Earlier in the year we were hearing disturbing reports of all the Games Days becoming smaller events, and this years UK Games Day will be no different. Announced yesterday via the Games Workshop Maidstone Facebook page, the event will be on September 29th and tickets go on sale the 29th of this month.


With only 4000 tickets available, it looks like a mad rush to get them. Best to suit up into your powered armour and grab your bolter.

Here is the information, including the loss of parent tickets, and more.

Games Workshop: Maidstone via their Facebook Page
URGENT NEWS
This years Games Day is limited to Only 4,000 tickets instead of the normal 8,000 and with this in mind, I want to let you all know that it will be first come first served.
I would ask that all of you who want a ticket turn up at my store on SATURDAY 29TH JUNE at 9.30 so as to ensure you get your ticket any questions please either leave here or phone up the store.

29TH SEPTEMBER Ticket coat £35 coach ticket if you need one will be around £25 though this will need to be confirmed

There are no parents tickets this year they are all the same price, and the coach ticket will be around £25, The coach will pick up at Bluewater as it has free parking and will make the journey to the NIA in Birmingham more direct.

31 Comments:

  1. People should buy them and Ebay them for a nice profit. 8)

    Seems to me like GW is really hurting their profits....only 4k people to buy FW and their other goodies on site? Turn away people with cash in hand they are ready to throw at you....really?

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    1. But only a few hundred ever buy anything from Forgeworld. Most just stand in the line and look at stuff. This also means smaller venue, less accommodations, fewer prize payouts, smaller staff required for coverage = saving tons of money.

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    2. OMG people actually LOOK at stuff they plan to buy instead of just buying it? :O
      not on GW planet i guess!!!

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    3. Maybe they aren't coming close to 8,000 attendees to they are reducing the number to create a demand.

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  2. Didnt it move to the nia for more space in the first place?

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    1. Not sure when it moved, it's been at it's current location for as far as I can remember. It has expanded into further halls but things like scrap daemon and the number of gaming tables can only be made so big

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    2. Not sure its been a while last one I went to was there and that was around 13th black crusade but I remember going to one at was it the nec before. Just hopr the content improves again

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    3. Don't know when it moved to the LG but it was still at the NIA in 2002 when I left school. The LG is a much bigger venue but they had the layout all wrong last year; massive (and I mean massive) space, of which a third was taken up by tills and empty queue lines for said tills, and store stuff. The two smaller rooms, one of which was the arena (seating) were rammed full of people.

      GW seriously have their priorities mixed; they really do care more about just making (and saving) money than than their customers and what their customers want from them.

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    4. The year before that, they crammed all the tills on one side of a hall and it got completely mobbed for the entire day; I never even saw the stands that year.
      That third (huge) hall was a new addition for last year. The space still wasn't used great, but it was better than the year before. What they really needed was to expand the forgeworld stand, that's where everyone was headed (myself included).

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    5. Not sure when it moved exactly but first Gamesday I ever went to was at the Horticultural Halls in London back in '86. Next time I went in 97 I think it was it was at the NEC, last time I went we said 'not up to scratch' and never bothered again, instead I look forward to Salute in Excel London now, much more fun, easier for me to get to and can come home within an hour of leaving if that.

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  3. That is a lot of space marines.....

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    1. But they did put the price up, it was £30 last year....

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    2. Damn, I need to do some memory training...

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  5. Another GW fail.

    When you have people coming to your shows and spending money, WHY turn them away?! If they are shrinking the venue and cutting staff, I can see that as a driver. It would be bloody foolish of them, though.

    It was not long ago that people *flew* to Games Day, played in events, bought product and speacial-release minis, etc.

    THAT said, GW pulled out of all other conventions (GenCon, Origins, etc) in the early 90s in order to solely promote "their" hobby. Now that GW has a presence at these conventions again (after a 20-year hiatus), maybe they simply see Games Day as a money-loser.

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    1. It's not like you (or anyone else) has a clue to why the event's been downsized, but by all means stay up on your Failhorse.

      It could be an issue with the venue, staffing, management, logistics...I'd wait until we know more before OLOLOLOLing and pointing.

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    2. its actually been said (for GD germany) that its due to makeing everything "better"... shorter waits at the FW table to buy stuff, not so crowded and arguments of that nature

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    3. I can see how that works; at the Forge World open day this year about two thirds of the main hall was taken up by people queuing to look at/buy upcoming FW stuff. And that's a pretty big hall.

