Author Topic: Gamesfest 3 : RPG/Wargaming/Boardgaming/CCG -Convention 04/10/2008 Tring Herts  (Read 5351 times)


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What is Gamesfest?

A convention to showcase the best of Role-playing, Wargaming , Boardgaming and Science Fiction/Fantasy literature in a one day convention.

We want to pull all the strands of Fantasy/Science Fiction together and create a unique experience for the fan/enthusiast in one convention.

Hopefully ours is a unique vision and we want to focus on customer satisfaction and a totally enjoyable day dedicated to players and fans alike.

The aim is to

1) Enable people to play games in an informal, friendly environment

2) Let fans sample the best the gaming industry has to offer through Trade Stands / demo games.

3) Let fans meet the creators/designers of the games

4) Give an opportunity to meet the writers/artists of your favourite Comics and Books.

5) Provide a unique shopping experience for the enthusiast.

Tickets are on sale at 5.50 GBP via the site and Harrow comic shop.

Companies that will be attending Gamesfest 3

Games Workshop: The nice chaps from Nottingham will again be attending with a trade stand and hopefully another awesome demonstration game of Warhammer.

Esdevium Games: Europe's largest distributor of hobby products will be attending and promise to run a variety of Demo games from their huge range.

Pinnacle Entertainment: The makers of Deadlands and the Savage World RPG system will again be supporting the fest (it wouldn't be the same without them!). The UK demo team will be running a series of demonstration games and their fully stocked trade stand.

Wizards of the Coast: Will be attending the Fest for the first time this year. They are looking to run demos of Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering. We have been told that the Fest may coincide with a magic expansion release! , which is great news for Magic fans!

Project Hydra: Project Hydra is a gaming store located in the town centre of Northampton. Who offer various ranges of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Historical Wargames, Card Games and Board Games. Project Hydra had a great stand last year and definitely helped make last year's event!

Calamity Comics: This year we are proud to announce the attendance of London and Watford's leading comic book chain! Calamity's owners John and Eric are looking to make a regular appearance at the fest and provide another dimension to it.

House Atreides: Are going to attend for the first time this year. House Atreides supply single cards for every CCG imaginable ( Magic to Pokemon). They also provide an extensive range of used RPGs.

Games Bazaar: GB attended last year, and they have in stock a huge selection of Magic the Gathering Single Cards.

Also we hope that Wizz kids and Upper Deck Entertainment will attend!

Cubicle 7: They publish a variety of games (Role Playing, Card and Board games) based on both original and licenced backgrounds. The games are SLA Industries , Victoriana , Starblazer adventures , Qin and Doctor Who

They will be attending with a trade stand and running demos!

Leisure Games: Leisure Games is a specialist Games retailer. They stock only Games, and pride themselves in having a remarkable breadth of stock of Games of all types (except computer Games!). They stock Roleplaying, Wargames, Collectable Card Games, Board Games from all over the World, Miniatures, Traditional Games and Non-Collectable Card Games

Simple Miniature Games Simple miniature Games has been set up to "provide the best alternative 28mm sci-fi and fantasy wargames scenery and more for fans" . SMG will be running demos and bringing a packed trade stand featuring AT 43 , Confrontation , Warmachine , Hordes , Wargods etc .


Wargames :

Warhammer: 40K tournament (run by Armageddon gaming club)

Warmachine: Demo/participation Game (run by Mitcham Marauders)

Memoir 44: tournament ( run by Barry Ingram)

War Gods: Demo/participation Game ( run By Robert Phipps )


Dark Heresy (WH40K RPG): Run by Jeremy Wolsten Croft.

Deadlands , Savage Worlds: ( Run by Pinnacle Demo team )

Dungeons and Dragons (Wizards of the Coast )

We also plan to run : Warhammer Fantasy role play Call of Cthulhu , World of Darkness etc


Magic the Gathering: Tournament run By David 'Bart Man' Bartram.

Also we hope to run : World of Warcraft CCG and UFS


Talisman : Tournament run by Austin 'Stoker' Hyde

Memoir 44 ( see above )


We are proud to announce the Celebrities who will be attending Gamesfest 3 ...............

Stan Nicholls: has been a full-time writer since 1981. He is the author of many novels and short stories but is best known for the internationally acclaimed Orcs First Blood series. In 2007, he was awarded the Le'Fantastique Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Literature at the Trolls & Legendes Festival in Belgium

Dan Abnett: is well known for his comic work, he has written everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men. His prolific work for the Games Workshops Black Library includes the popular strips Lone Wolves, Titan and Darkblade, the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, and the acclaimed Inquisitor Eisenhorn trilogy.

