Not long to wait now til the gaming goodness is here – there’s only 5 weeks to go! Here’s all the goss:

The good news is registrations are open, with an earlybird discount, so if you pre-register you will get $5 off the price for the whole weekend!

Wellycon’s family-friendly reputation continues with a specific kids session running which will have games that they can really get into and keep them busy while the adults get their game on! So bring your 6-12 year olds along, the more the merrier (note: kids must be accompanied by an adult to attend Wellycon).

The game designers area is shaping up nicely with 5 designers coming along to play-test their games with as many of you as possible. Our own adopted New Zealand designer, Martin Wallace, will be here trying out his latest creations. Martin has had over 30 games published, including Age of Steam which won the International Gamers Award 2003 and is still one of the top 20 games on boardgamegeek. Martin and the other designers are very keen to get feedback on what they’re developing and we’ll have games on the go all weekend.

Tournament signups have started, so if you’re interested in pitting your wits against your fellow gamers sign up now. Register at Wellington on Board ( – joining is free.

Some of our fabulous core team have been out getting sponsorship for the event so many thanks to MariLuca Restaurant (dinner for 2), Glengarry (2 bottles wine), SchilMil Games, McDonald’s Bunny St, Subway Mulgrave St, and Habitual Fix for coming to the party so far, as well as our major sponsors – The Hobby Stop, Cerberus Games and Graphic.  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.

Travel and parking – Given how hard it is to park in Thorndon we encourage people to walk, use public transport, car pool, get dropped off and picked up. Wellycon is 1.2km up Mulgrave / Murphy St from the Bus and Train Stations and there is a bus stop 100m away on Thorndon Quay. The great news is that many of the organisations in the local community are helping us out and we can now use parking in several other locations in addition to the 30 car parks at the Wellington Bridge Club venue. These include:

  • Victoria Bridge Club, 400m up Tinakori Rd, about 20 parks
  • Capital Auto Super Shoppe, on the corner of Park Street and Tinakori Rd (former petrol station), about 15 parks
  • There is 10 hour parking on the Hutt Rd north of Lighting Plus (350m from the venue)
  • The Royal Society, 650m away on Murphy St, 17 parks
  • Wilson’s carpark on Murphy St near the US Embassy, $5 all day parking

We now have a Twitter account, so follow @Wellycon_nz to receive the latest news as well as updates on the day. Tweet your epic victories (and ignominious defeats) on the #wellycon hashtag and see them on the big screen. Remember: pics or it didn’t happen.

Finally, we’re really looking forward to catching up with everyone on May 31st. Invite your friends, spread the word, pass this on to your colleagues, gaming group, Facebook friends and club mates, the more the merrier! Looking forward to an awesome weekend,

Ceedee and the Wellycon team