Planning Time

Whilst the sun shines we're hard at it planning for this years event. We may not be the biggest convention but we aim to give all attendees a great day out. We are looking to have role playing, war gaming and any number of board games in addition to our usual eclectic selection of guests and things to buy.

So keep any eye on our Twitter feed and we'll have advance tickets on sale soon.




Tickets at the Door

You'll be pleased to know that we'll of course be selling tickets on the door, hurrah!

You may also be pleased to know that we're going to honour our Advanced ticket price on the door. Meaning £4 for an Adult, £2.50 for Under 16's and children under 12 get in for free.

So looking forward to seeing you on the day for some quality gaming fun.




The Final Countdown

Wow - So this year we have a Doomtown CCG tournament , a X Wing Tournament , Short story Competition , Melsonian Arts Council , Dragon Warriors RPG, one FLGS ( Lost Ark ) , Shades of Vengeance RPG , WH40K ( SW , RT and Heresy ) , Ginja Tache sci-fi T Shirts , Napoleonic Skirmish game , Calamity Comics ( independent comic shop) , Discworld RPG , Titan War Games, Celebrities ( actors / authors ) , miniature sculpting , City of Zombies board game and 3 DMs running Dungeons & Dragons. Oh and Cosplay and a charity raffle. Nearly Forgot charity Beer from Tring Brewery. So play all day , spend all day buying or a combination of the two . See you there Festers!


X-Wing Tournament Time

X-wing returns to Gamesfest with a 100 point standard dogfight format.

A 12 person tournament, the prizes will consist of a complete set of Store Championship 2017 range rulers, alt-arts created specifically for the event by Dale Cromwell (Top 4 French Nationals 2017) as well as official FFG tokens and cards.

So create your squadron of 100 points and do battle as the Empire, Rebellion or Scum and Villainy. Rounds will consist of 75 minutes and overall winner will be decided by Swiss.

Sign up via our Registration page to avoid disappointment and May the Force be with you etc.


GamesFest Short Story Competition 2017

Full rules for the short story competition. GamesFest Short Story Competition 2017

We are delighted to announce the inaugural GamesFest Short Story Competition to coincide with this year’s festival in Tring on 21st October, 2017. 

The competition will be run in conjunction with Tring Writers Circle and is free to enter. It is open to all ages and there are three categories:- Up to 10 years, 11 to 16 years and 17+. 

Closing date for entries: 28th September 2017

The shortlist will be announced on the GamesFest Website by 18:00 on 16th October, 2017. 

Excerpts from the three winning entries will be read out at the festival and we would ask all entrants to ensure they will be available to attend the festival should they be shortlisted. All finalists will receive free entry to GamesFest.

The winners will be announced at GamesFest on 21st October, 2017 and will be available on the GamesFest website on 22nd October, 2017.

Competition Rules:

All entries must be typed in 12pt black font.
Entries should have a 3cm margin down each side.
Stories should be double line spaced.
The story title and page number should appear at the bottom of every page.
All stories should have a cover sheet including the story title, word count, age category, genre and author’s name.
Stories should be formatted in Word. No other format will be accepted.
Entries should be emailed to:
Three entries will be shortlisted in each age category.
All entries must be submitted by midnight on Thursday 28th September, 2017. No entries will be accepted after that time.
There is no entrance fee.
We can accept only one story per entrant.
Entries should be in one of the following genres: Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Crossover stories will be accepted.
Stories should not contain any gratuitous violence, bad language or themes of a sexual nature.
Categories & Word Length (excluding cover sheet):  
Children up to 10 years of age – 750 words maximum.
Children between 11 and 16 – 1,000 words maximum.
Adults aged 17 and over – 1,500 words maximum.
This year’s judges will be: Jonathan Green, Erika Sanderson-Cline, LL McNeil and
Michael R Miller. 
The judges’ decision is final.
All finalists will receive free entrance to GamesFest on 21st October, 2017.
The three winning entries will receive a book token, signed copies of books by the judges and one-on-one chats with the celebrity authors. The three winning stories will be recorded by Erika Sanderson-Cline as an audiobook and will also be published on the Gamesfest Website.

Terms and Conditions:

Entries must be submitted in English. Translations of short stories originally published in languages other than English will not be accepted.
All entries should be submitted by email.
No more than one story can be submitted by each entrant.
The winning stories will win a book token, signed copies of books by the judges and one-on-one chats with the celebrity authors. There will be no cash substitute.
The closing date is midnight on Thursday 28th September, 2017.
Stories must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not have been previously published, self-published or published on any website or public online forum or broadcast.
Copyright will remain with the author but stories are submitted on the understanding that GamesFest has the right to copy, distribute and publish the story until 30th September 2018 to support the festival.
GamesFest is unable to offer individual feedback to entrants.
The decision of the judges is final. No further correspondence will be entered into.
Shortlisted entrants should be available to attend GamesFest on 21st October, 2017.
Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of these terms and conditions.


