Friday – 19:00 till 00:00
On Friday evening, beginners can be introduced into the wonderful world of 18xx. There are excellent starter games with durations of 3 to 4 hours, like 1889: History of Shikoku Railways, 18Chesapeake and Steam over Holland (3h). Experienced players can propose other (short) 18xx games to find a group of players. We also recommend 1830: Railways & Robber Barons using Lemmi moderator, which can be played in approximately 3 hours.
Saterday – 9:00 (day) or 19:00 (evening) till 00:00
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 on time, so all games can start at 10:00 (at the latest). Players who cannot make it during the day, can still join for an evening session.
If enough interest, we organise a 18OE: On the Rails of the Orient Express or any other long 18xx (>10 hours). If you attend the whole day, please mention how many sessions you want to join.
Also on Saturday, we organise special introduction sessions. Please mention this clearly on your registration form. On Sunday and Monday we cannot guarantee to organise an introduction though.
Sunday – 9:00 (day) till 16:00 (Winter edition)
Sunday – 9:00 (day) or 19:00 (evening) till 00:00 (Spring edition)
In Winter, the convention is closed at 16:00. For the last day of the convention, we do not present a session schedule, but encourage all attendees to form groups upon arrival. This worked very well in the past.
In Spring, we try to organise the convention during the (long) weekend of Pentecost. If so, Sunday is rather similar to Saturday, with day and evening sessions. A session schedule will be presented, though sessions are “open” and we encourage all attendees to play whatever they like.
Monday – 9:00 till 16:00 (Spring edition only)
The last day of the convention, an excellent opportunity to play the last one for the road. No planned sessions, but groups are formed upon arrival.
Designers & Prototypes
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 poker chips at every table.
Registration is required. Please only use the registration form on this website.
The registration fee is
- Day access (9:00-00:00): € 10
- Evening access (19:00-00:00): € 5
- Weekend access: € 20 (Winter) or € 30 (Spring)
For special editions, a special convention dinner or barbecue might be offered on Saturday evening. In that case, the convention fee might be altered.
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 (Spring) or 1 September (Winter).
Facebook & Slack
18xx Belgium has a Facebook group to inform people about what’s going on in the 18xx community in Belgium. We also have a slack channel. An invitation to the slack channel will be included in your confirmation mail. Slack is an excellent medium to make suggestions and requests to the sessions schedule.
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.
It is 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 ATMs in the neighbourhood.
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) and appartments (Value Stay Residence). Opposite the college there is a Holiday Inn Express (for former editions, they granted a 10% discount if you booked by email mentioning “Spellenclub Mechelen”) 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.