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GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet 2 – The Second One

I am overly excited to bring you the second GeekOut Meet for Shrewsbury! We got off to a great start in March, and April is already shaping up to be even better, we already have a few new faces signing up on our Facebook and MeetUp pages, and I have a few extra plans to make the day just that little bit more interesting.

From 12:00 onwards we’ll be back in the basement of the Shrewsbury Coffee House, a few warm up games, cake and drinks (personally I recommend the brownies) while those willing and able to join us for the afternoon have chance to join us for a meet and greet, and those of us who are in it for the long haul can get settled in for the big games of the evening. We also have a heads-up from management, due to a staff holiday we may have to leave a little early, but this is Shrewsbury, we are not short of places to go.

We have the VIP section at Monty’s Tower from 18:00, and a spare table or two to catch any over-spill. This month’s feature game – at least from my library – Lego: Minotauros, a cat and mouse game of luck and cunning. Lego make some of the best everything so it would seem, toys, films and one of the most fun and simple board games I’ve ever had the privilege of building myself. It does not take very long however, so be sure to bring along anything you like.

Games available to play this month:

– Boss Monster
– Bucket of Doom
– Eight Minute Empires
– Fluxx (assorted)
– Lego: Minotaurus
– Love Letter
– Magic: the Gathering
– Munchkin
– Tsuro
– Zombie Dice

And of course by “anything you like” it needn’t be a board game, for a start we have loads, and we’re not just in it for the board gamers. Manga, TV, film, comics, anything and everything geeky is welcome to the table. I just finished binge-watching Legion, the FX television portal for the X-Men following the story of an incredibly powerful telepath with incredibly powerful mental health problems and I need someone to talk to for hours about that show.

Remember, as the GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet is still in its early stages you have a chance to shape its future. Come on down and let us know what you want to see from GeekOut in the future, we have our ideas and our themes, but ultimately it’s all about you.

As a final note, for April’s Shrewsbury Meet we have a calling card, something of a running joke carried over from Bristol, look for this at each venue:

Gordon the GeekOut Goat

Gunpla Resources

Last time I wrote for GeekOut South-West I spoke of my new favourite hobby, Gunpla aka Gundam Plastic Models. Since then, I’ve built several models and even completely customised another, which I’m presenting to Timlah at some point in the future as a gift for, well, everything.

  • Timlah’s notes: Thanks Kev! It looks awesome!!

But I realised that something was missing from the primer I wrote last time, some additional information on the resources you can use if you’re diving into the world of Gundam model kits, how useful they are and my own recommendations. So that’s what we’ll focus on for today.


Top 10 Weaponised Toys

GeekOut Top 10s

What was once a symbol of childish innocence and the joyous revelries of youth so easily turned into an engine of death. Perhaps by design, by mistake, by technology or by mysticism, there’s nothing quite so creepy as a toy turned deadly. Despite their cuddly and fun exterior, you wouldn’t want your kids playing with these…

Or would you?


Gamer Question of the Month – April ’17

We were asked by the lovely team over at the Later Levels if I would like to take part in doing a monthly Q&A, to open discussion about video games amongst bloggers. If you’re interested in joining in the discussion, leave us a comment below, or reach out to Later Levels. Every month here on GeekOut South-West, we’ll be sharing what the question of the month is, as well as what our answers to this question is and our justification for the answers.

What is the best video game Easter Egg?

This has been the toughest Gamer Question of the Month so far for me. Before this months question, we’ve had the Greatest Soundtrack and the Hardest Game. Those were pretty clear to me, as they were pretty obvious from my memories. But this one was a question that made me seriously think about it – There are so many really good Easter Eggs, that it was hard to choose just one. When I thought abut what an Easter Egg actually was, I decided there could only be one joke that was so silly, that I can’t help but chuckle whenever I see it. I now present to you, my favourite Easter Egg:

“There are no Easter Eggs up here. Go away.” – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

It’s a simple easter egg which anyone who understands the concept of an easter egg can have a giggle at – Easter eggs are in-jokes left by the developers, usually for fans to find. For instance, in Monkey Island 3, there’s a dead pirate with a button that reads “ask me about Grim Fandango”, another game by the developers. Meanwhile, Rockstar took the easiest path to an easter egg. They decided to hide a message somewhere you can only get to by jetpack that tells people there’s no easter egg there. Simple, effortless, but very funny. Now you should “Go away!”

That’s it from me this month, but as always these posts are made to get us chatting. I must ask you: What do you think the greatest Easter Egg of all time is? Do you think this one sits up there, or is it no good to you? Remember to check out the original question over on Later Levels, then don’t forget to vote for your favourite Easter Egg over on this poll. Finally, leave us a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.

GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – It Began

Y’know what? For a first try that wasn’t bad at all. Quite the reverse in fact.

Let 30th March 2017 go down in history as the day we finally got round to bringing GeekOut to Shrewsbury! It sounds like we had a lot of competition for the day, and certainly lots of curiosity if not overwhelming attendance, but who cares about numbers when everyone had a damn good time? It’s worth mentioning that Shrewsbury does not want for board gaming groups, but for the first meeting there’s nothing wrong with falling back on familiar territory.

The party started at noon in the basement of the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, which was a little warm, extra air-circulation will certainly be brought in as the weather gets warmer, but damn if those brownies aren’t worth it.

A Warm Up – We’re all about trying new things here, so our warm up games were a quick-fire round of introducing people to things they may not have tried before, but simple enough to ease them into it. Love Letter and Tsuro, got everyone in the mood for something a little more… variable.

Fluxx – Pirate Fluxx got the ball rolling, but it was Cthulhu Fluxx that really got interesting. With the promo Creeper card Hastur in play immediately I could choose a word that – if spoken – would force the card to go to the one who spoke it. You may be surprised how often you say the word “but” in conversation, although I might have made the biggest slip up with:

“I was thinking it, but I didn’t say i- oh damn!”

