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The relative cost of conventioneering

Here's my rough attempt to work out the cost per game for some of the major UK cons. Most of them provide accomodation but a couple don't so I've estimated based on local hotel or halls of residence prices.
I'm happy to be corrected on any of this. I've only gone with official gaming slots. You can game all night at most cons if you arrange it. I've also not counted any very late on Sunday slots because most people, well me anyway, need to get home before too late on Sundays.

So here they are in decreasing cost order:

Furnace £98 for two nights + £20 registration 2 days 5 slots £118/5 = £23.6 per game (if you stay for one night it's only £13.8 per game)
Games Expo £90 for two nights 5 gaming slots £3 each £105/5 games = £21 per game
Consternation £100 for two nights (approx) £15 registration 6 slots £115/6 games = £19.17 per game
Constitution £100 for three nights (approx) + £35 registration 8 slots £135/8 games = £16.88 per game
Continuum £90 for two nights + £20 registration 7 gaming slots £110/7 games = £15.71 per game
Consequences £75 for three nights + £20 registration* (or £3 per ticket) 9 slots (LARP) £95/9 games = £10.56 per game
Conception £80 for four nights 13 gaming slots £3 each £119/13 games = £9.15 per game
Indie Con £75 for three nights 9 gaming slots (or £4 per ticket) £75/9 games = £8.33 per game

The three least expensive cons all use the same venue.

*If you register early.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 9th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
Consternation - why 3 nights? I'm sure I've done 6 slots and gotten back for Sunday evening in London with only 2 nights accomodation. How does that change the math? £115/= £19.16
Jun. 9th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
You're right! I'll change it.
Jun. 9th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
Interesting! Now you just need to factor in the travel costs to each...
Jun. 9th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
And 3 nights for Constitution? (again who stays the Sunday night)
Jun. 9th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Sorted. I guess I ought to try the same with Origins and Gen Con.
Jun. 9th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
About the same price as a movie, then.
Jun. 11th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Is that cheapest slot type in all cases? LARP and tabletop are often different...

However, it is still a very useful comparison - thanks
Jun. 24th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
That's paying now for Consequences - if you pay early enough it's only £20 and if you run anything then you get your convention fee for nowt!
Jun. 25th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)
I don't think many of the attendees will get in free for running something, you'd be playing until Xmas, but I take the point about cheaper entry if you pay early and will amend the figures accordingly. It won't change the position in the ladder but I think about £10 a game for LARPs, including accomodation, is a really excellent deal.
Jun. 25th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Ta muchly! Damned fine exercise, well done that man.

It's actually about 35% of the attendees get in for nothing. We try very hard to reward people who do stuff!
Jun. 25th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
That was me
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