This weekend I had a stall at UK Games Expo, the UK’s biggest gaming convention. I chatted to lots of people about my games, and did a decent level of sales. It was a great experience, and I’ll happily go again.
Expo takes place in Birmingham, our second-largest city after London, well placed for visitors from around the country. It covers board games, card games, roleplaying games, miniatures games and pretty much any other sort of game. It’s still quite a young event: this was its seventh year. It’s a sales-focused convention with loads of trade stands, but there’s also a substantial game-playing programme of pre-booked slots and a lot of board game demos.
This year Expo had made the bold and slightly scary step to a new venue: the Hilton hotel near the NEC and airport. I think everyone had liked the old venue, but they needed more space – and game-playing areas not hidden in the basement labyrinth! Fortunately it was a great success, with around 3500 people attending over the three days. 3500! And almost 100 exhibitors.