Cuz it… it’s NaNoWriMo… it’s November, we did… it’s… aheh, ahhh… good stuff.
Puns aside, this was a month full of stuff, which sounds trite, but there’s an increasing degree of me being entertained by you nerds as I am there to entertain you, enough of you have your own plans for what you want to do month by month, that I’m mostly there to introduce the new folks and organise the venue. I was still up until midnight prepping the quiz, but the rest all fell into place nicely… (more…)
It’s the night before the night before the nigh–
It’s a number of days before Christmas and all throughout the pub, plenty of geeks were drinking and enjoying good grub. But lo, who’s that at the rear? Santa Claus? No, the Hogfather’s Here!
We always love to share how our events went, especially when we had a genuinely excellent time all around. We went to the Old Market Tavern, many of us braving the incredibly unpredictable weather of the day (I would know, I was drenched). We gathered in the pub, bought a pint or two, or ten – and we met plenty of new people and familiar faces alike. Whilst we don’t have too many pictures of this one, the competition was awesome and as ever, we’ll detail what happened at the event. So, check out what happens at one of our GeekOut Bristol Meets.
You’ll excuse me if I was glad of a quieter GeekOut this month, it’s been an exhausting few weeks, culminating in being unwillingly decorated for Hallowe’en last Friday. The bruising is almost faded, the blood is almost gone from my eye, but I’m still exhausted.
Still, after a quiet start – just me and Cal for a couple of hours or so – I think we amounted to a little under twenty of us altogether, and a huge thanks to all of those who came, those who joined in the costume competition, and the two sentence horror story competition, and thanks to Nicole for demanding she run a game of Werewolf so that I’d sit and play a game for a short while.
Premeet – The Boiler Room
Pay not attention to the content of the notebook…
I had about half an hour or so to sit and get some work done before I was joined by Cal, not pictured are the efforts of the werewolf costume and the beard that could rival mine that will become more apparent later in the gallery. Not an awful lot to say here, other than the world was proverbially set to rights over coffee and raspberry milkshake before we moved on to a similarly empty Monty’s Tower.
First of all, congratulations to Hannah for winning the two sentence horror story competition, which was very heavily laden with in-jokes, I hadn’t realised how many of those we’d come to develop over the last year and a half. Hannah’s entry sickened me beyond words, and has left me with a greater trauma than any recent criminal activity made against my person:
There was an adorable puppy.
It died, horribly.
And you can see the photos, no guessing who won the competition for best costume, but considering where I found Cal in summer, I really should be more careful putting a costume competition on the docket.
All assembled personages have since been checked for signs of metamorphosis, and argyrophobia, results have proven inconclusive.
A New Toy
Regulars know Vinni by now, right? Possibly by face if not by name, for he has many. Well, aside from being the one local holder of a copy of Gloomhaven that I know about, he also works heavily with wood, and has previously brought custom game boards, and has also been spotted in the wild peddling wooden wares (check out Wreathen Works for more), and most recently he has constructed something for a friendly local dungeon master:
Serious cannot begin to thank Vinni for this one, a custom, fully branded GM screen made of black valchromat, sprayed and carved into shape, with plans to attach metal strips for the purpose of adding magnetised notes to the back some time after the Hallowe’en game at Whittington castle (for which one place remains if anyone is interested) where the screen will be making its glorious debut.
Next event is on the 29th of November, NaNoGeKo… which is a terrible pun! And no, no novel writing will be required, but writing discussion is actively encouraged, and if people are in the mood for a mini-round table, I’m up for it if you are. It will be a quiz month, and I promise to try and tone down the difficulty, still got a lot of fine-tuning to do.
See you then.
Books; eBooks; Writing; Written word. That’s what we’re going to celebrate, as we get together for a night of fun and games, with a twist using literature. As this month will be NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, we figured we should create our own story… More on that in this month’s competition. Read on to join us for another exciting GeekOut Bristol Meet!
FOODIE PRE-MEET TBC (TBC):
As ever, we love a good nomming session before GeekOut Bristol Meet, so please check back soon and we’ll have the pre-meetup poll go live. We’ll publish the Pre-Meetup poll on Facebook tomorrow (Saturday 27th).
MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)
I love a good story, but all good stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. Ours happens to have a prequel with our pre-meetup, however we’re going to have a night of gaming, as well as chatting about various novels and pieces of prose.
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 cheap and it’s delicious – usually available from 6pm.
Final note: If you are asked for ID by the bar staff, we will not vouch for your age – You must provide ID.
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
– Exploding Kittens
– Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
– Jungle Speed
– Love Letter
– Pokemon Monopoly
– Rogues to Riches
– Star Trek Settlers of Catan
– 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.
A new game will be brought along if possible. Once we know what it is, we’ll announce it in the comments of our Facebok and Meetup pages.
COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 9pm)
Naturally, some of your favourite characters come to life on pages, so why not share your love of these characters by physically bringing them to life. All cosplayers are welcome, as always.
*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.
COMPETITION: Written Insult-Off (8pm-9pm judging, 9pm results)
We do love a good bit of writing, but one thing we like even more is a good bit of crass humour. Pick up your quill and parchment, for you’re going to write up to 1 A4 page of insults. The funniest and most insulting wins, but, please note the following:
> No homophobia, no racism, no sexism, no disablism, no ageism and no ideology bashing. That’s not cool (and you can do better than that).
> Make it as insulting as you want, but we’re going to critique these on how -funny- these insults are… However, there are three criteria:
– Humour (Sure, this is subjective, but I’ll be pulling up a small panel, where the funniest two we each find will be pulled forward and judged to whittle it down to the final three.)
– Legibility (We’ve gotta be able to read it easily! If you have ‘bad handwriting’, don’t let this put you off. Feel free to type it up before hand, if you’d prefer but you’ll need to print it!)
– Word complexity (you may use ye olde English, should that suit you)
Please note that anyone can begin writing their entries before attending the meetup.
1st: £25 Cash, a GeekOut Poster
2nd: £15 Cash, a GeekOut Poster
3rd: £10 Cash, a GeekOut Poster
All entries that I can read will be gathered up and turned into a free eBook, exclusive to you guys. Aren’t I nice?
As for the physical prizes:
- Stephen King’s On Writing – A great primer for writers and aspiring writers which, honestly, I learned a lot from.
- A Fancy Leather Journal – Great for when you need to write on the go
- Paperback Card Game – A game that encourages your to use your words!
These are subject to change, but hopefully they’ll stay this way!
As part of our commitment to being a great night out, we do not discriminate based upon age (although our age requirement is venue policy), disability, 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!
So what are you waiting for? RSVP today!
October, a month for the spooky and the macabre. A month when children dress up like the little monsters they are, whilst asking for sugar to make them even more energetic. However, it’s not just the kids who get into the spirit of Halloween. Us grown adults still love a good excuse to throw a costume on and to decorate the place, making it a spooky spectacular for all involved. Yeah, alright, I didn’t have much in the way to make the place spookier, but we certainly did have the right people come along, helping us by making the place a Halloween haven – And we were just under three weeks early!
I’ve always wondered what being on the other end of the coin is like; you know, actually sitting and enjoying a GeekOut Meetup, rather than running one. In the whole time that GeekOut Shrewsbury has been a thing, I’ve never been able to go up myself. It being on a Thursday means that I’d have to effectively take a day off and do over five hours of travel, or take two days off and do two lots of driving and have a place to stay. I also didn’t want it to be obvious, so managing to keep it secret for so long felt oh so good.
Finally, a Meetup title too long for Facebook to accommodate in full.
This month mixed back-to-school with quiz month, meaning a quiz more aggressive than any exam you could hope to face, but many of you proved you could face down the worst of what I had to offer, and good company, good games, and a box of Harry Potter themed biscuits softened the blow a little. Here’s what happened this month:
It’s that time of year once more, where the horrifying, the dead and the damned become a part of our every day. Here at GeekOut Bristol, we like to celebrate Halloween a little bit early, so come and join us for our Spectre-Waltz!
In the absence of a major summer anime convention, I’m finding I’m looking more for opportunities to spend time with the same old crowd I hang out with there, rather than some new big event to fill the time. However, there’s no denying that a gaping hole has been left in the Geek Calendar for 2019, and it may seem odd to take this as an opportunity, but I an item to tick off the bucket list, and next year may be the year to do it. (more…)