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UK Games Expo 2019: Friday Live Blog

UK Games Expo 2019: Friday Live Blog

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Come and join us for a weekend of awesome fun here at the UK Games Expo in Birmingham, UK!

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Friday's Prize Pool

Ninja Squad - Star Realms Frontiers - Limited Edition Dragonborn Triumphant Miniatures - 7TV Pulp Set - Nanty Narking & Europe Divided (When Released)Dice Summoners - Hide the Pickle & Penguin Brawl - Weird Alchemy - Pictomania - Conquest - Pigasus - Tomb Raider

We're going to be getting stuck into a lot of live blogging and livestreaming over three days here at the event so make sure to get involved!

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Here's some of the information about what to look out for this year.

Make sure to tell us what you're looking forward to this weekend!

UK Games Expo Opening Times

Friday - Trade Halls Opening: 9.30 to 6pm

Saturday - Trade Halls Opening: 9.30 to 6pm

Sunday - Trade Halls Opening: 9.30 to 4pm

You will be able to join us across all three days as we delve into all sorts of awesome goodness from across the gaming spectrum. Tickets are available on the door so if you're inspired to come along, make sure to come along!

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#UKGE2019 Friday Show Report & Highlights - See You Tomorrow!

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We come together to give you the highlights of the first day here at UK Games Expo. Friday has been a blast and we’re looking forward to getting stuck in and talking about more games tomorrow.

Comment To Win Monsterpocalypse Starter Bundles HERE & OnTableTop Store Vouchers

Make sure to comment down below with what you’re looking for here at the show.

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Square Enix Games Talk About Tomb Raider And Chocobo Party-Up - Comment To Win

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Ryan saw them set up their stand on Thursday and could not wait to talk to Tim of Square Enix Games.

Comment To Win Tomb Raider

They are talking about their games including Tomb Raider The Board Game and Chocobo Partyup

 

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Brain Games Talk Pigasus

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Ben talks to Anna of Brain Games about their Game Pigasus a cute game of card matching involving 9 animals with mismatched bodies.

Comment To Win-Pigasus

A game taking about 20mins, this is perfect for children

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Bart & Vicky Of Black Box talk To Ryan

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Ryan asks Bart and Vicky about their games Itchy Monkey and Neverland.

Itchy Monkey is a pure strategy game with no luck involved and Neverland is a competitive game set in the World of Peter Pan. You can find them on Stand 01.693

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Ryan Talks About What's New For TTCombat

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Jason and Lewis from TTCombat have been updating Ryan about What’s New for Dropzone Commander, Dropfleet Commander, Carnevale.

They also briefly talk about a new game’ Stellaris’ which is going to Kickstarter soon. See them a stand 334.

Para Bellum Wargames Bring Conquest To The Tabletop - Comment To Win!

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Warren gets stuck in and talks to Para Bellum Wargames about their soon-to-be-released Conquest wargame. Dive in and find out more about what awaits and trust me…you’ll like the look of these models.

Comment To Win – Conquest

Come and dive in and maybe if you’re lucky you’ll get the chance to snag yourself an awesome starter force for it too.

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Geek Native Talk Barpig

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It’s easy to spy the BARPIG stand here at UKGE. It looks great, it is surrounded by curious people, and the drinking inspired game was selling well.

The team behind BARPIG have just now announced BARPIG: After Hours which is both a sequel and a standalone game.

In BARPIG: After Hours you’re still a pig, and you’re still drinking, and you’ll have to manage not getting drunk with trips to the market and all the usual challenges, but this version of the game is a little less bubbly and a little darker. It deals with the less savoury pigs.

I’ve overheard a few pitches from license buyers and distributors to the BARPIG team at UKGE in these last few days, and if that isn’t a shortcut of a way to identify one of the hottest ticket items in the Expo, then I don’t know what is.

CHECK OUT  BARPIG HERE

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Smirk & Dagger Face The Menace Among Us

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Ryan got a chance to chat to Smirk & Dagger Games about one of their newest games, Menace Among Us.

It’s always good to have a game that really embraces the traitor mechanic and this one seems to hit it on the head. We also have a look at the awesome Shobu and We Need To Talk which is all about interventions.

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Cardboard & Coffee Games Embrace The Pirate Life

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Justin stops off with Cardboard And Coffee Games to talk about the prototype that they’ve been showing off this year at the show which has you delving into the pirates life!

You’re able to find them this weekend here at UK Games Expo (not Essen!) to give the game a go yourself and provide feedback.

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Czech Games Edition Delve Into What's New - Comment To Win!

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We’re chatting with Czech Games Edition and discussing some of the newer games that they have in the mix for the show this year.

Comment To Win – Pictomania

Pictomania by a game by a board game luminary, Vlada Chvatil. It’s a fantastic game which blends together some deducing and even a bit of writing and drawing too.

