On Sunday 23 September Bordon will be hosting something completely new, Gamesfest 2018 - it’s first all-age and family friendly table top gaming Festival.
The event will see the local arts centre filled with a range of board and card games large and small with professional demonstrators and advisors from local gaming companies Asmodee and Games Quest on hand to help visitors find a game to play, show them how to play it and ensure everyone has loads of fun. This is a free event put together by the pioneering group who are also planning a formal church plant, called Beacon in 2019.
The festival is the idea of the Rev’d Dom Clarke, leader of a brand new joint Methodist, URC and Anglican Missional Community in the town. He is also the vicar of nearby St Matthew’s Church, Blackmoor and Whitehill in the Diocese of Portsmouth.
The Revd Dom commented:
“I am a lifelong gamer, from Dungeons and Dragons all the way through to some of the top board games of today like Pandemic and Carcassonne. When I discovered that two of the biggest companies in the UK gaming world were located in Bordon I just knew that I had to put on a big event to bring this amazing hobby to this town which I love. Beacon is a small missional community with a big heart and even bigger ambitions. Our heart and passion is to help this changing community of Bordon flourish in all sorts of ways, and to provide something interesting and exciting for everyone to enjoy. Gamesfest is going to be awesome!”
The ex-army town of Whitehill & Bordon in Hampshire is currently undergoing a major regeneration and development scheme with thousands of new houses, a shopping centre and leisure facilities being built over the next few years. Beacon is currently negotiating with the developers for them to provide a brand new state of the art community church building which will also function as a community café, youth club, community garden and also provide space for a range of activities to benefit the town.
Table top gaming is a family-friendly hobby that is growing in popularity across the UK with titles like Ticket to Ride, Catan and Exploding Kittens being enjoyed in countless homes, games clubs and board game cafes up and down the country. Card games like Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering also have cult status and millions of players. The hope of the church is to see this type of gaming grow as a hobby in the area and a club to be started in Bordon in the autumn.
"What I love about board games”, said Dom, “Is that they are interactive, social, conversational, and a great way to make friends and, most importantly, have a real laugh. I really hope that people of all ages will come to Gamesfest to see what the hobby has to offer, as well as attracting seasoned gamers like myself too”.
Gamesfest will be held at the Phoenix Theatre and Arts Centre, Barbados House, Station Road, Bordon on Sunday 23rd September 2018 from 11:00 – 18:00. The event is free and throughout the day a whole range of games will be on offer to play.