Hi all, I'm considering going to UK Game Expo in Birmingham at the end of may. Is anyone here familiar with this convention? Is it worth visiting? How is the RPG content there? Any noteworthy OSR author/editor? https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/
😊 Eric Nieudan @ 2019-05-14 09:59:40
AFAIK there are quite a few OSR peeps. Paolo goes at least =) I've always wanted to go but sadly the timing won't work for me this year...
😊 Paolo Greco @ 2019-05-14 11:57:16
Come over and I'll give you what I owe you, plus a bunch of stuff.
😊 Paolo Greco @ 2019-05-14 11:57:52
And I'll also get you coffee.
😊 Whidou @ 2019-05-14 12:32:14
Damn, I can't pass on such an offer, I'll definitely come :-). Thank you both for your answers!
😊 Aaron Griffin @ 2019-05-16 11:28:49
Not OSR specifically but Paul Mitchner is good peoples
😊 Harald Wagener @ 2019-05-16 19:26:50
Frank Redding of Mottokrosh Machinations will be there.
😊 Paolo Greco @ 2019-05-30 06:54:53
Hey for some reason the person I was to share the table with decided to share with someone else. So I have no table. And I discovered it last night. I'm obviously upset about this. Whidou we can coordinate via mail so I can give you your books.
😊 Whidou @ 2019-05-31 21:56:12
Sorry, I was offline for the week. I will be at UKGE on Saturday, I'll send you my phone number by email so that we can find each other. As for your table, that sucks :-/. I hope you'll still be able to enjoy the convention despite that.
😊 Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-06-07 16:24:57
How did UKGE go for those who went? Highlights?
😊 Paolo Greco @ 2019-06-07 17:18:42
I basically had a whole tray of tiramisu by myself.
😊 Whidou @ 2019-06-07 17:37:12
I was only here on Saturday, but as far as I could tell, it went great! Not as many games in the prototype/playtest phase as I expected: most exhibitors were presenting already published games or soon-to-be-kickstarted ones. Everything was packed with people, the most popular games had huge wait lines to try them. Many beautiful games with a sizeable art budget, a delight to see; I can't comment on how the rules hold up though. On the RPG side I was kind of disappointed to see multiple people pitch me their convoluted overly complex multiverse-spanning heartbreakers with multiple pages long rules for drowning and grenade throwing. I wish them luck in their endeavours but I don't really envision those games taking off any time soon :-/. There were some pleasant OSR-related surprises, though: I took note to check out Hypertellurians for retro-sci-fi, and Best Left Buried for VotE-like grittiness. On the LotFP stand, I tried to start a conversation with Raggi, but he wasn't very talkative to say the least: I didn't get anything longer than a monosyllable out of him. The Melsonian Arts Council on the next table over was much more keen to speak, though. So I bought them the new edition of Troika!, Kingscairn and Mothership. I met Paolo, who gifted me a bespoke Chthonic Codex box filled with cool bonuses for that contest I won a while ago, yay! We toured the convention floor and had a jolly good time seeing a bit of everything on display and trying to resist buying everything that looked cool. I went to a conference on How to GM at Conventions presented by some podcasters whose names I didn't catch. Nothing groundbreaking but it was nice enough. On the evening I played Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells with a GM called Graham Spearing (he seems to have a few publications to his name, can't say I had heard of him before, though). He had prepared large maps for our spaceship and the planetary base we invaded, we blasted an army of demons straight out of Doom, it was fun, we had a great time. Here is all the loot I brought back: https://cloud.whidou.fr/index.php/apps/gallery/s/sACdPHBjNsQDdBN All in all, huge convention, comparable to Essen or FIJ, not worth going only for RPGs, but if you enjoy all sorts of tabletop games and can afford the ticket (and parking, and hotel, and food…) then it's a great choice :D.
😊 Mamading Ceesay @ 2019-06-07 18:17:21
@Paolo, that much tiramisu would give me belly ache! @Whidou, sounds like you had a good time. I've got the hardcovers of Troika!, Hypertellurians and Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells. After some pondering, I think I'm in the early stages of prepping a Solar Blades campaign using the Cinderheim setting to get a bit of Dune/Dark Sun flavour going on.

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