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UK Games Expo 2018: Friday Live Blog

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Welcome to the UK Games Expo for this year at the NEC in Birmingham. We're going to have some awesome stuff for you to get stuck into this year including a series of livestreams AND our Live Blog running throughout the three days.

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Get Involved!

Of course, you can comment on all of the posts throughout the three days here and we'd love for you to tell us what YOU want to see.

Opening Times For UK Games Expo

  • Friday - Trade Halls Opening: 9.30 to 6pm
  • Saturday - Trade Halls Opening: 9.30 to 6pm
  • Sunday - Trade Halls Opening: 9.30 to 4pm

We hope you join us for our adventures here at UK Games Expo and if you see us out and about, say hello!

Prizes To Be Won!

We're going to have loads of prizes up for grabs this weekend, so be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on different posts below.

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Welcome To The UK Games Expo!


We’re here at the kick off for UKGE 2018! There is loads to see and do this year and we cannot wait to get stuck in and bring it all to you.

If we can survive the rush, that is!

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Check Out Our Live Streams!


All weekend, we are running a series of Live Streams where people from a variety of different gaming companies sit down and tell us about all the exciting stuff they are working on.

Check out the schedule to see who’s on, and head on over to our Live Stream.

Check Out Our Live Streams!
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Queue Questions & A Quick Dash About Hall 1


As the queue formed outside the Expo, Justin and John headed out for a quick chat with the attendees and to see how things were getting on in Hall 1.

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Devir Games Take Us Through Some Of Their New Games


Devir Games have brought a bunch of new games with them to UKGE, many of which we have enjoyed playing ourselves this past week.

Let us know which of these games catches your eye. Fancy a Picnic?

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Ankama Talk Trool Park & Tales of Glory


We stop off with Ankama to talk about Trool Park and Tales of Glory. The former is all about building amusement park rides whilst Tales of Glory allows you to build combos to vanquish your foes.

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Uniting the UK Indie RPG League [PRIZE]


Ben is here to talk to the UK Indie RPG League about their collection of roleplaying games they have brought to the show. From Lovecraftian tales to irreverent adventures involving pigs and bears this collective can be found in Hall 2 with a wide selection for your groups RPG needs.

Comment below to win The Spire RPG pdf rule book!

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Liontower Miniatures Roar For Their Shortlisted RPG Minis [PRIZE]


Liontower Miniatures have some cool minis to show off this year, including some examples of their upcoming Kickstarter minis and their RPG Range, which have been shortlisted as best miniatures range at this weekend.

Be sure to get comment below to get your chance to pick up a Kickstarter Exclusive mini.

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TTCombat Bring Monsters To Dropzone And Fishmen To Carnevale


TTCombat are showing off a bunch of exciting stuff for some of their games, including a look at how things are developing with Carnevale, an expansion for Rumbleslam and some exciting goings on in the world of Dropzone…


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Exploring Porgs and Werewolves with Brambledown Designs [PRIZE]


We’re with Simon from Brambledown Designs to talk about some of the beautiful artwork on the show floor here.

Comment to win a Porg Art Print.

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Oink Games Go On A Deep Sea Adventure! [PRIZE]


Oink Games have a couple of their quick, fun games with them at this year’s UKGE, including Deep Sea Adventure, a game I can personally vouch for.

Comment for your chance to win Deep Sea Adventure.

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Bar Pig Pour Us A Drink For Their Game


The bar has opened for a new game, Bar Pig, a fun card-based game that’s perfect to play while enjoying a pint.

Let us know what you think of this game in the comments below.

""Everything'sSoColourfulILoveIt!!!" - Someone On Way Too Much Sugar"

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Infamy Games Emerge From The Smog For A Brawl [PRIZE]


Infamy Games are here at UKGE demonstrating their upcoming game Infamy Brawl, taking their fantastic miniatures to the tabletop.

Comment below for your chance to win the Holmes and Crookes miniatures.

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Broken Mill Dungeon Delve To Kickstarter With Heroes Of Tenefyr


Broken Mill Games give us a look at their new cooperative dungeon delving card game Heroes of Tenefyr, which they will soon be bringing to Kickstarter.

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The Second Block Of Live Streams Get Under Way

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Live Streams have been going well today. Now Ben takes his turn in the chair to talk with all the awesome game creators and companies here today.

Head over to the Live Stream to check it out.

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The Steampunk Menagerie with Mostly Curious games


Ben chats to Mark from Mostly Curious Games about the amazing steampunk models he has constructed and brought to the show floor. From dice towers to Star Wars homages, Mark has constructed some great collectable pieces.