Repel Borders At The Wayland Games Stand!

Repel Borders At The Wayland Games Stand!5 Comments
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Clever Unicorn Games And Their Own Brand Of Magic - Comment To Win!

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This time around Justin is hanging out with Clever Unicorn Games and diving into the newest of their games which dropped for this show, Weird Alchemy. In fact, this is the game you could win!

Comment To Win – Weird Alchemy

They also spend some time talking about another of their games, Fractured Galaxy. These are some awesome and very quirky looking games that we think you’ll enjoy.

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Annie Made it!

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Annie from Bad Squiddo Games has made it to the show, head over to the Sarissa stand to pick up some of her awesome minis.

She’s currently running her kickstarter for some amazing Female Dwarves and Amazons, head over to her on the Sarissa stand over the weekend to learn more!

Annie Made it!
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Warlord Games Talk About What's New With SPQR

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You saw what was a little bit of a fuzzy box shot for this before but we’re now learning a bit more about what’s new for Warlord Games’ SPQR which takes skirmish gaming back to the Ancient time.

We’re very much looking forward to this one and it’ll be cool to see where things go beyond the Romans and Gallic warriors.

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Team Custard Kraken Hide The Pickle - Comment To Win!

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Come and delve into the craziness which is Team Custard Kraken talking about their cool games and in particular one which has caught Justin’s eye, Hide The Pickle!

Comment To Win – Hide The Pickle & Penguin Brawl

These fellows do some brilliantly quick and simple games which would be perfect for conventions…hey, just like UK Games Expo!

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Decking Awesome Games Talk Dice Summoners - Comment To Win!

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Come and delve in and find out what Decking Awesome Games have been working on with Dice Summoners.

Comment To Win – Dice Summoners

You’re able to dive in and come up with all sorts of different combinations as you play this one-to-two player game. Make sure to watch the video and comment down below on what you think about the game here and you could get a copy yourself!

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Take Some Time & Relax With Some Open Gaming

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When you’ve been delving into plenty of shopping throughout the event you sometimes want to just sit down, relax and explore the Open Gaming area here at the show.

We’d love it if you’d tell us what you’ve picked up at the show so far potentially what you’ve had a chance to playtest too!

Take Some Time & Relax With Some Open Gaming
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Geek Natives Review UKGE Launch Of Thing From The Flood RPG And Alien RPG

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Swedish RPG superstar publishers are using UKGE to officially launch the Things from the Flood RPG.

If you’re a Kickstarter backer, like this blogger, you’ll have had your copies in either crisp PDF or glorious hardback for a while now, but from today onwards other people can buy their own.

Things from the Flood is the sequel to the hugely popular Tales from the Loop RPG. Not heard of Loop? Think Stranger Things with household mecha. In fact, the original artbook which inspired the game may well have been an inspiration to Netflix’s hit show as well.

CHECK OUT ‘Things from theFlood’ RPG HERE

Geek Natives Review UKGE Launch Of Thing From The Flood RPG And Alien RPG

Free League are on a wave right now and their latest game license might just eclipse everything that’s come before. They’ve the Alien RPG license. Yes, that Alien. The xenomorph. The RPG, on pre-order now, has two ways to play; cinematic (you’re all going to die) and campaign (you’ll live long enough to level a character).

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Paco Ŝako Embrace The World Of Peace Chess

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Chess is known as a game which was designed to show the clash between kingdoms on the battlefield, a ruthless game for tactical minds. Well, Paco Ŝako turns things on its head with what they call Peaceful Chess.

Created to be an expression of peace, friendship and collaboration, Paco Ŝako is a chess game with a mindful touch and a mind-blowing gameplay. Discover new strategies, openings and interesting patterns.

Ben Makes A Fluffy Friend!

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Floodgate Games Talk Sagrada Expansion & Bosk

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Floodgate Games got a chance to delve into a discussion with Ryan about their newest expansion for Sagrada as well as Bosk which is a game of majestic trees. If Sagrada is anything to go by, Bosk is also going to be a lot of fun.

Crafting windows from dice might not sound like an interesting concept at first but it’s a brilliant puzzle to try and solve and it always looks beautiful at the end too.

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More To Come From The Lions Tower

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The Lions Tower are showing off some of their amazing miniatures, more are in the works with additional factions on the way soon.  They’ve created a rules system that are currently in Beta testing, head over to their stand to find out more!

More To Come From The Lions Tower
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Phalanx Games Discuss Their Upcoming Projects - Comment To Win!

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We got talking to the awesome Jaro from Phalanx Games about their awesome line-up of games. Some of these are going to Kickstarter soon like Divided Europe and Road To Moscow but others are ready to hit tabletops now.

Comment To Win – Nanty Narking & Europe Divided (When Released)

Make sure to get your comments in below and follow along with the development of all of these games as they look like they are going to be proper belters!

