Friday – 19:00 till 01:30
On Friday evening, beginners can be introduced into the wonderful world of 18xx. We have selected 1846: The Race for the Midwest (5h) and Steam over Holland (3h) as excellent starter games. We also want to put 18Lilliput in the spotlights as a 18xx-based card game. This game of Lonny Orgler combines an elegant design with a (to 18xx standards) short game play (2h), but results in a tough and unforgiving gameplay nonetheless. Experienced players can evidently propose other (short) 18xx games to find a group of players.
Saterday – 9:00 (day) or 19:00 (evening) till 01:30
On Saturday, a broad selection of 18xx is organized and hosted by experienced players. This is an excellent opportunity to test new 18xx games or to compete with other experienced players. We kindly ask all participants to be present at 9:00 for general information and necessary rules explanation, so all games can start at 10:00 (at the latest). Players who cannot make it during the day, can still join at 19:00 for an evening session. So yes, it is perfectly possible to register for two (day and evening) sessions on Saturday.
Sunday – 9:00 (day) or 19:00 (evening) till 01:30
Sunday is rather similar to Saturday, but we plan an evening session off-site. We will propose some activities (like visit of the brewery or Saint Rumbold’s Tower) and a group diner (for instance in the restaurant of the brewery). Afterwards, we propose an evening of shorter (and smaller) 18xx-like games (like The Profiteers, North American Railways and 18Lilliput).
Monday – 9:00 till 16:00
The last day of the convention, an excellent opportunity to play the last one for the road.
During the convention, we also give the stage to designers and publishers to demonstrate their new releases or to test new prototypes. For all 18xx fans, this is not only an excellent time to meet the brains behind 18xx, but also to test, to try and to contribute to new prototypes.
We provide player aids and poker chips at every table.
Registration is required. Please only use the registration form on this website.
The registration fee is
- Friday (evening, 19:00-01:30): € 5
- Saturday (day, 9:00-01:30): € 10
- Saturday (evening, 19:00-01:30): € 5
- Sunday (day, 9:00-01:30): € 10
- Sunday (evening, 19:00-01:30): € 5
- Monday (day, 9:00-16:00): € 10
- Weekend access: € 30
After your registration, you will receive an email with additional information and a bank account. The registration fee has to be paid by bank transfer before the convention. If this is impossible for any reasons, please contact us.
Registration will start at 1 February 2019.
Location & Accessibility
The convention will be held at Saint Rumbold’s College in Mechelen.
The college (founded in 1856) is situated in the historical and tourist town centre of Mechelen (86.000 inhabitants), at walking distance of both railway stations (Mechelen-Nekkerspoel, 5 min walk; Mechelen [central station], 15 min walk). There is also a main bus station at the square itself (Veemarkt).
From Brussels Airport, there is a direct train connection to Mechelen central station, which takes only 11 minutes. We advice to avoid Charleroi Airport (Brussels South) as a destination, since it takes much longer to reach Mechelen. For special cases (like groups or night arrivals/departures) and if it suits our schedule, we can try to offer a shuttle from or to the airport.
At the square itself, there is a (pay) car park, but we suggest the free car park at the Zandpoortvest (free during the weekend, from Friday 18:00 till Monday 8:00). It is also possible to park in the college during the convention (€ 5 for a day, cars can stay overnight), though spaces are limited, so you have to register (by providing your number plate).
More information at the website of Mechelen.
The convention is perfectly accessible for disabled persons.
Food & Drinks
During the convention, we offer snacks, light meals and a nice selection of drinks at democratic prices. Please note that payments by card are not possible (it is a school, remember), so you need cash. If needed, there are ATM’s in the neighbourhood.
During the day we offer, among others, homemade cakes, Belgian chocolate and hot coffee. In our bar, besides soft drinks, you can find delicious Belgian beers (especially, but not limited to, Gouden Carolus from Mechelen) and a specialty of Mechelen: a single malt whisky, distilled from the mash of the Gouden Carolus Tripel Beer. A must for whisky-lovers.
More information at the website of brewery Het Anker.
Hotels – Accommodation
Mechelen has a lot of lovely hotels and cosy B&B’s. We also have a youth hostel (Zandpoortvest, next to the free car park). For instance, opposite the college there is a Holiday Inn and there is also a wonderful hotel in the brewery Het Anker. But many more hotels and B&B’s can be found in or close to the historic town center.
You can find lots of information about accommodation on the tourism website of Mechelen here. If you need some assistance finding or booking a hotel, just contact us.