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Top 10 – Ice/Snow Monsters - It’s far too cold outside, but I’m still feeling warm from adrenaline – That’s probably because we’re being chased by hordes of ice and snow monsters! People fear the cold, but it is somewhat beautiful. There’s something about the seductive allure of the snow that makes you want to venture out into it… What am […]
What Is NORAD Tracks Santa? - Anyone who has any form of interest in Christmas and how it's applied in the digitial age, then you may not need to look much further. NORAD Tracks Santa is a programme that has been around since 1955; run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD offers a way to show people where Santa Claus is in the world. This turned out to be one of the harder questions in this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet, as it turns out that whilst most people knew of some form of Santa tracker, people weren't sure on the name... Or why it even exists. As such, I thought it'd be fun to look at what NORAD Tracks Santa is, how it came to be and what it does today.
I Write Horoscopes - Not serious ones of course. When I express a love of cosmic horror, the link between horror and comedy, dark and angry surrealism, nihilism, and all of the other things I over-analyse, it’s an expression of interest and fascination that is – at its core – what geekiness is all about: an open expression of […]
Dragons Conquer America – Overview - As you might of been able to tell, due to me actually writing some articles, I've had a bit of time on my hands recently. It's allowed me the time to catch up with a lot of the RPG systems on my to-do list, which have included Sins and FAITH. One more on my to-read list was a quick-start guide-like RPG published by Burning Games, the same publisher as the aforementioned FAITH. Again, this particular PDF was given to us by Burning Games, but it was available via DriveThruRPG as part of their Kickstarter. Sadly we missed their actual Kickstarter launch, but we are happy to say that it was successful at being funded and you can make a late pledge, if this is something that you're interested in.
Review – Devilman Crybaby - My ongoing Netflix binge continues with a dabble into anime that is long overdue. Quick note before we get started, this is a relatively family friendly website, but this is not a family friendly anime. Watch at your discretion, but you’re probably going to watch it.
GeekOut Discord Server Changes in 2019 - Discord has undergone some drastic changes this year, from being purely about a chat environment, to selling games. Meanwhile, we here at GeekOut Media haven’t really done a lot to ensure that our Discord channel evolves with us. In all honesty, it’s something I’ve been meaning to fix up for quite some time… So, in the new year, we’ll introduce a few new changes to our server. Join us as we look at what we’re going to do in 2019.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – December 7th: The Hogfather’s Here – Gallery - With the presence of Christmas so near, it's only fair that we started to give out a few more presents. The attendees of Friday night's GeekOut Bristol meet would be very aware of the presents that were being handed out; if people took part in our competition which was absolutely packed, they were all in with a chance of getting a present. All they had to do was answer one question correctly... Unfortunately, I was the one who made the questions, which proved to be pretty tricky. Still, there were Santa hats and more this past Friday, so check out what happened at our fun little event!
Top 10 – Christmas Trees in Pop Culture - By now you should all be raising your evergreens, be they plastic or living… well, not living anymore. Christmas draws ever nearer, and presents have to go somewhere, classically piled into novelty oversized footwear, or placed in a space on the carpet that may be suddenly prone to getting covered in pine needles. The Christmas […]
GeekOut UK – Website Update #6 - Whilst an update on our new website might not come to the forefront of your minds, I certainly feel like it’s been a while since I’ve had a significant update for everyone. Indeed, I usually only really provide an update when there’s been a big change and this time, I guess there kind of has been a big change to the new site. There’s quite a few changes to it in fact, which I think warrants a bit of attention.
The Shropshire Dungeon Master Update VIII - When was the last time I did one of these? Ok, nothing since September, a fair amount has happened since then. Around the middle of October there was an incident that slowed progress a little, and with Christmas on the way there hasn’t been a great deal of time to advance a few projects that […]
Sins – Epic Action Horror RPG - Overview Sins takes place in our own world, a century or more from now, which is in a post-apocalyptic state. Civilisation as we know it no longer exists, areas of the world are now hideously scorched by nuclear attacks and others have returned to their natural state. I met co-creator and development team lead Sam […]
Inventory Hoarding - My name is Joel Smith, I am a hoarder. I suppose the worst of it has been my need to build new houses to store my stuff, and to have somewhere nearby where I can drop things off. In my line of work I find myself encountering a lot of valuables, and they’re just there […]
Article 13 and You – Does It Hurt The Internet? - If you're like me, you've probably gone onto YouTube and at some point, you've seen mention of Article 13. Indeed, it's something that's been cropping up left right and centre recently, because it's right at the forefront of what's important to the internet. You and I are used to going onto a website and reading valuable critique of your favourite games, films, tv, anime and more. You can then leave your own comment in return; sharing your favourite memes in the process. This could be threatened by Article 13 with the way it's currently drafted, which may affect the way you read websites or indeed watch your favourite YouTube content creators. If you don't know what's going on with Article 13, then read on for a quick article on what it is and how it affects you.
