The 3-day event is the 2nd largest analogue gaming festival in the UK and was founded by Mark Cooke in 2016. Analogue gaming is about board games, card games and role-playing games.
Mark Cooke said:
Most people are aware of how computer gaming has evolved, but analogue gaming has also gone through an evolution – just a quieter evolution.
I ran the first festival, what has become to be called AirCon zero, at my house in Leeds and that just got out of hand. It was then moved to a church hall in Bradford, but after I saw what the growth was like, I knew it was going to need somewhere much bigger and with capacity to grow with us.
I liked the Convention Centre and Harrogate is such a lovely place. Many now come along, but treat it more as a holiday and explore Yorkshire. The staff are also very friendly and I don’t see us going anywhere else.
It gives the opportunity to test and play the most exciting new games in the world. There is a huge amount of table space for attendees to meet together and game, a board game library from Travelling Man, featuring over 500 games available to borrow for free and a family zone. (Aged 10 and under are free)
The event will welcome thousands of gaming enthusiasts from all over the world for a community minded celebration of all things board gaming.
There’re places to buy new games, trade-in old games and a quieter area for those that works better for.