Graham McNeil: noted Games Workshop games developer and author. Graham is the author of numerous novels set Warhammer 40K and Warhammer Fantasy universes, including Fulgrim, part of the best-selling Horus Heresy series.

Mark Chadbourn: is a British fantasy, science fiction and horror author with eleven novels (and one non-fiction book) published around the world. Six of his novels have been short listed for the British Fantasy Society's August Derleth Award for Best Novel, and he has won the British Fantasy Award twice, for his novella The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke(2005), and for his short story Whisper Lane(2007).

David J Rodger: David's first Novel 'God Seed' is a Cyber thriller that follows the journey of a documentary film maker , Adam Kyle as he covers a group of Corporate Mercenaries . Kyle is propelled into a Web of lies , treachery and murder involving fascist extremists , Islamic Terrorists , corrupt government officials an a religion as old as Mankind. He has taken influences from writers such as William Gibson , Robert Ludlum and H.P Lovecraft . He has also created a role-playing game on his fictional world entitled Yellow Dawn

Juliet E. McKenna: is a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and dark fantasy. Her first novel, was published in 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn. Her second series, The Aldabreshin Compassconcluded with Eastern Tidein 2006 she is now working on a new trilogy charting the course of The Lescari Revolution. The first volume, Straws in the Wind (working title, so that may change.), will be published in the UK and the US by Solaris in the spring of 2009.

Deborah Miller (a.k.a. Miller Lau) has been writing fiction all her life, mainly fantasy but also some science fiction and horror. In 1993 she was short listed for the Ian St James award, reaching the top fifty from a record entry of 8,000 for her short story 'Dinosaur.' Since that date she has worked on novel length fiction although also working full-time as a Technical Editor. In 1999, after reaching agreement with Simon and Schuster's Earthlight for the sale of her first novel Talisker she decided to dedicate herself to her writing full-time.

James Swallow's stories from the Warhammer 40,000 universe include Faith & Fire, the Blood Angels books Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius, as well as short fiction for Inferno! and What Price Victory. His Black Flame books include Jade Dragon, the Judge Dredd novels Eclipse and Whiteout, Rogue Trooper: Blood Relative, and the novelisation of The Butterfly Effect. James's other credits include writing for Star Trek Voyager, scripts for videogames and audio dramas.

Stephen Hunt is a British fantasy author living in Spain. He is the author of The Court of the Air (April 2007), a fantasy adventure set in a basically Victorian alternate world with the addition of magic in various forms. The nation in which the plot is largely set is recognizably based on Victorian Britain and the main neighbouring country is presumably inspired by the Paris Commune (and communist revolutions in general).

His second novel, set in the same fantasy world, is The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (May 2008).

Stephen owns and run's the internet's second most popular sci-fi web site, (c. 40 million hits a month).

Joseph D'Lacey first short story Getaway Car was published in 2001 by Cadenza. Since then his work has appeared in anthologies , magazines and online. Meat is his first published Novel. Joseph lives in Northamptonshire with his wife.

James Barclay is a British fantasy author who has been publishing novels since 1999. He is best known for his action fantasy thrillers concerning the mercenaries-turned-world-savers ?The Raven?. The six novels in this series are to be joined by a seventh in November 2008. The genesis of The Raven was on the percentile dice RPG tables of James?s youth and unsurprisingly, he has a big following from the ranks of the gaming community. The Raven novels have been translated into eight languages across Europe. Latterly, James has published an epic fantasy duology called ?The Ascendants of Estorea? and is currently working on a trilogy concerning the elves of The Raven?s world. Elsewhere, he is working as an actor on a British crime thriller, writes screenplays and is developing young adult fiction.

Bill Hussey has a Masters Degree in Writing from Sheffield Hallam University. His first novel, ?Through A Glass, Darkly?, was inspired by the lonely Fen villages of Lincolnshire and by a lifetime devoted to the horror story. Bill lives in Skegness and writes stories about things that go bump in the night.

Peter Mark May was born in Walton on Thames, Surrey in 1968. Married with two young sons, he has been writing as a hobby since he left school. After the sudden death of this brother in 2004, he decided to take voluntary redundancy from an eighteen year Civil Service career and completely changed his life emphasis. Taking two years off work to enjoy life with his family and working on getting his latest horror novel finished ( Demon) He is writing a new personal horror novel entitled Kumiho, set during the Korean War.

FRAZER LEE is the award-winning writer/director of short horror films ON EDGE and RED LINES, both starring Doug (Pinhead from Hellraiser) Bradley. He also directed the commercial campaign for TRUE HORROR WITH ANTHONY HEAD (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame) for Discovery Channel.

