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Anime Review: Goblin Slayer - With a name like Goblin Slayer, you'd expect this to be a relatively simple little anime. You know, you have a protagonist who goes around and slays some little green-skinned humanoid creatures, which fight in packs - Sounds about right? Well, that's exactly what you get... Except, when you think of the term "Goblin Slayer", you expect some early level stuff in an RPG. You think of a protagonist killing creatures and getting a lot of gold for it. Again, you get just that and a lot more in Goblin Slayer. If that's whetted your appetite for the surprise ahead, then read on for more.
Dungeon Situational – 20 Rumours - Information is a valuable commodity to an adventuring party, no matter the setting. Whether the group are seeking information on a quest they’re already involved in, or looking for a job to keep them in gold and hot meals, keeping an ear to the ground in taverns or out in the street can be an […]
Snitch – by Slight Games – Kickstarter - You may remember a that some time ago we attended UK Games Expo and during that time, we came across quite a few Kickstarter projects that were due to launch this year. Snitch is one of those projects I found, where I was lucky enough to play it with the creators. It's a fast-paced social-deduction style game, that now has been released on Kickstarter and at time of writing, is well underway to getting funded.
Video Game Review – Arkham City - Tim, no reading, there may be spoilers. As for the rest of you, it’s been ample time for you all to have played, but as Tim recently played Arkham Asylum for the first time ever, it seems a good time to talk about the sequel. Arkham City is fodder for every gaming hall of fame […]
Mobile Game Review: Happy Glass - Ever wondered what a game of filling up a glass of water looks like? Yeah, well, neither did I... And yet, that's what it's come to ladies and gentlemen. However, don't think that this is a bad title, indeed it's a rather fun little game about filling up a glass of water. How can that be? Well, you turn it into a sweet little puzzler title and suddenly you've got water flowing everywhere, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. If you're a bit of a puzzle fan, then you should come check out Happy Glass with us.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – October 12th: Spectre Waltz Gallery - October, a month for the spooky and the macabre. A month when children dress up like the little monsters they are, whilst asking for sugar to make them even more energetic. However, it's not just the kids who get into the spirit of Halloween. Us grown adults still love a good excuse to throw a costume on and to decorate the place, making it a spooky spectacular for all involved. Yeah, alright, I didn't have much in the way to make the place spookier, but we certainly did have the right people come along, helping us by making the place a Halloween haven - And we were just under three weeks early!
Top 10 – Potions - Happy Spooky Season! The witches brew, fruit of the cauldron, magic in liquid form, bottled and corked, and ready for mass distribution. They can be medicinal, toxic, empowering, destructive, or just plain weird. Sometimes it’s important to just randomly drink bottles you find on the ground especially if they glow, because it could be any of […]
Best RPG Shows on the Web - I love role-playing games, and one thing I’ve found myself doing a lot lately is watch other people play these games - Writes Kevin Kutlesa in today's guest post.
Dungeon Situational – Three Curses - Among the many weapons in the DMs arsenal, often we overlook the idea of curses. Monsters and traps aplenty, puzzles and challenges, sure, but a curse is something wholly other. Disease is frequently too random, we rarely use disease because it is not something earned through foolish action, but a curse can be laid upon […]
Lessons Learned From Editing Blog Articles - Many of you will be aware that we edit our own work here, meaning that sometimes a mistake slips by. But sometimes, I’ll get articles given to me, or I do some self-editing on an older piece. Over the past five years, I’ve come from writing in a very immature way, to the more conversational voice I try to write in today. I’ve learned so much from editing; so much so that I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences from editing my own and other people’s work.
HorrorBabble: Audiobooks and Dramatic Readings - As a compromise to my ever declining reading habits, I have instead decided to embrace audiobooks with a passion. My recent Lovecraft addiction has ultimately led me to HorrorBabble, a small UK based narration group who read from a short list of public domain and permitted authors, as well as a few original creations. They […]
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Now Airing On Crunchyroll - JoJo fans rejoice, as nearly two years after the last episode of Diamond is Unbreakable, the fifth Arc has finally begun! The new season started airing this past Friday (5th October 2018), which means we're set for a good number of weeks! We're about to see new stands, even more outlandish and crazy outfits than ever and, of course, another JoJo! Uh, except this one isn't really a JoJo, he's more of a GioGio - More on that later in the article. For now though, let's check out what this arc is all about, the returning cast and of course, some of the new cast we can expect to see. There may be minor plot spoilers in this, so long as this arc follows the manga.
