GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 14th: Cyber-Punked - Let me take you to a future filled with authoritarian governments and damaged lands. Consider this, you've always thought you were the last rebel of your kind, but it turns out you weren't. A bunch of you have donned your most practical gear and set out to meet up as the last remaining bunch of Cyberpunks... Of Bristol!
Top 10 Fictional Nations - To be proud of where you come from - That's what we all wish to be. To be able to say, with your head held high, that you come from a proud, noble people. Your homeland is the envy of the world and you are one of its many fine citizens. A nation is defined as a large body of people united by common grounds (culture, history, language, etc). So, it's time to fly your flags high for our Top 10 Fictional Nations!
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #1: Beginner Resources - Cosplay is a crazy craft; cosplayers all begin somewhere and the question is where? How does someone start cosplaying comfortably? Who can cosplay? What are the etiquettes behind cosplay and what does a cosplayer need to know? Can someone with an unsteady hand become a cosplayer? Can someone who has never sewn-up a hole create stunning works of art? What do you need to get started? In a series of mini-guides, I hope to quell some of these questions and more.
UKGE Final Thoughts – Joel and Chris - A belated and very short article today as Joel is not feeling too well. So instead here’s our end-of-expo round up conversation, kindly edited by Tim. Don’t forget to subscribe to the GeekOut YouTube channel, where we deliver yet more geeky content, Tim’s “Let’s Plays”, more interviews and conversations, posted sporadically when we have content […]
Apps: A Notification of Distraction? - Tech is amazing, no matter what a detractor might say to the contrary. Every day, I wake up and check my phone to see all of the updates that came overnight. 60 emails, 10 Twitter notifications, 2 text messages and 6 personal Facebook notifications, not including the GeekOut specific ones. But in a world that’s constantly connected, sometimes, it can feel like all of this tech has turned into one big distraction.
The Failings Of D&D - I may get a bit “ranty” about Dungeons & Dragons, it’s the system I learned to role-play with, it’s the backbone of some of my greatest creations, and yeah I’m prepared to admit that it’s the game that changed my life. I have dabbled in other systems, run a few of them, modded some for […]
Pirates Of Penryn – An in depth look - I mentioned in my UK Games Expo Kickstarter Roundup that while I was at the event this year, during my lunch I was set upon by pirates. While my initial thought was that they had turned up for the Viking LARP, but not read any of the memo's, it turns out they were a mother and son team peddling their wares. Amongst their wares was a board game called the Pirates Of Penryn, but sadly I was not able to play a game during the Expo. It took a few days and a bit of back and forth with e-mails, but Caitlin wrangled up a magic eye so that I may see a game in play and indeed take part, albeit virtually.
Anime Review: Megalo Box - It's the Eye of the Tiger, it's the thrill of the fight. Risin' up to the challenge of our rival! Now that I've got that classic tune stuck in your head, let's turn our attention to Megalo Box. One of the latest sport anime to be released, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the manga Ashita no Joe, Megalo Box is a stunning re-imagining of the boxing anime classic. In a bleak dystopian future, a city, filled with the wealthiest in the centre and slums all around the outskirts, houses the gear-based boxing tournament, Megalonia. Will the protagonist, Junk Dog, manage to rise through the ranks, gain his entry to Megolonia and face off against the undefeated Yuri, the king of kings himself who works for Shirato Corporation, the hosts of Megalonia? You do not want to miss this one!
Top 10 – World Destroying Monsters - Cosmic destroyers, world eaters and Earth shatterers – Oh my! A good world destroying monster doesn’t need to be above mortality, but it certainly helps! An antagonist who offers grave consequences for those who don’t manage to defeat them, the world destroying monsters of fantasy, sci-fi and legend are always amongst the toughest enemies. Ignoring […]
Why I Think Bethesda Smashed E3 2018 - E3 is a massive specticle; a grand stage for all of the biggest of publishers and developers, showing off their hard work. Big conferences aren’t necessarily my thing, but all gamers are acutely attuned to E3. Love it or hate it, whether you think it does good or bad for the industry, it’s always a massive time of the year for gamers. It sets the pace for the rest of the year and first two quarters of the next - And this year, I think Bethesda said the most.
E3 – A Brief Moment To Get Excited - My interests over the last few years have rather shifted onto tabletop rather than video gaming, a trend you might have noticed. And after years of false promises, over promising, console spitting-fights, and months and months of disappointing results, E3 is starting to get something of a yoke over its shoulders. What should be a […]
UKGE 2018 – Kickstarters – Part 2 - The phrase 'so nice we will do it twice' comes to mind. Yep, Chris is back with five more projects that he saw at UK Games Expo that will be on Kickstarter in the future, games that he declares are worth looking at. If you've not checked out part 1, you simply must, as these are some exciting titles coming to the crowdfunding platform soon.
