Top 10 – Necromancers - “A Necromancer! I hoped I’d never have to lay my eyes on one of your kind again” – Gheed. Yes, the Necromancer is a powerful spellcaster who is capable of bringing the dead back to life. With a penchant for the macabre, these dark magicians are able to manipulate bone, flesh and even go so […]
Trick or Treat & Halloween - Last week, we warned you of the horror’s of All Hallows Eve, by telling you the tale of Ness and Paula as they encountered the pumpkin villain, the Trick or Trick Kid. But what happens when you’re offered the chance for a treat? What happens when someone says those three fateful words to you: Trick or Treat? After last weeks’ horrific tale, this week comes one even more frightful, as we dive deep into Rapture.
GeekOut Shrewsbury – Such Plans - October’s GeekOut Shrewsbury is in only a week, and after eight months I think we are – as a group – settling into a pleasant routine that’s broadly enjoyable. A competition one month, a pub quiz the next, board games to keep us going, food, drink, and light heartedness. We average somewhere between twelve and […]
Final Fantasy: 30th Anniversary Arrangement – A Fan Project - One of the joys of running the much loved GeekOut Bristol Meet, is meeting people who are truly passionate about something, be it a franchise, a type of game, an anime or otherwise. Over the past thirty years, Final Fantasy has been in our homes, in video games, anime, animated films, manga and so much more. It's a hugely influential series which has touched many of us in some way or another. As such, it's great seeing such a strong fan community out there.
Short Horror - Sketch comedy has been a staple form of the genre for a long time, because it’s very easy to tell a joke and even easier to do so in a visual media with physical comedy, tangible characters, and short narratives. Short-form horror is not quite so easy. It’s a genre that benefits from time, and […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – October 14th: VAMP-TASTICAL! Gallery - We came, we saw, we drank and we dined. GeekOut Bristol Meet was as loud as ever, seemingly slightly busier than usual and with a competition that really seemed to gnaw at everybodies necks. So whilst we were being so merry, time went by so quickly as we had games on the go, people discussing everything, including a rather deep conversation about life in the conservatory. Deep stuff, guys.
Video Game Review: The Elder Scrolls III – Morrowind - Remember the days where slashing at a mudcrab was infuriating? Me neither. If you've ever been through the realm of Tamriel before, but you haven't experienced Morrowind, then you're in for a treat. However, I thought I would do something different for this review. Welcome to Morrowind, made much prettier with the Morrowind Graphics Extender.
Top 10 – Severed Heads - Next on the chopping block, a Top 10 that springs to mind when thinking of Hallowe’en. It was necks to impossible to pick from our examples, but we made some real headway and have ranked some examples that are truly head and shoulders above the rest and it’s heads, it’s severed, decapitated, removed from the […]
Pumpkins & Halloween - As we approach All Hallows’ Eve, tales of ghosts and ghouls become commonplace. Today, I wish to tell you a tale of a young man and a young lady, by the names of Ness and Paula, who fought off unspeakable evils. But before they could take on true evil, they had to overcome fear itself. This time, it wasn’t a ghost or a ghoul, but rather it was the wickedness of humanity itself, with an injection of the macabre. This is the story of Ness and Paula encountering the Trick or Trick Kid.
Review – Layers of Fear - October means horror games, and it doesn’t matter how much I love horror, I really have no stomach for horror games, I’d play Amnesia in twenty minute chunks, Little Nightmares gives me the shivers, and I’m stuck on Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder… but it’s also very creepy so I’m glad I’m stuck. […]
Heat Signature – Game Review - I remember seeing the Beta of this Heat Signature and was really interested to see what it was like, once it was complete. Now that the game is out of Beta, I've gotten my hands on a copy of the game. So we ask the age-old question, was it worth the wait and more importantly is it worth the money?
Can Board Games Be Scary? - When it comes to horror a new king has come to seize the crown, and though the recumbent cinema may still be giving us a few greats, not doubt video games are the heir apparent. But given the renaissance era of board games has produced wonders that even have the power to put chess to […]
BristolCon 2017 - The annual sci-fi and fantasy convention based in the heart of Bristol, BristolCon is a great time out for all fans of literature and art. Whether you're a fan of large or small authors, or if you want new sci-fi and fantasy inspired art pieces to display around your humble abode, this is the event for you. BristolCon, coming on October 28th, is a fun-filled one day event with interesting panels, local authors and artists and much more. If you're a sci-fi/fantasy geek, then read on for more as you will want to check this out!
