Drafting M19 – Magic: the Gathering - I recently bought a box of M19 boosters with a view to drafting them with some friends. For those of you whom I have already lost, read this then come back, it’ll explain the method of drafting Magic: the Gathering (amongst other games) and the advantages of the format. If you’re back, or if you […]
Discord vs Valve: Discord’s New Game Library - Hoo boy, it only felt like a few months ago that I reported on the new game's tab on the Discord app. Sure, that wasn't such a big bit of news, but this time around, Discord are bringing themselves in direct competition with video-game monolith, Valve. They are creating a Game's Library/Store, akin to that of what Steam users are currently used to. This is all well and good, but what do Discord think they can do differently? This is currently being tested in Canada, but this is what the rest of the world can expect once it's moved into more countries around the world. Along with this, today's article will contain a few personal opinions on the matter.
GeekOut Bristol Meet: August 10th – GeekOut’s Bizarre Adventure - It was definitely a Bizarre kind of night on Friday, where the good folk who attended GeekOut Bristol Meet came up with some awesome stands to call their own. It was a quieter meetup, with the entire pub being somewhat quieter than usual, but that wasn't a problem - It meant there was more space for us all to play some great games and have excellent conversation. Most of the attendees would likely agree that the quieter atmosphere made for a much more relaxing day, so come join us as we check out this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet.
Top 10 Magical Swords - Nothing beats the destructive power of a sword; slashing away at the opponent’s life. It’s no wonder that people always want to find a way to make the sword even mightier, as some people penned up the idea that you need to mix swords with magic. Adding a pinch of the arcane, or the occult, suddenly you don’t just have a weapon to be wielded by the capable hands of a warrior. No, you’ve created something much more dangerous… You’ve created a weapon capable of destroying countless lives, devouring souls, splitting time and more.
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #8: Striking A Pose - Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.
Review – Incredibles 2 - A mere fourteen years after the first film we finally get the sequel we’ve all been craving, Karl Urban’s Dredd! No? Never mind, I suppose that was only six years ago, it just feels like longer. Anyway, we’ve been anticipating the return of the Incredibles since a teaser trailer was dropped in November, one of Pixar’s […]
Video Game Review: Noahmund - Noahmund is a Fantasy RPG, set in the world of Feros, a war wages on. Love, fear and fire as they say, the game follows in our protagonist, Galina Angstroud, an agent of Shinn who is on a quest for truth and salvation. I’ve had some time with the game since last week and gotten far through it - So what did I make of this new indie title? Were the characters captivating, or just chatty? All of that and more revealed in today's article.
Review – Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Ok, so I’ve finally read a book, first time in years, got round to it eventually. It’s an odd thing to go from avid reader, to functionally not a reader, and be consciously aware of the fact. The last ten years of my life have been consumed by reading books that present fictional history as […]
Card Game Review: Lightseekers - Whilst at AmeCon 2018, I went to the traditional games room quite frequently, to play a spot of Magic: the Gathering. On the Sunday of the event, I noticed there was a new stall in the room for a game called Lightseekers, which they had practice games going for. Throughout the day, I would walk up to it, inspect it and consider whether or not it was worth picking up. The sales people were friendly, albeit persistant. So, after some talking from both the sales person and from Jake, I finally decided that I'd go ahead and throw £40 their way for two of their decks, along with two play mats, two booster packs AND two metal life tokens - Not bad! But how does it play?
Amecon 2018 – Timlah’s Summary & Gallery - WARNING: This article is incredibly image and video heavy! Anyway, AmeCon 2018 was a roaring success, however the event started off with a few technical issues. Having said that, the crew battled on through those issues to be met with a weekend that had both roaring heat and ridiculous rainfall. The parties were fun, the cosplays were incredible, the guests were wonderful and the panels were all in all great fun. Check out my thoughts and my gallery of AmeCon 2018!
Top 10 Action Anime - Everybody was kung-fu fighting; sometimes strikin’ with lightnin’; in fact demons are a lil’ bit frightenin’, ah yeah, but they gunned them down with expert timin’! I should stick to writing articles...
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #7 – Primed & Painted - Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.
Amecon 2018 – Critter Cosplaying - I have mentioned in the past that I do not Cosplay, and I made mention of it as part of my panel on confidence building, that I have accepted that it is something I am not tempted by, and that there is nothing wrong with that. I suppose now i have to rephrase that, I […]
Volunteering - If you have been to any sort of convention or expo, then you have probably had some interaction with a volunteer at any given time. In fact, I would say that without the help of volunteers, then some of the events, especially an event like UK Games Expo would be a lot smaller and less awesome. Volunteering is a great way to attend an event for a low cost, as well as a way to give back to your fandoms. You can use that as an opportunity to get to see a new town, city or even country, if that is part of the opportunity. You'll have to pay for your own travel to get there (sometimes your own accommodation too) but after that, there is usually very little to spend for.
