Just keeping BGG members updated about UK Games Expo (June 2nd and 3rd Clarendon Suites, Hagley Road, Birmingham). Plans mature for a show along the Essen model in the UK - which really does not have one. Obviously all such dreams start somewhere and no one can compete with the incomparable Essen but we are making efforts to create an event with the same elements - games companies demonstrating their own games and it is hoped NEW games not seen before.
With 5 Board Games Shops providing retail presence and 11 Board Games companies plus 3 different board game tournaments and a number of additional participation events make UK Games Expo the largest exhibition of board games in the UK. This is all amongst a total of 40+ exhibitors in all genres and many other participation events (40+tables in all)and many tournaments for the competitiver player.
We have been delighted by the response from boardgame companies, especially the British publishers, producers of many high quality games, who now have the chance to demonstrate their skills to the UK public.
Public Participation & Demonstrations
We will have a super-size versions of Settlers of Catan and Shadows over Camelot, as well as Ticket to Ride. For the younger attendees we have a great fun game called Niagra. Looney labs and Steve Jackson games demo monkeys will run some pick up games.
Exhibitors Many of the exhibitors will be have playable demoes of their games. A number are releasing new games at UK Games Expo. Board game exhibitors include:
Boardgames Exhibitor List
Alphabet Runner - is taking the family board game market by storm, all hailing it as the biggest thing since Cluedo.
Burley Games - Treasure Island - Take it Easy - Take it to the Limit.
Warfrog -Pericles-Age of Steam-Byzantium? and others
Bishop Games- a wide range of games for all the family.
Spirit Games - a long established real shop that has been online for 10 years!
JKLM Games - Space Dealer - Underground - 1861 Russia... promise of a new game released for Expo.
Adrenaline Brush Fondue-Orientate?
Surprised Stare Games - Tara, Seat of Kings - Coppertwaddle - Bloody Legacy and a new game for Expo.
Ragnar Brothers - Viking Fury - Blooming Gardens - Where There's a Will - Kings and Castles - Angola... a new game for Expo is expected.
Time for Games - educational games for children.
Games for the World - The World Cup Game - Conquista Hispania, a new game in time for Expo.
Channel Infinity Abstract puzzle games Domination and Dicexion
Esdevium Games will be running participation games from Days of Wonder - Mayfair - Rio Grande - they are the leading distributor of gaming products to the UK and Europe
Brain-Ed - Krusade-Wise? Up-Knowwhere?. Family and Children's games.
Tournaments & Organised Play
Grand Boardgame Tournament - this consists of am and pm sessions each day. You choose which event to enter for each half day. There will be individual winners for each different board game tournament and a Grand Tournament winner. The Grand Tournament winner will be based on your results in the individual tournaments you play in, with a significant advantage to those players who play more tournaments. Exact timetables still to be finalised but the basic plan is: Saturday Am Puerto Rico / Tigris and Euphrates Saturday Pm St Petersburg / Underground Sunday Am Aquire / Antike Sunday Pm Settlers / Ticket to Ride. We will schedule a long lunch interval so even players entering every event still have the chance to look round the rest of the Expo.
Days of Wonder Memoir 44 / Battlelore Tournament - in the case of Memoir 44 a singles tournament will be played on the Saturday and a 4 player a side Team Overlord event on the Sunday. GAME SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE
Childrens Boardgame Schools Tournament - being developed using Ticket to Ride, Take It Easy and Alphabet Runner.