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  6. There are also rumors that this years Games Day will be the last one in Germany. Since Germany is one of the biggest markets for tabletop gaming, that is a bit ominous.

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  7. A birdie told me that GW is looking to have a stronger presence at the generic Cons, and turning more of the game over to the FLGS. While they maintain some measure of exclusivity, this allows for a wider audience appeal.

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    1. Nah, this would actually make sense from a business point of view.
      Very unlikely

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  8. like in germany and other places before :/

    make the hobby more exclusiv
    charge more per ticket

    how do they expect us to take part in oure fav. part of the hobby buying their Stuff at gamesday if we can´t get in?
    stupid GW -.-

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    1. You took the words out of my mouth! My Hobby of just shelling out money to stand in lines to buy GW products, That are available at warhammer world a few miles down the road is doomed.

      With that said GD has been pretty much a FORGE WORLD EVENT for a while with there crew being the only ones eho will talk about upcoming things.

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    2. "make the hobby more exclusiv
      charge more per ticket"

      i think that's the whole point, see the price raises, the double codex for eldar etc... they are trying to make this an "elite" hobby, excluding the die hard fans who doesn't have enough money to buy everything they make. After all, it's better to have kids who buy lot of stuff at random, than whiners who buy only the stuff they want and criticize them...

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    3. yeah
      i doubt kids are the backbone of GW sails alone

      kids are more and more into video games and smartphone and all that stuff

      back in the 90tys i had no succes in convinsing people into starting a army for 100-200. They would rather spend 600,- on a PSP or PC.

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  9. Sorry, coming from Australia, where the mad rush of selling tickets normally continues till the weekend before the actual event, at which point the GWS store staff are practically begging you to buy them, I can't really give much credit to the need to buy them quickly or even attempt to scalp tickets.

    Of course the event is probably a fair bit better in GWS's home country.

    I just don't really see the point as others have mentioned, there isn't really much/any exclusive content and the money spent on a ticket/getting there would be a few FW purchases anyway.

    The only reason I would go is if the ticket included the opportunity to kick some of the codex writers in the balls. Like the guy who did Eldar/D Eldar.

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    1. I'm assuming this is because PK actually made the codex balanced to the point where you need to think about what units you're selecting instead of just taking multiples of the 'best' unit and sweeping all before you...

      Seriously, PK writes some of the best, most tactically challenging and thoughtful codices out there, and I for one can excuse the odd bad unit on that basis alone (Cough, Mandrakes, cough)

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  10. Personally I think it makes sense. They had a lot of unhappy customers last year due to the overcrowding. I know this goes against the fashionable view on the Internet of GW as greedy morons, but perhaps they are simply responding to customer feedback.

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  11. I was there last year, for the UK s Games Day. The only place where there was a HUGE queue was FW. The rest was normal busy. I manage to speak with whoever I wanted to speak to without queuing for more than a minute.

    The only issue is that the demand of FW product is so huge on the Game Day, due to their event only release, and advance order/purchase. They make the event a special place to go in order to get exclusive stuff or in advance.

    GW doesn't do any of that, they just sell normal stuff. they never show you unreleased products. Yes, they get the studio team there, but have a chat with the GW studio about upcoming project and you get a pre recorded answer. Do the same at FW studio and the guys starts talking for 20 minutes about upcoming minis, wip, stuff that might happens..... they are really open about it, and they bring the WIP in front of you. Last year was the dual between Abaddon and Loken.

    so if you want to get something special from the GD, you go to FW and queue. The rest isnt that special.

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  12. I went to both Games Day and Enter the Citadel (40k open day) last year. By far I preferred the Enter the Citadel event, sat in on a couple of seminars with the DE and Necron development teams, and also a sculpting session. All the studio were there available for conversations in a really relaxed, personal fashion.

    By contrast, Games Day felt really sterile, I headed straight to the Black Library and Forgeworld area, spent best part of an hour queueing to order a limited edition BL book, and over an hour queueing to get to the Forgeworld stand to buy one figure. Nice to see lots of the studio there, but there were so many people trying to speak to them (ok, Codex Chaos had just been released so PK was in extra demand) and it was really difficult to actually talk to them about anything in particular.

    Needless to say, I won't be going back to GD, but would definitely attend Enter the Citadel again (if only I weren't double-booked this year, grrr)

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