What’s On at Wellycon XII?

There’s heaps on! This year we have Game Premieres, Play To Win, A heap of Activities as well as our Events and Tournaments!

Game Releases @ Wellycon

As a Wellycon first, we will have new game releases at our convention this year! You heard right … we organised dual hemisphere premieres of never-before-played games that are only available to you and attendees at the world’s 3rd largest convention, the UK Games Expo!

Soon you can get your hands on them before anyone does!


Here comes our first international game release confirmed for Wellycon! It is the beautiful Inuit, The Snow Folk from designers Alexey Konnov, Alexey Paltsev, Anatoliy Shklyarov, Trehgrannik and provided by our sponsor Board&Dice!

As aurora borealis fills the night sky with fantastical light, and the eyes of those who came before look upon you, it has fallen on you to lead your village to power and prosperity. Now is the time to grow in numbers and strength, to build, to hunt, to look to the spirits of the white wilderness, and to prove yourself the greatest leader of the Snow Folk.

Inuit: The Snow Folk is a card-based strategy game of drafting and tableau building for 2-4 players.


Our next international game release confirmed for Wellycon! We are excited to be able to offer you World Shapers from designer Mariusz Milewski and provided by our sponsor Board&Dice! This game will exclusively be premiered at UK Games Expo and Wellycon.

Outwit your opponents to gather resources from the four elements — air, earth, fire, and water — in order to invigorate your world building power and create the grandest of grand worlds!

World Shapers is a card drafting game in which 1–4 players compete for elemental source materials in order to create and shape new worlds! Over the course of just a few rounds, you must carefully draft the necessary cards, outwit your opponents, and take advantage of powerful synergies. Utilize power crystals to enhance previously collected cards.


From designers Dennis Kirps, Christian Kruchten, Jean-Claude Pellin comes the wondrous Dust in the Wings, kindly provided by our sponsor Board & Dice! This game will exclusively be premiered at UK Games Expo and Wellycon.

After a long hike through the woods, you finally find the perfect place to set up your camera — a lush meadow. A green sea of grass rolls gently in the wind, spotted with flowers opening up to morning dew and gentle sunlight, and flocks of butterflies hovering above in a slow, deliberate dance. Light flickers in the golden dust, as you take the first look through your lens and get ready to capture the most beautiful of sights in your photo!

Dust in the Wings is a family game of perception, planning, and picturing the beauty of nature. Built on the wisdom of Mancala, Dust in the Wings creates an experience that is light on rules, engaging in its gameplay, and wondrous to the eye!


The fourth in our selection of game premieres is Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write from from designer Ignacy Trzewiczek and supplied by sponsor, Portal Games. This game will exclusively be premiered at UK Games Expo and Wellycon.

With the great empires warring with each other, some settlers decide to move out in search of more peaceful lands. They know that this time they will have to work together to prosper in these new regions, or should at least try to…

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write is a standalone game set in the universe of Imperial Settlers and Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North. The game is heavily focused on engine building! Constructing buildings grants you a special bonus, and with each passing turn the game offers you more choices as your empire gains momentum.

Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write has two game modes. The standard mode is a 2-4 player competitive challenge in which you try to gain more points than your opponents. The adventure mode for a single player offers 48 unique game sheets. Each sheet presents unique challenges and gameplay as players have different buildings at the start. Tweak your engine and get as many points as you can! Grab your pencil, roll your dice, and create the most prosperous empire!

Play To Win

Returning for a second year, Play To Win – powered by Black Rhino – is bigger than ever at Wellycon thanks to our generous sponsors.

With over 30 confirmed games this year, Play To Win is on track to be HUGE!

Some of the titles up for grabs this year include:

  • Codenames XXL
  • Decrypto
  • Codenames Picture XXL
  • Pictomania
  • Trapwords
  • Montana
  • New York Slice
  • Adrenaline
  • Carcassonne
  • AuZtralia
  • Oaxaca
  • Heroes Welcome
  • Pandemic
  • Herbaceous & Herbaceous Sprouts
  • Sunset over Water
  • Marrying Mr. Darcy
  • Escape from 100 Million BC
  • A Column of Fire
  • Catan
  • Legendary Creatures
  • That’s a Question
  • and more! 


What IS Play To Win?

Play To Win is exactly what it sounds like: You play the game at Wellycon, indicate if you would like to win it, then you go into the draw at Sunday 7pm.

Activities and Attractions

This year we have an amazing list of activities for our participants, including:
Black Ties and Boardgames!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

Dress in your best evening attire and join Wellycon for a beautiful, unique dining experience at Hotel Intercontinental Wellington with great games and excellent company.