Advance Tickets on Sale!

Whilst the sun shines it's always good to look forward to months ahead and plan. That's why we're thrilled to put on sale the advance tickets for GamesFest 2017.

This years event will be building on the great success of last years which was our biggest since are return to the convention scene.

Look forward to a great mix of stuff to buy, games to play and friend to make.

This year we're please to reward those who advance purchase with a discounted ticket of only £4. I think by anyones standard thats great value for a one day convention covering board games, RPG's, war games and loads of other stuff.

We've also put up for sale Under 16 tickets at only £2.50 and the even better news is that under 12's will have free entry again (no need for any ticket).

So getting planning and we look forward to seeing you in October.

Mark & Walter

The Day After

There was sun, there were games and gamers, there was even a GamesFest beer. Most important of all was Ollie and his family enjoying the event and for us to raise some money for his cause.

Big thanks to all the DM's, traders, demo dudes, cos players and everyone who came. We really appreciate the support.

Planning is now underway for our main event in October and our plans for expansion in 2018.

See you all soon.

Mark & Walter


The Line-Up

The line-up for the Charity convention is looking AWESOME !

We have Blaggards Game , Dungeons & Dragons x 3 , Rad Hack RPG, Dungeon World RPG , Choose your adventure RPG , Shades of Vengeance RPG , Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader , Warpath and The Walking Dead skirmish games & Tring War Gaming Club running Dragon RAMPANT !

With regards traders we have Dead Universe (comics, collectibles and games), Titan Wargames ( Chaos Dwarves) , Vintage Games and the Toy chief .

The icing on the cake is MODIPHIUS and Esdevium Games are attending to demo and promote/sell. The Troll trader is supplying prizes as well. Hopefully we'll have Shadow War running as well.

The cherry on the icing on the cake is there will be beer from Tring Brewery for sale at The Akeman, Tring at a very competitive price! All proceeds to Ollie's Fund!

See you there on Saturday!

Regards Mark & Walter

The Charity day latest lineup......

Dungeon World – RPG by Stuart McQueen – two sessions

The bustling frontier town of Blackwater; a place of adventure, business, exploration and danger. Where those brave, or foolhardy, enough to take risks can find wealth, power and renown….or notoriety! But people have gone missing! At first it wasn’t noticed, an elf here a dwarf there; the odd human or Halfling just seemed to up and vanish…almost like it was into thin air. But they have been noticed now and all is not right in the bustling town of Blackwater…
The game we will be playing is Dungeon World by Sage LaTorra and Adam Koebel. A table top role playing game of daring-do, high adventure, magic and combat. You will take on the role of brave, (or not so brave), adventurers exploring the world around them, and in this adventure the town of Blackwater. Will you be noble paladin or cleric striding out against the darkness blessed by your god? A crafty thief lurking in the shadows? A ranger or druid blessed by nature, communing with or even becoming animals? A stalwart fighter or savage barbarian, the rock between your friends and those who would do them harm? Or a wizard controlling the elements and shaping the stuff of raw magic itself? You are these heroes controlling their actions and thoughts, working together to discover wonders, stop the baddies and maybe pick up some treasure on the way!"

Dungeons and Dragons RPG “ Harvest Time”  by James Baxter – two sessions

The adventure begins with the characters camping on the side of a dirt road; they will hear a ruckus further up the road and investigate. They heroes will come upon a paladin (Sir Castor Fairhair) who is beset by a number of scarecrows. After saving him or watching him defeat the monsters he will say there are strange rumours that had reached him about the village of Anniswick.

He will thank the group and tell them they are only about 2 hours from Anniswick and it isn’t safe to camp on the roadside, he also owes them a drink if they helped. The adventurers will continue to Anniswick and discover that there is something not right, they can spend the first day after their arrival looking around town.

The first night the groups’ new friend will have horrendous nightmares and awaken drained, it is the work of a coven of Hags who will try to get the heroes to leave or eventually kill them. Throughout their stay in Anniswick the group will aid in an investigation that is constantly opposed by the locals and this will in turn lead the group to discover that the three main families of the town are headed by three hags that have formed a coven. How they deal with this is down to them though, it is suggested that trying to take on all three at the same time would be a bit beyond their level.

