A Gamers' Gaming Getaway is an opportunity to have fun playing a wide variety of games face-to-face in the beautiful surroundings of Blackwell Court.
Everyone is welcome although the event is particularly aimed at those who often work or volunteer at games events and conventions, and who may appreciate a relaxed opportunity to meet new people while playing a diverse range of different games.
Games publishers, designers, event organisers and traders are particularly welcome to attend with the opportunity to share experiences without the pressure of exhibiting to the general public.
There is simple on-site accommodation for 110 people and around 50 additional tickets available for those who live locally or wish to stay offsite.
We, the organising team, are seeking to create a collaborative and inclusive culture with everyone encouraged to contribute to the event. We hope that all attendees will have a wonderful time. Please join the Gamers Gaming Getaway Facebook group if you wish to discuss running games or events at the Getaway.
Here's some of what you can expect (click on images for more info from our 2021 event):
Plenty of space for 95 hours of Open Gaming at all times of day and night
Can you solve an Escape Game in a box?
Try out different short scenarios in the roleplaying room
Taster adventures run by Heroquest, one of the UK's longest running LARP groups
Experience the Orion Sphere LRP Starship Bridge Simulator (please bring a laptop)
Flicking, pushing, shoving, building, balancing
Dedicated room for wargame campaigns and skirmish games of various length
Play games in-character in a tavern set in the LARP world of 'Orin Rakatha'
Short, intense Chamber LARPs and other Freeform live roleplay experiences.
Bring along your favourite card games.
Who will build the tallest house of cards?
Roll, place, manipulate and stack dice.
Who will build the tallest dice tower?
Bring and share your favourite cooperative boardgames
Publishers and designers are welcome to bring new games to demonstrate and play
Playing for chips and kudos not cash
All are invited to lead or contribute to discussions in Games Guru Groups
Opportunity to playtest new designs at different stages of deveopment
Relax outside in 52 acres of parkland
In 2021 we donated over £1400 including to The Honeypot Childrens Charity in the UK and Gamechangers Chrysalis Youth Enterprise Network in Uganda
In 2021 our support enabled kids from Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Nigeria to attend the African Boardgames Convention
DIY chance to sell, buy and swap games
Blackwell Court is a magnificent Victorian mansion house set in 52 acres of beautiful parkland that was acquired by Birmingham Scouts in the 1960s and now forms part of Blackwell's Adventure Centre.
The Adventure Centre now also includes luxury glamping pods and several other buildings which we will be using for different gaming areas.
Whilst the main focus of A Gamers Gaming Getaway will be on playing games and socialising indoors, we hope that everyone will be able to also enjoy the grounds. Those who wish to try the Heroquest LARP adventures will get to explore more of the grounds.
Blackwells Adventure Centre is within easy reach of the M42 and M5 motorways.
A Gamers' Gaming Getaway could not happen without the support and assistance of many friends in the games industry and live roleplaying community.
We are particularly grateful to UK Games Expo and the organisers of other smaller games conventions for their advice and support in running the first Gamers' Gaming Getaway in 2021. Thanks too to Heroquest for their assistance in running parts of the event.
There are opportunities to sponsor parts of the event to help keep costs down for attendees and to subsidise our team of volunteers so that they can help deliver a high quality event.
Please let Dave know if you might be interested in sponsoring A Gamers' Gaming Getaway, donating items to be won in our charity auction or raffle and/or in advertising opportunities.