Comment below to win a steampunk Millenium Falcon piece!

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On the Precipice with Beasts of Balance


Ben is with Alice and Anna from Sensible Object to talk about Beasts of Balance. It’s a colourful, inventive game about building towers of animals. Copies are selling out quick of this always popular game!

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Talking Gizmos, Dragon Castle & Way of the Panda with CMON


Sam joins Victoria to talk about an array of games from CMON. First up is their in-depth Game of Thrones miniatures games (of which you can find several Let’s Plays on our site). But Sam also gets to see three of their newer titles on the show floor: Dragon Castle, Gizmos and Way of the Panda.

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Gloom of Kilforth with Hall or Nothing Productions


Justin gets to see Gloom of Kilforth and Lifeform with Tristan from Hall or Nothing Productions, but he is also teased with the upcoming 1066 board game by them. It’s an impressive range of fantasy, historical and sci-fi!

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Recreating your Favourite Mad Max Set Piece with Gaslands


Ben chats to Mike from Osprey Publishing to show off Gaslands. A game that a lot of people have gotten excited about, Gaslands lets you use your own car miniatures to build scenarios and set pieces for your game.

Comment below to win the Gaslands Rulebook, a template and dice!

""It's been an amazing event to take our family out to. The imagination on display has been great for the kids!" - Laura and Ben"

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Mad Dad Games Blast Off Into Hyper League Racing


It’s time for some madcap racing in spaaaaaace!!! Mad Dad Games are here at UKGE showing off their game Hyper League Racing, which will be zooming off to Kickstarter soon.

Taking Inspiration from the Past with The Historic Games Shop


Ryan gets to talk to Jon from The Historic Games Shop about some of his new dice games that he has been developing. Drawing from his practice in making ancient and medieval board games like Alquerque and Hnefatafl, Jon introduces Faerie Dice.

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Creative Quest Gear Up For Fantasy Adventuring


Family team Creative Quest have made a bunch of different, stylish accessories for fantasy RPGs, ranging from tokens and flight stands to cool cases to keep it all together.


Pushing our Luck with Chip Theory Games


Ryan chats to Andrew from Chip Theory Games about two of their games: Hoplomachus and Too Many Bones. Both games from Chip Theory are renowned for their single player and A.I mechanics so don’t worry if your board game night collapses all of a sudden!

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Reaper Miniatures Coming to the UK


Ben’s here with Reaper Miniatures to talk about their setting up shop in the UK. The stand at Expo here has been filled with miniatures and enthusiastic attendees painting all day long.

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Survive The Horror Of The SS Omega


The SS Omega (SSO) is a survival horror card game currently running on Kickstarter, and Ben stops off with its creator Glen to discover what horrors lie in wait for us within its dark corridors.

Did you back this on Kickstarter? Is it one that tempts you?

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Handy Con Bringing Board Game Events to Maidenhead


Ben is talking to Paul from Handy Con to hear about the biannual event held at Maidenhead to celebrate board games. From heavy strategy games to lighter affairs, Handy Con seeks to bring people together to play as many games as they desire.

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PlayFusion Become Age of Sigmar Champions


We have been loving Lightseekers here in the office so we couldn’t resist stopping by PlayFusion to see what they’ve been cooking up.

At this UKGE, they are also showing off their upcoming card game Age of Sigmar: Champions and give us a few hints about the direction the game is heading in.

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More Wild West Exodus with Warcradle [PRIZE]


Justin can’t resist the calling of Wild West Exodus from Warcradle Studios, and neither can we! Stu takes us through what they’re showing off at UKGE at one of the most beautiful stands this year.

Comment to win a Hex Posse Starter Box.

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Ian Livingstone Talks About The Resurgence of Fighting Fantasy [PRIZE]


The classic Fighting Fantasy choose-your-own-adventure stories helped form the gaming experience of many and they have seen a resurgence in recent years, with the books returning to print from Scholastic.

Legendary games designer Ian Livingstone has a chat with us about the future of the series, including new books on the horizon, and offers up a rather cool prize.

Comment to win a copy of Deathtrap Dungeon signed by Ian Livingstone.

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Dice Sports Game Across Air And Sea


Dice Sports have got a couple of games with them at Salute, ranging from the comic book survival horror of Z War One to a dexterity based WWII dogfighting game that adds elements of pool?

Which of these two games appeals to you the most?

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D&D Accessories with Battlefront [PRIZE]


Justin updates us on the D&D stock situation with Gordon from Battlefront. Happily reporting that the spell cards are back in stock there’s also another surprise in the shape of an undead dragon!

So comment below to be in with a chance to win a Dragolich miniature from Battlefront!

