Hosting Your Own Social Event – Venue Considerations - Alright, so I don’t really get to chat much about what it means to host events, as well as the thought process behind it. When I started up GeekOut South-West at the tail-end of 2013, I had no idea how many venues would actually be asking me to take our business to them. Now in 2019, we’ve been at the same venue for a number of years now (since 2015, would you believe?) But what do you need to think about when hosting your own social event?
Top 10 Annoying Mechanics - Have you ever picked up a game and just gotten utterly frustrated at it? I know we have, but many of us are subjected to these annoying mechanics and we just put up with it. Have no fear, you’re not alone in getting angry, or outright flabbergasted as to why developers would leave these in. You chose this, so don’t get angry at us if we feature the most annoying mechanic to you, because we’re here to educate everyone about what games do in this week’s Top 10.
The Evolution of Pikachu - Pokemon was first introduced to the world in 1996 in Japan, which became a massive phenomenon both in Japan and internationally. From various video games, to anime and even spin-offs, the franchise has grown from strength to strength - But the same mascot has keep the series recognisable worldwide… And today, we’re going to look at Pikachu’s evolution. We’re not talking about Raichu, nor the baby Pichu, but rather how Pikachu has evolved over the years.
Minesweeper Adventure Mode - So, did you guys know that Minesweeper has an adventure mode? I think I play Minesweeper the same way normal people play sudoku, although I still play sudoku from time to time. It’s a quick, mostly logic-based puzzle solver that requires next to no thought to play, especially once you know roughly what patterns to […]
On Writing a Wizard – A Discussion On The Word - I’ve alluded to the fact that I’m not a professional writer, unless you count blogging. However, over the years I’ve discovered that my favourite style is high fantasy, in which I’ve gotten through dozens upon dozens of books. One thing that has been interesting to me in literature, films and even video games, is how the portrayal of wizards have been changed over the years, to where they’re not what they used to be - Or at least to my understanding. Today, I thought I’d discuss the term wizard and what it means to me, as well as the classical meaning of the term.
Eberron in 5th Edition - I could never decide whether I liked how 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons handled it’s classic campaign settings. On one hand I liked that everything was left sufficiently open and multi-purpose that it could be applied to any setting and modified to suit most fantasy-plus genres, and we get the occasional allusion to how these […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 9th: Stay A While, Story-Teller - Whilst the skies above decided to put a dampener on the day, those of us who braved the elements had a night of fun and games at the Old Market Tavern. We went for a great pre-meetup over at Wagamama's in Cabot, before heading down to our friends in the Old Market Tavern, for plenty of board games and a night of writing. Whilst it was another fun event, people were pretty excited about an announcement I made about one of the prizes for next month's competition, which is going to be a pretty big competition to get through.
Anime Characters That Stood Out To Me As A 90’s Kid - Alright, a bit of a convoluted title for what's effectively a discussion piece, but I figured it'd be fun to look back at 90's anime that I checked out - Both growing up and afterwards. 90's (and early 00's) was huge for anime here in the UK, as that's when we got Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z on our TVs. But they weren't the only series that was on TV and most importantly, there were a number of series from around that time that we couldn't see here in the UK - But I still ended up finding them. As such, these are the characters I thoroughly enjoyed the most as a kid - and by kid, I do mean until I was about 14-15, so we're going into the 00's a bit!
Top 10 Characters Who Are Too Powerful - “Too powerful? There’s no such thing!” I hear you scream at us, as you take a swipe at the pages, turning it over and destroying worlds in the process. We are just suggesting that maybe, just maybe, sometimes a character is made that is far too powerful - A character that surpasses most other characters within their respective universes. In today’s Top 10, we’re celebrating those whose powers know no bounds - At least potentially.
Working in a Cloud-Based World - You know, I’ve been struggling to put my finger on it, but I think I’m there now. There’s something that fascinates and infuriates me about the way people work. No, I don’t just mean the way people go into work every day, clock in, do their usual stuff and clock out. I mean from a technological standpoint, there’s something interesting and novel about working through cloud-based systems. Yet, here we are, in 2019, with an ever more connected world - and I don’t think we’re fully there yet.
Spider-Manuary – Into The Spiderverse - Into the Spiderverse was Sony’s most recent effort with Spider-Man, having almost completely lost power over the main thread of Peter Parker to the Disney/Marvel steamroller. Sony have been left with the castoffs to play with, and they’re doing the best they can with limited control, including a Venom solo movie that had an underwhelming but not disastrous response from audiences, and now the animated feature that brings together Spider-Mans from across the Marvel Multiverse.