Warren's Contrast Paints Test

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Warren Tests Out The Games Workshop Contrast Paints!

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Warren got a chance to sit down and play with some of the new Contrast Paints that are going to be hitting the market soon from Games Workshop.

As Warren has a play around with the paints he talks about their pros and cons and exactly how he might use them as he gets stuck into lots more painting projects.

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CMON Get Into A Rage With God Of War

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We were able to get the full lowdown on just how the new card game from CMON works, God Of War. As someone who loves the video game we’ve been very excited to learn how this one plays.

It sounds like they have got a good set of mechanics for cooperative play set up and there are even some great solitaire rules included too for those who want the real experience of playing Kratos on his journey.

What Would A Blog Be Without Burrows & Badgers

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Learning Games & Diving Into Tournaments

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We mentioned before how a lot of the focus of UK Games Expo surrounds delving in to try new games but there’s also a mix between that and getting into games you really, really know.

I mean, check out the awesomely big game of Ticket To Ride! A few folks, for example, are diving into their tournaments this weekend and playing through masses of different card games.

Learning Games & Diving Into Tournaments
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Get Deducing & Scheming With Blood On The Clocktower

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Ryan gets a chance to talk about Blood On The Clocktower, a fantastic game for between five and twenty (yes, twenty) players which is focused around the idea of deduction, reasoning, bargaining and a little bit of murder too.

Unlike other games of its type this game has a lot of in-depth rules and twists in interesting ways, even when your dead. You can find out about the game and how it plays with Ryan in the video below.

Battlesystems Show Off Their New Terrain

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Geek Native Introduce EN Publishing's New Judge Dredd And The World Of 2000AD Supplement Luna-1

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EN Publishing launched their Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD supplement Luna-1 at UKGE. They had sold half their copies in the first hour of trade and so look likely to sell out completely.

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Luna-1 is a supplement in the Judge Dredd side of the 2000 AD license. Strontium Dog and Rogue Trooper RPGs have been announced and are in production.

Working with Rebellion, the British company that owns the 2000 AD franchise, is said to be going well for EN Publishing.

Geek Native Introduce EN Publishing's New Judge Dredd And The World Of 2000AD Supplement Luna-1
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Crooked Dice Get Pulp With 7TV - Comment To Win!

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We got to chat with the lovely people behind 7TV, Crooked Dice, and the new Pulp setting for the game which was done in conjunction with a team from Edge Hill University!

Comment To Win – 7TV Pulp Set

7Tv is one of those games that lets you be incredibly inventive and explore all different styles of scenario on the tabletop. It’s well worth checking them out for more details on the game!

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Pear Of Geeks Talk About Their Day So Far

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We saw a huge dragon head over at The Ultimate Games Master, and in a small side booth, we found a huge dragon skull. But breaking news, the Wotan Games bus this year has been replaced! And they’re selling a card game solution for Brexit…

CHECK OUT Pear Of Geeks HERE

We’re an RPG chat & advise show, and hosts of the yearly ConPlus online charity convention which this year is trying to raise £5000 for The Butterfly Project; a small charity operating in Uganda to bring board games and roleplaying games to some of the most underprivileged children in the world.

Pear Of Geeks Talk About Their Day So Far
Pear Of Geeks Talk About Their Day So Far
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A Great Place To Learn New Games With A Fellowship!

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UK Games Expo is an awesome place to learn new games. Fantasy Flight Games, for example, are delving into Journeys In Middle-earth with some new players and showing them what the game is all about.

With the amount of time that you have here at the convention to get stuck into a big adventure game like this, it’s awesome to see people already delving in.

A Great Place To Learn New Games With A Fellowship!

Not a Spare Seat At The Themeborne Stand

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Modiphius Uncover More On Skyrim: Call To Arms - Comment To Win!

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We managed to check in with Modiphius to talk about Kung Fu Panda and also the epic news concerning The Elder Scrolls: Call To Arms.

Comment To Win – Limited Edition Dragonborn Triumphant Miniature

We had a great chat about both the board games and wargames that are being planned by the Modiphius team.

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George Barker Of 'Bits And Pieces' Talks About 'The Menace Among Us'.

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The Menace Among Us, with it’s 18 unique roles and options for bluffing seems like it has just enough spark to stand out in the crowded semi-coop traitor game space. We’re excited to try it out

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Bits & Pieces aims the parts of games we find most fun whether that’s why the junk pile in Arctic Scavengers is so brilliant or just how many miniatures is too many miniatures?

George Barker Of 'Bits And Pieces' Talks About 'The Menace Among Us'.
George Barker Of 'Bits And Pieces' Talks About 'The Menace Among Us'.
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Para Bellum Wargames Conquest

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We’re getting another peek at the upcoming miniatures for Conquest by Para Bellum Wargames; every time we see these they seem to get better and better.

