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Post  paulyg on Thu 01 Dec 2016, 11:54

Allow me to once again be the person that starts a very early thread about this. Because entry tickets go on sale today (at some point, they're not available yet).

So who's coming, which days, who needs a lift, etc? I'll be going from Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon again next year.

Also, I'll reproduce an email from UKGE below which talks about hotel space and drops a few other interesting hints. It sounds like the NEC hall from this year will actually be fully used next year (there was quite a bit of space behind the barriers this year) and they've got a separate hall for tournaments and more gaming which will be open until 11pm. They've also secured gaming space at other nearby hotels.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  paulyg on Thu 01 Dec 2016, 11:57

UK Games Expo Email wrote:30th November 2016

UKGE 2017 About Hotels

Dear Visitors.

In the course of the next few days we will set our ticketing for entrance tickets live and then start work on getting event submissions going and listing the entertainment options like the Dark Room, Live Pandemic etc.

We expect as we roll all this out that many of you will look to book hotel rooms for your Expo trip and may then encounter difficulties, This newsletter sets the scene for where you stand accomodation-wise. We hope it helps.

Quart into a pint pot

or "Why is the Rum always gone?"

Or why are the Hotels full?

Can we let you into a secret? There are quite a few of you. The days of 800 attendees only a couple of hundred of which stayed the night are way back in the past. Even the 2013 show (the first in the Hilton) only saw 3500 of you. In 2016 12500 attended and we expect more in 2017.

Now this is great news for the growth of the hobby. "Bums on seats" is what allows us to attract over 200 exhibitors and to get new game releases and special guests. Yet of course it means we have to work hard to make sure there is enough space for you all.

To this end we have reached agreements with several nearby hotels regarding gaming space in the hotels, we are expanding the trade hall by 4000sqm and adding another 5000sqm tournament and gaming hall near by (Hall 3a). We are also adding a larger 350 capacity seminar room nearby. Food facilities are being added near the lake.

All of this helps give us capacity for you to get a table to game at or somewhere to eat, But what about hotels?

Well, what about them?

Well we can't build new hotels alas and the simple fact is those in the immediate vicinity are getting very full and even if not full are only available at a high price. This is all exacerbated by the fact that Take That have announced a 4 day tour event at the Gentings Arena on our very weekend!

So do not expect to be able to get rooms in the local hotels easily or at a price any less than eye wateringly expensive, You might say (and a number of you have) "Can't Expo demand cheaper rooms!" Well, here we encounter the law of supply and demand. With thousands of you wanting rooms the hotels will naturally want to charge as high a rate as they can.

We are now in the situation that occurs in Essen during Spiel or in Indianapolis during Gencon. Hotels are booked up often more than a year before hand and certainly for months before. When we visited Essen this year we stayed about 6 U-bahn stops away. This occurring at UKGE is just a feature of our growth.

So no local rooms then?

Not many left by now - but try your luck. We had managed to secure some deals for fixed rates on rooms on the 4 closest. To find out more about those deals read this page

If the hotels say they are full, then they are full. We are not holding any rooms back that are not needed for our own volunteers or guests.

So what the heck should we do then?

Assuming you don't have Bribery or Persuasion as class skills and can't get a local room this need not ruin your Expo. There are options. With gaming going on till 11ish in the NEC as well as till late in the Hilton, Ibis and elsewhere you might consider staying a bit further away.

Up and down the Trainline

The last train from Birmingham International to Birmingham New Street is listed currently on trainline as 1.29 AM. on the Friday night and 23.49 on the Saturday night.

The last train to Coventry is around midnight on the Friday and 23.30 on the Saturday.

Both trains take around 15 to 18 minutes. So why not look at cheaper hotels in both city centers.

Solihull just 4 miles away
Taxis and car options allow you to stay in Solihull where currently hotels are listed at much lower prices.

What about Warwick, Kenilworth or Leamington?
These are only 20 mins away by car. Why not take an extra day or two and visit Warwick or Kenilworth Castle?