Mobile Game Review: Good Knight Story - Ever gotten back from a night on the town and completely forgotten everything? Well, you're not the only one, as in today's review, we follow the adventures of a Knight who cannot remember what happened in the past 24 hours. In a tale of hearty antics and drinks galore, Knight Story takes us through a puzzle story featuring a knight, a Leprechaun and lots of really angry innkeepers, kings and monsters. Who ever would have put those lot together? But how well does this Android and iOS title play? What does it do different to similar games in the genre? Read on for our full review.
The Streaming Half of Strongholds & Streaming - I may have mentioned… repeatedly, that I am a tremendous fan of Matthew Colville, and that I gave to the Kickstarter that was ostensibly to get a streaming series up onto Twitch and YouTube, but for the purposes of putting a product into the hands of backers, it was also for the Strongholds & Followers […]
GameBlast19: Raising Money For A Great Cause - It's February, which means GameBlast19 is going to be upon us in the coming few weeks. These events are always absolutely worth watching and helping out with, so it's always a pleasure to be able to write about them. Still, if you're looking for something to watch on February 23rd, our friends Kim and Pete over at Later Levels, along with some cameos from myself and Jake, for a whopping 24 hour game-a-thon. Here's what you need to know about GameBlast19, the charity we're raising money for and how you can help us reach our goal. Read on to find out more!
GeekOut Shrewsbury January ’19 – It’s Not Going To Chairs - Previously: The Frigid North Name changed for reasons that will become apparent later on. Now the original idea was to combine any fantasy setting that included cold north spaces, Tamriel, Westeros, Britain, or Azeroth, wonderful in principle, but coming to sit and think about it… I was scuppered. So thank you Alan for A: giving me […]
Top 10 Bad Role Playing Game Habits - Don’t try to deny it, if you’ve played an RPG, you will have done at least one or perhaps two of the items on today’s list. We’re looking at the best of the worst habits that you and all gamers get, specifically when playing a Role Playing Game. Whether you’re an infamous example of inadequacy, or if you’re the most heroic person ever, if chickens were going to overrun a city, this Top 10 list is checking out those habits we really should shake.
Video Editing with Filmora - In the past, many of you will have seen me put out videos for us. I used to run a series of Stonekeep videos, which I absolutely have to pick back up and finish. I also used to edit interviews and more, often to relatively quick timescales. Having made so many videos now, it's unsurprising that occasionally my day job gets me to do editing for their corporate videos as well. This isn't a problem to me, I quite enjoy doing the work... To the point where I figured today would be a good time to chat about video editing, Wondershare Filmora and alternatives for those on even tighter budgets.
Spider-Manuary – Amazing Hate - Ooooookay. I really enjoyed Amazing Spider-Man, I really did, it was not without its flaws, and it took a spin on the character that split opinions, but was respectably set apart from the Raimi/Maguire rendition, with a villain we’ve wanted on screen for quite some time realised by an actor who could compensate for the… […]
Robots: Providing Services and Your Amazon Parcels - Article title is as good as I can get for this, as it'll be covered in this article. Amazon are pushing the boat for delivery technologies once again, but they're not the only company in the world who looks to make delivering your goods and services in a convenient way. However, Amazon recently have been working on some little robots called 'Scout', which are currently undergoing an experimental delivery service in the Washington State area. Are robots the future for delivery, or is this doomed to fail? Let's check out Amazon's newest venture, but also existing delivery ventures via technology.
Thors-Kin Podcast Guest Spot - About a year or so after meeting Alex from Thors-Kin Podcast, inviting him to a GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet, even having him join us at a couple, and repeated invitations to join in the podcast and talk about GeekOut, who we are an what we do, I finally got time and opportunity together to join in with […]
Mobile Game Review: Lemmings - After yesterday’s article where I discussed some of my favourite Amiga games growing up, I mentioned Lemmings. That got me thinking - I should go back to old games and review the classic puzzler. However, when I got looking into it, the first thing I found was an Android version of the hugely adaptive franchise. Over the years, the image has changed a bit, but how about the gameplay? And how would Lemmings work on mobile?