Amecon 2018 – Joel’s Summary & Gallery - Oh man am I tired. Well done Amecon, I am mentally and bodily drained. What a wonderful and weird weekend, and surprisingly well managed in the face of the adverse conditions. I am not a hot-weather person, so the forecast of overwhelming heat was daunting in its own right, especially as I’d already resolved to […]
The Road To 100%: AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome - This year, I seemingly have gotten a bit more serious about my 100% ventures in game. I got so serious, I managed to get 100% of achievements on Skyrim. When I finished Skyrim, I knew I had to get a new game and I wanted to go for a way different genre. I thought about games I say I really like, but hadn't really committed the time required to get really good at. Then, my mind went back to Owlchemy and Dejobaan Games' AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, a title about freefalling from floating buildings whilst flipping off or thanking fans... And tagging buildings.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – August 10th: GeekOut’s Bizarre Adventure - OH MY GOD!! Get your stands out, it's time for us to get ready for our very own Bizarre Adventure! With a new season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure coming out later this year, it's time for us to celebrate the ripple and of course, Za Warudo! Oh and for any of you who don't know what we're on about, it's cool - Come along and enjoy our antics anyway, as it'll be another great night of fun and games!
Top 10 Posing Characters - Step 1 for powering up your special move: Strike a pose! Do you have a good special move? No? That’s because you can’t pose. No posing skills and we can’t take a great picture of you! But not to worry, as although we may not have your back, we have gathered some of the finest posers from geek history to show you how it’s done.
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #6: Proper Props - Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.
AmeCon 2018 – Previews - So, with this heat devouring my ability to think coherently, my anticipated article will be temporarily suspended in favour of a quick look at the one thing consuming my time over the coming week, Amecon. Always glad to return to the Warwick Arts Centre, the place where it all began so far as Tim and […]
Re-Writing Iron Man 2 - It’s been something of a glaring weak spot in the MCU series to date, this weird and not entirely coherent nugget of poor decisions that gave the series a stumbling start into it’s long culture-dominating run. There wasn’t great uproar at the kit-bashed villain Ivan Vanko, who combined Crimson Dynamo with Whiplash to create… well […]
MireMarsh – Kickstarter product preview - In the first part of my UK Games Expo Kickstarter roundup, I mentioned a game involving Goblins by Room 17 games called Miremarsh. Now that the Kickstarter is live I listened back to the play through that I recorded at UKGE this year and wanted to give my full opinion on it. As per usual, we would like […]
Magic: the Gathering Arena Closed Beta – First Impressions - Last week, Wizards of the Coast were looking for people to stress test their latest video game endeavour. Many people were granted access to a closed beta, to which Wizards gave out keys to the beta testers, which they can hand to 5 other people. I was fortunate enough to have Jake give me a key, so I was able to take part in the stress test. Before that though, I got to know the game a bit - So, here are my first thoughts of Magic: the Gathering Arena.
GeekOut Shrewsbury July ’18 – Steampunk’d - Did anyone get a head-count on the day? I think we surpassed thirty which is always a pretty good month, the pre-meet was a grand outdoorsy affair, as befits the season, although gaming wasn’t ideal given the furniture. But so many of you showed up, and so many of you put the effort into the […]
Top 10 Kickstarted Board Games - We love board games, as if our Bristol and Shrewsbury meets weren’t a clear enough of that fact. All three of us, Chris, Joel and Timlah share this one absolute love of board games. When Kickstarter started to back hugely popular board/tabletop games, we all knew we’d be using that at some point in our future. Fortunately, the games produced have been fantastic - and today, we’re checking out our Top 10 Kickstarter Board Games.
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #5: Bringing It Together (Craft Time) - Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.
Kickstarter Highlight – Role Quest - So often board games strive to emulate the rich depth of gameplay enjoyed by role-playing games. Often the result is a thin facsimile or an unwieldy brute of a game, and rarely does role-play enter into the equation, but here we have at least one game in which role play is the whole point. In Role […]
Elite Dangerous RPG – In Depth Part 1 - My mind wonders how you go about fitting a vast expansive game like Elite Dangerous into an RPG. Well, the people at Spidermind Games successfully ran a Kickstarter for the book 2 years ago and this year during UKGE, I met some of the team behind it. They talked to me about their current Kickstarter for the Elite Dangerous Battle Card game which you should all take a look at and we will review in full later this year. However, this article is the first in an in-depth look through the RPG.
