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Board Gaming Convention


9th – 11th August 2019


Holiday Inn Maidenhead
Manor Lane

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Opening Times & Registration

Opening Times

The con is open from 9am Friday until 8pm Sunday.

Single and Two Day tickets permit entry from 9am until late on the relevant date(s).


When you arrive at the hotel, please make your way to the HandyCon registration desk (note that this is not the hotel reception desk!) located near the entrance to pick up your pass.

Please bring your ticket with you, in either printed or digital form, to speed up check-in. If you do not have your ticket with you we will need you to provide some form of ID.

HandyCon registration is open from 9am until late each day.

Open Gaming

Open gaming is available for the duration of the convention. We have a large main open gaming area (Berkshire Suites 1-4) and the areas near the bar as well as a few other rooms on the first floor (Cedar Suites 1 – 4).  You can find a map of the space available hereAre you coming along on your own or do you just need some extra players? No worries! We have a number of options to help you find people to game with:

Looking For Players (LFP) System

This is our web-based LFP system, which allows attendees to create and sign up for events before and during the convention. You can check it out here!

Players Wanted Signs

We will have 'Players Wanted' signs that you can display on your table to let people know you are looking for some extra players.

Facebook Group

Some of our attendees like to try and prearrange games on the HandyCon Facebook Discussion Group.

Games Library

The Games Library is open to all attendees for the duration of the convention. All games must be signed out of the library by presenting your convention pass to a member of the HandyCrew at the front desk. We ask that anyone borrowing a game form the library checks that all components are returned to the game box as they found them.

You can browse our library below using Cardboard Butler, which gives you some nice filters to help you find what you are looking for, or view it on BGG.

Cardboard Butler
View library on Cardboard Butler
View library on boardgamegeek.com


We will be running various events throughout the convention.

At previous HandyCons we have hosted games of Two Rooms and a Boom, a board gaming quiz, a Mini-Games Challenge and more.

We will post more details as soon as we have them.


We shall have demos of various games running throughout the weekend.

We shall provide updates closer to the time.

Playtest Zone

Come and play yet to be released games and give your feedback to designers! We will be releasing more details of who to expect at the convention closer to the time.

If you are a designer and have a game you would like to playtest at HandyCon, we shall be releasing playtsting tickets closer to the time.

Bring & Buy

Details of the bring and buy and how to enter your items will be available closer to the time.


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

We will be announcing the supported charity closer to the time.


The CCG and Boardgame Social

Barny Baker from The CCG and Boardgame Social will be there for the duration of the weekend with a selection of games for you to purchase. If there is anything specific you would like Barny to bring along for you to purchase at the con, please get in touch with him beforehand.


Hotel Rooms are now fully booked, but it may be worth checking with the hotel in case of cancellations.

For those of you wanting to stay on site, the Holiday Inn Maidenhead, we have managed to negotiate the following room rates:

  • Double Room – £65
  • Twin Room – £75
  • King Room – £75
  • Executive Room – £90
  • Suite – £120

All room rates are per night and include breakfast.

These room rates are available from Thursday to Sunday night, so you can stay the night before and the night after the con at the special rate.

Rooms can be booked online using the Group Code (found under the ‘More Options’ toggle on the bookings page) ‘HA6’ for HandyCon 6. Alternatively you can call the hotel on 01628 506070 and quote the above code.

Food & Drink

Food: We are working closely with the hotel to provide a special HandyCon menu with options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.

Drink: Free tea, coffee and iced water will be provided for attendees, available from the refreshment stations. The bar also serves Starbucks Coffee and various soft and alcoholic drinks.

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

Please note that food and drink not purchased at the hotel may only be consumed within bedrooms and not in any of the Public Areas.

We shall release more information about food and drink closer to the time.

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.

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