When is GridCon?
GridCon 4 will take place from 9am Friday 17th November until 6pm Sunday 19th November 2023, at the Holiday Inn, Taunton, Somerset.
GridCon is a board game event focused on open gaming, so bring along your favourite games to play with like-minded gamers. There will also be an opportunity to try out new games, test prototypes, and meet some game designers or other industry people.
GridCon 4 will be held at the Holiday Inn Taunton, a wonderful venue with a variety of gaming rooms and fantastic facilities.
Tickets for GridCon 4 are now sold out! We currently have over 100 people on the waiting list, so not accepting any more at this stage.
IMPORTANT! GridCon is a ticketed event. You can only attend if you have booked a ticket in advance. Please be aware that we have seen posts on Facebook offering tickets for sale – these are scams! Only tickets purchased from this website are genuine and tickets are non transferable.
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What is happening at GridCon?
GridCon is all about boardgames, so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to play some! Keep an eye on the GridCon facebook group for up to date news on the events taking place.
Bring and Buy
There will be an extensive games library available at GridCon 4, with games available for you to borrow through the weekend. There is also a special Hot Games Library, which includes some hot new games from Essen Spiel 2023! These games can be reserved at reception:
The White Castle
At GridCon 4, we will be providing a dedicated area for a Bring and Buy, to give you the opportunity to sell games you no longer want or purchase games being sold. Due to the size of the room, please limit yourself to 5 games each maximum in the room itself at any one time (you can switch them over during the weekend) and no games still in shrink wrap. All sales are arranged privately, and neither GridCon nor Gaming Rules! Ltd take part in, or any responsibility for the data shared or the sales arranged. If you want to advertise your games in advance, you can enter them on the Bring and Buy sheet, there is no limit to the number of games you can include on the sheet.
There will be a number of designers for you to meet, play a game with, and maybe even try out their new prototypes. Confirmed designers attending: Richard Breese, Vital Lacerda, Alan Paull, David Turczi, Mike Nudd.
For those people who prefer to plan some games in advance, there is an online organiser to use to look at what games are planned, sign up to somebody else’s game, or create your own. Please note that this organiser is not a complete list of games being played at the event and it is not a requirement to organise games in advance, but we know that some people prefer to plan their games ahead of time.
There will be a raffle run during GridCon 4 where you will have the chance to win some fantastic games. Tickets will be only available for purchase at the convention and they will be £5 each. Tickets will be cash only. The draw will take place around 12 noon on Sunday 19th November, and prizes must be collected that afternoon. The charities benefiting from these donations will be confirmed closer to the event.
Official Demo Table
During GridCon 4, there will be a series of official sponsored demos for you to try.
Friday 10am: Rebuilding Seattle – Sponsored by WizKids – Demo run by Stephen Cooper
Friday 2pm: Barcelona – Sponsored by Board & Dice – Demo run by Adrian Gibson
Saturday 10am: Draft & Write Records – Sponsored by Inside Up Games – Demo run by Adam Richards
Saturday 11:30am: Draft & Write Records – Sponsored by Inside Up Games – Demo run by Adam Richards
Saturday 2pm: Nucleum – Sponsored by Board & Dice – Demo run by Paul Grogan
Saturday 7pm: Perseverance: Episode 3 – Sponsored by Mindclash Games – Demo run by JP
Sunday 10am: Voidfall – Sponsored by Mindclash Games – Demo run by David Turczi
Bookings for these games has now been done and everyone has been contacted.
About the venue: GridCon 4 will be held at the Holiday Inn Taunton (Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2UA).
Please note that the Holiday Inn Express which is nearby is a separate hotel and not part of the GridCon venue.
Note: The venue itself (Holiday Inn) is currently fully booked, but there are other hotels nearby (including the Holiday Inn Express across the road).
The venue has accommodation on site and rooms will be priced at £75 per night for single occupancy and £85 per night for double occupancy. Please note that the rooms are subject to a two night minimum stay, for the Friday and Saturday nights. These prices include breakfast. You will also have access to the hotel’s swimming pool and fitness centre.
Arriving by car: The hotel is at Junction 25 of the M5, there is free parking available on site.
Arriving by train: The closest train station is Taunton train station. If taking a taxi from the train station to the hotel it is advisable to book this in advance.
Arriving by plane: The Stagecoach Falcon runs from Bristol Airport along the M5, and stops in Taunton just a short walk from the Holiday Inn. Tickets can be booked online in advance.
Covid / Other illness
Out of respect for your fellow attendees, please do not come to the event if you have Covid, or another transmittable illness.