Roll On The Adventure Podcast - I was recently a guest in a podcast. It’s nice to be asked, and Roll On The Adventure piqued my interest. In the podcast, the panel create, playtest, discuss, and publish a quick role playing system. It’s a great little quick-fire collaborative effort with bad singing and excellent Dave is a figure of no small […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet: July 14th – Cyber-Punked - No matter the political climate, nor the weather, we melted our way over to the Old Market Tavern at 2pm, for another great evening. Lots of faces, both new and old, which made for an excellent night out! We saw some exceptional costumes, even if people had to change in and out of them due to the heat. Thanks to everyone who turned up and as ever, we got some snaps of the event. From the costumes to the festivities, here is what went down at GeekOut Bristol Meet this past Saturday night.
Pride: Being A Proud Gay Geek - The past month, people across the world have been celebrating Pride month, a moment for the LGBT community and allies to celebrate all that makes up diversity. We here support people to be free to be who they want to be, so long as they’re not cruel to others. Except Joel, you can be mean to Joel if you want*. I thought I’d use today as a way to close off Pride month by talking a bit about myself… What? I’m proud of being a geek. Oh and I’m also proud of being an openly gay geek. *P.S: Please don’t be mean to Joel, I was kidding.
Top 10 – Bears: Redux - We can bearly believe it’s been over four years since the release of our first Top 10 article, Top 10 Bears. Last week was our official fourth year anniversary of writing these articles and with an eBook on the way, we intend to make this year even better in the slow approach of our fifth […]
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #4: Bringing It Together (Planning) - Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more - And today, we're looking at bringing a costume together, in the planning stage.
A Busy Calendar - Apologies for the late and short article, but between the recent heatwave and the workload I’ve taken on, it’s occasionally a struggle to keep up with everything, but here’s a short list of excuses. 19th July: GeekOut Shrewsbury Steampunk’d – Next Thursday, the poll for the premeet will be up shortly, there will be TWO COMPETITIONS! in […]
Hidden Bath Geek Gems - Bath is a city that is so close to Bristol and yet in the three years that I have lived in Bristol, I have only been there a few times. I decided to go and explore the city in search of a good destination for geekery and after some searching, I found such a destination. So, I persuaded Nathan from LevelUp to come along with me on a miniature adventure.
Star-Trek’s Love Affair With Time Travel - I recently marathoned the entirety of Star Trek Deep Space 9, partially out of a desire to hold it up against Babylon 5 having learned a few things about the origins of both, and partially because I hadn’t watched so much as an episode in many years, and here’s what I noticed. More to the […]
Board Games at Tobacco Factory – July 10th - Board Games are still on the rise as of late, where popularity has surged thanks to a hugely changing market. From small games likes Exploding Kittens, through to much larger, more complex games like Catan. In Bristol, a new(ish) shop has been set up, called Rules of Play. Based over in St. Nicholas Market, Rules of Play stock board games and tabletop gifts. However, tomorrow, they're taking on something much larger. They're running a gaming session over at The Tobacco Factory - And everyone's invited!
Skyrim: Dragonborn – Improving An Already Great Game - Some of my Steam friends would have noticed I was playing Skyrim again recently, where I set out to do as much of the game as I could. I just wanted a change of pace, so it was great picking Skyrim back up. But one thing I had never done in the now-classic RPG is play the DLC, Dragonborn, Hearthfire or Dawnguard. I decided to have a go at the DLC and boy, was I ever in for a treat? How had I not played these before? More importantly, why hadn’t I played Dragonborn before?!
Top 10 Grand Buildings - Grand buildings - Buildings which genuinely take your breath away with either the sheer immensity of it, or just at how lavishly it is decorated. We’ll be checking both into the same list here, where the more epic the setting feels, the better it’ll do on our list. So, let’s get right to it in this week’s Top 10 list. Oh - And today marks the four year anniversary of our first ever Top 10 article, Top 10 Bears!
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #3: Basic Cosplay Materials - Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.
The Shropshire Dungeon Master Update VI – Upcoming Appearences - Ok, so what has taken place since last I talked on the subject? UKGE I also have an interview I must transcribe from UKGE, seems like an era ago at this point. I found that a lot of people with whom I discussed the matter were actually very interested in the idea of a GM […]
Line – The Skateboard Game – Review - Land some flip tricks, grabs and grinds to try to create the best line in this skateboarding card game brought to you by the folks at Blue Donut Studios who are based in Portsmouth and gave us a copy of the game for review at UK Games Expo 2018.
