When do you meet?
Every Thursday from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.
Where do you meet?
We meet in the Ladbrooke Hotel, 28-35, Bordesley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5BL; which has an on-site bar is about 10 minutes walk from New Street station. Here’s a map of how to find us.
When you arrive at the hotel, we are down the stairs at the rear of the hotel by the lift, on the right hand side of the lobby. Or just ask any of the staff – they’re all really nice people!
Do I need to buy anything to play, or bring anything in particular with me on my first night?
No: just turn up and join a game before you buy anything, so you can work out if you like it and want to continue to play!
When you know the game better then you will likely want to buy the players handbook for that system, a few dice and perhaps a figure. But: don’t forget – we are not a wargames kind of club where they play things like Warhammer, which need an investment of several hundred quid in figures (that you then need to paint) before you can start having fun!
On your first night here, just bring some beer money, a notepad and a few pens and pencils.
Can I just turn up?
Yes. We love it when new people arrive! – we will give you a quick walk-around all of the tables to see what everyone is playing and if anything takes your fancy – and if anyone has space at their table for a new player.
Do I need to pay anything to attend?
No. We get the venue for free because so many of us turn up every Thursday and buy their food and drink! – and so as a result we do not charge any subscriptions.
About once a year we will ask for a donation of a quid or so to pay for the hosting charges related to running this website – but that’s about it. Unless of course anyone wants to buy the webmaster a pint?
Is the venue inside the Birmingham Clean Air Zone?
Yes. You can check to see if you will need to pay the fee at the government site: but these categories of vehicles will not be charged:
- Diesel – Euro 6 (VI) standard or better (roughly end of 2015 onwards)
- Petrol – Euro 4 standard or better (roughly 2006 onwards)
- Gas – Euro 6 (VI) standard or better
- Fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell – all are compliant and avoid CAZ charges
- Hybrid electric – the diesel/petrol engine must meet the relevant criteria above
Where can I park?
The hotel has a free onsite carpark – just park in it then type your reg number into the screen on the reception desk, and you will not be charged.
There is also a lot of on-street parking nearby for when the onsite carpark gets full – and we never usually have any problems finding parking, but if you don’t want to park on the street you can see from the map that there are a lot of car parks nearby.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
No. The venue allows us to use their function room for free – all they ask in return is that we buy food and drink from them and do not bring our own in.
What games do you play?
We play a lot of different games, but there is no doubt that we play a lot of Dungeons and Dragons fifth edition. But – if you turn up with a different game and want to run it, then you will always get people interested!
We have people that play – or have played and will play again:
- D&D – editions 3.5, 4 and 5
- Chivalry and Sorcery
- Savage Worlds
- Tunnels & Trolls
- Stars Without Number
- Villains & Vigilantes
Can you recommend a good local game shop?
Yes we can: we love Wayland’s Forge – which is almost literally across the road from the venue!