Over 100 people visit 12-hour board game event in Hartlepool

One of the board games and players taking part at the People's Centre.
One of the board games and players taking part at the People's Centre.

Gamers have been battling it out at a 12-hour extravaganza in Hartlepool.

Vintage tearoom and tabletop game shop, Tea@Hart, in York Road, put on the fun at the Hartlepool People’s Centre on Raby Road.

The event, which is running from 10am to 10pm, features board and card games both old and new ranging from traditional Monopoly to Carcasonne.

Organised by Tea@Hart owner Jeni Hart, the get together has allowed people to meet up and play others at a variety of different games.

The free event has been supported by Hartlepool Co-Wheel; Hartlepower CIC and Hartlepool ward councillors.

On the day demonstrations have also been given by Mantic Gaming and Hartlepool War Games Social.

"It's been absolutely brilliant," said Jeni.

"We've had over 100 people through the door, with some familiar faces and lots of others who are new to gaming.

"Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon and Tickets to Ride have been the most popular games which we've had interest in, as well as Dungeons and Dragons."

The event is now in its second year and looks set to grow.

"Last year we held it in the team room, but this time we've brought it out into the community so that it can be turned into a real community event," added Jeni.

"We've had tremendous support from Hartlepool ward councillors to help us make it even better.

"A lot of people have come in and said they're interested in this kind of thing but until now they haven't had others to play with.

"Now, they've met up with these people and seen that they have shared interests.

"We're already looking forward to planning next year's event."