Photos from day one of Wellycon X

Day one is over; some hard-core folks are still going at their all-nighter sessions, but some of us have to go to bed…! Here are Jonathan’s snaps from today. Featured games include the 2017 game Anachrony where in the future, players race back in time to rescue a devastated Earth; the classic Kramer & Ulrich 1995 award winner El Grande; the Vlaada Chvátil redesign of the classic civilisation game Through The Ages (A New Story of Civilisation); and the recent kickstarter hit, Scythe.

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.

Last minute Mini-Wellycon!

We have had a last-minute chance to hold a Mini-wellycon on Waitangi weekend – and we love playing games so we’re doing it!
Sign up now to come along:
WHEN: sat 4 & sun 5th February
WHERE: Wellington Bridge Club, Tinakori road.
TIME: 10am-10pm
Same low cost as usual $10 a day or $15 for the weekend. At the moment Saturday is a go-er, we have 15 for Sunday so if we get 25 we’ll do Sunday too.
Remember the main event is coming up mid-year, Queens birthday weekend 3-4 Jun. This is our 10th year so there will be lots of special things happening, including a specially created Mega game just for Wellycon. We’ll let you know when tickets go on sale.
In the mean time, come & join us for low-pressure, fun time games next weekend.
See you soon!
Ceedee & the Wellycon team

Wellycon IX – countdown to the Colloseum

Attention! Caesar speaks!    (Well, Ceedee anyway, a poor man’s Caesar 🙂 ).

Let the games begin! We are just 1 week away from Wellycon 2016.  Latest schedule is here.  It’s great to see that pre-registrations are already up on last year – get in now to get your goodie bag.  We will give any spares to walk-ins but it’s first come first served.    fyi, registrations will close on Thursday before the event so that we can print name tags etc..  Speaking of goodie bags, the dice have arrived!  Woohoo.  Always an exciting moment for me 🙂


Wellycon could not run without volunteers and we would like to thank those people who have already offered to help!  However we still need another 8… or so people to help on the weekend.

We are looking for people for the registration desk, welcoming and signing people in; or as demonstrators/librarians – helping people find a game that suits them and helping them get started.  If you can help please contact us via return email.

WORKSHOPS – ever thought about owning your own leather-bound book? we have two special workshops this year elaborating on our Roman theme.  Some of the best tutors in the wellington region are coming in to teach you some cool skills – Create your own Roman board game and Create a hand-made book.  These have only just been confirmed and numbers are limited so sign up now.  If you have already registered you can just sign up for the workshop by itself.

Tournament registrations are going well. You can sign up on the day but only if there are spaces left, so we suggest doing it ahead of time.  Signups via the Wellington On Board meetup group.


Good news – the Crepe man is booked in and will be with us on Saturday and – new entrant – the Langosh/chimney cake truck will be with us on Sunday evening.  Pre-order your lunches and you won’t even have to step away from the venue to eat!!  For dinner there are a myriad of food outlets around the school – Wholy Bagels, Thorndon Chippery, Subway, New World, … check out this map showing them all.

Given how hard it is to park in Thorndon we encourage people to walk, use public transport, car pool or get dropped off and picked up. Wellycon is up Murphy St from the Bus and Train Stations and there is a bus stop 100m away opposite New World.  However, we can park on the school sports field!  So just follow the signs on the day, or check out the map to see where the sports field is in relation to the school entrance.


The best way we can grow the community is by telling people about it.  Pass the word to your friend, workmates, choir members, kids school, sewing circle, coffee store staff…. anyone you bump into on a day-to-day basis!  Or put up a flyer (attached) on your community notice board.  The more people join us, the more friends you’ll have to play with!

We’d like to say how grateful we are to everyone for coming along; Wellycon’s success is down to you fabulous people venturing down and enjoying yourself, making friends and supporting each other and us.  Here’s to 2016, the best fun and friendly convention yet!


Ceedee & the Wellycon team

Building community through games

Wellycon – the biggest, fun, friendly board game convention in NZ

Wellycon facebook, @Wellycon_nz


Many thanks to our major sponsors, without whom it would be a pretty boring affair!!

as well as Burger Fuel, Cerberus Games, Caffeinated Dragon, Capital E, Cheeky Parrot Games, Clockwork Emporium, Games & Hobbies, Garphill Games, GlenGarry Wines, Graphic, Mighty Ape, NZ ComicCon,Pixelpark, Reading Cinemas, Seriously Board, Subway, Tarata Games, Thistle Inn, Toyworld, WN City, Treefrog Games, Wellington on board, Weta Workshop, Zumo Coffee Roasters

Wellycon IX – Gamers, Romans, Countrymen

Friends, Romans, Gamers… lend me your ears!
Can you believe it’s our 9th Wellycon – Wellycon IX!? We in the committee have been busy beavering away to make this year’s Roman-themed games better than ever.

