Welcome to WellyCon

Wellycon 2020

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What is Wellycon?

Wellycon is the biggest, fun friendly board gaming convention in New Zealand.  The con is run by a core group of volunteers with the aim of building community through games. Wellycon has grown every year (2019 over 1000 attendees) and had to move to bigger and bigger venues as a consequence!

Held over Queens Birthday weekend (June), it features a large game library which is a combination of those brought along by attendees (Wellycon doesn’t own any games) and loaned from Board Game Rentals.  Special events change every year e.g. onsite escape room, play-to-win, tournaments and there is onsite barista coffee, hot food, buy/sell/swap area and plenty of friendly board gamers.  Participants select a game, find some people who would like to play, a suitable table and go for it.

Originally holding only one convention per year, the Wellycon team now host multiple conventions across Wellington and on Matiu/Somes Island.

What can you expect at Wellycon?

 

Tournaments – run by volunteers with prizes supplied by our generous sponsors

Game Designers area – play-test games still in development by designers local and international

Kids session – we introduce gamers of all ages to something intriguing & new, treasure hunt and special treats for teaching other kids

Late-night Wellycon – late night gaming for a select few!

Mega-game – play a board game with up to 40 people at a time!  Everyone has a role to play as either part of a team or a rogue, all contributing the larger game-play.

Now in its 13th year Wellycon is the country’s largest annual boardgaming convention.  The main event (on Queens Birthday weekend – June) is known for being different from most gaming conventions because the focus is on being welcoming for everyone of every age, ability and interest.  We frequently get comments about the atmosphere and the all-age equality for kids and oldies alike.  Come and check it out, you’ll have a great weekend!
Held on Labour weekend (October) each year, Mini-Wellycon is just like the big convention only smaller.

This is the low-stress version of Wellycon with just as much dedicated time to game but concentrating on a smaller crowd, spot prize draws and the same great library.  Bring your new games or old favourites and meet up with some old friends or find new ones to introduce them to.

Something special…

From time to time we hold one-off or special events when the opportunity arises.  These are not necessarily every year, and not necessarily repeated, but they are always fun.  If you want to be kept abreast of these type of things as and when they happen then either:

 

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