What Is Alien? - We were very excited about NASA’s recent discovery of organic matter on Mars, stronger evidence than we have ever had of the presence of life in the red planet’s history, and perhaps even now. And sure, that life is nothing more complex than a light dusting of bacteria, but it’s hope for a future off-world, […]
Board Game Review – Hack Trick: It’s Hacking Time - In a world filled with dangerous hackers, the board game Hack Trick: It's Hacking Time puts us in the position of power. Designed by József Dorsonczky and published by Mind Fitness Games, Hack Trick paints a picture of two hackers looking for world domination... Or at least, cyber domination. But this cyberspace isn't big enough for the two of us, as we have to deal with our opponents, as well as taking over servers all across the world. Make sure you've got a secure connection, as we're about to check out this simple, easy to understand board game.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 8th: Tech Toys Summary - We got techy and we got talking in another successful GeekOut Bristol Meet. It was a fun, eventful night, which saw our crew getting use of the brand new garden at the Old Market Tavern, which looks stunning. If you're in Bristol and you have a chance to visit the tavern, please do go and enjoy a beverage in the garden - Well worth it. Nevertheless, as ever, we held our GeekOut Bristol Meet and this month, I didn't get many pictures..! With that in mind, instead of today being called a gallery, I'm calling it a summary! Also, we got a new game, so check back tomorrow for a full review.
Top 10 – Hard To Watch Moments in Games - Games can sometimes be a little bit tense; or they can be so gruesome that you can’t bare to continue staring at it. There are lots of reasons why you may struggle to watch something unfold, be it grounded in reality or absurdity. Whatever the reason, you chose this one, you strange people, so here […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet’s Tech Toy Infosheets - Today is GeekOut Bristol Meet, taking place from 2pm at the Old Market Tavern. One thing we love to do here at GeekOut, is provide some unique themes for the events. This month's theme was more to get people chatting about technology as a whole. As such, to get people chatting, I started to create some very basic little infosheets about a couple of pieces of tech throughout history. Check out our pieces - and let us know if there were any amongst these that you didn't know about!
UKGE 2018 – Best Bits - UKGE was huge this year, and Chris and I were two incredibly busy people all weekend, it’s a wonder either of us had chance to talk to the other. In fact if we hadn’t perhaps we’d have seen everything, played more games, chatted with more developers, designers, dug into the playtesting tables to find some […]
UKGE 2018 – Kickstarters – Part 1 - Chris has just gotten back from UK Games Expo and he had a great time, playing lots of new titles. A lot of them are ending up on Kickstarter, or are already on there following the expo. Chris sets out to share some of his favourites from the event, with more coming in a future article.
UKGE 2018 – An RPG Heavy Year - This weekend (1st to the 3rd of June) was UKGE, which saw a tremendous turnout of nearly 22,000 geeks and nerds, a dramatic increase on last year and it showed in the density of packed halls of the NEC on the Saturday. Even the Friday was a bustling affair, with space enough to breath and […]
Mobile Game Review: Infinitode - Tower Defense is a genre that blends strategy, fast-paced gameplay and general clicking around. I've always enjoyed a good tower defense title, which is actually pretty hard to come by. I mean, there are games like the Bloons series, but I've always wanted a good strategy on my phone. Lo and behold, I end up finding Infinitode, which I read a lot of good things about. It's only fitting therefore that I got around to trying the Android based tower defense title. Would I be knocking out towers like nobodies business, or would I be falling to the hordes of enemies I was to encounter?
GeekOut Shrewsbury May ’18 – May The GeekOut Be With You - Y’know what, I need to start writing down some of the quotes that crop up at GeekOut Shrewsbury. Then never quoting any of it on the website; this is supposed to be accessible to all ages and you people have dirty minds. Some of these games are for families, and there were young minds present, […]
Top 10 Boring Boss Battles - Whenever we say 'boring', a few images can be put to mind. A boss battle should never be boring; they should be a test of all that you've learned in-game up until that point. It should be a celebration of everything you've done, every key item that you use. It should never be boring - But lo and behold, we scoured video games for some of our most boring boss battles. Before we continue with this one, our definition of a boring boss battles is either: A boss battle that's excessively long without being sufficiently interesting or unique Mechanically dull, to where the fight is just 'do the thing over and over again' Too easy or too hard, to the point where it's completely unfitting to the rest of the level/zone you were in Just poorly written, giving you absolutely no desire to fight it. With these rough definitions in mind, let's check out our Top 10 Boring Boss Battles.
Shaping The Future of GeekOut Media - GeekOut Media is the name we’ve given the collective of GeekOut South-West, GeekOut West-Midlands and our web ventures. We’ve been wanting to bring everything together properly for some time, but it just hasn’t happened as of yet. A massive project to bring it all together is still underway, but until recently, we hit a stumbling point. Now that issue is in the past, it’s time for us to shape our future - and you can help us make it how you’d want it.