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DNAR Games Make Great TV With Vikings In Space!


It’s Vikings in Space! I am already loving this concept from DNAR Games, which they are playtesting at UKGE this year before they take it to Kickstarter.

Do you like the idea of vikings in spaaaaaaace!?

More Concept & 7 Wonders with Repos


Ryan joins Nicholas from Repos Productions to talk about the new games from them. One of Ryan’s favourite games of the last few years has a new kids edition so you can teach your younglings to play. And Nicholas also explains one of the new 7 Wonder expansions: Armada

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Oversized Games in the Family Zone


We’ve wandered over into the Family Zone to check out some cool oversized games everyone has been playing.

It’s really cool to see all the different ways people can engage with the event and these are definitely a fun way to get the family gaming.

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Fantasy Flight Games Tell Us About A Galaxy Far, Far Away


There are a lot of exciting new goings on in the Star Wars universe and we stopped by with Fantasy Flight Games to hear more about X-Wing 2.0.

Are you excited to get started with X-Wing 2.0?

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Crashing a Fallout Demo


Justin jumps in on a Fallout demo game by Fantasy Flight Games. Returning to the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the series, we find out a little more about the mechanics and how it plays.

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Drawlab Shows Off Witless Wizards and Shiny Shiny Coins


Justin joins Evangelos from Drawlab to have a look at Witless Wizards. In addition to looking at the hapless sorcery of the ageing wizards, Justin also gets to look at some of the beautiful metal coins Drawlab have made.

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Making Mutant Fish with Gate Keeper Games [PRIZE]


Justin stops by with John from Gate Keeper Games to talk about both Halfsies Dice and A.D.A.P.T. Battling until the demise of your opponents is of core concern in A.D.A.P.T, but Gate Keeper also showed off their Halfsies Dice.

Comment below to win a set of halfsies dice!

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Lay Waste Games Declare Heads Will Roll [PRIZE]


Lay Waste Games have a couple of new games with them at UKGE, including Heads Will Roll and Human Era, continuing their love of metal components from Dragoon.

Comment below for your chance to win a copy of Dragoon.

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Create Crime Fiction with Lulla [PRIZE]


Ben joins Lulla Games to look at Crime Writers. A success in Hungary, Lulla are bringing Crime Writers to Kickstarter in Autumn.

Comment below to win a copy of Crime Writers!

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Warlord Games Soar High With Blood Red Skies [PRIZE]


Warlord have landed at the front of UKGE’s Hall 1, where they have been running demo games of their fantastic WWII aerial combat game, Blood Red Skies.

Comment below for a chance to win the Blood Red Skies Core Set.

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I like the new format very professional :).


Have fun, and spend, spend, spend


Oh dear… Justin in a red shirt…. red shirts never last long.


wish I was there…. so many goodies and cool things to see


If you live near Birmingham or can get there over the next three days I highly recommend this show. We loved last year and it is eating us up we can’t be there this year.


Wish we were there, but this is certainly the next best thing. Have a great show, guys!


Keep you eyes peeled for the guys from the Average gamers podcast! Represent!


Glad to see you talking a bit of Gaslands – I’ve not managed to give it a shot yet, but it looks a lot of fun. I mean who wouldn’t want to convert up some old Hot Wheels to game with?


Check out Village Attacks at the Grimlord Games booth, and Last Days at the Osprey booth

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Have a good one!


Seriously it’s about time someone started covering these events properly, absolutely brilliant coverage guys, really enjoying it.

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Thanks for bringing us the highlights. Stuck at home doing DIY and chores for the missus… and it’s not even a bank holiday!

Can’t wait to see what other show exclusives you can bring us


I have found the secret to success!

Spray paint random stuff with silver and brass tones spraypaint and call it “Steam Punk”………

Otherwise everything looks pretty awesome at this years Con!


Minis are white, minis are grey, I like to paint minis every day.

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Looking like more and more great stuff! Really nice variety in games and styles too!


Fantastic coverage as always.

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Such a better format this year guys well done!


For some reason Gaslands reminds of an old game Battle Cattle where you up-armoured bovines in to a mighty fighting moochines 🙂

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Nice to see you having fun.


This seems to be an awsome event!


Enjoy the expo, beasts of war. Looking forward to all of the updates


Fantastic coverage and community involvement, website looks great!


Saw Justin and John dive past me this afternoon and had some very starstuck boys. It was such a great day,we’re now catching up on all your content of the bits we missed. Hopefully we’ll be back up sunday for some more gaming!


Awesome, Wish I could be there


Great new style for the site.
Spent way too long looking at all these articles 😊

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