GeekOut Shrewsbury November ’18 – NaNoGeKo - Cuz it… it’s NaNoWriMo… it’s November, we did… it’s… aheh, ahhh… good stuff. Puns aside, this was a month full of stuff, which sounds trite, but there’s an increasing degree of me being entertained by you nerds as I am there to entertain you, enough of you have your own plans for what you want […]
Top 10 Geeky Christmas-Themed Stories - It’s December 1st everybody, which means we’re legally obliged* to start spamming you with Christmas every second of the way. We thought we’d start the festive season off with a bang, as we’re going to celebrate all that is geeky about the holiday spirit… And what could be better than keeping warm with a nice cup of hot chocolate, a sofa and a nice Christmas-Themed Story? Welcome to our Top 10 Geeky Christmas-Themed Stories. *We’re not really legally obliged to do this, we just felt like it.
Video Game Review: Tabletop Simulator - Do you remember board games of old, ones which are hard to come by now? Do you have a lot of friends or family that you like to play board games with, but you're not often in the same place at the same time? Do you really just like to flip tables and laugh at how everyone is now playing 1,000 piece pick-up? Well, all of these 'problems' are no more, as today we're going to introduce you to Tabletop Simulator; a video game that lets you play board games. Seems like a strange and somewhat novel idea, but trust us, it's excellent.
Dungeon Situational – Five Shields - Shields, the piece of metal or wood between you and pain, and the thing that turns your fighter from a bucket of hit points into an indomitable tank. Because it’s not dealing damage it often gets overlooked by today’s modern bloodthirsty types, and it might take more than a hefty plank with handles to convince […]
FAITH – The Science Fiction RPG - FAITH is an RPG set in a futuristic universe based on the worship of five gods. The game consists of four main player character races which include Human, each with a deep law to read through. It was first published in the EU in 2017 by Burning Games and written by J. C. Alvarez and Carlos Gómez Quintana. Burning Games gave us a PDF copy after we spoke to them at UK Games Expo.
Board Game Review – Gloomhaven - Now I know I’m late to the party, as it’s been about a year or so now since this leviathan board game entered circulation, but as I do not own a copy, and it has taken us a while to get a few games in with the copy in my gaming circles, only now do […]
Coding Resource Websites - I've been coding on and off as a hobbyist for approximately 18 years now, which is a terrifying idea. I rarely make anything that I put out there, mostly tinkering for my own fun and amusement. However, over the years, I've seen an influx of amazing resources. When I first started, there weren't many good websites out there - You usually had to buy big, heavy books to get anywhere in development. Now-a-days, all you have to do is a quick Google search and away you go. But these websites are my absolute go to's for anything to do with coding. Come share your favourites with us!
GeekOut Bristol Meet – December 7th: The Hogfather’s Here! - 18+ Event It’s the night before the night before the nigh– It’s a number of days before Christmas and all throughout the pub, plenty of geeks were drinking and enjoying good grub. But lo, who’s that at the rear? Santa Claus? No, the Hogfather’s Here!
Top 10 Underappreciated Superheroes - As many of you will be aware, news of Stan Lee’s death spread last week. We’ll miss the industry legend, a term we don’t use lightly. Instead of us wallowing in misery however, we figured we’d celebrate the man. As such, today’s Top 10 is around Superheroes. These are our Top 10 Underappreciated Superheroes - As these guys could definitely do a lot more, if only people would believe in them.
Mobile Game Review – Piffle - A cute character dressed in an even cuter cat costume? Check. A bunch of balls to throw at brick-like enemies, with a hopes to bash them down? Check. The bunch of balls you collect are also cute and fluffy? Also check. Well then, this should be a rather cute review of Piffle, shouldn’t it? Check!
Dungeon Situational – 10 Firbolgs - Growing in popularity thanks to their frequent reoccurrence in Critical Role’s second campaign, the race of gentle fey giants appearing in Volo’s Guide to Monsters are forest-dwelling wardens and guardians, living peacefully and quietly with nature until situation demands that they act to protect their sworn homes. Despite their incredible size, they are more adept […]
Why Chris Hates Monopoly - I think it's about time that I spoke about how I feel about Monopoly as a game. This post will, of course, include a very strong opinion as already stated in the title, so if you're not a fan of opinionated posts then we have plenty more articles you can read. Also, unlike your average clickbait article, I'm not going to wait until the end of the article to explain why the game has achieved the status of hatred with me. Buckle up, this might get bumpy.