Review – The Hollow - Netflix advised me to watch this because I like sci-fi and animation, but while algorithms may fail when it comes to finding the nuances between Star Trek and Rick and Morty, suffice to say that this time they got lucky. The Hollow suckered me in with an interesting trailer, depicting a small group of amnesiac […]
Mobile Game Review: Colorblind - Bringing a unique spin on the platformer genre, Colorblind features a little eye with legs that must run and jump its way through a dangerous world. In a bid to go and save its friend from an evil ominous cloud, our protagonist must find colours to go and traverse the treacherous journey ahead of it. But how does the game stand up on an already bloated market? Let’s have a look and see what eye think of it… … Wait, what..?
GeekOut Shrewsbury June ’18 – Gamer’s Gauntlet - We braved the infernal heat of the British Summer (or Spanish February), cowered from the hated sky-fire-disc as though it were as loathsome as its namesake newspaper, and took shelter in the loving embrace of geekdom. Indoors, with like-minded people, desperately hoping for air-con, or at least a cold drink, and a some games maybe. […]
Top 10 Complicated Plots - In film and TV, a complicated plot makes for a harder viewing experience, except for dedicated viewers. Meanwhile, in video games, a plot can get more complex with the more elements added to it. Whatever your reason for wanting to view something that’s complex, we hear you. We thought about what it means to be complex; be it complex due to the length, the twists, the characters, the setting or otherwise - here are our Top 10 Complicated Plots.
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #2: Tools of the Trade - When I started cosplaying, I didn't know anything about how to get things done. I knew that a lot of people sewn their own costumes and I knew a lot of people worked with foam and wood. That was about it. I didn't know there was something called Thermoplastic, I didn't know there were groups who worked with leather (or pleather). I didn't know a lot of the tools people used and honestly, I jumped right into the deep end before I could swim. But, I think that's how it sort of has to be as a cosplayer.
Review – Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes - Wizards of the Coast continue their current run of guides as penned by some of their historical giants. Volo, Xanathar are names you might not know if you’re only familiar with the core rule books, but Mordenkainen should be a name familiar to even those with a passing knowledge. You might recall Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Mansion, […]
Doomsday Bots – Pre-Release Review - If you head north, past Edinburgh you might find the seaside city of Dundee, where we find the DigiSprite team who have, up until now, been building websites and mobile games. They are trying their hand in traditional board gaming with their first product called Doomsday Bots. Their Kickstarter is going very well and I was lucky enough to get an introductory game with managing director Robyn during UK Games Expo, so I thought I would do a full review.
Review – Luke Cage Season 2 - The first season of Netlfix’s Luke Cage was a bit of a dud firework, got off to a promising start but once the villain changed from Cottonmouth to the hitherto mysterious Diamondback, things went more than a little south. One bulletproof man against a criminal empire was interesting, Diamondback was weird and a bit dull, […]
Discord’s New Games Hub Update - For those of you who have used Discord at some point in time, you may have heard that an update that came in last week introduced a Games Tab. This hub gives convenient quick links to all of your favourite titles that you've got installed. Further to that, it gives you news and an insight as to what all of your friends are up to in the world of video games. Having now used it for a number of days, there are a few things I've got to say about it: some positive, some... not so much.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 14th: Cyber-Punked - Let me take you to a future filled with authoritarian governments and damaged lands. Consider this, you've always thought you were the last rebel of your kind, but it turns out you weren't. A bunch of you have donned your most practical gear and set out to meet up as the last remaining bunch of Cyberpunks... Of Bristol!
Top 10 Fictional Nations - To be proud of where you come from - That's what we all wish to be. To be able to say, with your head held high, that you come from a proud, noble people. Your homeland is the envy of the world and you are one of its many fine citizens. A nation is defined as a large body of people united by common grounds (culture, history, language, etc). So, it's time to fly your flags high for our Top 10 Fictional Nations!
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #1: Beginner Resources - Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.
