Re: [ukpbm] Re: ManorCon or MidCon
> I guessed as much, hence the formation of a "club". Members pay a subscription to join the club and get free beer at the con. Sure, some will get more
beer than others but I am sure we can all be adult about it.
Hum, I'm not sure this is good enough to avoid the laws relating to
licensing, and given that the bar has a vested interest in stopping you
doing it ...
> Failing that I could offer to underwrite the cost of two 36 pint beer boxes=authorities seem unconvinced of our ability to consumer 72 pints of ale in the
> and stick 'em behind the bar. From talking to the bar staff the Uni
course of a long week-end. When I say "our" I mean the whole of the convention=
>ourselves over the space of 4 days.
>although probably Malc and I could polish off one 36 pint "beer box" by
We do a barrel at the superbowl do plus a couple of days during the week.
Can't we remind them that we did 144 pints in a day at the other hall.
> As it appears the hall will have the builders in next year I would say this isthe perfect time to explore the possibility of moving somewhere else, but I am
not the poor s*d who has to do the groundwork.
Try Keele, Warwick and a couple of other, only takes a couple of letters.
>> Has there been any mailing about it, dates etc. Will we get bedrooms at thehttp://www.sfcp.co.uk/Events/Midcon/Midcon_booking.htm but a quick precis of the
>> correct hotel ?
> I received a flyer with Cut & Thrust. There's a booking form on
details is below:
So the furries are still involved, haven't they gone bust yet ?
> November 22nd to 24th (bit later than usual)
> Thistle Birmingham City Hotel, St. Chad's.
> Queensway, Birmingham
- --- In ukpbm@y..., Malcolm Cornelius <Malc_C@c...> wrote:
> > I am therefore wondering what the legal obstacles might be to gettingn
> > some of our own beer in? A brewery such as Woodfordes
> > (http://www.woodfordes.co.uk/) will deliver to anywhere in Britain.
> > You have to let the ale settle for 24 hours but I am backing the
> > hobby's ability to get through 72 pints (cost = £120 roughly) over
> > the course of 2 days (Saturday lunch-time onwards). In truth I reckon
> > we could probably clear twice that but let's not get ahead of
> > ourselves.
> Legally IIRC to sell the beer you or the premises must be licensed. Give=
> that you aren't you would need to do it under the licensee of the hall.I guessed as much, hence the formation of a "club". Members pay a subscrip=
> I would be amazed if the license holders permitted you to do it.
> But if you do can I arrange for a gallon ?
tion to join the club and get free beer at the con. Sure, some will get more=
beer than others but I am sure we can all be adult about it.
Failing that I could offer to underwrite the cost of two 36 pint beer boxes=
(one of Wherry, 3.8%, and one of either:
Pale & Golden
Dark & Malty
Rich & rounded)
and stick 'em behind the bar. From talking to the bar staff the Uni author=
ities seem unconvinced of our ability to consumer 72 pints of ale in the cou=
rse of a long week-end. When I say "our" I mean the whole of the convention=
, although probably Malc and I could polish off one 36 pint "beer box" by ou=
rselves over the space of 4 days.
> Can't we move the con somewhere where the concept of real ale has arrived=?
>As it appears the hall will have the builders in next year I would say this=
is the perfect time to explore the possibility of moving somewhere else, bu=
t I am not the poor s*d who has to do the groundwork.
> Has there been any mailing about it, dates etc. Will we get bedrooms at =
> correct hotel ?I received a flyer with Cut & Thrust. There's a booking form on http://www=
.sfcp.co.uk/Events/Midcon/Midcon_booking.htm but a quick precis of the detai=
ls is below:
November 22nd to 24th (bit later than usual)
Thistle Birmingham City Hotel, St. Chad's.
Convention fee 10 quid
£43 per person per night for a single room and £34 per person per night sha=
ring a twin/double room
Obviously I can't make any guarantees about us getting rooms in the hotel. =
In previous years it seemed to matter how early you booked; what prevented =
you from getting bumped to another hotel was how vociferously you complained=
in the lobby, although for this tactic to work you had to arrive earlier th=
an at least one other blighter who then got bumped in your stead.
- Obviously I am biased on this subject, but I did enjoy Manorcon much
more when I stopped staying in the university and took my business
to the Hyatt Regency instead. I can certainly recommend the walk
from the University alongside the canal to the city centre - it took
me about half an hour to get back to the hotel and the tranquility
of the canal was an amazing contrast to the noise of Manorcon. Even
better was spending the next hour in the swimming pool, the steam
room and the jacuzzi. Excellent!!
Yes, the location of the Angus may leave something to be desired if
you come by coach or by train (to New Street), but it's fine by car,
and the city centre is a short walk away if you want something to
eat or drink. A better location would be much more expensive, and
car parking would almost certainly be cost more as well (assuming
that it's still free at the Angus if you exit on Sunday).
> Alan is obviously more the outdoor sort. I believe he has beenknown to yomp along the canal from ManorCon to the centre of Brum -
a distance of between 2 and 3 miles by my reckoning. Yet he seems
to think MidCon is not located particularly close to the centre of
Brum, whereas I believe it is little more than a 10 minute walk to
the shopping centre.
>it very much, although part of the purpose of this post is to
> I don't want to sound like I am slating ManorCon here, as I enjoy
discuss how to make it better. Also, I am interested in other
people's opinions on the relative merits of the two main
conventions? Are the higher prices at MidCon a deterrent to new
blood, as Alan believes? Or is the spartan Uni accomodation a
deterrent to new blood, as I believe? I have had some small success
persuading my non-gaming friends to spend a week-end in a 4 star
hotel in the city centre playing the occasional game, but none
whatsoever trying to convince them to spend a week-end in a Uni hall
of residence. Of course it is good to have the two options
appealing to opposite ends of the value versus comfort spectrum.
Perhaps I just hang out with a bunch of rich City types.