Review – Castlevania - This is my third Netflix review in four weeks, time to ease off a smidge… or double down and aim for that sponsorship deal? Produced by Adi Shankar – the Punisher mini-film Dirty Laundry, Dredd, and The Grey – and written by Warren Ellis – Red, Hellblazer (or Constantine), and Transmetropolitain – the first series […]
Wikis: How Community Documentation Works - Wikipedia has been around for quite a while; an exceptionally useful resource that I think most of us use on a regular basis. The website was founded in January 2001, which was around the same time as similar website ideas, such as H2G2, or the ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’. Whilst H2G2 still exists today, it’s Wikipedia that we really talk about when we think about community documentation.
Spoiler-Free Film Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - For those of you who haven’t kept up with the backstory to the Wizarding World stories, which encompasses Harry Potter and indeed Fantastic Beasts, you may not be familiar with Grindelwald, bar for the name. You may have heard the name crop up once or twice, so this film helps to solidify who the wizard is and what sorts of crimes he committed - As well as what sort of relationship he had to some of the more prolific characters of Harry Potter.
Top 10 Cruel Gods - To be cruel is to be evil - Actually, not quite. Sometimes, you have to be kind to be cruel, or you have to be cruel to be kind. Naturally, evil entities are always pretty cruel typically - Torture, revenge via humiliation, the usual. The ten gods we list below are all cruel in their own ways, but their degrees of cruelty each vary. So read on for this week’s list, or I’m sure these deities will smite you for your indiscretions.
Mobile Game Review: Old School Runescape - Growing up as a kid in the 00’s, one of the most popular games was Runescape. It knew how to draw in a crowd, it was a relatively early example of a subscription model (which was cheap enough to make it worthwhile) and it was, all in all, a game which set standards for MMOs in the years to come. Whilst it’s a bit of a dated game, Old School Runescape exists - And it’s still hugely active. Recently however, Jagex dipped their toes into taking Old School Runescape to our smartphones. So join me for a look at what makes Runescape different on our phones, than it does on our browsers and PCs.
Dungeon Situational – A PC Lair - With the approach of Matt Colville’s Strongholds and Followers, I feel inclined to offer my own idea of a singular base of operations in which players may stash their gear, return to repair their equipment, and to rest in relative safety. From here our players may roam out in pursuit of wealth and glory, to […]
CSS: A Beginners’ Guide - CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is one of the most important elements of the internet. Whilst HTML provides the barebones, CSS is the style of the website; the presentation and layout. CSS has a few other nifty features, such as custom styles for when an event happens. In today’s article, I look to show you how easily you can edit your Wordpress site, or indeed any website, with your very own CSS code.
Remembering Stan - It’s hard to be too upset about the loss of Stan Lee. Don’t think me callous, instead look at a man who lived ninety-five years of life, and left a legacy that will outlive his grandchildren’s grandchildren. How many authors and artists become household names, not merely within those households with comic books on the […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – November 10th: Literally Literature Gallery - We always love to share how our events went, especially when we had a genuinely excellent time all around. We went to the Old Market Tavern, many of us braving the incredibly unpredictable weather of the day (I would know, I was drenched). We gathered in the pub, bought a pint or two, or ten - and we met plenty of new people and familiar faces alike. Whilst we don't have too many pictures of this one, the competition was awesome and as ever, we'll detail what happened at the event. So, check out what happens at one of our GeekOut Bristol Meets.
Our Projects in 2018-2019 - We’ve always strived to be ambitious - Whether or not we can always achieve those goals, that’s another question. I don’t think we’ve ever given up on any project, however more importantly, we like to keep working until we meet our goals. There’ve been delays along the way, but I figured it’d be great to look at what our projects as a group, a website and a community are, at least for the upcoming 12 or so months.
Top 10 – Very Old Aliens & Alien Races - Ancient is a tough word to work towards, so we've taken a few creative liberties with today's article, as we're looking at our Top 10 very old aliens and alien races.
GameBlast19 – Charity Video Game Streams - This week, I got chatting to our good friend Kim over at Later Levels, where I told her that I should not have bought a game she recommended (Elder Scrolls Online). That's not what you came here to find out about; instead, you're wondering what this has to do with GameBlast19 - And it's quite simple really. In that same conversation, we started to chat about their plans for GameBlast19... And I might have said that I'd happily get involved. So, for the second time, if all goes to plan it looks like I'll be back on board for a stream - First time in ages, too.
