The UK’s largest hobby games convention, UK Games Expo, is set to take place at the NEC in just under a week!

The 12th annual UK Games Expo (UKGE) will run from 1st to 3rd June. Last year the event attracted around 32,000 people, making it one of the largest hobby games conventions in the world.

The Stuff of Champions

2018 will see UKGE playing host to the Catan UK Championships, the Agricola UK Championships and the Carcassonne UK Championships, the Fantasy Flight European championships including huge X-wing Miniatures and Android Netrunner European Championships and a Legend of the Five Rings Grand Kotei event!

The UK Carcassonne Championships runs on Friday from  3pm. The winner of the tournament will be invited to attend Essen Spiel in October 2018 to represent the UK in the World Final. 

UKGE will be welcoming guests from the industry including one of the founding fathers of modern tabletop gaming, author of the Fighting Fantasy series and founder of Games Workshop, Ian Livingstone. Tom Vasel from the hugely successful The Dice Tower podcast and YouTube channel and Martin Wallace, prolific game designer are just some of the game industry celebrities in attendance.

And there’s plenty of fun in store for all the family. Visitors will get the chance to try their hand at the best and newest games for all ages, or even get a sneak peek at games currently in development.  There’s no need to work through a complex rulebook – there is someone on hand to guide you through and make this an easy, safe, and fun event to attend.

Ice, Ice, Baby

There are many other championships and board game related events on during UKGE, including the first Ice Cool UK Championship. Players will be split by four to play the Ice Cool base game. The Championship will start with qualifying rounds until sixteen semi-finalists are found. Semi-final will consist of four base rounds and one final round which will determine the 2018 Ice Cool UK Champion. This all starts on Saturday at 2pm!

For a full list of events and competitions make sure you grab a copy of the 2018 Pre-Show Guide.

There’s also a chance to rub shoulders with popular characters from films, TV shows and comic books, as cosplayers portray characters from Doctor Who, Star Wars and more.

And if all that wasn’t enough, visitors can take advantage of our games library packed with all manner of board games, grab a bargain at our huge trade halls, which feature more than 300 companies, attend fascinating seminars about the games industry, pick up top tips at our Publisher-Designer Track for budding game designers, and more.

And we’ll be there too. Board Game Crate will be on stand H10 in Hall 1 – we hope to see you there!

Written by Board Game Crate and UK Games Epxo.
This article first appeared in the May 2018 crate newsletter.

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