Video Game Review Batman: Arkham Asylum - When The Dark Knight hit our cinema screens, it was somewhat of a revolution for superhero movies everywhere. It brought out that dark, gritty side that Batman has been needing on the big screen for some time. Jump forward a year to 2009, we ended up with Batman Arkham Asylum. This did for superhero video games what The Dark Knight did for superhero movies. But does the game hold up just as well in 2018, nearly a decade on from the games original release? I decided to finally pick the game up, after having it in my Steam account for many a year.
Top 10 – Explorers - Exploration requires a certain set of characteristics; bravery, wisdom and overall survivability. You need to be brave to go somewhere uncharted, you need to be wise so you don’t eat something that’ll hurt you and you need to be able to survive, so you can return and tell of your exploits. Well, in today’s Top 10 list, we’re focusing on these brave individuals who’ve seen uncharted territories - and come back to tell us all about it.
Our Poster Creation Process - As many of you are aware, we here at GeekOut Media like to come up with posters. Well, I like to come up with poster ideas at least, which sometimes translates really well, other times not so much. One thing I've been debating is creating more merchandise, however I thought I'd talk generally today about the creation process behind each of our posters. I figured I'd be transparent and talk about the costs involved with getting them printed, as well as the process behind making them. Right, let's get into this, shall we?
Dungeon Situational – 20 Travelling Partners pt. 2 - Right, where were we? Travelling companions eleven through twenty. Here’s one through ten if you missed them. Matoban Riverwheel Halfling, female The softly spoken halfling dresses in soft leathers and expensive looking silks, but without much by way of ornamentation or showy colours. Her hair is a thick bundle of dun dreadlocks tied with a […]
MOTAS: The Mystery of Time and Space - Point & Click adventure games have been around for a very long time; indeed, some of the earliest big titles were of this genre. We've had the Monkey Island franchise, Grim Fandango, Broken Sword - And then we had the Mystery of Time & Space (MOTAS). Recently on our Discord channel, I got into a conversation with Jason from VidyaSauce, who was live streaming himself playing Elea - A new game that identifies itself as an Indie Adventure game. When I saw the sci-fi theme of the game, I was immediately brought back to MOTAS - A game that I and my family loved to bits.
Three (and a bit) Mobile Game Reviews - Having learned a lesson about underestimating the quality of the mobile gaming scene, I’ve dabbled a little more into the options at hand. Here are a handful of the games I’ve been playing of late.
GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet: A Review From A Bristolian - I've always wondered what being on the other end of the coin is like; you know, actually sitting and enjoying a GeekOut Meetup, rather than running one. In the whole time that GeekOut Shrewsbury has been a thing, I've never been able to go up myself. It being on a Thursday means that I'd have to effectively take a day off and do over five hours of travel, or take two days off and do two lots of driving and have a place to stay. I also didn't want it to be obvious, so managing to keep it secret for so long felt oh so good.
GeekOut Shrewsbury September ’18 – Harry Potter and The Shrewsbury Geeks - Finally, a Meetup title too long for Facebook to accommodate in full. This month mixed back-to-school with quiz month, meaning a quiz more aggressive than any exam you could hope to face, but many of you proved you could face down the worst of what I had to offer, and good company, good games, and […]
Top 10 Embarrassing Character Deaths - Come one, come all, to our gallery of heroes and villains who have fallen; except this wing of the gallery has a little twist. Every one of the heroes and villains we’re about to show you have fallen in some embarrassing manner. So whether or not these characters have been caught with their trousers down, or whether they just died because reasons, here are our Top 10 Embarrassing Character Deaths.
Star Realms Frontiers - Back in August 2017, I backed this product on Kickstarter as an early birthday present, under the impression it would’ve come in time for December that same year. A handful of delays with design and printing eventually led the EU fulfilment to happen this September. Was it worth the wait?
Dungeon Situational – 20 Travelling Partners pt. 1 - Ahhh… this may have to be a two-parter. This is going to be a two-parter. Having hit 1600+ words with only half of my wandering NPCs written, I shall save another ten for next Thursday. Here below I offer you ten NPCs who may travel with your party. Some may help, others may hinder, all […]
Wordpress Plugin: MyCRED for Self-Hosted Wordpress Websites - MyCRED is a plugin that I've had to try to get used to, really fast. It's a very powerful bit of software, allowing the admin of the site to award points to users, based on some interactions with the website. For instance, you might want to award a user for watching a video for longer than 3 minutes. You could also want to reward your users for simply commenting on your articles, or by having your own forum and them interacting with it. All in all, MyCRED was made specifically with this problem in mind - To be able to reward your users for interacting with your site in the way you want them to.
