Improvised D&D – Tales of Adventure - Sessions of D&D are usually not short. Any session that I have been to has ranged between 2-4 hours in general, so I was intrigued to go and see a specifically designed 90 minute D&D base show at The Improv Theatre in Bristol. I was very interested to see how this would work and being a fan of things like Critical Role, and the Acquisitions Incorporated sessions I had no idea how they would make it work and was very pleased with the result.
Review – Justice League Dark - Is anyone else livid over the fact that Constantine got cancelled while Gotham limps on? I hear that Legends of Tomorrow got better, same as Supergirl, but I gave them both a chance and just couldn’t keep watching, and yet one of the three good DC shows got axed. Matt Ryan brilliantly played the sarcastic […]
Old School Runescape - The name Runescape is synonymous with early 00's gaming; with a really large number of gamers from all over the world, with many servers. Created by Jagex, a company formed in Cambridge, here in the United Kingdom, this MMO was an experience that encapsulated many gamers. It was an MMO before World of Warcraft was around, it also ran in a browser, as it was programmed in Java. These days, RuneScape has been officially recognised as the worlds largest free MMORPG made, with over 200 million accounts. Here's a fun, lighthearted look at Old School Runescape.
Java: What A Non-Programmer Needs To Know - Oft-criticised, rarely complimented, Java is very much a love-hate programming language: People absolutely love to hate it. It's the language I begun with, which wasn't the easiest choice, but the sheer number of Java jobs out there is simply overwhelming. Is this a language worth knowing, or is it dead on arrival? Oh… did I mention that Java is the language used to program Minecraft and all of the plugins associated with it? I bet that got your attention. Much like Python from two weeks ago, this is a broad, non-technical understanding of what Java is and what you need to know.
Top 10 Mad Scientists - Welcome back to our weekly Top 10, ladies and gentlemen, where we take a topic that you choose and we choose the best of the best in that category. Today's subject is a little bit experimental, as we're going to be looking at our Top 10 Mad Scientists and write up our thesis about their potentials for the top spot.
Video Game Review: Diablo II - A classic hack-n-slash title, renowned the world over as possibly the best ever made. However it's been around for 17 years, having debuted in 2000. Therefore, it's time to finally pick the game up once more and scrutinise it deeply. I will compare it to games before, around and after it to see if it still maintains the title of best hack-n-slash around. The gloves are off, Lord of Terror!
Playing True Neutral - This one’s kinda huge. I mean really big. Every other entry from the moral alignment axis table comes pre-packaged with its own ethos, its own motivations and philosophies, so often Neutrality is seen as bland, so aggressively treading the middle of the line that at its most extreme the True Neutral character will spend his days […]
GeekOut South-West: What’s In Our Future? - We've certainly started to reach the end of life for our humble little website, but no matter what, we're going to keep on growing and getting more and more people to join the cause. In case you're wondering what happened to plans such as the new website, this article addresses those developments and hopefully provides answers for the future of our community. We're going to keep on growing, is the jist of it, but if you're a fan of what we do and were curious as to what we're up to, let us tell you!
Charitable Gaming - Y’know how I keep saying that geeks are the best people? Geeks are the best people! We’re a loving and sharing band of over-enthusiasts, and as a demographic we have money to spend on random stuff that we occasionally look at and say “Y’know what? I don’t have space for any more Pop Vinyls, and […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 12th: PRATCHETT’S PROSE Gallery - Another month has passed, which means another GeekOut Bristol Meet gallery has come around. As always, we'll talk about what happened at the event, as well as the usual of when we'll be hosting our next event and of course, the core part of this article, the gallery in question. It was a great turn out, even though we weren't sure what it'd be like considering the theme of the event. Nevertheless, this is this months GeekOut Bristol Meet Gallery.
Object Oriented Programming: What A Non-Programmer Needs To Know - Today I make a class of cats and spawn lots of cats and oh my god the cats are everywhere please send help.
Top 10 – Fictional Celebrities - Late post from us today, but today we're going to check out these famous... Fictional people!