Dungeon Situational – Books and Their Secrets - Books, rich tomes of lore and knowledge, and in a world of magic, power, monsters, worse, and better, knowledge can reveal so much about the world that you can use to twist and bend to your advantage. Eldritch secrets, long forgotten treasures, and far darker mysteries abound to those with the patience to settle down […]
Running A Wordpress Blog - Over the past five years, I've had to learn a lot about what constitutes a blog. Some of the questions I've ended up answering were ones I didn't expect to even question in the first place. When I first made the blog, I had a goal: Write a couple of articles, get people to come to the pub with me. I really just wanted to make a community of friends - But as time went on, not only did I want that friendship, that camaraderie, but instead I wanted the website to do well. Over the years, this website has always gone up in views, but now I'm going to share all of the lessons I've learned about running a Wordpress blog.
Review – The Haunting of Hill House - Ok, one more post-spooky-season horror review, I’ve just sat and binged another of Netflix’s later efforts, and it’s worthy of discussion. This series tells the tale of a family of house flippers looking to land their biggest payday, one final renovation project before they settle in to an easy life, but as the narrative of […]
NaNoWriMo 2018 - National Novel Writing Month is back once again, marking the 20th year since the event begun. If you've never heard of this, or if you're only vaguely aware, I think it's always worth sharing what this is at this time of year, because hey, even if you're not ready to take the plunge yourself this year, there's always time to get yourself ready for the next one! In today's article, I'll discuss a bit of the history of National Novel Writing Month, what you can do to get involved and also some tips on how to work through your writing bug, without breaking the bank balance.
Checking Out The Blizzcon 2018 Announcements - SPOILERS: If you don't want to know what Blizzard have had to say this year, then this isn't the article for you. Turn away now. You've been warned. If you don't care and just want to know what was announced, then great, read on!
Top 10 Explosive Weapons - BOOM! That’s the sound of how much power these weapons have as a collective. Individually however, they’d still make a loud bang. Indeed, we’ve scoured far and wide for the best explosive weapons in video games, film, anime and TV. We're not stipulating that it has to be a specific type of weapon, but instead we're just focused on the explosive power that the weapon provides. Let's check out our Top 10 Explosive Weapons!
First Experience of the Discord Games Store - A while back, I wrote about how Discord was taking the fight to Valve; the giants of digital video game distribution. Discord has begun to work on a variety of services which looks to bring the video game launcher experience to a more streamlined routine. Now that we've had the Game Store on Discord for around a month, I thought I'd share my experience with the store along with the launcher they've built. Finally, I'll let you know if I think this'll disrupt the market, or if Steam will sit pretty for quite some time.
Dungeon Situational – Three Quest Specific Spells - The spells of D&D 5e – as contained within the Players Handbook, Xanathar’s Guide to everything and other sources – appeal to a broad range of characters with applications in combat and in many instances of day to day life. In a world of unexpected and varied dangers it pays to cover all bases… but […]
Anime With ‘Halloween’ Episodes - Halloween isn't hugely celebrated over in Japan, as it's mostly a Western tradition. It's slowly becoming more and more adopted over the years, complete with its own bad outcomes. However, Halloween is still a day to celebrate, a tradition we've held dear to us for many a year. Our own version of Halloween has changed over recent memory, becoming less about the tradition and more about wearing costumes and generally having a good time. This Halloween, remember to keep safe - And check out some Halloween episodes in anime, a medium the holiday doesn't get a lot of exposure to.
Review – Daredevil Season 3 - No preamble, I’ve done this enough times to give you guys the short version. Some spoilers, some of them are bigger than others. TL;DR? I liked it. Let’s get into the meat of the review, shall we?
Video Game Review: The Elder Scrolls Online - Through Azeroth, to Paragon City, I've played a number of MMORPGs in my life. All of them adhere to vaguely similar rules; create a character, run through a huge open world and do some quests. Get coins, do a few professions - If you're a fan of MMORPGs, you'd know the drill. I've played so many, that I was trying to look for one that could potentially replace the massive void that World of Warcraft left in my heart. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before I picked up Elder Scolls Online - But what did I make of the world of Tamriel? Read on to find out more, along with a screenshot gallery of my journey.
GeekOut Shrewsbury October ’18 – Lycanthropy - You’ll excuse me if I was glad of a quieter GeekOut this month, it’s been an exhausting few weeks, culminating in being unwillingly decorated for Hallowe’en last Friday. The bruising is almost faded, the blood is almost gone from my eye, but I’m still exhausted. Still, after a quiet start – just me and Cal […]
Top 10 – Spooky Internet Content - Spooky internet content – You know, the type of website, video, webcomic or otherwise that sits in the back of your mind once you’ve mentally digested it. Spooky and scary aren’t one of the same – However there is a lot of overlap between the two. To determine what we’re considering ‘spooky’, it’s got to […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – November 10th: Literally Literature - Books; eBooks; Writing; Written word. That's what we're going to celebrate, as we get together for a night of fun and games, with a twist using literature. As this month will be NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, we figured we should create our own story... More on that in this month's competition. Read on to join us for another exciting GeekOut Bristol Meet!