Review – The Dragon Prince - I may have mentioned I’m a bit of a late-to-the-party Avatar fan, I marathon’d the entire series a few years ago, and it’s become something of a node, a go-to point in my creative reference library whenever I create something fantasy. It’s an off-piste and indirect approach to the classical westernised fantasy of elves and […]
Community Projects and Software - Software and programming is an amazing feat of engineering. Everyone should be proud of what they've contributed, no matter how big or small their part in the process is. From some video game software, through to a much larger full scale operating system, software and communities have been a thing since, well, always. Programmers may typically be associated as unsocial folk, but they are amongst the most social and co-operative people I've met. Not everyone may feel the same, but I thought I'd talk briefly today about community projects and how they make such a difference to everyone who's ever used a computer.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – October 12th: Spectre-Waltz - 18+ Event It's that time of year once more, where the horrifying, the dead and the damned become a part of our every day. Here at GeekOut Bristol, we like to celebrate Halloween a little bit early, so come and join us for our Spectre-Waltz!
Top 10 Enemies With Lots of Health - From the insanely difficult, to the just long, neverending slog - Enemies that have a lot of health have been in gaming for a very long time. Indeed, so long, that some of us are still fighting them. If you’ve ever played a video game where you’ve questioned why you’ve had to fight the same battle for so long, then this is the list for you - This is our Top 10 Enemies With Lots of Health.
Celebrating Five Years of GeekOut South-West - Holy smokes, I knew this year was my fifth year running this blog, but on Wednesday 19th, it was officially the anniversary of the website. Hurrah! No, there's no time for cake, as I thought that was a perfect excuse for me to chat about everything that's happened with us. The good, the bad (although there's not really a lot of 'bad') and of course, the outright amazing. All in all, it's been five years of ups, so expect to see a lot of gushing about how excellent this has been... And hey - We'll chat about the meetup and what that means to us, as well as future plans.
Dungeon Situational – Nemesis - There are days when the grind of combat becomes a simple matter of pointing and declaring “I hit that one” or “I cast this spell”. Sometimes what is required is a combat so utterly challenging that players are forced to think outside the box, get creative, and push themselves to the very limit. It need […]
Hero Master – By Jamie Noble – Kickstarter - Jamie Noble Frier, also known as The Noble Artist, is a digital artist hailing from Sussex and is now turning his hand to board game design, with his first major foray: Hero Master. I met Jamie at UK Games Expo and he very kindly offered to give me a personal tour through the game as it stood, using Tabletop Simulator. After much time wrangling between the two of us, we finally got it scheduled in and I asked Nathan to join us digitally. The result of this is over two hours of video taken from that playthrough that we need to condense, do a voiceover for and release on our YouTube channel. Video aside, Jamie's Kickstarter is now up and running and we thought it would be a great time to do a little overview of the game, which in my opinion is well worth buying.
Review – Iron Fist Season 2 - A little belated, because I must admit the release of another season of Iron Fist did not have me excited. Thus far the character of Danny Rand – across both his first season and the whole of The Defenders – has been shallow, narcissistic, bland, and a whole bunch of other bad adjectives. The story […]
Our Design Philosophy - One thing I have had a number of compliments about are our posters, our website’s appearance and all of our design. Honestly, whenever I hear good things about these, I actually chuckle and shrug a bit. “Nah, you’re just saying that,” I’ve often said to myself. Well today, I thought I’d share with you why our scheme is black, grey, red and white. These four simple colours, or shades, are each hugely important to our identity. Here’s how and why.
Artificial Intelligence in Movies - There's no question that a good science fiction film typically has to feature some highly intelligent and likable AI characters. For nearly a century now, AI on our screens has gotten more and more common, from a robot that is a good friend and sidekick, to those who chug beer and smoke cigars. All in all, artificial intelligence has gotten more commonplace in the cinema and even on our TV sceeens, so what is it that we love so much about our robotic companions? I decided to dig a little bit deeper into the sci-fi genre for a look into the history of AI in movies.
Top 10 – Dead Websites - The internet has grown explosively in a shockingly short space of time. Consider its cultural dominance in matters of information gathering, exchange, shopping, misinformation, entertainment, socialising, slinging insults at one another across nations without the fear of ever having to match that bravado in person… Googling things… But this incredible progress has left behind a […]
Magic the Gathering: Commander - Commander is one of the most popular formats for Magic the Gathering and, like most good things in Magic, it started because of bored judges. That’s not entirely true, but it’s an amusing thought! Murray shares with us his enjoyment for the Magic: the Gathering Commander format.
