The Dell House     Malvern, England

Offering Beds and Pizza for Sheep and Wood, at the foot of the Malvern Hills

DellCon Games Weekends

October 2017 - March 2018

Games in play

Kevin & Elizabeth (and family) have been playing modern boardgames for twenty+ years and have a large collection. We also have a ridiculously spacious home which we run as a B&B. We've put these together to form the DellCons; small & friendly residential games weekends several times a year.

Dates

We've finished the spring season for 2017 and have not yet decided on dates for the three for the Autumn season. Expect dates to be a weekend in each of October and November, and one in September or December.

If you want to put a vote in for a particular weekend, or just want to go on our mailing list, do let us know.

Prices listed here are for the season just gone. They are unlikely to change, but we reserve that right.

Format

The success of the first DellCon meant that we quickly decided to keep these 'little and often', keeping the numbers low such that we can share meals, become friends, and still have several gaming tables on the go.

The Booking Rules

Places are very limited. A simple, fair and commercially viable booking process is a bit of a nightmare of game design which we are still refining. There are two phases. The first phase ends on what we've called the Early Booking Deadline.

Before the deadline you can book a full residential weekend or go on a waiting list for other options.

After the deadline we allocate remaining space to those on the waiting lists.

The deadline is typically 4 weeks before the event to give enough time for people to make any weekend arrangements after they know if they have a ticket.

You cannot book a specific room (but see below). You book a 'Single', 'Double' or 'Twin' room. After the deadline the best appropriate room will be allocated to the first person who booked, and so on in booking order

The one exception to this allocation order is that if, before the deadline, you book extra nights either side of DellCon you can cherry-pick which B&B room you want for the weekend.

Prices

A weekend gaming ticket is £35 per-person which includes meals and refreshments, but not accommodation or breakfast.

Accommodation & breakfast prices are per-room not per-person. See below for details.

Regardless of all the above, the Friday evening is open to all, for free

Before the Early Booking Deadline

Before the deadline you can only book a residential weekend i.e. a gaming ticket per person and two nights accommodation but you can put your name down on the waiting lists for weekend non-residential tickets, one-day tickets and one-night stays.

Room Capacity Max Number Room/night
for 2 nights
One night stay
Not available
before deadline
Extra nights
Full B&B service, cooked breakfast, etc.
Bonus: Pick your DellCon room
Single x3 £50 £60 £60 (Yellow room)
Double
One double bed
x5 £70 £85 £95 (Red room)
£85 (Blue room)
Twin
Two Single beds
x2 £70 £85 £85 (Green room)
Triple
Double + Single bed
x1 £70 £85 Not available

Booking earlier will get you a better quality room; starting with the en-suite B&B rooms and moving down to bedrooms with shared facilities, in the apartments. The discount from our usual rates reflects that there's no cooked breakfast and that the rooms won't be serviced over the weekend.

After the Early Booking Deadline

Those on the waiting lists have their places confirmed according to the then available space, with priority going to one-night stays, then weekend non-residents, then one-day tickets.

If there is space left anywhere, it's first-come first-served.

Gaming Ticket Prices and What's Included

Weekend Resident Weekend non-resident Friday night Saturday ticket Sunday ticket
Friday 4 hours gaming: 7pm to 11pm
Tea, coffee, etc.
Saturday Breakfast - cereal, juice, toast, fruit
11 hours gaming: 10am to 11pm
Tea, coffee, etc.
Home-made cake
Lunch - fresh warm home-made bread & cheeses, salad, etc.
Evening meal - pizza, side salad, pudding
Sunday Breakfast as above
6 hours gaming from 10am to 4pm(ish)
Tea, coffee, etc.
Home-made cake
Lunch - fresh bread, quiche, salad, etc.
£35 + room £35 Free £24 £12

Booking

How do I book the weekend?

Email or phone us to check availability. To confirm a booking we require a non-refundable deposit of £50 per room please. The date the deposit is paid is the date used in the allocation of rooms. The remainder can be paid during the event. We can take cash, credit/debit card or bank transfer.

How do I get on the list for a One-Night / Non-resident / Saturday / Sunday ... ticket?

It's simplest if you just email us. Residents will have first priority for the limited places; then weekend non-residents, then one-day visitors, otherwise it's first-come-first-served. Payment will be due when we've confirmed your place.

Loose Ends

Please feel free to phone or email us if you've any questions.

There is a Facebook page for DellCon for discussion and updates.

Our "B&B" Terms and conditions, including the cancellation terms, apply to all attendees. Please read the extra section at the bottom of that page.

Some rooms, especially the self-catering, may get booked by normal people; suddenly reducing the number of available rooms. Decisions on room allocation are ours alone.

We reserve the right to bend rules where it seems right to do so.