MCM Show Guide: If you’re feeling overwhelmed…

While conventions are the perfect place to meet new people and dive into your favourite fandom, we know they can also be A LOT. If you’re feeling anxious about attending MCM, here’s a handy guide for how to manage this on the day, along with some less hectic spots on the show floor you can head to when you need a breather.

Before the show…

There are several things you can do before you even arrive at the venue to make your day run as smoothly as possible:

Have a look at the information on our website or download the official MCM app to make a plan for your time at the show. Which panels do you want to watch? Which guests do you want to meet? There will be lots to take in on the day, so making a priority list you can check off will help things work for you. Be sure to take into account queueing time, and give yourself lunch and bathroom breaks!

You might also take the time to familiarise yourself with the venue layout, so you have a good understanding of where the amenities are located. Visit the NEC, Birmingham’s website for further details.

At the show…

First (and most importantly!) don’t put too much pressure on yourself; you’re there to make memories and have fun, after all!

If you feel like things are getting a little too much, don’t hesitate to take a second away from the crowds until you’re feeling comfortable enough to carry on with your day.

Here are a few areas around the event to head to when you’re looking to catch a break…

Side Quest

Brush off the show floor noise by checking out an old favourite from our console gaming library, or try your hand at something new in the tabletop gaming area. We’ve got titles to play solo, or try with like minded folk - the choice is yours.

Watch a Panel

Panels: like podcasts, but live! Give yourself a minute (or 40) to take a seat and hear from pros, discover your new favourite author, or catch a screening in one of our many scheduled panel sessions.

Reset Room

The Reset Room, run by Gaming The Mind, will be back at MCM Birmingham. It will be open to everyone, and located at the Organisers' Office 3A-4 (just inside the entrance to hall 3A). The Reset Room is a quiet space with lo-fi activities, low lighting and volunteers on hand to help if you need them.

See everything happening at MCM this December

Take a look at the line-up for the coming event