Project Working: 5 Tools To Get You Through Your Projects - Projects are a huge demand on an individual, especially if you have personal projects that you want to get through yourself. However, it doesn’t have to be so hard. With so many tools built for you to manage your projects, it can be just as hard choosing the right applications for you. This article covers five tools that I use regularly, helping me get through any project (and what I use them for).
Top 10 – Teleporting Characters - The power of teleportation is a skill which few possess; a skill of true concentration and energy. The characters we’ll be chatting about in today’s list are all masters of their craft, able to teleport seemingly with ease. It’s as if moving their, or another whole mass, is just like breathing to you or I. […]
Mobile Game Review: Hyper Heroes - Ever felt that heroes weren’t active enough? That they were all a little too sluggish; a little too slow to the action? Wouldn’t it just be better if you could fling a champion at a situation and let them do all of the hard work? Well then, this very specific scenario has finally got a solution, as we check out the mobile game for Android and iOS, Hyper Heroes. Is it any good, or is it a little too charged with sugar?
Making Your Fighter Awesome - Fighters are the soldiers, mercenaries, warriors, the armour + weapon meatstick that goes first through close corridors and stands at the front of a fight yelling “come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough”. They’re often cold, functional, and unimaginative, fine for a new gamer, but if you’re comfortable with the rules […]
Festival of the Spoken Nerd | GeekOut Interviews - After a few months of waiting, I went to see the Festival of The Spoken Nerd show in Wells last week. I had no idea what to expect from the show but was curious to find out and took four fellow geeks along with me. It was a busy crowd from a very varied age range, that I think spanned from 12 to 50+ and I think it certainly had something for everyone.
Review – A Cure For Wellness - It’s an enjoyable thing to review a film that you neither like nor dislike occasionally. You grow tired of the constant compliments or unmerciful dissection, and to find a film that is both good and bad across multiple elements is a perverse delight. Let me start by saying that I enjoyed A Cure For Wellness, […]
Japan Crate – September ’17 Edition (Tony Hawk Crate) - JapanCrate is back and this month, the food and drink was hand picked by the skateboarding legend, Tony Hawk. So whether you're a fan of Tony Hawk (or indeed his skateboard company, Birdhouse), or if you just care about the delicious snacks within, then read on for this months unboxing!
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – September ’17 - Despite the start of a new university year, the GeekOut crowd has proven harder to diminish. Oh sure, we’ve lost a few regulars along the way, I’m sure they’ll come back when they are able, but with an early season cold starting I was glad of the quieter meet this month. Palmers was a quiet […]
Top 10 – Mechas - Mechs are big. Mechs are hulking. Mechs are armoured up and they protect the person who controls them as much as they can, whilst wreaking undeniable damage. Mechanised vehicles, Autobots and other mechanical behemoths are included within this week’s Top 10 list. We’re not including every machine, but it has to be motorised, it has […]
Streaming For a Niche on Twitch - Twitch.tv; the name evokes the image of men and women sitting in front of their screen playing video games for their audience. Yet since last year, when people decided they would spend a night watching a man compose and play melodies on his piano, or even a weekend reliving the magic that was Bob Ross, the “Creative” tag for streams has been growing in popularity.
Re-Skinning Spells part 2 - So, rather than starting with my spell like I did in my Re-Skinning Spells part 1 last week, I’ll be starting with the spellcaster. To give your unique character a unique feel rather than just a colour-by-numbers hack-n-slash dungeon crawler, plant a little of their personality onto their spell list. For each character I’ll be […]
The Shrewsbury Insider: Harry Potter’s Labyrinth, D&D in The Cave - Ahh, Shrewsbury is a-growing. We have a thriving nerd community around town, GeekOut Shrewsbury is only one addition to a variety of events, groups, societies and organisations with a geeky slant. Shrewsbury, let me tell you, we are the envy of many towns and cities around the country where the gamers, film buffs, fantasy, sci-fi, […]
Serial Cleaner – Video Game Review - Cast your mind back to last year, when I reviewed a game called Party Hard that had nothing to do with the Andrew WK song of the same name. As you may remember, Party Hard is the game where you play a serial killer and are tasked with taking out as many of the partying […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – October 14th: VAMP-TASTICAL! - GeekOut Bristol Meet is back on October 14th. Come join us for an early Halloween treat! Read on to find out more about the event, the competition and much more!
