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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.
GeekOut Media’s Bristol Local Guide – March 2018 - At GeekOut Media, we look out for the very best events that are taking place in the coming weeks and months. Recently, I managed to hear about some pretty cool events, all of which can be found via Facebook. So, if you're looking for something to do at the end of the month, then check out our local guide to three Bristol events. If you're a geek of any sort, there may be an event that suits you within this article, so do read on and at the end of the article, if you know of any other events happening in Bristol that you think should be mentioned, then drop us a comment!
Cards Against Humanity – A Work Which Becomes A Genre Unto Itself - I did something similar to this article a while back on the subject of Minecraft and the various titles that followed in its wake, some time shortly after an explosion of some of the less exemplary Minecraft-ish games. Under a similar umbrella find Cards Against Humanity, whose irreverent and unapologetically offensive game caught the world’s […]
Airecon 2018 – Reporting from the con - It took the train just about five hours to trundle Chris' way north to Harrogate from Bristol. With just one train change at Leeds, it was a very easy, but quite long journey. Airecon only occupies a small part of the Harrogate Convention Centre, but this does not mean it's attendance is by any means small.
Dungeon Situational – A Town - You’re starting a new game and trying to come up with a setting, at least to kick off the first few levels, somewhere with intrigue and danger, somewhere they’ll remember for levels to come, the place that they’ll one day be thinking of when they save the world. Usually these articles make no small use […]
Mobile Game Review: Pac-Man - Everyone knows how Pac-Man plays and what Pac-Man is, but I saw that there was an official Bandai Namco app available for Pac-Man. So, naturally, I had to download it as I’m a huge fan of Pac-Man and all to do with the yellow gobbler. But, like everything in this day and age, there had […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 9th: Cosplay on the Cheap Gallery - Everyone loves a good cosplay, along with the cosplayers who come up with genius ways to make their favourite characters come to life. In the past 10 years, cosplay has become part of every day fandom. Looking back to the past, we must thank people such as Forrest J Ackerman for his contributions to the now flourishing scene. As part of the growing part of fan communities that incorporates cosplay, we thought we'd celebrate costume making - by getting people to make their own costumes at this months meet... With paper... and card... and sellotape... And other cheap bits of materials that people brought along. People rose to the challenge and boy, was it ever an excellent event?
Top 10 Festivals - Take to the streets you mad geeks! It’s a time of public celebration, wild revelry and dancing in the streets. Make your obeisance to Dionysus, Bibulous, and Xenagos, rattle your beads and show us your… sick dance moves. Here is our procession of festivals from fiction, parades and holidays that drive people out of their houses to join together and rejoice.
Mobile Game Review: Brain It On! - Physics puzzle games were at one point all of the rage - And they weren't the only puzzles to be such an important part of the genre. 'Drawing' puzzles were another massive part of pushing puzzles onto mobile. We had games like Cut The Rope and Scribblenauts. Recently, I found a new puzzle which fits the bill of a drawing physics game, called Brain It On! and thought I'd give the title a try. After all, I love a good puzzle and the game was free, so this could only be good, right?
Shropshire Dungeon Master: Progress Report #2 - It’s been a month or two since I discussed this last. “What are you up to?” you may ask, and I might shift my feet a little and not quite catch your eye when you say “You haven’t done anything have you?” which has a question mark but is not in fact a question. Side […]
Unstable Plans - Since Wizards of the Coast announced the return to comedy form with the Unstable set, I knew that I had to get me some of that action. If you’re a GeekOut Shrewsbury attendee or just like the pictures then you’re well aware I already bought myself a box of boosters. So here’s a quick rundown […]
Reload, Relive, Replay – New Gaming Event in Bristol March 30th-31st - 2018 has already been eventful and it looks as if there’s another contender on the market. At the end of March 2018, there is going to be a transformation taking place in the heart of the centre of Bristol, inside of the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. The theatre will be turning into a gaming hub for the first time!
Dungeon Situational – My Warlock Pact - The Warlock draws his power from strange and terrible forces from beyond the world. Often evil in their own particular way, these are entities who cannot garner followers, and so must bargain for indentured servants to do their bidding. Cruel fiends, capricious fey, deranged elder things, and dead gods need things too. Here I give […]
Geek Decor – Making It Your Own - Whilst I looked around my flat recently, I realised the decor has slowly but surely turned ever so slightly more geeky. I've been looking forward to kitting out my own place with various bits of geek decor. In the past decade, I've noticed that the appeal for geek decor has seriously improved. Whole companies are coming out just to make prints, figures, chairs and much more. As such, I wanted to make this new flat my own - and I decided that the best way to do it was to put my own mark on the decorations.
