Earlier this year, I attended the UK Games Expo (UKGE) in Birmingham with two friends and fellow boardgame-lovers. I’d never heard of UKGE before and found out about it pretty last minute. I took a punt on some tickets and was really pleased that I did.
The event was massive; not quite GenCon but much bigger than I had anticipated. It was full of friendly, enthusiastic tabletop gamers and we had a blast. I wish that I’d bought tickets for the whole weekend rather than just a day pass.
My favourite part of the day was spending time in the playtesting zone. We tried a few games, but the one that stood out was Thiefdom, a card game where you collect treasure and avoid traps in a bid to blag your way into a Guild of Thieves. Despite this being a prototype game, designer Lewis Husbands had clearly put a lot of effort into the design of the cards; the artwork really let the theme shine through. I would strongly encourage everyone to check out Theifdom at http://www.thiefdom.co.uk and support Lewis when he launches his Kickstarter campaign.
If you live in the UK and haven’t been to UKGE before, I can’t stress enough how much you’ll enjoy the event. Whatever your favourite aspect of tabletop gaming, you’ll find something for you. You can find out more about the expo at http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk.
As we were (reluctantly) leaving UKGE, it dawned on me that if I could think of a decent concept, I would love to design a tabletop game. The problem at that point was the lack of ideas, but that would soon change…
Have you been to UKGE? If so, let me know what you thought of the event!
Until next time!