ManorCon is moving...
ManorCon has been held at the University of Birmingham every year since
in 1983. There are many memories here - days gone by when there were over
playing games for the weekend, when it used to hold the largest Diplomacy
in the world with over 100 players taking part every year. Days when the
tournament was the Acquire tournament, and when the most played train game
Railway Rivals. Days when some of our younger gamers weren't even born!
In the past few years, ManorCon has been moved around the different halls a
as it has dodged the renovations work that's been going on around us. But we've
with it, following the light at the end of the tunnel, when all the
complete, the disruptions are no more, and we can have ManorCon in a rebuilt
Unfortunately, it has now become clear that the light at the end of the
tunnel is just a
bloke with a torch. We can now see the result of the renovations, and it is
clear that they
are not designed to host a convention like ManorCon. So after 24 years, it's
After considering many venues, we have decided that ManorCon XXV will be
20th - 23rd July 2007, at Stamford Hall at the University of Leicester.
There were many
things that made us choose this venue. We can have exclusive use of the hall
whole weekend. We can play games and have meals in the same hall. We have
rooms to be able to properly accommodate the Diplomacy, the Second Hand
Sale, the Pop Quiz, the Treasure Hunt, etc, all in rooms suited to their
needs. We have a
bar, which can sell all the things we drink, including Real Ale. Leicester
already hosts a number of games conventions of various types, so they have a
what to expect. And on top of all that, their prices are lower than those
that we are
The site is also very easily accessible, both by car and public transport.
By car, it is 4
miles around the Leicester outer ring road from the M1. And by train, there
trains to Leicester from many locations, including London St Pancras and
New Street, and then there is a frequent direct bus service from the train
station to the
All-in-all, we are really looking forward to this move. After the problems
of last year, we
wish we could have moved there this year, but the time required to find a
new venue and
then to organise everything made this impossible. So we look forward to
seeing you at
ManorCon XXV in Leicester in 2007.