GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 8th: Newbie’s Guide to Board Gaming - We play a lot of board games at our events... However, I've noticed that some attendees don't feel comfortable playing them. That's okay! For this month's event, we invite you to come and have a taster of different games.
Dungeon Situational – Three Constructs - Constructs are fairly unique in the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons (et al) in that they are exclusively built for a purpose. Guardians, spies, couriers, and mindless automata built and animated by craftsmen and mages to serve their private needs, or on the behest of influential patrons. Each of the constructs presented below is presented […]
There Is Much To Do - I really couldn't think about what to say today. Often, I'm met with days where I'm staring at a blank page. Today was one of those days. But don't worry, that doesn't mean we're quitting. There is much to do, after all. Tomorrow is the start of a new week - and with a new week comes new articles - Oh and the next GeekOut Bristol Meet details will be unveiled so... Yeah, there's something!
Top 10 – Our Favourite Levels - A more personal list than usual, this week, we’re celebrating the levels we love the most. The memorable moments, the challenging puzzles, the clever design, the beauty and drama. These are the moments in games that stuck with us the most. Maybe they’re not the best of all time, but we’re not historians, we’re here […]
Tech Review: Fitbit Charge 3 - Wearables are everywhere; whether it’s a wearable gaming device, or the latest in health tech. Fitbit is one of those companies who really helped make wearable health devices a major part of our lives. Last year, I was given my Fitbit Charge 3 for Christmas, which I have been wearing regularly for most of the year so far. The more I use it, the more I love it. From the pedometer, to the heart rate tracker, there are some excellent built-in tools. Here are my thoughts on the tech, as well as what more you can do with it.
Detective Pikachu – A Short Review - I have very little to say on this one. If you have seen the trailers of the film then I can tell you that you already have a solid grasp of the film’s tone and quality: it’s a kids film that gets dangerously close to being extremely adult, it does a wonderful job of bringing […]
Anime Review: Hinomaru Sumo - Whilst not the first anime based on the traditions of sumo, this one is fairly in-depth. The last sumo anime I watched was Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro, where a local bully gets humbled and wants to be a strong sumo wrestler, to impress his teacher who he loves. This anime is a huge step away […]
Dungeon Situational – The Ruin - Not all ruins are created equal, from fallen towers to crumbling keeps, haunted, twisted, and occupied by whatever monstrous squatters are passing, but they’re all bait for any adventurer fool enough to believe that just because the walls have fallen doesn’t mean the traps stopped working. Ruins are a staple dungeon for and D&D game, […]
MyFitnessPal: Tracking Workouts and Weight Loss - Apps that make my life easier are way up my street. For years, I've been using MyFitnessPal on and off, which whenever I use it, sees me lose a good chunk of weight. Whenever I get serious, I lose between 10lbs to a couple of stone using the app. Whatever your requirements are, whether you're looking to lose weight, or if you're looking to improve yourself, I can't recommend this app enough. However, rather than just tell you that I recommend it, here's what it does, what it can be used for and some of the other features.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 10th: To Be A Pokémon Master Gallery - Another event has now come and gone, as swiftly as a Pidgeot. Whenever a GeekOut Bristol Meet comes to a close, I like to reflect upon the events of the night. The competition, the prizes, the people and the conversations. Even the weather is worth mentioning from time to time, so in this month's gallery, here's a quick rundown of what happened, how the night went and most importantly, some information regarding our next event. Oh, of course, we also have a bunch of pictures to share with you lovely lot. As ever, this is our gallery of this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet.
Top 10 – Complex Protagonists - By way of varying circumstances, these characters are all uniquely complex. They are all the protagonists of their stories, letting you follow them and their journeys. They may not always fight for the right reasons, but this is precisely why we love them. They represent a mixed bag of philosophies, fighting styles, thought patterns and […]
Modding Games: How I Work On Mods - Many video games, especially PC based ones, allow you to modify them. You usually are given a restricted API to work with, allowing you to manipulate the game in specific ways. Normally, you can’t really break the game per se, but you can indeed mess up with mods. But when you make a killer mod, people worldwide can benefit from it. I found a niche issue in Elder Scrolls Online, which I am writing a mod for.
