10 Years of Everything about Games
UK’s Largest Hobby Games Convention Proves Tabletop Games are alive and kicking!
Fifteen years in to the twenty first century, with computer and console games massively popular, one could be forgiven for believing that tabletop games have gone the way of the dodo. If you were to make that assumption you would be very wrong. Boardgames, card games, wargames and roleplaying games are not only surviving, they are thriving. Indeed this could well be the Golden Age of Tabletop Games.
Around the world, board game cafés are opening and thriving in Oxford, Valencia and New York as the public rush to tuck a game or two into their lunch hour. Games are becoming better quality each year with amazing components, stunning artwork and engaging play. Conventions are growing year on year and Britain is no exception.
The UK’s largest hobby games convention was only launched in 2007 and is fast approaching its 10th event on 3rd to 5th June 2016. In that time its attendance has expanded from 800 individuals to over7000 and a footfall of 14,000 over the three days. The organisers expect between 8000 and 10000 individuals in 2016 and over 15,000 footfall.
This expansion has meant that for the 2016 convention, the trade hall is being moved into 8000 sqm+ of Hall One of the National Exhibition Centre, whilst maintaining many tournaments and evening events in the nearby Hilton Metropole, one of the biggest convention hotels in the UK.
This event has become the focal point for Hobby Games in the UK. Games companies release new games and demonstrate their prototypes. Some of the largest tournaments in the Hobby Games World occur such as the Catan UK Final, the Carcasonne UK Final and a huge Xwing Miniatures Event with over 200 participants. UK Games Expo boasts the largest Roleplaying Games schedule in the UK with literally hundreds of games sessions in dozens of games systems over the three days.
The family and general visitor is well catered for with dedicated areas showing all the best and newest games both for the family audience and adults too, complete with demonstrators who explain all the rules – no need to work through a complex rule book here. Cosplayers who turn up as characters from Doctor Who, Star Wars and many other films and TV series, live entertainment games with active audience participation and Ambassadors who actively guide you through the show to areas and events suitable for you, all help to make this event easy, safe and above all fun for the family audience.
The UK Games Expo Organisers hereby send you an invitation to be part of their 10th Birthday party.
Dates for the 2016 Show: 3rd to 5th June. Location: NEC Hall 1 and NEC Hilton Hotel. www.UKGamesExpo.co.uk