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GOVG – Video Game Night #7

DISCLAIMER: This is an ONLINE ONLY meetup.

Please do not message me asking where everyone is going to be for this meetup. This one takes place at your desk/sofa, on your PC/laptop. PC/laptop will be required, but if you wanna just chat, feel free to join us. We’re a fun and friendly bunch of geeks who are happy to chat about everything geeky!

Well folks, this is it. This is the last GeekOut Video Gamers you’ll see… For a whole month! In August, we won’t have a GOVG Video Game Night, because we’ll be busy with a convention and other such things. So, make the most of it this month! It doesn’t matter where you’re from, come play some video games with us!

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Kitacon Quest: 1 Month To Go

Kitacon is well on it’s way to coming round once again, so I sit here and think to myself ‘Damn, I really need to get on with my costumes’. Fortunately, I have been working on my cosplays (slowly), as I make my pieces in preparation for this year’s convention. But cosplay isn’t the only thing we’re all looking forward to. Here’s a look at what activities are on at the party convention of the summer.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 14th: VIDEO GAME HELPLINE

The problem with an addiction is that it’s hard to admit it – Although let’s be honest, if you’re addicted to video games then you’re probably doing alright! We once again got our behinds to the Old Market Tavern, where we met up for some food and drink, board games and video games, as well as comics and books and so much more. People were chatting all night long and we got a nice number of attendees once more. As always though, we’re here to show you what happened throughout the night and to give you a bit of insider knowledge about next months event. Interested in what we did? Read on!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 14th: VIDEO GAME HELPLINE

It’s that time of the month once again, when GeekOut Bristol takes to the streets… No we don’t. We get to the pub and we enjoy drinks, board games, video games, comics and books, stories, tech and so much more. But what do we have planned this month? What makes this one so special, that you really shouldn’t miss this event? As always, we’ll look at what’s coming up this Friday at our seriously cool GeekOut Bristol Meet.

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GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – June ’17

Behold the rising star of the Shrewsbury geek scene! And behold you, the beautiful people who make it a reality!

June marks the last of the four month trial period agreed with both the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse and Montgomery’s Tower but it is fairly safe to say that the end of the trial does not mean the end of GeekOut West Midlands. To mark the last of the introductory Meets I held the Big Geek Pub Quiz, an unapologetically brutal test of strange and esoteric geeky lore from literature, games, comics, television, films, anime and manga, and a miscellaneous section of the kind of weird things you get to know when you’re just this nerdy.

Without further ado, a gallery of this month’s highlights, but stay tuned to the end, there will be another quiz!

Coffeehouse Afternoon

At last I have beaten Murray at a game of Star Realms! Not that I’m dwelling on it at all.

I arrived overburdened with the usual variety of games made slightly damp by the inclement weather to find Murray reading his way through Scott Pilgrim.

Coffee, cake, dice and cards. It’s what you might define as business as normal but the looks on the faces of those who came and sat with us still looked a little confused. A quick round or two of Star Realms with Murray and we broke out the Magic decks moments before more faces started to appear. Fluxx and Great Scott before a round or two of Tsuro (#Tsuro), and finally a quick game of Bucket of Doom which shall not be spoken of here or ever again! Some things are better left unspoken.

Monty’s Tower – The Big Geek Pub Quiz

Returning to our corner in Monty’s Tower, and a hearty meal (and less than hearty pudding) to fuel the evening of gaming. We welcomed new members, dragged them into a few games – including more Tsuro, great game to introduce new people – and then at 8:00 we divided for the Big Geek Pub Quiz. Perhaps a slight rephrase as the quiz itself proved rather short, all over and done with in an hour once the tie had been broken; but by the standards set by my questions, one would have to have been a Big Geek to get even half of it right. Kudos to you all, there were only one or two questions that nobody answered correctly.

With a winning score of 9/24, The Humans drew level with Team: Team :) Fortress 2 forcing me into an unexpected tie-breaker situation! Congratulations to Ben, Matt, and Murray of Team: Fortress 2 for winning the disappointing prize which was made even more disappointing because I forgot to bring it. Enjoy your replacement non-disappointing vouchers.

July

As the trail period has come to a close there will be a few shifts in format as yet to be fully confirmed, but plans are afoot. Stay tuned to Facebook and MeetUp for more information on the next GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet on the 27th of July. Before you go, a couple of quick questions to you lovely geeky people:

 

If you have enjoyed it all so far, I look forward to seeing you soon. Remember that these Meets are made by geeks for geeks, and we want to know how to make it better for you. See you next month.


GOVG – Video Game Night #6

Guess who’s back? Back again? Yes, GeekOut Video Gamers are back – So tell a friend and come play some video games with us! So if you’re looking for something to do on Saturday 24th June, then come join us for some fun and games!

 


Yes, we’re known for playing a lot of games here in GeekOut. It doesn’t matter where you’re from for this, if you’d like to join us for a bunch of games (most of which are free to play), just jump onto Discord and come play with us. Feel free to join us before the night, as we’re a really friendly bunch!

