Who is AireCon sponsored by?
AireCon is sponsored by Travelling Man and the UK Games Expo. In addition we partner with amazing companies to bring you great events and generally improve the experience of AireCon. Check back here for more info as we confirm.
Who is AireCon for?
AireCon caters for all types of gamer, regardless of who they are and what their experience with gaming. We aim to be inclusive and pretty much anyone is welcome. We welcome groups of all sizes as well as catering for individuals with our 'AireFlags', if you see one of these at a table, there's a game that needs more players!
If you're looking for others to game with head over to our Gameseekers area where you can arrange or find a game, or meet up with others looking to play. You can arrange gams in advance by filling out a Arranged Gaming Form and sticking it on the notice board in the Gameseekers area, you can find the form here.
You might also consider attending one of our events, they're a great way to meet new people.
Who shouldn't attend?
We're pretty relaxed here at AireCon, but there are a few things we ask:
Respect other people
Mind the language (there might be kids around)
Keep on top of your personal hygiene
If you're in doubt, remember Bill & Ted's law, 'Be excellent to each other'.
As long as you can adhere to these simple rules you're our kind of person, otherwise AireCon might not be for you and may result in you being asked to leave the convention.
Who runs AireCon?
Ben, Mark, Rick, and Nabil you can find out why we do it here. You'll see us running around during the event, but we're never too busy to stop and say 'Hi', and if we get chance we'd even love to play a game with you, just ask!
Who do I contact to hire exhibitor space, run an event, talk about advertising/sponsorship or set up playtesting?
Easy, just drop us a line email@example.com!
What games are played at AireCon?
Analog gaming encompasses all sorts of game types, most commonly board or tabletop games, RPGs, card games, war gaming, social deduction even some computer games. The common theme with games played at AireCon is that they require other people to play with, that's one of the reasons we started AireCon.
What games are available to play?
We have partnered with Travelling Man to bring you a huge games library of over 350 games that you can borrow games from for free throughout the event, just grab a Games Passport and leave a deposit of £10 that you'll get back when you've finished borrowing games.
You can see a list of available games here, it's being added to and updated regularly.
What else is there to do?
We're busy planning lots of fun events, just head over to our events page to see what we did at the last AireCon.
If you'd like to run or request an event please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org!
What if I want to buy a game or gaming related merchandise?
We will have a bunch of lovely traders and booking for this will open soon. If you'd like trade/exhibition space at AireCon 4, please contact us email@example.com!
There's also a manned Bring 'n' Buy where you could pick up a bargain or sell your games with no commission to enable you to buy MORE GAMES!
Trade hours are 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.
When is AireCon?
Friday 9 - Sunday 11 March 2018
When were previous AireCons?
AireCon 4: 10-12 March 2017, HIC, Harrogate - Gallery coming soon
AireCon 3: 21-22 October 2016, Jubilee Centre, Bradford
AireCon 2: 1-2 April 2016, Jubilee Centre, Bradford
AireCon 1: 31 July - 1 August, 2015, Mark's House, Leeds
Where is AireCon?
Harrogate Convention Centre, we will be using Hall Q as the central focus for the event with open gaming, exhibitors and more all together. We'll also have the King's Suite, that we'll use for events and seminars.
Harrogate is ideally located, not far from the A1, just get off at J45 from the south or J47 from the north and follow the signs. Click here for parking information. There's good rail links, and the station is just 5 minutes away and it's only 20 minutes from Leeds/Bradford Airport.
Where is there to stay nearby?
There are loads of hotels and BnBs to suit all budgets within a short walk of HIC, for more information, click here!
Where can I find information about exhibition space, advertising, sponsorship?
Easy! Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Why run AireCon?
We enjoy playing board games.
Nothing beats the satisfaction of when that big move pays off, when the strategy that you laid out earlier in the game comes to fruition and victory is yours!
However, the thing we enjoy most about board gaming is sitting down with a bunch of people and sharing a fun experience. Whether it's long-standing friends or people you've just met, board games have a way of bringing people together that immediately gives you all something in common, something to unite over.
This is the reason we started AireCon, for people to get together, play some games and have a tonne of fun! The focus at AireCon is on actually playing games, hence the massive amount of table space and the huge library.
Whether you came to the inaugural AireCon at Mark's house or you're considering attending your first AireCon you are so very welcome. After all, it is the people that make those memorable experiences!
Why is it called AireCon?
We're all fans of a good pun, and when Mark was first thinking of running a gaming event in his house (whilst he was supposed to be working) he was looking up name origins of other conventions. One of the world's best known board game conventions, GenCon, is named after a lake so Mark started think about what was around or near his house, it didn't take long before he realised that his house in Guiseley, Leeds was in Aireborough, in the Aire Valley near the River Aire. It was a natural fit to call it AireCon, and sounded way better than his other thoughts of GuiCon or MarkCon. Plus, it's cool.
Why the squiggle?
The squiggle through the AireCon lettering is the River Aire and the logo is based on a corner view of stack of board games, not a weird Illuminati symbol.
How do I get in?
To attend AireCon you just need to buy a ticket, check back here for news of when they go on sale.
How do I get a stand?
Just get in touch with Mark: email@example.com!
How do I volunteer?
Volunteer to become part of the AireCrew and you'll get cool free stuff, the more volunteering you do, the more stuff you get! Volunteer applications will go live closer to the event.