On Saturday at around 8:30pm BST, it was announced that AmeChibi would be making its return next year. Fans of Kitacon and AmeCon didn’t get an event this year, but for good reason. Kitacon is currently undergoing major changes, with a lot of the committee changing and AmeCon did an event last year. The usual venue of Warwick University is also undergoing changes, as the venue is currently in the middle of a lot of construction work. Therefore, the only logical conclusion was that 2019 would have no convention from either event. Nevertheless, AmeChibi have announce that they are back. Here’s the information we currently know about the upcoming event.
At the start of the month I said that my April will be full of plans and doings. I give you plans! And doings!
Where to begin…
Well let’s start with a quick reminder of what AmeChibi is. Ame and Kita have joined forces to cycle their conventions, one small (-Chibi) and one large (-Con), and suffice to say that Ame have taken the lead on the smaller conventions. On that score let me say that AmeChibi did very well, there was about as many events, panels, and parties as one could expect of a convention labelled “Chibi”.
I can’t honestly say that I met many new people (one or two for certain will be memorable additions to my Facebook) but a lot of faces that I already recognized from previous Cons now have names attached to them. Now, and only now do I feel that I’ve properly joined the community, and I took the opportunity this weekend to make sure that I shall not want for friendly faces at future conventions.
The panels on offer were limited, that’s true, but there was enough to fill the weekend, leaving enough time to get to know people, maybe squeeze in an anime screening, a game of Magic or a drink. It was an odd balance to strike, but I think a little more could have been done. I never felt rushed as I do at a regular convention, but at the same time there were some long pauses where rooms were left empty.
Now I know a lot of you guys have some ideas for things you’d like to do for panels, and nothing but nothing is lost by asking around for support and even help running a panel! Get involved, look for KitaChibi next year, AmeChibi the year after and again and again. They want your help, and we want to hear you get involved. Just like I did…
Warning – Plenty of Swearing and I made a few rookie mistakes like putting the map on top of my tablet, and putting the Haribo a bit too close. By the way when I say a lot of swearing, I mean a lot of swearing, I am a cruel DM.
My thanks to Dan, Chris, Gemma and John for playing!
Ahh, were it only happy times all round.
The Britannia Hotel in Nottingham. If you spot that name listed as the venue, avoid the convention, at least until you hear that they’ve done some work, and I mean hard work.
I heard about previous cons held there where the staff had been rude, and that has changed, the staff were quite polite to us over the weekend, one or two even joined in with a round of the theme from Duck Tales. But the rooms have no WiFi, and a CRT TVs without a digital tuner. The rooms themselves are reasonable but not particularly comfortable for the price paid. There were other matters concerning the hotel that I shall not go into here, suffice to say that a complaint will be made, and until I hear otherwise there is a black mark in my book against the Britannia of Nottingham.
Also I forgot to take a camera with me. That was stupid, that was very stupid…
e-Collectica Games Day
By being in Nottingham I may have missed out on the best Games-Day yet, alas I can only live it vicariously through photos sent to me via the e-Collectica Facebook page and by my friend Mike, co-owner of Quotes from the Tabletop.
We’ve had a fantastic month here at GOSW, and we want to extend our thanks to all of you for keeping us going and encouraging us to keep going. I look forward to meeting more of you to thank you in person, and April looks to be the time to do it. I have a busy month ahead of me, and a lot of plans that were put off that I’m starting to get time to accomplish, with a few minor diversions along the way:
e-Collectica Games Day
And it just so happens (as if by some bizarre coincidence) that e-Collectica are hosting their next Games Day on April the 11th, what luck. If you’re in the Shrewsbury area at the end of half-term swing by the Morris Hall on Bellstone for a little of the following:
- Krosmaster Arena
- Star Wars X-Wing
- Viking Tomato
- King of Tokyo
The cost of entry is the same as it ever was, £3 to get in on the door, or £2.50 if you get to e-Collectica and book ahead of time. Only a week and a half to go, so head on up to the market if you want to save yourself a little extra cash, and get a look at what’ll be on offer on the day.
The last few Games Days have been incredible, and the latest was an amazing success. Sadly this time, I won’t be there…
So begins a new era in the British convention circuit! Last year at KitaCon, the Kita committee announced a union between themselves and Ame to run a cycle of events, each taking it in turns to run one large and one small event annually, beginning with AmeChibi (and KitaCon in August). From April the 10th onwards, I will be there! Instead of at Games Day. Not entirely certain how I feel about this yet.
Come find me on Saturday in the games room. Don’t know where it’ll be, but I do plan on running something special in D&D 5th edition! I’m going to provisionally say I’ll start at 14:00, but keep an eye on the GOSW Facebook page because – as with all plans where RP is concerned – that time is subject to change. Either way, it’ll be after AmeChibi’s own ITTD celebration, because I’ll inevitably be joining that too.
As a final note, we’ve been up to something for quite some time now, something that we’ve not been ready to share with you, but we’re getting close.
Very close now…