What is Continuum?
Continuum is a gaming convention held every two years (in “even” years, although there is a trial period of going annual currently ongoing) at the University of Leicester’s Hall of Residence. The first convention of this type was held in 1992 under the name “Convulsions”, which became “Continuum” in 2004.
Continuum prides itself in being a very social residential con, which offers both a plethora of RPGs, freeforms and other games, but also seminars, events and ample of opportunities to chat with old and new friends.
Where and when is Continuum being held?
Continuum 2020 will be held from 1pm on Friday the 7th to 11am on Monday the 10th of August 2020.
The main venue and accommodation will be at:
John Foster Hall at the University of Leicester.
Leicester, LE2 2LG
A site map can be found here (map of Oadby)
The doors open on Friday 7th August 2020 at 1pm and close on Monday 10th August 2020 at 09:30am (check-out time).
Does Continuum have an Anti-Harassment Policy?
Yes, we do! You can find the full policy in out Terms and Conditions here.
I want to help Continuum, how can I do that?
There are many ways you can help to make Continuum a great con!
One of the most straightforward ways of doing this is to offer to run games and events for us, and get them registered with us as early as possible.
We are also always looking for volunteers to take over the running of individual events for the Committee.
And, of course, by being excellent to each other and any new attendees that might be coming to Continuum for the first time.
If you have any desire to help out Continuum further, send a message to Julia via the Contact page.
How do I register for Continuum?
To register for Continuum, please go to the main page. Go to the Members Only menu and click on Purchase tickets
Please note that a registration is not considered to be valid until full payment has been received by the Committee.
How do I pay for my attendance at Continuum?
Continuum accepts both payment via direct bank transfer and via PayPal.
Details of payment methods and costs can be found here.
What does Continuum do with my money?
If you have booked an accommodation ticket, the vast majority of the money obviously goes to the university, partially as a down payment in advance, and partially after the convention. As part of our contract with the university, we are required to fill 150 beds for the con, meaning that any beds we cannot fill have to be paid for by the convention, even though they may not be used at all.
The remaining fees go towards payments for water coolers, free drink tokens for the GMs, occasional website fees, lanyards, equipment hire, printing, attendance for the Committee (who in return organises and runs the event) and also unexpected extra expenses like having to pay for any unsold beer at the end of the event.
Any money left over after making the final payment to the University remains in the Continuum bank account to use for subsequent Continuum conventions.
Can I bring my kids to Continuum?
If you wish to bring your underage offspring to the convention, it is very important that you let us know. Please contact Alison via the Contacts page and let her know your name, the name of the child and the age of the child at the time of the convention.
We offer special deals for children staying at Continuum:
- Any kids under the age of 11 can share a bedroom with a supervising adult at no extra charge and without a pass to the convention. You will need to provide your own sleeping arrangements for said child.
- Any kids between the ages of 12 and 17 need to be accompanied by an adult and have their own room in the same flat as said adult. However, we offer half-price accommodation for anybody between 12 and 17. Please contact Keary if you wish to book one of these rooms for your child/teen.
By when do I need to have registered?
If you wish to book accommodation for Continuum, you need to have registered by the beginning of July, as we need plenty of time to allocate rooms and communicate with the university. Also, you need to be registered in order to be able to sign up for freeforms and offer tabletop games in advance etc.
If you wish to book a day or weekend pass without accommodation, you can also buy a ticket on the day at the venue (Cash only).
What is the accommodation like at Continuum?
John Foster Hall consists of a Main Building and set of accommodation blocks. These blocks have four floors with 2 flats on each floor. A flat consists of a shared kitchen and 4 or 5 en-suite single bedrooms. Kitchens contain a Fridge/Freezer, microwave, oven (electric), kettle (electric), iron+board, a worktop, a table and a few chairs. The kitchen will, in all likelihood, not contain any plates, pots, pans, cutlery, glasses or washing liquid etc., so remember to bring these things (lest you must travel to ASDA and buy what you forgot). Bedrooms are single occupancy. There is a wardrobe in the room and a bed that comes ready-made with two pillows. There is a desk in the bedroom with a lamp, a small kettle and some tea and coffee. There is free WiFi in the bedrooms, but you may need to sign up for it. The en-suite bathroom has a toilet, washbasin and a shower. There is a limited number of wheelchair accessible rooms with larger showers available.
Some towels will be provided. Please note that due to Halls safety regulations, the windows in the rooms will not open fully. This results in the rooms being rather warm in any weather, so be prepared for that.
Are there accessible rooms and if so, how can I get one?
