Tabletop Gaming

Tabletop Gaming

The Tabletop Realm

Whether you want to get competitive at Codenames, or try something new by blossoming indie devs, our tabletop lending library and board game area is the perfect place to grab some friends and play a quick round. 

Following fan feedback, we’ve moved the Tabletop space to Level 2 of the ExCeL’s Platinum Suite (head up the escalators/lift in the main boulevard). Not only will this be our biggest Tabletop gaming area ever, you’ll also benefit from a quieter space to plot your next move!

All-Ages Tabletop Gaming

You’ll find something for all the family in our free-to-play tabletop gaming area!

Dive into movie themed board games from your favourite fandoms, or discover something new; Invasion of the Cow Snatchers, City of Zombies, Katamino, Tumble Tree and more are waiting for you!

Dungeons & Dragons

If becoming a Bard, Paladin or something in between is more your thing, ask for Dungeons & Dragons. New to the game? No problem! There are beginner level games running all weekend long and experienced folk on hand to help you get started.

Or…try your hand at Wrath of Ashardalon - the D&D co-op adventure game that’ll have you embarking on the quest of a lifetime!

Card Corner

A chance for you to come and try out the biggest trading card games including Pokemon, Magic The Gathering Commander, One Piece, Flesh and Blood, and Battle Spirits.

Tabletop Tourneys

Get competitive with gaming tournaments from Dice and Destiny. We have a 32 Player One Piece Tournament and 64 Player Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament confirmed so far. Check the main schedule when it drops for more details on timings. Please note a small participation fee may apply.

Who will be in Side Quest?

Imagination Gaming

Imagination Gaming will be hosting our tabletop zone, where gamers and families alike will be able to experience a fantastic range of games from across the world in a free to play area. 

A member of the Imagination Gaming team will always be on hand to teach you the rules or simply let you get on and have a great time.

For the last 16 years Imagination gaming has been working in schools across the UK and run family zones at many major gaming and social events aimed at highlighting the enjoyment and learning that can be achieved through tabletop games. Their passion is in making games highly accessible to all ages and abilities.


Dicebreaker brings professional, high-quality coverage of amazing tabletop games to everybody. From the latest Dungeons & Dragons adventure and biggest board games of the year to overlooked tabletop gems that you might’ve missed, it’s the place for veterans and newcomers alike to find their next favourite game and go inside the games they already love.

Look out for our “Dicebreaker recommends” check-points across the Tabletop area! Oh, and be sure to take a look at the main panels and screenings schedule to see the Dicebreaker team in action across the weekend.

Dice and Destiny

Dice and Destiny will be running Card Corner, a chance for you to come and try out the biggest trading card games for free. They will be running free demos and tournaments (sign up at the show!), so whether you're a card game pro, or totally new, you'll be guaranteed to find something for you.

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