GeekOut UK: Badge System - GeekOut UK is our brand new website in the making - Something we've been working on for a rather long time now. As the release of the new website draws ever closer, we're going to celebrate by showing all of you some snippets of what can be expected of the new site. Today, we're going to talk about a topic we covered a long time ago, but this time it takes the form of a badge system.
Top 10 – Old Games Companies We Loved - Ladies and gentlemen, geeks and nerds, we are gathered here in memoriam of those we have lost but not forgotten. This is a sad Top 10 to have to write, because the games companies we have assembled below have all contributed titles to history that have inspired and driven creative minds world-over to go into games design, or in some other way create incredible works. For reasons beyond their own control these companies have fallen by the wayside to create no more.
NaNoWriMo 2017: What You Need To Know - NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an event that takes place annually in november. The event has been running since 1999 and in that time the company responsible for the event, also called National Novel Writing Month, has become a nonprofit. But what exactly is NaNoWriMo and what can you get out of the event? We've written about this event several times, but we've never written a sort of primer on how to get involved, or what you need to know. If the idea of writing a novel in a month sounds like a blast, a terrifying prospect, or something you find slightly curious - Then read on, as NaNoWriMo is a beast that should be taken on by all comers!
Re-Skinning Spells - A follow-up to similar articles I wrote on using D&D creature stats to make original sounding creations, how about giving your spell caster some original twists? There are a few different ways you can personalise your spell list, simply changing the appearance such as the colour, the sound, the very sensual content of your spell, is […]
Stephen King’s IT – Film review - "Being a horror fanatic, you have to work pretty hard to shock me with horror films these days", writes Catharsisjelly who recently went to see IT in the cinema. And now his verdict is in!
Marvel’s Secret Empire (Part 2) - The continuation of our guest post from Ed Brown of last week which has had to be split into two parts, in which Ed explores Marvels major story-arc, the Secret Empire. We left mid-discussion about Captain America switching sides to H.Y.D.R.A and the fact that it put a lot of people off… Super-hero Segregation You’re […]
Video Game Reivew – Alice: Madness Returns - "You're back in Wonderland, Alice." - But this time, things aren't the same. Things have gone quite mad. You could say that all of the time Alice has been stuck in an orphanage, has only made her more derranged, or at least more cynical. Now we must return to Wonderland, where a train has been seen destroying the imaginative world. Why has this train taken off? What has happened to the laws of Wonderland and more importantly, can we see that amazing Vorpal Dagger once again?
Card Game Review: Unusual Suspects - Looking for a card game where you get to judge cartoon characters? Looking for something quick and easy to set up and play? Want a game with lots of unique looking characters, random questions to ask about them and to be co-operative? Yes? Good. Read on for Unusual Suspects; a game above everything we just said.
Top 10 – Keys - This week there’s no need to hold the door, as we have the very key to unlock it! We all know that key’s take many different forms, from cards, to the typical metallic key shape that we’re used to. So long as these items adhere to a standard look, or are used to open locks […]
Japan Crate: August ’17 – Anniversary Edition - Japan Crate is an excellent box of food and drink, which has been picked by the Japan Crate team based in Japan. What's more, they ship these delicious boxes for free! Interested? Read on for this months crate!
My Dungeon Masters - No man is an island, inspiration does not come from nowhere, and there are too many people to whom I owe thanks for developing my skills as a Dungeon Master. Today feels like the day to thank a lot of people, I’m coming to ten years a slave to the hobby (is that reference in […]
Pocket Mars – Board game review - Pocket Mars is a card game that boasts simple rules, and packs a lot of gameplay. I've had a copy of it for a while now and remember talking to the publishers Board and Dice about it back at UKGE, and at our recent September Meetup, I finally got round to playing it.