Game of Thrones – Basically Over - There’s still a couple of episodes left in the televisual titan’s total run, in that time it has met with international acclaim, made superstars out of its cast and creator George R.R. Martin, and has generally been the most talked about TV series of the decade, possibly the century so far… Breaking Bad is a solid contender, […]
Film Review – Shazam! - Too often have I gone to the cinema after being told a film was some form of transformative experience. Shazam! doesn’t want to be such an experience. Instead, Shazam! stands on its own feet, introducing a humorous cast to the DC Cinematic Universe. Whether you’re a fan of DC as a whole or not, this is a film that you should consider checking out. Here’s our full review of the hero of pure heart.
Dungeon Situational – 10 Mounts - There are so many more interesting ways to charge into battle than on the back of a horse… or at least in a fantasy setting there are a lot more choices, gigantic riding lizards are no longer available and we are running out of most of the other interesting large animals (seriously we need to […]
Cartoon Network Shows I Grew Up With - Cartoon Network was a staple of British childrens television in the 90's and early 00's. Founded in 1994, Cartoon Network quickly became the go-to channel for all cool kids shows, with the only real rival being Nickelodeon. YouTube wasn't around, Google was still a small idea, with search engines like AskJeeves and even Yahoo! being relatively comparible. As such, as a 90's kid in the UK, you typically didn't have a lot of channels to choose from, but rather just a few main ones. Growing up, a lot of the cartoons I loved the most were airred on Cartoon Network. These are four of my favourites which, if you've not seen, you absolutely must.
THAT Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer - In 2019, we should be getting a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. In principle, this is a good thing. The blue blazer has been part of video game history since the early 90’s. However when Paramount got ahold of Sonic, you’d have thought it’d have translated fairly easily. There’s an already well established cast, a simple but fun protagonist and lots of reference artwork… But yet, it still went wrong, didn’t it?
Top 10 Tentacled Beings - Squids! Octopi! Aliens! What do all of these things have in common? That’s right, tentacles. Okay, aliens maybe not always, but the rest are definitely tentacled. Whether or not you’re going to have a biological tentacle, or a mechanical one, these appendages are long, limber and part of many people’s fantasies. You know what I’m talking about. Anyway, here’s our Top 10 Tentacled Beings.
Let’s Talk About Mobile Game Adverts… - Mobile game adverts have been really hacking me off recently. Why? Because they don’t represent what they’re actually selling. There has been an exceptional rise in untruthful ads in a bid to make their games look better than what they are. I drew the line on this matter a few days ago, when I came […]
Not Reviewing Endgame - It took me a month… a whole month to get through Infinity War. Seriously, here are the articles: Spoiler-Free Study – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 1/4 Super Team Ups – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 2/4 A Darkness Falls – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 3/4 A Generation In Cinema – […]
10 Years of Kickstarter – Fun Facts & My Personal Stats - Last night, I think many of us received an email that said it was Kickstarter’s birthday. An amazing accomplishment to say the least, Kickstarter has helped so many projects come to life - and also seen plenty of failed projects too. Labours of love have been showcased, as well as plenty of ideas that were just too ambitious. Either way, we love Kickstarter and all of the wonderful ideas it hosts.
Dungeon Situational – Owlbear Encounters - Hoooo doesn’t love owlbears? They’re fuzzy balls of fluff topped with the best spiky bits from nature, but how to best use them without just dumping them into a random forest encounter? This week’s Dungeon Situational I offer up a few different ways to use these adorable hybrid beasties that may give you some ideas […]
Professional Writing Update 1: Entered A Short Story Competition - At the start of the month, I mentioned that I was going to get into professional writing and blogging. This month, I've taken my first steps towards that goal. I've gotten myself a new blog, where I talk about writing. I also have taken the plunge, written a short story and entered it to a short story competition. All in all, it's been a busy month, but not as busy as I was hoping I would have made myself. Still, a start is better than no start, right? Read on to see what I've been up to.
GeekOut Shrewsbury April ’19 – GeekOut Infinity - Pre-Meet With sincere apologies to the Boiler Room, given the short space of time I had to arrange this month’s GeekOut there was not enough time to forewarn you of our approach, but thank you for taking us on, and for the bacon sandwich, it was delicious. Chess, as it turns out, was an excellent […]
Top 10 Disgusting Foods - Film, TV, video games and literature all have something in common: Characters. Sometimes, these characters like to have a good feast, or a banquet. Sometimes, these characters eat, make or prepare absolutely revolting food. We’ve all seen terrible food before, but in today’s Top 10 list, we’re going to be serving up 10 of the most disgusting foods we’ve ever experienced.
