What is it?

Board gaming Convention – 24th-25th November 2018 at

The Park Barn Centre, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8EN

The primary focus is on open gaming, although we do ha some events/tournaments as well.


Play games, have fun, don’t die, avoid nuclear war, raise money for charity.


Defcon 1 will be supporting Mind with the proceeds from this event.

Ticket Details

Saturday 24th November 10:00 – 22:00 – £11.00
Sunday 25th November 10:00 – 18:00 – £8.50
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November combined ticket – £16.00

Ticket Refunds

Purchased tickets may be refunded, less the booking and transaction fees, at the organisers discretion.


Defcon is an event aimed at adult gamers and won’t have special provision for younger attendees.

Attendees under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and consideration of the type of event should be given before attending. Please ask if you have questions or concerns.

Defcon welcomes attendees with disabilities. The Park Barn Centre is used as a social day centre during the week, so has good access and disabled toilets.

The disabled parking bays won’t be in operation, unless they are needed, so if you have mobility issues please let us know and we will reserve you a parking space.

Getting to the event

Bus routes 4 and 5
If travelling by bus from Guildford Station catch the 5 from Guildford Park Road and get off at the Bargate Court or Kings College stops.

Please note: ‘The Park Barn Community Centre’ bus stop is NOT the stop for the Park Barn Centre. The community centre is on the other side of the Park Barn estate and about 10-15 minutes walk away.

Train station – The centre is around 30 minutes walk from Guildford main train station.


The Park Barn Centre has limited free parking for around 45 cars, both in front and behind the centre.

The disabled parking bays won’t be in operation, unless they are needed, so if you have mobility issues please let us know and we will reserve you a parking space.

Please do not park in the King’s College school car parks.

Additional free parking can be found in the surrounding streets, please park courteously.

It will be possible to drop off your games and bags prior to parking if need be.

Food & drink

Free water, tea and instant coffee will be available.

Additionally, soft drinks and a limited selection of crisps and snacks will be on sale.

Tesco’s Guildford is a 2 minute drive or 5 minute walk from the Park Barn Centre.

Attendees are permitted to bring their own food and drinks.

Alcohol is not permitted.

Guildford has a wide range of eating establishments, many of which will deliver to the centre.

Please be respectful of the centre and other gamers when ordering, eating and disposing of food.

Tournaments and Events

Spaces for events are limited, final timings and booking available soon.

Pandemic Survival – Saturday 12:00

Pandemic Survival is a competitive version of Pandemic where teams of two players compete to cure the Pandemic first or be the last team standing.

If you like Pandemic and haven’t tried this yet it’s well worth a try.

To participate you need to bring:
A team of 2 players. (If you don’t have a teammate we will match up players on the day.)
A copy of Pandemic 1st or 2nd Edition. We may have very limited copies of Pandemic available to borrow.
A £2 charity donation as your entry fee.

Pitch Car – Saturday

Have you got the skills to flick your car around the devilish course, or will you spend the entire time collecting it from the floor! Find out if you have what it takes to take the chequered flag.

Entry is a £1 charity donation.

Board Games Library

The Games Shop Aldershot are kindly loaning us their board games library so we will have a selection of games to borrow during the day. This includes some of the excellent Unlock! games, these are well worth a try if you haven’t already. The full list of titles will be published nearer the time.

Buying Games

The Games Shop Aldershot have offered all attendees the chance to order games from the shop for delivery at the event. These will be offered at 10% off the shop floor price. Pre-orders are recommended to avoid disappointment. More details on this closer to the event.


There will not be a bring and buy at Defcon. However a notice board will be available for people to post games they would like to sell. This can also be done via the facebook group.

Due to storage limitations, please do not bring games for sale into the centre if you can avoid it.

Try to restrict yourself to bringing a few games priced to sell, preferably with trades in advance, rather than all your old junk!


Defcon Facebook page

Defcon Facebook group – discuss, plan games, trading, questions