On Practice - Recently I got into a brief conversation on the nature of practice. In fact it’s a topic that keeps popping up lately, someone else I know was crowd sourcing ideas on how to get in to writing when you lack confidence in your ability to do so, and I found myself considering some advice that […]
Magic: the Gathering – Building A Casual Fun Deck For Modern - A lot of people seem to think that after I created one hell-raising deck, that I’d create nothing but destructive decks. I had a discussion a little while back, which made me reflect upon all of the terrible decks I’ve built. So, I wanted to make this right and build a deck that was a lot of fun for me, but brutal to play against. Without any hesitation, I started to make my strangest deck - So here’s a look at how I go about building fun decks for Modern.
The Shropshire Dungeon Master Update V – British Ironwork Centre - So, it’s a busy week at the moment, and not looking likely to get quieter for some time. Part of the mad dash has now been and gone as of this Saturday, Dungeons & Dragons played at the British Ironwork Centre near Oswestry, in support of Hope House and Severn Hospice, a pair of local […]
Tekken 7 Anniversary Update: May 31st 2018 (and World Tour Global Finals) - It's no big surprise that with the announcement of the Tekken 7 Anniversary Update, I was all over it. Since the games PC release on June 2nd, 2017, I've racked up 294 hours on the fighting golliath. This anniversary update then was something that brought me back to the game just before its release, as admittedly, I've been somewhat off and on with the game recently (blame Clone Hero). Picking my main Lee back up, I managed to get back towards where I should be; around the Vanguard/Warrior mark - Not too shabbby! So what does this anniversary update promise us so far?
Behind The Scenes: Running A GeekOut Bristol Meet - I’ve been asked a few times about how we get it done; how every month, without fail, we’ve managed to run a GeekOut Bristol Meet since 2013. How every month, I manage to get a large collection of geeks to a pub. How we manage to get people playing games, people drinking and eating together - and most importantly, how on Earth do we get such a good atmosphere? I can’t answer all of these questions (trade secrets), but if you’re looking to run your own Meetup event somewhere, perhaps this is food for thought?
Top 10 Over-Designed Weapons - Over-designing a weapon is something that I thought would go more to anime, but no. It turns out that over-designed weapons are all over. Video games, films, books - You name it, they’re everywhere. This Top 10 proves just that!
Mobile Game Review: Scribblenauts Remix - The highly acclaimed Scribblenauts is a unique puzzle-sandbox, which allows you to type in anything you want and get that item (within reason). Of course, this was a match made in heaven for smartphones! Released on iPhone in 2011 and Android in 2013, Scribblenauts Remix takes the format of the original Scribblenauts and condenses it down to a simpler play. But does this condensed version contain mundane gameplay, or is it a hidden gem in the Apple and Google stores?
Review – Hidden Folks - Here’s an old idea made new, another game derived from a series of puzzle-books, but this time instead of choose-your-own-adventure games, this time it’s a hidden object game a-la Where’s Wally (that’s Waldo if you’re across the Atlantic), the classic red and white master of hiding in plain sight, the must-have test of your children’s […]
Conversation Time: What Games Do You Keep Going Back To? - What Game Do You Keep Going Back To? Have a long, good think about it and check out my answer in the process!
Jeffrey Combs! - I’ve been devouring my way through Star Trek: Deep Space Nine of late, and it’s rekindled an unexpected fondness, and a habit of mind to pay respect and homage to those lesser known actors who deserve nothing but the utmost deference. Today, Jeffrey Combs, a regular on Star Trek in a wide variety of prosthetics […]
Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller – A Positive Step For All Gamers - Last week, the gaming industry received news that Microsoft had been working on a new controller. Unlike all previous controllers, this one was something quite different. No, there wasn't just a rubber grip on the back of a standard Xbox controller; nor was there a new clicking mechanism in the buttons. Instead, Microsoft have taken the first steps as a big distributor of video game hardware to open the market up. They introduced their Adaptive Controller, which was met with huge fanfare! Finally, a huge console manufacturer has started to cater for those with disabilities - But that isn't the true limit of this hardwares capabilities.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 8th: Tech Toys - We're back for a much more techy GeekOut Bristol Meet - This month, we'll be celebrating all that is tech. So whether you're a gaming enthusiast, or a Pi-Purist, bring your gadgets and gizmos (but not the gremlin sorts) and let's get to it! Expect to see more than you were expecting, from hardware, gadgets, code - and hey, one of our prizes will even be a BBC Micro Go. Interested? Read on!
Top 10 Films That Were Better Than The Books - Last week, we looked at Films That Were Better As Books. Those were films where the original source material was better than the films that was produced. In today’s Top 10, we’re flipping that on its head - Looking at the times when the films were better than the books. A lot of people say you can’t beat a good novel, but we beg to differ, as we check out our Top 10 Films That Were Better Than The Books.
