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7 Things We’re Most Excited for at the UK Games Expo

It's our second time visiting the UK Games Expo here at Bits & Pieces and it would be an understatement to say we're pretty stoked.


It’s our second time visiting the UK Games Expo here at Bits & Pieces and it would be an understatement to say we’re pretty stoked. The last time George went he was volunteering as a demonstrator on a games stand so his experience of the UKGE was packed into mad dashes through the hall on his hour lunch breaks. Nevi went 2 years ago which is basically ancient history, so for all we know there was only a single stand offering to playtest this new-fangled game called Go. So ahead of the Expo on the 1st of June, we’re listing the things we’re most excited for.


Playtest Area

Nevada: One of the things I really love about games, is seeing the creative process and the playtest area is a breeding ground for this. You get to peel back the layers of board game design and see what makes it turn. I’m looking forward to chatting to designer, seeing what cool games I can expect on the horizon and beating George at a game that isn’t even out yet. You get extra points for that, right?


George: I’m just really keen on sitting down. It’s also cool to see the hard work of designers and see board games in their barest form I guess.


Playtesting at the UKGE


ITB’s Stand


George: ITB know how to create some pretty funky board game experiences. Last year their stand offered the opportunity to play their poltical simulator, Statecraft in a cabinet meeting room setting or try out their spooky cave survival game Sub Terra under a blacklight in complete darkness. I can’t wait to see what they’ve cooked up for this year.


Nevada: I missed going last year, so I didn’t get to experience ITB’s stand. This means it has zipped straight to the top of my ‘look forward to list’, it jumps straight to go and collects £200. And oh god, I made a Monopoly joke. Am I even allowed to attend now?




Deals Deals Deals


George: Whether it’s a hidden gem found in the bring and buy area or a last minute grab on the final day of the show, stalls around have some great deals. It’s still worth checking prices across stall to get the best deals.


Nevada: I always go home far heavier, than when I came. It is either the food or the brilliant board game deals, I can never figure out which.




Open Play Area


George: This is what happens when you pack thousands of board gamers into a convention centre for a weekend. Days at the expo are pretty hectic so getting to sit down and crack open new game is a blessed relief. It’s a lovely feeling to enjoy a drink you feel you’ve earned and find out what interesting things everyone came across.


Nevada: There are lots of people from across the UK that I don’t get to see or speak to often enough, so the Open Play Area is going to be fantastic. Sitting down after a busy day at the expo for some excellent games with some lovely people is always going to be a highlight. It is also a great way to meet some new people, and try new games at the same time.


The Unknown


George: Perhaps the most exciting thing about the UKGE. Discovering stuff you’ve never heard about. Be it awesome game accessory or discovering a new game and getting to chat with its creators. UKGE shows off just how much there is going on in this hobby and I can’t wait to discover more.


Nevada: I really hope The Unknown attends again this year. I really enjoyed his game about the the things.


George: …Nevi why…


The People


Nevada: The UK Games Expo, and board gaming in general, are known for being a lovely bunch of people. If you’ve ever been to a video games expo or convention, then you stood in lines of slightly grumpy people and see tacky marketing campaigns. The UK Games Expo is like the opposite of all this. The people are lovely, the designers love what they do, and nobody is trying pull the wool over you eyes. Although in fairness I was wearing a knitted hat, so maybe that’s my fault?


George: Whether it’s impromptu games of Two Rooms and a Boom in even open play areas or an interesting conversation with someone you’re sharing a demo with, the people you meet in this hobby are what bring it together.
Free Play Area at the UKGE

If you want to keep up with us as we adventure through the UKGE you can follow our Instagram for live updates or tune into the podcast after the show to here us break down what we saw.

London based game lover. Whether it's moving units across the battlefield or pieces across a board, I love a good strategy game. If only I was any good at them.

9 comments on “7 Things We’re Most Excited for at the UK Games Expo

  1. Ahh it’s my 4th year this year and this year and my gaming group are all so excited to go. It’s like Christmas…but in June. All I can say additionally is they also have a great list of events on this year, and an even bigger list of tournaments. They should be great to check out.

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    • George Barker

      I’m playing in the X wing European Championships and I definitely want to go and see the live recordings of Shut up and Sit Down

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      • There’s also a live Dice Tower. I played in the Splendor national last year (came 6th). We’re staying in the hotel this year to make the most out of it all, so have also booked events like the 11pm Dark Room on the Saturday 🙂

        Good luck in the X-Wing championship. Rebel or Imperial?

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      • George Barker

        Rebel through and through 🙂

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      • Good answer 🙂 I am also a Rebel player. Fat Wedge all the way.

        No pressure, but just remember – “Do or do not. There is no try.”

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    • Bryan Leonardo

      What ?


  2. Great list of stuff!

    Peter did have a crazy-big stand last year and really pulled out all the stops!

    I played Newspeak a few times and the current edition is a really solid game!

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    • George Barker

      Statecraft was so eye catching on the table last year, it was what made me sit down in the first place. Looking forward to trying Newspeak.

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