Dungeon Situational – Pandemonium Spell List - Let us suppose a variation of magic that does not manipulate a natural force ever-present in the world. Instead let us consider a school of magi who pull their power from the realms beyond the material, reaching into the turning gears of Mechanus, the glorious light of Celestia, the feral twilight of Ysgard, or – […]
Mobile Game Review: Pocket City Free - When the city building genre was first really taking off, back in 1989 with SimCity, the genre was incredibly strong. Many iterations of SimCity have come and gone, with each of them getting progressively more interesting as we go. Now, in 2018, we've been able to take the city building genre to our Android and iOS phones. The real question is how well does such a massive genre translate to such a small screen? As ever, I took to the Google Play store to download the title and give it a go - and honestly, I am definitely not disappointed with the results. Read on if you're a fan of SimCity, looking for a small title to play as you go.
Road to GenCon 2019 - In the absence of a major summer anime convention, I’m finding I’m looking more for opportunities to spend time with the same old crowd I hang out with there, rather than some new big event to fill the time. However, there’s no denying that a gaping hole has been left in the Geek Calendar for […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 8th: Harry Potter’s GeekOut Return - Another GeekOut Bristol Meet has come and gone, but don't be dismayed, we'll be back next month. Whilst there were a number of Muggles about the Old Market Tavern, the venue helped us put on a magical event. There were plenty of Hogwarts House special drinks, one for each house, as well as a returning favourite in Butterbeer. Check below for some of our pictures of the event, as well as some preliminary information about when the next one's going to go live.
A Call To Local Geek Businesses: Make Yourselves Known - We here at GeekOut Media often get a number of emails from retailers, charities and more. They start off by telling us about something exciting that's upcoming, or about some stock they got recently. I was inspired to write this quick article by one such email I got from Books for Amnesty in Bristol. They were asking for us to share that they had some manga in stock - and it was quite a selection. Hey, if you're reading this Colin, I hope you're doing well and that you've started to sell a couple of them manga novels! I'm still going to have to pop by at some point for those Shaman King books, unless they move.
Top 10 Artifacts - Ancient artifacts, filled with ancient powers. Legend has it that these MacGuffin’s are incredibly valuable and of course, that means they’re also very - and vaguely - powerful. We couldn’t help but look deeper into the mysteries of these artifacts - So much so, that we thought we would share our findings with all of you. As acclaimed archeologists, it’s our duty and your privilege that we share with you our Top 10 Artifacts.
Tap To Play: A Discussion About Smartphone Games - Since the first smartphones came out, there has been a rising demand for more and more games. They’re an amazing distraction and when one of them takes off, they get massive - arguably more so than a PC or console title does. However, one thing I’d like to chat about is the recurring theme in smartphone games - About how all you need to do to play, is to wait, or to just tap the screen a million times. Whatever happened to innovation - Or are we about to see a new surge of innovative titles?
Dungeon Situational – Made By Sphinxes - Sphinxes are divine, extraplanar entities, mostly good, but exacting and demanding, and pitiless to the unworthy. The catlike beings are highly intelligent, powerful both physically, and mystically, they are trusted by the gods to ward places of power from the corrupt who might seek to use divine power to terrible ends. Leonine paws are ill-adapted […]
MicroBrew by One FreeElephant – Kickstarter - Become the greatest micro-brewery in the world, generating some loyal fans and concocting delicious beer. That sounds like an ideal game for many, as Chris checks out MicroBrew by OneFreeElephant in this detailed review.
The Shropshire Dungeon Master Update VII - It’s been a couple of months, and I was waiting on a few more things to come about, but there has been a great deal of progress made in the last eight weeks. It’ll be a short update, but let’s start with…
Video Game Review: Two Point Hospital - "Doctor required in GP's Office!" is a phrase I heard oh too often in my youth, a term the receptionist would often throw out when doctor's got too tired and would go off to the staff room. Theme Hospital was produced by Bullfrog Productions, all the way back in 1997. I was a young boy back then, but the game would always capture my imaginations. Indeed, we here in the UK have the NHS, but the idea of running my own American styled hospital was always a lot of fun. Fast forward to 2018 and we've got a new contender for the Hospital Management genre - A very specific niche indeed. It's been over twenty years since Theme Hospital, so how does Two Point Hospital compare?
GeekOut Shrewsbury August ’18 – Tengen Toppa GeekOut Lagann - August, that long awaited Shrewsbury meet, a whole six weeks have elapsed since last we gathered and the enthusiasm has not faded, nay it has grown. Although it's notable that with the encroaching term-time, and so many of you retreating back to university our numbers have taken a small blow, so too will our growth from month-to-month subside for a while. Still, there is ever more to look forward to.
