The Cast Are Dice 2016 - 13th & 14th August

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Post  paulyg on Sun 08 May 2016, 11:54

The dates for this friendly little convention have just been announced. A bunch of us went last year and it was good fun. It's a convention run in Stoke-on-Trent by the owners of local board game store Shire Games. It's all about playing games, and they have an excellent library of their own games that they make available. The venue is the 6th form college there and it's good for gaming as they have lots of separate rooms with big tables available, so plenty of room and not too noisy. There's usually fairly inexpensive accommodation available for those who want to go to both days.

I'm planning to go for both days and will have some space in the car if anyone wants a lift...

Last year's thread about this:
http://www.sheffieldboardgamers.com/t533-the-cast-are-dice-2015

Here's the announcement from this week's Shire Games Newsletter:
Shire Games wrote:The Cast are Dice 2016 -- Saturday 13th August & Sunday 14th August - Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College

I'm pleased to announce that I can finally confirm the dates for our fun games weekend. As always, it's the second weekend of August.

There will be a couple of changes - The quality of the "free game for all advance weekend tickets" has been going down in my opinion, so I think we shall be scrapping that and reducing the weekend advance price to £10, saving you a fiver a head. And the walk-in price will probably stay the same, making the advance price a much better deal.

Otherwise ... Same times, same place. Full details coming next week, but I'll get the tickets available on the website on Monday. Almost certainly.
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Post  PaulC on Sun 08 May 2016, 14:24

I'm there for both days too. Happy to chauffeur or be chauffeured.
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Post  paulyg on Mon 09 May 2016, 08:53

Hoorah, Team Paul! I'm tempted to book into the 'official' hotel which is about 100m away from the venue. Saves the fun of driving to that other hotel through road closures and the one-way system :-) There are currently rooms for £42.50 for the Saturday night through https://www.britanniahotels.com. What do you think?
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Post  PaulC on Mon 09 May 2016, 08:57

paulyg wrote:Hoorah, Team Paul! I'm tempted to book into the 'official' hotel which is about 100m away from the venue. Saves the fun of driving to that other hotel through road closures and the one-way system :-) There are currently rooms for £42.50 for the Saturday night through https://www.britanniahotels.com. What do you think?

Yeah, sounds like a good idea. Though having spent an hour driving around the one way system last year, I know it like the back of my hand now!
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Post  paulyg on Mon 09 May 2016, 09:17

Right then, I've booked a room. Carpe diem and all that.
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Post  PaulC on Mon 09 May 2016, 10:02

Likewise - I had a few problems with the website, but called them to get the same rate.
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Post  Lizzy on Mon 09 May 2016, 10:22

This is the same weekend as the X-wing nationals, but I don't know if I'm going to go to that.

I've booked a room at the North Stafford anyway, I can always cancel it later.
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Post  Aneurin on Mon 09 May 2016, 14:53

I might go for the day again. Anyone want to split petrol costs?
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Post  psychomansam on Mon 09 May 2016, 17:47

Aneurin wrote:I might go for the day again. Anyone want to split petrol costs?

If I'm in the country...
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Re: The Cast Are Dice 2016 - 13th & 14th August

Post  paulyg on Tue 10 May 2016, 21:27

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Post  PaulC on Tue 10 May 2016, 21:55

Ticket purchased!

Though they said they were ditching the free game - it seems they've un-ditched it...
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Post  paulyg on Tue 10 May 2016, 22:04

PaulC wrote:Ticket purchased!

Though they said they were ditching the free game - it seems they've un-ditched it...
Perhaps... Though I think it's possibly just a big copy and paste from last year. We'll see!
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Re: The Cast Are Dice 2016 - 13th & 14th August

Post  paulyg on Sun 15 May 2016, 08:54

Free games confirmed! From this week's newsletter...
Shire Games wrote:It's all back to normal!
The tickets are on sale on the website now, and ALL details are the same as in previous years.
So the weekend advance tickets are staying at £15, and there's a free game for everyone who books in advance. Personally, I was thinking that the novelty of this was wearing off a bit, but it turns out that an overwhelming number of people thought differently, so we're leaving it in!
I would encourage you to book as early as possible, as the numbers have been going up and up from year to year, and if they were to go up at the same rate for next year, we would definitely be cutting off the advance sales well before the beginning of August.
But at the moment, there's about twelve of us going!
It's going to be great ....
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Post  psychomansam on Thu 02 Jun 2016, 13:26

Just tried buying a weekend ticket. The payment page wouldn't load (hopefully just my work's firewall), but I'm trying! Haven't looked at beds yet.
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Re: The Cast Are Dice 2016 - 13th & 14th August

Post  Tom_S on Sun 05 Jun 2016, 22:47

This sounds really good. I've bought a weekend ticket and am also happy to drive whomever down.
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Re: The Cast Are Dice 2016 - 13th & 14th August

Post  Andy S on Tue 07 Jun 2016, 10:46

I would've liked to attend, get Path to Panic playtested some more, but I'm in the US at the time. Have fun though, y'all.
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Re: The Cast Are Dice 2016 - 13th & 14th August

Post  Ste on Sat 11 Jun 2016, 13:30

This is the same weekend as the Sheffield comic con which I'll be attending again this year. Hope to see a few more of you there again.
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Post  psychomansam on Thu 16 Jun 2016, 11:46

Tom_S wrote:This sounds really good. I've bought a weekend ticket and am also happy to drive whomever down.

I now have a weekend ticket.
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Post  paulyg on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 17:05

It's this weekend! I think there are four of us going - me, PaulC, Sam and Tom? Anyone else?

Does it make sense to take a couple of cars to ensure plenty of room for games? I'm still happy to drive, but also happy to be chauffeured if someone else feels strongly.
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Post  PaulC on Thu 11 Aug 2016, 17:06

paulyg wrote:It's this weekend! I think there are four of us going - me, PaulC, Sam and Tom? Anyone else?

Does it make sense to take a couple of cars to ensure plenty of room for games? I'm still happy to drive, but also happy to be chauffeured if someone else feels strongly.

Likewise...
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Re: The Cast Are Dice 2016 - 13th & 14th August

Post  Aneurin on Fri 19 Aug 2016, 18:48

How was it?
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Re: The Cast Are Dice 2016 - 13th & 14th August

Post  paulyg on Sat 20 Aug 2016, 10:17

Aneurin wrote:How was it?
It was fun! I think the free games were of a higher standard but otherwise the event was much the same as in previous years. The library continues to have a good selection of classics and brand new games (we punched out at least a couple of games that we borrowed as they hadn't been played yet). On the Sunday I was on my own there for the first time and I found people were super friendly and approachable.
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