Battlefield Hobbies Sponsor Expo

Britain's newest games shop back UKGE

A brand new games store has launched itself today and by backing UK Games Expo become our third associate sponsor. What excites us about this associate sponsor is they resemble UKGE in their philosophy- they are first and foremost gamers who enjoy all genres of gaming. Whilst their first love is wargaming and in particular Flames of War they have played board games and card games and  RPG's.

In their own words this is what Battlefield Hobbies are aiming to achieve:

"Battlefield Hobbies will be a shop and venue created by gamers to deliver the gaming experience that we believe the community want and deserve. Located in Daventry and easily accessible the venue will provide a well stocked retail outlet for both on and offline sales, a custom designed gaming area and a space for tournament play.

It is our intention to hold regular events of both tournament and general play. We will be working with the various game manufacturers to support their new releases and get you the things you want, when you want them."

The new shop is a joint enterprise by Martin Neale and James Hamilton - or Nobby and Hammy to many gamers.

Nobby started playing Dungeons and Dragons aged 11 with his classmates at school. After a brief hiatus when he ‘grew up’, he grew back down again and rediscovered his love for board games, becoming primarily interested in Flames of War and X-Wing. His reputation for creativity and his infamous obsession with scenery means he will be great at managing and making a success of this project.

The gaming community is an incredibly friendly and eclectic bunch, and Nobby counts everyone from company directors to estate agents and serving forces personnel among his gaming partners. His mission is to make Battlefield Hobbies an accessible and open venue so as many people as possible from across the country can get together.

Hammy has been a wargamer for rather longer than he would be willing to admit. Starting with the works of Donald Featherstone and Charles Grant he has played many different systems over the decades and been involved in multiple clubs and organisation.

At the moment his main areas of interest are WWII miniatures and Euro boardgames but he is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Whatever the system, he enjoys talking to all the smart and interesting people he meets playing boardgames. Hammy’s attention to detail will ensure that Battlefield Hobbies becomes a comfortable and inclusive environment.

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