UKGE Final Thoughts – Joel and Chris - A belated and very short article today as Joel is not feeling too well. So instead here’s our end-of-expo round up conversation, kindly edited by Tim. Don’t forget to subscribe to the GeekOut YouTube channel, where we deliver yet more geeky content, Tim’s “Let’s Plays”, more interviews and conversations, posted sporadically when we have content […]
Apps: A Notification of Distraction? - Tech is amazing, no matter what a detractor might say to the contrary. Every day, I wake up and check my phone to see all of the updates that came overnight. 60 emails, 10 Twitter notifications, 2 text messages and 6 personal Facebook notifications, not including the GeekOut specific ones. But in a world that’s constantly connected, sometimes, it can feel like all of this tech has turned into one big distraction.
The Failings Of D&D - I may get a bit “ranty” about Dungeons & Dragons, it’s the system I learned to role-play with, it’s the backbone of some of my greatest creations, and yeah I’m prepared to admit that it’s the game that changed my life. I have dabbled in other systems, run a few of them, modded some for […]
Pirates Of Penryn – An in depth look - I mentioned in my UK Games Expo Kickstarter Roundup that while I was at the event this year, during my lunch I was set upon by pirates. While my initial thought was that they had turned up for the Viking LARP, but not read any of the memo's, it turns out they were a mother and son team peddling their wares. Amongst their wares was a board game called the Pirates Of Penryn, but sadly I was not able to play a game during the Expo. It took a few days and a bit of back and forth with e-mails, but Caitlin wrangled up a magic eye so that I may see a game in play and indeed take part, albeit virtually.
Anime Review: Megalo Box - It's the Eye of the Tiger, it's the thrill of the fight. Risin' up to the challenge of our rival! Now that I've got that classic tune stuck in your head, let's turn our attention to Megalo Box. One of the latest sport anime to be released, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the manga Ashita no Joe, Megalo Box is a stunning re-imagining of the boxing anime classic. In a bleak dystopian future, a city, filled with the wealthiest in the centre and slums all around the outskirts, houses the gear-based boxing tournament, Megalonia. Will the protagonist, Junk Dog, manage to rise through the ranks, gain his entry to Megolonia and face off against the undefeated Yuri, the king of kings himself who works for Shirato Corporation, the hosts of Megalonia? You do not want to miss this one!
Top 10 – World Destroying Monsters - Cosmic destroyers, world eaters and Earth shatterers – Oh my! A good world destroying monster doesn’t need to be above mortality, but it certainly helps! An antagonist who offers grave consequences for those who don’t manage to defeat them, the world destroying monsters of fantasy, sci-fi and legend are always amongst the toughest enemies. Ignoring […]
Why I Think Bethesda Smashed E3 2018 - E3 is a massive specticle; a grand stage for all of the biggest of publishers and developers, showing off their hard work. Big conferences aren’t necessarily my thing, but all gamers are acutely attuned to E3. Love it or hate it, whether you think it does good or bad for the industry, it’s always a massive time of the year for gamers. It sets the pace for the rest of the year and first two quarters of the next - And this year, I think Bethesda said the most.
E3 – A Brief Moment To Get Excited - My interests over the last few years have rather shifted onto tabletop rather than video gaming, a trend you might have noticed. And after years of false promises, over promising, console spitting-fights, and months and months of disappointing results, E3 is starting to get something of a yoke over its shoulders. What should be a […]
UKGE 2018 – Kickstarters – Part 2 - The phrase 'so nice we will do it twice' comes to mind. Yep, Chris is back with five more projects that he saw at UK Games Expo that will be on Kickstarter in the future, games that he declares are worth looking at. If you've not checked out part 1, you simply must, as these are some exciting titles coming to the crowdfunding platform soon.
What Is Alien? - We were very excited about NASA’s recent discovery of organic matter on Mars, stronger evidence than we have ever had of the presence of life in the red planet’s history, and perhaps even now. And sure, that life is nothing more complex than a light dusting of bacteria, but it’s hope for a future off-world, […]
Board Game Review – Hack Trick: It’s Hacking Time - In a world filled with dangerous hackers, the board game Hack Trick: It's Hacking Time puts us in the position of power. Designed by József Dorsonczky and published by Mind Fitness Games, Hack Trick paints a picture of two hackers looking for world domination... Or at least, cyber domination. But this cyberspace isn't big enough for the two of us, as we have to deal with our opponents, as well as taking over servers all across the world. Make sure you've got a secure connection, as we're about to check out this simple, easy to understand board game.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 8th: Tech Toys Summary - We got techy and we got talking in another successful GeekOut Bristol Meet. It was a fun, eventful night, which saw our crew getting use of the brand new garden at the Old Market Tavern, which looks stunning. If you're in Bristol and you have a chance to visit the tavern, please do go and enjoy a beverage in the garden - Well worth it. Nevertheless, as ever, we held our GeekOut Bristol Meet and this month, I didn't get many pictures..! With that in mind, instead of today being called a gallery, I'm calling it a summary! Also, we got a new game, so check back tomorrow for a full review.
