October’s GeekOut Shrewsbury is in only a week, and after eight months I think we are – as a group – settling into a pleasant routine that’s broadly enjoyable. A competition one month, a pub quiz the next, board games to keep us going, food, drink, and light heartedness. We average somewhere between twelve and twenty people, a mixture of regulars and new faces, enough to keep multiple games going and to leave people room to move around and socialise as they please.
So this month, it’s time to shake things up a little.
I’m asking more of my group this month than ever before. This is pub quiz month, and each month I’ll be trying to add a little more to each quiz, or at least something different, building from just a list of trivia questions that some may have considered rather cruel, a picture round added in August, keep an eye out for what’s coming this month.
Additionally I’m encouraging everyone to show up in costume, and (unbeknownst to them) the prize for the best competition is better by far than those offered to the winning quiz team. Here’s your first clue to my costume, find others hidden around this article:
October the 26th is promising to be one of the more interesting GeekOut’s ever, there are a handful of ideas I’ll be throwing in this month that I have not alluded to on Facebook or Meetup. If you can’t get there, keep your eyes on GeekOut for the catch-up articles we publish on our events every month.
November and December will be busy months, but we’ll battle on to make GeekOut bigger and better, concluding the year with a GeekOut Christmas party, but as the Shrewsbury Meet should fall on the 28th, I want to talk to you – the attendees who are the lifeblood of the event – to find out how and when to run the Meet to suit you, as well as working closely with our venue, Monty’s Tower who have been friendly, encouraging, and even enthusiastic in making the Shrewsbury Meets as good as they could possibly be.
See this projector?
Oh, how I yearn to use this projector for running computer-game oriented competitions, or just to get some different games running. I’m quite aware than not everyone wants to play board games, some of us want to get their hands on mouse and keyboard, a joystick, or a controller. My attempts at connecting my tablet have thus far been fruitless, but technology is bountiful, and there are gears turning that will make it possible for new competitions.
On the subject, I’m idly toying with ideas for upcoming competitions, but as a role-player and a writer I’m naturally orienting toward design based competitions, such as the Pokethulhu designs and the character creation. While they’ve yielded some fantastic content (and I love watching you guys work), it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a little diversity here and there.
Still, it’s you – always you – who we create these events for, in Shrewsbury and in Bristol, and it is your feedback that we thrive upon for making every event better than ever. So this month I have one question and one question only.
With the means to bringing computer games to GeekOut Shrewsbury on the horizon, what games would you like to multiplayer first?
Later on today you’ll see the poll open up to choose a venue for the pre-meet venue for October 26th. I’ll see you there.
Blah! We vant to suck your blood– Oh dear, that’s the worst vampire cliche ever.
We came, we saw, we drank and we dined. GeekOut Bristol Meet was as loud as ever, seemingly slightly busier than usual and with a competition that really seemed to gnaw at everybodies necks. So whilst we were being so merry, time went by so quickly as we had games on the go, people discussing everything, including a rather deep conversation about life in the conservatory. Deep stuff, guys.
Despite the start of a new university year, the GeekOut crowd has proven harder to diminish. Oh sure, we’ve lost a few regulars along the way, I’m sure they’ll come back when they are able, but with an early season cold starting I was glad of the quieter meet this month.
Palmers was a quiet pleasure, a busier start to GeekOut than I’m used to where the pre-2 o’clock crowd rarely amounts to more than two or three. It was a crowd of five that wandered over the car-park to Monty’s. Kudos to the lady who complimented us for openly playing a more traditional game and enjoyed a short discussion on how the Shrewsbury Geek scene has gotten bigger and more sociable of recent years, and thanks to the gentleman behind the counter who told us about their board game night on the first Thursday of every month… we knew already, but thanks. (more…)
Blah! I want to suck your blood! Don’t read into that too much; I don’t really. But this month, we’re celebrating All Hallow’s Eve!
So if you’re a ghost, or a ghoul, it’s time to get dressed up in your best horror outfit! Come and give us quite the fright as we prepare for another excellent GeekOut Bristol Meet.
We’ve got the games. We’ve got the books and comics. We’ve got the venue.
We just need you!
NOTE: If you’re fortunate enough to have youthful looks, then please bring your ID. If you’re asked by bar staff to provide ID, you must show it.