Marketing: Making Your Mission Known - Marketing is a powerful tool to have in your arsenal, no matter what your mission is. Whether you are looking to bring people together for a massive meetup, or if you're looking to share a political message, a good marketing strategy is all you need. At least, it's a good chunk of the battle, as the other half will be the message you are trying to share. We're not the best at Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) ourselves, but here are some basic marketing principles which might make or break your campaign.
Playing Chaotic Evil - Villainy comes in all manner of forms, from the cool and conniving, the corrupt, the vicious and spiteful. It can be crime so organised it seems impossible to pin down, cruel enough to seem capable of anything, or suitably unpredictable to be considered dangerous beyond all others. There’s a much finer line between Chaotic and […]
Villains: Why Rushing A Bad Guy Is Bad - Countless times have I been subjected to seeing a plot rushed to the finish line, the moment it gets away from the starting post. A hero should be triumphant, they say, so they give you fifteen thousands of hours of hero development, but what about the protagonists of the developing world? I think rushing a story for the sake of a hero to save the day is one of the worst things a story can do. Here's some examples of what I mean and how we can remedy this.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe – A Different Horror Film - Horror is an unusual genre, awash with trash made quickly with budgets blown on all the wrong aspects or so badly acted, poorly conceived, or just badly executed. Those gems where everything comes together are universally incredible, whether it’s because the film carries a message like the gothic monsters of old like the Babadook managed […]
Patreon: An Angry Rant - These days, it's oh so easy to exploit people who read your website. Like a well published newspaper, your website runs like clockwork. So clearly then, you deserve the very best from your readers, as you provide them oh so many days, weeks, months of content. Ah give me a break, we’ve come so far and yet the greedy remain greedy, but the seriously hard working can get the reward they deserve. Patreon provides the hard working with a really stable platform to get paid for their work; however it's also opened up a very lazy type of person. In this article, I'll talk to you about Mr. X - An account I saw on Patreon whose name I have obfuscated so I'm not calling them out, but rather the attitude they have.
Video Game Review: Saints Row the Third - In a game series known for its sex, drugs and violence, it's hardly surprising that Saints Row the Third follows tradition. However the crime game genre is pretty shallow; so in a world filled with serious games, there was a game series which decided to stop being so serious. They decided that they had gone through their serious era and were now ready to enter the realm of the bizarre. Welcome to the strange city of Steelport.
Top 10 Fictional Documents - Amidst the worlds of literature, film and other media there are a host of works that simply don’t exist. From novels that sweep the world, textbooks of the strange and wondrous, and instructions on how to do the impossible. Though we may never have access to the miracles within those pages we get to see their fictitious impact, because words matter. Here we catalogue the finest works of non-existent prose, poetry, documentation, and scripture. Join us as we list the Top 10 fictional documents.
Python: What A Non-Programmer Needs To Know - Python is an interpreted programming language - For those of you who don't know what this means, this article is exactly for you. If you do know about Python, but just want to see if your knowledge is up to scratch, then again, this article might well be for you. If you're a well-versed expert in Python who just wants to check to see if a website got their facts right... I guess this article is for you too - It's a way to look at Python from a non-programmers perspective and to try to apply the knowledge to learning the basics needed, without it seeming like we're just stringing words together to make things happen. Although isn't that what programming is all about..?
Playing Neutral Evil - This should be an easy one, as it’s the moral alignment of which I can claim some personal experience. I’ll try and stay unbiased. Evil is a variable term. There are evil ends, and evil means; those who can recognise that what they are doing is wrong and simply don’t care, and those who simply […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 12th: PRATCHETTS PROSE - We're back once again for another month of fun and games, at our usual haunt. However, this time around we're going to be on the back of the great A'Tuin, upon which stands four enormous elephants. Yes, we're celebrating the life and literature of Sir Terry Pratchett. So bring along your sapient pearwood Luggage, don't forget your Wizzard hat and let's get our fantasy on. But of course, if you're not a fan of Terry Pratchett, don't worry, it's still the same GeekOut Bristol Meet you know and love! But this months competition requires quite a bit of detective work.
