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UK Games Expo 2021: 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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We're going to be getting stuck into a lot of live blogging and live streaming over three days here at the event so make sure to get involved!

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Here is some of the information that you'll want to look out for this weekend.

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UK Games Expo Opening Times

Friday - 9:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday - 9:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday - 9:00am - 4:00pm

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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Welcome To UK Games Expo 2021 - Day One!

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Join us at OnTableTop as we get stuck into Day One of UK Games Expo 2021 here at the NEC in Birmingham!

The team are going to be have a look at the games, companies and more that are available for you to check out.

Make sure to let us know in the comments what you’re most looking forward to!

Fancy A Nerdy Brew To Get The Day Going?

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Fantasy Flight Games: Descent - Legends Of The Dark #UKGE2021

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We chat with Fantasy Flight Games about the newest take on Descent: Legends Of The Dark.

This is a fantastic new version of the game that builds it from the ground up. This new version of the game comes with amazing miniatures and a sprawling campaign.

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Exhibition Hall - Vendors, Gamers & Fun!

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UK Games Expo is spread over two halls this year. The main Hall contains all of the publishers, vendors, exhibitors and more as well as some of the larger spaces for you to sit down and play some games. Demos too!

There is a really nice mix of different things to see. Loads of new games but also lots of peripherals too. So, you can pick up LARP gear, accessories for roleplaying games and much more. Everyone loves a good set of dice too!

Exhibition Hall - Vendors, Gamers & Fun!
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Dream Big Games: Wardens Of Wulvengrad #UKGE2021

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We sit down with Dream Big Games to discuss their next big project, Wardens Of Wulvengrad.

In this game you take on the role of hunters as part of a cooperative boss-battler. It is a bit of a Fantasy depature from their previous game, Wreck & Ruin, which you can check out on the link above.

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Battle Systems' Stunning Roleplaying/Wargaming Terrain

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I was whizzing around the hall and I couldn’t help but stop and take a look at the amazing 28mm wargaming/roleplaying terrain set ups from the folks at Battle Systems.

They have put together some stunning pieces to show off their range and we’re going to be talking to them later in the show. If you’ve not tried it before, this is sturdy and easy-to-assemble terrain that works for all manner of games.

They even have their own excellent game, Core Space!

Battle Systems' Stunning Roleplaying/Wargaming Terrain
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Cerberus Studios: Mortals' Reckoning & Celestial Affinity #UKGE2021

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We got a chat with Benjamin from Cerberus Studios about some of their fantastic looking 32mm miniatures AND some giant towering demonic creatures too!

There are two ranges including Mortals’ Reckoning and Celestial Affinity. Each of these is a range that can be used for roleplaying BUT are going to be developed into games of their own too.

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Big Thanks To The Sponsors Of UK Games Expo 2021

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Big thanks to the sponsors of UK Games Expo 2021! They have helped make all of this possible! Make sure to come on down and get stuck into the action!

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Hatchette Board Games (Funnyfox): Iki, Almadi, Trek12 & Dinner In Paris

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Ben talks to Hatchette Board Games about some of the games they are showing off this week alongside Funnyfox.

The games in question include a couple of lighters games AND some crunchier ones too. We have beautiful games like Iki, Almadai, Trek12 AND Dinner In Paris which have all been scratching an itch!

How About A Tabletop Tipple Instead?

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Paperboat Games: Snapshot #UKGE2021

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Headed over to Paper Boat Games, it did not take me too long to spot a wild red panda hiding amongst the convention hustle.

Players take the role of Wildlife Photographers in Snapshot, a fast and fun push-your-luck game. Utilising cards, and searching for the most prestigious wildlife.

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Grubs Up! Eat Food & Play Games At UK Games Expo 2021

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One of the great things about UK Games Expo is that they take a pretty holistic view of the hobby. To that end, not only can you play games but you can also indulge in another wonderful experience – eating food!

The vendor trucks from previous years are still here allowing you to pick up a new game, eat some nice food and chat with perhaps some new friends?

Grubs Up! Eat Food & Play Games At UK Games Expo 2021
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Bad Comet Games: Wild Serengeti Board Game #UKGE2021

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Were joined by Bad Comet to talk about their 1-4 player game, Wild Serengeti. Gerry got to catch up with them earlier in the week!

Win by making the best documentary, use tv trickery to fake your scenes! There are also more settings planned for the future. Blue Planet perhaps?