Marvel’s Secret Empire (Part 1) - Or How to Alienate Your Readers with a Great Storyline We’re heading towards October, the time of year where the Marvel Universe receives its annual shake-up at the climax of a 5-month long universe-spanning crossover that involves every hero with TV or silver screen time (planned or actual) and nearly every support character they’ve ever […]
YouTube Channel Update - It's been a rather long time since we spoke about our YouTube channel, so I wanted to actually let you all know why that is and what we're doing to make content for this in the not-too-distant future. Interested in finding out where we've been? Read on!
GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 8th: TECHY TEACHINGS Gallery - We really do love technology; that much is certain. We proved how much we love our tech, by showing off our new Raspberry Pi Arcade! However, that wasn't all we did, as once again the geeks of Bristol gathered around for a night of fun and games; of both board and video variety. We drank together, we sang together (seriously, that happened) and overall we had a great time together. But hey, you're here to see some pictures of the event and to learn a bit more about what happened. Along with seeing the pictures, we'll share the competition so you can have a go if you'd like to!
Top 10 – Righteous Heroes - The Righteous Hero is someone who has a rather strong sense of justice; to the point where you question how they can be so… Well… Righteous! They’re often overbearing, self-promoters who talk a big game. Worse still, typically these do-gooders know how to back themselves up. But hey, you’re here to see who our favourite […]
Gaming Genres: Multiplayer (with Friends) - Good friend of GeekOut Murray Butler is back with another edition of Gaming Genres where this time, he discusses Multiplayer (with friends). What does he mean by this? Read on to find out more!
Review – Elder Scrolls Legend - Can’t afford the millions of cards required to get competitive at Magic? Don’t have space for a collection, or friends with decks? Well why not play Hearthstone? I kid, I haven’t played Hearthstone either. I hear it’s free, but I look at a multiplayer game that big and I’m immediately put off, and to be […]
Review: Doctor Who RPG - I was both curious and anxious when I read that there was a Doctor Who RPG. The child inside of me was gleeful that people had put the Doctor Who universe into a form that can be played by many and then the adult in me grew very cynical indeed. I wondered how they would deal with the Doctor as a character, will this be played by a player or is the Doctor like a super cool NPC.
Review – Batman and Harley Quinn - My stance on DC over the last few years has been pretty unwavering. Their efforts on the big screen have been laughable, as evidenced by the sheer amount of derision slung its way; television productions have been split down the middle, with the Flash and Arrow bringing some exceptional quality that has not been reflected […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 8th: TECHY TEACHINGS - Whether or not you're a big tech fan, we're back for another great GeekOut Bristol Meet. So come along, share your passion for technology (and all of your geeky interests) and show us what it means to be the ultimate tech-head!
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – August ’17 - Increasingly our Shrewsbury Meets are earning their 18+ requirement, and less for the venue’s legal limitations and more about what happens when our regulars get into a Bucket of Doom. It’s been another month of madcap hilarity, new faces, old faces, new games and a failed attempt at playing NYET! and after a busy month, […]
Top 10 Shocking Deaths - When you’re engrossed in a work of fiction, nothing is certain. From what direction the antagonists are going to take the story, to the sudden, tragic loss of a major character that you’re deeply invested in. Many of us have watched series, played games, or read books where a character is taken away from us just far too soon. We’re here to share with all of you our Top 10 Shocking Deaths in all forms of media.
Hidden Gem: Firestorm Games - We decided to seek out Firestorm Games, a shop that's out of the way, but within a short walking distance of Cardiff station - and boy oh boy, was it ever worth the visit?
Review – Game Of Thrones Season 7 - Winter has come. It has kicked down the door and is making itself at home despite the fact that we’ve called the police and are cradling a knife for fear that winter does something unpredictable, but all it’s doing is drinking a beer it brought with it and asking if we’re feeling ok. That’s a […]
Card Game Review: Bears vs Babies - When I first heard about Bears Vs Babies I had no doubt that the team at The Oatmeal would put something worth while. Given the incredible success of Exploding Kittens they did have some pretty big boots to fill. Back in October of last year was the first we saw of it, let's just say that it did not take me long to actually invest.