Where can I stay?
We have listed some of these options on our alternative hotels page..

"Get on with it!!"
What ever you do get on with it. Those who decide 5 days before the Expo to book a room and cant get one will receive the traditional UKGE punishment of Tony pointing at you and going "Ha-Ha!"

You have been warned.

That is all for now.

The UKGE Team
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  BeardyTom on Thu 01 Dec 2016, 15:41

We're going down on Thursday and coming back on Sunday but we'll have to commute from Birmingham city centre each day. I guess we'll spend Thursday afternoon seeing the sights of Birmingham before heading to the Expo on Friday morning.

Birmingham does have some sights, right?
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  JohnH on Thu 01 Dec 2016, 17:21

BeardyTom wrote:We're going down on Thursday and coming back on Sunday but we'll have to commute from Birmingham city centre each day. I guess we'll spend Thursday afternoon seeing the sights of Birmingham before heading to the Expo on Friday morning.

Birmingham does have some sights, right?


It has some nice pubs dotted about the place. Take some games.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  Aneurin on Thu 01 Dec 2016, 18:10

There is the floozy in the Jacuzzi! What else do you need?
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  DaveB on Thu 01 Dec 2016, 23:00

Thursday through Sunday for Sannah and I. Staying in the Hilton. Cant wait Smile
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  Andy S on Fri 02 Dec 2016, 08:14

I intend to be there Friday to Sunday. But I screwed up by not booking my hotel earlier. Now there is nowhere walkable. I think I'll have to get a place in the city centre and get taxis each day or bum a lift off someone else. Which hotel are you at, Tom? (Or anyone else who is relegated to the city centre.)

Thanks,
Andy
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  BeardyTom on Fri 02 Dec 2016, 09:15

Andy S wrote:I intend to be there Friday to Sunday.  But I screwed up by not booking my hotel earlier.  Now there is nowhere walkable.  I think I'll have to get a place in the city centre and get taxis each day or bum a lift off someone else.  Which hotel are you at, Tom?  (Or anyone else who is relegated to the city centre.)

We've got a room in a 'superbudget' hotel near New St station so we have the option of getting trains to and from the NEC. It's an easyHotel, which I think is run by the same people as easyJet, so the room may be cheap but we'll probably be charged extra if we want any bedding or the key to the bathroom.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  PaulC on Fri 06 Jan 2017, 11:23

I'm going Thursday to Sunday again and, at this point, my wife and kids are STILL coming. Shocked
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  Aneurin on Fri 06 Jan 2017, 11:24

PaulC wrote:I'm going Thursday to Sunday again and, at this point, my wife and kids are STILL coming. Shocked

They do know it's Birmingham right?
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  PaulC on Fri 06 Jan 2017, 11:25

Aneurin wrote:
PaulC wrote:I'm going Thursday to Sunday again and, at this point, my wife and kids are STILL coming. Shocked

They do know it's Birmingham right?

I suspect Allie will be bored by Friday lunchtime and will spend Saturday and Sunday at Drayton Manor. Smile
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  Aneurin on Fri 06 Jan 2017, 11:26

PaulC wrote:
Aneurin wrote:
PaulC wrote:I'm going Thursday to Sunday again and, at this point, my wife and kids are STILL coming. Shocked

They do know it's Birmingham right?

I suspect Allie will be bored by Friday lunchtime and will spend Saturday and Sunday at Drayton Manor. Smile

Can I go with them?
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  PaulC on Fri 06 Jan 2017, 11:29

Aneurin wrote:
PaulC wrote:
Aneurin wrote:
PaulC wrote:I'm going Thursday to Sunday again and, at this point, my wife and kids are STILL coming. Shocked

They do know it's Birmingham right?

I suspect Allie will be bored by Friday lunchtime and will spend Saturday and Sunday at Drayton Manor. Smile

Can I go with them?