Interview – Christian Ward - I like comics. I take an unusual approach compared to many enthusiasts, seizing upon every little detail of a Marvel movie and studying it in depth in an effort to uncover some easter-egg a layman might not observe, occasionally picking up a volume of something that catches my eye, including a few non-super titles like […]
Kickstarter Highlight: Defection #1: Running On Empty - Do you like Sci-Fi? Do you like graphic novels? Well then, Sci-Fi fans rejoice as there's a brand new graphic novel coming to the market, but it needs your help to make it even bigger and better. If you love to help local projects come to life, help this one raise as much money as it can. Bristol-based sci-fi graphic novel greatness!
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – The Tactical Application of Turtles - April 27th saw the second GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet, our very own slice of the joyous Bristol Meet. I think it’s safe to say that the Shrewsbury Meet has a future, as another month goes by with familiar friends and new faces. It’s satisfying to know that both of our GeekOut Meets in Shrewsbury we have […]
Top 10 Collectables - This time, we’re gathering up every thought we could think of, to create a collection of… Well, collectables. Because of just how broad the collectables collective truly is, we decided to limit these collectables, based on two major criteria. A collectable to be considered for this list needs to either be: A vast range of […]
Heroes of the Storm Patch 2.0 – Huge Update - For the MOBA players among us, it appears that Heroes of the Storm recently received a major overhaul. Deciding that I couldn't just let it slide, I went to have a peek at what the huge update would have in store for us. New characters, new skins, new ways to unlock skins and characters... And a sense of revitalisation to a game that was fun, but admittedly getting a little bit on the stale side. If you've not seen this yet, come have a look and see what's new.
Gamely Giving 2017: Great Gamer Charity Cause - Fans of video games rejoice, as Gamely Giving will be returning for yet another year of raising cash for charity. Gamers are a very charitable bunch, so Gamely Giving is an extension of that. If you're interested in what made these gamers get together, we look at Gamely Giving, what they're trying to do and what they're going to give back to all of you who watch their marathon stream. If you like video games and you like continuous live streams, check this out.
Playing Lawful Evil - We sink ever deeper through morality and into cruelty, malice, desire placed above need, ambition put before consideration, ends always justifying the means.. It’s important to recognise here that the most evil amongst us are the ones who don’t consider themselves evil, perhaps they are just motivated enough pursuing their goals to overlook the damage they […]
Video Game History of Casinos - Video games have been known to divulge into the sometimes dangerous world of gambling, that much is fact. Whether or not you’d like to admit it, gamers are targeted with gambling and other vices. As such, we look at three examples of casinos in video games.
Wizardly Customer Service: Wizards of the Coast Care - Let me tell you a story. I bought the Dungeons & Dragons core books pretty much as soon as they came out (barring a major delay on the Dungeon Master’s Guide) so it’s been nearly three years since I bought the Players Handbook, and in that time it has been read, re-read, passed around the […]
My early gamer years (Part 1) - If you turn back the clock about 30 years, you would find a younger version of Catharsisjelly, happily tucked away trying to learn the art of BASIC and Machine code in order to find out more about the computer that I was sitting at. Sound familiar? Read on!
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet 2 – The Second One - I am overly excited to bring you the second GeekOut Meet for Shrewsbury! We got off to a great start in March, and April is already shaping up to be even better, we already have a few new faces signing up on our Facebook and MeetUp pages, and I have a few extra plans to […]
Top 10 – Super Tiny Characters - It doesn’t matter if you’re ten sizes too small, when your heart is ten sizes too big. Good lord, that’ll give you chest problems. Yes, heroes come in all shapes and sizes and we’re here to celebrate those who reached optimal size. Some of you may call them small, others may call them super tiny, […]
Gunpla Resources - Our friend Kevin Kutlesa is back to show us more about the fun world of Gunpla, Gundam Plastic. In todays article, we're shown some cool resource sites for Gunpla in the UK!