BARPIG – The Adventure Party Game - We are preparing ourselves to attend UKGE again this year and believe it or not, I still have not had the time to review one of the games we were given last year. BARPIG is a competitive card-based party game with social group activities, and some elements where you can mess with other players.
NSGRC and Insomnia – TSDM X - What a month April has been. Today is April’s GeekOut Shrewsbury and sadly it will have to be a fairly tame affair compared to former events because between this and the last, I have been at two separate national events, long weekends in hotels carrying heavy books and masses of paperwork in the name of […]
Bray Wyatt’s New Character Is A Breath of Fresh Air - From a cult-leader to a children's TV presenter, the character of Bray Wyatt gets weirder and weirder... And I love it. Here's why:
Dungeon Situational – A Faction - A mad month of events is almost over for me, so this should be the last late article for a little while… should be. Within every nation, powerful factions rise to serve a singular purpose. Military, academic, economic, and philosophical affiliations cause people to draw together, to organise, and to work together in pursuit of […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 10th: To Be A Pokémon Master - You wanna be the very best like no one ever was? Yeah well, you've got some stiff competition, as this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet is celebrating the world of Pokémon. Will you catch 'em all?
Easter Egg Hunt: My Favourite Video Game Easter Egg - Easter eggs are a huge part of video games. Some games do so much with their Easter eggs, it's hard to not be impressed that it's not a separate part of the game - It's an explanation. From some games having giant heads, through to little tidbits of information you'd not find any other way, it's no surprise that Easter eggs are so much fun. Video games over the years have found so many ways to hide these little events, as well as cleverly hinting at their existence. Some games thrive off the Easer eggs, some of them hide them as well as they can. Today, I'd like to share my favourite video game Easter egg.
Top 10 Fictional Languages - We here at GeekOut South-West like to use words. We like to write words down and share words with you. Sometimes other geeks like to share words that don’t even exist - Not until they’ve put them down. There are plenty of made up languages out there which are awesome to listen to, or are downright ridiculous. This week, we’re going to check out our Top 10 Fictional Languages.
4 Video Game Songs That Defined My Childhood - Video games have helped define generations of kids and young adults. From the early 1970's with the Magnavox Odyssey, through to current day PC and PlayStation titles, video games have been a part of home entertainment for nearly 50 years. In that time, we've seen plenty of great titles and plenty of terrible ones. There have been a share of controversies, amazing stories and more. To say video games are not amazing is to put down the work of thousands of people globally. That's why today, I wanted to look back at some games and get all nostalgic at their amazing soundtracks. At the end of today's article, I'd encourage all of you to share your favourite video game songs with us.
CGI Nostalgia - We all remember ReBoot, right? Early CGI cartoon that brought to life the inner workings of computers and the anthropomorphic data living within, excellent story, great characters and villains… I mean, it was kind of trashy, but for a kids show in the mid 90’s it was good stuff, and ran until 2001. And let […]
The Old Hellfire Club – Kickstarter - It's been nearly a year since Christ had first heard of and played The Old Hellfire Club. We are very pleased to announce that they are now live on Kickstarter. Here is why you should now go and check it out and back their campaign.
Dungeon Situational – Powerful Spell Components - I’m not much of a “Spell Component” guy, at least not material components, but the visual effect of one fusing chemicals in one’s bear hands to create fire or toxin, or vial of consecrated soil that shatters and causes the undead to flee before you, it’s all very stunning, I just find it a nuisance […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 14th: Superhero Assembly - The superheroes and supervillains of Bristol came together in a mighty menagerie, proving case in point that they were the best ensemble of all. They came in, they grabbed plenty of drinks and then they entered themselves in a competition of superheroics, where now we know whose image will leave a lasting impression. But how did the event itself go, what do we have planned for next month and where oh where did we go to eat before the meet? As ever, today we're checking out this past weekend's GeekOut Bristol Meet!
Why Professional Wrestling Is Now A Geek Subject - Since the decline of the Attitude Era, WWE, the largest wrestling promotion, has undergone rapid change. From a change in wrestlers and the presentation, to the audience themselves. I’ve written on numerous occasions about pay-per-views, such as this past weekend’s Wrestlemania and NXT TakeOver. Today, I’d like to chat about why pro wrestling is actually a geek topic. Hopefully, this’ll explain why you see so many wrestlers at Comic Cons!
Top 10 Frogs - Humans have been telling stories for a long time. One of the most popular stories passed down through the ages, is about the frog who was a prince. They say that a princess kissed the frog, which lifted the curse from the prince. Well, they say you’ve got to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince, but today we’re not looking for a prince. We’re looking for the best frogs in all of pop culture, in this week’s Top 10 Frogs.
