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SimonC

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Britcon Cancelled
« on: May 15, 2020, 01:24:54 PM »
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Hi Folks
 
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 Britcon, which relies upon large numbers of strangers travelling from across the country to spend hours in an enclosed space interacting face-to-face with one another 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 also be contacting all of our players and giving them all a full refund over the next few days too. We've not sent out any invoices to any of our traders for stand space this year's event so none of them should end up out of pocket in any way as a result of this cancellation either.
 
Many thanks once again for offering to assist with umpiring, period organising, demo-game-running or bring and buy managing for this year's event, and we of course hope to see you at Britcon 2021.
 
Do let us know if you have any questions which we've not managed to answer here already.
 
Regards
 
Tim

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Re: Britcon Cancelled
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2020, 04:26:38 PM »
Bad days.

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Re: Britcon Cancelled
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2020, 12:35:28 AM »
This year is looking like a complete write off for events.

I'm holding out hope against hope that the Weekender will go ahead at the end of November. Can't imagine much happening prior  to then  :-\

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Re: Britcon Cancelled
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2020, 08:00:35 PM »
Sean will be leading a Version 1 game of AK47 if its allowed.