We will not say you’re with us if you’ve been caught without your ID.
FOODIE PRE-MEET 12:00-13:45 (Poll Pending):
That’s right, we at GeekOut South-West believe in having a good nomming session before we start the night off of fun, games, drinks and great company!
Want to join us for some food and drink before we head over to the Old Market Tavern at 2pm? Great! We’ll be launching our food poll on Wednesday 27th at 12:00.
MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)
Spooky! We’re in the season where the dead come back to life and the young get dressed up, cementing their futures as little cosplayers. Or just people obsessed with eating lots of sweets.
So come along for a Monster Mash, as it’ll be a Graveyard Smash – This is our early Halloween-styled meetup! Oh! Special mention to the Old Market Tavern this month, who will be providing us with some special GeekOut Bristol Meet exclusive cocktails!
Food & drink can NOT be brought in with you to the Old Market Tavern. If you are caught with food and drink on the premises, you will be asked to leave until you’ve disposed of your food or drink.
There will be a food menu at Old Market Tavern in the evening! The food is very cheap and it’s absolutely delicious! Trust me, I’ve eaten there enough times… But regulars of the event are also fans of the food there! The food is home made as well, so it’s simply scrummy! Food is usually available from 5pm.
BOARD GAMES (& a dash of video games)
As always, we’ll have a large selection of board games available, so please do check out what we have:
– Bears vs Babies
– Bucket of Doom
– Cards Against Humanity (UK Edition + Expansions 1, 2 and 3)
– Cash n Guns
– Code of Nine
– Goat Lords
– Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
– Jungle Speed
– Love Letter
– Pokemon Monopoly
– Rogues to Riches
– Star Trek Settlers of Catan
– Star Wars Guess Who
– Three Wishes
– Unusual Suspects
– Zombie Munchkin
AND MANY MORE!
We won’t be bringing every game listed above with us: If there’s a specific game you want to see, please let me know in the comments below, before I finish making a real system for this game request feature.
Also, bring along your devices – Quiplash, Quiplash 2 and Drawful 2 are played throughout the day. These are games where you connect with your smartphones or tablets (Or anything that can connect to a browser really). We also sometimes play other games, such as Worms and people with 3DSes can pick up StreetPasses and of course play games with other 3DS players.
As ever, we will bring along a new game for this meetup as well.
BOOK & COMIC SWAP
One of our most unique features is our Book & Comic Swap, a collection of books and comics are strewn across our table in the conservatory available for people to take a book, or to leave a book for others. These are books that have been donated, or are from my old repository. Pick up or borrow a book and get reading!
PLEASE NOTE: Books you saw last month might not be present this month, unless you have a specific request for books. A new request system will be put in place, in case you want a book to be present to take home or just to browse whilst at the GeekOut Bristol Meetup.
COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 6pm)
Spooky scary skeletons? Super succubi? See-through Spirits?
Whatever your poison, come along to this meetup in your best dressed scary costume! We’re going to let people see the spirit of Halloween early!
Who’s going to come along as a scary, terrifying vampire? Blah!
*CHANGING FACILITIES* If you want to change into a costume when here, please note there are no changing facilities. There are just standard toilet cubicles – Which are fine to change in, but you might want to consider this first.
We’re one of the geekiest events in the South-West. We get people together to play board games and video games, share a pint and discuss what they enjoy in geekdom. Books, comics, music – Anything that you’re passionate about, you’ll be sure to meet fellow geeks who are into the same thing as you!
We do not discriminate – But if you ever find you have a problem with anything at the event, just let the host (Timlah) know and he’ll sort it out!
COMPETITION: 20:00 – 21:00 (Spook-tacular Costume Competition) [Subject To Change]
Everyone loves a good competition and this month will be no different.
Okay, so the competition is possibly subject to change, depending on a few factors – However, as a safe bet, we will likely have a spook-tacular costume competition. After all, this is going to be our equivalent to a Halloween meetup, so why not get on your scariest costume? Show us your best spooky makeup, your scariest ghouliest self and don’t forget to freak out all of the normal patrons of the pub…
… Okay, on second thoughts, let’s not scare the patrons! We like going to this venue, so please, do not scare too many people! As mentioned above, there’s not many places to change, but there are lavatories which you can change in the cubicle, if you need to.