Watch out for the Kickstarter launching 18th August!

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Board Game Library

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So, we talked about getting stuck in and picking up some food alongside a new game. Well, you can also just try your hand at a game without buying it. Rent it from the Board Game Library and have a crack at it with your friends.

Hall 3 features the Board Game Library and also the Open Gaming Space. So, pick up a game, give it a go and THEN perhaps head off and find it amongst the vendors.

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The Cognitive Merchant: Bespoke Geekism & LARP Supplies #UKGE2021

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Free gets to chat with the folks from The Cognitive Merchant. If you’re in the mood for LARP gear then these are your folks.

As we’ve mentioned, this isn’t all board games, card games and the like. There is a real selection of different products for you to check out.

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All the Board Games! Endless Board Games and Accessories at UKGE 2021!

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Knowing that I have not got far to travel, each stall I walk past tempts me more and more! Board Games Everywhere! Whether you are looking for a specific publisher, or want to hit up a retailer – I’d be very surprised if you won’t be able to hunt down a rare or random board game that you have been after.

Wish me luck, hopefully, I won’t need to get the train with 10,000 board games! But first, the hunt for some beautiful lilac dice.

All the Board Games! Endless Board Games and Accessories at UKGE 2021!
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Escape Plan Board Games: Stop The Train & Hit The Silk #UKGE2021

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We join the folks from Escape Plan Board Games who have moved over from planning…Escape Rooms (who would have thought, and are now putting together fun social deducation board games.

They have two to show off including Stop The Train & Hit The Silk. Both of these are perfect for those who like fun, quick, social deduction-based games of an evening.

Enjoy The Family Zone - Play Games With The Little Ones!

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Rubicon Models: New Release, Vietnam Miniatures & Rules!

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John gets a chat with Rubicon Models about what has been going on with them and the world of Historical miniatures gaming.

The team have been working away on loads of new releases for World War II and Vietnam. As well as new miniatures there are also new rules in the works.

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Gamers Aplenty Trying Out Their New Games in the Open Gaming Area!

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The open gaming area is incredibly active, with gamers of all ages trying out their newly purchased goodies on the closest tabletops they can find!

If you are anything like myself; I can never wait too long to get my board games out of the box and onto the table! So if you are around at UKGE, be sure to join the hundreds of attendees trying out their games with their friends, family and new chums which may have been made at the event.

Gamers Aplenty Trying Out Their New Games in the Open Gaming Area!
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Mantic Games: Back At Events - Kings Of War, League Of Infamy & More!

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We met up with Mantic to see what is going on at their booth, and there are some discounts and sales to keep Mantic fans happy at the event.

Whether fans are looking at Kings of War, Walking Dead, Armada and even TerrainCrate – be sure to stop by as there are some incredible sales across all Mantic products.

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Not Looking For Tabletop Games? How About Some Merch?

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One of the best things about attending an event for me personally is the amounts of merch available at each booth. Whether attendees are looking for t-shirts, stuffed teddies, hair accessories or even a nerd-themed mug – you can count on finding it here!

I usually pick up an obscure t-shirt at conventions. What is your favourite bit of merch to pick up?

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Bubblegum Stuff: Plant-Based Riot Card Game - Now on Kickstarter!

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Justin may be afraid of vegetables, but Ben certainly isn’t! Ben had a quick chat with Bubblegum Stuff about their game, Plant-Based Riot which is currently up on Kickstarter as we speak.

The card game for 2-5 players pits vegetables against one another, as food fighting turns into gang warfare.

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Devir Games & KOSMOS - Dozens Of Big New Games Coming Soon!

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The KOSMOS and Devir table was filled with board games for all types of tabletop gamers. Whether you are looking for an adventure with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, or a simple game to get stuck into to keep your brain on the go solo. There is much to see over with KOSMOS and Devir. 

We took a look at a plethora of titles, including Lost Cities, The Crew, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Mazescape, a cheeky sneak peek of the upcoming EXIT Advent Calendar, and so much more.

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Try Out The Newest Games Coming to Retail in the Playtest Zone!

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Players can be the first to get their hands on the newest games that are still in their design phase, here at UKGE in the Playtest Zone.

Players are able to book in throughout the weekend to get their hands on a tabletop game prototype and provide their own feedback, to shape the future of the board game before it hits retail.

Try Out The Newest Games Coming to Retail in the Playtest Zone!
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Warlord Games: Bolt Action, Judge Dredd & EPIC Battles The American Civil War

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John catches up with Warlord Games and asks them about what they have been up to recently.

