I am going to Uk Games Expo this year, aren't you? It's awesome, you should go and fill yourself with delicious food, beverages and maybe even sneak in a game or two.
This year I am going along as a member of the press. I know. Fancy. Anyway, I thought I should start looking at who I want to go and speak to whilst I am there and so I am going to have a look, line by line, at the exhibitor list and pick out the things that really catch my eye. I'll probably linger over a couple of local designers who come along to my playtest group, but I'll highlight those folks as I go. I'll be doing this over the next few weeks as there are quite a lot to get through.
You can find the full list of exhibitors here, but I am just going to start at the top left of that page and work my way down. Let's go!
2d6.ee games: An Estonian publisher, and definitely one I will be checking out as how often am I going to get meet folks from that neck of the woods? Ok the games don't seem entirely up my street, but I will at least pop by and give one or two a shot. Always looking to be surprised. Roundhouse Kick looks most likely to charm me, but they do have a game about puppies!
3D Total Games: These folks seem to have been around since about 2014 and I recognise a couple of the titles. Quite intrigued by Wizard's Academy and they have a good amount of articles on their site about the design process, which I always like. SATW sounds interesting as well, and the art for both these projects is really good.
4Ground Ltd: Some nice scenery guys, but not the sort of thing that I review on the blog. Might swing buy and snap some pics all the same. I have a few friends into their mini gaming more than I am.
A-Muse-Ment: Your guess is as good as mine folks. No link from the Expo site and nothing thrown up by a brief google. I'll come back and update this entry if anything more appears between now and then.
A1 Comics: A retailer of toys and comics, not something for the blog.
Absolute Dice: Not too sure what the games are about but they sure do feature a lot of dice.
Adversity Games: A cyperpunk competitive board game you say? Colour me interested. Sounds like an outfit that are previewing at Expo before going to Kickstarter.
Agent November: A real world puzzle game style thing, not really my cup of tea.
Airecon: I've heard good things about this Harrogate based con, but not something I need to look at for the blog unless I can get there next year.
Alphetar Games: Publishes d100 rpg supplements. Not the kind of RPG I am into anymore.
All Rolled Up: I should maybe review this at some point, as I've had one for a couple of years. Fantastic accessory and you can really pimp yours out with all sorts of bits and pieces. I would urge you to check them out!
Alley Cat Games: My science background definitely compels me to check out Lab Wars from this outfit.
Altitude Managent Ltd: No idea what is going on here, website may be updated soon.
Andree Schneider: Artist
Arcane Wonders: Decent sized publisher of the Dice Tower Essentials line and Mage Wars. I'll swing by if I have time as I've never actually played Mage Wars and it seems intriguing. Bigger outfit, so not high up on the list.
Right that is the first 3 lines out of the way. There are a lot of publishers this year and hopefully I'll be able to highlight some that you may miss if you aren't going to the con.