uk games expo

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A look at UK Games Expo 2016

Now in its 10th year, the world famous UK Games Expo is the biggest hobby games convention in the UK, showcasing various thousands of card, board, role-playing, miniature, and family games games under one roof.

With over 170 exhibitors, publishers, retailers, independent designers and artists; the event is set to the be the largest yet.

Aimed squarely at families, the general public and the enthusiast alike; the UK Games Expo is an accessible, family-friendly annual event held at the NEC Hilton Metropole, Birmingham (just next to Birmingham International Airport/Railway station) and aims to be the peak event where all aspects of the growing tabletop hobby are represented.

Having attended 3 prior events, I can safely say that the event is a fun, friendly atmosphere; easily accessible and open to the general public. Wandering around trade stands, trying out new and old games alike is a fantastic experience.

Usually held over 3 days, the event offers a range of tournaments and championships for popular games, like Ticket to Ride and the chance to play the newest released games.

There is also a large bring and buy trade fair, which attracts many enthusiasts and offers a great chance to grab a bargain, or that rare game you’ve been after.

In addition, the playtest area is a great area; upcoming designers bring their latest creations and get the general public to play them. It’s great to see so many designs that are coming through and shows that anybody with a great idea, that is willing to put in the time to refine it can make it.

One of the great appeals of the UK Games Expo is that it is open to the public, you can book in advance or purchase tickets on the day.

Just look out for the Game Ambassadors in blue shirts – if you are new, on your own or just lost ask them and they will help.

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