Dungeon Situational – High-Level Encounters - Sufficiently challenging your players at higher levels can be a difficult task for any DM/GM. With players of 15th level or higher who can take out creatures like dragons with relative ease, making encounters that are both interesting and a challenge can be tricky but ultimately worthwhile, if done well. Our guest Albert Passant shares with us three ideas for high-level encounters.
Stabcon South – Not as violent as it sounds - This is probably by far the weirdest name I have come across, for what is essentially a board game convention. The convention has been running for about 6 or so years and originated in Stockport. However, now we have Stabcon South that takes place in Southampton and since it is so close to Bristol, I grabbed two friends and went to check it out.
Halloween Movie Night - You know, Halloween is a time of celebrating the supernatural for most people. It’s a time when we get dressed up and enjoy a bit of the macabre, putting up decorations of skeletons and donning our best zombie outfit. However, another part of Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, is time for an excuse for us to watch some good old horror. So, I thought I’d talk today about three great horror films - including comedy horror - to watch this Halloween season.
Pokemon Go: Still Going Strong - Hoo boy, I can’t believe Pokémon Go has been around for over 2 years now. It was released back in July 2016 and, back then, it was considered to be a major success. However, as time went on, the audience somewhat dwindled. Then, after some major work by Niantic, the user base picked back up and we’ve now got the diverse game it’s become. I too have gotten back into the craze, so I thought I’d talk about the differences from the 2016 release and now.
Video Game Review: Northgard - Northgard, developed by Shiro Games, is a strategy game built on Norse mythology. Of course, said mythology is oft-filled with inaccuracies, due to how much of it has been pieced together through texts, before being adapted to various modern video game and film ventures. Northgard now brings the Vikings to a finely tuned strategy game, but will you fight or fall to the harshness of the land, or will the cold of the winter be your undoing?
Top 10 Cults - Greetings brothers and sisters and welcome, to our humble little family. Do not be put off by the burning Satanic rings around the place, for we're merely in the process of redecoration. We've got a simple test to see if you're worthy to join us, or if you might not fit our requirements. Today, we're going to share with you our list - Our Top 10 Cults. Be prepared, for you're about to learn about some of the limitations of the human brain.
Anime Review: Goblin Slayer - With a name like Goblin Slayer, you'd expect this to be a relatively simple little anime. You know, you have a protagonist who goes around and slays some little green-skinned humanoid creatures, which fight in packs - Sounds about right? Well, that's exactly what you get... Except, when you think of the term "Goblin Slayer", you expect some early level stuff in an RPG. You think of a protagonist killing creatures and getting a lot of gold for it. Again, you get just that and a lot more in Goblin Slayer. If that's whetted your appetite for the surprise ahead, then read on for more.
Dungeon Situational – 20 Rumours - Information is a valuable commodity to an adventuring party, no matter the setting. Whether the group are seeking information on a quest they’re already involved in, or looking for a job to keep them in gold and hot meals, keeping an ear to the ground in taverns or out in the street can be an […]
Snitch – by Slight Games – Kickstarter - You may remember a that some time ago we attended UK Games Expo and during that time, we came across quite a few Kickstarter projects that were due to launch this year. Snitch is one of those projects I found, where I was lucky enough to play it with the creators. It's a fast-paced social-deduction style game, that now has been released on Kickstarter and at time of writing, is well underway to getting funded.
Video Game Review – Arkham City - Tim, no reading, there may be spoilers. As for the rest of you, it’s been ample time for you all to have played, but as Tim recently played Arkham Asylum for the first time ever, it seems a good time to talk about the sequel. Arkham City is fodder for every gaming hall of fame […]
Mobile Game Review: Happy Glass - Ever wondered what a game of filling up a glass of water looks like? Yeah, well, neither did I... And yet, that's what it's come to ladies and gentlemen. However, don't think that this is a bad title, indeed it's a rather fun little game about filling up a glass of water. How can that be? Well, you turn it into a sweet little puzzler title and suddenly you've got water flowing everywhere, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. If you're a bit of a puzzle fan, then you should come check out Happy Glass with us.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – October 12th: Spectre Waltz Gallery - October, a month for the spooky and the macabre. A month when children dress up like the little monsters they are, whilst asking for sugar to make them even more energetic. However, it's not just the kids who get into the spirit of Halloween. Us grown adults still love a good excuse to throw a costume on and to decorate the place, making it a spooky spectacular for all involved. Yeah, alright, I didn't have much in the way to make the place spookier, but we certainly did have the right people come along, helping us by making the place a Halloween haven - And we were just under three weeks early!
