What is included in the cost of registration?
Four nights in a luxurious castle, twenty four hours of gaming, and all meals, taken in a castle with the DMs. Leading up to the retreat, we will work with you to develop your character and prepare for the game. When you arrive, you will receive a character kit, including swag from our sponsors. There are no hidden fees and no additional costs. Transportation from Stoke on Trent to Caverswall Castle will be made available to all guests.
I have allergies/sensitivities or other dietary restrictions. Will there be anything for me to eat?
We can accommodate any and all dietary needs as long as we know about them in advance. Just let us know about them when you register. Options may be limted if we don't know your needs well in advance.
Can I split the cost with friends?
You can share your room with your partner, or with a friend. You will be given an option for that upon checkout, and your invoice will reflect that. Registration itself cannot be split.
Can I stay in a nearby hotel and just come for the day to play?
Registration is part of the accommodation package, and not available separately. No unregistered guests are permitted in the castle during the retreat.
Can I bring my kids with me?
The minimum age for attending the retreat is 14. Children over that age are welcome to attend and will be considered registrants of the event. It is possible an exception may be made for children close to 14 years of age, who are keen to participate in the gaming and who are able to conduct themselves as adults. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a registered, responsible adult.
I've never played DnD before. Will I still be able to enjoy this?
No problem. We will work with you before you arrive, and hold your hand throughout the retreat. The specific game will be new to everyone, and the DM will be there throughout to guide and assist you. We'll explain everything you need to know and make sure you have a great time even if you've never played before.
Who is behind this event?
Regency Encounters is an events company located in Canada. We plan epic nerd fantasy escapes such as the Pride & Prejudice Ball (www.PrideandPrejudiceBall.ca) and the Festival of Witchcraft & Wizardry (www.Wizardfest.ca), among others.
Who are the DMs?
Dungeon Masters (DMs) are the people that run the games. They are in charge of making sure everyone has fun and that the story plays out well. We will post the profiles of individual DMs on Facebook. All DMs will be very experienced with new and venerated players; will focus on story rather than rules; and will make sure everyone is having fun. We retain some of the greatest DMs in the world to run the games at this event. You will be able to select your DM, subject to space at their table, upon checkout.
What kind of game will it be?
Rule of Cool. This game will be focused on simplicity and fun for a variety of players. The main point is to play in a castle and have a good time with new people. DMs will be focusing on pace and story Rules lawyering will be adjudicated swiftly and fairly.
How long will we play each day?
There will be 3 x 4-hour sessions each day, and DMs will decide which 2 of those their table will play each day. Everyone will have the chance to play at least 24 hours of D&D over the course of the retreat. In additions, we have additional DMs and volunteers who will run one-offs and other activities during the third session while your table is not playing.
Do I have to play every session?
You are requested to attend all your table's sessions. Activities during all other sessions are optional.
How do I get to the castle?
Detailed transportation options will be sent to all guests. There will be a shuttle from a location in Stoke-on-Trent that has yet to be announced.
Will there be alcohol at this event?
Registration does not include any alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own. There is no bar within the castle, but it is located within walking distance of a village where there is a pub.