One Year of GeekOut Shrewsbury Meets - Can you believe by the end of the month, it’ll have been a whole year since we had the very first event in our second location, Shrewsbury? It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride, with people joining the new event very quickly. All of this has been made possible by our very own Joel, who has worked meticulously on the meetup events. This article is a simple look back at the first year they had, along with a thank you to Joel for his hard work.
Top 10 Dogs - Dogs - We love dogs for how loyal they are to us humans. So whether you’re the type of person who likes to boop a puppers snoot, or if you’re the type to have a faithful companion, then this Top 10 is for you. We’ll look at dogs in all manners of geek media, so without any further delay, here are our Top 10 Dogs:
Anime Review: How To Keep A Mummy - This Winter season, Crunchyroll have been promoting an anime called How To Keep A Mummy; a series all about a man and his struggles in keeping a tiny mummy. Except this isn’t an ordinary mummy, because I think I’d rather formalde-HIDE than watch that. Hah, I’m funny. Anyway, come read about how a dorky guy deals with looking after the world’s smallest mini-...pet?
Kickstarter Highlight – Strongholds and Streaming by Matt Colville - It’s been a while since we’ve done a Kickstarter article, but here’s one that caught me by the eye and the wallet. I may have mentioned that I am a fan of Matthew Colville, a writer, DM, and YouTuber and the writer of the Critical Role official comic book. I may have mentioned it repeatedly […]
Storytelling: Falling From Grace - Grief, anger, denial, frustration - There are many emotions that go into a character who has fallen from grace. Timlah looks to describe how to portray a character that has fallen from grace.
Dungeon Situational – Unusual Traders - Any given group of players – when presented with a marketplace or new town – will ask for some fairly predictable things; blacksmiths, magic items, herbalists and alchemists, spell components (if you as a DM insist on such things) and some kind of transport like a horse and cart. But can you pull their eye […]
Two Point Hospital – A True Theme Hospital Successor - Small indie studios are all the rage these days, often creating something that outsells the Triple A companies that have dominated gaming for so long. The mainstream trend right now seems to be bringing back gaming gems from the past; Crash Bandicoot being last years big reskin and this year we're set to get both Spyro the Dragon and Medievil, two games I adores from my childhood. However, remakes don't need to be the only way to bring a bit of classic gaming back, as Two Point Hospital is coming to prove.
GeekOut Shrewsbury – February ’18: Sweet Lovecraft - Ia! Ia! Gong hei fat choy! Merry February everyone, this Thursday passed saw GeekOut Shrewsbury return to form with a whole lot of new faces and new tricks, and I solemnly promise this will be the last Lovecraft themed thing for a while maybe. I’m here to serve everyone’s fandoms, not just to celebrate my […]
Top 10 Invisible Characters - I feel like I’m going blind looking down this list! All I can see are floating clothes! Something isn’t right here. Oh wait, I know, this must be our Top 10 Invisible characters. Before we see what cannot be seen, we must tell you that a character doesn’t need to be able to control their invisibility to be considered; however it must be a skill or ability they have, or something that’s just natural to them. As ever then, here’s this week’s unseeable Top 10!
GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 9th: Cosplay on the Cheap - Cosplay is such a great pastime; it encourages excellent communication skills, it develops peoples creativity and it allows us geeks to truly show off our love for a character. Indeed, a great cosplay not only looks good, but it gives us all a common point of interest to focus around. But what about those cosplays you make on a literal shoestring budget?
Review – Black Panther - This will be a relatively short review, as from the perspective of a white British man there’s not an awful lot to comment on. This is a Marvel origin story, in the vein of Ant Man and Doctor Strange, it brings to light a character that has seen little screen time and attention in the […]
JoJo’s Bizarre Impression On Me - Recently, if you were a friend of mine on either Steam or on our Discord channel, I may have mentioned to you that I've been watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure recently. At long last, might I add? It's a series which has always been on my list to watch, but something I just hadn't gotten around to until recently. I intend to do a full review, but at the moment, I'm only up to the 'second part', Joseph's adventure, but here are my raw feelings of the anime so far.
