News about UK Games Expo 2013 – the UK’s largest Hobby Game Convention.
Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2013
Hilton Metropole, NEC Birmingham
Now in its 7th Year, UK Games Expo aims to be the premier event in the UK where all aspects of the
tabletop gaming hobby are represented under one roof:
The goal is to create a fun event which will appeal to families and the general public as well as the
enthusiast. You arrive, you wander around the trade stands, try out any games you wish, sit in on the
seminars or join in with the tournaments. These are the main elements:
Tournaments and Championships in the most popular game systems (Xwing – win a Trip to
USA. Warmachines. Warhammer 40K. Settlers ofCatan UK Championship, Yu-gi-oh. Flames of
War. Field of Glory. Carcassonne UK Championship. Dominion. Netrunner National Finals.
Malifaux. Blood Bowl, Dust Tactics./ and many others)
Newest games and releaseson show AND PLAYABLE
Large trade fair with 80+ Traders in 2000 sqm of trade space
Family Zone - lots for the kids to do
Authors and artists
120+ Roleplaying Games to play over 3 days.
Participation and Demonstration Games - No need to know the rules or book in advance -JUST
WALK UP AND ASK TO JOIN IN!
Seminars and Talks
Cinema on Saturday Night showing 2 movies
Space for Open Gaming and Roleplaying Games
Game Ambassadors in blue shirts - if you are new,on your own or just lost ask them and they
UK Games Expo IS open to the public. You can bookin advance (online tickets Easter 2013) OR just
turn up and pay on the day.
UK Games Expo is on 3 days in May. The next show is Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th
The main show with all the traders and the family zone and costume groups is on SATURDAY and
SUNDAY. These are GREAT for everyone as EVERYTHING is going on. Families bring your children!
FRIDAY is a games day in the same hotel. Anyone can turn up, find a table (or book into a Roleplaying
game) and play. Although they may attend with adults, it is NOT ideal for younger children under 10 as
there are no specific activities organised for them. To use these rooms you need a ticket covering the
The show at the NEC Hilton Metropole
Who runs UK Games Expo? It is organised by 5 main guys who are keen - call it fanatical - games
players who wanted to run the UKs best games convention (Richard Denning and Pat Campbell who
founded the event, Tony Hyams who with Richard is the director, Mick Pearson who runs the
volunteers and John Dodd who is the power behind anything Roleplaying. We also rely on a host of
volunteers of which there are too many to name here. All are UNPAID volunteers who help run the
event because they like it to succeed. None of us are paid by UK Games Expo for running it. (Though
we might get the odd free game out of it ;-) )
Who comes to UK Games Expo? In 2012 we had 2800 unique visitors and 4000+ attendances over the
weekend. This includes many gamers of all types but also a large number of families and children. It is
open to all and NOT restricted.
How do I find out more and how do I book up for it?
Our website has extensive information on all aspects of UK Games Expo. You can read up on where the
convention is, about hotels and travel to it, about ticket prices (and from Easter you are able to book
online) and all about the companies who attend and what games they will be bringing. There are
details about the Family zone, Seminars, Author and Artists and much more. Just get reading.
Entry fees (Gives access to all the Trade Halls and Open Gaming areas)
SINGLE DAY TICKET: Adults £8, Child (10 to 15 years) £5. Family £20.
TWO DAY TICKET: Adults £14, Child (10 to 15 years) £9. Family £35.
THREE DAY TICKET Adults £18, Child (10 to 15 years) £10. Family £40.
FRIDAY ONLY TICKET Adults £5, Child (10 to 15 years) £3. Family £10.
FAMILY TICKET admits 2 adults and 2 children.
Children under 10 go free.
Some Tournaments and specific events have additional charges – see website.
Richard Denning - Richard@ukgamesexpo.co.uk