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GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 8th: Mash The Keypad Gallery

The attendees of Bristol came and played their hearts out, in a competition that had two major prizes. Cash, physical prizes and pride was on the line, as not three, but four attendees walked away with a gift worth talking about. The retro games took their toll on people, as they were as hard as we remembered them. As another event is now behind us, it’s time for our monthly look back at what happened. As ever, we’ll look at the numbers that made up our event, as well as the competition, the prizes and more.

One of our two top prizes for the month!

Let’s start with the usual – The pre-meetup. We went to Gourmet Burger Kitchen, just 6 of us, which was nice and cosy. Still, we never expect big numbers for pre-meetups on Friday meets, as people are often at work. Nevertheless our group went in, got fed and then afterwards managed to wander over to Excelsior. Jake and I picked up even more Magic: the Gathering cards to add to our already ridiculous collection, whilst I got some ideas for new board games for the events. Watch this space, we may get more board games for next month’s event. Anyway, on to the main event!

We got to the Old Market Tavern a bit before 2pm, got all the stuff strewn out on the table and… It was quiet. The night wouldn’t stay this way, but it was quiet until at least 5pm, as we expected. Nevermind, the quietness meant we were able to start the night off with some games, including playing a game I hadn’t played in quite some time, Hack Trick. Seriously fun little two player game this one. It makes you think, but it doesn’t make you think too hard. If you get a chance, pick it up.

I mentioned how it didn’t stay quiet – Indeed, by the end of the night, we were up to 45 attendees! Thank you so much to everyone who turned up, I guess it truly must be nearing the end of the winter season, as our numbers are starting to rise again. Plus, the allure of such a grand prize in an N64 was on the line. I thought I’d do the right thing in boxing up the console, as it only seemed fair. However, our good friend and regular attendee of GeekOut, Howard Jones, came through with another massive prize – A Mechanical Keyboard! As such, our grand finals was changed to include a winners and losers bracket. As ever though, here’s our monthly image gallery of our event.

And with that, we’re done. It’s all over with for another month and it’s time to start preparing for the next. Next Sunday, expect information to drop on here about our Bristol event for April – and share with us what you thought of this month’s event in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully we’ll be able to get more big prizes like this again, but in the meantime, keep gaming folks.

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