Mobile Game Review: Homescapes - You know when you see an advert enough times, you eventually just have to cave in? This is one of those times, where I’ve seen an advert for this Homescapes game on so many occasions and I’ve never actually even downloaded it. Indeed, I wouldn’t normally review a game like this - It’s one of those match three or more puzzle games, but it has a few extra elements worth mentioning.
How The War Will Change Planeswalkers - Have any of you been watching the revealed cards in War of the Spark, the next Magic: the Gathering set to be released and it is heavy on the narrative value. Nicol Bolas, dragon, planeswalker, pharaoh, and one of the big three ultra-villains, has assembled an army, tinkered with fate, and installed himself as the ultimate […]
Geek Travels: Glasgow - I've only ever been to Glasgow for work and even then I only stayed one night, where I spent that night in a pub with my work colleagues and we got very, very drunk. But what I do remember about Glasgow is that it's a city with an interesting history, with lots of character. I recently revisited the city and to say that the it has changed is a bit of an understatement. Whilst wandering the streets, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Glasgow has a booming geek culture and wanted to share it with you.
Dungeon Situational – A Unique Tavern - So I have been playing a lot of D&D lately… I mean a lot of D&D, so it’s time to resurrect my idea-spitting series Dungeon Situational, where I drop a bunch of thoughts on screen in the hope that someone, somewhere can use them, or at least warp them into something useful. This week I […]
I’m Becoming a Blogger For Hire - I'm Now a Blogger For Hire - At least, that's what I want to say. For now, I'm a Blogger For Hire, who wants to share what he's trying to do and why:
Thoughts on NXT TakeOver: New York - NXT TakeOver is the biggest show for the developmental branch of WWE. It's known as one of the most exciting brands in all professional wrestling and it's a crying shame that every show isn't quite up to the callibre of NXT, however then we would be spoilt for choice. This past Friday night, NXT TakeOver put out an incredible show, which is just what the exciting brand keeps on giving. With five titles up for grabs, there was a buzz about this show and the results of the show were, largely, quite exciting. So, since I mentioned on Friday that this weekend is WrestleMania weekend, here's a quick summary of NXT TakeOver: New York, as well as my thoughts about the results.
Top 10 Politically Charged Stories - Political deception and intrigue is something that’s fascinated us for years, so when a story comes along that makes politics interesting, we take note. Whilst the world is incredibly uncertain at the moment, what with all of the politics happening around the place, let’s take a step away from the real world. Read about the turmoil caused by politicians in various stories, as we check out our Top 10 Politically Charged Stories.
Wrestlemania 35 Weekend Is Here - Professional wrestling is often considered to be an art. Other times, it's just really funny. They sometimes try to touch upon some serious issues, or they decide to go completely off the rails and just have fun. No matter what though, wrestling is entertaining and I love it to bits. Every year, I end up writing something to do with wrestling and today is no different. On the build to Wrestlemania 35, here are the stories that have captivated me the most, as well as the two which have sort of left me wondering why it's being done.
Three RP Systems In Two Weeks - I’m on something of a mission to break out of my own habits, and the biggest one by far is Dungeons & Dragons, I’ve been role-playing for eleven and a half years and I’ve branched out into… one other role playing game ever, Pokethulhu. I mean, including Pathfinder I’ve played a total of four different […]
Mobile Game Review – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - Pocket Camp incorporates cute gameplay, coupled with a “collect them all” style system. If you’ve ever played a previous Animal Crossing game, then this one is a similar premise, albeit in a much more compact space. But for those of you who’ve never had the pleasure of playing one of the games in the series, here we are to show you how it looks, feels and what you actually do in Pocket Camp.
Rick & Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons - Funny how something labelled as a “versus” really shows great coordination between both sides. That’s basically the whole story here, if you like Dungeons & Dragons & Rick & Morty… then it’s a good comic, as one would expect from a story penned by Patrick Rothfuss, fantasy author and famed D&D player with the PAX […]
Download Now: The GeekOut AttendMe App - Have you ever wanted to attend a Meetup, but didn't know how to get involved? Want to try a attending an event, before committing your time outside of your increasingly busy schedule? Do you want to run a meetup, but don't want to get too far outside of your comfort zone? Then look no further. We here at GeekOut Media have been working behind the scenes to ensure a better future for meetups and events worldwide.
