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UK Games Expo 2018

by Peter Ray Allisonon 06/06/2018
Four years ago, the UK Games Expo was held in the Birmingham Hilton. Now, with board games on the rise, the UKGE is dominating two halls of the NEC.

(N)SFW-X(XX)

by Peter Ray Allisonon 17/05/2018
The partying has barely finished for the ninth Sci Fi Weekender (SFW), but work has already started on their next invasion of North Wales for SFW-X.  Much of the programming is still in its early stages, but some guests have already been confirmed already. People often ask how the weekender is different to any of […]

UK Games Expo is coming

by Peter Ray Allisonon 03/05/2018
The UK’s largest hobby games convention, UK Games Expo (UKGE), is set to take place at the Birmingham NEC next month.  Currently in its twelfth year, the UKGE will run from 1st to 3rd June. Last year the event attracted around 32,000 people, and even more are expected to attend this year. A whopping 300 […]

Battletech – A game about loss

by Peter Ray Allisonon 30/04/2018
Battletech is the latest game from Harebrained Schemes, the developers behind the critically acclaimed Shadowrun trilogy.  Battletech is based upon the mech-themed board game of the same name, which follows the ongoing wars between competing interstellar dynasties that are fought using towering battlemechs. Whilst the board game evoked the grandeur of colossal mechs warring against […]

DON’T PANIC! A celebration of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Peter Ray Allisonon 08/03/2018
Forty years ago today, an earth shattering piece of radio was broadcast for the first time. This revelatory piece of radio was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

MCM Birmingham Comic Con is back for 2018!

by Peter Ray Allisonon 08/02/2018
Opening the convention season of 2018, MCM Birmingham Comic Con will bring an action-packed weekend of pop culture to the NEC, when it returns to the West Midlands on 17-18 March. Featuring everything from comics, movies, games and sci-fi to cosplay, anime and steampunk. Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy) has […]

SFW in the City II: Sci-Fi Fantasy Warriors!

by Peter Ray Allisonon 07/02/2018
Following the rip-roaring launch of Sci-Fi in the City last year (reviewed here), its second coming will arrive at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on the first weekend of October 2018 (Earth Time), with a special pre-party on Friday 5th. This year it is reborn as SFW in the City II: Sci-Fi Fantasy Warriors! The headlining guests […]

Po-Zu launch Star Wars inspired footwear

by Peter Ray Allisonon 24/11/2017
Finding geek-wear for the ethically-minded has always been tricky at best.  Often, geek clothing was manufactured to meet the exacting demands of fans , with little to no thought as to the environmental sustainability, use of animal products or fair deals for workers in the supply chain. Until now… Ethical clothing company Po-Zu have been […]

MCM Birmingham Comic Con – November 2017: Is that a chicken?

by Peter Ray Allisonon 24/11/2017
Wandering into MCM Birmingham Comic Con for the first time, you may be excused for being awestruck for a moment.  The entrance is a visual assault on the senses, with banners hanging from the ceiling, videos playing non-stop on the monitors and hordes of costumers of surrounding you. From traders and authors, to cars and […]

Cosplay from SFW in the City

by Peter Ray Allisonon 16/10/2017
One of the highlights of Sci Fi Weekender in the City was the diverse costumes worn by the talented cosplayers there.  The sheer breadth of cosplay ranged from faithful recreations of those worn on screen to imaginative re-envisioning of iconic characters. Here, in no particular order, is just a fraction of some of the fantastic […]