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Mark Lucas
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GAMESFEST 4 : 24/10/2009

Gamesfest :

A one day convention to showcase the best of Role playing, Wargaming, Boardgaming & Science fiction/Fantasy literature. We want to pull all the strands of Fantasy/Science Fiction together and create a unique experience for the fan/enthusiast in one convention.
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:
Enable people to play games in an informal, friendly environment.
Let fans sample the best the gaming industry has to offer through Trade Stands / demo games.
Let fans meet the creators/designers of the games.
Give an opportunity to meet the writers/artists of your favorite Comics and Books
Gamesfest is a Hertfordshire based convention and has been running at the Victoria Hall in Tring for the past 3 years.

Companies that attend Gamesfest
Games Workshop
Pinnacle Entertainment
Leisure Games
Cubicle 7
Project Hydra
Bloody Books (publisher)
Hadesgate (publisher)

We have outgrown our current venue and will be holding Gamesfest 4 at the Watford Colosseum
The new location: Watford Colosseum (Watford town centre)
Facilities include a fully licensed bar, two venue halls, dressing rooms, a large kitchen and ample parking facilities .There is also a large stage with full lighting system. The Colosseum has a seating capacity of 1188 in the main hall and 298 seating space in the gallery.
The main hall is 700 sq M and the smaller hall is 225sq M. This means we have capacity for over 50 exhibitors / traders. The capacity for attendees is over 1000.
The transport links are excellent via Road and rail (the main line station is 10 minutes walk away)
The future of Gamesfest.
We want to build on the success of last year with the right partners that share our vision. GW , Wizzkids , Mongoose publishing , Privateer Press , 2000AD , SFX , Forbidden Planet etc

At present we have two distinct elements to Gamesfest:

Gaming : Incorporating War games , role-playing , board gaming and CCGS.

Literature : Sci fi , Fantasy and Horror – last years guest included Dan Abnett and Stan Nicholls ( see for a full list)

This year we want to further include:

Comics and guest writers/artists : Leah Moore has already confirmed her attendance.

Collecting / memorabilia and guests: Forbidden Planet are hoping to attend after sponsoring the goody bags at GF3.

Film : Garry Charles will be screening his debut movie “Straw Man” and Frazer Lee will be showing a selection of short movies.

Computer/Console Games

Music: The venue is a music venue as well and we thought we might have an after party!

We are speaking to Ghoultown from the US and a couple of home grown bands
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Mark Lucas
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Gamesfest 4 News

The Fest is taking shape nicely, currently our line up is:

Companies Attending
Games Workshop
Forge World
Warhammer Historical
The Black Library
Mongoose Publishing
Esvedium Games
Battlefront : Flames of War
Triple Ace Games
Project Hydra
Warlord Games
Chaos City Comics
Calamity Comics
Murky Depths
Wargames Inc
Simple Miniature Games
Definitive games
Otherworld Miniatures
Monarch Books and Miniatures.

Authors Attending
Gav Thorpe
Richard Williams
Joely Black
Derek Gunn
Garry Charles
Dan Abnett
Peter Mark May
Frazer Lee
Raven Dane
Nick Kyme
Simon Scarrow
Robyn Young
Leah Moore
Conrad Williams
Steve Dean
David Devereux
Alessio Cavatore
Steven Savile
Steve Lyons
Bob fishcer

Artist Attending
Kev Walker
David Michael Wright

Tournaments / Demo Games already confirmed:

Warmachine (Mitcham Marauders)

WH40K Demo/participation ( Watford Wargames Fed)

WH40K Doubles tournament

Flames of War Demo ( Wargames Inc)



Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies

Call of Cthulhu



Savage Worlds

Plus much much more to be confirmed

Extra events

We are also running a miniature painting competition, so remember to bring your brush.

Tickets will be on sale soon at

I’m sure you’ll agree this is looking to be the biggest and best Fest ever!

Regards the Gamesfest crew.
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Mark Lucas
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Tickets are now on sale at

£5.50 - Per adult

£4.50 - Under 16’s/Concessions (Unemployed, OAP, NUS)

£12.00 - Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16’s)

£20.00 - Combined convention/concert ticket with Terrorvision headlining

The forum on the web page is up and running!

Check out all the latest news!!!!
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Mark Lucas
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Great news GW supremo Jervis Johnson is also attending the Fest!

Jervis Johnson is a game designer for Games Workshop.
He is currently one of Game Workshop's long-term strategy managers, having previously been employed as head of its Specialist Games division.
Jervis currently contributes a regular series of articles that focus on the hobby aspects of Games Workshop products, entitled Standard Bearer, to White Dwarf[i]

Awesome News the Black Library has confirmed two Panels for Gamesfest.

Here is your chance to ask the authors those burning questions!

General Black Library panel at 11:00 featuring:

Graham Mcneill
Gav Thorpe
Richard Williams
Dan Abnett
Nick Kyme
Steven Savile
James Swallow

Plus a special Horus Heresy focused panel starting at 13:00 hours.

I can’t wait!
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