GeekOut Shrewsbury March ’19 – Vidya Games - The so-called video game heavy event ended up being notably video game light… didn’t stop a record turnout or a fun time being had by all. Sidenote, two years of GeekOut Shrewsbury, not as cool as the first anniversary, but Murray still gave it a birthday badge. Pre-Meet Murray – a month or two ago […]
Top 10 – Inspiring Fictional Mothers - Motherly figures are amazing when they’ve been portrayed correctly. The matriarch of the family can be strong-willed, strong in general or sometimes just mentally in-tune to their children’s needs. As tomorrow is Mother’s Day, today is the perfect day for us to take a look at some of the amazing mothers in film, tv, video […]
Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Prologue and 25th Anniversary - As many of you know, I'm sure, that Elder Scrolls Online announced a new expansion for the MMO. If you're a long-time fan of The Elder Scrolls, then this might be the right time to come and join the online title. For the first time ever, we're about to see the homeland of the Khajiit, Elsweyr - And I couldn't be any more excited. Then, they decided to tell us a bit about the story behind Elsweyr... And they mentioned we'll be fighting something big. Next, they released the prologue in game, which you can play right now and hoo boy, was it ever a treat? Check this out...
Mask of Mayhem – Borderlands Trailer Deep-Dive - Well I was going to review the Rick and Morty D&D crossover comic today… even asked for it back off the guy who borrowed it. Sorry Alan, blame 2k and Gearbox for dropping a bombshell on one of the other things I go nuts for: Let’s get into this. We’re opening on guns, gears and […]
European Parliament Passes Article 13 - Yesterday (26th March 2019), Article 13 was passed by the European Parliament. A while back, we wrote an article that I think many of you would have agreed with (or at least seemed to agree with at the time). Unfortunately, it appears that our battle for Article 13 to be denied has been, temporarily in vein. Whilst we can only speculate what this means for the future, here are some of the facts that we know of so far.
Review – The Magic Circle - A parody of gaming auteurs, The Magic Circle presents itself as an incomplete game that you are playing while it is under construction, right down to the hovering cameras of the admins floating around openly discussing the development process. A black and white fantasy world filled with monsters and wonders, and placeholder objects, unrendered models, […]
Anime Review: The Promised Neverland - Psychological horror that will chill you to the core, The Promised Neverland is simply a tale that will have you both captivated and horrified. With a likable cast, an excellent OST and a dark premise behind it, this will be one of 2019’s best anime, but it will likely go along relatively unheard of due to the genre. Nevertheless, I decided to check out The Promised Neverland, as the idea behind it caught my attention at the start of the year.
Warhammer 40,000: Meet The Races - Warhammer 40,000 is a tabletop miniature wargame, created by Rick Priestley and produced en masse by Games Workshop. The game is essentially the sci-fi version of the Fantasy game, Warhammer. If you were ever to walk into a Games Workshop store, you can be sure that you’d be taken in by all of the craft, all of the skill and indeed all of the amazing paints. But what race would you pick? Here is a brief summary of each of the races.
Top 10 Terrifying Tech - Technology is marvelous, isn’t it? From the powers of the internet, through to robotics like Asimo, tech has changed our lives. However, in the real world and in fictional works, some technology isn’t used for the betterment of mankind, but rather to further an agenda. Look even further and you see that sometimes the well-intended is outright terrifying. Here are our Top 10 examples of terrifying tech.
Old Viral Videos (That Still Make Me Laugh) - Memes used to not be called memes - Rather they were called Viral Videos. These were hugely successful videos which, during the earlier days of the internet, usually only took off because they were universally funny. It feels like these days anything can be a meme. "Oh that meme is self aware haha", people will say as they look at an image someone put together, specifically mocking something their little group of 100 people likes to mock. Very good, folk, very good. Now move aside whippersnappers, here are some classic viral videos - Which of these do you know?
Dear Dungeon Master – MarySue - “Slightly fatigued with Mary-Sues” of Liverpool writes: Whenever I start up a game, or try to join an RP online (Star Trek or otherwise), almost every other player seems to want to break the boundaries of class or race to make their character ‘the exception to the rule’. I don’t mean multiclassing (which of course […]
Raspberry Pi Projects - I have in my possession two Raspberry Pi's. The first one is the one we take to GeekOut Bristol Meets, which has a bunch of retro games on it. I've got a bunch of controllers for it, where it acts as our sort of mini retro arcade. Great. But my other Raspberry Pi I've not really done much with for a while. Originally, I was going to have it as a sort of "task manager", where you press a tick button to say you've done the task. However, I never got around to it. Now I keep looking at it and I'm thinking of doing something else with it. Here's a couple of projects I'm considering for my Pi - So hopefully you'll get some ideas what to do with yours!