What’s on this year?
  • Tournaments – it wouldn’t be roman if there weren’t tournaments!  Sign up here on Welllington On Board.
  • Play-to-win – several of the latest games will be yours to try and given away to one lucky player.
  • Kids session – sunday morning kids-special, including treasure hunt and a life-size game created and run by Capital E.
  • Workshops – sign up to create your own wooden Roman board game or leather-bound book to take away.
  • Game designers corner – try out still-forming prototypes and meet the designers.
  • Game design competition – get creative and see what you can create in just a short time!
  • Trade table – swap or trade-up those games that just don’t get the love they should.
Only 5 weeks to go!  Registration is now OPEN; register early to ensure you get your goody bag (including limited edition IX die). 

We still have sponsorship opportunities for some of the tournaments and the spot prizes during the day, so if you or someone you know would like to be involved please get in touch with us at

Finally, Wellycon is run by a group of enthusiastic group of volunteers.  We would like to thank all the volunteers who run the tournaments, sit on the registration desk, help with the kids session, on the organising committee and generally make it an awesome event that everyone really enjoys.  We would love a couple more to help with the kids session and 2 tournaments need a coordinator – if you can help please reply here and we’ll get you the support you need to get involved. 

We’re really looking forward to catching up with everyone on June 4 & 5th – and we want to grow the gaming community so if you have a fun idea, let us know!  Come with your friends, spread the word, pass this on to your colleagues, gaming group, facebook friends and clubmates, the more the merrier!

Cheers to a fabulous weekend of gaming!

Ceedee & the Wellycon team

Building community through games


Many thanks to our major sponsors, without whom it would be a pretty boring affair!!

as well as Mighty ApeWeta Workshop, Schilmil, Caffeinated Dragon, Garphill Games, Tarata, Cheeky Parrot Games, Games and Hobbies, Graphic Comics, Seriously Board, PixelPark, WellingtonOnBoard and Toyworld City.

2016 Wellycon update – venue, NZ Comic Con & ideas please!

Hi everyone,

A quick update to let you know we’re underway planning for Wellycon 2016.  We have a new venue which we believe will work better than last year – Wellington Girls High School.  more on that later…

We are proud to announce that we are collaborating with the new upcoming ‘NZ Comic Con’.  This means that we can spread the game-loving goodness wider and enslave (oops, did that come out of my mouth?) ah, I mean, introduce a whole new load of unsuspecting wellingtonians to the wonders of modern board gaming.

We’d like to make every year’s event even more fun and interesting than before, so if you have any ideas for things we could do, things you’d be interested in, or contacts you have for great guests then please let us know!  email info at wellycon dot org dot nz


Ceedee & the team

Wellycon 2015 Game Design Competition

Richard Durham ran another Game Design Competition this year, and he reports that it went well despite having only 3 teams of two people.

Three teams competed to create a new game from the corpses of common children’s games, using a mystery theme shared across all teams. Given the theme of “The future,’ the teams had an hour and a half to craft custom mechanics and bits for their games.

When time was up, the dice were put down and the presentations began. For the next hour, three judges – Designers: Shem Phillips, Amanda Milne, and Rich Durham – joined a travelling member from each team to play a 15-minute demo of each game. These 6 voters graded entries (not their own!) on five criteria  ranging from integration of the “Future” theme and the older game to the ‘fun’ factor of the game.

In the end, the winner was a game based on a Tumbling Monkey’s set, where the Space Monkeys where colonising Mars. Players were letting the monkeys out while collecting sets of the colours in order to race up corresponding scoring tracks.

The two other entries took a twist on theme, and had players playing the market in a ‘futures prediction’ style games. While both had a unique use of the old-game parts, they didn’t quite measure up to the fun of the tumbling monkeys.

All participants had a good time, and the winning team members had some great pulls from the tournament prize table!

Next year’s event will be sleeker competition – with less required bits, and more emphasis on the design. As an annual tournament, a trophy is in order!

Wellycon 2015 Trading Report

AuctionSheetIn previous years at Wellycon we have held trading sessions where people have a limited time to swap or sell their games – which led to frenetic trading in some years but was less successful in others.  This year we held a swap session at lunch time each day plus an all day silent auction for people who wanted to sell games.  A silent auction is just a fancy term for a paper version of a TradeMe/eBay style auction.  This format allowed people to try to swap their games at lunch time and if they weren’t successful to put them up for sale for the rest of the day.

Only a couple of people indicated interest in trading games before Wellycon.  So we were pleasantly surprised to run out of swap labels for people to put on their games!  We know (from the number of labels we printed) at least 24 games were up for swapping plus other games for sale only.  Judging by how fast games disappeared from trading tables most of the games on offer went home with new owners, making trading at Wellyon 2015 the most successful ever.