Gaming convention is coming to Shoreham

A Firestorm Armada session at Gambit Games SUS-140509-085739003
A Firestorm Armada session at Gambit Games SUS-140509-085739003

THE success of a gaming group’s first convention has prompted members to aim for something even bigger and better.

Billed as the biggest tabletop gaming convention on the south coast, Conquest was held at Hove Town Hall last September.

It was organised to mark the 25th anniversary of Gambit Games UK, a club dedicated to playing tabletop war games.

Having been started in the spare room of a house in 1989, the club has grown to include members of all ages, with weekly sessions in Shoreham and a monthly meeting in Portslade.

Club member Kevin Hearne, who regularly helps the Lords of War team demo at various events, said: “We are putting the same convention on again this year, only bigger and better, and this time it is being held at the new-look Shoreham Centre.

“We had more than 150 people through the doors at Conquest last year, ranging from children to grandparents.

“We would like to see lots of families coming again to this year’s event. One of the big joys is showing families a game that they can play together.

“The big buzz is getting the interaction going between people, whether it is adults versus adults, children versus children, or adults versus children.”

Conquest 2015 will be held at the Shoreham Centre, in Pond Road, on Saturday, September 26.

Mr Hearne said: “It will be a bigger event than last year, with more traders and clubs putting on demos.

“We are also hoping that more people will be coming dressed up as their favourite characters as we want to put on a Cosplay competition.”

The Iconic Legion costume group will make a return visit this year, putting on various tournaments throughout the day.

Various clubs will be organising participation games for visitors and traders will offer a range of miniatures, trading cards, books, graphic novels and comics.

Gambit Games meets every Tuesday at the Royal George pub in Shoreham, 4pm to 10pm, and on the last Sunday of the month at the Scout Hut in Vale Park, Portslade, 10am to 10pm.