Amiga Gaming: The Games I Remember Fondly - The Amiga was an amazing device. Developed by Commodore back in 1985, the Amiga was an extremely successful version of the personal computer. When the Amiga 500 came out, it was an easily affordable way to get a computer in your own home. Naturally then, due to me being a 90's kid, my family had an Amiga 500 and it was an amazing machine. I genuinely loved the machine - and so today, I thought I'd look back at some of the old games I adored from the Amiga. They say nostalgia is good for the mind and heart, so here we go!
Top 10 Evil Laughs - Sometimes, the villain likes to get a laugh in. Infrequently, the villain gets the last laugh, but when they do get their laughs in, you know you’re going to be etched with their echoing laughs for a long time. We wanted to honour those bad people who wanted nothing more than to show us how much they enjoyed messing with our heroes, in this week’s Top 10 Evil Laughs list.
MARVELus at the Bristol Improv Theatre on February 2nd - Looking for something different to do on a Saturday night? Love a good bit of comedy? A fan of Marvel? Well then we've got just the thing for you! The Bristol Improv Theatre are proudly sharing the comedy duo, The Just Us League. If you've been looking for an alternative form of comedy that combines both of your love of Marvel films and improv comedy, then this is the show for you. Before you make your mind up, why not check out the Just Us League and see more about the show?
Spider-Manuary – Getting Amazing - To a chorus of “why though?” we get into the first major reboot of the series. Five years after the critical flop of Spider-Man 3, Sony elected to take a do over than try and save the Raimi series. With Tobey Maguire in his late thirties and a lot of ill feeling around the mishandling […]
Article 13: Delayed Again - For citizens of the internet, you may think this would be something to rejoice. Article 13, the controversial bill put forward by the European Parliament, was recently put on the backburners, delaying any implementation that website owners would need to abide by. This may sound like an excellent turn-around, but this has happened before - And it’ll come back to haunt us again. If you’re unfamiliar with Article 13, or want to know what’s next, read on.
Review – Punisher Season 2 - And so it looks like I am here to finish my reviews of Marvel’s foray onto Netflix. Oh sure, Jessica Jones hasn’t been cancelled, and neither has Punisher, really, but it’s only a matter of time and not a lot of time either the way these things are dropping. So while we wait for the […]
Fantasy Review – The Shadow of What Was Lost - Ever feel like no matter how hard you try, you just aren't Gifted? Well, so did the protagonist Davian as he kept his true identity a closely guarded secret, only telling his best friends in his school for Gifted students. Unbeknownst to them, they are each going to go on a journey to discover the dangers, the politics and the intrigue around being either Gifted, a Shadow or an Augur. If you're looking for an epic high fantasy tale to keep you highly invested, you really should check this one out. If that sounds like fun to you, then read on for today's spoiler-free review:
GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 9th: Stay A While, Story-Teller - Stories are wonderful, especially when they're you're own! If you've ever wanted to write your own short story and have people read what you've written, you're sort of in with a chance. Sort of. Oh and we'll see how many people we can get to bring their writers hat for this event, too. This is just a good excuse to wear hats and read fun creative works from all of you, in all honesty.
Top 10 – Catchphrases - Can you feel it? We’re going to get catchy in this week’s article. There’s no doubt you’ll have heard a lot of the phrases spoken today, as we’re going to be looking at our Top 10 Catchphrases. Our caveats are simple: Single Word catchphrases aren’t included – These could be considered for a future list! […]
Writing Prompts: Backtracking - A couple of days ago, I was challenged by Matthew from Normal Happenings to a Writing Prompt. Considering how much I write on a day to day basis, I've started to call myself a conversational writer. As such, to be challenged to write something completely out of my comfort zone sounded like fun. I thought I'd give this a try, so this article is dedicated to the challenge that was set to me - To write about Backtracking. To write about going back to something after a sustained period of absense. With that in mind, let's give this a go.
Spider-Manuary – Re-Writing Spdier-Man 3 - There’s not a lot can be said about Spider-Man 3, last in the Raimi trilogy, that hasn’t already been said. It’s common knowledge that pressure from the studio forced Raimi into introducing an extra villain that the fans wanted to see, one that he wasn’t entirely happy implementing, and one which he infamously screwed up […]
A Comprehensive Guide To Elder Scrolls Online - Hi, I’m Timlah - and I’m an Elder Scrolls Online-aholic. I’ve been addicted to the game ever since I picked it up on a whim for £15 or so. I’ve played the same character for quite some time, against a lot of the public opinion - and I’m still nowhere near maxed out. Having gotten past Champion Point 300 in a bit under 3 months, I feel like I’ve come along quickly… And since then, I’ve been able to share advice with other players. With the announcement from today about the next expansion, Elsweyr, now's a great time to get into the MMORPG.