Doom Annihilation – A Most Ominous Trailer - Remember how I was pretty vocally optimistic about the future of video games and film. Remember how I thought Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed had some major positive points that made me feel like there might be hope? What I didn’t tell you is that I actually quite enjoyed the new Tomb Raider film, thought it […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 13th: Superhero Assembly - 18+ EventNever fear, for GeekOut Bristol Meet is here! We're back with action-packed superhero antics. If you're a fan of Marvel, DC, Independents, or hey even superhero anime/manga, then you're catered for here! Oh and if you're not a big superhero fan, don't worry, we're still all about the games!
On Kickstarter: Offensive Adult Party Game - In many ways more than one, the name of the game sort of tells you everything you think you need to know about it. This game is Offensive Adult Party Game, which is a mock of all of those offensive adult party games you've seen. You know the ones - They even took the image of one. Now, there's not a massive amount to say about this campaign, but all you need to know is that it's already earned enough to be funded, so there's something. If you're a fan of parody-esque Kickstarter products, then read on.
Top 10 Hard to Describe Skills (that we will describe) - You know, I can’t quite place my finger on it. I mean, I know what it looks like, but what is it exactly? Well, I mean, it’s like that time when you umm… No wait, it’s like that thing that uhh… … Wow, this Top 10 are full of skills that are really quite hard […]
Unique Builds: When Playing A Game Becomes Playing The Game - I'm such a sucker for strange, unique builds in video games that I thought it'd be fun to chat about it. If you don't know what I mean by making a unique build, or even what making a build is, then think of it like this: Each character has a preferential way to be played. A warrior wouldn't spec in wisdom, in Dungeons & Dragons terms, not normally anyway. So when I get given the opportunity to go a little bit maverick, I really enjoy doing so. From creating completely custom classes, through to mix and matching armour sets to have strange effects, I love unique builds - And here's why.
Welcome to Meadsbridge – A D&D Sandbox - Gigantic eagles circle the bay, plucking seagulls clean from the sky, as the gangplank is run out from the Merchant Knave. You push your way past the rushing deckhands down to the complex network of piers and jetties stretching out from below the bluff, that spirals up to the height of the city. As you […]
Energy: Slowing Games Unnecessarily - Have you ever been bored and downloaded a random game, be it from the App Store or Google Play? I do this a lot. At the moment, I'm playing a daft game where you summon all the chickens, akin to the little girl who wants you to look at all of them. I'm also playing some castle defense game, where I just summon as many monsters as I physically can to take down the enemy. As such, I'm pretty set in that I have games to play - And I find them amusing. Sometimes though, I yearn for a new game... And I love strategy, puzzles and more. It's also here I find the most deadly sin of all; energy systems.
Review – Captain Marvel - The release of Captain Marvel marks the last step to End Game and the first female lead across twenty two MCU films, a milestone that has been long awaited, and there was general consensus that she was a solid choice. Most of the good options from Marvel’s roster of female characters are either X-Men (or […]
Projectors: What you need to know before you buy - Projectors are fantastic; if you have a Raspberry Pi, or if you have a laptop, a tablet - Whatever it is, you may want to project it. We used to use a projector at the GeekOut Bristol Meets, which we would project a game onto a wall (usually an ill-suited wall at that). However, the projector we had was terrible if your game had words to pay attention to. We certainly couldn’t watch a film off it - So what went wrong and what do you need to know before you buy a projector?
GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 8th: Mash The Keypad Gallery - The attendees of Bristol came and played their hearts out, in a competition that had two major prizes. Cash, physical prizes and pride was on the line, as not three, but four attendees walked away with a gift worth talking about. The retro games took their toll on people, as they were as hard as we remembered them. As another event is now behind us, it's time for our monthly look back at what happened. As ever, we'll look at the numbers that made up our event, as well as the competition, the prizes and more.