Top 10 – Potions - Happy Spooky Season! The witches brew, fruit of the cauldron, magic in liquid form, bottled and corked, and ready for mass distribution. They can be medicinal, toxic, empowering, destructive, or just plain weird. Sometimes it’s important to just randomly drink bottles you find on the ground especially if they glow, because it could be any of […]
Best RPG Shows on the Web - I love role-playing games, and one thing I’ve found myself doing a lot lately is watch other people play these games - Writes Kevin Kutlesa in today's guest post.
Dungeon Situational – Three Curses - Among the many weapons in the DMs arsenal, often we overlook the idea of curses. Monsters and traps aplenty, puzzles and challenges, sure, but a curse is something wholly other. Disease is frequently too random, we rarely use disease because it is not something earned through foolish action, but a curse can be laid upon […]
Lessons Learned From Editing Blog Articles - Many of you will be aware that we edit our own work here, meaning that sometimes a mistake slips by. But sometimes, I’ll get articles given to me, or I do some self-editing on an older piece. Over the past five years, I’ve come from writing in a very immature way, to the more conversational voice I try to write in today. I’ve learned so much from editing; so much so that I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences from editing my own and other people’s work.
HorrorBabble: Audiobooks and Dramatic Readings - As a compromise to my ever declining reading habits, I have instead decided to embrace audiobooks with a passion. My recent Lovecraft addiction has ultimately led me to HorrorBabble, a small UK based narration group who read from a short list of public domain and permitted authors, as well as a few original creations. They […]
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Now Airing On Crunchyroll - JoJo fans rejoice, as nearly two years after the last episode of Diamond is Unbreakable, the fifth Arc has finally begun! The new season started airing this past Friday (5th October 2018), which means we're set for a good number of weeks! We're about to see new stands, even more outlandish and crazy outfits than ever and, of course, another JoJo! Uh, except this one isn't really a JoJo, he's more of a GioGio - More on that later in the article. For now though, let's check out what this arc is all about, the returning cast and of course, some of the new cast we can expect to see. There may be minor plot spoilers in this, so long as this arc follows the manga.
Video Game Review Batman: Arkham Asylum - When The Dark Knight hit our cinema screens, it was somewhat of a revolution for superhero movies everywhere. It brought out that dark, gritty side that Batman has been needing on the big screen for some time. Jump forward a year to 2009, we ended up with Batman Arkham Asylum. This did for superhero video games what The Dark Knight did for superhero movies. But does the game hold up just as well in 2018, nearly a decade on from the games original release? I decided to finally pick the game up, after having it in my Steam account for many a year.
Top 10 – Explorers - Exploration requires a certain set of characteristics; bravery, wisdom and overall survivability. You need to be brave to go somewhere uncharted, you need to be wise so you don’t eat something that’ll hurt you and you need to be able to survive, so you can return and tell of your exploits. Well, in today’s Top 10 list, we’re focusing on these brave individuals who’ve seen uncharted territories - and come back to tell us all about it.
Our Poster Creation Process - As many of you are aware, we here at GeekOut Media like to come up with posters. Well, I like to come up with poster ideas at least, which sometimes translates really well, other times not so much. One thing I've been debating is creating more merchandise, however I thought I'd talk generally today about the creation process behind each of our posters. I figured I'd be transparent and talk about the costs involved with getting them printed, as well as the process behind making them. Right, let's get into this, shall we?
Dungeon Situational – 20 Travelling Partners pt. 2 - Right, where were we? Travelling companions eleven through twenty. Here’s one through ten if you missed them. Matoban Riverwheel Halfling, female The softly spoken halfling dresses in soft leathers and expensive looking silks, but without much by way of ornamentation or showy colours. Her hair is a thick bundle of dun dreadlocks tied with a […]
MOTAS: The Mystery of Time and Space - Point & Click adventure games have been around for a very long time; indeed, some of the earliest big titles were of this genre. We've had the Monkey Island franchise, Grim Fandango, Broken Sword - And then we had the Mystery of Time & Space (MOTAS). Recently on our Discord channel, I got into a conversation with Jason from VidyaSauce, who was live streaming himself playing Elea - A new game that identifies itself as an Indie Adventure game. When I saw the sci-fi theme of the game, I was immediately brought back to MOTAS - A game that I and my family loved to bits.
Three (and a bit) Mobile Game Reviews - Having learned a lesson about underestimating the quality of the mobile gaming scene, I’ve dabbled a little more into the options at hand. Here are a handful of the games I’ve been playing of late.