GenCon and Insomnia – Or How I Filled the Summer Convention Drought - 2019 is going to be a lot of fun… and incredibly expensive! I shall summarise briefly because my internet is down and I am writing this (hastily) with mobile data. You may recall I mentioned a little while back that I’d be heading to GenCon in 2019 in order to fill the void while Warwick Arts […]
Card Game Review – The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls - Ever wondered what it feels like to be a crying child? Well, we've all been crying children once in our lives, but in today's review, we're checking out Edmund McMillan's The Binding of Isaac: Four Souls, which was shipped to Kickstarter backers at the end of 2018. Having received mine, I was itching to give this one a try, as I absolutely love The Binding of Isaac video game. Would this new card game meet such high expectations, or should it be forever locked away in The Chest? Join us as we check out the gameplay, the artwork and more in today's review.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – January 11th: New Year’s Resolutions Gallery - With that, 2019 was off to a flying start. The geeks of Bristol got together once more, playing plenty of games, drinking and enjoying the warm comforting familiarity of the Old Market Tavern. A huge thanks to the bar staff for another welcoming event, where we decided to see what sorts of plans people had for the year. We had a few great entries for the competition, as well as a new game that we brought along and played. As ever, join us for a look back at this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet.
Top 10 – Artificial Intelligences - We all love the fact that the future is bringing us to a much more autonomous way of living. Some of the things that humanity have had to work hard for in the past is slowly becoming a robotic-filled niche, but that doesn’t mean that all Artificial Intelligence is good. When AI goes bad, it […]
Bristol Comic Con and Gaming Festival – 30th March 2019 - Last year, we wrote about a relative newcomer to the comic con scene, with the Bristol Comic Con and Gaming Festival. After a successful first year here in Bristol, it looks like they're back for another outing. As such, I figured it'd be a good time to check out what the event has coming up this year, as well as ticket prices and more. So, if you're looking for a fun event in Bristol in the next few months, then come check this out. I'm sure it'll be even better than the last one!
Spider-Manuary – The Best One? - Spider-Manuary continues with Spider-Man 2, second in the ill-fated Sam Raimi trilogy, is regarded by most as the best of the big screen excursions for the wall crawler. Continuing my delve into the series, I want to look at exactly why, and why some people might disagree… oh yeah, I’m going there too! It’s a […]
WordPress: Gallery Limitations and Ways Around Them - Wordpress.com is an awesome platform, filled with great features that help people start up their own blog. Bloggers aren't the only people using the Wordpress platform, but for the most part, they're the main audience. Blogging is a hobby, or a career, which is filled with media. Writing is only half of the battle, trust me - I know that I will spend just as long looking for relevant media, making sure that the media fits the content of the article. However, after some time, you'll begin to fill your gallery up, slowly but surely - And when you do, you'll be left with a headache - One wondering how you get around it. Do you delete the files? Do you make a new website? Here's a few ways you can get around these limitations.
Departing Realism – Art in Video Games - For many years we have strived for realism in our computer generated art work. Just look at the progression of one of video game’s most enduring characters, Lara Croft, who has seen consistent titles released since 1996 in the days of visible polygons and hard edges on supposedly curved surfaces, through the rubber-doll days of […]
Pro Wrestling and YouTube - The longer title of this article was going to be 'Pro Wrestling and YouTube: A Look At How YouTube Has Helped All Wrestling Promotions, Large And Small' - And then I realised how ridiculously long that title was. Pro Wrestling is definitely an interest of mine, as many of you will be aware. With the Royal Rumble coming up at the end of the month, I thought I'd do one of my usual rare talks about how ridiculous a show can be - But instead of focusing purely on WWE, I thought that it might be interesting to talk about how YouTube has played such a massive role in helping with what is effectively a boom of interest.
Locked In A Room Bristol - If you’re looking for an event on a day out in the centre of Bristol, I really must talk to you about Bristol’s own escape room experience, Locked in a Room. This weekend, Joel came down from Shrewsbury to join us for the weekend. Meanwhile Kim and Pete from Later Levels travelled from even further […]
Top 10 Fairy-Type Pokemon - Pokemon to start 2019? Don’t mind if we do! The Fairy type is the latest type to be added to Pokemon, making it the eighteenth type to be added to the list. Fairies changed the meta by being strong against dragons, which really helped change teams up. Now, these little sprites like to Play Rough, as they look to be making an impact in the most recent titles. From the classic Clefairy, through to the more recent Gen VII Pokemon, these little puffs are surely going to pack a punch. Join us as we check out our Top 10 Fairy Type Pokemon.