TopCast, DMing 101 & Jewellery Making For Your Costumes Panel - We were very busy last week, as many of you will be aware. We enjoyed seeing some incredible cosplays; we loved to attend panels; Joel and Sarah hosted a panel each; we all got involved with a TopCast, our first ever recorded Top 10 (which lead to last week's write-up). Overall, we were incredily busy people at Kitacon last week and we seriously loved every minute of it. Although yesterday was the last specific Kitacon article, this article is just showing off three new videos: Our TopCast for the Top 10 Half Breeds, Joel's DMing 101 panel and Sarah's Jewellery Making For Your Costumes panel.
How To Make Quick & Easy “Tiki” Masks - Recently, I made a rather amusing but very basic Crash Bandicoot costume, that got quite a bit of attention. From people going "W O A H" at me, as I walked around, to people who wanted pictures and even to ask if we made it ourselves, we came up with a pretty easy way to make an Aku Aku mask - But this technique can be applied to more complex masks, if you're going full Tiki on your design. If you're looking for something quick and easy to make, perhaps as a mask, or perhaps to jot around your home to show off a bit of your own personal creative flair, then consider making these quick & easy masks!
Kitacon Quest 2017 Roundup - This is the last big post on Kitacon Quest, however this was a good excuse to show off all the random pictures we took at the event. So, thank you everyone for reading through our weeks worth of Kitacon content - We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have. Seriously, we love Kitacon - We go back every time it's on and whilst there may be the occasional hiccup, the people behind the event pour their hearts into the event... and it shows. So, come and have a look at a few more images I took of the amazing Kitacon Quest 2017!
Top 10 Half Breeds - When we came up with Half Breeds to put on the list, we didn’t expect it to be a quick and easy one - So we decided we would do something a little bit different. When this one came up as our second most voted from two weeks ago, we knew we could have an actual physical discussion with some fellow geeks. We were at Kitacon this past week; which was a perfect way to get some of our fellow geeks to get their voices heard. Read on to find out more!
Timlah’s Kitacon Quest in Review - Kitacon Quest was a blast; from excellent panels to great friends - and oh so much to drink! But still, as always, we didn't go there just to have a good time. We wanted to make sure you guys all got to see something great from the event - With the tickets selling out so fast, I thought I'd focus on the things I enjoyed the most out of the event. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be another big post; as well as two videos!
Review – Defenders - Netflix have released the next instalment of their flawed but still superb Marvel series, and it’s the one we’ve been building to since the release of Daredevil back in April 2015. It’s been a long time and a lot of building to get to this point, and it hasn’t all been plain sailing. This eight […]
An Introduction to MVC - As a programmer, you can take on one or more architectural patterns and one that you may have heard of is the Model View Controller (MVC) pattern. If you are planning on building a functional web application that is easy to test and expand, then you might want to consider using this pattern. I have worked with several PHP frameworks and virtually all of them promote the use of MVC, but you can apply the following information to anything that is based on this architecture.
Joel’s Kitacon Quest in Review - Dammit Kitacon, you’ve destroyed me again. I got back a few hours ago, washed away a few days of hard work and high energy, and collapsed in my chair from whence I have not moved and will be going no further than my own bed – the one in Jack Martin wasn’t bad but the […]
Kitacon Quest 2017 – Cosplay Masquerade Gallery - WARNING: This article is image heavy. We love to focus on the amazing work of the geek community - So when we were given a chance to sit near the front of the Masquerade, I knew I had no choice but to say "Let's do this"! We're here to celebrate the amazing work behind the huge community, where I took pictures of as many people as possible who entered themselves into the Masquerade. Come have a look and enjoy the artsy craftmanship of these talented geeks.
Hello From Kitacon Quest 2017 - For years, GeekOut South-West has boldly gone where many other geeks have gone before; to the biggest party event of the summer in all of the UK geek scene, it can only be Kitacon! They're back and we've been having a damn good time. Next week, we'll be sharing our galleries of images (and hoo boy, there's a LOT of images), so stay tuned... But for now, check out what we've been up to since Friday.
