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UK Tournaments 2020 - Corona Update

Post by dave_r » Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:41 pm

That's not what beer is on offer, but what the recent events has done to the wargames calendar. In particular the FoG calendar. From what I can gather, the following is now the case:

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Devizes           July 18th/19th		
Britcon           August 7th/9th       Manchester
The Challenge     August 21st/23rd     Birmingham -- UK Games Expo    Refunded on April 27th'ish if not requested to roll over
London GT         September 26/27th    London                         Existing bookings rolled over
Sarisbury         October 3rd/4th      Sarisbury	
Campaign          October 17th/18th    Milton Keynes
Roll Call         October 24th/2t5h    Cranfield                      Entries refunded
Warfare           November 14th/15th   Reading
Northern Classic  December 5th/6th     Manchester

Turkey            December?            Moved to Berlin?
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Re: UK Tournaments 2020 - Corona Update

Post by madaxeman » Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:01 pm

The BHGS Challenge @ UK Games Expo

As per this week's statement from the organisers, UKGE 2020 has now been cancelled, and the next edition will be held in 2021. As a result there will also be no BHGS Challenge in 2020, however we hope to return again in 2021.

The BHGS fully support the decision of the UKGE team at this time.

UKGE had been rescheduled to run the week after Britcon, however because of the far smaller amount of pre-planning required to stage Britcon (compared to UKGE) we are still able to delay making a final decision about Britcon until June.

We are therefore still hoping to be able to stage Britcon this year should it be safe and we are permitted to do so.

We sincerely hope to see you across the gaming table as soon as it is safe for all of us - and the NHS - to do so. ​
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Re: UK Tournaments 2020 - Corona Update

Post by madaxeman » Fri May 15, 2020 12:42 pm

Following the UK Government's announcement earlier this week of a provisional timeline for easing the UK-wide lockdown, it has now become apparent that any easing of social distancing rules in the UK will be a lengthy and gradual process.

The "best case" scenario laid out this week would still only see limited, socially distanced openings of non-essential leisure facilities by July at the very earliest - a scenario which makes it impossible to envisage how an event like Britcon, which relies upon large numbers of (relative) strangers travelling from across the country to spend many hours in an enclosed space interacting face-to-face with one another from a few feet apart across a gaming table, would be permitted (or indeed would be safe to stage) just a few weeks later in early August.

As a result the BHGS Committee have taken the decision to cancel this year's Britcon.

The event will not be rescheduled to later in the year, so our next edition will be held in Summer 2021 - most probably in a new venue, as the Barnes Wallis building is (currently) due to be demolished at the end of July 2021.

The BHGS does fortunately have cash reserves sufficient to take the financial hit of cancelling the event and so we will be issuing full refunds to all of our registered players over the next few days. Registered players should therefore be seeing email notification of refunds coming through soon, and then the refund amount hitting their credit cards a few days later just as soon as we can work through the admin involved in doing so.

We had also delayed sending out any invoices to any of our traders for stand space this year's event, so none of those traders will end up out of pocket either as a result of the cancellation.

Our next events are at the LGT in September and the rescheduled Roll Call in October, and so if there are any updates on either we will make sure to let you know as soon as possible.

Do let us know if you have any questions which we've not managed to answer here already, otherwise we sincerely hope to see you next year at Britcon 2021.

Regards

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