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Archive for February, 2018

Storytelling: Falling From Grace

Grief, anger, denial, frustration – There are many emotions that go into a character who has fallen from grace. These are the men and women who have done something bad, when they’re not supposed to be bad. These can also be the people who have lost their way, forgetting their purpose. These are the sad, heart-wrenching characters who help you invest in a story. We’re all human, we all occasionally forget what we’re fighting for – And this is how I’d portray them in writing.



Dungeon Situational – Unusual Traders

Any given group of players – when presented with a marketplace or new town – will ask for some fairly predictable things; blacksmiths, magic items, herbalists and alchemists, spell components (if you as a DM insist on such things) and some kind of transport like a horse and cart. But can you pull their eye with something else? Can you present them with something new, and memorable?

A good vendor, trader, or shopkeeper can really lend some memorable characterisation to a town or city. Those assembled below are presented using D&D 5th edition rules, but are readily adjusted for other systems and editions. (more…)

Two Point Hospital – A True Theme Hospital Successor

Small indie studios are all the rage these days, often creating something that outsells the Triple A companies that have dominated gaming for so long. The mainstream trend right now seems to be bringing back gaming gems from the past; Crash Bandicoot being last years big reskin and this year we’re set to get both Spyro the Dragon and Medievil, two games I adores from my childhood. However, remakes don’t need to be the only way to bring a bit of classic gaming back, as Two Point Hospital is coming to prove.


GeekOut Shrewsbury – February ’18: Sweet Lovecraft

Ia! Ia! Gong hei fat choy!

Merry February everyone, this Thursday passed saw GeekOut Shrewsbury return to form with a whole lot of new faces and new tricks, and I solemnly promise this will be the last Lovecraft themed thing for a while maybe. I’m here to serve everyone’s fandoms, not just to celebrate my own, but dammit if it didn’t turn out to be a good idea to ask for Lovecraft themed Valentines cards. It was also a good idea to drive considering the games I have to carry with me, but I learned some terrible things about trying to park in Frankwell.

Let’s get into the gallery…

The Pour House

So I arrived in the Pour House on Frankwell and was surprised to find more than just Murray sat at a table, easily our busiest pre-meet ever with about seven or eight of us, so it’s definitely time to start warning venues of our arrival. Also, consider this a formal request, if you’re planning to show to the premeet please at least drop a comment on the Facebook poll so that I can be prepared and prepare our venues. While it was a lovely surprise, it’s one that could limit our choices in future if we start showing up and asking for large table at short notice.

Magic, Lovecraft Letter (sans the madness rules for now) and some general D&D based conversation in warm and comfortable surroundings. Thanks to the Pour House, and don’t think I didn’t spot a few of you looking over at the games in progress. You’re welcome to join in too, and we’d love you to.


So it was a rather large crowd that travelled to Montgomery’s Tower, via my car where multiple bags of board games had been left behind during the premeet. I set up the Games Library, we bust open some games, hilarity ensued. There are a lot of pictures of Rhino Hero in this month’s gallery, but what can I say? It’s a very photogenic game.

Arkham Horror was a wonderful nightmare to set up, but dammit if we didn’t eventually slay Yig despite the curses and a wholesale failure to close a single portal, but dammit if we didn’t clear up the streets of Arkham with guns and spells and not even dying slightly (once nearly) and I absolutely need to get some bags to keep those damn tokens separated.

My dear mother arrived with a parcel for me early in the afternoon, fresh from the sorting office. I got a Hydradoodle in the very first pack. I am a happy man indeed. More information on Unstable right here.


Being the sole arbiter and judge is a heavy burden, and those of you who made use of my craft materials to create your valentines cards on the day made valiant and truly incredible efforts, Keiran’s artwork was both sickening and adorable, Charlotte’s inside message was just so wonderfully written, and kudos to Albert on your pun-work, I have to respect that. However, the winners are below…

Those who planned ahead seized the advantage, and it’s a shame that Julia’s was left at home because her hasty recreation showed promise. I simply could not decide on a third place, so here are joint second places, you earned your Lego Batman minifigures.



But dammit Vinnie, you psychotic mastermind. In he strolls at about half 6 and hands me this madness. I shall forgive Harley misuse of the term “Non-Euclidean” when describing this unending card because it’s as good a description as any. It didn’t end, and not pictured are the illusive pages 5 and 6 which require the artifact to be unwound and remade to be discovered. First prize well earned, another Lego figure and a lucky cat to celebrate the year of the dog.

Next Month

March at the Movies for Thursday 29th which means we have a whopping five week gap! You have this time to swat up on your film knowledge for this month’s terrifying Big Geek Pub Quiz. And on the subject of films, a quick head count; who wants to go see Infinity War after the April GeekOut as part of a big ol’ GeekOut group?

Top 10 Invisible Characters

I feel like I’m going blind looking down this list! All I can see are floating clothes! Something isn’t right here. Oh wait, I know, this must be our Top 10 Invisible characters. Before we see what cannot be seen, we must tell you that a character doesn’t need to be able to control their invisibility to be considered; however it must be a skill or ability they have, or something that’s just natural to them. As ever then, here’s this week’s unseeable Top 10!


GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 9th: Cosplay on the Cheap

18+ Event

Cosplay is such a great pastime; it encourages excellent communication skills, it develops peoples creativity and it allows us geeks to truly show off our love for a character. Indeed, a great cosplay not only looks good, but it gives us all a common point of interest to focus around.

But what about those cosplays you make on a literal shoestring budget?


Review – Black Panther

This will be a relatively short review, as from the perspective of a white British man there’s not an awful lot to comment on. This is a Marvel origin story, in the vein of Ant Man and Doctor Strange, it brings to light a character that has seen little screen time and attention in the past, and while we have met T’Challa before and know the basics of the Black Panther (at least from the MCU perspective) he’s still a relative unknown compared to the likes of Spidey and Iron Man.

Still, from someone with little investiture in African and African-American culture there was a lot to enjoy, remark upon and unpack. I am calling a Minor Spoiler warning but*… well I’ll get to that in a little while. (more…)

JoJo’s Bizarre Impression On Me

Recently, if you were a friend of mine on either Steam or on our Discord channel, I may have mentioned to you that I’ve been watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure recently. At long last, might I add? It’s a series which has always been on my list to watch, but something I just hadn’t gotten around to until recently. I intend to do a full review, but at the moment, I’m only up to the ‘second part’, Joseph’s adventure, but here are my raw feelings of the anime so far.


Dungeon Situational – Non-Combat Challenges

Most commonly Dungeons & Dragons tends to be sequences of role-play, exploration, broken up by combat situations and the occasional shopping trip. There’s variety in the proportions of course, but there are some very rare opportunities for the DM to call for initiative where an actual fight is unlikely because there are more important things to worry about.

I’ll be using rules and skills for D&D 5th edition (5th edition is best edition, all hail 5th edition) but will be left loose enough for you to modify the rules for different systems and editions to suit your campaign. (more…)

Mobile Game Review: Tekken

For the past eight or so months, I’ve been pretty much devoted to Tekken 7, a game which has rekindled my love for the fighting game genre as a whole. So, when I heard there was a mobile version, you can imagine exactly what I said…

“This is going to be dreadful! How can I get my beloved combos on a tiny phone?!”

So, uh, I went in with pretty low expectations for the fighting game franchises first foray on mobile – a hard platform to do any form of video games as a whole. However, what I experienced ended up being something I genuinely didn’t expect… And hey, it’s free, so let’s read on!