Well, it’s that time of year again and the UK Games Expo is nearly upon us. Now in its 11th year and bigger than ever there really couldn’t be a better time to see what it’s all about. Whether new to the board gaming world or a seasoned veteran, you will be sure to find something to keep you entertained over the weekend.
It looks like this year is set to be a huge event and I’m sure plenty of you out there are frantically calling all the local hotels trying to secure a room for the weekend. The intelligent gamers amongst us no doubt booked their rooms long in advance! I’m lucky enough to be a short drive from the venue so I’ve avoided the stress of finding a hotel room, but I do symapathise with all of you out there still trying to find a room. Don’t give up hope though if you are travelling, just be prepared to book a room a little further from the event. You wont be disappointed!
Returning attendees will have a good idea of what to expect, but if you are new to the event then you are in for a real treat. You can expect to find plenty of games to demo along with tons of new games to add to your collection. There’s even a bring and buy area where you can happily root around for bargains. My wallet usually takes a huge dent, but it’s always worth it!
If I can give new attendees any advice it would be to just throw yourself into everything the weekend has to offer. Don’t be shy of taking a seat at a demo table and getting a taste of recently released or soon to be released games. There are some really amazing indie games companies that attend the event. You’re sure to find some unexpected gems. For me, the highlight of last year came from the good folks at Board&Dice with the beautiful Multiuniversum. A clever little card game with some gorgeous art work. This year they will be premiering Pocket Mars and will have a Cthulhu inspired expansion for Multiuniversum that I’m eager to grab!
The whole event is a real treat with an incredibly welcoming atmosphere. You can confidently bring the family along as this is definitely the sort of event that caters to all. Board gamers are some of the friendliest people you are ever likely to meet and the UK Games Expo captures that sentiment perfectly.
Along with everything that’s already going on, there is also plenty of space devoted purely to gaming, where people can just sit down, pull out a game and get playing! It’s a great opportunity to crack open your new purchase and get some table time in. If you find yourself short of players, there will no doubt be plenty of like minded folks who will be happy to join you! For more structured play, its worth checking out the events and tournaments that are going to be running over the weekend. Whether you want to flex your competetive muscles or try out the latest rpg, there is plenty to sink your teeth into.
If you can get yourself out there I would highly recommend it. Its a board gamers paradise and just about the best place to release your inner geek. See you there!
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Held in the NEC and Hilton Hotels, Solihull
Single Day Tickets: Adults £13, Young Adult (11 to 15 years) £8. Family £35.
Two Day Ticket: Adults £22, Young Adult (11 to 15 years) £14. Family £50.
Three Day Ticket: Adults £28, Young Adult (11 to 15 years) £18. Family £70.
Family Ticket: Admits 2 adults and 2 young adults.
Children aged 10 and under are admitted free to UK Games Expo. These tickets will be issued on your arrival at the convention. Simply ask at the ticket desk for the tickets when you arrive.
For more info visit: http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/