Who is AireCon sponsored by?
AireCon is sponsored by Travelling Man, UK Games Expo and Fan Guru. We are very grateful for their support and all that this enables us to do.
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 anyone that can adhere to the simple, but fundamental, rules set out below is welcome, they also apply to any online sites, forums and the official AireCon app.
We're pretty relaxed here at AireCon, but there are a few things we ask:
Respect each other and people’s chosen pronouns
Don’t use language that might make others feel uncomfortable, if in doubt, don’t say it
Keep on top of your personal hygiene, there’s refresh stations in each of the toilets to help with this
If you would like to take a picture of someone, please ask first
If you're in doubt, remember Bill & Ted's law, 'Be excellent to each other'. If you see something or are part of a situation where someone else clearly feels uncomfortable, please speak out, or, if you don't feel able to, come and speak to us.
If you need help or would like to raise something with a member of the AireCon team, simply head to the ticket desk and ‘Ask for Angela’.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Who else will be there?
There will be lots of friendly and welcoming people there, AireCon is well known for a being a fun and relaxed event. There will also be some people that you might recognise from the Internets there, they're all pretty friendly, and would love to chat with you.
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 500 games that you can borrow games from for free throughout the event, just grab a Library Card and leave your phone number and 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.
Paizo RPG Zone
There will be LOADS of RPGs to play too, we have lots of tables running regular games for just £2 each. You can get your RPG tickets from the main ticket desk. Just hand these in at the Paizo RPG Marquee, where there will be details of all games being run, to sign up for a game.
Games will be run by experienced GMs using an on demand system with some game being scheduled at the following times;
Friday: 10.30am, 2pm, 7pm
Saturday: 10.30am, 2pm, 7pm
Sunday: 10.30am, 2.30pm
As well as lots of Pathfinder and Starfinder games, there will be loads of other games available.
You can book into games by visiting the Paizo RPG Marquee.
What about families?
We have the Family Zone run by Imagination Gaming, that promises lots of great games for children of all ages, including giant versions of games. Youth tickets are half price and kids tickets are free!
They’ll also be running school events on the Friday of AireCon, if you child goes to a school nearby and you’d be interested in their class attending please get in touch with Nigel for details: email@example.com
What else is there to do?
We've got lots of fun events, to see everything that’s planned head over to our events page.
What if I want to buy a game or gaming related merchandise?
Trade hours are 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.
These are all the exhibitors that will be at AireCon
What if I want to buy/sell some second-hand games?
There's a manned Bring n Buy where you could pick up a bargain or sell your games to enable you to buy MORE GAMES! We just take a small fee for this to contribute towards the running cost of the Bring n Buy (i.e. shelves, stickers, volunteers). The fee is 10% of the total sales (regardless of the number of games) rounded down to the nearest pound (minimum £1).
What is there to eat and drink?
We have a great range of food and drink on offer, catering to a variety of diets at good prices. We ask that you don’t bring in your own food whilst the food vendors are open (10am-8pm Fri & Sat, 10am-6pm Sun), if there’s nothing that takes your fancy onsite, Harrogate town centre is only five minutes from the Convention Centre.
We also have free to use water fountains available in both halls.
AireCon tuck shop - snacks and drinks for all to enjoy, all items 60p each or 2 for £1,
also the place to get your AireCups, which grant discounts on hot drinks
DC Catering - burgers and chips (veggie | vegan )
Duke’s Pizza - cool pizza van with tasty food (veggie | gluten free)
Madame Crepe - sweet treats (veggie | vegan | dairy free | gluten free)
Major Tom’s Social - craft beer, wines and spirits
Wild Wolf Nomadic Kitchen - Savoury waffles (vegan | veggie | gluten free)
Yumlaut - German sausages! (dairy free | gluten free)
When is AireCon open?
Friday 8 - Sunday 10 March 2019
Bring 'n' Buy
Friday 8 March: 10am-6pm
Saturday 10 March: 10am-6pm
Sunday 11 March: 10am-4pm
Family Zone by Imagination Gaming
Friday 8 March: 10am-6pm
Saturday 9 March: 10am-6pm
Sunday 10 March: 10am-4pm
General opening hours
Friday 8 March: 10am-11pm
Saturday 9 March: 10am-11pm
Sunday 10 March: 10am-6pm
Saturday 9 March: 10am-6pm
Sunday 10 March: 10am-4pm
When were previous AireCons?
AireCon 4: 9-11 March 2018, Harrogate Convention Centre - Gallery coming soon
AireCon 3: 10-12 March 2017, Harrogate Convention Centre - Gallery coming soon
AireCon 2: 21-22 October 2016, Jubilee Centre, Bradford
AireCon 1: 1-2 April 2016, Jubilee Centre, Bradford
AireCon 0: 31 July - 1 August, 2015, Mark's House, Leeds
Where is AireCon?
Harrogate Convention Centre with access through Entrance 2. 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 Hall D for open gaming on Saturday as well as the King's Suite and Crown Suite, that we'll use for events and seminars.
All the halls are accessible, but use of ramps or lifts are required to access certain areas. Unfortunately it is not feasible to open the bridges to the connected hotels. We also offer free Personal Assistant (carer) tickets when you purchase at least one ticket. To help us avoid fraudulent ticket purchases, please bring evidence that you require a Personal Assistant with you, as you may be asked for this on entry, we will accept evidence of receiving certain benefits (such as DLA, PIPs, AA), Blue Badges and Access Cards.
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 can I find information about exhibition space, advertising, sponsorship?
Easy! Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Where is there to stay nearby?
To help you with hotel accommodation for AireCon 2019 we have appointed BCD M&E as the official accommodation agency that can provide discounted hotel rates in and around Harrogate.
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 which are available on the door.
If you are involved in Board Game media of any kind and would like more information about a press pass, please get in touch with Mark; email@example.com
How accessible is AireCon?
All the halls are accessible, but use of ramps or lifts are required to access certain areas. Unfortunately it is not feasible to open the bridges to the connected hotels. We also offer free Personal Assistant (carer) tickets when you purchase at least one ticket.
To help us avoid fraudulent ticket purchases, please bring evidence that you require a Personal Assistant with you, as you may be asked for this on entry, we will accept evidence of receiving certain benefits (such as DLA, PIPs, AA), Blue Badges and Access Cards.
How do I find a game to play?
We welcome groups of all sizes as well as catering for individuals with our 'AireFlags' and ‘AireBalloons’, 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 use the meetup feature on AireCon app. You can arrange games 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.
How do I get a stand?
Just get in touch with Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org!
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! To find out more about volunteering and to apply to be part of the AireCrew go to airecon.uk/volunteer