Make sure you head to their stand to check them out!

Para Bellum Wargames Conquest
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White Wizard Games' Sorcerer - Comment To Win!

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Ben is Talking to Rob From White Wizard Games with their new  Game ‘Sorceror’ a game first introduced here at Games Expo which is a cross between Card Game and Strategy War Game of Sourcerors fighting for Domination of Victorian England.

Comment To Win – Star Realms Frontier

If you are interested you can see them at their stand here in the hall at 1-864!

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Andrew Girdwood Of Geek NatiVE Introduces Runelords

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Drama at the airport meant that the Runelords board game didn’t make it to UKGE for the start of the preview. There must have been a concern whether there would be anything to show of the game based of the David Farland novels for any of the show at all.

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Fortunately, the board game is now in the building at UKGE, along with the impressive Tabletop Simulator version of it that’ll be shown to the public alongside the Kickstarter planned for later this year.

Andrew Girdwood Of Geek NatiVE Introduces Runelords

Can You Find The Mystery Boxes?

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Story Makers' Enjoyable First Games At Expo

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Just enjoyed my first demo of the expo playing CGE’s Sanctum. Wonderfully intuitive fantasy adventure with a wealth of choices around your hero’s progression and an unexpected push your luck element. Fast paced, quick moving and really accessible

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I love games that leave you with stories. Reviews of board games, RPG advice, RPG content and my journey of discovery about designing games. Posts twice a week.

Story Makers' Enjoyable First Games At Expo
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Exclusive! Martin Wallace Introduces Runestone!

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Warren was able to stop in for a chat with Martin Wallace about his new game which has been in the works for five years now. This is Runestones. We’re immediately interested!

Delve into a description of how the game works and the thinking behind it. It’s a Fantasy wargame for between two to six players which takes some Viking elements and throws plenty of awesome fantasy races into the mix too.

Room 17 Kickstarter Coming Soon

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Backspindle Games Talk Mournequest & Ninja Squad - Comment To Win!

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We’re chatting with Backspindle Games about two of their products which are now ready to snap up here at UK Games Expo, Ninja Squad and Mournequest.

Comment To Win – Ninja Squad

Both of these games are looking like a lot of fun. It’s neat to see them responding to community feedback and adding in that cooperative mode for Ninja Squad for example.

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Welcome To Friday At UK Games Expo 2019

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Come and join us with all sorts of awesomeness over the next three days as we’re getting stuck into the UK Games Expo here in Birmingham.

Livestream – Comment To Win Monsterpocalypse Goodies

Delve in and join us, and make sure to let us know what you’re really looking forward to seeing here and we’ll see if we can scout them out.

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rokdok
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Looks like the event is going super well.

orlandothetechnicoloured
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Got to grab a quick chance to browse the blog

aztecjaguar
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Looking forward to enjoying the Weekend live Blogging of UK Games Expo awesomeness! Thanks so much OTT / BoW team.

zaknafein5
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Great stuff.
That interview stage looks very professional.
Let’s see who they get to interview.

orlandothetechnicoloured
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the comment link on the RPG stand (goodman games etc) with the lady front and centre is broken

cousins286
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Hope you guys had a great day…. I’m travelling across on the morrow morn from the darkest depths of Pembrokeshire 😬

greywolf74
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I would love to go to the UKGE someday.

toricova
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great coverage guyssss!! see you tomorrow

bennu
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Looking forward to the content

Jason "The Bruce"
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Fantastic, once again I remain massively disapointed that I can never attend anything even close to this cool here in Australia

marktarver
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Id like to see a look at some of the indie game sections, so the one/two man bands showing their games and get them some wider coverage on this platform.

Be great to have you guys do a bit of boosting the companies that don’t get any press really – help us to uncover some gems please, preferably before sunday so i can go buy any lol.

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Just catching up on the content from yesterday I missed when at work.

I remember when tabletop games were a niche for ‘social misfits’. Today, there is this massive event over 3 days, with global franchises like Alien having licensed games being announced.

It never ceases to amaze me how this hobby has grown. I started out buying white dwarf, the one that covered dungeons and dragons andfeatured hand drawn black and white covers, and now we get all this.

Thanks to everyone involved for the hard work that brought all this coverage.

crazycabo
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…everything Mythic Games

arkamuz
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awesome first day lots of great things

Robert
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And I’m spent!

silverfox8
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I’d like to have been able to come and hunt for those obscure gaming aids and terrain that makes your games stand out.

lawnor
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Great content guys! Keep it up. I’m curious about all the stuff I missed.

Joshua Van Zaane
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Another day with some awesome content. Thanks guys! >-<

Uptrebor
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Three really excited kids,having walked around the biggest “sweetshop ” they have been to. Lol

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