Literature Review: Golden Age (The Shifting Tides Book 1) - With a king who doesn't want to face the facts, the second son of Xanthos, Dion, looks to the seas to better his home. Meanwhile, in the grand city of Phalesia, the daughter of the First Consul wishes people would leave the Eldren alone. With one city being more concerned with their peaceful neighbors than the infiltrators from across the seas, the other is blissfully unaware of the potential threats that may come their way. Now, seeking help, Dion and Chloe enlist the help of the shapeshifters, the Eldren, who live in the wilds by Phalesia... But will these powerful people help them, at the risk of becoming wild?
Review – The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain - Fighting Fantasy, the very paragon of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book genre by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, is brought to life in this crowd-funded project by Tin Man Games that was released a couple of years ago, The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain. I picked it up recently during a Steam sale, I’ve had […]
Video Game Review: The Curse of Monkey Island - A LucasArts classic, before the company were dismantled, The Curse of Monkey Island is one of their most iconic titles. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the franchise, or just observing it for the first time, it’s fair to say that if you’re a gamer, you’ve probably heard of it! In this instalment of the Point and Click series, we join Guybrush Threepwood on his quest to save his fiancee, Elaine Marley. Will Guybrush be able to save her, or will she be a solid gold statue forever?
Kickstarter Highlight – IS IT A PLANE!? - I’ve expressed an interest in diceless role-playing games for a few years now, but I’ve yet to be involved in a game that is completely without some influence of chance, even the odd playing card based game which wasn’t wholly without dice. Is It A Plane!? by Psychic Cactus Games is something rather different… actually […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 12th: Timey-Wimey Doctors Gallery - Get out your Sonic Screwdrivers folks, this month we celebrated all of the great Gallifreyans of the Doctor Who universe. It was a fun meet, filled with Doctors, geeky conversation and lots and lots of board games. The competition was pretty difficult, thankfully, but some mega-fans came through and absolutely killed it! But, like all of our events, they eventually have to come to a close and roll on midnight, we closed up and disappeared in our TARDIS... Or... You know, we drove away in a car.
The One Liner Challenge - The One Liner Challenge is a blog challenge set up by The Awkward Book Blogger, which actually is a little bit different. Instead of answering questions about yourselves, as a blogger, you try to make one-liners, either funny or as a summary of at least five books, manga, anime or games. I'm not huge on these blog games, but considering the types of articles we write here at GeekOut South-West, I thought it was a rather good idea. So for once, I'm taking part in a blogger challenge - and this is going to be a lot of fun.
Top 10 – Films That Were Better As Books - If I were to tell you that films aren’t always a completely unique script, you’d not be surprised. Book-to-film is quite common these days, where we see plenty of movies being made from literature that should have just stayed that way. Hey, sometimes the movies are actually alright, but we just have to accept the […]
GeekOut South-West: Our Story So Far - You know, this may seem like a relatively simple article to write about, but it's made me think back and reflect a lot. We've been going since 2013, meaning that in September of this year, we'll officially have been around for five years; half a decade. In this time, we've had to learn a lot about producing content of all forms. We've written regular articles, we've produced videos, we've made little in-jokes, which have become more (see Gordon the GeekOut Goat). However, in our time, we've had to learn how to bring about a balance of being content creators, community organisers and being our own tech teams. If you've ever wanted to do something similar, here's a reflective post on what we've done over the years.
A Generation In Cinema – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 4/4 - Last one I promise, and this will be very light on spoilers. I’ve talked about this film and everything that served to create it for two weeks solid now, and while that may seem more than enough, that’s ten years of films to discuss! And how it has changed, and changed everything around it. A […]
Kickstarter Highlight: GROWL - GROWL makes an incredibly bold claim, saying "We designed a better werewolf card game for you and your clan!" When I saw this tagline, I honestly couldn't help but click onto the product and have a look. What I saw appears to be a simple, quick game of Werewolf with some interesting differences. From pure discussion and deception to a card game, is GROWL all bark and no bite? I decided to put my money where my mouth was, as I've ordered myself a copy of GROWL - And here's why.
A Darkness Falls – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 3/4 - Ok, one more on the subject of Infinity War, then later this week I want to talk about how the MCU as a whole has changed cinema for the worse, and better. For today there is a Spoiler Warning in effect, but it’s coming up two weeks since release, and there’s only another week to Deadpool […]
Mobile Game Review – Magic: the Gathering Puzzle Quest - Typically speaking, I'm not a massive fan of these games which mismash two games together. When you get a game as deeply enriched in story and trading card gameplay, then you just stick the gameplay of a match-three puzzle game, it doesn't sound particularly deep or interesting. However, Magic: the Gathering Puzzle Quest looks to bring about a much more interesting mix of the card game we've all grown to love, with simple, easy gameplay. If you're looking for a game that brings two genres together, then this may be the one for you - So stick with us as we check out this Puzzle Quest.
