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Tabletop Gaming Live brings hundreds of 2019’s must-play board games to London’s Alexandra Palace

Weekend convention back for a second year after successful launch with more games, designer talks, interactive workshops, tournaments and more

London’s iconic Alexandra Palace will play host to hundreds of the year’s biggest and best board games next month, as the Tabletop Gaming Live convention returns to the UK capital for its second year.

Organised by the teams behind the popular Tabletop Gaming and Miniature Wargames magazines and websites, Tabletop Gaming Live takes place on Satruday, September 28th and Sunday 29th 2019.

Reflecting the magazines’ celebration of every type of analogue game, Tabletop Gaming Live will feature the latest board games, card games, roleplaying games, miniatures, wargames, family games, party games and more from an extensive list of publishers, designers and creators across the hobby.

The games will include the latest releases from the US convention Gen Con, some available to play and buy for the first time in the UK, as well as upcoming releases from the German Essen Spiel game fair.

Among the hottest games due to appear at the show is the re-release of Dune, the legendary tabletop adaptation of the sci-fi movie considered ‘lost’ for 35 years, and Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared, the latest expansion for the popular board game starring villains from Disney movies, such as The Lion King’s Scar.

Also available to try and buy will be the latest new games in hugely popular board game and pop culture franchises, including Ticket to Ride: London, Star Wars: Outer Rim, Pandemic: Rapid Response, The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, Sushi Roll and Kingdomino Duel. 

Alongside demos and traders on the show floor, Tabletop Gaming Live will feature a huge open gaming area, with local board game café The Ludoquist providing a library of more than 400 new and classic titles for players to play. Players can freely grab a table to play games they’ve brought from home – as well as those they purchase during the weekend.

A dedicated participation area will give players the chance to join regular sessions for roleplaying games including Starfinder, Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest and 7th Sea, as well as popular miniatures titles such as Wings of Glory.

Visitors can prove their skills and win exclusive prizes in a number of gaming tournaments, including a national qualifier for Catan and a regional qualifier for the team game Pandemic Survival. Tabletop Gaming Live will host the UK’s only major qualifier for the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, with the top-performing players earning a place in the European Championship Finals. More details and tickets can be found here.

Games Workshop co-founder Ian Livingstone will lead a weekend full of talks and panels, with designers, experts and members of the gaming community speaking on a variety of subjects, from getting started with roleplaying to offering insight into the making of popular games such as Hellboy: The Board Game, Escape the Dark Castle and King of Tokyo. All of the talks are free to attend for visitors.

A separate workshop zone will give visitors the chance to engage with interactive sessions, including beginner and family game design workshops hosted by veteran designer James Wallis, a beginner’s guide to painting miniatures and a speed painting competition.

Tickets for Tabletop Gaming Live are available now from Ticket Factory. Prices start from £11, with weekend passes and family bundles available. Children under 10 accompanied by an adult can attend for free. Those who purchase their tickets ahead of the show will be granted entry an hour before visitors who buy on the door.

About Tabletop Gaming and Miniature Wargames

Based in the UK, Tabletop Gaming is the world’s leading print and online publication for all forms and genres of analogue gaming, from board games and card games to pen-and-paper RPGs. Launched in 2015 as a quarterly magazine, it subsequently increased frequency as a result of reader demand, with the monthly magazine launching in December 2017 with a brand new look and revitalised content. Its sibling title, Miniature Wargames, has been at the heart of the wargaming hobby for more than three decades and is focused solely on the hobby of miniatures, featuring historical scenarios, model reviews, guides to modelling terrain and more. The teams’ first event, Tabletop Gaming Live, was held in September 2018 and attended by more than 3,500 visitors. Visit to find out more. 


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