Games schedule so far (This can change on the evening):
Brawlhalla:
18:00-19:00
Creativerse:
19:00-Whenever
Anything else: When Creativerse ends!

Possible games:
Team Fortress 2 (Mann vs Machine mode)
Brawlhalla
Creativerse
Path of Exile (Diablo-esque game)
Civilization V
Tabletop Simulator
Killing Floor
Minecraft
League of Legends
Castle Crashers
Transformice
Quiplash
Drawful 2
Worms W.M.D, Worms Reloaded, Worms Revolution

GOVG – Video Game Night #6

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017, 6:00 PM

Discord (GeekOut Video Gamers channel)
https://discordapp.com/invite/0115v9py6MC6y2TDC The Internet, GB

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Guess who’s back? Back again? Yes, GeekOut Video Gamers are back – So tell a friend and come play some video games with us! So if you’re looking for something to do on Saturday 24th June, then come join us for some fun and games!Yes, we’re known for playing a lot of games here in GeekOut. It doesn’t matter where you’re from for this, if you’d lik…

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Join us on Discord (https://discordapp.com/invite/0115v9py6MC6y2TDC) for a night of fun and games. We’ll arrange a game for people to download in advance that’ll be our main game for the night, so if you know of any really good free to play games, please let us know in the comments below.

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UKGE – The Best Bits (Part 2)

Moving on

RPGs

Chris covered some of the RPGs on show in his article last week but while he covered what was on the shop floor, I wandered the Hilton, who had mostly filled their rooms with tables equipped with DMs, GMs, Storytellers, and enough rulebooks, character sheets, dice and assorted other accoutrements to keep dozens – maybe hundreds – of people entertained all weekend. As someone who is obsessive over tabletop roleplaying it was amazing to see so many games going off at once, I mean just look at this:

Most of these photos may look like identical rooms, honestly it’s just the decor and layout. People were flooding into the sign up room, and I had to edge my way around the queue to get a photo inside.

Competitions and Tournaments

One of the NEC main halls was given over fully to competitions for the more popular games, on a national and international level. Wandering that hall I think I heard as much German, French and Polish cast around as English. There were games I expected, like the Magic tournament, the Pokemon tournament, I even fully expected to see people competing in the X-Wing miniatures skirmish game, but I wasn’t expecting to see Infinity or Dropzone.

Vikings

I already talked about what these guys got up to, here’s a few images from the guys over at the Living History Camp, and the time they went to war against a pillaging horde of small children:

Being Press

Yeah, the best part is just wondering around wherever we pleased (up to a point at least). This has only been my second occasion as a member of the press so I’m still never certain what I can and cannot get away with, but dammit if I’m getting all-access I’m going to work hard for it.

It was incredible wandering the hall before and after the horde joined us. The difference was simply astounding, the freedom to walk the floor reduced to swimming through a crowd; strange echoing silence turned to a cacophony of voiceless sound. These events are made by hard working people who put their livelihoods out on trestle tables to be judged, exhausted staff and volunteers fighting to keep every moment organised and controlled for the good of everyone involved, and by the people who keep coming back year after year to make it all worthwhile.

Here’s what we saw:

Pictures will be on Facebook soon enough, if you see yourself, tag yourself. In the mean time, so long UKGE, see you next year.


GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 10th: SCI-FI Gallery

Ah yes, once more we went back to the Old Market Tavern and we held our monthly GeekOut Bristol Meet. It was a quieter affair than usual, with approximately 50 people turning up for our event, however the event went off without a hitch. We had a rather good quiz and I got thoroughly out-geeked by the contestants! This is what went down at this months GeekOut Bristol Meet and information about July’s event!

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UKGE 2017: The Best Bits (Part 1)

This is our third straight day of coverage on UK Games Expo, I opened by talking about the entertainment, Chris discussed some of his favourite games, and we’re still a long way from done talking about it. We had a fun weekend. The greater part of my weekend was ambling around taking as much in as possible, not wanting to sit for too long for fear that I might not have time to see it all. Here are my impressions of the best bits: (more…)


UKGE 2017: Events and Entertainment

This weekend, Chris (catharsisjelly) and I were at the UK Games Expo. We had two incredible but very different experiences, while Chris went around doing what one should at a board games convention – playing board games with people in the industry, playtesting, and finding new games to add to his library – I was apparently preoccupied with wandering around and chatting to people and attending the events. Weird, right? It’s like going to an anime convention having hardly watched any anime…

I love my geeky events, and I think now I’ve seen both sides of the equation, from those that are very simply temporary shopping centres for those of a geeky inclination, all the way up to those that are wall to wall entertainment by the fans and for the fans. UKGE definitely strikes a balance of both, a great place to experience and buy those things you could only ever see on the internet before, as well as keeping up a decent timetable of discussions, Q&As, and performances from big names of the industry. Despite them becoming my main focus I never got to see it all, but here’s the short version: (more…)