Clone Hero: A Story About Plastic Guitars - In the midst of the 00's, the gaming world gained one of the most popular, iconic rhythm games of all time. Of course, I'm on about Guitar Hero, a title which is synonymous with clunky plastic guitars. The games were fast paced, sometimes overly difficult on some songs; I'm looking at you, Through The Fire And The Flames. But even though the franchise as more or less fizzled out, with the last instalment deviating completely from the norm, some people wanted to see the once mega-star of rythm games rise from the grave. So along came Frets on Fire! But since then we've had more and more titles to help people repurpose those plastic guitars once more.
Top 10 Board Games For 1-2 Players - Home alone on a Saturday night, perhaps it’s a quiet night in with your significant other. Nothing interesting on Netflix, it’s cold and unpleasant outside, and you’ve already eaten more than you care to admit. What’s left to do… on your own… house to yourself/selves? Board games!
UK Games Expo 2018 – Preview - You may remember that last year, Joel and I were able to get press passes to the UKGE last year. Well, we at GeekOut Media are proud to announce that we have press passes for this year, too. We will be heading to Birmingham once more and spend three very full days hanging around the NEC, to cover as much as we can about the show for 2018 - and it is already looking to be bigger than ever.
Super Team Ups – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 2/4 - Spoilers Ahead! Tuesday I summarised the MCU as best as I could in brief, and tried to give you some idea of what to expect from Infinity War without giving too much away. Today the gloves are off, and so begins the review proper. Given the volume of characters in play, it makes absolute sense […]
Programming Tips: How Pseudocode Helps - Programmers love getting stuck in; finding a problem within some code, or finding a novel way to resolve an issue. Throughout my life, I’ve done a lot of scripting, coding and otherwise. I’ve developed a functional Excel-based system for my full-time employment, used across the whole organisation. I’ve previously created scripts for games like Minecraft and more - But until this week, I never thought about how I do it.
Spoiler-Free Study – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 1/4 - This is the SPOILER FREE part of the [Infinity War review/MCU study] delete as applicable in which I’ll be talking about all the work that got us here. This is going to be a long one, hence the “Part one of four” in the title. I’ve spoken a lot on the subject but let me reiterate, the MCU is […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 12th: Timey-Wimey Doctors - Jump into your TARDIS and make your way to May's GeekOut Bristol Meet, where we get all timey-wimey with the good doctors of Bristol! This month will be filled with dangerous Daleks, Cruel Cybermen and some curiously fine scarves! Join us for another 10 hour long event (exclusing our 2 hour pre-meetup), where we're going to enjoy some good food and drink, followed by some excellent games and geeky conversations.
GeekOut Shrewsbury April ’18 – Marvel vs. DC - Over a year of GeekOut and it just keeps getting better. This month I decided to poke one of the geekiest bears out there, as divisive a topic as Kirk or Pickard, X-Box or Playstation*, D&D or Pathfinder, and to pitch the giants in the comic book playground against one another seems very du-jour considering […]
Top 10 Serial Killers - Always an uneasy subject in any world, fiction or nonfiction alike, a serial killer is a dangerous, strangely motivated individual. They focus usually on a specific niche, but they typically spread their killings around. For those of you who are already feeling scared, don’t worry, this is a spoiler free and safe list. Now uh, be prepared to sleep with one eye open, as we cut through our Top 10 Serial Killers.
Obtaining Excalibur II in Final Fantasy IX for Steam - A challenge should be plausible, not impossible. It should be difficult to achieve, but yet easy to conceive. You should logically be able to visualise how it can be done - and this is a challenge that caused many Final Fantasy players nightmares in the past. 12 hours to get to the end of the game - How hard can that be? Very. Especially when cutscenes were a part of the issue, but Steam helps us achieve this previously nearly impossible task.
The Shropshire Dungeon Master Update IV – Call To Action - This is about as close as I may ever come to an actual diary, this catalogue of my efforts in attempting to turn my hobby into something productive, something that entertains and educates, and allows me to make a living and leave a lasting mark on the RP community. A little of the future and […]
Magic: the Gathering – My Reservation (and Excitement) For Dominaria - Rarely does a block in Magic: the Gathering cause me to think twice about it - Pirates vs Dinosaurs in Ixalan? I’m way on board. Vehicles in Kaladesh? Sounds exciting! Oh, a new Un-Set? Even better. However, this is one of the few rare moments when Wizards of the Coast have caught me off guard - and for once, I don’t know whether I like it or not. Naturally, I’m on about the newest block, Dominaria.
