UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

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Post  paulyg on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 14:20

As is traditional, let me start a ridiculously early thread about the UK Games Expo. Who's going? Who's excited? I'm planning on doing Thursday afternoon through to Sunday again.

Here's what prompted me to post this, a newsletter from the organisers. It sounds like there will be lots more open gaming space in the evenings, and that FFG Europeans will be there again.

UK Games Expo wrote:
Planning your Expo!

We have been busy planning the UK's biggest and best hobby games convention for 2018.

It has been four months since UK Games Expo 2017. It was the largest Hobby Games Convention ever held in the UK with 16300 of you coming to visit and attendances of 32000+ over the three days. Over 325 individual exhibitors showed a huge variety of exciting games and we hosted some of the world's largest tournaments.

We have spent the time since the show reviewing everything that went on, talking to our sponsors and partners and thinking how to make the UK's biggest and best Hobby Games convention (and one of the largest worldwide) even better. Here is an outline of the event.

Our 12th show will be held on 1st to 3rd June 2018 and is held in the NEC and Hilton Hotel, Birmingham. Get the date in your diary!

The NEC

We are making use of both Halls 1 and Hall 2 of the NEC as well as the Toute Suite and Piazza rooms. Hall 1 will again be our Trade Hall and Hall 2 will be the Tournament Hall and part of our Open Gaming Space.

The Trade Hall

The UKGE trade hall is one of the largest in hobby games shows around the world. Early indications of interest from exhibitors already tell us that there is going to be even more and even larger stands in 2018.

The biggest names in the hobby games world will be attending and bringing a range of the big hit games to show you. At the same time UKGE prides itself on making it possible for the indie publisher and smaller retailer to attend and bring their own flavour and uniqueness to the mix. This will include new releases, a first chance to play prototypes of many of the summer and autumn hits and play tests of games of the future.

The UK Games Expo Family Zone (run by Imagination Gaming) returns and will provide entertainement for the whole family. The UK Games Expo Cosplay Zone will entertain you with characters from TV, Comicbook and Film. In 2018, this area will be moved to a more accesible spot in the hall.

Our exhibitor guide for 2018 is now online and we are just about ready to take orders, starting with our trip to Essen Spiel in a few weeks.

Exhibitors can email Hayley to arrange an appointment to visit our stand at Hall 6 - 106 and talk about your Expo plans.

Alternatively email Richard if you won't be at Essen and want to discuss your requirements.

The Tournament and Gaming Hall

In 2018 we are using Hall 2 for tournaments and open gaming. This means the two halls of UK Games Expo are adjacent to each other, allowing easier travel between the areas.

Hall 2 will house many large tournaments including the FFG Europeans, the UK Catan Championship, the UK Agricola Championship and the UK Carcassonne Championship, Hawk Wargames events, the British Historical Games Society Tournaments, Magic the Gathering and many others.

The Open Gaming and Board Game Library (run by Thirsty Meeples again this year) will move to Hall 2. This allows us to increase the seating and also means that the open gaming area will remain open late into the evening.

Toute Suite and Piazza Rooms

These rooms will again host seminars and panels on games, game designs, art in games and writing as well as live shows from some of your favourite online hobby gaming stars.

The Lakefront

The Viking camp will return and we have plans for an expanded area with other activities to entertain the family alongside the lake.

The Hilton Hotel

The heart of the UK Games Expo in the evening is the Hilton Hotel.

This will host the UK's largest roleplaying game schedule with hundreds of game on offer on dozens of tables over 7 sessions on 3 days. With a huge variety of gaming genres to choose from, we have got a game for you!

The UK Games Expo Live entertainment schedule runs here with shows like The Dark Room, Live Pandemic and Knightmare Live. This coming year we are adding new shows into the mix.

The Hilton will host an evening Board Game Library as well as more open gaming space.

