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Alexandra Palace, London

28th - 29th SEPTEMBER 2019


Tabletop Gaming Live 2018 saw designers, personalities, members of the Tabletop Gaming team, experts and more chat about everything from funny games to how to improve your miniatures painting. Tabletop Gaming Live 2019 will have even more to look forward to - check back for more details soon.

Painting the 'Miniature' drop-in workshop
Follow Deathwatch Studios’ Andy Leighton as he paints some awesome miniatures – or have a go at painting one yourself! Andy will be on hand to answer any questions on painting and his past guides featured in Tabletop Gaming magazine. Plus, come and take a look at some of the miniatures painted for previous issues to get inspiration for your own painting schemes.

Gaming for the Greater Good: Using games to raise awareness of mental health
Phil Tottman and Tom Dryland, creators of Book of Beasties, discuss the creation and origin of the mental health awareness card game, and why using gaming to broach serious issues like mental health is the future for this type of education for young people. They’ll be joined by Anna Williamson: television presenter, TalkRadio broadcaster, life coach, counsellor, Master NLP practitioner, author of the number one bestselling book 'Breaking Mad' and ambassador for Mind, Childline and The Prince's Trust. 

Calling Cthulhu
Join Mike Mason, Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu line editor, and game writers Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward to hear about the latest news about the RPG, how to start playing and how to craft adventures. 

Play It Smart: What we can learn from games (and why they should be used to teach us)
Manchester Metropolitan University’s Games Research Network members Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley, Dr Sam Illingworth, Dr Laura Mitchell and Dr Paul Wake talk about the role that games can play in education and engagement.

Tips for Teaching Games with Gaming Rules!
Gaming Rules!’s Paul Grogan reveals the ways you can become a better teacher of games, including how to get people playing quickly and making it fun and engaging.

Building a Better Tabletop Community
The gaming explosion has seen the hobby become incredibly diverse, with players from all kinds of backgrounds getting in on the fun. Journalist, author and critic Owen Duffy is joined by game designer Bez, associate professor of Games Research at Staffordshire University Esther McCallum-Stewart and Katie Aidley of Katie's Game Corner to discuss ways that the tabletop industry and community can encourage civility, inclusiveness and respect, and why that ultimately results in better games.

Putting the Warhammer Down: James M. Hewitt talks going solo with Needy Cat Games
The Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Gorechosen and DreadBall designer reveals why he left Games Workshop behind to open his indie board game studio and takes us behind-the-scenes of some of the projects he’s working on, from Hellboy: The Board Game to Blitz Bowl.

Rolling on the Floor: Should games make you laugh?
Tabletop Gaming contributor and game designer James Wallis (The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen) is joined by a panel of very funny folks from across the world of games to talk about games that give players the giggles – and no doubt crack a few gags of their own along the way.

Playing the Oldies: 5,000 years of games in under 60 minutes
James Wallis is joined by history buffs and gaming experts to take us on a whistle-stop tour of gaming history, from its early origins centuries ago to the emergence of modern designs and the tabletop innovations leading us into the future.

Catan: Global Warming – an unofficial expansion play session
Come and play the Catan: Global Warming scenario with its creators and see if you have what it takes to settle the island sustainably…. Recommended for players with previous Catan experience. Limited to 20 people.

The Tabletop Gaming Podcast: Live!
Tabletop Gaming editor Matt Jarvis hosts the first-ever LIVE episode of the Tabletop Gaming Podcast, discussing with guests what they’ve seen on the show floor, what they’ve been playing and more!

Handcrafting Games 
Have you ever wanted to make a game? A print-and-play game? A prototype? During this seminar Jackson Pope will show you how he handcrafts high quality games. You’ll learn tips and tricks from his 12 years’ experience of hand-crafting games to a very high standard (both for sale and as prototypes) and stories from his experiences running two board game publishing companies during which he’s handcrafted over 600 games and sold over 8,000.

UK Indie RPG League: Making and selling indie RPGs in the age of Kickstarter
A panel of British indie RPG publishers –including James Iles (UFO Press), Chris Longhurst (Certain Death) and Grant Howitt, Mary Hamilton and Chris Taylor (Rowan, Rook and Decard) – talk about their experiences getting their games made, funded and delivered to players. They’ll discuss the different ways you can do that, the different challenges and opportunities present by making indie RPGs in the UK instead of the US, and how to interest the public in you – and your games – when you’re first starting out as a designer.