Top 10 Female Protagonists - Often underrepresented, but never underappreciated - The women of anime, comics, film and video games are here. Who is our top woman in all media? Who has the strength, the resolve, the skill and the brains? We were surprised we hadn’t made a Top 10 Female Protagonists list before, so we figured we’d right that wrong, as we check out our favourite women in all different media.
Cosplay Tutorial: Tessaiga - I made a sword. I made a really big sword for a cosplay I will be wearing at Kitacon 2017. It's Inuyasha's sword: Tessaiga. Full instructions on what I did and finished results posted in this article.
Kitacon Quest – The Journey Begins - A very short article, as by the time you read this I will already be on-route to Kitacon Quest 2017. I think I’ve undergone more preparation for this convention than any before, and even as a non-cosplayer I’ve undertaken more work than one might call necessary for – what some might call a holiday. In […]
My early gamer years (Part 2) - Catharsisjelly is back to tell us more of his gamer past, with his amazing Amiga 500 - So come take a trip down memory lane with us!
Getting Social – The Kitacon Hype Train - 3 Days Remaining It’s been four years since that fateful Ayacon where Tim and I first met and this bizarre experience, this weird GeekOut journey that has changed me for the “better”. Last year I hosted a panel on how to build confidence at Amecon, and one of the best pieces of advice I had […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – August 12th: TALKING TOLKIEN Gallery - We came, we saw, we GeekOut. I guess that doesn't -ring- so well, but this meet was full of Lord of the Rings jokes, fun and creativity. Check out our gallery and enjoy the weird bonus image of a Gandalf Timlah...
Video Game Review: Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy - A nostalgic blast from the past, presented by Vicarious Visions Studios, it's Crash Bandicoot - Oh god, please, if I hear that opening to the game just one more bloody time, I swear I am going to explode! Just as well the games that opening is concealing are excellent - as we check out this self-proclaimed nostalia induced trip. So if you're a Crash veteran, or completely new to the franchise, is the N-Sane Trilogy right for you?
Top 10 – Dangerous Elderly Characters - Rule #1: Do not act incautiously when confronted by bald, wrinkly, smiling men. This rule applies to all elderly people who smile knowingly in the face of danger. It’s always worth listening to walking sticks to check for hidden swords, or observe hairpins for potential weaponization. Are those slippers for shambling slowly to the bathroom, or for whupping young whipper snappers into shape? Do they still have their own teeth? Either way it’s bad news.
BBC Three and eSports - The BBC announced last month that they are covering eSports, which is a great step for professional gaming. If you had spoken to a huge media conglomerate about pro gaming in the past, they might have chuckled and said "That's nice", but now-a-days, with the industry booming and with the sheer number of people involved, it's hard to ignore it and harder still to call it a mere fad. This is the first deal of its kind, but what exactly is the deal and how important is it for the industry? Timlah here to check out what the BBC have offered professional gaming and where this could take it in the future.
Horror And Perspective - The first person view is the easiest way to instil fear in the viewer, the forced perspective makes the experience a lot more personal. The found footage subgenre is great at forcing us into the eyes of the victims and helping us share the experience side-by-side with them, and video games are starting to borrow […]
Harbour – By Scott Almes – Review - Harbour is a worker placement and resource management game, where you play an entrepreneur who has been invited by Dockmaster Schlibble and Constable O'Brady to set up business in their bustling town. You set up your warehouse and take a hard look at how the market is doing before making your first trades. Designed by Scott Almes and published by Tasty Minstrel Games it was first released back in 2015.
Pokethulhu – The Kitacon Hypetrain - This coming Kitacon I will be arriving a day early to socialise, get some work done, and to get some gaming in before the convention comes in and cruelly steps on my chances to play, there are still some Magic rematches I owe but I never seem to get the chance because of panels and […]
GeekOut Media’s Top Book of Top 10 Lists: Coming Winter 2017? - We've been thinking about new ways to share our content with the world; but more importantly how to reward those who have been with us all the way. We're really excited to announce that Joel and I have begun discussions on creating our first ever eBook which we haven't got an official name for yet. We've got a working title, we've got a premise, we're going to talk Top 10 with all of you, as these have, by far, been our most well received articles. So buckle up, here's the low down on what we'll be offering everyone - Hopefully as soon as this Christmas.