Frazer's new projects include the feature length horror movie URBANE from his screenplay with co-writer Max Kinnings, also in development as a graphic novel with art by Shane Oakley (Alan "From Hell" Moore's ALBION). Frazer is also working on more feature-length, short and literary fiction projects. His first book, URBANE AND OTHER HORROR TALES is out now, available from along with the DVD of ON EDGE and RED LINES.

David Michael Wright is Royston based artist and will be selling selected pieces on the day.
His works encompasses many aspects of the fantasy genre including fine art painting and miniature painting. Special projects also include wargame floor plans and custom guitars. View his online portfolio at

Garry Charles has been working as an author for four years. He has three novels already published by HADESGATE PUBLICATIONS: HEAVEN'S FALLING VOLUMES ONE AND TWO which span the genres of Dark Fantasy, Horror and action packed adventure and HAMMERHEAD which is an out and out Horror novel. Later this year sees the release of SLAVIS and STONE COLD SNAKE EYES (both co-written with US author ERIK ENCK and to be released by US publisher BLU PHI'ER). Also slated for release is TRANQUILLITY, a novella from SCREAMING DREAMS PUBLICATIONS. His short stories can be found online and in print in such publications as ESTRONOMICON, SIEN UND WERDEN, THE HORROR EXPRESS, WHISPERS OF WICKEDNESS and NVH to name a few. Garry is currently working on a third HEAVEN'S FALLING novel,and two other Dark Fantasy tales entitled BOOKEND and HOTEL HOLLYWOOD. Whilst juggling these three projects he is also developing a sci-fi project for TV.

Steve Dean was born and still lives in Nottingham with his wife and three children. He has been writing for many years, mainly Science Fiction and Fantasy. To date, he has had more than a dozen short stories published in various independent press magazines. He also has three novels in the shops, published by Hadesgate Publications; Soulkeepers, a fantasy novella for the whole family, The Servicing and Maintenance of Wayland Snowball, an adult SF comedy, and Mage Reborn, an adult Fantasy. On the RPG side, Steve worked with ForeverpeopleRPG where he released three hooks and ideas collections; Wilderness Encounters 2 - Into The Mountains, Wilderness Encounters 3 - Desert Encounters and Wilderness encounters 6 - Into The Mountains. These were joined by three complete scenarios in the Opus Operandi series; Chains in the Dark, A Pool of Clear Water and Tower Down. He was also one of the contributing editors for the short lived but very popular Wyvern roleplay magazine.
In January, Steve made the leap to Talisman Studios, and Adventure Zone: Barbary, a pirates and cannibals expansion for the Suzerain system quickly hit the shelfs. Adventure Zone: Wolfpaw, a horror western expansion, will join it by the time you read this, followed quickly by Adventure Zone: Sanxesta, this time a land-based swashbuckling extravaganza. An as yet untitled illustrated pirate story is also in the pipeline. If that wasn't enough, Steve also writes book reviews for the British Fantasy Society! Currently Steve is writing novels four and five, and continues to create for the ever-expanding Suzerain multiverse

Derek Gunn is the author of the Vampire Apocalypse series. The first book Vampire Apocalypse: A World Torn Asunder, was released towards the end of 2006 and is Derek's debut novel. The film rights are under option and a movie is in development with producer/screenwriter Richard Finney (Miaximum Risk, 100 Girls, Carver, Ye Older Times) and producer Robert Lawrence (Die Hard with a Vengence, Clueless, The Last Castle). The second book in the series, Vampire Apocalypse: Descent into Chaos, is due to be released in the US in the Autumn. The third, Vampire Apocalypse: Fallout is due out in 2009.

Derek has also had short fiction published in anthologies from Black Death Books and Permuted Press. He lives in Dublin, Ireland with his wife, 3 children, 2 guinea pigs and one ever-faithful dog.


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Got my tickets in the post the other day! Cheers, Mark! Can't wait :D

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I think I might be coming to this one!
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Latest News 01 September.

Preparations continue for the big day! We will now  provide more frequent updates in the run up. As always if you have any questions please reach out to us.

Further details have been provided to us regarding the exclusive Suzerain RPG demo that you can experience at GamesFest. Alan Bundock from Talisman Studios will be GM?ing, please see our Demo Zone for full scenario details. 

We are also pleased to firm up on our Black Library /Games Workshop contingent, Dan Abnett, James Swallow, Richard Williams and Gav Thorpe. Unfortunately Graham McNeil will now be unable to attend due to personnel circumstances beyond his control. Graham is disappointed at missing the day but has promised to attend GamesFest 4 next year.

Finally we are very pleased to welcome back our StormTrooper ?friends? from the UK Garrison. The UK Garrison were in attendance at GamesFest 2 and are back to keeping all troublemakers in check!


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I be huuuugely looking forward to this :D