Top 10 Diseases & Viruses - The sick and the infected are here, with their various diseases and viruses. These specimen have been gathered from films, video games, literature and more - It’s time for another Top 10!
Five Year Anniversary of Rogue Legacy - Five years ago, Rogue Legacy was just released. The game was amazing, if you ever played it back then. It didn't change, for many years, before it finally came back in a fifth year anniversary update, surprising many people in the process - Me included. I mention quite frequently how I like to get a game to completion, then to go ahead and mark it as 100%. With the update, Rogue Legacy became one of the titles I was at 100% complete on, to nearly 100%. If you've never heard of Rogue Legacy before, read on for a bit of a summary of what the game's about, as well as some information on the update.
Dungeon Situational – A Shop - Most parties, upon entering a new town, have a simple shopping list: blacksmith for weapons, alchemist for potions, anyone dealing in magic items, and onwards to food and booze. And if any of that intro sounds familiar to you, you may have already read a previous Dungeon Situational in which I presented a list of […]
GeekOut Top 10s An Update on our eBooks - Jeez, with how much we've been doing recently, we almost completely forgot to fill a spot here today. So uh, I guess we should talk a little bit about what it is that we get up to, when we're not finding out about the latest geek trends; or writing reviews of video games, films, anime or otherwise. Ultimately, you, our readers, are the most important part of why we do what we do, so we're looking to provide you with even more content, in even more ways. To come up with something new, we've been getting on with work on different mediums - And today, let's discuss our upcoming eBooks.
Things Ruined By Films - Films - especially the big cultural phenomena - have a way of entering and shifting the social consciousness wholesale. This can be for the better, allowing film makers to affect positive social change when such change is needed, or it can create a culture all of its very own, as fans turn into gatherings turn into societies. Sometimes that change can be negative, be it a kind of misinformation unintentionally spread by a work of fiction, or an idea so potent that it spreads despite the negative impact it can have.
The Road To 100%: Final Fantasy VIII - Last week, I wrote a review of the Square Enix classic - But those of you who've followed this website long enough will know full well that I love to completely beat a game, not just complete the story. Steam achievements are something I go absolutely nuts for, even though there's barely any reason to do so. This time around, I decided to get my RPG game on, which considering the last big RPG I 100%'d was Skyrim, this would have been a doddle by contrast... Or... Would it?
Making A Game Of Your Fitness - Alright, admittedly, anyone who's ever seen a picture of me will be aware that I'm quite a chunky person. I've always been pretty big, but recently I've gotten to a point where I've decided that I've had enough of it. Whilst I could be like everyone else, by heading to a gym and just working out non-stop for ages, I figured I'd want to start it off a bit simpler - Get myself back into the spirit of good health. Naturally, food becomes a part of a health kick, but overall, I wanted to make sure I wouldn't get bored. This is my routine - and how you can kickstart your own health spree - If you're looking to lose a few pounds whilst having fun!
Top 10 Shields - The enemies are approaching; They’re charging at great haste. Their swords are drawn and their casters are primed and ready. The archers have their arrows drawn - We’re surrounded. Send the soldiers to the front of the lines, we need to show them the best offense is a great defence - We’re going to put our shields up this week, as we check out our Top 10 Shields - We could do with the protection!
WWE SummerSlam 2018: The Rundown - Whilst SummerSlam has been long gone now, a lot of people will still be catching up with all of the results. So, now that we’re five days removed from the event, I figured it’d be safe enough to start chatting about it. Many of you who’ve read GeekOut South-West over the years will know that I am an avid fan of pro wrestling, with WWE being a major force behind that. To catch you up with what happened, here’s my rundown of how SummerSlam 2018 went down.
Dungeon Situational – Player Class - As promised a while back, it’s time to bring back Dungeon Situational; a weekly series where I present content designed for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, but broadly adaptable for other editions and systems. This week, as promised in a previous article, I will be creating five levels of a new class that reflects a […]
RPG Supplement Review: L’gat’s Tome of Amazing Creatures - Can tabletop RPG's and disability find some commonground? That's what the work of Power Up Gamers wants to accomplish, as they want to bring about discussion on tabletop RPG and gamers with disabilities. Part of their goal is to produce a three-part series of RPG supplements called L'gats Tome of Amazing Creatures. Learn more:
Review – Disenchanted - As The Simpsons draws to a much needed close and after the moderate success of Futurama's reboot, in many ways I'm glad to see Matt Groening try something different, although in a handful of ways I'm trepidatious.
