New Zealand’s biggest, friendliest and most fun boardgaming convention

Since 2008 people have been gathering in the nations capital to enjoy two days of  fun board gaming with friends old and new.  Growing from an initial group of 20 gamers over 10 years ago, we now welcome over 400 people to the main event each year.  People of all ages convene to enjoy learning new games, participating in workshops, play-testing games from designers, challenging friends and newcomers to favourite games and competing in a variety of tournaments.

What can you expect?

Tournaments – run by volunteers with prizes supplied by our generous sponsors including your LFBS (Local Friendly Boardgame Shops)

Game Designers area – play-test games still in development by designers local and international

Kids session – we introduce gamers of all ages to something intriguing & new, treasure hunt and special treats for teaching other kids

Workshops – introduced in 2016, different every year, for example ‘Creating a leather bound book’, ‘Create your own Roman board game’ or

Wellycon after dark – late night gaming for a select few!

Mega-game – play a board game with up to 40 people at a time!  something new for 2017, everyone has a role to play as either part of a team or a rogue, all contributing the larger game-play.

More about us….

Wellycon is a tabletop game convention held annually in Wellington, New Zealand.  It is the largest board gaming convention in New Zealand and, aside from the Armageddon convention is the largest gaming convention in the country.  It runs from 10am-10pm on the Saturday and Sunday of Queens Birthday anniversary weekend each year (1st Monday in June).

Started in 2008 by a passionate board-gamer, the con is run by a core group of volunteers with the aim of growing the board-gaming community in the country.  Wellycon attracts around 400 people over the weekend and has grown every year.  Over the years it has moved location several times to cope with the increase in attendees with the 2016/7 events being held at Wellington Girls College.

The event revolves around a library of board games, card-, dice-, tile-based and other games brought along by the attendees e.g. Settlers of Catan, ticket to ride, mainly in the ‘modern’ board games genres – Eurogames and American-style board games. Participants select a game, find some people who would like to play and a suitable table and go to it.  Wellycon volunteers assist those who are new to board games or have difficulty getting enough players together to start a game.  There are tournaments throughout the weekend and a game design competition where small groups create a game using a simple set of components.  In addition there is a section where attendees can try out games which are still under development – Game Designers Corner – and give feedback to the creators.

Wellycon is well known for it’s custom event-themed dice created especially for the event:

…and each year has a theme, usually taken from one of the most successful games or a common theme found in many modern board games e.g. Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, IX – Romans, X – Pirates (X marks the spot).

Sponsors and sponsorship

We couldn’t do this without our sponsors! A huge thank you for making this years event fun and generous for all.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Then contact us.

Looking forward to seeing you at the next event

Cheers, the Wellycon Team