Gaming club set to mark its 25th with first convention

Gary Cambell-Smith, front, with Gambit Games UK members in Shoreham D14161334a
Gary Cambell-Smith, front, with Gambit Games UK members in Shoreham D14161334a

A GAMING club that started in the spare room of a house 25 years ago is marking its silver anniversary with its first convention.

Gambit Games UK is a growing gaming club dedicated to playing tabletop war games in Shoreham and Portslade.

It is billing Conquest as the ‘biggest tabletop gaming convention on the south coast’, to be held at Hove Town Hall on Saturday, September 27.

Committee member Gary Cambell-Smith said: “It marks a big step for us, starting with a small group playing Warhammer 40K in a spare room 25 years ago to where we are now, hosting weekly events here in Shoreham and monthly events in Portslade, with a memebership of over 100 and regular attendance of 40-plus.”

The club started in 1989 with Gareth Wynn, Barry Holden and Dave Shotter playing once a week in a spare room. Its journey since then has included a widening of interests, so it now covers almost all the strategy board, card and tabletop games.

Mr Cambell-Smith said: “As it is our 25th anniversary and we are venturing into something new with our first-ever convention, we have also chosen to remember one of our founders, Dave Shotter, who passed away when the club was still small, by naming an award after him.”

The club, which has more than 150 members from aged six upwards, meets on Tuesdays, from 4pm to 10pm, at the Royal George pub, in Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham, and on the last Sunday of the month at The Scout Hut, Vale Park, Portslade, for a full day of gaming.

The Shoreham meeting started with a just a few players before Christmas and have grown to between 20 and 30 players. Its success means a second gaming night will be added from May, meeting on Fridays at the same times.

Mr Cambell-Smith said: “The Gambit family keeps growing and tabletop gaming is very much alive in Shoreham. We welcome anyone along to our gaming evening and are happy to teach new players, or have someone come along and bring something new to us.”

Conquest will see clubs and groups from around the area come together for tournaments, demos, exhibition games and seminars from game designers. Advance tickets are £7.50, under 16s £5. Visit or the Conquest Facebook page for more details, including the various tournament schedules planned.