Top 10 – Hard To Watch Moments in Games - Games can sometimes be a little bit tense; or they can be so gruesome that you can’t bare to continue staring at it. There are lots of reasons why you may struggle to watch something unfold, be it grounded in reality or absurdity. Whatever the reason, you chose this one, you strange people, so here […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet’s Tech Toy Infosheets - Today is GeekOut Bristol Meet, taking place from 2pm at the Old Market Tavern. One thing we love to do here at GeekOut, is provide some unique themes for the events. This month's theme was more to get people chatting about technology as a whole. As such, to get people chatting, I started to create some very basic little infosheets about a couple of pieces of tech throughout history. Check out our pieces - and let us know if there were any amongst these that you didn't know about!
UKGE 2018 – Best Bits - UKGE was huge this year, and Chris and I were two incredibly busy people all weekend, it’s a wonder either of us had chance to talk to the other. In fact if we hadn’t perhaps we’d have seen everything, played more games, chatted with more developers, designers, dug into the playtesting tables to find some […]
UKGE 2018 – Kickstarters – Part 1 - Chris has just gotten back from UK Games Expo and he had a great time, playing lots of new titles. A lot of them are ending up on Kickstarter, or are already on there following the expo. Chris sets out to share some of his favourites from the event, with more coming in a future article.
UKGE 2018 – An RPG Heavy Year - This weekend (1st to the 3rd of June) was UKGE, which saw a tremendous turnout of nearly 22,000 geeks and nerds, a dramatic increase on last year and it showed in the density of packed halls of the NEC on the Saturday. Even the Friday was a bustling affair, with space enough to breath and […]
Mobile Game Review: Infinitode - Tower Defense is a genre that blends strategy, fast-paced gameplay and general clicking around. I've always enjoyed a good tower defense title, which is actually pretty hard to come by. I mean, there are games like the Bloons series, but I've always wanted a good strategy on my phone. Lo and behold, I end up finding Infinitode, which I read a lot of good things about. It's only fitting therefore that I got around to trying the Android based tower defense title. Would I be knocking out towers like nobodies business, or would I be falling to the hordes of enemies I was to encounter?
GeekOut Shrewsbury May ’18 – May The GeekOut Be With You - Y’know what, I need to start writing down some of the quotes that crop up at GeekOut Shrewsbury. Then never quoting any of it on the website; this is supposed to be accessible to all ages and you people have dirty minds. Some of these games are for families, and there were young minds present, […]
Top 10 Boring Boss Battles - Whenever we say 'boring', a few images can be put to mind. A boss battle should never be boring; they should be a test of all that you've learned in-game up until that point. It should be a celebration of everything you've done, every key item that you use. It should never be boring - But lo and behold, we scoured video games for some of our most boring boss battles. Before we continue with this one, our definition of a boring boss battles is either: A boss battle that's excessively long without being sufficiently interesting or unique Mechanically dull, to where the fight is just 'do the thing over and over again' Too easy or too hard, to the point where it's completely unfitting to the rest of the level/zone you were in Just poorly written, giving you absolutely no desire to fight it. With these rough definitions in mind, let's check out our Top 10 Boring Boss Battles.
Shaping The Future of GeekOut Media - GeekOut Media is the name we’ve given the collective of GeekOut South-West, GeekOut West-Midlands and our web ventures. We’ve been wanting to bring everything together properly for some time, but it just hasn’t happened as of yet. A massive project to bring it all together is still underway, but until recently, we hit a stumbling point. Now that issue is in the past, it’s time for us to shape our future - and you can help us make it how you’d want it.
On Practice - Recently I got into a brief conversation on the nature of practice. In fact it’s a topic that keeps popping up lately, someone else I know was crowd sourcing ideas on how to get in to writing when you lack confidence in your ability to do so, and I found myself considering some advice that […]
Magic: the Gathering – Building A Casual Fun Deck For Modern - A lot of people seem to think that after I created one hell-raising deck, that I’d create nothing but destructive decks. I had a discussion a little while back, which made me reflect upon all of the terrible decks I’ve built. So, I wanted to make this right and build a deck that was a lot of fun for me, but brutal to play against. Without any hesitation, I started to make my strangest deck - So here’s a look at how I go about building fun decks for Modern.