Dungeon Situational – Non-Combat Challenges - Most commonly Dungeons & Dragons tends to be sequences of role-play, exploration, broken up by combat situations and the occasional shopping trip. There’s variety in the proportions of course, but there are some very rare opportunities for the DM to call for initiative where an actual fight is unlikely because there are more important things […]
Mobile Game Review: Tekken - For the past eight or so months, I've been pretty much devoted to Tekken 7, a game which has rekindled my love for the fighting game genre as a whole. So, when I heard there was a mobile version, you can imagine exactly what I said... "This is going to be dreadful! How can I get my beloved combos on a tiny phone?!"
GeekOut Shrewsbury This Week (And Onwards) - So, a few things: This GeekOut Shrewsbury is kind of a big one because this will be the twelfth, one whole year of Shrewsbury meets and there’s a lot of info to be unpacked, and a lot of questions to put back to you guys. Over this and next month’s GeekOut I’ll be putting out […]
Top 10 Twins - Mathematically speaking of course, there is no reason whatsoever to believe that twins are double the trouble. Indeed evidence suggests that trouble may rise exponentially with twins than with standard siblings or any other unrelated double act. No concern of ours whether identical or otherwise, we have assembled twins of all manner and kind from across geek culture and crammed them uncomfortably into this double-stuffed Top 10.
February 2018 Update: GeekOut Medias Top of the Top 10s - It's been a while since we last spoke about our highly ambitious eBook, capturing our Top 10's in a format which is both similar to a digest, but yet comprehensive enough for anyone who hasn't had the experience of our Top 10's before. Naturally, we've been thinking long and hard about it, but there's a lot of time and planning involved with a project like this. So, if you've ever been faced with making an eBook before yourself, let's look at what we've been doing behind the scenes in order to get on with it!
An Infinity Demo Night - It’s been a while since I had a proper stab at a tabletop wargame, and the last time was a quick skirmish with a starter set of Infinity, Operation Ice Storm which set myself and a friend up with a small force each of factions PanOceania and Nomad, seven models a side and a miniature […]
Automated Chats and Pre-Populated Responses - Recently, there has been a spat of activity taking advantage of chat-based systems. Indeed, even we have been working on chatbots of our own, in hopes to make our Discord server a bit better. However, one that amused me recently was a chatbot on Facebook, which was made solely to enter people into a prize draw and yes, to add your name to a mail list. Let’s dissect one and see what benefits these bots have!
Dungeon Situational – Unusual Terrain - If you’re getting sick of fighting on flagstones, or the same old grassy fields every day, there are options aplenty in the great wild world and the myriad worlds beyond it to make your combat, or even just a day’s travel that much more interesting. Today’s Dungeon Situational presents terrain options to create more memorable […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 10th: Castle Crashing Gallery - Ah yes, Castle Crashers is truly an awesome game which gave us some truly great ideas. We need to make a theme where people can come along and crash some castles. But how would people do this? Easily: They would simply draw their sword, wield their shields and march into the gate of the castle. This was a relatively quiet month for us, so it was great that we got so many creative entries out! However, check it out for our monthly GeekOut Bristol Meet Gallery!
Superbowl Trailer Rundown - Sports! Got that out of the way, now onto the interesting stuff. Superbowl season is trailer season, and time for major releases to grab the attention of the biggest TV watching audience left. And while I’m not feeling well you’ll pardon me if I take this opportunity to have a quick gander over this year’s […]
Top 10 Gamblers - The Gambler - These are a hard to predict, an often unreasonable group of people - Especially when they're against you. When they're on your side, you'd best consider what their actions are carefully, as one moment you could be riding around with a thousand gold, but then the next only have one piece left! Nevertheless, the gambler likes the payout - So if you've ever wanted to get a gambler on your side, consider who you're hiring into your team and appreciate our Top 10 Gamblers in media.
Storytelling: The Hero Fights The Monster - As an avid reader, some of my favourite stories involve underdogs; someone we want to root for, because we feel for their plight. We don’t necessarily want them to become a hero, but if they do then we want them to be the best hero they can be. We don’t want them to immediately win - And no hero, no matter how great, should immediately win unless it’s a parody. Following on from Creating The Monster from a few weeks back, this is how you can have the Hero Fight The Monster.
