' Humphries

Dude

Harassment Policy

HandyCon is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable gaming environment for everyone who attends. Please behave respectfully to all other attendees, ensuring all can feel safe and enjoy themselves regardless of gender, gender identity, sexuality, appearance, race or religion.

Physical and verbal harassment will not be tolerated and the organisers reserve the right to take appropriate action including warning the offender or expulsion from the convention with no refund, and in some cases informing the police.

Some examples of harassment include:

  • Offensive verbal comments
  • Explicit sexual images or references
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Unwanted attention or following of persons
  • Unwanted recording or photography
  • Sustained disruption of games or activities
  • Innappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome attention, including sexual remarks, jokes or taunting, leering, staring or suggestive gestures

To report harassment: If a request to stop behaviours does not get the desired result or there are continued problems with one gamer, please report the problem to a member of the HandyCon team.

We also run the ‘Ask for Angela‘ scheme which allows anyone to discreetly approach a member of the HandyCon team and ask for assistance.

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