Playing Chaotic Neutral - Skipping along the chart for a moment, the True Alignment is too big for a single article, so I’ll jump to the second biggest alignment to deal with because it’s often done so badly! It’s almost a stereotype that the words Chaotic Neutral might as well read “Doesn’t know how to play”. The problem tends […]
Winning Without Winning – Succeeding at Failure in Online Games - Want to know how to turn your losses into wins in your favourite online games? MOBAs, FPSes and many more online games can be frustrating when you lose, especially when you feel it's outside of your control. But what if you could do something about it? GeekOut South-West contributor Jay 'Vanguard' Fothergill give us a thorough shakedown.
My First Murder Mystery - I’ve heard a few things about Murder Mysteries that didn’t have me completely sold on the notion, and while I’m aware that quality varies from group to group, when a friend of mine laid out her plans for her own mystery evening it took very little effort on her part to convince me to join […]
Film Review: Power Rangers (2017) - Go, go Power Rangers! Mighty Morphin' Nostalgia Rangers! Oh yes, it's true, we've gone back to the 90s and this is a great time to be alive. From a complete revitalisation of Pokemon, to DragonBall Super and now we've got Power Rangers back. I feel like a little kid again, because all of these fantastic films, series and games have been coming out, giving new life to 90s classics. However, if you are looking for a nostalgia trip without getting your old VHS tapes out, it's time for you to don your bodysuit, put on your rangers helmet and check out the brand new Power Rangers film.
Free Game Review: Path of Exile - Hack n Slash goodness in a game that vowed to be the next Diablo, a game that's absolutely free to play. It can only be Path of Exile. Named 2013 PC Game of the Year by GameSpot and best PC role-playing game of 2013 by IGN, it's had high praise indeed. Now that it's 2017, does the game still stand, or is it falling apart? With microtransactions as the primary means of keeping the game alive, is it just floating by because of this, or is this a very solid game? Here's our complete run down of this free-to-play extravaganza.
Top 10 Weaponised Toys - What was once a symbol of childish innocence and the joyous revelries of youth so easily turned into an engine of death. Perhaps by design, by mistake, by technology or by mysticism, there’s nothing quite so creepy as a toy turned deadly. Despite their cuddly and fun exterior, you wouldn’t want your kids playing with these…
Anime Review: My Hero Academia - Looking for more superheroes in your already super life? Think you’ve got room for watching a superhero fork before your very eyes? Ever wondered what they teach superheroes? In which case, this may very well be the anime for you - It can only be the hugely popular My Hero Academia, a series I have been asked to watch many times, by many people. Will it be as super-good as everyone makes out, or is it a super-flop? Read on to find out more!
Playing Lawful Neutral - When we step from good but do not reach evil, we must instead discuss what is justifiable, and law, chaos, or whatever other ethos you use becomes simply a means to an end. While there are those who fall within Lawful Neutral’s umbrella who see the law as the end to which all means are […]
GOVG – Video Game Night #4 - That's right! This is our fourth month running these events now; it's time to get ready for GOVG's next event, the Video Game Night that you've all been waiting for. Or, y'know, it's another video game night where you can come along and play some multiplayer games with a bunch of GeekOut geeks. Oh and have I mentioned that we now have GeekOut specific emoji's which I'm lovingly calling GOmoji's? Well, there we are.
Trailer Review – The Mummy & Thor: Ragnarok - I fully intended today’s article to be pure ranting, but something came along to soften my mood. In a bid to catch hold of the rising star of the Marvel shared universe, Universal announced a while back that they had plans to bring together their classic horror properties into a single entity. It was initially […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 8th: ANIME, OH ANIME - They came, they saw and there weren't many waifuus around. There was some amazing cosplayers, some excellent fandubbing and all in all, it was another successful GeekOut Bristol Meet. With a little over 60 people who came and went through the whole night, it was a great way for us all to get out there, to play lots of board games including a new one. Wanna know what was up at this months GeekOut Bristol Meet? Come along for a magical journey of gaming, anime and cosplay!