The Future of Gaming: How Much Further Will It Go? - "Think back to the first PC game you ever played. Or, dredge up memories of your first gaming console. Now, consider the equipment and gear that you play on today. You don’t need to be told that gaming technology has come a long way from where it started." - Writes today's guest blogger, Ollie Mercer from Computer-Realm.net. Do you agree with his future for the gaming industry?
Spider-Manuary – Reviewing Spider-Man 1 - This month… and a little bit of February, I will be reviewing all of the Spider-Man films of the century in order. I’ll skip Homecoming as I already reviewed it when it released, although expect a lot of cross-commentary and inevitable comparisons. Spider-Manuary… I have never been so ashamed and proud of myself at the […]
Anime To Look Forward To In 2019 - One last round-up style article before we really get underway for the year, I thought now is the opportune moment to talk about some anime that we think should be worth checking out at some point this year. This article will contain a few new titles, as well as a bunch of new series. We'll tell you roughly when you can expect each of these series, but it's hard to tell where each of these will turn up, so I can't promise they'll all appear on Crunchyroll. Right, with that introduction out of the way with, read on to see if your most anticipated anime of 2019 has made our list - and if not, come tell us!
Happy New Year 2019 from GeekOut South-West - January 1st! Happy New Year everyone! It's a new day, it's a new beginning and y'know, I feel like this is going to be a fantastic year for us all. I think our group's going to go from strength to strength and I think that we're going to have a great year for the website. But that's not all - I feel like this is just going to be an all round good year. So strap yourselves in, we're going to go for a time-travelling journey for what we're hoping to do in 2019 - And hopefully you'll be joining us for the whole ride.
Our Reflection on 2018 - 2018 has been a year in which Joel and I have worked exceptionally hard - And I think every single one of you will have had a similar experience. You've all likely done something, or something happened to you in this year, which has changed you or changed the way you do something. This year hasn't exactly been a barrel of laughs all the time, but it's also not exactly been a bad year for us. I've got some fond memories from this year, which I hope to use to propel us as a website, us as a group and even myself as a creator further. Today, we're just going to share what we think we've achieved this year - and hopefully you'll be as proud of us as we are of the work we've put in.
GeekOut Bristol Meet: January 11th – New Year’s Resolutions - Every month, we hold a GeekOut Bristol Meet and GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet. These events are held to celebrate all within geek culture. We're really open to meeting everyone, regardless of who they are. We ask that everyone who joins us is respectful to one another, which our events are always considered to be good fun. We have our own little internal memes of sorts, which you can get involved with pretty quickly. This month, GeekOut Bristol Meet is going to celebrate the new year's resolutions that everyone has made - And most importantly, the geeky way they're going to implement their new year's resolutions.
Top 10 Worst of 2018 - 2018 has been home to some of the best and worst things we’ve seen in a while, which isn’t surprising - That happens every year. So, last week during our usual Top 10 slot, you chose for us to write about the Top 10 Worst of 2018. So buckle up, we’re focusing on the best and worst of anything geeky, from films, video games and even the internet itself gets a stern looking at.
My New Years Resolutions – One-Per-Month Cosplay Challenge - It's been a while since I posted a genuine cosplay article on here, because in all honesty, I've been very lackadaisical with getting on with costumes. Not because I'm disinterested or even disorganised, but actually I've found that I haven't had the proper motivation to make a whole costume. 2019 at first seemed like it was going to be even worse for me, I will not be attending any major UK conventions, which is a really sad thing to say. Instead of being down in the dumps about that, it's given me a bit of an idea. Instead of wasting my New Years' Resolution on the usual guffins, I'm going to vow to up my cosplay game.
The Pursuit of Perfection - Here’s a positive message on which to end a bad year*. Stop striving for perfection!
Video Games To Look Forward To In 2019 - Yes in 2019, the video game scene will keep on growing with plenty of new Intellectual Properties (IPs) and, of course, a bunch of sequels and remakes. In the past 15-20 years, remakes have been such a prevailent part of the video game culture, that really they deserve mention in these types of articles. So today, I'll share with you the games that I think are going to be worth checking out next year. These will be anything, from new IPs, sequels and remakes. I'll separate out remakes from new IPs and sequels.