Video Game Review: Final Fantasy VIII - A Square Enix classic, Final Fantasy VIII was lauded by fans and critics alike. Now that we're slowly approaching 20 years since the release of the game, I figured I'd have a look back at it and play it through to completion once more. How does the game hold in 2018? For this review, I'm covering the Steam version of the game, which includes a few differences, including cleaner looking textures, a speed up feature, which I admit I'm taking full advantage of and something us UK gamers struggled to get ahold of - Chocobo World. Read on to find out more about the game and the difference between Final Fantasy VIII on the PS1 and PC.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 8th: Harry Potter’s GeekOut Return - 18+ Event Muggles and wizards are welcome as we proudly present a Harry Potter inspired evening. Also, do come and try out the Butterbeer that'll be at the bar. Mmm, delicious! But what more information can we give you than what we already know? Read on for some exclusive information about the event.
Top 10 Merchants - Merchants are crazy important, both in the real world and the fictional. However, sometimes, these merchants can’t help but spin themselves a pretty penny. They may use fanciful words, may give themselves a five-finger discount to get their wares - Or they may just charge, ahem, a small fee? Protect your wallets, folks, for these characters are out to get the contents of them. As ever, we’re Timlah and Joel and today we’re checking out our Top 10 Merchants.
Video Game Review – >Observer_ - After playing Layers of Fear, >Observer_ went straight onto my Steam wishlist. The studio, Bloober Team SA, suckered me in with something filled with hints of the Lovecraftian themes, before fully submerging me into a fanboy's dream (or nightmare). With a chilling atmosphere, fascinating imagery, and a narrative unravelled asynchronously and through gutwrenching imagery brought from deep within the man's psyche.
Video Game Review: TANGLEWOOD – A Nostaglically Beautiful Puzzle/Platformer - Taking a page from the past in game development, studios, consisting of developer Matt Phillips, looked to bring us a that would have fit in with our titles from the past. This SEGA Megadrive inspired titled is a puzzle platformer which I recently got ahold of. The game looks and sounds good, but how well does it play? I look past the past and into what this title holds for gamers new and old alike. Join me as we stroll through a true retro gem - In 2018.
Board Game Review: Brothers - Two brothers are farming, trying to get the perfect conditions for their creatures to breed and provide produce. One brother is farming Wabbits, whilst the other is farming Gobbles. One brother believes in farming in an L shape, the other believes in farming in a straight line. Only one brother can claim enough of the land over the other in this game of 2 or 4 players - Read on to find out more about the latest game by Ankama Boardgames, Brothers!
Drafting M19 – Magic: the Gathering - I recently bought a box of M19 boosters with a view to drafting them with some friends. For those of you whom I have already lost, read this then come back, it’ll explain the method of drafting Magic: the Gathering (amongst other games) and the advantages of the format. If you’re back, or if you […]
Discord vs Valve: Discord’s New Game Library - Hoo boy, it only felt like a few months ago that I reported on the new game's tab on the Discord app. Sure, that wasn't such a big bit of news, but this time around, Discord are bringing themselves in direct competition with video-game monolith, Valve. They are creating a Game's Library/Store, akin to that of what Steam users are currently used to. This is all well and good, but what do Discord think they can do differently? This is currently being tested in Canada, but this is what the rest of the world can expect once it's moved into more countries around the world. Along with this, today's article will contain a few personal opinions on the matter.
GeekOut Bristol Meet: August 10th – GeekOut’s Bizarre Adventure - It was definitely a Bizarre kind of night on Friday, where the good folk who attended GeekOut Bristol Meet came up with some awesome stands to call their own. It was a quieter meetup, with the entire pub being somewhat quieter than usual, but that wasn't a problem - It meant there was more space for us all to play some great games and have excellent conversation. Most of the attendees would likely agree that the quieter atmosphere made for a much more relaxing day, so come join us as we check out this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet.
Top 10 Magical Swords - Nothing beats the destructive power of a sword; slashing away at the opponent’s life. It’s no wonder that people always want to find a way to make the sword even mightier, as some people penned up the idea that you need to mix swords with magic. Adding a pinch of the arcane, or the occult, suddenly you don’t just have a weapon to be wielded by the capable hands of a warrior. No, you’ve created something much more dangerous… You’ve created a weapon capable of destroying countless lives, devouring souls, splitting time and more.
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #8: Striking A Pose - 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.
