Bristol Geek News: July ’16 Edition
After the last GeekOut Bristol Meet, I was given a lot of information about different things that are underway. Some are in the planning stages, others are in full swing. Some are in development, whilst others invite you out for a drink. Join Timlah as we look at some cool upcoming things around Bristol – and what you need to know about them!
Bristol can be a really creative and really fun city to live in. Whether it’s a trip to the pub with your local GeekOut South-West folks, or if it’s going to the latest Board Game Cafe, Chance and Counters, there’s a lot of things to keep your geekiness in check. However, last week during our latest meetup, I was told about a lot of different things. So instead of doing individual posts on all of them, I thought I’d cover all of them in an article, similar to our old “The Week in Geek” series. There’s a meet, a video game and a cinema trip to be discussed today, so stick with it, there’s something for everyone!
Star Wars Social: Saturday 16th
On Saturday 16th July, there’s a social event taking place in the centre of Bristol. Meanwhile, over in London, there’s a great big Star Wars Celebration for Europe taking place between the 15th and the 17th. So if you can’t make your way all the way to the capital to go and see some awesome Star Wars related stuff, then you might as well keep local and help support an up and coming bar in the process. Star Wars fandom stretches far and wide, so show them what Star Wars means to Bristol and to you.
Of course, Bristol is home to the original Darth Vader: David Prowse. If you didn’t know that, then you clearly needed to know this, as it’s a good bit of trivia about Star Wars and local knowledge! Nevertheless, to celebrate Star Wars this year, if you’re unable to travel to London, then go to the Moor Brewery, which is a short walk away from our regular haunt, the Old Market Tavern. They will be releasing Star Wars related beers, along with prizes for people who turn up in Star Wars cosplay. Their founder is a huge Star Wars fan, so he’ll likely be hanging around dressed in his Sith costume. So if you want to show off your Star Wars pride, then do not hesitate to go to the Moor Brewery between 12:00 to 22:00 on Saturday 16th!
Alexander Birke’s Laser Disco Defenders
One of our earliest GeekOut members Alex Birke has been really busy developing a brand new game. The last time I reviewed something he was working on, it was Back at the Bristol Comic Expo. He was working on a rather fun little title called Bertram Fiddle. Seriously, go check it out whilst you still can.
Since then however, he has been coming along in strides. He’s been working hard at making sure he hones his craft, whilst running the Unity In Bristol Meetup group for Unity developers. He’s come a long way and is now about to release a new title on the PS Vita. He asked if I’d like a review copy, but sadly I don’t own a Vita. I’ve asked to be kept up to date for when the PC release is available, to where I’ll provide a full review, along with screenshots. Here’s hoping that the game is a massive success, as it’s always nice knowing we’ve got a bunch of game developers in our ranks at the GeekOut Bristol Meetups.
Star Trek: Beyond Screenings – Are you interested?
We have a good number of people who attend GeekOut Bristol Meetups who are true cinema fanatics. They like to get together to watch a good (or bad) film, then discuss it. However, as part of GeekOut South-West, cinema trips are quite few and far between. Most of this is because between organising the huge GeekOut Bristol Meetups, I tend to be working on the website, on social media and more. As such, I’m often asked “when will we have cinema meetups?” and my response is nearly always “when someone steps up”. This time, not one, but two people have stepped up, asking if we could take GeekOut members to go and watch the new Star Trek screening.
GeekOut members David Cope and Alexander Parker have been asking me about taking GeekOut members to a meal and to the cinema, to watch the latest Star Trek movie. I won’t lie, I’ve not been lucky enough to watch the new Star Trek films, so I did feel I’d be a terrible choice to host this one. Instead, I’m looking to both of these guys to run this meetup. If you’re interested in going to see this latest entry to the Star Trek cinematic world, then please let us know in the comments below, or over on our Facebook, Twitter, Meetup or Reddit pages.
That’s it for this month – Hopefully there was something that at least interested you amidst this lot, but now I guess it’s over to you to tell me if you know of anything that’s happening in Bristol and the South-West. Is there any special event that I didn’t mention coming up within the next month? Are you or your company hosting something really cool that people should know about? As always, leave me a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit. If you’d rather tell me something exciting in person, why not consider coming to our next GeekOut Bristol Meet? Thanks to everyone who contributed this month – It’s a seriously busy month for all, but it’s so worth it seeing people come together for the sake of promoting their geekdoms.