Video Game Review: Aura Kingdom - Free to play MMORPG, with a serious case of anime, yes it can only be Aura Kingdom. Or, as I like to call it, Anime: the Video Game. But enough joking about what this game is about, let's look at the positives and the negatives of Aura Kingdom, a game I found in Steam’s many, many free to play titles. But just because it's free doesn't mean it's free from scrutiny, nor is it something to pass up. Let's get our inner anime on! Believe it! Plus Ultra! Believe in the heart of the cards! Uhh… DRAGON BALL Z! Okay, I've said enough anime things now.
Top 10 – In Game Tutorials - Welcome to GeekOut South-West, where you can read the very best* in geek entertainment, from anywhere on the internet. Below you will see the Top 10 for this week, which is called Top 10 In-Game Tutorials. You can use this article to get an idea of what games the GeekOut Media writers think are the […]
EVO 2017: Tekken’s Top 8 – A look at competitive gaming - Although this article is titled EVO 2017: Tekken Top 8, the hype EVO gives eSports is intense and real; it really makes you appreciate the skill that all of the players have. Not that long ago, I checked out the Top 8, as everyone is now aware that I’ve been playing a good bit of Tekken 7 since its release. I was in awe at the sheer skill of the players involved, so there are a few of my highlights from the event - and why these events are hugely important for creating a stronger, more collaborative environment for gamers worldwide.
Rick & Morty – Forever And Ever 100 Years - We are officially into the third season of the anomalous Adult Swim property, The Adventures of Rick and Morty. The amount of hype is near-palpable, and the series has undergone huge changes in a very short space of time, from the dramatic conclusion of Season 2 where the Galactic Federation had “incorporated” earth… to the […]
Wibbell++ A card game system by Bez - Wibbell++ is not just a card game, it's actually being sold as a game system. Sounds good? Read more at GeekOut South-West:
Re-Skinning D&D Creatures, Part 2 - Last week I took a handful of classic D&D creatures and proposed new uses for their stat-blocks, something to lend a bit of diversity to the current roster with minimal need to create, change or modify. If your campaign has a flavour that the Monster Manual simply doesn’t cater for, there are ways and means […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – August 12th: TALKING TOLKIEN - J.R.R Tolkien was a wordsmith whose worlds have captured our imaginations for years; a writer whose works got three massive movies, before three more slightly-big-but-not-quite-the-same-as-the-first-three movies. An expert who creates a fantasy world unlike any other. So whether you're coming along as you want to just play some games, or if you feel like having a social meet after your Elevenses, it's time for another exciting GeekOut Bristol Meet!
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – July ’17 - July brings GeekOut Shrewsbury a change in format, no longer divided between two venues, we instead begin at 14:00 at Monty’s Tower and stay there until we’re good and ready to leave… Midnight. Usually slightly earlier. For the determined, the keen, and the early risers, we met up at the Coffeehouse for a fond farewell […]
Top 10 Traitors - Turncoats, deceivers, double agents, and no good saboteurs; No one likes a traitor, unless of course they’re betraying the bad guys, then it’s fine I guess. Join Timlah and Joel for this week's Top 10, as chosen by you - our readers!
Video Game Review – Killing Floor 2 - Wanna get chased around by Zombies on a series of different maps? Thought Killing Floor 1 was too tough for you? Well Killing Floor 2 is here, but it's no easier! Grab some friends, buy some guns from the trader and get ready for the next wave, as we're looking towards the last wave, to fight any boss that comes our way - But how does this compare to its predecessor? Our full review is here!
Festival of the Spoken Nerd – Coming to Bristol & Wells - Splendidly entertaining live theatre with a geeky twist? It must be the Festival of the Spoken Nerd! Check out this three-piece show of nerdy sing-songs and subjects, including periodic tables and calculus!
