Events at AireCon are designed around fun! Have look below to see what we've got planned, they're a great way to get involved, meet new people and enhance your convention experience.
£20 for team of four people
Saturday: 11am-7pm, Conservatory and Geeknson VIP area
A team tabletop tournament with an amazing prize!
The SuperBoard is a knock-out tournament, this year it's sponsored by Geeknson, and as such we've upped the ante!
The winning team will get a 12 month convention package that includes;
4 tickets to AireCon 2019
Free entry into SuperBoard 2019
Plaque with team name etched onto the Brocklebank Trophy
4 tickets to UKGE 2018
4 tickets to Essen Spiel 2018
4 plane tickets to Essen
SuperBoard 2 runs from 11am-7pm on Saturday 10 March at AireCon, it's played through group stages, then knockout stages until just two teams remain in a battle for the title of SuperBoard champions and the prize bounty listed above. Can your team knock Salford and Manchester Gaming Haven from their perch as SuperBoard champions, or will they hold their titles?
During each stage up to the final each member of the team plays a different game agains the other teams, points awarded for placement in that game. The winning teams then go through to the next stage. From the quarter finals the games are played on Geeknson Tables in the Geeknson VIP area.
Group stages, 11am-2pm - 32 teams in 8 groups of four teams, top team from each group progresses
Games: Each team member plays each game once - Love Letter, NMBR 9, Karuba, No Thanks!
Quarter finals, 3.30pm - 8 teams, top 4 teams progress
Games: Each team member plays one game - San Juan, Barenpark, Splendor, King of New York
Semi finals, 4.30pm - 4 teams, top 2 teams progress
Games: Each team member plays one game - Ticket to Ride: Europe, Catan, Century: Spice Road, Carcassonne
Finals, 6pm - 2 teams
Game: Each team plays an identical game, whoever lasts the longest wins - Pandemic Survival
How to enter
To enter this epic tabletop battle you just need to buy a ticket for your team from our ticket page, it's just £20 for the whole team - airecon.uk/tickets
T&Cs - All tickets, including flights are non-transferable, flights will be from either Birmingham or Manchester airports. Failure to show for game will result in score of zero. Substitutes can be made. Games will be played as rules are written, unless explicitly agreed or stated beforehand.
Board Game Quiz
The Board Game Quiz returns!
Come along with a team or join one on the day, bring a drink and prepare to be challenged! A standard pub quiz, but every question is board game related.
Jollyboat bring their energetic brand of comedy pirate rock to AireCon, a free gig for everyone!
Mega-Karuba sponsored by HABA
Saturday: 1.30-2.30pm, King's Suite
Sunday: 10.30-11.30am, King's Suite
Loads of people playing Karuba all at the same time, rules explanation will be given at the start by Rodney Smith
Mega-NMBR 9 sponsored by Z-Man
Friday: 3.30-4.30pm, King's Suite
Saturday: 7.30-8.30pm, King's Suite
Sunday: 4.30-5.30pm, King's Suite
Loads of people playing NMBR 9 all at the same time, rules explanation will be given at the start by Rodney Smith.
Giant Wits and Wagers
Friday: 6.30-8pm, King's Suite
Laughs aplenty in this giant version of the classic party game, hosted by Bez.
Tabletop Escape Game Contest
Saturday: 6-7pm, King's Suite
Sunday: 3-4pm, King's Suite
Up to 15 teams of five people competing in an escape game. Will your team be the first to complete the challenge and win the game?
Top Five Tips for Teaching Games
Sunday: 12-1pm, King's Suite
Learn how to teach games to others in a simple and straight forward way. Some of the pros give us their top 5 tips, hear from Rodney Smith of Watch It Played, Paul Grogan of Gaming Rules!, Michael May from Toucan Play That Game and Paul & Ming from Skip the Rulebook.
World building seminar
Saturday: 3-4pm, King's Suite
Frank West is the founder of games publisher The City of Games and has loads of experience in the digital and analog industries in character creation, writing, art and how to bring it all together. Come along to hear him talk about the processes involved in building a world.
On the Couch with Polyhedron Collider
Saturday: 4.30-5.30pm, King's Suite
The Polyhedron Collider crew chat to bloggers, vloggers and, er, ploggers (what is someone that hosts a podcast called?). They'll be chatting all things games with guests such as Efka and Elaine from No Pun Included, the Broken Meeple, the Game Pit team and many more. Knowing the guys anything could happen, but it'll be random, ramshackle fun whatever.
RPG Taster Sessions
Throughout the convention, RPG Zone
All are welcome at the Paizo RPG Marquee, as well as Pathfinder sessions there will be many great RPGs for you to try. Whatever your level of experience there's surely something there for you to discover.
Throughout the convetion, Demo Zone
Come and try out some games in development stages, you can chat with the designer and let them know what you love and what you think could be improved about the game. If you'd like to enter a game into playtesting go here.
Two Rooms and a Boom
Friday: 5-6pm, King's Suite
Sunday: 1.30-2.30pm, King's Suite
A convention classic and a staple of AireCon, a great way to meet people. Join in the fun and try and save or explode the president! Rules will be explained at the start.
CGE Demo Zone run by Gaming Rules! Previews and Prototypes
Throughout the convention, CGE Zone
Paul Grogan from Gaming Rules! has some sneak peeks and exclusives from CGE.
Asmodee Demo Zone
Throughout the convention, Asmodee Zone
The Asmodee crew show off the latest and greatest from well known publishers.
Board Game Design 101
Friday, 2pm, King's Suite
Whether you want to make a unique game just for your group of friends, self-publish a few copies, or get twns of thousands into international distribution, Bez has first-hand experience of that and will hopefully be able to help you if you're starting on the process, or simply shed some light on the topic if you're just curious.
This seminar will cover the process from idea to reality and all the steps in between.
Four Elements, Friday: 3-6pm, Large Games Area
Carcosa, Saturday: 6.30-10.30pm, Conservatory
Guild Ball, Sunday: 11am-7pm, Large Games Area
Yogi, Fri-Sun, 5pm, Stuff By Bez stand, Demo Zone
Show off your skills in these tournaments, for Four Elements, Yogi and Carcosa visit the publishers stands to register, Four Elements, Stuff By Bez and One Free Elephant respectively. To register for the Guild Ball tournament contact Alex
Family Zone by Imagination Gaming
Throughout the convention, Family Zone
Fun for the whole family with some new family style games. Visit the Imagination Gaming Family Zone and you'll be well looked after.
MMGG - Massively Multiplayer Grabell Game
Saturday, 6.30-7.30pm, Mezzanine area
Bez will host this huge game of Grabell using her Wibbell++ card system looking to get as many people involved as possible, perhaps there will be some kind of world record broken?
Fri-Sun, 10am (1pm Fri)-6pm, Mezzanine area
Grab some friends and join in this giant version of the mdoern classic where you are the playing pieces!