The Dell House, Malvern

Where Scythe, Terraforming and Arboretum are not just in the garden

DellCon Games Weekends 2020
On Hold

Games in play

DellCons are on hold until such time as we, DellCon guests, and HMG are all comfortable with face-to-face gaming going ahead.

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

DatesSorting Date Status
#403rd-5th April -Postponed (Full)
#4110th-12th April -Postponed
#4217th-19th July -Postponed
#434th-6th September 9th AugustPostponed
#44+October onwards Hopefully we'll be able to host a number of DellCons here, but who knows. Watch this space or, better, get on the mailing list.

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'.

The Booking Rules

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'.

Flood Defences

When booking more than one DellCon at a time you need to specify your preference order for them (or give clear instructions if you want, say, one but don't care which one).

Bookings beyond your first priority will be resolved at the Sorting Date. This applies to both Resident and Non-resident bookings.

Choice of rooms

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.

Resolving waiting lists

Waiting lists are resolved as follows:

Less Able Gamers

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 children (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.

Ticket Prices and What's Included

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 Prices

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
Extra 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)


How do I book a residential weekend?

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.

How do I get on the waiting list?

It's simplest if you just email us. Payment will be due when we've confirmed your place.

Is there a Reserve List?

Yes, for both residential and non-residential places, and it's worth being on it.

Terms and Cancellations

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:

Loose Ends

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.


What diets can you provide for?

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.

I'm new to all this (be that conventions or these games). Is that OK?

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.

Is there parking?

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.