Play – The Games Festival

PLAY-2018-nwes.jpgFrom 6th to 8th of April, in Modena, will took place the 10th edition of Play – The Games Festival, Italian greatest event with hundreds of games events and all the Italian games publishers attending it.

4 booth, more than 25.000 square meters, all dedicated to games: boardgames, role-playing-games, miniature games and live-games

Starting from Friday at 14:00 thousands of gamers (last year more than 35000 visitors) will arrive in Modena for this 10th edition that will announce the greatest ever.

Here what you will find in Play’s halls:

Hall A

Mostly dedicated to boardgames and role-playing-games with some of the greatest Italian publishers including Asmodee Italia, Cranio Creations,  Devir Italia, dV Giochi,, GG studio, Giochi Uniti, Ghenos Games, Move The Game, Need Games, Oliphante, Ravensburger, Raven Distribution, Red Glove and Uplay. Here in you can find the list of exhibitors attending Play – The Games Festival

In the middle of Hall A the Goblin Magnifico Area, with20 tables dedicated to the Italian greatest gamers awards,won n in 2017 by Cry Havoc of Grant Rodiek, that this year will be one of our special guests. Club TreEmme, Italian oldest gamers association, will manage the tables dedicated to Play Hot List, with some of the most anticipated Play’s releases.

Concerning the role-playing-games we will have more than 50 tables dedicated to demo, from D&D to Savage Worlds, passing from 7h Seas, Numenera, Ultima Torcia, F.A.T.E. and all the most anticipated releases. During the Festival many RPG events including D&D Open, D&D Epic and two all-night events dedicated to 7th Seas (winner of the Role-playing-game of the year in Italy) and Avventure nella Terra di Mezzo.


Hall B

The hall will show boardgames, card-games and miniature games with the central part with more than 200 boardgames tables managed by La Tana dei Goblin, Italian greatest gamers association. Last year edition, during the 2 days of the festival, the library will make more than 1000 loans: more than 1 game/minute for all the Festival!

In this hall you will find Cosmic Group, Cranio Creations, Dal Tenda, Gate on Games, Games Workshop, Mancalamaro, Magic Store (M5 Edition) and many other publishers.

Almost half of the booth will show miniature games with many tournaments and demo games.


Hall C

Hall C, Independence Play, will have more than 50 tables dedicated to new designers, small publishers, kickstarter pojects including the presence of SAZ Italia. In hall C also the Star Wars: Destiny Galactic Qualifier (first qualifier in Europe) and more than 40 games devoted to abstract games.

Hall E

Historical Boardgames will occupy the small booth E with more than 40 tables dedicated and many events.


Hall F – Play Kids

A new hall, for the first time this year, will be dedicated to kids and families: our gate to the hobby. Chicco, Djeco, Erickson, Haba and Simbatoys the most interesting publishers. In the central part the Family Arena with more than 40 tables dedicated to easy to learn boardgames.

Play Village

Around the halls a real village dedicated to LARP and Cosplay with events, concerts, including the Nerd Play Award, a prize dedicated to new booardgames.


Play Trade

Friday the 6th will took place also the first edition of Play Trade, an event in the event. A day dedicated to publishers, shops and designers: a B2B opportunity with conferences, speed dates, meeting, workshops. Here the list of what Play Trade attenders will find in Modena the 6th of April.


Play the Games Festival will be also full of surprises, more than 500 events,  including tournaments, conferences and workshops. Many guests including all the most known Italian designers. More than 80 associations/clubs will run events and demo tables in Modena.

For the first time in our history the gates will open at 14:00 Friday the 6th. Thursday the 5th, in the University of Modena, there will be a great conference about Games and Errors, run by Play Res Association and the Group for Promoting Games Researches of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (

Some events will also invade the city: murder party in museums and restaurants and many other games opportunity will make for 3 days Modena Italian games capital!

Here the official video of 2017edition.

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About Andrea "Liga" Ligabue

Andrea "Liga" Ligabue is a game expert contributing to many games related international projects including Gamers Alliance Report, WIN, ILSA Magazine and Boardgamenews. Member of the International Gamers Awards Committee is coordinator of Play - The Games Festival and founder of the project Ludoteca Ideale.
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