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet: A Review From A Bristolian - I've always wondered what being on the other end of the coin is like; you know, actually sitting and enjoying a GeekOut Meetup, rather than running one. In the whole time that GeekOut Shrewsbury has been a thing, I've never been able to go up myself. It being on a Thursday means that I'd have to effectively take a day off and do over five hours of travel, or take two days off and do two lots of driving and have a place to stay. I also didn't want it to be obvious, so managing to keep it secret for so long felt oh so good.
GeekOut Shrewsbury September ’18 – Harry Potter and The Shrewsbury Geeks - Finally, a Meetup title too long for Facebook to accommodate in full. This month mixed back-to-school with quiz month, meaning a quiz more aggressive than any exam you could hope to face, but many of you proved you could face down the worst of what I had to offer, and good company, good games, and […]
Top 10 Embarrassing Character Deaths - Come one, come all, to our gallery of heroes and villains who have fallen; except this wing of the gallery has a little twist. Every one of the heroes and villains we’re about to show you have fallen in some embarrassing manner. So whether or not these characters have been caught with their trousers down, or whether they just died because reasons, here are our Top 10 Embarrassing Character Deaths.
Star Realms Frontiers - Back in August 2017, I backed this product on Kickstarter as an early birthday present, under the impression it would’ve come in time for December that same year. A handful of delays with design and printing eventually led the EU fulfilment to happen this September. Was it worth the wait?
Dungeon Situational – 20 Travelling Partners pt. 1 - Ahhh… this may have to be a two-parter. This is going to be a two-parter. Having hit 1600+ words with only half of my wandering NPCs written, I shall save another ten for next Thursday. Here below I offer you ten NPCs who may travel with your party. Some may help, others may hinder, all […]
Wordpress Plugin: MyCRED for Self-Hosted Wordpress Websites - MyCRED is a plugin that I've had to try to get used to, really fast. It's a very powerful bit of software, allowing the admin of the site to award points to users, based on some interactions with the website. For instance, you might want to award a user for watching a video for longer than 3 minutes. You could also want to reward your users for simply commenting on your articles, or by having your own forum and them interacting with it. All in all, MyCRED was made specifically with this problem in mind - To be able to reward your users for interacting with your site in the way you want them to.
Review – The Dragon Prince - I may have mentioned I’m a bit of a late-to-the-party Avatar fan, I marathon’d the entire series a few years ago, and it’s become something of a node, a go-to point in my creative reference library whenever I create something fantasy. It’s an off-piste and indirect approach to the classical westernised fantasy of elves and […]
Community Projects and Software - Software and programming is an amazing feat of engineering. Everyone should be proud of what they've contributed, no matter how big or small their part in the process is. From some video game software, through to a much larger full scale operating system, software and communities have been a thing since, well, always. Programmers may typically be associated as unsocial folk, but they are amongst the most social and co-operative people I've met. Not everyone may feel the same, but I thought I'd talk briefly today about community projects and how they make such a difference to everyone who's ever used a computer.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – October 12th: Spectre-Waltz - 18+ Event It's that time of year once more, where the horrifying, the dead and the damned become a part of our every day. Here at GeekOut Bristol, we like to celebrate Halloween a little bit early, so come and join us for our Spectre-Waltz!
Top 10 Enemies With Lots of Health - From the insanely difficult, to the just long, neverending slog - Enemies that have a lot of health have been in gaming for a very long time. Indeed, so long, that some of us are still fighting them. If you’ve ever played a video game where you’ve questioned why you’ve had to fight the same battle for so long, then this is the list for you - This is our Top 10 Enemies With Lots of Health.
Celebrating Five Years of GeekOut South-West - Holy smokes, I knew this year was my fifth year running this blog, but on Wednesday 19th, it was officially the anniversary of the website. Hurrah! No, there's no time for cake, as I thought that was a perfect excuse for me to chat about everything that's happened with us. The good, the bad (although there's not really a lot of 'bad') and of course, the outright amazing. All in all, it's been five years of ups, so expect to see a lot of gushing about how excellent this has been... And hey - We'll chat about the meetup and what that means to us, as well as future plans.
Dungeon Situational – Nemesis - There are days when the grind of combat becomes a simple matter of pointing and declaring “I hit that one” or “I cast this spell”. Sometimes what is required is a combat so utterly challenging that players are forced to think outside the box, get creative, and push themselves to the very limit. It need […]
Hero Master – By Jamie Noble – Kickstarter - Jamie Noble Frier, also known as The Noble Artist, is a digital artist hailing from Sussex and is now turning his hand to board game design, with his first major foray: Hero Master. I met Jamie at UK Games Expo and he very kindly offered to give me a personal tour through the game as it stood, using Tabletop Simulator. After much time wrangling between the two of us, we finally got it scheduled in and I asked Nathan to join us digitally. The result of this is over two hours of video taken from that playthrough that we need to condense, do a voiceover for and release on our YouTube channel. Video aside, Jamie's Kickstarter is now up and running and we thought it would be a great time to do a little overview of the game, which in my opinion is well worth buying.
