UK Games Expo Round Up
4th June 2018
We had a fab time at the UK Games Expo this year! Held at The NEC in Birmingham on 1st-3rd June, we spent three days promoting our latest board games, as well as meeting games fans from all over the world.
Pixit was a firm favourite on Day 1, with the competition hotting up as visitors took part in our #PixitPlayoff time trial! Visitors had to recreate an image using just the Pixit Cubes, and the winner was Georgie who managed it in 29 seconds!
On Day 2 we officially launched our brand new game, Crystal Hall! Developed by four friends, John, Luke, Ben and Maren, who were mentored by the renowned inventor of Hare & Tortoise and Chicken Out, David Parlett, the game urges players to lead their troupe of wizards into the Crystal Hall in a quest to collect four magical crystals.
John, Luke, Ben and Maren first launched the game on Kickstarter in 2016 and received over £5000 thanks to 120 backers. John then went on to pitch the game to us at Toy Fair 2017, and we instantly fell in love with it and made the decision to add it to our growing games offering. It was fantastic to officially launch the game at the Expo and see so many visitors muster up their magic and get involved!
To celebrate the release of our 221b Baker Street Expansion Pack, we held a mysterious scavenger hunt which encouraged visitors to explore the NEC Halls in search for clues! Carrie was the winner of the scavenger hunt and was thrilled to win a huge Gibsons games bundle worth over £80!
We also had the honour of the original Civilization designer, Francis Tresham, on our stand on Saturday 2nd June. He signed many copies of the epic game and we were hugely proud to win ‘Best Strategic Game’ for Civilization at the UK Games Expo Awards on Sunday night!
This years’ UKGE pulled in record numbers with 21,700 unique visitors and exhibitor attendance growing by 30%, making it the third biggest tabletop gaming expo in the world.
Thank you to everyone who visited our stand over the three days, we can't wait to come back next year and want to thank the organisers for arranging such a successful show.