The adventure will ultimately reach a climax against probably the most powerful of the three hags, the original Granny Ethel Greenteeth in her lair, where she will reveal the secret of the village’s female children.

Komorns Death Machine Dungeons and Dragons Rpg by Glenn Cooper 

100 years ago across the war torn Moonshae Isles, a rich and famously powerful artificer from Flamsterd named Zeldalia Komorn appeared. In each of the courts of Ffolk, Elvenkin, Nordlanders and Amnians alike, Zeldalia offered a prize to the first island kingdom to send heroes capable of surviving her deathtrap dungeon.

X Wing Tournament – Nathan Barber and the Dead Universe Gaming Group

Shadow War Armageddon Tournament

A quick swiss style tournament that will be fought in the underhive. Run by Gareth “Major” Howard and John “Waaaggh” Scrivens ftom the Gamesfest Gaming Club.

WH40K Rogue Trader Battle at the Farm demo/participation game from Peter Coogan

Retro gaming at its finest.

Free Play Board Game area

Modiphius Entertainment

Welcome to a whole new world of adventure! Modiphius Entertainment is bringing you a wide range of worlds to explore, including our own terrifying vision of World War Two - Achtung! Cthulhu, a roleplaying setting for Call of Cthulhu and Savage Worlds. We have re-booted the fantastic sci-fi dieselpunk world of Mutant Chronicles with the 3rd Edition of the roleplaying game and the new edition of the Siege of the Citadel board game, we've turned Paolo Parente's awesome DUST universe in to the new DUST Adventures RPG - fully compatible with the DUST Tactics game! We launched the official RPG for Corvus Belli's Infinity universe, the Thunderbirds co-op board game by Matt Leacock, Airfix Battles, a new introductory wargame, Robert E. Howards CONAN - Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of! and Star Trek Adventures, the 4th edition of this fantastic roleplaying universe. We also have many more games by great creators and studios across the world so come in and have a look around.

Titan Wargames


Tring Brewery will be supplying a Beer for the occasion 

Cosplay – Cosplay Kira , Vanilla Pink and Amber Everiit 

Plus Bring and Buy , raffles , auctions and much , muchmore

Calling all DM's and GM's

The Charity RPG and TTG event is shaping up well. We still need DM's and GM's for day and anyone else who wants to run something and contribute.

Just email us and let us know what your fancy doing.

Kill Team - The Aftermath

Last Sunday saw the first GamesFest Gaming day of the year with an awesome Kill Team Tournament. 

Suffice to say I lost all my battles and the Orks proved to be formidable foes.

None the less it was a great start to the gaming year and we're very much looking forward to our next one.



Tabletop Gaming

For those who haven't seen it look who had a great 2 page article in the latest edition of Tabletop Gaming magazine, that's right us!

So check it out and of course support Tabletop Gaming magazine as our hobby needs a great title like this.

A Big Thank You!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make GamesFest 2016 the biggest and best event yet.

We had a record amount of attendee's partaking in the best gaming can offer. 

We're now going to switch focus to GamesFest 2017, onwards and upwards.

Mark & Walter

X-Wing Tournament Details

Welcome to the X-Wing Tournament at GamesFest 2016. This is the annually run 100 point dogfight for the game of Star Wars X-Wing by Fantasy Flight Games.

This event is rated as Relaxed/Casual/Friendly, and will broadly adhere to the FFG Tournament rules, so is suitable for every kind of X-Wing player. This covers those fresh from the Imperial Academy to battle hardened Veterans.

Prize support is brought to us by Lost Ark Games, hurrah!

Registration is 10.00am and we aim to have the award ceremony around 5.00pm. As there are currently 14 entrants we will be doing a 4 round Swiss style.

Good luck and May the Force be with You!

Tickets on the day!

Of course we're looking forward to welcoming you on the day to try the great games we have lined up, buy from the lovely traders and meet the very interesting special guests.

How much I hear you say, all of this for the great value price of £2.50 each with children under 12 admitted for free.

So roll up, pay and walk in, door's open from 10.00am.

PS - The X-Wing tournament is now sold out!


The Countdown has begun!

With under a month to go to the big day we've been working feverishly to bring the best and most interesting games, traders and special guests in the hobby. 

As ever our endeavour is to introduce new games to the masses and establish ourselves in the convention calender as the go to place to try new stuff.

You'll see on our Whats On page how the line up is shaping up to be.


Summer Time

I know we've not been posting much recently on the site but there's loads of stuff going on our Facebook page and Twitter account. So get yourself there (we're easy enough to find) and we'll be back to full effect after our Summer break with updates for the big day.