Film Review – Annihilation - Trailers for this film immediately caught my eye, a psychedelic trip-fest of colours and sounds that screams “art and sci-fi are at it again”. It was a film I immediately knew I had to watch in the cinema to get the full experience, but even if I’d had the time to do so (life is […]
Video Game Preview: Fortnite: Battle Royale - Fortnite: Battle Royale is a Free-To-Play Battle Royale video game, developed by Epic Games and is currently in Early Access. Currently, the game consists of a 100-person PvP mode, pitting you in a fight against everyone else. Following last years equally successful title, PlayerUnknown's BattleGround (PUBG), Fortnite was immediately a hit with streamers and gamers. The Battle Royale genre was completely new to me, but I wanted to give it a try. Although I didn't know if I wanted to put my money into PUBG, I could finally try the genre with Fortnite - But what did I think of it?
Mobile Game Review: Knightmare Tower - When towers reach dizzying heights, there is only one type of hero with the thrust to be able to reach the top. With the princesses of the land all captured and cooped up in one tower, separated by easily breakable wooden ceilings, one knight, equipped with sword, armour and a comically oversized cannon looks to save them all. Will our knight break through the ceiling in the Knightmare Tower?
Top 10 Media Dealing With Tough Subjects - Media, such as films, games, tv and literature, has always had to share with us some great stories. Whether it’s a story of friendship, power or love, we’ve always had a story we can sit back and enjoy. But not every story is the same - Not every story has happy endings. Indeed, not every story was written to make us comfortable. Instead, it’s a sharp, stark reminder of what the real world can be like. This week, check out our Top 10 Media Dealing with Tough Subjects.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 13th: Disney Gallery - For nearly a century, Disney has been providing us all with top notch entertainment in the form of beautiful art, exceptional animation and great storytelling. All in all then, Disney is pretty much one of the most recognisable names in the world, proving that adding a dose of magic into peoples lives will sometimes sell incredibly well. It's with this in mind that we held this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet to the theme of Disney and we got a new game out, which was heavily Disney influenced itself. As ever, welcome to our monthly gallery post!
Review – Inked Adventures - I recently spent money… I too was taken aback by this turn of events, but I was presented with something I had never seen before. Ok, so I have trawled through an abundance of shops and online stores for RPG resources for items that fit a tight budget but still look nice, and I have […]
Bristol Comic Con – Event Review - As I approached Brunel's Old Station, I managed to mostly dodge the tail of a large animatronic Raptor as it swished it's tail back and forth through the crowd outside the station, some of who were just waiting for a bus. Somewhere inside of the large beast must have contained a person, who was no doubt sweating profusely. It approached people of all ages and was very gentle with people of a younger age, who might have been scared.
Dungeon Situational – Three Things… - A three-way tie between the choices: three dragons, three NPCs, and three extra-planar threats. This can only mean one thing. You get one of each. As usual I will generally be drawing upon Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition rules, but most of the content here should easily be modifiable to any other system or edition […]
Video Game Review: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Geralt, one of the most popular characters in RPG history, is a Witcher. A mutant of sorts, whom possesses powers far greater than that of most humans; a deciding factor in wars, able to use runes and two different types of swords for fighting. The Witcher is a franchise wrought with gratuitous violence, sex scenes and long, epic quests. Naturally then, it was a fitting game for me to try, as I do love a good RPG! But, as this was the first Witcher game I tried, what did I make of my introduction to the franchise as a whole?
Video Game Review: Turmoil – The Heat Is On - We're coming back to the oil-grabbing game, which sees you playing as an oil tycoon trying to make some quick cash off digging up precious oil reserves. Last time we played Turmoil, we had oil, gas and stone, along with Diamonds. This time however, we're back and we've now got to contend with magma and precious stones of different kinds, all in the name of earning plenty of dosh. However, will our oil barons be able to handle the heat, as we're back with the first DLC for the game, simply called 'The Heat Is On'.
Top 10 – Film Soundtracks - Ah soundtracks, they’re like music to my ears… Well that’s because they are, as when you first sit down to a movie, it’s quite often that you’re assaulted by this wonderful collection of instruments and score. The composers often go by unappreciated in a film, but is it fair? In this Top 10, we’re looking […]
Preview – Dark Winter: Fateweaver - The problem with taking on so many projects is that I rarely have time for… frankly anything. I was asked a couple of weeks ago if I wouldn’t mind reading a book for review, well I do need to be reading more having fallen so badly out of the habit, and supporting a local author […]
National Student Roleplaying and Wargaming Championships 2018 - Here’s all the warning I got: “Hey, I’m going to a big role-play weekend event, do you want to come, ’cause the guys who’s organising it needs names as soon as possible!” I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the incredibly vague gist. Further information included three possible venues, and the idea that you could pay a pound […]
Video Editing as a Profession - Video editing is a profession that seems to not get a lot of credit, as it's often substituted in thought by running a YouTube channel, or the processes behind directing a film. The profession of video editing is one of those that is often overlooked, even though it creates some of the greatest moments on screen. Whether or not you're a fan of videographers, you can't help but enjoy their craft. But what exactly does it take to do video editing as a full time profession? What type of training and equipment is required? Today, we explore this fascinating profession.
