GameCon is 4-day long summer event for people who like any kind of non-computer games: board games, PnP or tabletop roleplaying games, LARPs, wargaming, unconventional active games, social, fun and party games. Essentially any games which focus on the non-digital world – real or imaginary. This year, we are arranging several activities which will run in English. Check out one of our videos to see what we mean.
It doesn’t matter if you are hard-core game geek or an occasional gamer – GameCon is both festival (open for the public with events for everyone) and convention (social event for regular hardcore visitors who want to meet each other and new people), and we actively support both of these aspects.
GameCon takes place 20-23th of July (Thu – Sun) 2017 in city Pardubice, Czech Republic.
Program we offer in English is still limited in its extent and some parts of it are being solved on individual basis. Below you will find all important information, but if you have any question or need for clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us (directly via e-mail, on our FB page or just call us).
GameCon international visitors are being supported by our „English officers“:
For further information, if you have any questions or you if you need to arrange something, do not hesitate to contact us.
As was mentioned above, we are arranging several activities which are going to run purely in English. We will also have many events which are not primarily English, but which may be accessible to English speaking visitors.
Program is currently under construction.
Following activities may be accessible to English speaking visitors, if you are brave enough to go for it. Conditions and accessibility may vary – some of these might be available for anyone who wants to go, other might require prior notice about participation of English speaking player and some might be accessible only for those English speaking players, who come in a group or with a Czech speaking friend. Please see the conditions in the description:
Do you have some free time? Just stop by at the board game hall which is the biggest place with the highest concentration of players. There are hundreds of board games from the all board game publishers in the Czech republic. You can just pick the one closest to your heart, ask some players around and start playing. Show me more
Of course there will be animators (most of them speaks English) who will help you and explain the game to you in case of need (you will recognize them by orange t-shirt). The board game hall runs every day from the 9am to 3am of next day.
GameCon is festival „for gamers from gamers“ – although our program and activity leaders are really good, most of them are our faithful long-term visitors and/or friends – meaning people like you, not „professionals“. If you want to prepare some program for others as well, you are welcome to!
Just contact one of our English officers and he will help you to arrange it.
Program organizers are rewarded symbolically by some nominal discount on activities, t-shirts and some other minor stuff.
We are offering the international registration form to all of our foreign visitors. Completing and sending it is the recommended way to register because we will handle everything that is needed for you.
After completing and sending the form you will be contacted by one of our English officers to confirm the details of your registration.
You will need to sign up for individual GC events which you wish to attend (these are paid separately, see below). We recommend you sign up in advance, especially for low-capacity activities (notably RPGs, LARPs and Wargaming).
As a foreign visitor, you have right of first sign-up for English activities (after 26th of June anyone can sign up for English program). If you are interested, please state the events on the international registration form (or you can contact our English officers - see above).
Of course, if you are brave enough (or you have Czech friend at hand) and you don't want our help, you can go through standard GC registration – though unfortunately for technical reasons, our standard registration is in Czech only.
All information you provide us are confidential and they are used for legal and internal-analysis purposes only with no exceptions. There are no third parties involved and we will never pass them on.
Signing-up for activities: Once you have your registration and you are signed for the given year, you may sign-up for our program. If you are handling your registration alone, please be careful to sign only for English-accessible activities (see above). Please pay attention to annotations and labels of all program items. You can still contact our English officers in case of need.
Entry to GameCon is free (there is voluntary admission if you want to support us). Accommodation, purchases and program/activities are paid separately (well, at once, but they are calculated separately).
Prices differ for individual activities due to their different costs, exclusivity and demand. We are trying to keep GC accessible to everyone, so the usual range is between 60 and 250 Czech Crowns (approx. 2 – 10 EUR) – this is the base price, but there are three main possible sources of discounts (applicable for activities only):
After you send us the international registration form, one of our English officers will send you details regarding the payment.
Every time you make a change – when you decide to buy one more of our nice t-shirts or when you sign-in (or out) on some activity – GC web automatically recalculates your total price for the festival.Thanks to recent legislation (EET), payment for T-shirts has to be delivered before June 30th and payment for food has to be delivered before July 16th. We are sorry, but there isn't much we can do about that.