Citadels – The ultra-political game of city building got a little cutthroat in places, and while we may have ended up bringing the game upstairs amidst a mess of assassinations, grand thefts, and cruel accusations the end of the game was fairly even handed all told. All hail King Ben!

Moving on to Montgomery’s Tower from 18:00 onwards, food of greater substance was consumed so that the games could get serious.

Magic: The Gathering – A quick game of two headed giant (2v2) turned into a monster slugfest with two leviathan fields of monsters, giants toppled, hydras slain on both sides, oh god the horror. Perhaps the highlight was the death of Hero’s Bane, cut down with a single stroke with power and toughness reaching fifteen digits each, which actually led to an interesting discussion about the nature of what a “Billion” actually is (it’s a million million, let no one tell you different because they want to be a billionaire, they’re a thousand-millionaire and they can deal with it).

Robo Rally – To say that Robo Rally is carnage is an understatement of the highest proportions. The game was brought with GeekOut in mind, and despite putting ourselves on the easiest board configuration it turned into a three hour windmill of chaos. Death, destruction, accusations of bad shuffling, and robots callously shoved or suicidally hurled clear off the board. Congratulations to James, not only for winning, but for doing so by maliciously pushing Sarah out of the way.

And of course as we brought the evening to a gradual close, plans were made and suggestions taken for the future, even a few whispers of cosplay. Oh yes, we’re not just another board game get together, we’re in this from here to geekdom come! And if you think you’ve missed out then you are happily mistaken, and the sooner we get to meet you the sooner we can find out what you want to get out of GeekOut Shrewsbury.

Next Shrewsbury Meet is April 27th, 12:00-17:30 in the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, 18:00 to midnight in Montgomery’s Tower. If you’re in, come let us know on Facebook or Meetup.

GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 8th: ANIME, OH ANIME

Anime is great, don’t you agree? It doesn’t matter what your tastes are; action, comedy, romance, you name it and anime has covered your favourite genre. They’ve also got genres you’d probably not think about normally, ranging from slice-of-life to magical girls (and boys!) But whatever your tastes in anime, or indeed your tastes in art are, we’ll be hosting another GeekOut Bristol Meet on April 8th, for another great night out filled with geeks and their favourite geekdoms. So whether or not you’d call yourself an otaku, a weeaboo, or if you know absolutely nothing about anime, come along and have a look at the fun and games we’ve got planned for our next Bristol meetup.


GOVG – Video Game Night #3

We’ve done alright recently with our GOVG nights, so if you’re looking for an event to pass the time this coming Saturday, then why not consider joining us for an evening of fun and games? We’ll be playing some free to play games, as well as some other games that people choose throughout the night. It’s always a good laugh, so if you’re up for joining a bunch of the GeekOut UK community for some laughs, then join us on Discord today.


Flio – Just another Laptop stand?

I’ve been using a laptop for years now, it’s been my main machine for potentially the last 10+ years and I have at times suffered from a bad back. I could buy a laptop stand, there are thousands of them out there to choose from that come in all shapes and sizes; so what is it about the Flio Up that made me shell out €79 for one?


Gamer Question of the Month: Mar 2017

We were asked by the lovely team over at the Later Levels if I would like to take part in doing a monthly Q&A, to open discussion about video games amongst bloggers. If you’re interested in joining in the discussion, leave us a comment below, or reach out to Later Levels. Every month here on GeekOut South-West, we’ll be sharing what the question of the month is, as well as what our answers to this question is and our justification for the answers.

What Game Has The Best Soundtrack?

The next few paragraphs will be from the GeekOut South-West team – All giving their take on the above question of the month.

For me this one was a really easy pick, I mean I’ve ranted and raved about this game and it’s music for a very long time. I even wrote a guest article back in 2015 regarding this exact subject and I still mentioned this game. It’s one of those games that has a soundtrack so good, that not only do you enjoy it, but the guy who made the soundtrack (and he’s made a lot) went on record to say it’s his favourite musical score in any of the franchise.

Final Fantasy IX – Timlah

Final Fantasy IX is a game I’m playing through on YouTube at the moment, which means that I hear it’s music a lot right now. It’s melodic, it’s simple and most importantly: It’s a fantasy score like no-other. It’s clear Nobou Uematsu went to town on this one and he enjoyed it. There’s joy in the happy moments, such as “Zidane’s Theme” which plays as he’s commandeering an airship to take to Lindblum. There’s suspense in moments, such as “You’re Not Alone”, where Zidane is fighting alone, only to be joined by his friends. It’s clever, intense and passionate music.

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 – Joel


It was a hard decision to make but of all the incredible soundtracks I know and love, I have to go with my first love, Heroes of Might and Magic 3. The incredible classical score made every faction so much more unique, give each a dramatic feel and personality, brings up the pace of combat, and slides into the background effortlessly. It was the first title to make me sit up and pay attention to the level of talent being thrown into the gaming industry, and it’s set my expectations in the years to come.

That’s it for this month’s responses to this question – What did you think of our answers? Do you have any games you’d consider “The hardest game in the universe, ever”? As always, leave a comment below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit. If you wanna see who else has been writing, check out The Mental Attic and Later Levels today.

ATOM by GitHub

Have you been looking for a new text editor to add to your already expanding pile of them? Perhaps you’re looking for something that’s incredibly clean and nicely intuitive? What about a text editor that instantly supports some of your favourite languages, such as C, C++, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and more? If that’s the case, you needn’t look any more, because today we’re going to show you the ATOM by GitHub; a very clean interface and a very nice text editor in general. It’s the one I use on a day to day basis in order to get through the day!