Digital Download vs Physical – What’s Best? - In the current era of video games, we seem to have hit a weird snag. We're seeing the prices of digital downloads rise whilst the cost of a physical copy is falling - it all seems to make no sense! However, what really is best for consumers? What is the best distribution method for developers and why are we seeing this weird shift in prices? When a physical copy sells for £35 and a digital copy sells for £45, is there a reason to back digital?
Top 10 – Running Gags - Nothing screams in-crowd quite like a running joke. One person does or says something stupid and never gets to live it down, a weird moment of inspiration catches fire and spreads through the gang, or some reoccurring verbal tic becomes a catchphrase. Comedians know this, so do game designers, writers and artists of all types. […]
WrestleMania 33 – Timlah’s Summary - [WARNING: If you've not watched Wrestlemania 33 yet and you fully intend to, do not read this article.] I love the wacky world of professional wrestling; so much so, I've written about it on numerous occasions. Either in passing, or as a full-blown review, it's no secret that I love that industry and all of the weird and wonderful people who have come and gone with it. That's what this article is really mostly about: the people who have come and gone with it. Timlah here - and you know EXACTLY what I mean by this...
Playing Chaotic Good - Meet the Robin Hood of the D&D moral alignment system. Here we find the vigilantes, the renegades, and the rebels willing to stand up for what’s right in a world gone tragically wrong, and most importantly the heroes of freedom. For those who swing towards chaos on the side of goodness and the rights of […]
Gamer Question of the Month – April ’17 - We were asked by the lovely team over at the Later Levels if I would like to take part in doing a monthly Q&A, to open discussion about video games amongst bloggers. If you’re interested in joining in the discussion, leave us a comment below, or reach out to Later Levels. Every month here on GeekOut South-West, we’ll be sharing what the question of the month is, as well as what our answers to this question is and our justification for the answers.
Kitacon Quest – DMing 101 The Panel - On Saturday the 19th of August at 20:00 I will be giving my second panel ever. Considerably less interesting than doing my first, but still kind of a huge deal from where I’m sat. I fully intended to bring back my confidence building panel with some rather necessary improvements, I can’t claim to have been […]
Mad Catz Gone Bankrupt: But Who Were They? - It's true - Mad Catz have gone bankrupt, but if you've never seen their range, let Timlah take you through just who were these UK games hardware specialists.
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – It Began - Y’know what? For a first try that wasn’t bad at all. Quite the reverse in fact. Let 30th March 2017 go down in history as the day we finally got round to bringing GeekOut to Shrewsbury! It sounds like we had a lot of competition for the day, and certainly lots of curiosity if not […]
Top 10 Words & Phrases - Sticks and stones may break my bones, but oof these words and phrases really can sting... Or at least stick in our memories. Join Timlah and Joel as we embark down our Top 10 words and phrases in all of geek culture. Is your favourite here?
Android Gaming – 3 Cool Picks - Gaming has become a staple of smartphones, on Android, iPhone and yes, even Windows phones. As I only have access to an Android phone, I thought I would share three fun games that's on Android. I cannot guarantee if they're on another platform or not, but it's worth checking for these three for various reasons. So check out these games when you next get space on your phone! They're rather good fun.
Playing Neutral Good - I hate Neutral Good. As a player it’s an easy pick, all the advantages of heroism without the need to be tied down by an ideology like the rule of law or the right to be free, ignore the rules whenever you please – oh sorry, whenever the cause is just – without suffering the […]
Free Video Game Review: Champions Online - Like MMORPGs and Superheroes? Then this mix might be right up your alley, although this isn't City of Heroes. In my bid to turn people's attention to free video games that are at least worth a look, I stumbled upon this free-to-play MMO with a heroic touch. So join me and my Superheroic avatar, the almighty… uhh… Timlah. I never said I was a creative sort.
