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Best RPG Shows on the Web

I love role-playing games, and one thing I’ve found myself doing a lot lately is watch other people play these games. It all began with the Acquisitions Inc. podcast and then the irregular live shows, and now I regularly watch Critical Role, have since the first campaign.

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Lessons Learned From Editing Blog Articles

Many of you will be aware that we edit our own work here, meaning that sometimes a mistake slips by. But sometimes, I’ll get articles given to me, or I do some self-editing on an older piece. Over the past five years, I’ve come from writing in a very immature way, to the more conversational voice I try to write in today. I’ve learned so much from editing; so much so that I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences from editing my own and other people’s work.

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Our Poster Creation Process

As many of you are aware, we here at GeekOut Media like to come up with posters. Well, I like to come up with poster ideas at least, which sometimes translates really well, other times not so much. One thing I’ve been debating is creating more merchandise, however I thought I’d talk generally today about the creation process behind each of our posters. I figured I’d be transparent and talk about the costs involved with getting them printed, as well as the process behind making them. Right, let’s get into this, shall we?

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Celebrating Five Years of GeekOut South-West

Holy smokes, I knew this year was my fifth year running this blog, but on Wednesday 19th, it was officially the anniversary of the website. Hurrah! No, there’s no time for cake, as I thought that was a perfect excuse for me to chat about everything that’s happened with us. The good, the bad (although there’s not really a lot of ‘bad’) and of course, the outright amazing. All in all, it’s been five years of ups, so expect to see a lot of gushing about how excellent this has been… And hey – We’ll chat about the meetup and what that means to us, as well as future plans.

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Our Design Philosophy

One thing I have had a number of compliments about are our posters, our website’s appearance and all of our design. Honestly, whenever I hear good things about these, I actually chuckle and shrug a bit. “Nah, you’re just saying that,” I’ve often said to myself. Well today, I thought I’d share with you why our scheme is black, grey, red and white. These four simple colours, or shades, are each hugely important to our identity. Here’s how and why.

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A Call To Local Geek Businesses: Make Yourselves Known

We here at GeekOut Media often get a number of emails from retailers, charities and more. They start off by telling us about something exciting that’s upcoming, or about some stock they got recently. I was inspired to write this quick article by one such email I got from Books for Amnesty in Bristol. They were asking for us to share that they had some manga in stock – and it was quite a selection. Hey, if you’re reading this Colin, I hope you’re doing well and that you’ve started to sell a couple of them manga novels! I’m still going to have to pop by at some point for those Shaman King books, unless they move.

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Tap To Play: A Discussion About Smartphone Games

Since the first smartphones came out, there has been a rising demand for more and more games. They’re an amazing distraction and when one of them takes off, they get massive – arguably more so than a PC or console title does. However, one thing I’d like to chat about is the recurring theme in smartphone games – About how all you need to do to play, is to wait, or to just tap the screen a million times. Whatever happened to innovation – Or are we about to see a new surge of innovative titles?

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Making A Game Of Your Fitness

Alright, admittedly, anyone who’s ever seen a picture of me will be aware that I’m quite a chunky person. I’ve always been pretty big, but recently I’ve gotten to a point where I’ve decided that I’ve had enough of it. Whilst I could be like everyone else, by heading to a gym and just working out non-stop for ages, I figured I’d want to start it off a bit simpler – Get myself back into the spirit of good health. Naturally, food becomes a part of a health kick, but overall, I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t get bored. This is my routine – and how you can kickstart your own health spree – If you’re looking to lose a few pounds!

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Discord vs Valve: Discord’s New Game Library

Hoo boy, it only felt like a few months ago that I reported on the new game’s hub on the Discord app. Sure, that wasn’t such big news, but this time around, Discord are bringing themselves in direct competition with video-game monolith, Valve. They are creating a Game’s Library/Store, akin to that of what Steam users are currently used to. This is all well and good, but what do Discord think they can do differently? This is currently being tested in Canada*, but this is what the rest of the world can expect once it’s moved into more countries around the world. Along with this, today’s article will contain a few of my personal opinions on the matter.

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Volunteering

If you have been to any sort of convention or expo, then you have probably had some interaction with a volunteer at any given time. In fact, I would say that without the help of volunteers, then some of the events, especially an event like UK Games Expo would be a lot smaller and less awesome. Volunteering is a great way to attend an event for a low cost, as well as a way to give back to your fandoms. You can use that as an opportunity to get to see a new town, city or even country, if that is part of the opportunity. You’ll have to pay for your own travel to get there (sometimes your own accommodation too) but after that, there is usually very little to spend for.

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