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    Branded as ‘The Place to Play’ Airecon fills larger and larger sections of the Harrogate Convention Centre every year, three full halls and more this year. There’s so much going on, but playing board games is the focus – you won’t find more open gaming space anywhere else.

    Held in March every year the event has grown from strength to strength and attracts players from all over. Harrogate is a bit of a trek for me from Newton Abbot, but it’s worth braving the rubbish Cross Country train services to get here.

    There’s a trade hall, demo areas and a family zone. And there are tournaments and events running every day. And you can browse and borrow from the best games library I have ever seen.

    As a town, Harrogate is Posh Yorkshire. It’s beautiful and although the restraunt and entertainment scene is fantastic, it is a little pricey. Book your accomodation early to find a cozy guesthouse or more value hotel.

    Charity raffles and events raised over £7000 in 2023, a huge achievemnt. And although 4000 people is a lot, Airecon retains the friendly feel of a smaller convention. Volunteering opportunities are available, you can check the website.


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    Board gaming is a really social hobby, and (I think) it’s best enjoyed with a group of friends around a table with an interval for a shared meal. But life can get in the way and it’s not always easy to get together in person. Thankfully there are many ways to game online, and Board Game Arena is a contender for the top spot.

    With a very solid claim to be the world’s #1 platform for playing online, you can play hundreds of board games from your browser for free. And you can host many more premium games for a small subscription.

    There is a wide selection of games, and you can search and filter by complexity, player count, and many other options. The platform uses a simple point and click interface, and is extremely user friendly via PC.

    With friends around the world that I’ve met at Conventions, BGA is a great way to stay in touch and keep gaming.

    Matt’s opinion here! BGA has a mission to keep things nice and simple. Point and click functionality across the whole design, and all games, clear instructions, plus many linked teaching videos from the best providers available all combine to make it really accessible.

    If you’re on BGA please add me as a friend and lets play some games!

    Website: boardgamearena.com

    My BGA username: Venomstryke