Review – Iron Fist Season 2 - A little belated, because I must admit the release of another season of Iron Fist did not have me excited. Thus far the character of Danny Rand – across both his first season and the whole of The Defenders – has been shallow, narcissistic, bland, and a whole bunch of other bad adjectives. The story […]
Our Design Philosophy - One thing I have had a number of compliments about are our posters, our website’s appearance and all of our design. Honestly, whenever I hear good things about these, I actually chuckle and shrug a bit. “Nah, you’re just saying that,” I’ve often said to myself. Well today, I thought I’d share with you why our scheme is black, grey, red and white. These four simple colours, or shades, are each hugely important to our identity. Here’s how and why.
Artificial Intelligence in Movies - There's no question that a good science fiction film typically has to feature some highly intelligent and likable AI characters. For nearly a century now, AI on our screens has gotten more and more common, from a robot that is a good friend and sidekick, to those who chug beer and smoke cigars. All in all, artificial intelligence has gotten more commonplace in the cinema and even on our TV sceeens, so what is it that we love so much about our robotic companions? I decided to dig a little bit deeper into the sci-fi genre for a look into the history of AI in movies.
Top 10 – Dead Websites - The internet has grown explosively in a shockingly short space of time. Consider its cultural dominance in matters of information gathering, exchange, shopping, misinformation, entertainment, socialising, slinging insults at one another across nations without the fear of ever having to match that bravado in person… Googling things… But this incredible progress has left behind a […]
Magic the Gathering: Commander - Commander is one of the most popular formats for Magic the Gathering and, like most good things in Magic, it started because of bored judges. That’s not entirely true, but it’s an amusing thought! Murray shares with us his enjoyment for the Magic: the Gathering Commander format.
Dungeon Situational – Pandemonium Spell List - Let us suppose a variation of magic that does not manipulate a natural force ever-present in the world. Instead let us consider a school of magi who pull their power from the realms beyond the material, reaching into the turning gears of Mechanus, the glorious light of Celestia, the feral twilight of Ysgard, or – […]
Mobile Game Review: Pocket City Free - When the city building genre was first really taking off, back in 1989 with SimCity, the genre was incredibly strong. Many iterations of SimCity have come and gone, with each of them getting progressively more interesting as we go. Now, in 2018, we've been able to take the city building genre to our Android and iOS phones. The real question is how well does such a massive genre translate to such a small screen? As ever, I took to the Google Play store to download the title and give it a go - and honestly, I am definitely not disappointed with the results. Read on if you're a fan of SimCity, looking for a small title to play as you go.
Road to GenCon 2019 - In the absence of a major summer anime convention, I’m finding I’m looking more for opportunities to spend time with the same old crowd I hang out with there, rather than some new big event to fill the time. However, there’s no denying that a gaping hole has been left in the Geek Calendar for […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 8th: Harry Potter’s GeekOut Return - Another GeekOut Bristol Meet has come and gone, but don't be dismayed, we'll be back next month. Whilst there were a number of Muggles about the Old Market Tavern, the venue helped us put on a magical event. There were plenty of Hogwarts House special drinks, one for each house, as well as a returning favourite in Butterbeer. Check below for some of our pictures of the event, as well as some preliminary information about when the next one's going to go live.
A Call To Local Geek Businesses: Make Yourselves Known - We here at GeekOut Media often get a number of emails from retailers, charities and more. They start off by telling us about something exciting that's upcoming, or about some stock they got recently. I was inspired to write this quick article by one such email I got from Books for Amnesty in Bristol. They were asking for us to share that they had some manga in stock - and it was quite a selection. Hey, if you're reading this Colin, I hope you're doing well and that you've started to sell a couple of them manga novels! I'm still going to have to pop by at some point for those Shaman King books, unless they move.
Top 10 Artifacts - Ancient artifacts, filled with ancient powers. Legend has it that these MacGuffin’s are incredibly valuable and of course, that means they’re also very - and vaguely - powerful. We couldn’t help but look deeper into the mysteries of these artifacts - So much so, that we thought we would share our findings with all of you. As acclaimed archeologists, it’s our duty and your privilege that we share with you our Top 10 Artifacts.
Tap To Play: A Discussion About Smartphone Games - Since the first smartphones came out, there has been a rising demand for more and more games. They’re an amazing distraction and when one of them takes off, they get massive - arguably more so than a PC or console title does. However, one thing I’d like to chat about is the recurring theme in smartphone games - About how all you need to do to play, is to wait, or to just tap the screen a million times. Whatever happened to innovation - Or are we about to see a new surge of innovative titles?
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