They dive into some chats about Bolt Action, a bit of Judge Dredd and also their impressive EPIC Battles which drops you right into the middle of the action during the American Civil War.

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Bring your Family to the Coiledspring Let's Play Zone

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Coiledspring Games have set up a fantastic area to allow families to get together, spend some time in a rich and fun atmosphere and play some family-centric games – named the Coiledspring Let’s Play Zone.

The Coiledspring staff are there to help too, guiding families through games and lending a helping hand. And if you are at UKGE this weekend, there are no fees involved. So if you are looking to settle down with your family, be sure to settle down for some quality time.

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Critit - Dice Of Every Colour To Match Any Adventure!

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From D6s to D20s – For those who are on the hunt for some new dice at UKGE, be sure to check out Critit – a UK Based Dice Store. As on their booth, there are dice of every colour along with some very special gemstone ones too!

Justin has magpied his way over to the Critit booth, to show all you guys at home the broad range of dice they have to offer.

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Who are the Big Names at UKGE 2021?

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I am sure that everybody will be heading out to UKGE to see many of the big-name publishers, to get a play of their biggest titles that are out there on the board game scene.

Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder and Z-Man Games have tables already and set out, for board game players to immerse themselves in their most popular titles before buying. Plus there are some incredible deals and discounts on their booths!

If you are attending UKGE this weekend, be sure to settle yourself at one of the publishers – especially if you have been tempted by the likes of Marvel Champions, Ticket to Ride and Stuffed Fables. So you can try before you buy.

Who are the Big Names at UKGE 2021?
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Unlucky Archers: Get Into Some Family Dungeon Delving With Unlucky Adventurers!

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Ben has approached an indie publisher, launching their very first card game coming to the tabletop. Unlucky Archers are debuting their game Unlucky Adventurers.

Utilise dice and cards and attempt to eliminate your opponents – whilst trying to hold on to as many cards as possible, themed in a fantasy universe.

If you would like to give the game a go, the Unlucky Archers team will be holding demonstrations for the whole weekend, along with many demos. So be sure to take a look.

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UKGE Official Kids Roleplaying Zone #UKGE2021

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One of the great bits of this event is the fact that everyone, regardless of age, can get stuck into some tabletop games. The Kids Roleplaying Zone is perfect for that.

Within the Kids Roleplaying Zone, the kids can sit down and play some fun games. Sessions are short and allow them to dive into the wonderful world of roleplaying for the first time.

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Naylor Games: James Talks Boardgames, The Boardgame, The Card Game + Magnate!

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James Naylor of Naylor Games talks through two of his games. The first of these games is Boardgames The Boardgame, The Card Game which is a fascinating look at the industry as a whole.

The second game is coming to the tabletop very soon. Magnate is a fantastic game of building and buisness in the city. Thankfully, with less risk…

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See You Tomorrow! UK Games Expo Day One Wrap-Up!

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We’re wrapping things up here for the day as part of the UK Games Expo 2021. Justin is feeling hungry so he’s going to be going to get some grub!

We hope you’ve enjoyed the first day of coverage and we will be back to do more across Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you check out all of the Friday Live Blog and we’ll see you soon!

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richdean
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First expo for a few years I haven’t attended.

With the pandemic and what looks to be a lighter schedule of exhibitors – I just didn’t see the point.

Missing it though

zorg
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It’s sounding good have you guy’s got a car big enough for all of your Shiny Shinyness?

dane001
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So good to see you back at shows!
I’m looking forward to all the content 😁
I’ll hopefully see you all there tomorrow, I may even break out my OTT hat from 2019!

pagan8th
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Expo organisers were very indecisive about the restrictions, so I skipped it this year. Hopefully the world will be normal-ish next year.

sundancer
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Can I just say that @lloyd did a bang good job for the stream looping animation! Nice mate.

orlandothetechnicoloured
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wish i was there

brewer1980
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Can’t get over the fact that Ben has legs.

dafthelmet85
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Looking forward to this weekend. I’ll be lurking all weekend!

redscope
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Highlight of the day Justin wondering around in vambraces he bought doing interviews like that is completely normal.

Game of the day was Hit the Silk. I love the creative concept behind that. It is the sort of game you come up with on a Friday night after a few pints.

pagan8th
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Unlike previous years, there’s nothing leapt out and said “Buy me!”

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