Friday, 10 June 2016

Gamebook Friday: Last weekend at the UK Games Expo

Last weekend I was at the Birmingham NEC for the UK Games Expo. After having such a successful weekend last year, I went with some trepidations this year as the gaming and trading aspects of the event had been separated. As it turned out, I need not have worried - the Expo was even bigger and better than last year.

I was there primarily promoting Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, but several people picked up copies of my Pax Britannia novels and some die-hard fans of Fighting Fantasy were keen to grab some of the last hardback copies in existence of YOU ARE THE HERO.

It was a weekend of many highlights, including meeting Facebook friends in person for the first time, as well as making new friends. And of course it's always nice to learn that people have enjoyed your work and appreciate what you do.

One of my first visitors came bearing gifts. You can back the Star Bastards Kickstarter here.

Fighting Fantasy gamebook fan Olivier stopped by to say hello.

The Starburst guys, among them Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu contributor Ed Fortune.

Fighting Fantasy legends Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson were featured in the Expo programme.

Jamie Wallis demoing Fighting Fantasy Quest - coming soon to Kickstarter.

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, playing cards, and a teaser about a future Kickstarter.

The Daleks were out in force again this year, demanding money with menaces.

A lot of gaming took place over the weekend... but then it was the UK Games Expo.

Alice's Nightmare in Wonderland, was up for Best RPG in the UK Games Expo Awards.

James Spearing and his wife Julia also stopped by to say hello.

Loyal Fighting Fantasy fan Mark Crew.

Mr Colin Baker (a.k.a. the Sixth Doctor) stopped by, which was nice.

The 19th Century Falcon.

Author Gareth Baker.

Alice meets Alice.

Special thanks must go to author Gareth Baker, who shared the authors' table with me, Haydn and Steve who helped out over the weekend, Darren Pearce, and UKGE Director Richard Denning's sprightly octogenarian father John who wrangled us writers very effectively over the weekend.

The whole experience was a lot of fun, and I hope to be back again next year - possibly with this in tow...

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