There’s a chance this competition will change; if so, we will let everyone know a week in advance!
1st Prize: TBC, £25 cash, 3 Steam games from our list and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
2nd Prize: TBC, £15 cash, 2 Steam games from our list and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
3rd Prize: TBC, £10 cash, 1 Steam game from our list and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
Note: Occasionally, there may be even more on the day!
There is so much to do and see at this months GeekOut Bristol Meet, so please do come along, bring a friend or a member of your family and come for a geeky night out.
As part of our commitment to being a great night out, we do not discriminate based upon age, gender, race, religion or sexuality. If at any point you feel you need to speak to someone about another’s actions, please grab the host (Timlah) and we’ll sort it out!
Increasingly our Shrewsbury Meets are earning their 18+ requirement, and less for the venue’s legal limitations and more about what happens when our regulars get into a Bucket of Doom. It’s been another month of madcap hilarity, new faces, old faces, new games and a failed attempt at playing NYET! and after a busy month, a bustling Kitacon, and all the extra work that came with it, I was glad of GeekOut this Thursday. It was another great turn out, another great competition, and some new ideas for the future.
Let’s get into this, shall we? Here are the pictures from GeekOut Shrewsbury #6.
Sadly no time to take a proper poll for the pre-meet as the latter half of August was rather consumed by work, but as a snap decision the Boiler House coffee shop turned out rather nicely indeed. A handful of us gathered for a couple of games of Magic which proved my new deck to have… inconsistent effectiveness, and Murray’s premade decks to require little work to become fully operational killing machines. Ben brought some short lived cakes and joined us for a free-for all and a coffee, and we had a visit from Anni of Space Station Centaur who joyously sat with us and chatted sci-fi while we played.
We highly advocate for joining a role-play as big as the ongoing Star Trek online groups like Centaur and Outpost Eden, and any and all of their memebers are very welcome to join us too. That’s not an advertising pitch, I just think it’d be cool to hang out.
Anyway, we moved on to Monty’s to find extra space reserved for us despite the fact that I only asked for it after 18:00, but as it transpired it was probably better they laid out the signs, as people started to join us sooner than expected. We dug into a well timed game or three of Resistance before Anni had to leave, because how better to meet new people than to spend an hour accusing them of deceit and treachery?
A few games before the Bigger Geekier Pub Quiz:
Tsuro and food became the order of the day as more and more people filtered in and began to splinter off into new groups and play other games. Thanks to Harley for bringing in Escape, I heard a lot of people enjoying themselves from the other side of the room. We wrapped up one of the more hilarious games of Bucket of Doom before people divided into teams for the quiz: challenging but not quite so daunting, as reflected in the better scores, and it seems like you all enjoyed the new picture round. Expect yet more from the October Quiz, in the mean time I’ll ponder a competition for September for you to duke it out over in hopes of a disappointing prize. This month’s disappointing prize was:
The beatific winners were kind enough to share out the spoils, but never forget that they had all the power!
Next month is term-time, so a lot of our regulars may struggle to join us, but we can help them get their geeky fix for the rest of the month. Though Tuesdays and Thursdays seem to be the foundation of Shrewsbury’s geek-calendar, we need to find those groups that operate at the weekends and the rest of the week. This is a call to action and if you know of any groups for gamers, geeks and nerds anywhere in the Shropshire area we have some very keen members who want to know. And hey, while you’re on the job, maybe tell them about us!
The months come and go, as yet another amazing GeekOut Bristol Meet has swung by. We’ve finished for yet another day, which means that once more, we’re going back to have our Elevenses back at The Shire. But as always, this means we’ve got plenty of stories to share with all of you! Later down the line, we’ll take pictures of the stories that we’ve brought back home with us, but for now, here’s a look at how the event went down and what we got people to do. Plus, it’s always fun having a gallery and getting people to stand and smile for the camera!
July brings GeekOut Shrewsbury a change in format, no longer divided between two venues, we instead begin at 14:00 at Monty’s Tower and stay there until we’re good and ready to leave… Midnight. Usually slightly earlier. For the determined, the keen, and the early risers, we met up at the Coffeehouse for a fond farewell and a thanks for the memories, and brownies, and for being generally nice people. (more…)