War boardgame calendar

An incomplete list of war boardgame conventions and events in the UK, Ireland and other parts.

Happily, there are now several conventions on this side of the pond. This list is a work in progress. We’ve reached out to other organisers to get approval to add their events.

If you know of any other conventions, meetups, tournaments or whatever please let us know: email Pete McClymont, who has created the Google calendar, or use our contact page.

Confirmed dates

  • Friday 31 MaySunday 2 June
    UK Games Expo (UKGE) 2024
    National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

    https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/
    TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE UK’S LARGEST HOBBY GAMES CONVENTION!
    Find a game, find a Table, find some friends and get gaming…
    (Comment: As it says on the tin, this is the big UK trade fair for games. As with Essen, there will be wargame publishers in attendance where you can platytest new games.)

  • Friday 31 May
    6:30pm – 10:00pm
    Class Wargames Friday Night Struggle Sessions 2024
    MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1DH, UK

    Civil Power: Tactical Frivolity Carnival Against Capitalism 25 years later

    https://www.classwargames.net/?p=4833

    Ludic Education for the Proletarian Vanguard

    “By being thrown into history, by having to participate in the labour and struggles which make up history, people find themselves obliged to view their relations in a clear manner. This history has no object distinct from what takes place within it, even though the last unconscious metaphysical vision of the historical epoch could look at the productive progression through which history has unfolded as the very object of history. The subject of history can be none other than the living producing themselves, becoming master and possessor of their world which is history, and existing as consciousness of their game.” – Guy Debord

    We will be playing politico-military games on the last Friday of every month over the next 6 months.

  • Friday 7 JuneSunday 9 June
    Vassal Forever Convention 2024 (CVF24)
    Colegio de Málaga, Alcalá de Henares

    https://espinetewargamero.es/convencion-vassal-forever-2024/
    A couple of years ago we started this “madness” and it is a pleasure for us to welcome you to the third edition of the Convention by and for fans of Wargames and historical simulation games.
    Details to be confirmed.

  • Friday 7 June 4:30pmSunday 9 June 9:00pm
    FriedrichUK24
    The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, 17 Blossom St, York YO24 1AQ, UK

    https://friedrichuk.weebly.com/
    (Comment: FriedrichUK takes place in York every two years, alternating with the Spanish Open Friedrich Championship (CAFE), which takes place in Spain. No online details available for CAFE.)

  • Thursday 20 JuneSunday 23 June
    Double 1 2024
    Writtle College, Lordship Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3RR

    https://www.vftt.co.uk/uktournaments.asp?type=DOUBLE%201%202024
    DOUBLE 1 is an ASL tournament run by the London ASL Club.
    (Comment: the London ASL Club website doesn’t work.)

  • Friday 21 JuneSunday 23 June
    ASL EU Roma 24
    Mercure Leonardo da Vinci Airport Hotel, Via Portuense, 2470, 00054 Fiumicino RM, Italy

    https://www.fiw.it/european-asl-tournament/
    ASLer welcome , we are off to the new ASLEU2024 tournament. In the beautiful location of the Mercure Leonardo da Vinci Airport Hotel will be held the new edition of the tournament that is becoming among the most important events for ASL in Italy.
    Part of the International Wargame Competition 2024 hosted by Federazione Italiana Wargame.

  • Saturday 22 JuneSunday 23 June
    Convention de Wargame Historique
    Place de la Gare 10, 1003 Lausanne Vaud, Suisse

    https://www.facebook.com/events/375620351888968
    Venez découvrir ou faire des parties de Wargames historiques tels que Path of Glory, Command and Color, Imperial Struggle, Twilight Struggle, Mr President et bien d’autres.

  • Friday 28 June 3:30pmSunday 30 June 4:30pm
    Unthirl Your Banners Summer Gathering
    Thirlmere Hall, Thirlmere, Keswick CA12, UK

    https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3277618/unthirl-your-banners-summer-gathering-june-28th-to
    This it now an official goer.
    Companion event to Unfurl Your Banners returns to its spiritual home for a mini-event of about 20. Likely cost around £12 each.
    Camp onsite or sleep in the hall, or your car or van. Obviously paid accommodation is likely to be expensive then, though it is before school hols.

  • Friday 28 June
    6:30pm – 10:00pm
    Class Wargames Friday Night Struggle Sessions 2024
    MayDay Rooms, 88 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1DH, UK

    Matrix Game: The Next World Order BRICS+ vs. the American empire

    https://www.classwargames.net/?p=4833

    Ludic Education for the Proletarian Vanguard

    “By being thrown into history, by having to participate in the labour and struggles which make up history, people find themselves obliged to view their relations in a clear manner. This history has no object distinct from what takes place within it, even though the last unconscious metaphysical vision of the historical epoch could look at the productive progression through which history has unfolded as the very object of history. The subject of history can be none other than the living producing themselves, becoming master and possessor of their world which is history, and existing as consciousness of their game.” – Guy Debord

    We will be playing politico-military games on the last Friday of every month over the next 6 months.

  • Wednesday 3 JulySunday 7 July
    Asynconv
    Rue du Petit Plessis, 37520 La Riche, France

    https://www.asynconv.fr/
    L’ASYNCONV est née d’une idée simple : remettre au cœur le fait de jouer et d’échanger, le jeu et la rencontre.

  • Saturday 24 AugustSunday 25 August
    10th International Twilight Struggle Convention
    Kythira 802 00, Greece

    Mark your calendars for August 24th and 25th, 2024, for an epic gaming experience in the birthplace of Aphrodite. Expect 8 Swiss rounds with 4 games each day, poolside gaming at a new restaurant opening in Summer 2024, and an immersive adventure in Kythira’s tranquility, cuisine, and beaches.