Remembering Trap Door - I feeling wistful, in a mood to reminisce about moments from my youth, and I find myself pondering a little stop-motion animation that ran for a short time in the 80’s, and though it was originally released before I was born I was fortunate enough to experience a great deal of it thanks to the […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 8th: ANIME, OH ANIME - It doesn't matter what your tastes are; action, comedy, romance, you name it and anime has covered your favourite genre. They've also got genres you'd probably not think about normally, ranging from slice-of-life to magical girls (and boys!) But whatever your tastes in anime, or indeed your tastes in art are, we'll be hosting another GeekOut Bristol Meet on April 8th, for another great night out filled with geeks and their favourite geekdoms. So whether or not you'd call yourself an otaku, a weeaboo, or if you know absolutely nothing about anime, come along and have a look at the fun and games we've got planned for our next Bristol meetup.
Film Review: Logan - These old bones won't heal, at least the old bones of the titular hero Logan won't. What an utterly gripping film! Well worth the trip to the cinema and, as one of the first films we suggested would ne worthwhile this year, I can gladly say I was not disappointed. But for those of you who haven't seen it, here's our spoiler-free review of the most action-packed film in March.
Top 10 Space Battles - Space… the final frontier, and like any untamed wilderness there are always struggles and conflicts for the resources and strategic advantages they might offer. While the physics, tactics, and possibilities offered by all out space-combat might go under utilised and appreciated in modern media, there’s one thing we can do in film, TV, and games, and that’s make it look epic!
TV Review: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events - Are you prepared to listen to a tale of serious misfortune and misery? The serial misconduct of those caring for three children; the Baudelaire orphans? Lemony Snicket advises that you are better off just looking away. But if, like me, you have a morbid fascination with watching things people tell you not to, this might be the series for you! So don't adjust your screens, it is time to review Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Playing Lawful Good - The much maligned moral alignment system has something of a bad history. In past editions of Dungeons & Dragons it’s been too restrictive, poorly explained and interpreted worse still, but take some time with it, break free of its constraints and bend the rules a little and it can actually be as useful a method […]
Thibra vs Worbla – Which Thermoplastic Is Best? - Worbla, a thermoplastic that we are all now accustomed to as a staple of the cosplay scene. We know it's expensive, we know it's hard (ish) to work with. But cosplayers who wish to take their craft to the next level may invest big bucks in the material. Dare I even call it a super material? But now, courtesy of Coscraft, there's a challenger on the market; Introducing Thibra.
Review – Iron Fist - At last, the final Defender steps into the lineup. We pass from noir and pulp into a more Wu-Xia film style, the student’s voyage of discovery, facing his enemies without and within, trust is gained and lost, demons are mastered, and the day is… well. Iron Fist drew a lot of hatred before release on two […]
On Greenlight: Cool Egg on the Run – Bristol-Based Devs - Want to help support local devs do their thing? Great! We’ve got a little task for all of you GeekOut South-West fans out there – Give this game a like over on Steam Greenlight and help it go live. Ah but hold on, I’ve not given you any information about the game yet, have I? […]
GOVG – Video Game Night #3 - We've done alright recently with our GOVG nights, so if you're looking for an event to pass the time this coming Saturday, then why not consider joining us for an evening of fun and games? We'll be playing some free to play games, as well as some other games that people choose throughout the night. It's always a good laugh, so if you're up for joining a bunch of the GeekOut UK community for some laughs, then join us on Discord today.
Top 10 – Powerless Superheroes - A little bit of an oxymoron, a powerless superhero is probably not what you’d call a superhero. However, as time has gone on, the superhero genre has changed and we call some of the key heroes who, by all means, are as powerless as the rest of us. Sure, they might be well trained, in fact you could argue they’re trained to superhuman levels, but if we were put through the same conditions as them, we could possibly achieve this too…
Anime Review: Bananya - Do you love cats? Great, because that's all that you get in this anime. Do you love bananas? Great, because that's all that you get to accompany the cats in this anime. This is literally, exactly as the description of the anime suggests, an anime about cats that reside in bananas. Ho boy, I think I've lost the plot now.