Dungeon Situational – An Item Set - Items sets have been a classic component of RPGs for many years, perhaps most commonly in ARPGs. Groups of lootable items brought together by a shared history, each powerful in their own right, but together immensely potent. They might have been crafted together to work in unison, or perhaps they were brought together once and […]
Looking For Feedback: Topics - Every day, the GeekOut Media crew bring you articles relevant to geek fandom, no matter the niche. However, it's fair to say that we've never really outright reached out to our active readers, followers, friends and fans, to ask what they want. This is something I'd like to address today, hence the article has come up so late in your Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress emails or whatever feed you get us from.
WrestleMania 34: The Stories Behind the Show - Pro Wrestling is weird; It’s filled with people from all walks of life, with varying strange personalities. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a huge fan of it - From the grandiose belts (sorry, titles), to the incredibly exaggerated characters, wrestling has kept me hugely entertained for many years now. Today is a big day for these grapplers - Today is the biggest Pay Per View on the wrestling calendar. Today is WrestleMania 34!
Top 10 Characters Who Died Too Soon - Characters come and characters go; it’s only fair to point out that you can’t always enjoy a character through to the end of a series. Indeed, some characters are simply put in to be fodder, or to be used as a way to leverage an episode, or as an ongoing plot device. Death may be final, but in our minds, these characters live on, as we check out our Top 10 Characters Who Died Too Soon.
Review – Jessica Jones Season 2 - Wow this is late, it’s been nearly a month since the series was released, and considering that I pride myself on getting a review out in good time this is incredibly late, my apologies. Jessica Jones is a pretty solid fan-favourite, I think that’s entirely fair to say. Her first series painted a portrait of […]
Bristol Comic Con 2018 preview - Sometimes I travel fair distance to attend things that might be of interest to our community; but this weekend I'm attending an event right on my doorstep here in Bristol. Yes, it's time for Bristol Comic Con which takes place this Sunday 8th April and GeekOut Media will be attending to document the occasion.
Storytelling: Setting the Scene (Part Two) – Civilians - So you’ve made a fantasy city for your characters to live in, to work in or to otherwise mess around in. It’s your story, so your characters can get around a city however they like, right? Well, actually, a city really isn’t a city until we have the actual lives of people, typically simple people, who make the city great. They’re not heroes, but they’re local heroes - They’re your tavern keeps, your shop assistants, your doctors and nurses. They’re… Incidental people - And they leave a massive mark on your story.
Dungeon Situational – A Mini Dungeon - Your players have just reached the end of their first major plot arc, you suddenly have a lot of planning to do, and while you reach for ideas for next session, your group have a few plans of their own to execute. And maybe it all goes well, maybe they know exactly how to spend […]
Event Review: Reload, Relive, Replay – March 30th 2018 - With an alliterative name, Reload, Relive, Replay was an event that took place in the centre of Bristol this past weekend. From Friday 30th until Saturday 31st at the Bristol Hippodrome, the event boasted four slots in which you could go and enjoy games from a bygone era. Along with that, there were board games, merchandise, current games and even some virtual reality rooms. Taking place in the historic building by the fountains of the city centre, the video game event has now come and gone - But what was it like?
GeekOut Shrewsbury March ’18 – March At The Movies - Remember this? Here’s the same thing about a year later.
Top 10 – Reboots - To reboot something is to give it fresh life, to revive a series long gone. Sometimes, this is done because of fan input and other times, it’s done completely out of the blue. Either way, we know that when something is rebooted, it can bring an entirely new direction to the series. As such, today, […]
Anime Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure - A world ravaged by vampires and ancient men of power, powerful Hamon energy must be harnessed to defeat the evil undead. When Hamon isn't enough, the powerful mental companions known as Stands take centrestage. The world of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is everything its namesake would have you believe - It's an adventure and hoo boy, is it bizarre. From beautifully manly men, to the most dangerous of manipulators, JoJo, or whichever variant of JoJo we're talking about, has to rid the world of an evil that plagues the Earth. But enough about that, is the anime actually any good?
The Shropshire Dungeon Master Update III, The First Quest - Would you believe that’s the shorter title? Shrewsbury has just had a busy weekend, pouring into the growing geeky community we have played host to a Steampunk festival for which I rearranged some booked holiday time to ensure I’d be free to attend, and then I foolishly organised an all-day Dungeons & Dragons marathon for […]
Steam Achievements: Getting To 100% - A secret hobby of mine, when I'm not in the middle of playing yet another round of Tekken, is to unlock Steam achievements. I don't know why; there's not really many reasons for doing it, bar for bragging rights, but I just enjoy it. Perhaps it's the application of gamification within, well, what you can do in a video game. It takes your game from hard to ludicrous, or from easy to challenging, depending on the severity of the achievement. My obsession started in the realm of MMOs and yes, I believe that achievements, including Steam achievements, becomes a game in itself.