Top 10 – Fan Created Products - You may be wondering how much content genuinely has been made by fans that we wanted to make a list about and the truth is – There’s a lot. We could get specific by saying best “fanart”, or best “fanfic”, or even best “fan made game”… But the truth is, there’s a lot of great […]
Stealth Gaming - I may have mentioned in the past (repeatedly) that I have no intention of streaming myself playing games because I would be all kinds of boring. I am patient, thorough, I double back, take very precaution, and repeat myself over and over until I feel like I’ve done something right. It makes the collection of […]
Kickstarter Highlight: Throw Throw Burrito - Ever wondered what it would be like to mix a civil game of cards with dodgeball mechanics? Neither had I before, but now I’ve been shown the light. Thanks to the creator’s of Exploding Kittens and Bears vs Babies, The Oatmeal, I now want to know how to dip, dodge, duck, dive and dodge through a card game. Introducing their latest delightful family-friendly game, Throw Throw Burrito.
Kickstart Highlight – Critical Role: The Legends of Vox Machina - Ok, we started Kickstarter Highlights to shine a light on smaller or lesser known projects that we wanted to see shine, or managed by people we love, but occasionally we like to talk about projects that we love that really don’t need the help. Case in point, Critical Role, the series that broke MCM London, […]
Organising A Meetup: A Purpose For Your Group - I recently started to talk about the concept of running meetups for yourself; having a common purpose, a common idea or even just an excuse to get some people out of the house. All in all, running a Meetup is an enormous undertaking with huge benefits, whether it be one under the Meetup.com banner, or an event that you're just putting together. I've done some of these articles in the past, but every now and then I still recieve emails and notifications through various places. I sometimes get asked if someone can run an event for me, when they have no experience. I sometimes get asked if they can take over my event (...). Anyway, this is how to run a meetup and how purpose matters.
GeekOut Shrewsbury February ’19 – Meme Your Own Adventure - I’ll be honest with you, I lost count of people some time around three o’clock, did anyone count much past that? We were busy, so many new people came, and left with smiles and assurances that we have not seen the last of them, and so many old hands, we are rapidly reaching that promised day […]
Top 10 – Company Blunders - Ever feel like a company has to put on a brave face? You bet that it happens to every company at some point in their lives. Hey, we’ve made mistakes on this here site, definitely including a number of typos (sorry!) Nevermind, we’re here to embrace, or perhaps shun the top examples we can think […]
Pokemon Sword & Shield: Gen 8 Is Coming - Well Nintendo Direct has done it again, it’s announced another blockbuster title, making the Nintendo Switch look ever sweeter. This time around, for the first time, you’ll be able to get a main series Pokemon title on your TVs, thanks to the power of the portable machine. There are numerous great things about Gen 8 and numerous questionable aspects, so here’s all that everyone knows so far (and indeed, my take on it all).
Skip – The Art of the Five Second Advert - Advertisers today have an incredibly difficult new premise to abide by: Grab my attention in five seconds. Advertising remains a necessary evil, it keeps alive those forms of media that have no other practical means of gathering revenue, but we – the consumers, the YouTube watching generation – still find it to be annoying, intrusive, […]
Please Read The Patch Notes - You know, I've sat here contemplating how to word this one, but the truth is that there's only one way to word it. People really need to read the patch notes for games, or anything else. This rule doesn't apply just to games either; sometimes a company will put our a major announcement, but then people will still be surprised when said announcement, whatever it may be, comes into effect. The truth is that people don't spend enough time sitting back, trying to digest the information they're given. This is, I guess, partly due to the immediate nature of the internet - and also partly due to overall laziness.
Review – Alita: Battle Angel - Slowly but surely we are seeing those creators who grew up on anime and manga break into the industry and bring some of their favourite pieces to a more receptive audience. Robert Rodriguez has always worn his geeky side with pride, and his directing credits swing wildly between the more mature content and the kid’s […]
Our Vision Going Forward - GeekOut South-West has been going for five and a half years; soak that in for a moment. We’ve been around long enough to see groups, events, website all come and go. We’ve been around long enough to reach a point where we’re established, some people call us reliable and we often get plenty of conversation […]
GameBlast19: We Smashed Our Target - Yesterday, Later Levels' Kim and Pete were up from 8am until 8am the following day, all in the name of charity. We mentioned before that we planned on joining them, which is exactly what both Jake and I did. We stayed up for the long haul, we had two targets to meet and achieve and we smashed both of them. Would we manage to get a character from level 0-50? Would we also manage to get our donation goal? It was a long night for us, but I'm pleased to say we managed everything we set out to do - and I couldn't be more proud.
