2016 Wellycon Schedule

Here’s what’s happening!

Here’s an idea of what’s coming at Wellycon 2016.  Timings are in the list below.

Tournaments – Glory to the empire!

Enter the ring, fight the gladiators, or win yourself a prize by showing off your prowess!   Go along to learn a few tips from others or just see who gets the Thumbs Down from the crowds.  Got a game you’d like to see as a tournament, or you’d like to run a tourney yourself? just drop us a line (info at wellycon .org. nz).




We’re calling for submissions if you’d like to add something to the list.  Signups are via the Wellington On Board meetup group.  If you’d like to sponsor a tournament also drop us a line below.

Workshop – Create a roman board game

In ancient times the Romans played a wide variety of board games, including Knucklebones (Astragalos, Tali & Tropa), Dice (Tesserae), Tic-Tac-Toe (Terni Lapilli), Roman Backgammon (Tabula), and other more complicated strategy games. They also encorporated games from the Greek, Eqyptian and African cultures into their leisure time.

This year Wellycon has been able to persuade the knowledgeable and crafty Rhiannon McKinstry to teach you how to make your own Roman board game from scratch. You will learn a little bit of history, explore the skills needed to create an actual game board and craft a real working wooden game to take away with you.

All materials will be provided and it is likely that the workshop will be divided into two sessions to allow for painting time; the instructor will be in touch closer to the time to let you know all the details.

So sign up now to create your very own family treasure!

Workshop – Create a hand-made book

Ever fancied seeing how a book is made from scratch?

You will be able to make a book, leather-bound, cloth-bound or other from the ground up. Robyn (https://athenabookbinding.w…) will run a workshop for up to 8 people, showing you the ancient art of book binding.  At the end you will have a 4th century leather book in which you can replace the pages as required.  You can also take away the class notes so you can make more if you like.  Take away something to treasure, give as a gift or show someone you love them.
Most materials are supplied but the cost of finishing materials (bought on the day) will depend on which option you choose!

If this is your kind of thing, sign up on the registration form – registration open now!

Kids session, treasure hunt & life-size game

As ever, we will be running a kids-focussed session on Sunday morning of the event.  This is designed to introduce kids of all ages to some games they haven’t tried before, get social with each other and expand their hobbies.  Last year there were about 30 kids enjoying the games and taking home some great stuff from Toyworld Wellington.

Really popular last year, we’re setting up for another treasure hunt!  get it, before it runs away……


Our good friends at Capital E are creating a life-size version of a game – which one is still under wraps – but I have a feeling it won’t just be the little kids playing with it!!

Shhhh, it’s a secret

I heard a rumour that some people aren’t getting enough game-play action during the two days, so there may be a secret stash of gamers hanging out late or even overnight in a secret location.  ………hush, hush,……..


Our fabulous guest – The Crepe man ‘Excuse my French’ – will be with us once again on Saturday evening.  For the first time we are not providing dinner – because there are so many food places around the venue – just check out this map!


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 just 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.