1-D-6 UK Games Expo 2017

Flat-cap? – CHECK 

RPG Tees? – CHECK

Polished Docs? – CHECK

Freshly stocked All Rolled Up? – CHECK


All I need is a travel pack of Hob Nobs and I’m on the road, heading to the land of Slade and motorways to experience the biggest event in the UK gaming calendar: UK Games Expo 2017.

Running over 3 days, it’s truly epic in scale and vision, and much bigger than anything else I’ve experienced. If my bulging email spambox is anything to go by, there’s a ravaging hoard of traders about to decend upon on the National Exhibition Centre hungry to devour my money in exchange for their latest offering. 

Half way through the year and I still need to make progress with my resolution to learn more about story-games and the innovations that occurred in the 90s and 00s during my RPG deep freeze. I’m using this as an educational field trip to help fill in the blanks. Here’s 5 highlights from my itinary… and a potential fumble:

Kong Island Rangers Simon Burley, of GOLDEN HEROES fame, is hosting a game featuring his lightweight rules for Anime/Manga based adventures. THE CODE OF SHOJO AND SHONEN was the subject of a kickstart that didn’t make its goal earlier in the year. It’s a shame because what I’ve seen, it’s narrative character creation and simple 2d6 resolution mechanic, deals with the quirks of the genre perfectly. Who can resist travelling to a mysterious island in the middle of the ocean with the promise of encountering a magnificent Kaiju?

HeroQuest Glorantha “If you ever get chance, play HeroQuest with Ian Cooper, he unlocked it for me,” suggested Big Jack Brass when I complained that my grognardy old brain couldn’t get round HeroQuest; it looks like there’s fun in it, but I’m not sure how to get it out. I have chance to find out the secret code for the combination lock as I’ll be joining Ian to play Cold Hard Iron: dwarves, Iron and Telmori, what can go wrong?

World of Darkness Apart from a guest appearance in an online game, I’ve never played WoD despite it’s overwhelming popularity. I really enjoyed the experience of playing a Spectoral NPC, so I’m looking forward to this scenario from the other side of the equation as I’ll play a sophomore heading to a cabin on the lake. Sounds harmless enough.

RuneQuest: Glorantha It’s not all about eating my RPG vegetables, there’s some old school goodness to feast on too (albeit a partially reheated new recipe). I’m very excited to get a sneak-peak play-test of the new RuneQuest by playing a rare Greg Stafford scenario facing undead in the Upland Marsh. 

Tweet-up! I want to meet, shake hands and chat with as many people as I can while I’m there. When I’m not gaming, I’m going to mingle and tingle.

Time out. My only concern is running out of time. My carriage awaits early Saturday evening. My old man homing beacon will switch on at noon. After that, my concentration will fix on catching the train. I need to get a hard copy of The Two Headed Serpent. I need to mootch around the trade hall …. at some point …

If only to justify getting all that spam. 

6 thoughts on “1-D-6 UK Games Expo 2017

  1. I have to admit that I am pretty jealous. I live in the hinterlands of Canada and getting to a convention of this size would mean probably travelling to the US. Not even Toronto would have something this diverse. Please enjoy every moment and tell us deprived individuals all about it.

  2. Angry Monk, on the positive side you probably wake up to stunning scenery every day…

    Dirk, it’ll be interesting to hear what you think of Heroquest Glorantha – I’ve been dabbling with a similar game, Monsters & Magic which applies a similar modern game style to an old school theme, even as I read it I struggle with some of the ideas it presents.

    This is going to be my first visit to UKGE, only going for the Friday, although I’m starting to regret not making it two days. As it is I only have time for one game, but I am giddy with excitement about that (Dungeon Crawl Classics, Prince Charming: Reanimator)

    I wanted to have a few hours to peruse the trade stalls, I feel like I deserve to buy loads of stuff, but I really don’t know what to get – I’ll be disappointed if I walk away empty handed.

    If I don’t see you there, have a great time.

    1. I guess. I mean if you don’t like the weather, just wait 20 minutes and it will change.

      Have you played DCC before? I’ve got the rules, listen to AP podcasts, but never played it. It sounds fun (although a little crazy).

      1. No, I’ve not played it before, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it. I’ve heard good things about it though, not sure if it’s a game I’d run myself, but it looks a lot of fun to play, and like you say just a little crazy.

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