Top 10 – Water-Wielding Characters - By Poseidon’s beard, it’s time for another Top 10 and this week, we’re going to be diving deep into the world of water. These picks are all going to make a splash, as we are going to be analysing what we consider to be the best of the best Water-Wielding Characters. These individuals have command […]
GameBlast19: What To Expect on Saturday 23rd February 2019 - Another year has passed us by and GameBlast is upon us again. Our friends Kim and Pete over at Later Levels are hard at work preparing a massive stream filled with a variety of games for a whopping 24-hour game fest. I’m always spurred on by these kinds of initiatives, so naturally I wanted to help out in any way I could. Now that GameBlast is tomorrow, we’ve arranged how we fit into all of this!
“Watch Later” – Where Good Intentions Go To Die - File “Watch Later” in the same place as all of the books you bought and intend to read, and all the unplayed games in your Steam library, all of those Magic decks you’ve been meaning to build, and all of your unpainted miniatures yes I’m calling you out. I’m calling you all out! And I don’t […]
Lasers and Liches – Kickstarter - This article has a weird back story so bear with me! I was just relaxing one evening and looking through my notifications and noticed I had a new follower on Twitter. Now I usually am quite curious about people who follow me on Twitter. I wonder if they don't know me personally then I wonder which bit of random content bought them to me. So I begin to head down the so-called rabbit hole which led me to somewhere rather interesting.
Three Netflix Reviews - I have been quite unwell, and with all the time spent glaring at a screen from behind my diseased haze I have consumed quite a lot of the newer releases on Netflix. Rather than draw out reviewing each of the more interesting titles until past the point where anyone is interested, here’s a trio of […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – March 8th: Mash the Keypad - Gamers rejoice, as we're coming back to the Old Market Tavern with another video-game filled event. It's been a while since we had a big session, but now it's time to put on your gamers gauntlet, as we celebrate video games in all of its glory.
Hosting Your Own Social Event – Venue Considerations - Alright, so I don’t really get to chat much about what it means to host events, as well as the thought process behind it. When I started up GeekOut South-West at the tail-end of 2013, I had no idea how many venues would actually be asking me to take our business to them. Now in 2019, we’ve been at the same venue for a number of years now (since 2015, would you believe?) But what do you need to think about when hosting your own social event?
Top 10 Annoying Mechanics - Have you ever picked up a game and just gotten utterly frustrated at it? I know we have, but many of us are subjected to these annoying mechanics and we just put up with it. Have no fear, you’re not alone in getting angry, or outright flabbergasted as to why developers would leave these in. You chose this, so don’t get angry at us if we feature the most annoying mechanic to you, because we’re here to educate everyone about what games do in this week’s Top 10.
The Evolution of Pikachu - Pokemon was first introduced to the world in 1996 in Japan, which became a massive phenomenon both in Japan and internationally. From various video games, to anime and even spin-offs, the franchise has grown from strength to strength - But the same mascot has keep the series recognisable worldwide… And today, we’re going to look at Pikachu’s evolution. We’re not talking about Raichu, nor the baby Pichu, but rather how Pikachu has evolved over the years.
Minesweeper Adventure Mode - So, did you guys know that Minesweeper has an adventure mode? I think I play Minesweeper the same way normal people play sudoku, although I still play sudoku from time to time. It’s a quick, mostly logic-based puzzle solver that requires next to no thought to play, especially once you know roughly what patterns to […]
On Writing a Wizard – A Discussion On The Word - I’ve alluded to the fact that I’m not a professional writer, unless you count blogging. However, over the years I’ve discovered that my favourite style is high fantasy, in which I’ve gotten through dozens upon dozens of books. One thing that has been interesting to me in literature, films and even video games, is how the portrayal of wizards have been changed over the years, to where they’re not what they used to be - Or at least to my understanding. Today, I thought I’d discuss the term wizard and what it means to me, as well as the classical meaning of the term.
Eberron in 5th Edition - I could never decide whether I liked how 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons handled it’s classic campaign settings. On one hand I liked that everything was left sufficiently open and multi-purpose that it could be applied to any setting and modified to suit most fantasy-plus genres, and we get the occasional allusion to how these […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 9th: Stay A While, Story-Teller - Whilst the skies above decided to put a dampener on the day, those of us who braved the elements had a night of fun and games at the Old Market Tavern. We went for a great pre-meetup over at Wagamama's in Cabot, before heading down to our friends in the Old Market Tavern, for plenty of board games and a night of writing. Whilst it was another fun event, people were pretty excited about an announcement I made about one of the prizes for next month's competition, which is going to be a pretty big competition to get through.