Review – Lego Batman - It looks like the Warner Bros/Lego tag-team might have a far grander future ahead of them than expected. It might also be the salvation of DC on the big screen, if a somewhat comical take. Lego Batman was something of a breakout star in the original Lego Movie (2014), perhaps based on Will Arnett‘s performance, […]
Flio – Just another Laptop stand? - I've been using a laptop for years now, it's been my main machine for potentially the last 10+ years and I have at times suffered from a bad back. I could buy a laptop stand, there are thousands of them out there to choose from that come in all shapes and sizes; so what is it about the Flio Up that made me shell out €79 for one?
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – It Begins - After far too long of obfuscating and debating and delaying, I am finally getting things together to bring to Shrewsbury the get-togethers that have been so loved in Bristol, the GeekOut Meets. Those of you already on our Facebook page may have noticed the event popping up on their feed with an inaccurate photo attached […]
Video Game Review: Turmoil - There are few things in life more boring than the fluctuating market that is the oil industry. I mean seriously, prices go up, prices go down... And to make a full game out of that concept sounds like a dreadful idea. Or is it? Join Timlah for a full review for this oil drilling simulation.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 10th: SUPERHEROES ASSEMBLE Gallery - The law was led down - The evildoers of the world have been vanquished. We went through a super night of fun, games, drinks and geekdom, as well as another of our more creative competitions to date. This is our gallery of the superheroics that went down this month!
Top 10 – Inspiring Leaders - To be inspired; to be led by someone you can look up to. Sure, their goals might not be noble, their vision might be distorted, or they might literally have light shining out of their butts, it doesn’t matter. These are people that should be looked up to, whether or not they are actually an […]
EliteMeet Bristol 2017 - Every year, the community of gamers that enjoy Elite: Dangerous (the massively multiplayer space epic from Frontier Developments) come together for some face-to-face fun and gaming. However, this meet is so much more than just a gathering of Elite Dangerous fans. This year, the event is moving down to the South-West; so come along and have a look at what’s going down at EliteMeet in Bristol. This might be the event to satisfy your gaming and socialising itch!
Babylon 5 In Depth – Beauty In The Dark - There is something intensely beautiful about Babylon 5, despite the age and the increasingly dated characters. It has an aesthetic of its own that sets it apart from any science fiction before or since, and perhaps that’s in the design of the universe, the uniqueness of every race and their diversity, perhaps it’s in the epic […]
Video Game Review: LittleBigPlanet 3 - Stephen Fry? Hugh Laurie? A cute platform-puzzler? No way - it can only be LittleBigPlanet 3! Read on for our full review.
Robot Wars: House Robot Carnage - Not going to lie here, this season of Robot Wars rather snuck up on me, I found out that it was coming back on the day it aired so I had a lot of hype to cram in to a few hours, but it’s all good. After last season was heavily advertised on the back […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 10th: SUPERHEROES ASSEMBLE - Up there in the skies! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's just the GeekOut Bristol Meet attendees flying over to the Old Market Tavern for a night of fun, games, drinks, discussion and much, much more. But of course, not everyone knows what we get up to during our meetups, so if you're new to what we do, or if you're simply curious about what's going down this month, then join us today for a quick chat about what's new, what's not and what's hot about this upcoming meetup.
Dungeon Master Lego - As a DM, you need to be able to set scenes by using mostly words. Sometimes you might draw a map that you can slowly reveal to the player and some of them might be quite complex, but sadly only 2D. It is possible to build actual 3D models of your maps, which has become […]
Top 10 Unfitting Characters - When you’re making a cast of pirates, do you ever think of putting a bouncy ball in amongst the crew? Not really. When you’re making a story about war, do you ever think of putting scantily clad ladies all over it? Probably not. What about those times you’re designing a fantasy RPG and you design […]
Gamer Question of the Month: Mar 2017 - Last month, we introduced a monthly series, called Gamer Question of the Month which was brought to us by the lovely people over at Later Levels. As such, this is our second month in and therefore we're going to make sure our answers stay to the point and are relevant entirely to the question. This time around, it might be hard to stray from the question - As it's pretty much as simple as they come. This month, we've been asked...
