Gaming convention success

DM15117181a Organisers from Gambit Games UK at the Shoreham Centre for the Conquest convention

DM15117181a Organisers from Gambit Games UK at the Shoreham Centre for the Conquest convention

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GAMBIT Games held its second tabletop and war gaming convention in the newly-refurbished Shoreham Centre on Saturday.

The event, which brings together national suppliers of wargaming products and local businesses to offer a variety of demonstrations, tournaments and participation games, attracted more than 250 people from the surrounding areas.

DM15117196a Michael Hitchins

DM15117196a Michael Hitchins

For the experienced players, there was the chance to compete against each other for some exclusive prizes. For the those who were new to the hobby, it gave them the chance to play a wide range of card games, board games and miniature games.

The games club, which is based in Portslade and regularly meets in Shoreham, is a non-profit club which was formed more than 25 years ago by Barry Holden, Gareth Wynn and David Shotter.

As well as a variety of games, residents of Shoreham were treated to a Storm Trooper, Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, Dr Who and Captain Hook, who took to the streets to help raise money for local charities Dogs Trust Shoreham and the Friends of Shoreham Fort.

Games retailer and event organiser Gary Cambell-Smith, of KD Games in Shoreham, said: “It is amazing to think that something that started all those years ago in a small back room as turned into an event on this scale.

DM15117189a Craig Cameron

DM15117189a Craig Cameron

“The event was bigger than last year’s and we were very grateful of the help that came from games clubs from Crawley, Hemel Hempsted, Brighton, Sussex University and Hastings, as well as all of the people who gave their time for free to make this happen. Our thanks also go to everyone who attended and made it such a great day.

“The Shoreham Centre was the perfect location for an event of this type and the club has already decided that they will be back for 2016.

“The event was very well received and we were busy all day, our exhibitors have already booked for next year and we are already starting to plan something even bigger for next year.”

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