OPEN GAMING AND THE BOARD GAME LIBRARY

Find a game, find a Table, find some friends 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. This year we even have some space on THURSDAY night for those early arrivals.

Here is a list of what space is available for Open Gaming and when:

Thursday

At the NEC

Hall 2: The open gaming space in Hall 2 will open between 8pm till 11pm on Thursday night so early arrivals can get in that pre show gaming fix.

Friday and Saturday

At the NEC

Hall 2: The main day time open Gaming Space will be in Hall 2, NEC. Here there is capacity for 1000+
One of the two Board Game libraries provided by Thirsty Meeples will be in this area during Trade Hall Opening hours.

At the Hilton

From 4pm until late large ammounts of Open Gaming space are available in the Palace and Kings. Between them, some 1000+ can sit and game.
The Library Room is where the second Thirsty Meeples Board Game Library will be. this will be open from around 6pm both Friday and Saturday night until 11pm.

Sunday

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

Open Gaming space is available in the Palace and Kings. 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 Hall 2 NEC (9.30am till 11pm Fri and Sat and 9.30 till 4pm Sunday or in the Hilton Library ((6.00pm till 11pm Fri and Sat 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 open gaming spaces. 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.

Have fun!

(*According to Pat - possibly not enforcible in UK Law.)