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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?

FOODIE PRE-MEET Times Pending (Poll Pending):

If you can’t make it to our pre-meet, then the Old Market Tavern menu is delicious!

That’s right, we at GeekOut South-West believe in having a good nomming session before we start the night off of fun, games, drinks and great company!

Pre-Meetup Facebook poll:

MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)

If you love cosplay, costuming or just really admire costumes in general, then this event will be catered for you. We will be putting out some basic sewing patterns, some useful basic tutorials and much more, just to let you browse at your perusal. But, beyond that, live at GeekOut Bristol Meet, we will be making costumes.

Let’s get crafty!

Oh – We’ll still be having a great night of games and chat!


Food & drink can NOT be brought in with you to the Old Market Tavern. If you are caught with food and drink on the premises, you will be asked to leave until you’ve disposed of your food or drink.

There will be a food menu at Old Market Tavern in the evening! The food is very cheap and it’s absolutely delicious! Trust me, I’ve eaten there enough times… But regulars of the event are also fans of the food there! The food is home made as well, so it’s simply scrummy! Food is usually available from 6pm.

Final note: If you are asked for ID by the bar staff, we will not vouch for your age – You must provide ID.

BOARD GAMES (& a dash of video games)

Our board games, beautifully presented!

As always, we’ll have a large selection of board games available, so please do check out what we have:

– Bears vs Babies
– Bucket of Doom
– Cards Against Humanity (UK Edition + Expansions 1, 2 and 3)
– Cash n Guns
– Chess
– Code of Nine
– Exploding Kittens (IT’S RETURNED!!!)
– Fluxx
– Goat Lords
– Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
– Jungle Speed
– Love Letter
– Pokemon Monopoly
– Rogues to Riches
– Scrabble
– Star Trek Settlers of Catan
– Star Wars Guess Who
– Three Wishes
– Unusual Suspects
– Zombie Munchkin
– Zombies!


We won’t be bringing every game listed above with us: If there’s a specific game you want to see, please let me know in the comments below.

Also, bring along your devices – Quiplash, Drawful 2 and JackBox Party Pack 3 are played throughout the day. These are games where you connect with your smartphones or tablets (Or anything that can connect to a browser really). We also sometimes play other games, such as Worms and people with 3DSes can pick up StreetPasses and of course play games with other 3DS players. Also, people can play Mount Your Friends and other video games. We will bring the Raspberry Pi as well, which has some arcade games.

We will bring a new game for this meetup as well, so watch this space, we’ll announce what it is on Monday 26th by 10pm!


We felt that we really needed to revamp our Book/Comic Swap system. As such, we will be opening a spreadsheet from the end of February 2018, listing all of the books/comics we own. If you wish to see a specific one, please let us know before the day via the spreadsheet. The link will be included in all future Meetup descriptions!


Books/Comics you saw last month might not be present this month, unless you have a specific request for book/comics. You may take a book/comic home, free of charge. You may leave a book/comic with us to put into our list as well.

COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 9pm)

Ahem. Check the competition.

*CHANGING FACILITIES* If you want to change into a costume when here, please note there are no changing facilities. There are just standard toilet cubicles – Which are fine to change in, but you might want to consider this first.


We’re one of the geekiest events in the South-West. We get people together to play board games and video games, share a pint and discuss what they enjoy in geekdom. Books, comics, music – Anything that you’re passionate about, you’ll be sure to meet fellow geeks who are into the same thing as you!

We do not discriminate – But if you ever find you have a problem with anything at the event, just let the host (Timlah) know and he’ll sort it out!

COMPETITION: Cheap Cosplay (Deadline 9pm)

Okay, if the name of this month’s competition didn’t give it away, we’ll be rewarding you if you create a cheap cosplay. Feel free to bring along some clothes and a wig if you wish, but you will be judged on the bits you make at the meetup. There will be some incredibly cheap materials to use!

You may bring your own materials (so long as you tell us how much you spent). The cheaper, the better. You may use glue, but no hot glue guns. You may use sewing needles and thread (but please be careful!) More rules will be announced soon.

You must, however, clean up after yourselves!!

We will also be looking for GeekOut members to be judges, so if you don’t want to craft, but you love cosplay, then join me as a special guest judge!

1st Prize: TBC, 2x Tickets to Level Up: Cosplay Night, TBC, £25 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice
2nd Prize:  TBC, £15 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice
3rd Prize: TBC, The GeekOut Bristol Booby Prize!, £10 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice

For those of you that are interested, at the moment I am only planning on bringing card and paper of a variety of different colours. Along with this, I will be bringing pritt sticks, pencils and sellotape. Please note that reserves will be limited, however if you’re looking for inspiration on the day, I will bring along a few patterns of things that people can follow. If I can get some cheap fabrics, I will do so, but please note that all of this is coming out of my own pocket, so there is a limit to what will be brought.

However, one requirement of this competition: Everyone must clean up after themselves. I’ve learned one thing from the last meetup, which is that we need to take more care of the venue. It was an exciting competition, but I’d like for everyone to clean up. If anyone is caught leaving an area in a mess, you may be disqualified from the judging.

There is so much to do and see at this months GeekOut Bristol Meet, so please do come along, bring a friend or a member of your family and come for a geeky night out.

As part of our commitment to being a great night out, we do not discriminate based upon age, gender, race, religion or sexuality. If at any point you feel you need to speak to someone about another’s actions, please grab the host (Timlah) and we’ll sort it out!


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