Tabletop Nation Gaming Centre

Some very exciting news from Tabletop Nation – the collaborative gaming powerhouse formed by Beasts of War and Wayland Games in the form of the Tabletop Nation gaming centre.

It’s welcome news and gives me hope of reviving the Shell Case Beatdown.
I’ve lifted the info from the site but by all means nip over and check it out.

Tabletop Nation is excited to announce that plans are now moving ahead to deliver the first phase in this exciting partnership, created between Beasts of War and Wayland Games. The Tabletop Nation venue and gaming centre will open its doors in early September 2012, with a state of the art retail store, and gaming venue hosting up to 70 or 100 players depending on game system.

Located in Hockley, Essex, within easy reach of London, and supported by Rail Links and an International Airport, all within 15 mins of the venue, we welcome gamers throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, to our global headquarters for Tabletop Nation and from where future Tabletop Nation initiatives will launch, as they come on-line.

The story so far…
A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes over the last 6 months since the TTN concept was first announced. A suitable location had to be found, one that met a particular set of requirements. Things such as size (which would allow for future expansion), ease of access (good road, rail and air links), free parking (and plenty of it!) and local amenities were all taken into consideration.

Then the right personnel had to be found. A team of people with the right experience and capabilities to deliver a world-class gaming venue, taking the project requirements from the concept stage through to the finished article. That team is made up of both industry and community members, and looks like this: Warren Johnston, Gary Moore, Stuart Mackaness, Conrad Gonsalves, Jon Webb, Jonathan Taylor-Yorke, Paul Bridge, Chris Tomlin with others joining us soon.

Every member of the team brings his own particular strengths to the project, and between them they offer venue design and management, communications and marketing, high quality event creation and management, as well as creativity and tons of enthusiasm!

So just how good is this gaming centre going to be, you might ask…
In its initial phase the facility will house a state of the art retail outlet, complete with a purpose designed gaming area, and over coming phases will expand into a gaming centre capable of holding in excess of 200 players, for fun, spacious events (including doubles tournaments) resplendent with their own bar and restaurant operation!

As well as the nearby Airport and Rail Link the venue has free on site parking, plus 3 additional restriction free car parks literally across the road catering for cars and coaches, and a number of local hotels ready to provide quality overnight accommodation.
Once complete, the retail outlet will give you the chance to see first hand, all of the great miniatures and hobby products many of you will only have seen pictures of online, and will give you access to the complete range of products carried on the Wayland Games website. Fully trained, friendly staff will be on hand to offer help and advice in all areas of the hobby, and we will have the first dedicated Beasts of War “Hobby Lab” where you can experiment with a wide range of hobby tools and products to help expand your hobby horizons.

There will be a gallery exhibiting inspirational miniatures, the work of local and guest painters, as well as a few surprise pieces!
The initial gaming area will offer a range of gaming table sizes, and tables can be moved and reconfigured to provide events with
maximum flexibility. Each gaming table will be reversible with a different base finish on each side, and these will be topped off with
high quality terrain pieces. Our expected launch is towards the end of August/September 2012
and we will keep you fully informed of progress as the next few weeks pass by.

Future phases of the development will see the introduction of the bar and catering services, where first class, flexible service will be the order of the day! We will have permanent staff on site to cater for all of your food and drink needs with a friendly smile and a ‘can do’ approach! IT and Audio Visual systems will be installed which will include plenty of flat screens, a pa system and some very special surprises. Needless to say, this will be available for use by independent tournament organisers. We will also be offering free on site Wi-Fi.

Opening the doors…
On weekdays during Phase 1, we will be open initially for at least 3 evenings so local players, clubs and general visitors can come along and play for free. We will have a booking system in place where you can reserve a table if you wish. We hope the venue will become a welcoming home to all the players in the South East, London and the East of England, as well as visitors from throughout the UK, Europe and further afield.

We shall be running a variety of new and exciting tournaments throughout the year as well as hobby and product launch/support events where we work in liaison with our manufacturing partners. In addition, independent tournament organisers will be able to hire the venue for free, and will receive full backup support from ourselves to ensure a successful event.

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