GeekOut Shrewsbury March ’18 – March At The Movies
Here’s the same thing about a year later.
The Boiler Room
I was starting to get used to pre-meets being a nice relaxing couple of hours with Murray, perhaps Harley, perhaps Julie, in fact five people was a busy lunch. I suppose a size increase was kind of inevitable, so now I have to warn every venue I put up to vote. Fortunately I can always trust Murray to take control of running a game, so it was an easy thing to split the party down the middle and run a few games over coffee, cake, and rearranged furniture.
Ok, so let’s start by saying that the end of the night got a little rough as we gave up competing with the music and moved to the Bird in Hand on Coton Hill, thanks for having us guys. We were forewarned of the impending music – thanks Zoe and Nicole for keeping us informed – so we were if nothing else, prepared.
However, up until that point we rather flooded the place with gaming and nerdery, a few new games, most of which I never got to play so I shall expect reports. And one year after beginning we have tripled our turn out with a staggering thirty three people in total, with people coming and going throughout the day, and so far as I saw most enjoying what time they spent with us. A whole lot of new faces to whom I must apologise because I have already forgotten most of your names, gimme another GeekOut or two and they might stick, and I’ll have new people to apologise to. Plenty of old friends, newish friends, and intermediates, to many of you I must also apologise, I feel like I’m not getting the chance to stop and chat like I used to, but we all knew this day would come around.
It’s all of us! Not in the quiz, that was a traumatic ideal for all of us, for you because you took part, for me because my tiny little speaker can no longer serve all attendees and I had to wander around every table playing the clips for the sound round over and over again, and because my streak has been broken as – for the very first time – the winning score exceeded half the possible total! Of course being a strong movie themed quiz it was only fair that I change things up a little, and a few of my rounds were made a little easier, and a few questions were left purposefully obvious… to sucker you in for the cruel ones.
Our winners, Ben, Charlotte, and Miles, earned their disappointing prize and sincerely I thought I’d managed to get prizes that were a complete let down! There’s just no displeasing some people.
But we all won in the end because at long last WE GOT TO PLAY WITH THE PROJECTOR and only got told off by staff once for not abiding by safe conduct, fair shout guys, our apologies, we’re dangerous even while sober it seems. For a first outing we learned a great deal about what works and doesn’t, which buttons to press, what menus lead to nothing useful, and how to read what’s right in front of us. The GeekOut team of worms; Tim, Joel, Murray, and A Goat, did not win, and I witnessed by own harrowing invertebrate death…
Marvel vs. DC, the clash of the comics, a celebration of the upcoming Infinity War, a celebration of all that is great in DC (which is not the films) and we’ll throw in some Dark Horse, 2000AD, and Image too. Nor will next month be exclusively super-hero oriented, and if you want to come in cosplay as some other comic book character, someone without a cape who has never stood brooding on a tall building, we welcome it all.
We also have someone wanting to unburden themselves of a board-game. I encourage you, if you want to pass on your games once loved to those who will love it again you are welcome to bring it along to GeekOut.