From the money you send us we deduct your current cost and we leave the surplus on your GC account – you may:
Our website will provide you with the account number and all other necessarily details. Please do not forget to write us your Variable symbol (we can’t pair the payment with your account without it).
If you are paying from foreign account, you should check your banking fees. If you agree with one of our „english officers“, you may also pay on place without the standard penalizations (like automatic sign-out of those who didn’t payed until June 30th).
We call it „infopult“ (in Czech); it is something like reception or info-center, and during the festival itself, it is the organizational brain and nerve system for both visitors and organizers – and it is the first place you need to find and visit. There is always going to be someone who speaks English.
After your arrival, Infodesk will handle your registration, they give you the ticket, room keys and all important materials and information.
Anytime you need something, you can come to Infodesk – people there know who is who, who is where, how is what and all the other combinations of such words and they are there to help.
As GC main organizers we have red bracelet-tickets on our hands and we also usually wear red GameCon t-shirts. People from Infodesk and board-games tutors in board-game hall do have orange t-shirts.
People in blue GameCon t-shirts are program and activities organizers. (some of them actually wear them).
All activities start on one place under so-called „avatars“ („maskot“ in Czech, see below) – every program section (RPGs, LARPs, boardgames…) has its own avatar and you are supposed to be there approx. 15 minutes before the activity starts. Please be on time. Leader / organizer of the activity will pick you there together with other players and show you to the location the game or activity takes place. (Even if you know, where it takes place, come to the avatar first – we need to check the presence – in case somebody is missing, we offer the place to somebody else!)
GameCon offers several different options for accommodation – you can have a room with 2 beds, room with 3 beds or you can sleep in sleeping bag in dedicated area (usually some gym). (Of course you can find different accommodation on your own if you wish so.)
Rooms we offer are standard Czech high-school boarding house rooms, so you can picture it as rooms in some very good (and a little bit more private) hostel or as a rooms in lets say 2* hotel (without the service). For rooms with 3 beds, kitchens and bathrooms with showers are common for the corridor, but rooms with 2 beds have their own bathroom, shower and small kitchen (one bathroom, shower and kitchen for 2 rooms).
If you decide to sleep in sleeping bag in common sleeping area, we can promise you that the room is going to be clean and we will try to ensure some quiet through the night, but you should take into account, that GameCon is also a festival and people are usually having fun into quite late evening or into the night (also several dozens of people are sleeping at one place - for many people this is ok, but we are rather writing it here for you to know it for sure).
This year we offer breakfast, lunch and dinner – and it can be ordered in registration form. There will be always vegetarian option but it cannot be ordered in advance (rule „first comes, first gets“ is applied). Also, volunteers organize a vegan meal option - just write to our English officers if you are interested.
Let’s be honest about one thing – although there are lots of good things in Czech Republic, general knowledge of English is not really one of them. Although our visitors are above the national average, it might take a few minutes for you to find somebody with whom you could have a proper fluent conversation. We hope that it is something you manage to overcome during first few hours after your arrival.
Those who like parties are not going to have problems finding them. The Saturday one - or the one which is written in the program on Saturday - is actually official (with live music and stuff). Remaining "unofficial" parties differ - some of them are quite quiet (watterpipes, wine and talking), others are wilder.
If you do not like parties, don't worry - you are not alone and there is still something to do in the evening
Medic is present throughout the whole festival. He has shiny yellow vest with red cross, he is available on the phone (+420 777 802 579) or through the Infodesk (see above How it works). Please contact him in case of any need as well as if you get sick (reporting duty). If it happens that it is necessarily to call the ambulance, call him immediately.
Your possession: Czech Republic is one of the 10 safest countries in the world - yet it is not completely free of misbehavior; there is no significant history of thefts on our festival, bud please keep your valuable possessions safe so it can stay that way. Do not forget to lock your rooms or keep your valuable possession safely with you in case you sleep in the common sleeping back area.
Speaking of misbehavior - we do not want to lecture people about how they should treat each other when it comes to language, arguments, any kind of harassment and so on, so please do not make us. If you see (or experience) something that seems inappropriate, let us know immediately (on the infopult or just tell it to nearest person who wears red GameCon t-shirt).