So the question is, what’s included in the convention? As you might expect, some awesome roleplaying and socialising, but there’s a whole weekend of this, so let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer:
AmberConNI is a weekend of scheduled gaming events officially beginning Friday Morning and Ending Sunday Evening. All members can then choose the game slots and events in which they wish to participate. They will receive their schedule in advance of the convention and preparations can then be made for the games prior to the Con.
The Convention is divided into 6 main event slots with breaks for lunch and dinner. Originally the convention had four slots, but the additional pair of ‘bonus’ event slots on Friday morning for those who can get to Belfast early, and Sunday evening, for those staying an extra night have become so popular and well attended that the con has grown and we’re even thinking of adding Thursday night and Monday morning games into the mix! None of the slots are compulsory, so don’t feel bad if you have to arrive late or leave early, or just want a break.
The events themselves are all run by volunteers – which could mean you! We are currently have room for three game rooms per slot but have contingency for more if the convention gets really busy. If you’d like to run a game at the convention, please contact us and start thinking now about your scenarios.
Board and Lodge
Your membership fee includes the game room hire, a room for two nights in the hotel, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning, hot lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and self-service tea, coffee and dilute drinks during the convention which will be held at The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn. The hotel is just a few minutes from the outskirts of Belfast and conveniently located between the airports and ports. From past experience, the hotel has both a wonderful ambiance and exceptionally food, and includes a pub for after (and during) game socialising.
What’s Not Included
The Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evening meals and the Friday Lunch meal are not included in the price allowing you the option of eating at the hotel or taking a trip to a nearby restaurant of your choice. The Friday lunch meal is not included for the simple reason that not everyone is able to make it to the early Friday ‘bonus’ game and it would be unfair to ask everyone to pay for a meal they will not be enjoying. For simplicity
The Hotel’s Standards
If you don’t want to head out or want a quick snack or room service, the hotel, its restaurant and bar have a 5 star food hygiene rating. I’ve enjoyed eating there in the past, and the prices are reasonable. The food of a very high standard and well worth the price. The Hotel Rooms, Restaurant, Bar and Library (one of the convention rooms) are wheelchair friendly and the hotel and staff are capable and willing to cater for a variety of dietary requirements.
Non-residents are, of course, more than welcome! Your non-resident fee includes the room hire, hot lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and self-service drinks drinks during the convention.
Free Parking and WiFi
For Residents and Non-Residents alike, there is free parking and WiFi.