OPEN GAMING AND THE BOARD GAME LIBRARY
Fine a game-Find a Table and get Gaming
There is always a need for space to just sit down, get out a game and get playing. We anticipate that the peak demands for this will be FRIDAY night and SATURDAY night but have a lot of provision for OPEN GAMING all weekend.
Here is a list of what space is available for Open Gaming and when:
Friday and Saturday
At the NEC
Hall1: The main day time open Gaming Space will be in the bottom right of Hall One, NEC - the Trade Hall. Here there is capacity for 500+
The Thirsty Meeples Board Game Library will be in this area during Trade Hall Opening hours.
Hall 3a: In the Evening there will be more Open Gaming Space made available in Hall 3a after the tournamnets end each day. Please dont use space in ongoing tournaments.
At the Hilton
From 4pm until late large ammounts of Open Gaming space are available in the Palace and Kings. Between them, some 1200 can sit and game.
The Library Room is where the THirsty Meeples Board Game Library will be from around 6pm both Friday and Saturday night).
At the NEC
The main day time open Gaming Space will be in the centre of Hall One NEC - the Trade Hall. Here there is capacity for 500+ TheThirsty Meeples Board Game Library will be in this area during Opening hours.
At the Hilton
From large ammounts of Open Gaming space are available in the Palace and Kings. Between them, some 1200 can sit and game. There is no formal board game library at the Hilton.
The Lounge Bar is not part of our open gaming space and games will not be permitted in there. Note that this is a decision reached by the hotel and not UKGE.
BOARD GAME LIBRARY – to be found in either Hall One NEC (Day time)or in the Hilton Library (evenings).
Introduced in the second year of Expo in 2008 this is always a popular attraction. This year once again it will be run by Thirsty Meeples. They aim to bring along a good selection of Games for use anywhere in the convention. Just sign out the games and borrow them and then sign them back in when you return them. Simple as that! You will need ID this year.
Recruiting players in Open gaming
Let's say you arrive , find the board game Library and the Open Gaming Space unpack your five player mega game and then stare at your mate and realise 1+1 is not 5.
"We need players!" he says.
"Well duh!" is your witty reply.
But how do you advetise this and how do you get players to your table.
Naturally rugby tackles, drugs and seduction are of course entirely legal at UK Games Expo* but we have a practical solution.
In the Board Game LIbrary are 72 of these chaps:
Placing one of these on your table is a signal that you are looking for players.
Once you have your players drop it in the box in each room or back at the Library.
(*According to Pat - possibly not enforcible in UK Law.)