Thar she blows! Wellycon X sails into view

Less than two weeks to go to Wellycon, the pirate version, arr, harr! so what’s in the offing?

Anchors aweigh!  If you haven’t already signed up then here’s the place to go – Wellycon 2017.

Late night session – we sold out very quickly, so we’ve decided to up the numbers so that those on the waiting list can come along. 3 have already gone, so there are 3 new spaces left! If you want to party all night, go for it 🙂 If you have already registered, you can add this on its own.

Wellycon is, and always has been, about creating community through games. That’s why when we heard there were some people who wanted to come but couldn’t because of the price, we wanted to share the love. We are a not-for-profit operation but we don’t want anyone to feel like they can’t come, so if you, or someone you know, would like to be considered for a ‘community through games’ ticket, just message us direct with your/their details and we’ll send them a seriously discounted entry ticket. Only a few, so we’ll see how many we can afford depending on numbers.

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We’ve had quite a few requests to buy the ‘W’ Wellycon t-shirts which the lovely Rob created. So we’ve created a ‘swag shop’ where you can get your own t-shirt to wear. Scuttlebutt tells me there are plenty of colours and sizes to choose from, both men’s, kids’ and women’s cuts.

The schedule is out with all the events – show your true colours; sign up for tournaments, pirate quiz, lifesize codenames, and the Mega-game.

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Exciting times! The booty is here. Yes, the dice have arrived. The unique design this year has come out amazingly detailed, and we’re blown away. You’ll have to wait and see to find out what it is; let me just say it fits with this year’s theme 😉  Also, there are 30 sets (very limited run) of ALL the Wellycon dice ever created in a special edition dice bag.  On sale at this years event only.

Crepes and Coffees – yes the crepe guy (‘excuse my French’) has been confirmed and we are all French this year, as the fabulous French Kiss Cafe is going to be onsite at the coffee shop providing all your lunch, coffee, sweet and savoury needs! Our very own cafe onsite, we’re very lucky!

I’d like to personally say a big thank you to our key sponsors. I know it’s the ‘standard’ bit you get in these kinds of things, but seriously, they really help to make Wellycon the amazing event it is by providing awesome prizes for us to give away to you fine folks, so please spare a thought for them, and say hi at the event if you get the chance, particularly to Peter (board game rentals), Mark (Cerberus games), Ahmed (Counter Culture board game cafe (coming soon!)) and Shem (Garphill games) who are all going to be onsite.

Copy of the flyer attatched for you to put up at work, community notice board, social club or pass on to your friends.  See you very soon, you scurvy dawgs!

Ceedee & the Wellycon committee 

Wellycon Ho! she’s on the horizon lads!

Ahoy there mateys!  This year’s Wellycon is the 10th one, can you believe it?!

10 = X and X marks the spot

Whether you like them cartoon-, literary-, space- or just straight up Depp, there’s something fascinating about Pirates, isn’t there?  That’s the theme for this year’s event, so bring your best Jack Sparrow or Malcolm Reynolds brain with you for a weekend of ‘venturing.  A treasure trove of opportunities await, with special events and booty galore; there will be a piratical twist to the X-wing tournament, a treasure map game, and some Mega space-pirates along the way.

Registrations are open – discount for booking online, of course.  We have managed to keep the same prices as last year, despite all the extras (see below).

Once again this year, as well as the regular features of the con:

  • Tournaments – X-wing, Dominion, King of Tokyo, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride and Hoard have been set up so far.  Let us know if you want to see something in the list.

  • Kids’ session – ever popular, Sunday morning 10am-2pm.

  • Game designers – Try something so new it isn’t even finished yet!

  • Trade table

  • Late night session – back by popular demand (several people have asked already) for the lucky few who want that all-night gaming shot.  First in, first served when you register for Wellycon.

  • Extensive game library – and of course, plenty of time for just good solid game-playing from the fantastic library.

… you can expect a few new surprises for our 10th anniversary:

  • Aquila Rift – Yes, the rumours are true!  We are having a mega-game, created just for Wellycon!  Don’t know what a Mega-game is, check out this video from Shut up & Sit down.  Enormous fun for up to 40 people!!  Take your gaming to the next level – sign up here on meetup – first in first served!

  • Steve Jackson Games – will be on the floor and running either a tournament or a special event still to be determined!

  • WETA workshop – are coming down and bringing some of their heavy hitters – in every sense of the word.

  • Life-size CodeNames – a social game for 20 people.  Everyone is assigned a word and it’s up to you to work out who is on your team, and who is masquerading!

  • Limited edition 10th anniversary dice – in addition to this year’s traditional D6, we are releasing a VERY limited edition D10 dice and…. an even MORE limited edition full set of all the previous years Wellycon dice.  Something to look forward to.

Keep an eye on the 2017 Wellycon page for the full schedule of events which we’re updating all the time.

Heart of the team

Tic Tac Toe, Love, Heart, Play, Ankreuzen

Finally, Wellycon is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.  If you feel you could represent the warm heart of Wellycon, please  Volunteer when you sign up  to be an integral part of this fabulous event.  Don’t worry we’ll team you up with someone who can show you the ropes, and the pulleys, and the mainbrace and the gangplank, aharrr.

We would like to thank all the ‘on-the-day’ volunteers who run tournaments, sit on the registration desk, help with the library or teaching games, who make our event such an enjoyable experience.  The warmth and care we show is the most valuable part of this community – so thankyou.

So here’s to a fantastic event, looking forward very much to seeing you all on June 3 & 4th.

Register now to secure your spot

Happy gaming,


Ceedee & the Wellycon team

PS: To keep up to date with the latest – keep an eye on the links below

A Wellington edition of Monopoly

In the news recently is the planned launch this November of a Wellington edition of that old chestnut, Monopoly. You can submit your favourite Wellington places via their Facebook page; I think the bucket fountain surely has to be in there somewhere!

Remember folks, to win Monopoly you must buy everything you land on and build houses as quickly as possible, and then deplete the housing stock by never upgrading your four houses to hotels, until everyone else is nearly broke. All of which makes for a prolonged, cut-throat gaming experience, mostly driven by luck, with a pretty dismal BGG rating of just 4.4 out of 10. This guy explains why it’s not actually that much fun, and gives some interesting, better-rated alternatives. Perhaps there should be a Wellington-themed edition of Powergrid, or Ticket to Ride!

In any event, it seems to me that if you like board games and are in Wellington, you could come to Wellycon this Queen’s Birthday weekend, where you can discover and play these board games and a zillion more, to suit all tastes.

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