The floors of the accommodation blocks all have an elevator in addition to the normal staircase. Furthermore, some bed- and bathrooms are specially designed to be wheelchair accessible.
Should you require an accessible bedroom, either because you have mobility issues or because you require a larger shower cubicle, please email Julia.
I heard the bedrooms at the venue are really warm…
That’s not a really a question, but yes, they unfortunately are! Due to the architecture of the accommodation blocks, an unfortunate arrangement of the hot water pipes and safety regulations concerning the windows, the rooms tend to overheat in summer.
Here is some tried and tested advice on how to beat the heat:
- Bring a desk fan.
- Bring a freeze pack (the type you put on sprains or the ones you put in a portable freezer). Freeze it in the communal kitchen freezer. Put it in your bed as a reverse hot water bottle.
- Open the windows as wide as they will legally open but DO NOT disable the safety catches. Close the curtains during the times that the sun shines right in, go back to open them once the sun is has moved. Bear in mind that the cleaning staff will open the curtains when they service the rooms in the morning.
- Never leave the bathroom door open. It is the hottest part of the room (thanks to the hot water pipes) and it will make the rest of the room worse.
- Keep the bedroom door to the corridor open whenever you can.
Are meals and drinks included?
If you book for university accommodation with us, breakfast in the John Foster Dining Hall is included in the price of your room. Any meals and drinks beyond that are not included.
Can I choose who I want to or absolutely not want to share a flat with?
Yes. When you register, you will be asked for your preferences in this regard. Please bear in mind that due to the nature of the flats, it is not always possible to group everybody who wants to stay together into one flat. Equally, it is often necessary to allocate individual attendees to a flat already mostly occupied by one specific group.
If you have any other rooming requests or amendments, please email Julia.
If you do not communicate your rooming requests to the Committee, you may be allocated to a flat at random.
I really want to stay in a double room, what can I do?
As these are University Halls of Residence, there are unfortunately no double rooms on site whatsoever. Also, we discourage the booking of one regular room for two attendees, as this will lead to trouble with the University.
However, we have reserved a limited contingent of double rooms at College Court, the University of Leicester’s four-star hotel.
For more information on this and for some suggestions of other places to stay, please also see “Where else can I stay?”
If you make your own accommodation arrangements, please don’t forget to book your day or weekend pass on our website.
Where else can I stay?
There are numerous, albeit mostly distant places to stay off campus:
The University of Leicester themselves has an affiliated hotel named College Court about 1.5 miles away from the main venue. If you decide you wish to stay here, please book the appropriate ticket via our website.
The closest Premier Inn is the Leicester City Centre one, which is about 2.5 miles away, with the next closest being the South Oadby location about 3 miles away from the main venue. If you wish to stay here, please make your own booking and buy a Day or Weekend Pass via our website.
There are also numerous B&Bs in the general area, and also a few camping sites.
What is the rest of the venue like?
The main building, John Foster Hall, is a still fairly modern venue. It consists of a series of rooms spread out over three floors. It hosts the Dining Room/Main Hall, the Committee Room, the Trade Hall, the bar, the Seminar Room, the Board Game Library Room and an additional Games room. There is an elevator available to the top floor, while the lower ground floor can be reached from the outside.
In addition to the main building, Continuum also makes use of four extra houses all about 5 minutes walk away from the main venue for Freeforms and Tabletop RPGs.
What is the food like at Continuum?
Continuum is held at a University Hall of Residence, so there is breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a vending machine with snacks that may occasionally run dry.
Breakfast is from 8.00 – 9.30am and is included in the price for everyone who stays at the Hall overnight. It is regular English breakfast- egg, bacon, beans, toast, jam, yogurt, orange juice, coffee (from a hot-beverage-o-tron).
Lunch and Dinner are not included in the price, however, the Dining Hall sells Lunch from 1-2pm and Dinner from 6.30 to 8pm. The meals on offer vary from days to day. There is usually some form of a vegetarian option, but it might be jacket potato-shaped. Eating in the Dining Hall is the most convenient way to grab a bite between games.
Please bear in mind that even the Committee won’t know what the food will be like until we arrive and eat it as the catering companies are prone to change between one convention and the next.
What can I do if I don’t like the university food?
- Take Away: There are a few take aways within delivery distance offering Chinese or Indian food or pizza. The Committee will have a selection of menus available at the registration desk in the Main Building. During peak hours, delivery might take a while, but some places offer a discount when a few people place a large order together.
- Restaurants: Oadby, which is about a 15 min walk away from the venue, has a number of restaurants such as the ‘The Lord Keeper of The Great Seal’ (a Wetherspoon Pub with a truly Eldritch name) or the Leeja Palace, an Indian Restaurant (Upstairs at The Parade 13).
