Just had the email confirming the UK Games Expo dates.
Book the time off NOW!
UK Games Expo – 4th-5th June 2011 – Birmingham
UK Games Expo
The UK Games Expo 2011 Trader Pack is now available.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year. We have already started our plans and have begun taking bookings for games traders as well as hearing news of new releases for Expo. More news on all that at Christmas.
Our plans will include looking at expanding the Saturday seminars and talks to Sunday. They were a big hit this year and the only complaint we got was why were they not on Sunday as well!
We also have ideas to deal with the Saturday am queue by having a second entrance and allowing attendees to collect tickets earlier.
Best wishes and happy Bonfire night!
If you have not been to the UK Games Expo you are missing a brilliant weekend of roleplay, boardgames and cosplay.
So after spending the £200+ pounds on our new tent it was great to get away for the weekend and fill my lungs with some fantastic fresh air…..queue the hay fever, bugger.
So my fiancee had one goal this weekend which was to beat me at three of my own games during the holiday. She has been having some great fun telling everyone that she has beaten me in all the new games I have purchased recently. Now I can see why she does not like playing my games…..Losing SUCKS!
Let me start by saying “IN YOUR FACE……hunny buns…(grovelling begins now).”
I had a nice run of luck this weekend with me winning two out of the tree games we played. Whoo hoo!
This had to be played this weekend as I want to review it in a upcoming podcast so I grabbed it and we were off for a quick game. We randomly chose a scenario to play and the players had to fill the truck with fuel, find the keys and escape before dawn broke 15 turns later. Queue frantic searching of building for keys, which one player already had but did not realise until midway through the game and by that time he was surrounded by zombies and did not live through the next round of combat. Queue more searching and it came down to the very last turn when two players needed to get to the truck…….but due to low movement roles and the zombies surrounding the truck all was lost.
Not for me of course as I was playing on the Zombies side with a friend of mine, so that was one game to me!
Next up Shadow Hunters by Yasutaka Ikeda. This game plays very much like BANG! and you have to try and work out which players are Shadow characters (Evil), which are Hunters (Good) and Neutral (None of the above). There was lots of accusations flying around the table with people pointing at others around the board shouting “EVIL, EVIL, their bloody evil I tell you.” then the player doing all the shouting turned out to be evil, just goes to show you cant trust anyone. I also got the Doctor Evil laugh down to a fine art. Oh! the fun I have, I lost.
Then I trounced the fiancée at Cave Troll by Fantasy Flight Games. Cave troll feels like a area control game which has had a fantasy skin grafted on. Its not one of my favourite games but it does get pulled off the shelf every now and then.
So a fun weekend, no work, away from the house with plenty of games. Does not get better than that. Except all we need to figure out now is how to stop the cards blowing away and pieces falling between the slatted camping table.
On a side point I have also figured out how all my games are ending up at my fiancée’s house, she nicks them out the car when I’m not looking, cheeky minx! I also got some drawing equipment at Hobby-craft while away, hence all the drawing.
Last week we bought a huge tent with a covered area large enough to hold a gaming table and went on a brilliant camping trip. I had a great time.
That is of course if you take out the parts where my hay fever kicked in so bad I thought my brain was trying to make an escape out my nose and the change of diet upset me something rotten. Wandering around the dark camp-site at three in the morning looking for the crapper is never fun. There was only the sounds of snoring and the humping rabbits to keep me company. Trying to use the toilet roll in my hand as divining rod to point me in the right direction of some sweet, sweet relief.
Anyway, so what games did you take with you? I hear you ask. Well plenty in fact but not a lot got played.
The two games that got to the table were Forbidden Island and Zombie Dice.
Zombie Dice is a brilliant game to get into the swing of things and plays fast. Then on to the main event……Forbidden Island.
Forbidden Island is a brilliant game and I wanted to get it played at least once on the weekend. So during so quite time my fiancée and myself set about saving the relics from the sinking Island. It was a close thing, we had two of the relics in hand already but the island was starting to sink faster and faster.
Then disaster struck! We had two water rises cards come out, one right after the other, taking out the last location tile for one of the remaining unclaimed relics. Balls! another loss, this makes it 3 games played with no wins.
It was at this point that my fiancée decided to show me that she had taken one of the Water Rises cards out of the treasure pack and hidden it under the water level chart. She had cheated!
Let the incredible sulk begin! I hate cheating in any game. What’s the use of playing a game if you are going to cheat? If we had won the game and then found out that we had won because of cheating I would of been devastated. Lets just say that I gave up on playing games for a while after that and went back to reading my WFRP books.
Here is a list of gaming items that went into the car for the camping trip:
Ticket to Ride
Aye Dark Overlord!
WFRP 3rd Edition Rulebooks
WFRP 2nd Edition Rulebooks
Yes I know there is two versions of WFRP on that list but playing 3rd Edition has reminded me how much fun it is to play in the Warhammer world, so I am thinking of running a second group on 2nd Edition. Brave I know!
Yep made it to the UK Gaming Expo today and I have had a great time. I would like to say a big thank you to Nicky Rodd, Tristan Halliday and Tammy Pugh for making the Expo that little bit more fun. Also spent a little money……OK maybe a little TOO much money. Anyway on to the pictures.
To think that this time next week I will be exploding with excitement! Not able to sleep due to the adrenalin pumping through my system knowing that in just a few hours I will be driving up to Birmingham for the brilliant UK gaming Expo.
OK so maybe not THAT excited but let me just say that I cant wait to have a look at all the cool stuff that will be on display.
My fiancée really got into the event and even picked herself up a set of role-play dice at the massive Chessex dice stand. This was the same lady who said she would never play a role-play again after the one session of WFRP role-play where her only offensive action was to make her staff glow and then throw it at the advancing horde. Seriously the worst character ever to play and I, to this day, have never seen such a useless character.
She’s also got her fingers crossed that the “My Little Cthulhu” shirt that was on the t-shirt stands last year are still there again this year as she has regretted not picking one up.
The Monkey Dash stand grabbing my attention last year as it looked quite a fun game but I decided not to take the chance on it. Lucky really as Tom Vassal then gave it quite a negative review in his video pod-cast.
Then there was the unusually polite Daleks who were making their way through the crowed and in their strangely metallic voice were making people edgy by saying things like “Ops!, Excuse me please”. I’m not sure what those sneaky buggers were up to but luckily the Doctor and Rose were wandering around to keep a watchful eye on them, along with a fair few storm troopers if things kicked off. I loved the costume groups, I really do, but that does not stop me from acting like a big kid and hiding from them when they get too close.
The halls at the centre are massive and there are plenty of traders selling an assortment of role-play books, Warhammer 40k figures and board games. When I purchased my games I was also given a discount from the friendly staff.
Upstairs contained more demonstration rooms and contained an area with an assortment of retro gaming consoles to play and tournaments going on all over the place.
Seriously if you get a chance to attend this brilliant gaming event grab hold of it with both hands and don’t let go.
The booking system will be set live at 6:00pm tonight 18/04/2010. We know it’s a little later than last year but we have added an account feature which will help every keep track of their orders.
When you place your first order you will get an expo id and password in the order confirmation. If you then use this to login into your account on the expo site then you can view your orders and any new orders you place while logged in will be added to that account.
Then when you come to the expo if you bring your expo id then you will get all your orders in one go.
Please remember to book your expo entry tickets with your event tickets and keep checking as we have a whole bunch more rpg’s to still add on… GM’s just confirming their slots.