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Monday, 29 May 2017

Chillcon 2017 - An Overview

Having the day unexpectedly free on Saturday due to a change of work shift I decided to spend it at the Chillcon wargaming show in Sheffield. This is the first year for this particular show so a bit of support on my part seemed like a good idea.

The tickets were £6 and if you were fortunate enough to have advanced booked a ticket and/or were one of the first hundred people in the queue you got a gift bag...I arrived an hour after the opening so got bugger all, lol. There were several reasonably sized tournament events and a wide variety of participation/demo games in the smaller of the two rooms with a larger separate room been given over to the Exhibitors. Just before a corridor separating the two rooms was a cunningly placed refreshments stand that offered tea, coffee, canned drinks, crisps and sandwiches at not unreasonable prices...as some-one who has experienced everything from £7 for a lukewarm coffee after half an hour of queuing to no refreshments whatsoever at other events this was quite welcome...

Participation Games and Demos
As mentioned above there were a number of events in progress but as I arrived late and knew none of the participants I couldn't comment on their organisation...though as an outside observer every-one seemed to be enjoying themselves...

Gav Thorpe was also at the event running demos of his in development 'Big Stompy Robots' game and it was nice to see the board was much improved over the one I saw him using at ROBIN in Nottingham which was a bit sparse in comparison.

Exhibitors and Traders
Many of the usual suspects were there though as usual with these overviews I'm selfishly only going to cover in any detail stands that interested me...There were a small number of demo tables amongst the traders stands in order to show off their own systems but no where near as many as in the first room.

 As well as the traders I'm going to discuss below there were also stands for Warlord Games, Mantic Games and White Dragon Miniatures (amongst others) which I didn't get a chance to have a proper look at due to constraints of time and/or crowds in the way. White Dragon Miniatures were also discussed in some detail during several of my previous show reviews.

I'll try alphabetical order so i don't get accused of playing favourites...

Cosy Dice
I already own one of Cosy Dice's bags...now I own two...they also had some other bits and pieces on their stand including figure cases. Their website can be found here.

 Oathsworn Miniatures
My partner bought a couple of Oathsworn models from the companies 'Burrows and Badgers' range at Salute (Fennec Fox and Frog Fixer) and acquired another three at this event...at this rate we'll have one of everything after another few shows...

Purgatory and Broken Toad
Not sure if Purgatory were sharing Broken Toads stand or vice versa. Purgatory was a game recently funded via Kickstarter that I was too poor at the time to pledge to. Fortunately I was able to acquire a (very) late pledge after a chat with a very nice man at their stand. Broken Toad had some nice display pieces on their display as well.

SLA Industries
I treated myself to one of the models that I saw in the cabinet and then the sheer enthusiasm of the gentlemen at the stand made me curious enough to pick up the core rule-book for the RPG associated with the skirmish game itself. Their webstore is located here.

Warploque Miniatures
Warploque Miniatures had models from various of their ranges on their stand though the main focus was upon their Arcworlde game. I was running low on 'impulse buy' cash at this point so despite the show price I had to pass on the Arcworlde starter set...maybe if the same offer is on at the UK Games Expo in a weeks time...

Word Forge Games
Word Forge Games had several of their new models on display including some from one of their upcoming projects. I also picked up one of their 'Reaper' figures to go along with their 'Reapers Revenge' set that I acquired at Salute...it'll get an article soon...

So that was my day-out in Sheffield...and this was my haul...

Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.

UK Games Expo Newsletter

Not long now for the UK Games Expo...


28th May 2017

Just a few days to go...

Time is racing along. We are now only a few days from the moment when UK Games Expo opens it doors to thousands of visitors and all indications are that it will be an massive event.
We want you to be safe at UKGE so please read this Security post..
If you are a cosplayer who intends to bring props please note we have issued guidance on this area. Read this post carefully.

Travel Hints

Thousands will be coming by car and train, plane and bus. Please allow extra time for journeys and for getting in and around the NEC where there may be to be some delays due to security.
For Travel hints read this
For Carparking go here.

Collecting tickets

On arrival please go to any ticket point outside Hall 1, Hall 3a and the Hilton LIbrary Room. For details on opening times read this page....
If you have prebooked your tickets, print off your order pdf from your customer page or use the app (see below). Cash sales will also be possible.
We want you to have a great weekend at the UK's Biggest and Best Hobby Games convention so here are a few hints and suggestions.
Download the Show Guide

Download the Show Guide

We have put online the guide part of our programme. It is worth your time to read this to find out about all the aspects of the show. Check out the exhibitor listings and the maps, live entertaniment, tournaments, guests and seminars.

Grab the App

We released our first ever show app on Android and Apple Store. Find out more here...

Read the site

There is a vast amount of information on our website too. So get browsing...

Your vote counts!

Don't worry- UKGE is not getting all political. This is about something far more interesting than a General Election! We need to decide who gets the awards for the best games and YOU get to play a part.
Next weekend your vote for the best new games can make a difference. Help choose who wins the UK Games Expo Best Games Awards. Pick up a voting form with your programme or from the Help Desk T4 and make sure you return it before noon on Sunday 4th June back to the help desk. The results are announced at 3pm on the main stage.
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Visit our Sponsor's stands

UK Games Expo would not be able to run if it was not for the generous sponsorship and active support of our Sponsors. We encourage you all to visit their stands, check out their amazing products and play some games.

Major Sponsors

Mayfair Games are in stand B2 and will be demoing The Colonists, Caverna: Cave vs Cave, Bärenpark and others
Hawk Wargames are on stand C6 where you can try out Dropfleet Commander and Dropzone Commander and see the stunning Avenger model.
Catan Studios are in stand C2 where you can play the Catan game and its variants.

Associate Sponsors

Geeknsons make amazing gaming tables with a host of options. See them for yourself in C1.
Osprey Games in stand B6 publish a range of exciting historical and sci-fi games.
Explore the world of tabletop wargaming on the Battlefield Hobbies stand in C8. Don't miss the V&A Gameface wall on their stand.
Embark on your own adventures with Paizo Inc and the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game on B4.
Discover a world where every miniature can become a hero or villain, a boss or a side-kick with Wild West Exodus on Warcradle Studios' A2 stand..
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