- Self Catering
What are the self-catering kitchens like?
Every flat in the Hall has a shared kitchen, which should contain a working stove and oven, fridge/freezer, kettle, microwave and toaster. If you decide to cook your own meals during the con, be advised that you will need to bring your own cooking utensils as well as plates, glasses and cutlery and washing up liquid etc. The kitchens tend to be almost stripped bare during the summer months.
Where can I buy things off-site?
The closest supermarket is the ASDA in Oadby about 15 minutes walk (0.8 miles) from the venue, but there is also Waitrose (1.1 miles) and a Sainsburys (1.7 miles) further into town, plus an array of other shops.
Is there a bar?
Yes, there is. The bar at John Foster Hall stocks an array of beers, real ales, soft drinks, cider and other alcoholic beverages. The bar is usually open from about 11am to 2am.
Can I bring my own drinks?
Due to University and licensing policies, you may not bring or consume your own alcohol anywhere in the venue or elsewhere on the premises. You may, however, consume your own alcohol in the rooms of the accommodation blocks. John Foster Hall has a bar, which serves an assortment of real ale, beer from the tap and other beverages.
Tell me about the gym.
If you have booked accommodation at the University with us, you will receive free entry to the gym and pool once a day. The Roger Bettles Sports Centre is located across the road from the main venue, at 40 Manor Road and open from 6.30am – 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8am – 7.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Please be advised that for health and safety reasons, children may not use the gym and swimming pool.
“At the Con” Questions
How do I get to Continuum?
If you are arriving at Leicester Railway Station by train, you have three options of getting to the venue.
- On foot: John Foster Hall is about 2.6 miles away, making it a ca. 50 minute walk. Please be advised that parts of this route are uphill.
- By bus: Take the Sapphire 31 towards Oadby from the Rail Station Bus stop, get off at Stoneygate Shirley Road and board the 80A to Oadby, getting off at Oadby Coppice Hall. This stop is only a minute’s walk or so away from John Foster Hall, making a total journey time of approximately 30 minutes. A day ticket for the busses costs about £4.20.
Alternatively, you can take the Sapphire 31 Bus straight from the Railway Station to Oadby Glebe Road and take a 15 minute walk from there.
Please be advised that this information, while correct at the time of writing, is subject to change.
- By taxi: The most convenient way of getting to John Foster Hall is to hire a taxi from the rank outside the train station, and share it with a few fellow attendees.
Is there free parking at the Venue?
Yes, there is. However, parking is somewhat limited, and if you arrive late, you may have to park somewhere further away from the main venue.
To park at the venue, you will need to display a University parking permit. These will be available either from the parking attendant or the University reception on the day.
Can I buy a weekend or day ticket at the door?
You certainly can. We will have a front desk where you can purchase your ticket, but please be advised we only accept cash. Should the reception desk be vacant by the time you arrive, please find a Committee member (recognisable by their bright blue polo shirts) and pay them. You must have a have a ticket to attend Continuum – “but there was nobody at the reception table when I arrived!” is no excuse!
When can I get into my room?
Keys to the rooms won’t be available before 3pm on Friday. If you are travelling in by train etc and need a space to store your luggage, a luggage room will be provided where you can leave your luggage at your own risk.
Who can help me at Continuum?
If there is an issue with your room or the venue in general, the university staff wear badges and can usually be found at the reception area next to the entrance in the main building at John Foster Hall. If there is something wrong or broken in your room, they are the people who can probably help you. Please be nice to them; they work very hard!
The Continuum Committee and their volunteers are the people who can help you with all your convention-related questions and problems. You can identify them by their badges and their bright blue Committee polo shirts.
You can also find photos and biographies of the Committee members in our Who is Who section.
Is there WiFi and phone coverage?
John Foster Hall has free WiFi in the main building (collect a code at the reception) and bedrooms (you must sign-up to the student internet provider company to use this). Be prepared to chase the signal (the bar usually has a good one). Mobile phone coverage, due to the architecture of the site can be quite bad, depending on your provider. The best signal can usually be found when you walk past the car park right up to the road (but be careful not to walk into the road in search of a better signal!)
When are the time slots?
Slot 1 Friday 14:00 – 18:00
Slot 2 Friday 20:00 – 24:00
Slot 3 Saturday 10:00 – 13:00
Slot 4 Saturday 14:00 – 18:00
Slot 5 Saturday 20:00 – 24:00
Slot 6 Sunday 10:00 – 13:00
Slot 7 Sunday 14:00 – 18:00
Slot 8 Sunday 20:00 – 24:00
What is a freeform?