Review – Incredibles 2 - A mere fourteen years after the first film we finally get the sequel we’ve all been craving, Karl Urban’s Dredd! No? Never mind, I suppose that was only six years ago, it just feels like longer. Anyway, we’ve been anticipating the return of the Incredibles since a teaser trailer was dropped in November, one of Pixar’s […]
Video Game Review: Noahmund - Noahmund is a Fantasy RPG, set in the world of Feros, a war wages on. Love, fear and fire as they say, the game follows in our protagonist, Galina Angstroud, an agent of Shinn who is on a quest for truth and salvation. I’ve had some time with the game since last week and gotten far through it - So what did I make of this new indie title? Were the characters captivating, or just chatty? All of that and more revealed in today's article.
Review – Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel - Ok, so I’ve finally read a book, first time in years, got round to it eventually. It’s an odd thing to go from avid reader, to functionally not a reader, and be consciously aware of the fact. The last ten years of my life have been consumed by reading books that present fictional history as […]
Card Game Review: Lightseekers - Whilst at AmeCon 2018, I went to the traditional games room quite frequently, to play a spot of Magic: the Gathering. On the Sunday of the event, I noticed there was a new stall in the room for a game called Lightseekers, which they had practice games going for. Throughout the day, I would walk up to it, inspect it and consider whether or not it was worth picking up. The sales people were friendly, albeit persistant. So, after some talking from both the sales person and from Jake, I finally decided that I'd go ahead and throw £40 their way for two of their decks, along with two play mats, two booster packs AND two metal life tokens - Not bad! But how does it play?
Amecon 2018 – Timlah’s Summary & Gallery - WARNING: This article is incredibly image and video heavy! Anyway, AmeCon 2018 was a roaring success, however the event started off with a few technical issues. Having said that, the crew battled on through those issues to be met with a weekend that had both roaring heat and ridiculous rainfall. The parties were fun, the cosplays were incredible, the guests were wonderful and the panels were all in all great fun. Check out my thoughts and my gallery of AmeCon 2018!
Top 10 Action Anime - Everybody was kung-fu fighting; sometimes strikin’ with lightnin’; in fact demons are a lil’ bit frightenin’, ah yeah, but they gunned them down with expert timin’! I should stick to writing articles...
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #7 – Primed & Painted - 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.
Amecon 2018 – Critter Cosplaying - I have mentioned in the past that I do not Cosplay, and I made mention of it as part of my panel on confidence building, that I have accepted that it is something I am not tempted by, and that there is nothing wrong with that. I suppose now i have to rephrase that, I […]
Volunteering - If you have been to any sort of convention or expo, then you have probably had some interaction with a volunteer at any given time. In fact, I would say that without the help of volunteers, then some of the events, especially an event like UK Games Expo would be a lot smaller and less awesome. Volunteering is a great way to attend an event for a low cost, as well as a way to give back to your fandoms. You can use that as an opportunity to get to see a new town, city or even country, if that is part of the opportunity. You'll have to pay for your own travel to get there (sometimes your own accommodation too) but after that, there is usually very little to spend for.
Amecon 2018 – Joel’s Summary & Gallery - Oh man am I tired. Well done Amecon, I am mentally and bodily drained. What a wonderful and weird weekend, and surprisingly well managed in the face of the adverse conditions. I am not a hot-weather person, so the forecast of overwhelming heat was daunting in its own right, especially as I’d already resolved to […]
The Road To 100%: AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome - This year, I seemingly have gotten a bit more serious about my 100% ventures in game. I got so serious, I managed to get 100% of achievements on Skyrim. When I finished Skyrim, I knew I had to get a new game and I wanted to go for a way different genre. I thought about games I say I really like, but hadn't really committed the time required to get really good at. Then, my mind went back to Owlchemy and Dejobaan Games' AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, a title about freefalling from floating buildings whilst flipping off or thanking fans... And tagging buildings.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – August 10th: GeekOut’s Bizarre Adventure - OH MY GOD!! Get your stands out, it's time for us to get ready for our very own Bizarre Adventure! With a new season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure coming out later this year, it's time for us to celebrate the ripple and of course, Za Warudo! Oh and for any of you who don't know what we're on about, it's cool - Come along and enjoy our antics anyway, as it'll be another great night of fun and games!
Top 10 Posing Characters - Step 1 for powering up your special move: Strike a pose! Do you have a good special move? No? That’s because you can’t pose. No posing skills and we can’t take a great picture of you! But not to worry, as although we may not have your back, we have gathered some of the finest posers from geek history to show you how it’s done.
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #6: Proper Props - 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.