Babylon 5 In Depth – G’Kar, The Messiah - Religious themes run through Babylon 5 like veins, angels and demons, faustian bargains, prolonged discussions on the nature of the soul and gods, but it’s no mere battle of good vs evil. Even the character you might believe farthest fallen shows himself capable of redemption, and his most bitter and vengeful enemy manages to forgive […]
Git – A tale of changing code – Part 1 - We have mentioned Source control before and touched a little on just how useful it can be. We also in this previous post said that we would try and issue a little tutorial. This is an attempt to do just that.
Review – Grim Dawn - “Joel,” you say to me in a thinly veiled premise, “why have you never reviewed Grim Dawn?” I say nothing because there is a hot mug of set-up to my face. “I mean,” you continue “You’ve spoken about it, ranted about it, shoe-horned it into a Top 10 wherever you could. It’s been a year […]
Geek Radio – What’s Out There? - Are you really into listening to the radio, but as a geek you find it hard to enjoy the channels you listen to? Perhaps your music choices mean that you end up listening to people who are putting on a corporate show, yet really you know there's a full blown geek scene behind the music? Join Timlah for a small discussion on geeky radio.
Pokemon Trading Card Game Online - In the 90's, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) took the world by storm. Now they're playing cards together... Online..?
Top 10 Fighting Game Characters - Two enter, one leaves. Choose your weapon wisely, train hard, and it might just be you. The arena-fighter has been a staple of the video game genre since the days of the arcade, pitching casts of characters that have grown and become increasingly elaborate and detailed as the technology and demand have risen. As more […]
DC vs Looney Tunes..? - The title says it all folks, that's right - if you've not heard the news, then you're certainly missing out on some cartoon capers. DC are producing a bunch of comics where their heroes and villains will be facing off against the heroes and villains of Looney Tunes. Does it sound too gimmicky to be true, or do you think this goofy idea is too good to be true? Well, let's go into some detail about what we know about these comics so far and what there is to look forward to in the coming months as we wait for more information.
Babylon 5 In Depth – The Sad Tale of Londo Mollari - Now to start going deeper. It is clear which actors truly loved what they were doing in this series, and while the series also has some golden examples of terrible acting it also features some of the best performances in science fiction history. I’d like to start with Peter Jurasik in the role of Centauri […]
Enter the Gungeon – Review - Chris prepares himself this week, for he is about to Enter the Gungeon!
Internet Nostalgia - Ahh for the good old days. At the age of twenty-seven I already yearn for so many of the more enjoyable aspects of my youth: the old A4 boxes for PC games stuffed with bonus goodies now labelled “collectors edition”; playing Pokemon in between street lights in the back of the car; Angry Beavers. But […]
Video Game Review: King’s Quest Collection - Fans of adventure games rejoice, the famous King's Quest Collection is on Steam and it's exactly like it used to be. Yeah, that's right, it's exactly like it used to be. Gosh darn, if it's not exactly the freaking same. Join Timlah to understand why he sounds so frustrated at the fact it's not changed.
GOVG – Video Game Night #2 - Our first one was pretty successful all around, I'd say. We had people coming along to play video games from all around the country, let alone from Bristol. So if you're a fan of what we do here on GeekOut South-West, why not join our Discord group? Join Timlah as he shares with you how to get involved with our geeky community!
Top 10 – Governing Bodies - While freedom is a noble thing to strive for, it is a matter for philosophers to debate whether we can truly be free without a force to control our actions. With so much to organise within a society it’s a full time job just to keep it all together, and it’s not a job for […]
Babylon 5 In Depth – Angels and Demons - Last week I discussed the alien races of Babylon 5, similarities and differences and how we’re not all that great at coming up with wholly alien life forms. Everything we create has some irrevocable grounding in what we are and what we know, and while a lot of that has a solid basis in evolutionary […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 11th: BYGONE ERA Gallery - Ah yes, we were unable to publish our gallery earlier in the week... So here's last GeekOut Bristol Meet's gallery, courtesy of Timlah and our lovable friend Jason from VidyaSauce.