JapanCrate: July ’17 – Summer - We're back with another edition of our JapanCrate unboxing and yeah, we're a little bit late. It's been a busy month, but as always JapanCrate arrived on time. It was once again the premium crate that we received, so it can take a little while to get through it all. If you're interested in these kinds of crates, stick around and read on, as we're going to look at July's box, talking about the highs and lows. Ooh, it's time to get stuck in!
Re-Skinning D&D Creatures - Wizards of the Coast have broken some of their former habits. No longer does their release schedule include Monster Manual after Monster Manual, catalogues and folios, instead they’ve turned their focus to stories, campaigns that spark the imagination and drive creative thought, each coming with a range of monsters, player options, magic items and ideas […]
GOVG – Video Game Night #7 - Well folks, this is it. This is the last GeekOut Video Gamers you'll see... For a whole month! In August, we won't have a GOVG Video Game Night, because we'll be busy with a convention and other such things. So, make the most of it this month! It doesn't matter where you're from, come play some video games with us!
Film Review: Wonder Woman (2017) - DC went all in with this one, as they spent a long time building up to it. With Batman vs Superman basically being an introduction to this film, Wonder Woman has hit our cinema screens and I finally managed to go check it out. What will the clay-made Amazonian bring to the table in terms of story, style and substance? With previous DC films having been criticised so heavily, it was refreshing to watch something that meant a lot to people. As always, buckle up and read on, because here's our full review.
Top 10 Family Feuds - As storytelling goes there’s rarely more bitter rivals, or more hated nemeses than a parent or sibling. Join us as we take a look at games, films, television, literature and more to find the Top 10 Family Feuds.
Game of Thrones – “Shall We Begin” - The culturally dominant phenomenon that has brought a whole new audience to the fantasy genre by implementing human drama, social and political commentary, Game of Thrones is finally coming to an end before the final book is even released. This may be for the best, as rather important chunks of the books have been skipped […]
Review – Split - Most of the time when I feel compelled to review a film it’s because it was either brilliant and I feel the need to shout about it, or it was just plain awful, and I feel the need to shout about it. With M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, a psychological thriller with hints at the […]
Braggart – Card Game Review - You've just finished a hard day adventuring; You ache and you think you may have a new rash on your leg from that last battle. You're sure it's nothing and take some well-earned downtime in the local tavern. Sitting around the table are some fellow adventurers. The drinks start to flow and so do the stories, it's time for you to become the biggest Braggart.
Kitacon Quest: 1 Month To Go - Kitacon is well on it's way to coming round once again, so I sit here and think to myself ‘Damn, I really need to get on with my costumes’. Fortunately, I have been working on my cosplays (slowly), as I make my pieces in preparation for this year's convention. But cosplay isn't the only thing we're all looking forward to. Here's a look at what activities are on at the party convention of the summer.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 14th: VIDEO GAME HELPLINE - The problem with an addiction is that it's hard to admit it - Although let's be honest, if you're addicted to video games then you're probably doing alright! We once again got our behinds to the Old Market Tavern, where we met up for some food and drink, board games and video games, as well as comics and books and so much more. People were chatting all night long and we got a nice number of attendees once more. As always though, we're here to show you what happened throughout the night and to give you a bit of insider knowledge about next months event. Interested in what we did? Read on!
Spider-Man Homecoming: A Missed Opportunity - What happens when a Spider-fan, of almost three decades, walks into the most eagerly anticipated Spider-Man film since Spider-Man films were a thing? Well, they do so with a lot of expectation, writes our guest blogger as he talks about what a missed opportunity Spider-Man Homecoming was.
Top 10 Platformers - Jump, jump for victory! Run to the right until you run out of right to run into! The platformer is a format so versatile that it has been changed and revolutionised so often that it’s no longer a genre to itself, it’s a style that has titles as wonderfully varied as gaming itself. It was there from the beginning, and is awash with incredible examples, so how can we ever select only 10?
Hardware Review: Steam Controller - The Steam Controller has been out for quite some time now and it's gained it's fair share of supporters and critics alike. From those who are hardcore into their gamepads, to those who are just looking for something new, this controller is a bit different from other ones on the market - But how well does this translate into gaming? Well, I recently got my hands on one and have had a good amount of time playing a variety of games on it. Read on for our full review of Valve’s controller of choice for Steam.