    Secure your spot registering at https://twilight-struggle.com!

  • Friday 6 SeptemberSunday 8 September
    Tabletop Scotland
    Highland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, EH28 8AU

    https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/
    Tabletop Scotland is a board game, card game and roleplaying game convention.
    Our convention is open to everyone, whether you are exploring the worlds of tabletop gaming for the first time or you are a long term tabletop gamer looking to celebrate your hobby for a weekend.
    Our goal is to have something that interests everyone.

  • Friday 13 SeptemberSunday 15 September
    Friedrich World Championships 2024
    Berlin, Germany

    https://www.histogame.de/e_FWM.html
    (Comment: this will be the 19th Friedrich World Championship.)

  • Friday 13 SeptemberSunday 15 September
    Unfurl Your Banners 2024b
    The Victory Hall, Dalston, Dalston, Carlisle CA5 7QB, UK

    https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3497
    This is a games minicon centred on playing board wargames and multiplayers. There have been 9 events since the first in 2019. It now has a regular base of attenders, and reached 38 players at both of the two most recent events. It takes place in a spacious recreation hall and is located in an attractive small town near Carlisle with full amenities. The edge of the Lake District lies 4 miles away.

  • Thursday 3 OctoberSunday 6 October
    Spiel Essen
    MESSE ESSEN GmbH, Messepl. 1, 45131 Essen, Germany

    https://www.spiel-essen.de/en/
    We are the world’s largest public fair for board games and bring together passionate game fans with national and international exhibitors in Germany in the heart of the Ruhr area.
    (Comment: General trade fair with some wargame presence.)

  • Friday 4 OctoberSunday 6 October
    Friendly Fire XV
    Rimforsa Strand Kurs & Konferens, Fredrika Bremers allé 2, 590 46 Rimforsa, Sweden

    https://www.krigsspel.se/forum/index.php/topic,5221.0.html
    The 15th luxury convention will save us from the autumn rush that hasn’t really started yet on October 4 – 6! As usual on Rimforsa Strand ! Take the chance to hang out with Scandinavia’s nicest wargamers!

  • Friday 11 OctoberSunday 13 October
    York Board Games Convention
    The Spurriergate Centre, Saint Michaels Church, Spurriergate, York YO1 9QR, UK

    https://ybgc.co.uk/index.html
    No details yet but probably an open space for any kind of game.

  • Friday 18 OctoberSunday 20 October
    Vanguard 2024
    Padworth Village Hall, Padworth Ln, Padworth, Reading RG7 4HY, UK
  • Friday 15 NovemberSunday 17 November
    Counter Attack Weekend
    Entoyment Wargaming and Hobby Centre, Unit 2, Fleetsbridge Business Centre, Upton Rd, Poole BH17 7AF, UK

    https://entoyment.co.uk/products/15-17-11-2024-counter-attack-weekend

    Come and enjoy a fantastic weekend of gaming based around the counter and hex type games that have made studios like GMT and Compass Games as big as they are! Enjoy a weekend in the company of others who love these types of games and enter a raffle to win some fantastic soon to be announced prizing! More information for this event will be released along the run up and we look forward to hopefully seeing you there!

    (You will need to bring your own games to play during this event)

  • Thursday 20 FebruarySunday 23 February
    Unfurl Your Banners 2025a
    The Victory Hall, Dalston, Dalston, Carlisle CA5 7QB, UK

    https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3497
    This is a games minicon centred on playing board wargames and multiplayers. There have been 9 events since the first in 2019. It now has a regular base of attenders, and reached 38 players at both of the two most recent events. It takes place in a spacious recreation hall and is located in an attractive small town near Carlisle with full amenities. The edge of the Lake District lies 4 miles away.

The calendar above shows events in the coming 365 days. So…

Beyond 365 days…

  • Thursday 30 October 2025 to Sunday 2 November 2025: Unfurl Your Banners 2025b, Victory Hall, Dalston, Cumbria, Carlisle CA5 7QB, UK https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3497
    This is a games minicon centred on playing board wargames and multiplayers. There have been 9 events since the first in 2019. It now has a regular base of attenders, and reached 38 players at both of the two most recent events. It takes place in a spacious recreation hall and is located in an attractive small town near Carlisle with full amenities. The edge of the Lake District lies 4 miles away.

Awaiting details

Dates for future conventions to be confirmed:

  • De Nederlandse spellenvereniging Ducosim: January, May and September/October
  • A Bridge Too Far, Arnhem, Holland, September 2024
  • another PunchedCon event?
  • Pax Ludica, Cadiz, Spain: September 2024
  • Batalladores, Zaragoza, Spain: November 2024
  • Bounding Fire (ASL), Blackpool: November 2024

More ASL, not sure if these events will take place in 2024.

  • Stockholm ASL Tournament (May – Stockholm, Sweden)
  • ASL Ring (May/June – Villneuve d’Ascq, France)
  • Intensive Fire (October – Bournemouth, UK)
  • Grenadier (November – Oberbettingen, Germany)
  • ASL Fanatic (November – Barcelona, Spain)
  • ASL Winter Gathering (December – Verona, Italy)

Events expected to take place in 2025:

  • Paparajote Wars, Alhama de Murcia, Spain: last held 12-14 January 2024
  • ASL Scandinavian Open: last held 28 February – 3 March 2024
  • Alpenfestung: last held 29 February – 3 March 2024

Disclaimer

These are published event details taken from convention websites, Consimworld, Facebook or BGG. We can’t accept responsibility for any errors.

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