Peter Hazlewood

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GI2019

The Great Indoors is over for another year

GI2019 was held on 14th-15th September 2019 at The Ladybird Inn, Bromsgrove and a good time was had by all.

Inis

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GI2019: it's official!

GI2019 is official!

I'm delighted to (finally) announce that GI2019 is now official and confirmed. It will be held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019 at The Ladybird Inn, Bromsgrove and tickets are now on sale. The format will be different to previous years, as already explained, and largely based on free play. That is we'll have lots of tables and chairs, plus our lovely flag system for finding games/gamers, for all our attendees to use. You can play your own games or take advantage of the games library run by the Great Indoors team.

Due to lack of space, Board Game Hub are the only official exhibitors. Attendees will get the chance to demo our upcoming first publication Tranquility, a co-operative card game by designer James Emmerson and featuring stunning artwork by Tristam Rossin.

Tranquility front

Designers are most welcome to come along and bring their games to show off to any willing participants. All they need to do is buy a ticket!

And finally, retail support will be provided by my own company: Board Game Hub. The shop is now up and running, though still a work in progress, but we already have lots of lovely games in stock including wonderful games from our indie publishing partners. You can take a look at our online shop now while we'll also offer free collection from The Great Indoors as an option nearer the time to save you postage costs. In the meantime, make sure to use discount code LD0192837465 for 10% off.

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GI2018: the full report

The Great Indoors 2018

Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th July at Bromsgrove Council House

We had more than 100 people attend over the whole weekend, though the exact number is unknown because I managed to recycle the paperwork. Sorry folks!

Exhibitors

This year we played host to Mythic Games, with their prototypes of the upcoming release Solomon Kane, Asgard Games who brought their retail stock to sell, and the ever-present Medusa Games demonstrating multiple games including Essen 2018 release Magnificent Flying Machines and a world exclusive premiere for a King of the Castle-themed family game.

Solomon Kane

Mark demoing Solomon Kane

Asgard Games

Just a small selection of games then Vince

King of the Castle

Richard Denning's King of the Castle game. You saw it here first!

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GI2018

What's on

If you've been waiting patiently (or otherwise) for news about The Great Indoors 2018 then your wish is now granted. Check out everything we've got in store for you so far. Hopefully we'll have more to add to this list of features in the weeks building up to the event.

Loads of open gaming space with signal system for finding games/gamers

People who've attended our first two events in 2016 and 2017 told us how much they valued lots of space for open gaming. This year's venue is much larger than last year and has masses of space for people who just want to game. We also have our signal system to make it easy to find games with open slots or attract gamers to join your game.

Open gaming

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Announcing GI2018

BIG NEWS! The Great Indoors is back for its third year in 2018.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July GI2018 will take place at Parkside Suite, Bromsgrove. You may or may not be aware but this is the first time the event will run over two days. We are very keen to cater for increasing numbers of attendees and provide the best experience possible. To that end, we have received feedback suggesting there is demand for a whole weekend event; in addition it was always our aim eventually for The Great Indoors to be a weekend event. We feel that the time is right for this and hope that you'll be able to join us for one or even both days. While pricing is not finalised at this point, having the venue for two days will enable us to offer weekend tickets at a reduced rate while not penalising those who wish to only attend for one day.

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GI2017: the full report

The Great Indoors 2017

Saturday 29th July at Arrow Valley Visitor Centre

Exhibitors

It was great to see many people taking advantage of our exhibitor demos/playtests.

Dice Hospital

Dice Hospital prototype with Mike Nudd

Four Elements

Michael Mita's Four Elements

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The Great Indoors 2017

The Great Indoors full logo

Excitement is building so it's time to share some more specifics about what will be happening on the day.

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Competition winners

This is just a quick announcement to confirm the winners of the early bird prize draw.

1st place: Ben Gallant - £30 voucher

2nd place: Emma Davies - Terraforming Mars

3rd place: David Tomlinson - Roll Player

The prizes are on their way now from The Board Game Hut so all that remains is to congratulate the winners, and wish them masses of enjoyment, thank The Board Game Hut for sponsoring our event with these amazing prizes, and lastly to encourage any readers who haven't yet bought tickets for our upcoming event on Saturday 29th July in Redditch to consider attending. More details will follow but for now please head to The Great Indoors event to find out more.

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Board game terminology: a guide

Contributor Zara Shoosmith recently wrote an article about board game terminology and how their widespread use in conversations can be confusing and intimidating to new gamers. I am guilty of assuming that everyone will understand when I use a term such as 'king-making'; I do not use the term to consciously exclude people from the conversation but that is in fact a likely result. This whole topic is an issue I had not considered before; joining a board game group already has significant barriers to entry and we must do what we can to make new gamers as comfortable as possible. In future I will try to make sure that if I use jargon, I immediately offer an explanation to those who may not understand. If you are a new gamer, there is also something you can do: read around the topic, consume lots of board game media and, if necessary, consult this handy reference guide designed to explain terms that you may come across.

Confused Peter looking at a dictionary

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Announcing The Great Indoors 2017

The Great Indoors 2017 event banner

It's back, it's bigger and it's better than ever before; its the The Great Indoors 2017. Following the tremendous success of our debut event in July 2016 we are delighted to announce the return of Worcestershire's premier board game event. It will be held on Saturday 29th July 2017 at Arrow Valley Visitor Centre, Redditch.

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The Great Indoors 2016

Saturday 30th July was the culmination of a year and a half's work: the Great Indoors came to Bromsgrove Rugby Club. For no good reason, other than wishing that there were more local board game events (and I like organising things), I had decided to explore the possibility of creating my very own event and turn this

Empty Bromsgrove Rugby Club

into this

The Great Indoors 2016 in full flow

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