Merry Christmas 2018 From GeekOut South-West - It’s that time of year again - When all of you have sat up and lo and behold, the jolly man in red has been and you’ve all got a gazillion* presents. Or, perhaps you’re more of the minimalist type and you’ve gone for one present - Or hey, perhaps you’ve been giving back this Christmas? Whatever your day has lined up for you, there’s no doubt that it should be spent with friends and family - and hey, we’ve got an amazing bunch of you guys to be thankful for this year.
GeekOut Meetups in 2019 - All of the GeekOut Meetups for 2018 are over with. That's it, there's no more this year. We're not doing a New Years Eve special this year in Bristol, so we'll be back in 2019! Joel and I have been hard at work to try and get the perfect meets arranged for the new year. As ever, we want to make sure we deliver the best monthly geeky events and we will stay free to attend. There are some changes coming for the Shrewsbury folk, with some changes to Monty's Tower, but other than that we're going to be having another awesome year of events. Read on to find out when our events for next year are and what the general themes are.
GeekOut Shrewsbury December ’18 – Gift Wrapped GeekOut - Last GeekOut Shrewsbury of the year, last GeekOut meet of the year altogether, and not a bad send off if I say so myself. It also marks our twenty first Shrewsbury Meet, so there’s a pointless little landmark for you. Merry Christmas everybody, whether you celebrate it or not, whether you enjoy it or not, […]
Top 10 – Board & Card Game Stocking Fillers - Christmas time, mistletoe and board games! I think that’s how the song goes… Yes, hello, welcome back you lovely folk. We’re Timlah and Joel and today, we’ve opened up the “Large, Flat Green Present at the back”, as your choice from last week. Lo and behold, the present happened to be this week’s Top 10, […]
Mobile Game Review: Looney Tunes World of Mayhem - When I go looking for a new game, I am often on the lookout for new and novel ideas. Perhaps a rarely- or never-seen-before mechanic; or how about something which captivates on an already engaging mechanic and makes it truly spectacular? That's my usual tastes, so it was my surprise when I found my thumb itching to press the "Download" button for Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, of which there is very little of new, or never seen before, or even improvement on mechanics. However, if there's one thing that definitely made me click onto it, it was the Looney Tunes brand itself. Sometimes, brand awareness really is best - And here is what I think about World of Mayhem.
Gifting in a Digital Age - At this time of gifting for a substantial proportion of the planet, we find ourselves in an increasingly odd situation. Common retail is dying, shops are closing, and town centres are lined with shutters that are slowly rusting in place. We order online more and more, and that shift is changing the nature of media […]
The Bloody Inn - "Good evening sir and welcome to the Inn. What's that stain on the wall you ask? Oh nothing to worry about, it's just an old building. Enjoy your stay, sleep well and we may see you in the morning." Assign the stranger a room and plot who would be best to kill this evening to aid your profit, in a bid to defeat the other owners. The Bloody Inn is a push your luck style game where you and your fellow players have joint control of an Inn. Think of it as AirBnB but with more death. You're goal is to gain money by killing off the guests that stay in the rooms without being caught by the constabulary.
Review – Strongholds & Followers - In the long distant history of February (2018 for you strange future-people) one of my favourite personalities in role-playing games released a kickstarter, Matthew Colville’s Strongholds & Streaming. Begun with the simple intent of getting a Critical Role style D&D twitch game underway, offered with a physical product so that people were not simply funding […]
Geeky Films To Look Forward To in 2019 - There's no secret about it; Marvel and DC have been throwing films at us like it's nobodies business. We've been getting cinematographic treats, heroes we didn't expect to see on the big screen and more. In 2019, this trend is looking to continue once more, as we're going to get more superhero and supervillain movies which'll be worth checking out. However, we're not only getting comic films, but indeed more great geeky films to look forward to in the coming year. As such, I thought I'd take a look at some of the upcoming releases and talk about the ones that I think should be interesting to us geeks.
Anime Review: That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime - Magical worlds and video game elements combined, it's one of a plethora of the video game anime genre. However, just because there have now been a lot of them, don't let that distract you from what separates this one from the others. When our protagonist is killed in episode 1, he is reincarnated on another world as a slime, who gets named Rimuru Tempest. Read on to find out more about Rimuru, as well as how this series does a pretty clever job getting around something we like to call plot armour.
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.