Price includes canape dinner all evening and access to a select board game library. Spaces are limited so sign up for the mission quickly!

As always, should you or any of your team fail to attend, we will disavow any knowledge of your actions. Failure to attend may result in immeasurable regret and other possible outcomes. Good luck!
Buy your ticket today!

Buy, Swap & Sell!
Got a game that you used to love but played to death? How about a game that you like but just don’t get to the table enough to justify keeping? Swap or sell your games at the Wellycon Buy Swap & Sell tables!
Megagame – Colossus of Atlantis

A game of Ancient Greek politics, with the addition of giant robots! Take on the role of Archon (political leader), Engineer (builder of stuff), Herald (diplomat, spy and trader) Priest, or Strategoi (general) in one of eight factions struggling to dominate Atlantis and its colonies, but also striving to avoid the wrath of the Gods and the doom of Atlantis.

Colossus of Atlantis is being run on Saturday 1st June from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with briefing starting at 10:00 and kick-off estimated at 10:30.
Rules & Info   RSVP

Continual Codenames
A walk-in, walk-out rolling game of Codenames set up as the ultimate game-between-games! Help us keep it going the entire weekend!


Wellycon Tournaments
A long-standing tradition at Wellycon is our winner-takes-all tournaments. This year the following are being run:

  • Pandemic
  • King of Tokyo
  • Codenames Live!
  • Orléans

And don’t forget our other events such as Terraforming Mars Mega Event, Mega Game – Colossus of Atlantis, and the Sunday Family Session!
RSVP to a tournament today!

Family Session
Our super-popular Sunday Family Session. Kids teaching kids, spy hunt, dress-up game, a reserved selection of quality family games and access to the entire games library.
See the Schedule
Late Night Session
Wanna stay up late? Or perhaps you want to arrange a specific session with your closest key associates for that after-hours thrill? This session is for the truly addicted!

That’s right, the ever-popular late night session is back again!

Stay after everyone has gone home and have full access to the game library. With limited numbers of tickets available, the world (or the games library) is your oyster.

Dungeons and Dragons

This year at Wellycon XII, for the first time, we will be hosting several ‘Intro to Dungeons and Dragons (D&D)’ sessions.

D&D is a cooperative storytelling roleplay experience in which players take on fantastical roles such as fighters, rogues, and wizards to overcome challenges set up by the Dungeon Master.

Join us as mighty heroes to help a talking sheep, plumb the tomb of the Monkey King or enter a haunted house to rescue a friend. No preparation needed. Bring yourself and your adventuring spirit and we’ll do the rest. Spaces are limited so sign up quickly!
Find a session now!

Designers and Publishers
We’ve got a pile of designers coming this year, including:

  • Garphill Games (North Sea Saga)
  • Weta (District 9, GKR)
  • Element 6 Productions
  • Cheeky Parrot Games
  • Curly Bros Games
  • Schilmil Games
  • Gary Hunt Miniatures
  • Jarrat Grey (Endeavour)
  • Nameless Games
  • Geoff Templar (Final Round: FIGHT)
  • Axel Kremer (Pollen Wars)

Find out what’s involved in designing a game, then check out and play-test their latest games!

Welcome Games
Run by our friends at Cheeky Parrot Games.
A great place for those new to gaming, those wanting a warm-up or filler game and those that like fun, light-weight games!
Room Escape
Are you a fan of puzzles and escape rooms? Wellycon XII in partnership with Escape Mate will have you covered!

A specially designed room will be available all weekend long at NZ’s biggest, fun, friendly board game convention.

Sign-up on the day – this is FREE with your Wellycon ticket, get a group, and try to escape with your group by solving all the clues within a limited time!

Games Library
We heard your cries for more games, more variety and a bigger library! We are excited to announce that we are working with our supporter Board Game Rentals to get you all those games you always wanted to try.

This is in addition to the hundreds of games supplied by many of our participants, maybe even you!

Event Schedule

This year we have a number of events and tournaments to RSVP for where you can:

  • Be the best trader in Oléans
  • Dominate ancient Atlantis
  • Venture into the Temple of the Monkey King
  • Become the King of Tokyo
  • Fight the Cult of the Dragon
  • Find the Best Spy in Codenames Live!
  • Be acosted by a talking sheep
  • Save the world from a Pandemic
  • Be the biggest Megacorp on Mars
  • and more!

To see more details, RSVP, or see our schedule of events, click here:

See you at Wellycon!

                  - The Wellycon team