Dungeon Situational – The Blade Dancer - A Prestige Class is a class that one can take when advancing in level, but is not available to starting characters as they require a greater degree of training or esoteric knowledge that they could possibly possess as lowly hedge wizards or mercenary thugs. For more information check out this Unearthed Arcana from WotC themselves, […]
Pokemon Go Event Day: 25th March 2018 - You know, this is a weird article for me to write, as I stopped playing Pokemon Go actively around a year ago. I kept it installed for all this time, before I finally uninstalled it a few weeks back. However, when Jake asked me to go on out for a long walk with him, to just walk with him to catch Pokemon, I figured it'd be an interesting day out. Don't get me wrong, I've walked around the centre of Bristol many times before, but I figured there'd be a buzz about the area, especially since the game was so popular upon release. How much of that magic was retained? How much of that sense of community is even still there? As we walked, I found out some shockingly fun truths about the Pokemon Go spirit in 2018.
Mobile Game Review – Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius - With the release of Noctis on Tekken 7 this past Tuesday, I felt it was only appropriate to check out another Final Fantasy product. Whilst I could review any Final Fantasy game, including the incredible Final Fantasy Tactics series, I felt that I'd pick on something relatively new. Weighing in at a whopping 1.5gb on my phone, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is one of the latest attempts at storming Android and iOS by Square Enix. How does Brave Exvius stand up to other mobile titles, how ad-heavy is it and more importantly, what do you actually do on it?
Top 10 Bunnies - Bunnies! Rabbits! These little hopping critters are everywhere and they typically make up fodder and small distractions in video games, but nevertheless, they are a much loved type of creature. With their cottontails and their floppy ears, a bunny is a creature which is often depicted around Easter time, as they represent reproduction. In this Top 10, we’ll celebrate the bunnies that make up video games, anime, film and more.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 13th: Disney - Disney has been a prominent part of pop culture for nearly a century. In fact, in 7 years time, it'll be 100 years old. Today, GeekOut Bristol Meet proudly presents to you a majestic Disney-inspired meetup! Whether you're the Belle of the ball, or if you fancy yourself to be more like Gaston, even though there's no other like Gaston, come along and show us how you're as uncanny as Gaston! Oh - and come enjoy a Disney-inspired GeekOut Bristol Meet.
Threat vs. Hero – Scale of Power - My biggest qualm with DC heroes is their sheer power. Their top members are indomitable, possessing such a wide array of abilities or a power that proves to have so many applications that they seemingly have no limit. To create a threat that makes for an interesting story you have to meet power with power, […]
Airecon 2018 Gallery - Last week, Chris wrote about his time at Airecon 2018. Last week, we only had one image. This week, we have all of the images from Chris' trip to Airecon 2018. To see the spirit of Airecon in all of it's glory, check out the full gallery below, along with an interview Chris managed to find the time to conduct there. For the serious fan or the casual observer of board games and what it means to be an analogue gamer, this event looks like a must!
Dungeon Situational – Non-Magical Curiosities - In a high-fantasy setting we have a tendency to lean on magic as the driving force of the world and most wonders that one can behold, you have to sink as far as low fantasy before you stop using it as a crutch to create a spectacle. Here assembled we have some curiosities and marvels […]
Guest Characters in Tekken Games – Noctis, Geese and Akuma in Tekken 7 - My good friends have had to experience me go from playing RPGs non-stop, to just being sat in ranked queues in Tekken 7, day in and day out. Tomorrow, we will see the launch of a new character in Tekken 7 - Noctis Lucis Caelum. The same Noctis from the most recent main-series title in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XV. He's not the only guest character to make it into Tekken. He's now the third DLC, following Akuma back when the game was first released and Geese Howard last year. Now that Noctis is on the way, I thought this would be a fun way to look back at guest characters in Tekken's history.
Storytelling: Setting The Scene (Part One) – City Life - In Storytelling, one of the most important aspects to draw attention to is the landscape of the world you’re transporting your readers too. Often, a new writer will start by writing about lush landscapes and gorgeous meadows. This is all well and dandy, so long as there’s a reason why everything is so perfect. However, today we won’t be looking at meadows; instead, we’re going to pump the city smog into your writing.
Top 10 Stealth Games - A genre for the patient, for those who delight in the predatory thrill of watching their victim from the shadows, braced and ready to strike them down when they are least aware. Stealth gamers are a weird bunch, mad people who turn off the lights when they walk into a room, weird habits in day to day life, but when sneaking up on their unsuspecting victims to pick their pocket, slit their throat, or a kancho.