Code Of Conduct
By attending GamesCon you agree to abide by this code of conduct.
- Be respectful of others.
- Kids are warmly welcomed! We just request that all attendees are respectful of the games/RPGs of other attendees.
- Any child under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Discrimination of any kind is a big no no. Just be nice to each other.
- No pets.
- No alcohol on site (we don’t have a licence).
- No smoking in the building.
- Don’t make others feel uncomfortable. If in doubt, ask.
- Want to GM? Sign up here.
- Sign up for RPGs here.
- You need an entry ticket to get into GamesCon. Grab one here.
- If you take photos/videos of others, ask their permission first.
Why Do We Have A Code Of Conduct?
We at GamesCon love hugs, but we appreciate that not everyone loves hugs as much as we do. We want everyone who attends GamesCon to feel comfortable and safe to play the games they want to play.
People come to GamesCon with different experiences and ideas of how to behave and how they expect others to behave. This Code of Conduct covers what is expected from all of us during GamesCon. The GamesCon team will try to deal fairly and respectfully with any issue brought to us. We may also make reasonable requests that are not specifically included here.
People are responsible for themselves, their actions, and their own health. You do not have to stay in any situation you feel uncomfortable in. You may leave at any time.
All in all, please respect and be kind to one another.
Children and families are very welcome at GamesCon, we just request that all attendees are respectful of the games/RPGs of other attendees.
Children under 18 remain your responsibility at all times and must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
All Are Welcome
We want everyone to enjoy board games and RPGs as much as we do. We warmly welcome people from all walks of life, and embrace all nationalities, sexes, orientations, and everything in between. Please join us in welcoming diversity in gaming, and if someone is looking a little lost or nervous, please extend a hand of friendship to them and help to show them how awesome the gaming community can be.
Please let us know if you have any special requirements that might impact your enjoyment of GamesCon, so that we can try and make the day as smooth as possible for you.
If you are interested in running a game, thank you! Please fill in our form here, and let us know if you have any questions.
As a thank you, you’ll get free entry to GamesCon, and free food for the slot you’re running (breakfast/lunch/dinner) as a small token of our thanks for helping to make GamesCon awesome!
Signing Up For RPGs
There are two ways you can sign up for games. You can book your place online here or (if there are any spaces left) you can sign up on the paper sign-up sheets at the event. Please note it’s first come, first served, with a waitlist should any spaces become available. You may only sign up for one game per slot. Any person signed up to multiple games in the same slot will have their names removed from all games for that slot.
Attending GamesCon requires the purchase of a entry ticket (unless you’re a GM or volunteer, in which case we gift you free entry for the day). Tickets can be purchased on our website here.
GamesCon should be a place where people feel comfortable and relaxed. We appreciate that some games will include adult material and may include topics that are not within what is normally publicly acceptable. Any such games must be identified as such on the sign-up sheets or on this website. Any games played in the public areas must be suitable for a PG13 audience, this includes in character behaviour and comments. Also be aware that people may have health issues that react to flashing lights (e.g. flash photography) or certain substances. If in doubt, ask.
It is illegal to smoke anywhere inside the building.
No one at GamesCon should be put under any pressure to join in with things they do not want to do, this applies to both people and any character they are portraying.
- Any sexual behaviour or comments
- Hugs or touching
- Taking part in an activity
- Disclosing information
- Discussing topics which are sensitive or personal
- Or even having a chat
It is fine to ask someone once if they would like to do something. For example, “Would you like a hug?”. If they refuse, continuing to ask is pestering them and will be viewed as harassment. If someone asks you to leave them alone, do so.
If you want support in challenging anyone’s behaviour or anything they’ve said, please come and talk to a GamesCon member of staff who can assist you or speak to the person for you. If anything happens that makes you feel uncomfortable or unwelcome – even if you do not want us to do anything about it, or feel it is your fault – please let us know.
You can tell us:
- In person, via a GamesCon member of staff.
- By email: email@example.com.
- By private message on Facebook or Twitter.
If something has happened that makes you uncomfortable we can talk to anyone else involved. We are happy to do so, even if you haven’t communicated this to them, since that is not always easy to do. We will listen to what you think would help. You don’t have to know what would help.
Examples of things we can do
- Communicate to others that there is a problem.
- Ask for an apology.
- Ask them to leave you alone.
- Require them to not be where you are.
- Exclude them from the rest of GamesCon.
- Ban them from future events.
These will be implemented at the discretion of the GamesCon team.
Breaches of this Code of Conduct or reasonable requests will, in most cases, be met with a warning from a member of the GamesCon staff. GamesCon’s decision is final. If warnings are ignored, or in the event of serious misconduct, we reserve the right to ask anyone to leave all or part of GamesCon. If you are asked to leave you will not receive any refund. We reserve the right to pass on details of complaints to other convention organisers.
Photos & Videos
If you are taking photos and/or videos as a reminder of how much fun you had at GamesCon all we ask is that you please apply common politeness: taking photos of yourself and your friends for your own use is fine. Photos of the main halls and Games is usually OK but it is always best to ask permission when taking photos of individuals. If you are taking images of children you should seek permission of their parents first. If anyone refuses to give permission we ask that you respect their privacy.
If you post images on social media and blogs please take care to give proper attribution.