I know March is a long way off, but my wife and I booked for Aire Con yesterday. Would be good to meet anyone who’s going.
Yes, I shall be there! Not sure of exact timings but I’m hoping for all four days.
What’s up with Aire Con? Never been there before
My impression: it’s the largest convention in the UK that’s primarily about gaming rather than selling. So it manages to keep the small convention feel while having lots of people; there are events, a quiz and so on, but mostly in my experience you sit down and play games, and there are enough people that whatever obscure game you have will probably get some takers.
My local lot complained of the volume at the venue last time, but otherwise were positive about the experience
My experience has been that the upstairs room is the best for noise levels, rather than the big downstairs bit near the dealers (and the food trucks), but I think they’re using a different bit of the HICC this time.
I shall be there too, had a great time last year! Also I didn’t get covid yay.
Airecon is my local (and favourite) convention. Definitely gaming focused rather than selling, although there is a bring and buy and some stalls. I definitely prefer the upstairs in terms of pleasant places to play games, but there’s plenty of space. I’ve found they make a decent effort at inclusivity too - there are gender-neutral loos, quiet areas, and I think everywhere is wheelchair accessible. There’s also a family area for people attending with young children where they have a bunch of games for younger gamers
The only awkward bit I’ve noticed is the transition between the main gaming floor / trade area and the games library, bar, auditorium and access to the upper floor; but even that has a wheelchair lift, just not for my games trolley.
Got my stand booked- paying for a retailer stand this time in the hope that I’ll have copies of Damask to sell! Love the convention, and not just because its 15 minutes away from where I work, but also that its a half hour drive from where I live.
It’s also a lot of fun, and where my first game was signed, my second game demoed, and my third and fourth game too.
Just booked our tickets for Airecon. We’ll be there from Thursday evening
I’m crossing my fingers that I’m actually in Harrogate that Thursday and not working late. Last year I was amazingly saved by Ofsted