Kevin & Elizabeth (and family) have been playing modern boardgames for 25+ years and have a collection of around 250. Following a lifestyle change in 2014 we now run a large B&B. We've put these together to form the DellCons; small & friendly residential games weekends several times a year.
The dates for the 2020 Spring season are
The "Sorting Date" is the date when places for those on the waiting lists (mainly non-residents) are sorted out. This will, and typically does, happen early if all the rooms become booked.
If you want to go on our emailing list (to be informed about future dates in advance) just drop us a line.
The success of the first DellCon meant that we quickly decided to keep these 'little and often', keeping the numbers low such that we can share meals, become friends, and still have several gaming tables on the go.
If you want to know more about 'the DellCon way' the document we send out to everyone is available here. It includes the essence of our 'Code of Conduct'.
Places are very limited. The process is 'First come, first served' but residents get priority over non-residents until the Sorting Date. All places are for the whole weekend, so residential places are for 2 nights.
If you want a non-resident place ask to go on the waiting list. This is processed on the Sorting Date on the basis of 'First come, first served'.
When booking more than two DellCons in a season you need to specify which two are your preferred choices.
Bookings beyond this will go on to waiting lists to be resolved at the Sorting Date. This applies to both Resident and Non-resident bookings (with separate lists).
You cannot book a specific room. Instead, you book a Single, Double or Twin room. The best, appropriate, room will be allocated to the first person who booked, and so on in booking order.
The one exception to this process is that if you book extra nights either side of DellCon you can cherry-pick which B&B room you want for the weekend, subject to availability.
If you want an en-suite room, book early or book extra.
Waiting lists are resolved as follows:
The early 19th Century wasn't a time when designing houses for less able people was particularly prevalent. As a result the Dell House has a number of limitations. For details, see the Access Statement but, in summary:
Historically, DellCons have been 18+ affairs. This isn't because of any 'adult' content but primarily a simpler way to run these weekends. Recognising that some families would like to come we've settled on allowing one or two older chidren (in total) along each time.
We'd expect children to be capable of playing moderately weighty games, by themselves, against adults - thus, we'd be surprised if they were under, say, 11-or-12 years old. In particular, the Code of Conduct applies to all players regardless of age.
Please get in contact if you'd like to consider this and we can discuss practicalities and prices.
Pets are not allowed in the B&B (except assistance dogs), however, it may be possible to attend a DellCon with a dog.
You would need to book the Butler's apartment for a minimum of 3 nights. The extra night(s) can be before or after the DellCon. The price is the price for the apartment appropriate for the season including the dog surcharge, the normal ticket price and, optionally, £15/person for the cooked breakfast on one extra morning.
Just to reiterate, the dog is not allowed in the B&B area at all, which includes all the gaming and eating areas.
An adult ticket is £40. This covers everything except accommodation and breakfast.
7pm to 11pm
|4 hours gaming.
Tea, coffee, etc.
|Saturday||8:30am. Breakfast - cereal, juice, toast, fruit||✔|
|9:30am to 11pm(ish)||11+ hours gaming
Tea, coffee, etc. Home-made cake
|Lunch - fresh warm home-made bread & cheeses, salad, etc.||✔||✔|
|Evening meal - pizza, side salad, pudding||✔||✔|
|Sunday||8:30am. Breakfast as above||✔|
|9:30am to 4pm(ish)||6+ hours gaming.
Tea, coffee, etc. Home-made cake
|Lunch - fresh bread, quiche, salad, etc.||✔||✔|
|The Aftercon||Some may gather at the Foley Arms...|
|£40 + room||£40|
Accommodation (which includes breakfast) prices are per-room not per-person. These prices are at a discount because there's no cooked breakfast and the rooms won't be serviced over the weekend.
Before the deadline you can only book a residential weekend, i.e. a gaming ticket per person and two nights accommodation, but you can put your name down on the waiting list for a non-resident place.
|Room Capacity||Room per night
for 2 nights
Full B&B service, cooked breakfast, etc.
Bonus: Pick your DellCon room
One single bed
|£55||£65 (Yellow room)|
One double bed
|£80||£95 (Red room)
£85 (Blue room)
Two Single beds
|£80||£85 (Green room)|
Email or phone us to check availability. To confirm a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of £40 per person please. The date the deposit is paid is the date used in the allocation of rooms. The remainder can be paid during the event. We can take cash, credit/debit card or bank transfer.
It's simplest if you just email us. Payment will be due when we've confirmed your place.
Yes, for both residential and non-residential places, and it's worth being on it.
Our 'B&B' Terms and conditions apply to all attendees.
Strictly speaking, the full cancellation terms apply and in particular the deposit is non-refundable. However, informally, we tend to use the following approach:
Please feel free to phone or email us if you've any questions.
There is a Facebook group for DellCon for chat and updates.
We reserve the right to bend rules where it seems right to do so.
Elizabeth is vegetarian and veggie/vegan breakfasts is one of our specialities. We're happy to prepare something gluten-free when others are having pizza for example. With advance notice we are happy to provide soya products for dairy-free diets, etc. If your needs are a bit more specialist, just ask.
Diets we cannot provide for are specialities such as Halal and Kosher.
Absolutely. Something this small can seem a bit daunting if you're a bit wary, but you'll not be left out and will be gently guided into suitable games. We have a few 'regulars' each time but there's no clique here. We (and they) pride ourselves on the welcoming, relaxed and friendly nature of these weekends. To borrow a quote from a first-timer and relative newcomer to the hobby: "I enjoyed jumping in the deep end last weekend, and it was great to meet folk who could patiently teach me lots of games. Looking forward to the next time."
After 35 DellCons we are really pleased that every single DellCon (bar one) has included new people.
Yes, we have a sizeable car park. You will need to park neatly to fit everyone in but that's always worked so far. You'll get details nearer the time if there are spaces we need to reserve etc.