The Shropshire Dungeon Master Update V – British Ironwork Centre - So, it’s a busy week at the moment, and not looking likely to get quieter for some time. Part of the mad dash has now been and gone as of this Saturday, Dungeons & Dragons played at the British Ironwork Centre near Oswestry, in support of Hope House and Severn Hospice, a pair of local […]
Tekken 7 Anniversary Update: May 31st 2018 (and World Tour Global Finals) - It's no big surprise that with the announcement of the Tekken 7 Anniversary Update, I was all over it. Since the games PC release on June 2nd, 2017, I've racked up 294 hours on the fighting golliath. This anniversary update then was something that brought me back to the game just before its release, as admittedly, I've been somewhat off and on with the game recently (blame Clone Hero). Picking my main Lee back up, I managed to get back towards where I should be; around the Vanguard/Warrior mark - Not too shabbby! So what does this anniversary update promise us so far?
Behind The Scenes: Running A GeekOut Bristol Meet - I’ve been asked a few times about how we get it done; how every month, without fail, we’ve managed to run a GeekOut Bristol Meet since 2013. How every month, I manage to get a large collection of geeks to a pub. How we manage to get people playing games, people drinking and eating together - and most importantly, how on Earth do we get such a good atmosphere? I can’t answer all of these questions (trade secrets), but if you’re looking to run your own Meetup event somewhere, perhaps this is food for thought?
Top 10 Over-Designed Weapons - Over-designing a weapon is something that I thought would go more to anime, but no. It turns out that over-designed weapons are all over. Video games, films, books - You name it, they’re everywhere. This Top 10 proves just that!
Mobile Game Review: Scribblenauts Remix - The highly acclaimed Scribblenauts is a unique puzzle-sandbox, which allows you to type in anything you want and get that item (within reason). Of course, this was a match made in heaven for smartphones! Released on iPhone in 2011 and Android in 2013, Scribblenauts Remix takes the format of the original Scribblenauts and condenses it down to a simpler play. But does this condensed version contain mundane gameplay, or is it a hidden gem in the Apple and Google stores?
Review – Hidden Folks - Here’s an old idea made new, another game derived from a series of puzzle-books, but this time instead of choose-your-own-adventure games, this time it’s a hidden object game a-la Where’s Wally (that’s Waldo if you’re across the Atlantic), the classic red and white master of hiding in plain sight, the must-have test of your children’s […]
Conversation Time: What Games Do You Keep Going Back To? - What Game Do You Keep Going Back To? Have a long, good think about it and check out my answer in the process!
Jeffrey Combs! - I’ve been devouring my way through Star Trek: Deep Space Nine of late, and it’s rekindled an unexpected fondness, and a habit of mind to pay respect and homage to those lesser known actors who deserve nothing but the utmost deference. Today, Jeffrey Combs, a regular on Star Trek in a wide variety of prosthetics […]
Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller – A Positive Step For All Gamers - Last week, the gaming industry received news that Microsoft had been working on a new controller. Unlike all previous controllers, this one was something quite different. No, there wasn't just a rubber grip on the back of a standard Xbox controller; nor was there a new clicking mechanism in the buttons. Instead, Microsoft have taken the first steps as a big distributor of video game hardware to open the market up. They introduced their Adaptive Controller, which was met with huge fanfare! Finally, a huge console manufacturer has started to cater for those with disabilities - But that isn't the true limit of this hardwares capabilities.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 8th: Tech Toys - We're back for a much more techy GeekOut Bristol Meet - This month, we'll be celebrating all that is tech. So whether you're a gaming enthusiast, or a Pi-Purist, bring your gadgets and gizmos (but not the gremlin sorts) and let's get to it! Expect to see more than you were expecting, from hardware, gadgets, code - and hey, one of our prizes will even be a BBC Micro Go. Interested? Read on!
Top 10 Films That Were Better Than The Books - Last week, we looked at Films That Were Better As Books. Those were films where the original source material was better than the films that was produced. In today’s Top 10, we’re flipping that on its head - Looking at the times when the films were better than the books. A lot of people say you can’t beat a good novel, but we beg to differ, as we check out our Top 10 Films That Were Better Than The Books.
Literature Review: Golden Age (The Shifting Tides Book 1) - With a king who doesn't want to face the facts, the second son of Xanthos, Dion, looks to the seas to better his home. Meanwhile, in the grand city of Phalesia, the daughter of the First Consul wishes people would leave the Eldren alone. With one city being more concerned with their peaceful neighbors than the infiltrators from across the seas, the other is blissfully unaware of the potential threats that may come their way. Now, seeking help, Dion and Chloe enlist the help of the shapeshifters, the Eldren, who live in the wilds by Phalesia... But will these powerful people help them, at the risk of becoming wild?