Of course - but when you get back I'll remind you that it was your idea!
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  paulyg on Fri 06 Jan 2017, 14:01

Aneurin wrote:
PaulC wrote:I'm going Thursday to Sunday again and, at this point, my wife and kids are STILL coming. Shocked

They do know it's Birmingham right?
TripAdvisor just sent me an email with the subject "Birmingham in 2017 - sounds perfect!". I think they might be stretching things a bit...
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  BeardyTom on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 13:25

If any Sheffielders attending UKGE have more Star-Trek cosplay kits in their wardrobe than is normally socially acceptable, they may be interested in the Starship Bridge Simulator. It sounds like it could be fun, with 6 people taking command of different parts of the ship and trying to get through whatever space throws at them. It costs £10 per person for an hour slot. Anyone interested?

More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UKStarship/

Available slots: http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/bookevents.php?category=lar
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  Andy S on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 13:32

Does anyone have space for me in a vehicle heading down to Birmingham on the Friday morning and/or returning on the Sunday evening? I would be very grateful for a lift either or both ways, and happy to chip in on petrol money.

Thanks.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  paulyg on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 13:48

Andy S wrote:Does anyone have space for me in a vehicle heading down to Birmingham on the Friday morning and/or returning on the Sunday evening?  I would be very grateful for a lift either or both ways, and happy to chip in on petrol money.

Thanks.
I can give you a lift back on the Sunday.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  Andy S on Tue 14 Mar 2017, 07:40

paulyg wrote:I can give you a lift back on the Sunday.

I really appreciate that, Paul. Very Happy

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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  BeardyTom on Thu 27 Apr 2017, 10:51

A geeklist of games and publishers that will be represented on UKGE stalls this year:

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/224518/uk-games-expo-2017

I'm pretty sure we'll be getting The Cousin's War from Surprised Stare Games and there's a few others that I'll make sure to take a look at when we get there.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  DaveB on Thu 27 Apr 2017, 10:55

The list of stuff I want to buy this year is very small (although there are a couple of things I'll be looking out for a good price on) - but if previous years are any indication I'm sure I'll end up finding plenty catching my eye - last year most of my games purchases for the year happened at the expo.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  Kes on Thu 27 Apr 2017, 11:44

I still don't have anywhere booked. I'm actually not certain I'm gonna even go at all. If anyone is staying somewhere with a spare bed/sofa and would like to split the room costs, let me know.
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Traveling on Friday night or Saturday morning?

Post  TheCat on Wed 17 May 2017, 21:42

Is anyone travelling up to the NEC on Friday night or Saturday morning?

Looking to hitchhike there
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  Andy S on Fri 19 May 2017, 14:00

I will be demoing games at Inside the Box's booth all 3 days this year. Consequently I will not be leaving til 7pm or so on Sunday and will be getting a train back to Sheffield.

Paul: thanks so much for offering to give me a lift back to Sheffield, but I won't need it.

Is there anyone who is going down Thursday afternoon/evening who would be able to give me a lift? If so I would be very grateful.

Sorry I haven't been able to attend on Tuesdays for a couple months. I'm hoping to be there on the 23rd. I hope everyone is doing well and SBGC is flourishing!

-Andy
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  paulyg on Fri 19 May 2017, 14:55

Andy S wrote:I will be demoing games at Inside the Box's booth all 3 days this year.  Consequently I will not be leaving til 7pm or so on Sunday and will be getting a train back to Sheffield.

Paul: thanks so much for offering to give me a lift back to Sheffield, but I won't need it.

Is there anyone who is going down Thursday afternoon/evening who would be able to give me a lift?  If so I would be very grateful.

Sorry I haven't been able to attend on Tuesdays for a couple months.  I'm hoping to be there on the 23rd.  I hope everyone is doing well and SBGC is flourishing!

-Andy
No problem!

I'm planning on heading down early on Thursday afternoon (1-2ish). Happy to give you a lift if that would work for you?
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Re: UK Games Expo 2017 (2-4 June 2017, Birmingham)

Post  DaveB on Fri 19 May 2017, 16:33

We are also headed down early Thursday afternoon if needed Smile
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