FAQs

If your question isn’t answered here, or you think of a question it might be handy to have answered here, email us at hello@strangegamesfestival.co.uk

Can I bring my own Nerf gun?

Please don’t – we want to keep the guns and balls/darts confined to the arena area, and not have to search the woods for lost ammo!


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Have I got a ticket?

We’ve moved from booking tickets through Meetup to booking them through this website.

If you’ve booked your ticket through this site, then check the tickets page. It should say “You have 1 (or however many you have) Ticket for this Event. View your ticket”. If you don’t see this, make sure you’re visiting the site from the same device you booked on. You can also contact hello@strangegamesfestival.co.uk to check.

If you booked through the old Meetup, then you need to check if you are marked as ‘Going’ at this event. If you are RSVPed ‘yes’, then you have a ticket!


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Covid Safety and Entry Policy

Our focus is to deliver a safe event, and Covid is included in our event management plan and risk assessment. We’ll follow government and local guidance and expect you to do the same.

PLEASE take a lateral flow test before you come to the Festival. It’s quick and easy, and you can order online from the NHS.

We’re adopting the Covid entry policy for ‘mass events’ that’s been used at some big Festivals recently. At check-in you’ll need to self-certify by signing a form that one of the following is true:

  • you’ve been fully vaccinated – both doses received (with the second at least 14 days prior to the festival), or
  • you’ve had a NHS Lateral Flow Test with a negative result taken within 48 hours of arrival at the festival (this can be a home test kit that has been logged with the NHS website), or
  • you‘ve had a positive PCR test within 180 days of the festival (including 10 days self-isolation following the result), and thus have natural immunity

We may need to update our policy as circumstances, regulations and guidance change.


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Got more questions…?

Email hello@strangegamesfestival.co.uk, come find us on Discord, or find a staff member at the event (yellow lanyard).


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I want to run a game or event

Awesome! Get in touch with us at hello@strangegamesfestival.co.uk. Or come see us at the Festival! Or y’know, wander round, find some players and a space and do it!


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How do I find out what’s happening during the festival (and before!)? What’s Discord?

We use Discord as a multi-channel text chat (like a dedicated Whatsapp) during the festival (and before). It will also host our Festival Radio! You can access it through a web page or (better) by installing the app on your phone/PC. To join our discord, pop over to https://discord.gg/RKSjwdg

You’ll find channels for general chatter and other festival organisation, as well as ones for specific games. It’s a great way to keep up to date both before and during the festival.


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What else is on?

Various big games such as Blood on the Clocktower, Speakeasy and Two Rooms and a Boom, nerf wars, party games, a quiz, Diplomacy, even the odd outdoor game dotted around. If you have a game you’d like to run, contact us on discord or email hello@strangegamesfestival.co.uk and we’ll help you make it happen!


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What roleplaying activities are there?

We’ll have GMs running regular games of D&D and other systems, one-shots, short campaigns and much more. We have an RPG sign up meet Friday evening, a ‘meet and greet’ for GMs and players. If you want to roleplay (playing or GMing, please come along!), and get in touch if you want players for your adventure. If you’ve got your own group/GM, great! Any game, any system, new player or veteran.


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What’s Werewolf?

Werewolf (or Wherewolf) is an amazing social deduction game of 10-20 players that lasts an hour or more. Try to figure out who is on your team, who’s a werewolf, and who’s a villager. We play in a circle (it’s a talking game, not a live action or roleplaying game) with lots of different roles, and there’s nothing quite like playing Werewolf around a campfire in the dark! We highly recommend you try a game or ten – there will be learning games specifically for new players.


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Are board games provided? How should I look after board games?

Please bring some if you can (though there will be plenty even if you don’t), and ideally be prepared to share. The Festival is an opportunity to meet new gamers and play new games, so do have a mingle, and please do welcome new players into your games!

Please look after any games you play, and re-pack them as you found them. We can’t take any responsibility for your games – store them in your tent overnight, and make sure your name and contacts are inside.


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Can I bring children?

We’re family-friendly, and we do have a kids hour planned run by one of our younger staff. However, we are an adult gaming event, with alcohol and a lot of gamers just kicking back, relaxing, and occasionally rage-quitting with swearing. You will need to supervise children at all times, and their behaviour and experience is your responsibility. You do need a full ticket for each child over 10, as we’re limited on the total number of gamers we can have on site. Unattended children will be taught Cards Against Humanity, fed coffee and returned to you. Good luck.


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What about Solo?

Oh yes Han! We’re a friendly, inclusive event, and everyone is encouraged to join games, share games, and invite players. We’ll even have some sessions for meeting other players, forming groups and playing specific games.


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Can I come in a group?

Yes you can, and camp in a group, space permitting. We hope you’ll play with others too though, it’s so much more fun!


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How do I get a ticket? Book a tent?

Buy your Festival tickets here – these cover you to come play and camp from 2pm Friday through to 6pm Monday.

If you want, you can book a pre-pitch tent or bell tent, tricked out to your desire here. Your tent will be booked directly with Tent2Hire.


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What is the Strange Games Festival?

A fun weekend of camping, glamping, playing board games, werewolf and role playing games (and more!). We started six years ago as a group of werewolf players camping for a weekend, and over the years we’ve broadened out and became a gaming Festival for all gamers. This is our biggest camp yet, and our first year at Bushy Wood Activity Centre.

We host several hundred gamers, spread out over a beautiful woodland campsite in Sussex.

You can play under big marquees, out in the woods, in indoor halls. We have food vans, a bar, lots of fun activities, and we’re a family friendly space.


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