Review – Gotham by Gaslight - As a fan of the Marvel Noir series that recast Marvel heroes as 1930’s noir and pulp adventurers and heroes, I was very excited to see Batman in a Victorian era tale that pitches him against the 19th century’s most infamous killer, Jack the Ripper. The short version is I was not disappointed, the long […]
Star Trek Discovery – Season 1 - My relationship with the Star Trek series is a scattered one, to say the least. I certainly have some love for the old school series with William Shatner & co; I also have a lot of love for The Next Generation series, but never really got into Voyager. I was also quite impressed with the film reboot with Chris Pine, but less impressed with the second and third film. So I will go out there and say that I am by no means a Trekkie. Over the last week or so I have been indulging in seeing what the new Netflix series Star Trek Discovery has to offer and so far, I have been pleasantly entertained by it.
Running An Event the GeekOut Bristol Meet Way - Over the past four and a half years, GeekOut South-West has gone from a simple idea to a huge meetup environment. We have a group of regulars who come by monthly, all of whom have been coming for quite some time now. We then also get a steady influx of new people; some who come by once, some who come and enjoy what we’re about and stick around. So, as an organiser for a large geek meetup, here’s some advice for anyone else looking to run an event.
Mobile Game Review: Jetpack Joyride - Ever thought to yourself "man, those guys in that science company sure are working on some big old science. Wouldn't it be neat if I could get a bit of the science for myself?" I'm sure you have done - Many of us have. However, just because we think it doesn't mean we're then going to action it. Instead, we opt to carry on and enjoy it when the science goods come through for us, such as driverless cars, AI such as Alexa and more. However, one man called Barry decided that he really wanted a jetpack. Through a sheer force of vandalism, Barry breaks through the Science peoples walls and steals their jetpack for a Jetpack Joyride!
GeekOut Tube is Coming Back in 2018 - Hoo boy, I say this every year with regards to how much I miss doing these videos, but it's true. I always miss recording Let's Plays for people and this year is no different. I've already discussed with a number of people how much I've missed recording Let's Plays in 2018 and as time goes on, that desire gets greater. I'm looking forward to getting back into it - and even though I've been asked by some people if I'll do Tekken Let's Plays, the answer is "Probably not", as I'm not great at it. However, I intend to return to recording YouTube videos for all of you, so what will we be retruning to?
Top 10 – Kleptomaniacs - A kleptomaniac is someone who can’t help themselves, but to steal. Nevermind stealing your heart, these individuals will just take what they see. Really, it doesn’t matter to them – they know they need it, no matter what it is. They just have to have it. Well then, we’re going to have to tread carefully […]
Video Game Review: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Espionage, augmented humans and cybernetic abilities combined to create a unique blend of spy/action gameplay - We can only be talking about Deus Ex, where today we’ll be checking out the most recent incarnation, Mankind Divided. If you’ve never played a Deus Ex before, like me, then read on for what I thought about it, along with how it typically plays out. It’s time to get our cool shades on!
A Roof For Amecon - So Monday was a bit mad. For Amecon attendees it was something of a farce, and perhaps we’ve grown accustomed to a slightly easier ride when it comes to the Warwick Art’s Centre, especially when held against the obstinacy and awkwardness of “other” venues when it comes to handling the convention crowd. We may be […]
AireCon – An analogue gaming convention in Yorkshire - I am a curious soul and one that is not afraid to head out of my comfort zone to experience something, so when I read about an analogue gaming convention way up in Harrogate (Yorkshire) called AireCon, my curiosity was drawn. Okay, it's a long way to go from Bristol but we here at GeekOut are dedicated to bringing you as much geeky news as possible, so it is my plan to travel four hours across the UK, so that I can bring back news and a report about what happens at AireCon.
Dungeon Situational – Kobold Traps - Ever hear of Tucker’s Kobolds? If you have then you know that a half-dozen hit points does not mean an easy fight. In this week’s Dungeon Situational I’ll pitch a few ideas for the kinds of traps that kobolds may construct given their stature, disposition, and available resources. As usual I’ll be using D&D 5e […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 10th: Castle Crashing - Friends, I am afraid there has been a blight upon this land, so evil it is that we cannot imagine how to deal with it. This is why I have called you all here once more, to assist us in vanquishing the villainous warlocks and sorcerers, the fallen knights and their undead companions. Join us, for we have a tale for you. A tale of heroics unlike ever seen before will unfold. We're going Castle Crashing!
GeekOut Shrewsbury – January ’18: Geeky Resolutions - Happy new year, you bunch of nerds! It was great to get a new year of GeekOut Meets kicked off with you guys, and true to form we only got bigger and better, more people, more new faces, more new games, and yet another unapologetically brutal quiz to test even the deepest of nerdy knowledge. […]
Top 10 Shonen Anime - Anime! It's a little crazy, it's a little zany and usually it's usually full of action! We love action here, so this week I got with Kevin Kutlesa from The Mental Attic, where we decided to have a sit down chat about anime - and more importantly, anime that we would have loved as a teenager. Some of these have been around for ages; whereas some of them came and went. Either way, these are our Top 10 Shonen Anime!
