In What Ways Have Tabletop Games Made a Big Impact in Solihull in the 21st Century? - The Solihull Observer

In What Ways Have Tabletop Games Made a Big Impact in Solihull in the 21st Century?

Solihull Editorial 17th Oct, 2023   0

Tabletop games come in many shapes and forms, with a long history in Solihull. The ways we play them and think of them have changed in recent years, so what are some of the most interesting changes that you perhaps haven’t noticed occurring?

The Ease of Playing Casino Games Online

Playing some casino games in the past often meant making a trip to Birmingham or London, but the presence of online casinos now allows Solihull players to take part without leaving home. Games such as roulette and blackjack are available as you would expect, but the flexibility of online casino gaming has led to new ways of playing involving live presenters using props like money wheels and dice being added to these sites.

Many casinos provide bonuses specific to their online platforms, such as a live blackjack offer for new customers which can be used on several different games and needs to be wagered once before it can be withdrawn. These casinos have a range of blackjack variants with different rules, as well as other live dealer table games, and they provide golden chips to newcomers who register and make their first deposit.

The UK Games Expo for Tabletop Games Enthusiasts

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Marston Green is home to the UK Games Expo (UKGE) each year. This is one of the biggest British events of the year for fans of tabletop games. It started in 2007 and the number of attendees reached over 50,000 for 2023’s show. As well as classic board games, this event puts the focus on other ways of playing including card games, war games and role-playing games.

Exhibitions, demos of new releases and tournaments offer a variety of ways for fans to enjoy this get-together in the huge NEC while converting the area into the UK capital for tabletop games for the three days it covers. In fact, this is the third-biggest tabletop gaming convention in the world, behind only those held in Germany and the US.

The Growing Importance of Social Board Gaming

One of the most fascinating trends of recent years has seen board games make a remarkable comeback that has turned them into a social event for many locals. While people used to play games like chess, Monopoly and Scrabble at home, the fact that board game cafes and events are now so popular means that they can grab a few games in different settings.

The weekly Play More Games event at the Paramo Lounge shows how popular this has become, with this venue providing five hours as a gaming venue in the centre of Solihull every week. For permanent board game cafes, you’ll need to travel to Birmingham to visit places such as Sliced N Diced or Chance & Counters with over 500 games. We’ll need to wait to see if a permanent board game café in Solihull opens if the demand continues to grow.

All of these ways of playing games in Solihull have grown in different ways, with some dependent on the latest technology and others taking more of a low-tech approach. However, they’ve each made a big impression and should continue to evolve as we look for new ways of playing our favourite games.


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