A freeform is a live action role playing game, where you are given a character by a Game Master and play out that character in a story together with a group of other players – a bit like a play without a clear script. Characters may have quite detailed backstories and motivations, and also goals that they try to reach during the course of the game.
While it is not strictly required by most, it is generally very much appreciated by the GM if the players make an attempt to dress like their character for atmospheric reasons.
How and when can I sign up for a freeform?
Freeform registrations open a couple of months before the event. Unlike in previous years, the registrations for Continuum 2020 Freeforms will be integrated into this website.
Sign-ups will be rolled out in three phases. You will be able to sign up for one freeform in Phase One, a second freeform in Phase Two and as many further freeforms as you like (and still have room) in Phase Three.
I would like to offer to run a freeform, what do I need to do?
If you want to run a Freeform, please contact Chris, who coordinates this kind of thing, and offer your game. When it comes to theme, size, rules etc. please see the Freeform FAQ page.
Freeforms at Continuum are usually run at one of the houses just down the road from the main venue. The houses have large gardens and quite a number of small-ish rooms. Continuum won’t charge you or your players for a Freeform. However, if you do need to cover material costs and such, you are free to charge your players if you let them (and us) know in advance. You alone will be responsible for collecting the fees from your players.
Tabletop Game Questions:
What sort of games do you offer at Continuum?
Any system or setting is fine with us. Historically, we used to get quite a big Glorantha or Call of Cthulhu Fanbase at our con, but a huge number of games these days are Indie games. Generally speaking, if sounds fun, you’ll get players, and if nobody offers it, we can’t offer it.
How do I sign up for a game at Continuum?
Registration for table top games happens at the con. There will be a series of pin boards in the Dining Hall where the sheets for the next slot will be put up.
Sign-up sheets will go up about half-way through the previous slot to allow those who were not able to get a spot in a game last time a better chance of getting into a game.
Write your name on the list, (as legibly, as possible). If the game is full, consider signing up for a reserve slot, in case someone drops out. Similarly, if you realise you won’t be able to play in a game you have signed up for, be kind and cross your name off the list.
I want to offer a game, do I just bring it on the day or should I register it in advance?
You are, of course, free to just bring your games on the day, but we recommend that you register your game with Keary in advance.
There are good reasons, too!:
- It allows us to announce the games on the website, so players and other GMs know what’s already on offer.
- It allows Keary to allocate you a space in advance, so you will in all likelihood wind up in a nice, quiet room.
- There are perks for preregistering GMs! If you register a game with us before the con, you get to pick a player slot in one of the other games that has been registered in advance before the con even starts!
Whether you bring it in advance or on the day, if you run a game, you can bring your registration sheet to Keary after the game and get a free drink token!
Other Game/Programme Questions:
What other events does Continuum have to offer?
We have had all sorts of panels in the past, including companies presenting their upcoming games, mapmakers showing off their work, advice on running conventions or freeforms and the ever-popular Spirituality and Roleplaying panel on Sunday morning.
Can I offer an event or seminar?
If you think you or you and your friends have something interesting to show or tell the attendees, why not host a panel? If you have an idea for a panel or any other event (we even let people sing at this convention!), let Colin know.
Will there be board games?
Yes! Continuum has a board games library graciously provided by two of our attendees, Alan and Charlie Paull.
Trade Hall Questions:
What is the Trade Hall?
The trade hall is a large room at the main venue that is dedicated to offering various shops, stores and companies a place to sell attendees their wares.
Starting in 2020, the Continuum trade hall is going to open only during the breakfast, lunch and dinner breaks between the slots. This is so the traders can also participate in games. More about this will be announced closer to the time.
How do I register as a trader?
To register as a trader or enquire about our terms and conditions, please send an email to Colin and tell him what you are selling or what your business is. Please be advised that due to the limited space in the venue, we reserve the right to pick and choose our traders to allow for the greatest possible variety.
What traders will be attending Continuum 2020?
You can find all our currently registered traders in the Traders section of our website.
Will there be a Bring & Buy and if yes, how does it work?
Yes! The Bring and Buy is part of the Trade Hall. You can bring your old games, miniatures etc. you no longer want and we will sell it (with a percentage of the price going to the con). To find out more about the Bring & Buy, check the Bring and Buy section of the website.
Can I pay by card and also, where can I get cash?
Continuum itself does not accept cards, neither for the ticket desk nor for the Bring and Buy. Individual traders MAY offer card payments.
The nearest Cash Machine is at the Asda store in Oadby.