Open Gaming

We know one of the reasons many of you visit UKGE is that we provide ever increasing ammounts of open gaming space. We all enjoy the chance to get some gaming in with old friends and new ones. The demand for this space is ever greater each year but we are keen to maintain this key feature.To help match that demand we have a cunning plan! Not only will we use space for around 1200 in the Hilton but we have moved the NEC Open Gaming space from Hall 1 to Hall 2. This means that even after we close the trade hall in the evening we will be able to keep that space open and seat hundreds more who can game into the evening. The Hall 2 Board Game Library will also remain open into the evening.

Food and drink

Chow Street has confirmed they are back in the Hilton Carpark and continuing to offer Gaming Gourmet Goodness! Other food options are on offer in the NEC and lakeside Cook Street.

How do I find out more?

We are glad you asked.

Don't miss any news. Sign up to follow our socia media through the links below.

and use #UKGamesExpo to keep up with our posts.

Also make sure to watch the news on our website.

We will be back with more news soon after we get back from Essen. If you are heading to Essen don't forget to come say hello and give us feedback on the Expo. Our stand is Hall 6 E106.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Aneurin on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 14:23

I'll be there again then.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Lizzy on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 14:58

I'll be there Thur-Sun.

Interesting that they've moved the library to Hall 2 - makes a lot of sense. Though means I might actually not go to the Hilton at all next year!
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Kes on Tue 03 Oct 2017, 23:50

I shall be there. Having finally learnt my lesson not to attempt to play the games listed in the magazine, hoping to play some better games this time.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  SamVS on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 00:20

Kes wrote:I shall be there. Having finally learnt my lesson not to attempt to play the games listed in the magazine,  hoping to play some better games this time.

Ha, I didn't hear that story. Which games let you down?
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Kes on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 00:24

I can't remember. Basically all of them
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Aneurin on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 06:54

Sub-terra : who's only redeeming feature is glow in the dark components. But that novelty wears off in about 1 micro second
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  PaulC on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 09:09

Aneurin wrote:Sub-terra : who's only redeeming feature is glow in the dark components. But that novelty wears off in about 1 micro second

Didn't Subterra win the game of the expo prize?
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Kes on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 09:56

Yeah it wasn't good
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  AntW on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 10:48

Aneurin wrote:Sub-terra : who's only redeeming feature is glow in the dark components. But that novelty wears off in about 1 micro second

Shit, I kickstarted that! Is it really that bad?
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  PaulC on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 11:03

AntW wrote:
Aneurin wrote:Sub-terra : who's only redeeming feature is glow in the dark components. But that novelty wears off in about 1 micro second

Shit, I kickstarted that! Is it really that bad?

I did too, supporting the plucky British game designer and all that... I suspect there will be at least one copy on next year's bring and buy! Smile
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  DaveB on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 11:26

In a change from recent years I'll only be down on the Friday this time
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Ianm on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 16:16

AntW wrote:
Aneurin wrote:Sub-terra : who's only redeeming feature is glow in the dark components. But that novelty wears off in about 1 micro second

Shit, I kickstarted that! Is it really that bad?

Ah crap. Me too!
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Lizzy on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 17:40

I've played much worse games. It was just very light
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  PaulC on Thu 05 Oct 2017, 11:26

Lizzy wrote:I've played much worse games. It was just very light

I'm ok with light, the kids like light... Smile
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Evilevan on Sun 08 Oct 2017, 06:26

To be fair... It might not be that bad... Aneurin and myself had a very poor demo experience from some guy who clearly didn't know the rules very well and was not good at demoing games. The game looks nice and kids may like it. We've already got forbidden island, forbidden desert and geister geister shatsumeister in our house... It wouldn't replace any of those.
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Re: UK Games Expo 2018 (1-3 June 2018, Birmingham)

Post  Evilevan on Sun 08 Oct 2017, 06:30

Yes I'll be at the expo again.... The more open gaming during the day time sounds great... Although i really enjoyed getting as many demos of new games in the trade hall during the day this year... And then open gaming in the evening... Looking forward to it!
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