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UKGE Trade Hall Plans released

16th April 2017

Today we reveal our draft trade hall plans showing the stands of the almost 300 exhibitors that you will be able to explore in just a few weeks time.

Across all its sites UKGE has grown from around 15000 sqm of space in 2016 to, we estimate, 24000 sqm of space in 2017.

It is going to be epic this year! To book your tickets click here.

Lets have a look at the layout.


Overview of the UK Games Expo Sites

Let's start with the big picture. UK Games Expo is spread accross a number of sites.

Hall 1 NEC

This has at least 14000 sqm of trade space. (see lower down for details)

Hall 3a NEC

Almost all of the National and International events, tournaments and championships take place in here. We also have open gaming space here in the evenings.

Toute Suite NEC (Just outside Hall 1)

With a seating capacity of 300 this is home to most of our seminars and panels.

Piazza Suites NEC (between Hall 1 and Hall 3a)

Here are smaller rooms for workshops and exhibitor meeting rooms.

NEC Lakefront

The Viking living history village and Cook Street food area will be here. Witness demonstrations of dark ages combat and find out about life in Viking times.

Hilton Hotel

The Hilton Hotel will remain the focus of the Roleplaying Game sessions. The board game library will migrate here in the evening and we will open large open gaming space. The Pavilion room here will host Live Entertainment events. Workshops and panels will go on in the Surrey room. Explore the galaxy in the Starship Simulator Games in the Kent room.

Hilton Hotel Forecourt

Don’t miss Chow Street - home to the UK Games Expo Food Festival.

Ibis Styles, Gentings and Plaza Crown Hotels

These are UKGE partner hotels who have all agreed to permit open gaming in their lounge areas.


Hall 1 - Our Trade Hall

This 14000 sqm hall hosts one of the four largest public exhibitions of Tabletop Gaming in the world and by far the largest in the UK. Thousands of you can try out demo games of all sorts and browse and buy a massive range of games and games products, have fun with the costumed groups or just defeat your pals in their favourite game.

Click on the map for a larger version. For an index click here.

Some of the key attractions include the Family Zone (run by Imagination Gaming), Playtest, the Leisure Games Shop and Drop, the Bring and Buy, the Cosplay Zone, and one part of our open gaming space and the board game library (run by Thirsty Meeples).

Friday. Trade Halls Opening: Press Preview 9.00 till 11.00. General opening 11.00 to 6pm.

Saturday. Trade Halls Opening: 9.30 to 6pm.

Sunday.Trade Halls Opening: 9.30 to 4pm.


In a Chtulhu-Themed Live Adventure, Audience Members Dictate the Action as Game Industry All-Stars Try to Survive the Insanity

Syrinscape, creator of the award-winning apps that bring tabletop games to life with movie-like sound, announces today the line-up of Cthul-activities planned for this year’s UK Games Expo (Birmingham, June 2 – 4, 2017), including the UK Games Expo debut of the wildly popular Live RPG Plus All-Star Gaming Event.

Join Syrinscape creator and Dicestormers host Benjamin Loomes as he takes on an all-star cast adventure party and transforms the room into a fast and fun gaming experience for players and audience alike with Live RPG Plus. Along with Munchkin and Dork Tower artist John Kovalic, host of Knightmare Live Paul Flannery, Paizo editor-in-chief F. Wesley Schneider and Call of Cthulhu line editor Mike Mason and Pathfinder Society coordinator Tonya Woldridge, UK Games Expo attendees will have their first chance to play in this event that has become a fan-favorite around the world as audience members contribute to the action via shout-outs, hold-up cards and social media. Live RPG Plus will take place on Friday 2nd June from 8pm – 10pm. Tickets are now available from UK Games Expo.


Other plans

Attendees of UKGE will be treated to the debut of the immersive new Syrinscape Sound Cave in the Trade Hall, where a live microphone will be set up for attendees to deliver their best “maddening voice” will be combined en masse to build the insanity-inducing cacophony that is Lovecraft’s Shoggoth creature, to be released in a SoundPack later this year.

Syrinscape is also thrilled to announce the forthcoming SoundPack, Cthulhu Rises DoomPack, which will release during UK Games Expo. Cthulhu Rises contains six spine-tinglingly immersive locations and encounters inspired by the Cthulhu mythos. Along with the mighty Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, the Mi-Go, Great Old Ones and Outer Gods alike, this six-pack of sonic doom and horror will have gamers playing on the edge of insanity.

Around the con, Syrinscape will also be bringing events for Pathfinder Society and Shadows of Esteren to life with 3D sound, and a two-year SuperSyrin subscription valued at $240 (£190) can be bid on in the UKGE Charity Auction.

The award-winning Syrinscape apps bring fantastic, realistic sound to tabletop gaming and are compatible with nearly any mobile device or computer. Syrinscape’s Fantasy Player, Sci-Fi Player and Board Game Player apps are free to download and the official sounds of Pathfinder, Mutants & Masterminds, Catan and hundreds of other sound creations for nearly any tabletop game are available for sale individually or as part of the Supersyrin Subscription for $10/month.

Syrinscape can also be completely unlocked for free for 30 days at and includes two free SoundSets to keep after the trial.

About Syrinscape 
Using a powerful audio engine and complex algorithms to produce ever-changing soundscapes and rich encounter-specific music, Syrinscape conjures every aural landscape imaginable, from ethereal forests and stony shorelines, to dank, vermin-filled dungeons, to the spooky depths of the underdark. Designed by accomplished composer and tabletop gamer Benjamin Loomes, along with the developers at the Interaction Consortium, Syrinscape builds on more than 8 years of prototyping and community feedback. Syrinscape is based in Australia. Syrinscape is available for a wide range of devices, including PCs, Macs, Android Tablets and phones, iPhones and iPads, and the players can be downloaded via syrinscape for free.



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