This guide is mostly for people who haven’t been to Wellycon before.

What is Wellycon?
Wellycon is a two day event for people who want to play board (and card) games. Games are provided and there will be people to play with but you are welcome to bring your own games and/or gaming buddies.

Cost and Registration
$5 per person per day (to cover the cost of hall hire). Pay at the registration table, which is where you sign games in and out of the Game Library.

St Patrick’s College Hall
Evans Bay Parade
Kilbirnie, Wellington
(Wellycon is sharing the hall with Call to Arms)

There is parking on both Evans Bay Parade and the school grounds.

Food and drink
Food and drink don’t mix with board games (sticky cards are no fun), so please don’t eat or drink at the game tables. You are welcome to eat and drink away from the games. There will be a vendor selling coffee and tea in the hall, and it is a short walk to the Kilbirnie shops and fast food outlets.

Who do you play with?
The chances are that there will be other people around looking for a game and if not, it is likely that one of the current games is close to finishing. Either way it is generally easy to find people to play with and the organisers will often try to play matchmaker. The more challenging problem is deciding what to play.

What games will be played?
The games played at Wellycon belong to you and your fellow gamers, so be kind to them. Generally the games are modern (from the last 10-15 years), and people often bring their newest games (the ones they are most excited about). This makes Wellycon a useful place to try out new games. There will be older games as well.

Game Library
This year there will be a game library at Wellycon. This is a table of games that people have lent to Wellycon for the weekend. To play one of these game, sign it out at the registration table and bring it back when you have finished.

What games got played last year?
There isn’t a full record of the games played last year. Its safe to say that the biggest category was 1-3 hour board games including: Agricola, Endeavor, Expedition, Full Metal Planet, Goa, Palazzo, Puerto Rico, Steam, Through the Desert and Ticket To Ride.

Card games played include: Battleline, Die Sieben Siegel, Dominion Intrigue, For Sale and Frank’s Zoo.

Cooperative games included: Pandemic and Battlestar Galactica.

There were some wargames played: Memoir 44 Overlord, Combat Commander, The Kaiser’s Pirates, Manoeuvre.

For people with a good trigger finger there were Sorry! Sliders and Pitchcar.

And Shem Philips was demoing a prototype of one of his games.

But I don’t know these games
One of the reasons people go to Wellycon is to play games they haven’t played before. So it is typical that at any given table there will be people who are learning the game for the first time.

If you or a group of you want to learn a game, it generally works best if you play with someone who is happy to teach. The organisers may be able to find a teacher if you let them know.

Kids gaming
Saturday afternoon 2.30 – 4.00 there will be a special family session, with games to play with children. If you want to attend this session only it will only cost you $2 each (if you want to stay on and play more games we can upgrade you for another $3).

Wits and Wagers team tournament
Saturday evening 7.30 – 8.30 there will be Wits and Wagers team tournament using New Zealand designed questions and the Kids version rules. So be there to test your New Zealand knowledge against other gamers.

Wargaming at Wellycon
David Rauscher has kindly offered step to coordinate wargaming at Wellycon 2010. If you are interested in this specialist area pop over to David’s thread on Boardgamegeek and let him know.

Long games
Because the Saturday session lasts 12 hours it is a good opportunity to play that long rail game, civilization game or wargame. It might be wise to at least partially organise beforehand (the Wellycon registration thread on Boardgamegeek is a good place to find other players before 14 Aug).

On Sunday noon to 12:20pm there will be a session for people to swap, or buy/sell games with other people. So bring games you have finished loving and swap (or sell) them.