Video Game Review: Planet Coaster - In the midst of the Steam January sale, I spotted a gem that I’d been keeping my eye on, waiting for the day it hit the sale rack. Planet Coaster is an exciting, roller coaster/theme park simulation game. I had been dithering over whether to buy it or not, I absolutely loved Theme Park back in the day, so this was exciting to say the least.
Finally Watching Critical Role - I do my best not to make two roleplay posts in the same week (the same rule applies to film, or internet culture, or video games and so forth) but this is just a very quick post while I hastily finish my preparations for GeekOut Shrewsbury, for which I should – as you read – […]
The Orville – Seth MacFarlane does Star Trek - When I heard that Seth MacFarlane was working on a new project and basing it on a Star Trek universe, my interest was certainly enough to actually go and watch the whole series via Amazon.
Dungeon Situational – Magical Implements - Dungeon Situational is a new series for Dungeons & Dragons players easily modified for other editions and roleplaying systems that feature ideas for DMs and players that can (hopefully) help you make your characters and your campaigns uniquely yours. Spells, creatures, trinkets, encounters, rewards, and obstacles of any and all sorts. For today, something I […]
Meetup.com – What Happened To You? - Those of you who have followed us for a while will be keenly aware of our love and usage of Meetup.com, a website which brings people together via very clever marketing. New groups get great emphasis and you can see all Meetups people have signed up to, giving much needed exposure for all groups. However, in December 2017, Meetup took an interesting turn in design and methodology.
Collectables: Boxed or Not? - A problem that every geek has had to face in their life is if they wish to keep their collectables boxed, or to do the unspeakable - unboxing it. This article will look at the merits of both sides, as well as my own personal opinions on both routes. Whether you’re a boxed collectible kind of person, or the sort to ravage the wrapping, this article will look at both sides in a positive light, whilst discussion reasons for both.
Top 10 Ranged Weapon Wielders - Rangers, Marksmen, Snipers, Pistol Wagglers, Rocket People and so many more! A Ranged Weapon Wielder is a dangerous, often hard to predict fighter who can take you out before you see them. This is a list of our Top 10 Ranged Weapon Wielders; There is a bit of a range here and we feel we […]
Japan Crate – January 2018: Attack on Titan Crate - I’ve been a fan of anime and manga for a rather long time, dating back to when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Now that I’m in my late 20’s, it’s fair to say I’ve been exposed to it for a rather long time. Sometimes though, an anime comes along which blows everything out of the water and not too long ago, that was Attack on Titan. The sheer number of Attack on Titan coats you see worn at conventions is staggering - and now, the Attack on Titan craze has come to our Japan Crates!
Board Game Literacy - We know how to “talk” computer games, the cultural explosion has led to a host of acronyms and words entering common parlance among video gaming circles on a day to day basis, a grounding for internet language as a whole. Most of us understand terms like FPS, TBS, MMORPG, freemium, and we know what “early […]
Storytelling: Creating a Monster - Monster is a word that is often left for the goliaths and the behemoths; a word that can incite fear in even the bravest of soul. But, whether or not you believe in monsters, in storytelling, a monster can be more than just a beast. It can be something very human indeed - and in fact, in this article, I’m going to look at a fantastic story being told in the realm of professional wrestling right now: Braun Strowman. Yes, there will be talk of wrestling, but we’ll focus this article on the storytelling aspect behind it. Trust me - There’s a lot we can learn here.
Shropshire Dungeon Master: Progress Report #1 - A few weeks after declaring myself “for hire” (wink) as a Dungeon Master, what exactly have I been up to? A New Campaign Most of my campaigns fall into one of two categories: they’re either there today and gone tomorrow, or they will go on for years, outliving the tolerance of the players therein. Time […]
Video Game Review: THOR.N - When I read the little bio snippet for THOR.N, a game which is currently free on the Humble Monthly Trove until the 2nd of February, I was immediately interested and looked forward to playing it. After less than thirty minutes, the experience was over! Marketing itself as a job simulator, I was thoroughly looking forward to giving this a blast. What did I make of the experience in what attested to the shortest job I've ever had? As this was a Humble Bundle Exclusive, I took to the game with hopes to find something truly different!
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