The Dell House     Malvern, England

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

DellCon Games Weekends 2019

Games in play

Kevin & Elizabeth (and family) have been playing modern boardgames for 20+ years and have a collection of around 200. 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 Spring season are

DellConWeekendStatus
#28March 15th-17thFULL
#29April 19th-21st (Easter)FULL

The dates for the Summer season are

DellConWeekend1st Closing Date2nd Closing DateStatus
#30July 12th-14thPassed7th JuneVery few spaces left.
#31August 16th-18thPassed5th JulySpaces. First come, first served.

The dates for the Autumn season are

DellConWeekend1st Closing Date2nd Closing DateStatus
#32October 4th-6th30th MarchSeptember 1stOpen
#33November 1st-3rd30th MarchOctober 1stOpen
#34November 8th-10th30th MarchOctober 1stOpen

If you want to go on our emailing list (to be informed about future dates in advance) just drop us a line.

Format

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.

The Booking Rules

Places are very limited and have previously sold out within 24 hours. Therefore, there's a bit of a complex arrangement to allow a fair allocation of places.

Requesting a place

DellCons are grouped into Seasons.

As soon as the dates for a season are announced you can request a residential or non-residential place. All places are for the whole weekend, so residential places are for 2 nights.

In order to let everyone have a fair chance of booking at least one place per season, we no longer allow people to book the instant the dates are released. Instead we ask that you let us know the following information which we will use to try and give everyone at least one place.

You can request places at multiple DellCons and it's quite likely you'll get them, but only after other early responders have had their first choices fulfilled too.

Armed with this information we will come back with as many placements as we can. In order for this to work we need to leave this open for a short period, normally 2 weeks, before we can make those assignments. This is what the 1st Closing Date is for.

On the 1st Closing Date residents get to know which places they have and deposits are payable then to confirm the booking.

After the 1st Closing Date has passed, we take bookings on a simple first come first served basis.

On the 2nd Closing Date we allocate any remaining spaces to the non-resident waiting list. If all the rooms fill before this date (which they usually do) we 'close' the process at that point.

Note that the non-resident places are intended for those who are already resident in and around Malvern and for whom an overnight stay is nonsensical.

Choice of rooms

You cannot book a specific room. Instead, you book a Single, Double or Twin room. The best matching, 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.

Children

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 rather not have hard and fast rules about ages, etc. though we'd expect children to be capable of playing moderately weighty games, by themselves, with adults - thus we'd be surprised if they were under, say, 11 years old.

Please get in contact if you'd like to consider this and we can discuss practicalities and prices.

Ticket Prices and What's Included

An adult ticket is £40. This covers everything except accommodation and breakfast.

Weekend
Resident
Non-resident
Friday
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 substantially lower than our usual rates 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
Single
One single bed
£55 £65 (Yellow room)
Double
One double bed
£75 £95 (Red room)
£85 (Blue room)
Twin
Two Single beds
£75 £85 (Green room)
 

Booking

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.

FAQ

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."

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.