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WynterCon & IndieCon 2015

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WynterCon & IndieCon 2015

Jessica Hancock

The last few weeks have been a busy time for Coffee & Dice with WynterCon over Halloween and IndieCon in early November. Over these two events we played games with close to 500 people and loved every minute of it. Weekends like this get us so excited about opening in spring 2016!

Back in January we met Andy Kybett at a role playing convention while we were launching our first survey. Andy aka 'Mr Wyntercon' offered us the opportunity to come to join the event teaching board games in the RPG zone - we jumped at the chance. WynterCon is a multi-genre convention in Eastbourne; if you’re into science-fiction, comics, steampunk, role-playing games, board games, cosplay, classic horror or anything a bit out of this world, then there's something there for you.

It was our first time at WynterCon and we weren't sure what to expect, or how many people would want to play board games. We were given three tables at the beginning of the event, but by the end of the weekend we'd outgrown these and were teaching games across seven tables - spreading like a virus in Pandemic! We played games with 300 people over the weekend with Codenames, Colt Express, Sushi Go, Evolution and Cash & Guns stealing the show as the most popular games.

We also had an excellent game of Werewolves of Millers Hollow on Sunday afternoon. There was a wonderful moment where someone pointed across the table "you must be the werewolf: your jacket is red!"... whilst wearing a BRIGHT red hoodie themselves. Thank you so much to everyone who came and played games with us at WynterCon. We met some amazing people and you made it so much fun. We hope to be back again on the 1st and 2nd October 2016.

After WynterCon Coffee & Dice packed up and left Eastbourne for IndieCon, a convention a bit closer to home in Dorset the following weekend. IndieCon is a role-playing convention designed for independent games, so there's always something new to try. If you've not tried role playing games this could be a great introduction as the games are four hours long and there is so much variety. I'd recommend signing up for a game based on a film, book or TV show you like for your first RPG adventure. I love the Walking Dead comic books and so chose a zombie survival horror for my first game - Marc was running that game and so in a roundabout way it was the beginning of Coffee & Dice!

We had only planned to run a couple of games of Two Rooms and a Boom at IndieCon, but were asked on the Thursday evening if we'd be able to run board games on a table all weekend. So of course we said yes! We played games with more than 180 people over the weekend and had a great time. Coffee & Dice team Jay & John offered to run a Two Rooms and a Boom session which allowed Marc and I a rare chance to play the game. We had so much fun plotting, scheming and trying to work out who was who! We also had another amazing session of Werewolves of Millers Hollow where Adele was declared chief werewolf hunter. Her gut instincts had her catching 6 werewolves in a row at one point!

We love attending events like these and have more planned soon.  We'll be at Castlepoint Library in Bournemouth for International Games Day @ your library on the 21st November, attending a Mega Game 'Doomsday' in Southampton on the 28th November, running more games of Two Rooms and a Boom and Werewolves of Millers Hollow at ConCeption a role playing convention in Christchurch 27th - 31st January 2016 and have International Tabletop Day on 30th April in Bournemouth. You can sign up and find more information about our events on our Facebook page. Be sure to Like our page to receive updates on all our events.