AmeCon 2018 – Previews - So, with this heat devouring my ability to think coherently, my anticipated article will be temporarily suspended in favour of a quick look at the one thing consuming my time over the coming week, Amecon. Always glad to return to the Warwick Arts Centre, the place where it all began so far as Tim and […]
Re-Writing Iron Man 2 - It’s been something of a glaring weak spot in the MCU series to date, this weird and not entirely coherent nugget of poor decisions that gave the series a stumbling start into it’s long culture-dominating run. There wasn’t great uproar at the kit-bashed villain Ivan Vanko, who combined Crimson Dynamo with Whiplash to create… well […]
MireMarsh – Kickstarter product preview - In the first part of my UK Games Expo Kickstarter roundup, I mentioned a game involving Goblins by Room 17 games called Miremarsh. Now that the Kickstarter is live I listened back to the play through that I recorded at UKGE this year and wanted to give my full opinion on it. As per usual, we would like […]
Magic: the Gathering Arena Closed Beta – First Impressions - Last week, Wizards of the Coast were looking for people to stress test their latest video game endeavour. Many people were granted access to a closed beta, to which Wizards gave out keys to the beta testers, which they can hand to 5 other people. I was fortunate enough to have Jake give me a key, so I was able to take part in the stress test. Before that though, I got to know the game a bit - So, here are my first thoughts of Magic: the Gathering Arena.
GeekOut Shrewsbury July ’18 – Steampunk’d - Did anyone get a head-count on the day? I think we surpassed thirty which is always a pretty good month, the pre-meet was a grand outdoorsy affair, as befits the season, although gaming wasn’t ideal given the furniture. But so many of you showed up, and so many of you put the effort into the […]
Top 10 Kickstarted Board Games - We love board games, as if our Bristol and Shrewsbury meets weren’t a clear enough of that fact. All three of us, Chris, Joel and Timlah share this one absolute love of board games. When Kickstarter started to back hugely popular board/tabletop games, we all knew we’d be using that at some point in our future. Fortunately, the games produced have been fantastic - and today, we’re checking out our Top 10 Kickstarter Board Games.
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #5: Bringing It Together (Craft Time) - 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.
Kickstarter Highlight – Role Quest - So often board games strive to emulate the rich depth of gameplay enjoyed by role-playing games. Often the result is a thin facsimile or an unwieldy brute of a game, and rarely does role-play enter into the equation, but here we have at least one game in which role play is the whole point. In Role […]
Elite Dangerous RPG – In Depth Part 1 - My mind wonders how you go about fitting a vast expansive game like Elite Dangerous into an RPG. Well, the people at Spidermind Games successfully ran a Kickstarter for the book 2 years ago and this year during UKGE, I met some of the team behind it. They talked to me about their current Kickstarter for the Elite Dangerous Battle Card game which you should all take a look at and we will review in full later this year. However, this article is the first in an in-depth look through the RPG.
Roll On The Adventure Podcast - I was recently a guest in a podcast. It’s nice to be asked, and Roll On The Adventure piqued my interest. In the podcast, the panel create, playtest, discuss, and publish a quick role playing system. It’s a great little quick-fire collaborative effort with bad singing and excellent Dave is a figure of no small […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet: July 14th – Cyber-Punked - No matter the political climate, nor the weather, we melted our way over to the Old Market Tavern at 2pm, for another great evening. Lots of faces, both new and old, which made for an excellent night out! We saw some exceptional costumes, even if people had to change in and out of them due to the heat. Thanks to everyone who turned up and as ever, we got some snaps of the event. From the costumes to the festivities, here is what went down at GeekOut Bristol Meet this past Saturday night.
Pride: Being A Proud Gay Geek - The past month, people across the world have been celebrating Pride month, a moment for the LGBT community and allies to celebrate all that makes up diversity. We here support people to be free to be who they want to be, so long as they’re not cruel to others. Except Joel, you can be mean to Joel if you want*. I thought I’d use today as a way to close off Pride month by talking a bit about myself… What? I’m proud of being a geek. Oh and I’m also proud of being an openly gay geek. *P.S: Please don’t be mean to Joel, I was kidding.
Top 10 – Bears: Redux - We can bearly believe it’s been over four years since the release of our first Top 10 article, Top 10 Bears. Last week was our official fourth year anniversary of writing these articles and with an eBook on the way, we intend to make this year even better in the slow approach of our fifth […]
Beginner’s Cosplay Guide #4: Bringing It Together (Planning) - 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 - And today, we're looking at bringing a costume together, in the planning stage.
A Busy Calendar - Apologies for the late and short article, but between the recent heatwave and the workload I’ve taken on, it’s occasionally a struggle to keep up with everything, but here’s a short list of excuses. 19th July: GeekOut Shrewsbury Steampunk’d – Next Thursday, the poll for the premeet will be up shortly, there will be TWO COMPETITIONS! in […]
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