Review – The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain - Fighting Fantasy, the very paragon of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book genre by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, is brought to life in this crowd-funded project by Tin Man Games that was released a couple of years ago, The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain. I picked it up recently during a Steam sale, I’ve had […]
Video Game Review: The Curse of Monkey Island - A LucasArts classic, before the company were dismantled, The Curse of Monkey Island is one of their most iconic titles. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the franchise, or just observing it for the first time, it’s fair to say that if you’re a gamer, you’ve probably heard of it! In this instalment of the Point and Click series, we join Guybrush Threepwood on his quest to save his fiancee, Elaine Marley. Will Guybrush be able to save her, or will she be a solid gold statue forever?
Kickstarter Highlight – IS IT A PLANE!? - I’ve expressed an interest in diceless role-playing games for a few years now, but I’ve yet to be involved in a game that is completely without some influence of chance, even the odd playing card based game which wasn’t wholly without dice. Is It A Plane!? by Psychic Cactus Games is something rather different… actually […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 12th: Timey-Wimey Doctors Gallery - Get out your Sonic Screwdrivers folks, this month we celebrated all of the great Gallifreyans of the Doctor Who universe. It was a fun meet, filled with Doctors, geeky conversation and lots and lots of board games. The competition was pretty difficult, thankfully, but some mega-fans came through and absolutely killed it! But, like all of our events, they eventually have to come to a close and roll on midnight, we closed up and disappeared in our TARDIS... Or... You know, we drove away in a car.
The One Liner Challenge - The One Liner Challenge is a blog challenge set up by The Awkward Book Blogger, which actually is a little bit different. Instead of answering questions about yourselves, as a blogger, you try to make one-liners, either funny or as a summary of at least five books, manga, anime or games. I'm not huge on these blog games, but considering the types of articles we write here at GeekOut South-West, I thought it was a rather good idea. So for once, I'm taking part in a blogger challenge - and this is going to be a lot of fun.
Top 10 – Films That Were Better As Books - If I were to tell you that films aren’t always a completely unique script, you’d not be surprised. Book-to-film is quite common these days, where we see plenty of movies being made from literature that should have just stayed that way. Hey, sometimes the movies are actually alright, but we just have to accept the […]
GeekOut South-West: Our Story So Far - You know, this may seem like a relatively simple article to write about, but it's made me think back and reflect a lot. We've been going since 2013, meaning that in September of this year, we'll officially have been around for five years; half a decade. In this time, we've had to learn a lot about producing content of all forms. We've written regular articles, we've produced videos, we've made little in-jokes, which have become more (see Gordon the GeekOut Goat). However, in our time, we've had to learn how to bring about a balance of being content creators, community organisers and being our own tech teams. If you've ever wanted to do something similar, here's a reflective post on what we've done over the years.
A Generation In Cinema – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 4/4 - Last one I promise, and this will be very light on spoilers. I’ve talked about this film and everything that served to create it for two weeks solid now, and while that may seem more than enough, that’s ten years of films to discuss! And how it has changed, and changed everything around it. A […]
Kickstarter Highlight: GROWL - GROWL makes an incredibly bold claim, saying "We designed a better werewolf card game for you and your clan!" When I saw this tagline, I honestly couldn't help but click onto the product and have a look. What I saw appears to be a simple, quick game of Werewolf with some interesting differences. From pure discussion and deception to a card game, is GROWL all bark and no bite? I decided to put my money where my mouth was, as I've ordered myself a copy of GROWL - And here's why.
A Darkness Falls – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 3/4 - Ok, one more on the subject of Infinity War, then later this week I want to talk about how the MCU as a whole has changed cinema for the worse, and better. For today there is a Spoiler Warning in effect, but it’s coming up two weeks since release, and there’s only another week to Deadpool […]
Mobile Game Review – Magic: the Gathering Puzzle Quest - Typically speaking, I'm not a massive fan of these games which mismash two games together. When you get a game as deeply enriched in story and trading card gameplay, then you just stick the gameplay of a match-three puzzle game, it doesn't sound particularly deep or interesting. However, Magic: the Gathering Puzzle Quest looks to bring about a much more interesting mix of the card game we've all grown to love, with simple, easy gameplay. If you're looking for a game that brings two genres together, then this may be the one for you - So stick with us as we check out this Puzzle Quest.