We are offering Dungeons & Dragons mini-breaks here in Ilfracombe.
Why Dungeons & Dragons mini-breaks?
We run quite a lot of D&D here at the Cafe. And have 6 sessions a week at the moment. So we have some experience in this area. We would also be running a Gygax day event, but have decided that we should not have a major event this year. And we are also restarting our popular D&D beginners courses in September.
At the moment, due to Covid, everyone is understandably keeping travel plans low key. However by November we would hope for people to see that its safe to get out and about again. So we are planning several D&D weekends, one in November on the weekend starting with Friday the 12th. And more in January/February/March of 2022, the final dates for these will be confirmed at a later stage.
The venue will be The Carlton Hotel right here in Ilfracombe, and the game will be played in the hotel’s library. The package will include
- 2 nights accommodation
- Evening meals (three courses)on Friday and Saturday
- Full English breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
- Light lunch (two course)on Saturday and Sunday
- All day hot beverages
- A Devon cream tea on Saturday afternoon
- A very experienced DM to guide you along your way, manage the game and try and ensure that everyone enjoys a balanced game.
- We can assign characters to you or you can bring your own.
- The basics required for play, dice, pencils, paper.
- Online access via Facebook messenger to the DM in advance of the weekend for any queries you may have regarding your character, or asking for a ready made one.
You would arrive at the hotel on Friday afternoon/evening, check in and eat. Then around 2100 we would have a session zero, where everyone introduces themselves and their character, characters stats are checked, and the players get an opportunity to meet the rest of their team.
On Saturday, after breakfast, you would start the adventure itself and play, with breaks, until its time for a cream tea. Then reconvene until its time for dinner, after dinner you can have a look at the local night life, we usually have at least one pub with a band on.
On Sunday, after breakfast, you would complete the adventure and in the afternoon you would go home.
Without giving too much away, yes you will meet in a tavern.
We plan to be very old school in these first events, to minimize referring to rule books too much and help the flow of play. So we will be limiting the races and classes somewhat to facilitate this.
We will also be using the excellent John Stavropoulos X card system, this is an established RPG safety system allowing players to “edit” the game in the unlikely event that the subject matter is upsetting them.
Later events would be in particular realms and times to incorporate the whole range of the established game.
Your partner does not want to play?
This is not a problem, they can stay with you at the hotel and enjoy North Devon while you are playing. There are some amazing walks around the area and fantastic scenery. There are also many golf clubs close by. A working harbour, Verity (you will know when you have found her), Broomhill sculpture gardens, art gallery’s and small distinctly local shops.
Dungeons & Dragons mini-break £399 per player
In a single, twin or double room in November, we expect January to be cheaper.
Dungeons & Dragons mini-break £249 per non player
In a single twin or double room in November, we expect January to be cheaper.
Register your interest
Since predicting what may happen this winter in relation to Covid is difficult at the moment. With the exception of the 12th of November which is going ahead, we don’t want to start taking bookings until we are sure that they can be delivered on.
So, instead, we are just asking for you to give us an email address. No other details are required and this in no way commits you to anything except showing that you are interested in the idea. We will email the people on the list with full details of dates and see who wants to come and play.