Non-gaming Geek/Nerd convention mid November anyone?

#1
Long shot but let's see if the hive mind of my elite circle of Social Media friends can help me out:

Spaghetti ConJunction2b is over. I'm now looking down the throat of a mini-drought on conventions until Dragonmeet in December.

I've been trying to find an event I can go (muscle in) to in November.

My ideal shopping list would be:

- A weekend convention
- In November
- Non-gaming but Geek/Nerd convention
- Sci Fi or Streampunk - possibly anime/comics
- An "active" event with lots of things for people to do rather than a set track of things which every follows.
- Not horrendously far from Birmingham (UK)

Basically something I could take my "Choose your adventure" Table-Top RPG set up to and have a fair chance of getting some takers. At the last minute.

Feel free to recommend all the gaming cons I've considered and dismissed, but what I need now is some blue sky thinking. Any ideas anyone?

I'm more looking for "Take a look at this event...." than "Have you tried searching for....?"

Thanks in advance.
 
#2
Not non gaming, but from Darran's list:

*GrogMeet 2018*, Mad Lab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN & Fan Boy Three, 25 Hilton St, Manchester. M1 1EL
Saturday 10th November 2018 9.00am - 9.30pm
https://armchairadventurerblog.com/grogmeet-2018/

You may have already discounted this of course.

There is also an MCM Comic-Con in Birmingham in late November, but not sure if that is the kind of event you are looking for.

Struggling to find anything else, though I’ll see if any of my genre author friends know of anything.

- Neil.
 
#3
Thanks for trying.

FYI - Grogmeet tends to fill up fast and I’m not able to commit that far in advance.

Comicons is exactly the sort of thing I’m looking for but I haven’t been able to “crack” one yet. They’re all about selling things to consumers rather than offering them things to do.
 
#4
Holy thread necromancy!

What about NovaCon in Nottingham, 9-11 Nov? Literary SF con, but seems fairly free form. I see one Marcus Rowland is on the attendee list, no guarantees as to which Marcus Rowland that is. Might be the American sprinter.
Or if you haven't given up on comic cons, Loughborough Comic Con is also on that weekend.
 
#5
What about NovaCon in Nottingham, 9-11 Nov? Literary SF con, but seems fairly free form. I see one Marcus Rowland is on the attendee list, no guarantees as to which Marcus Rowland that is. Might be the American sprinter.
Or if you haven't given up on comic cons, Loughborough Comic Con is also on that weekend.
This!

Thank you. I'll look into both of them. Local ComicCons may be OK. There is one professional company that runs ones which offer a games room - they just never respond to my emails. It s the large MCM Comicons which exist just to gouge the consumers as far as I can see.

I'm a large semi-intelligent man. How is it I can't find out about events like this through Internet searches?
 
#6
Somewhat off-topic, the growing celebrity-status of streaming D&D players has brought the Critical Role players (/cast?) to MCM London this weekend. I’m sure that means there’ll be fringe gaming (of the D&D variety at least) but whether general fan/signing/comic cons will find ways to fit tabletop games into their programming remains to be seen.
 
#7
Somewhat off-topic, the growing celebrity-status of streaming D&D players has brought the Critical Role players (/cast?) to MCM London this weekend. I’m sure that means there’ll be fringe gaming (of the D&D variety at least) but whether general fan/signing/comic cons will find ways to fit tabletop games into their programming remains to be seen.
I doubt the organisers will facilitate it unless they can find a way to monetise it....
 
#8
I doubt the organisers will facilitate it unless they can find a way to monetise it....
It’s certainly a very different business model from gaming-focused cons. The closest I’ve been is going to Nine Worlds a couple of times, but that has its roots in literary/SF cons which have yet another set of approaches and traditions.

Social media is telling me that MCM didn’t expect the volume of Critical Role fans - many couldn’t get into yesterday’s panel, even though it was in the largest theatre, and they’ve moved today’s live game into that large venue. Maybe there is space for organised gaming to give fans of particular things something to entertain them when they aren’t waiting/getting things signed. (Didn’t Magic start from the idea of “something to do between RPG sessions”?) Machine Age designed a “play in a queue” light RPG, I seem to recall. Maybe we need simple rules for no-prep 3 person D&D (ish) games that you can play standing up!
 
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