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Automated Chats and Pre-Populated Responses

Recently, there has been a spat of activity taking advantage of chat-based systems. Indeed, even we have been working on chatbots of our own, in hopes to make our Discord server a bit better. However, one that amused me recently was a chatbot on Facebook, which was made solely to enter people into a prize draw and yes, to add your name to a mail list. Let’s dissect one and see what benefits these bots have!

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Top 10 – Spaceships

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Ah space, it’s the final frontier and all that jazz. However, what you may not really think about on a regular basis is all of the great spaceships that have graced our media. Whatever you think about space, or sci-fi as a whole, you can’t deny that the vast quantities of planets out in pop culture can only be explored with the help of our giant metal vessels. So, without further adieu, here is our Top 10 Spaceships! (more…)


Happy New Year 2018 from GeekOut South-West

Today marks the 1st of January and as you’re reading this, I’m probably still tucked in bed. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to start the year off nice and early, I truly would, but ultimately I’d only end up going to bed earlier, right? So which is the bigger crime? That’s what I thought – Happy new year, everybody! It’s time to consider your resolutions, as always, but I’d say that it’s about time we stop relying on long-term resolutions and instead relying on smaller goals. Here’s what GeekOut South-West will be doing this year, over time – and we’ll see how far we get with these goals in 2018.

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Top 10 – Gifts For Gamers

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Welcome one, welcome all, to GeekOut Media’s Top 10 Gifts for Gamers. Now we decided to come up with some basic guidelines for what we would or would not include in this week’s list, the last weekend before Christmas – So, here’s what we settled upon:

  • Must be a gift you could buy a friend or family at a reasonable price (Under £50)
  • No Official Consoles – They’re too expensive for this list.
  • No specific Video Games or Board Games.

With the rules for this list out of the way with, let’s unwrap this week’s list! (more…)


Discord Update: Gordon the GeekOut Bot

If you’ve never been on our Discord server, then you’re missing out. We have various random chats throughout the day and into the evening. We have custom emoji’s, as created by the enigmatic Jay ‘Vanguard’ Fothergill. We have chat mods, to ensure that nothing gets out of hand and we have a fruit-based structure for peoples groupings (and the colours of their names). So far, so normal for a Discord server. However, over the course of an evening, I sat down and installed Node on my machine – And started working on my very own Discord.io bot, where I worked in JavaScript. At the moment, it’s very basic, although it can ‘@’ people and it responds to commands.

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Project Working: 5 Tools To Get You Through Your Projects

Projects are a huge demand on an individual, especially if you have personal projects that you want to get through yourself. However, it doesn’t have to be so hard. With so many tools built for you to manage your projects, it can be just as hard choosing the right applications for you. This article covers five tools that I use regularly, helping me get through any project (and what I use them for).

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 8th: TECHY TEACHINGS

18+ Event

Oh robot, just because you’re made of nuts and bolts, doesn’t mean we don’t love you. Just because our computers and our smart phones are made up of chips, doesn’t mean we don’t want them in our lives. Just because TV is attached to our walls, doesn’t mean they’re not a part of our lives.

Whether or not you’re a big tech fan, we’re back for another great GeekOut Bristol Meet. So come along, share your passion for technology (and all of your geeky interests) and show us what it means to be the ultimate tech-head!

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FOODIE PRE-MEET: 12:00-13:45 (Wagamama’s Cabot Circus)
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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!

We’ll be meeting at middat at Wagamama’s in Cabot Circus after another winning outting for that venue; so if you’re around on Friday before the starting point, you know where to find us! We’ll be meeting up inside at midday, but if you’re coming along, we’ll be meeting outside of the venue for up to 15 minutes in advance.

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MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)
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We’re getting technical, as we celebrate all that is tech. So whether you’ve debated about the best Operating System; if you’re a Raspberry Pi lover; if you love LEDs; if you love to play with electronics of all kinds, then this is the meet for you.

However, just because we’re getting techy doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate going low-tech! We still love a good board game, we still love to read books and comics, we still adore our cosplayers. So, whatever your fandom, come join us for a night of fun and games!

PLEASE NOTE:
Food & drink can NOT be brought in with you to the Old Market Tavern. If you are caught with food and drink not bought at 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! The food is homely and freshly made as well, so it’s simply scrummy! Food is usually available from 5pm.

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BOARD GAMES (& a dash of video games)
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Board games swamped our meets.

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
  • Chess
  • Code of Nine
  • Fluxx
  • Goat Lords
  • Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
  • Jungle Speed
  • Love Letter
  • Pokemon Monopoly
  • Rogues to Riches
  • Scrabble
  • Star Trek Settlers of Catan
  • Star Wars Guess Who
  • Three Wishes
  • Unusual Suspects
  • Zombie Munchkin
  • Zombies!

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.

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.

Our new game for the month is Unusual Suspects; a game where you try to make heads or tails of what a witness says about some suspects. We’ll be doing a full review of this game next week.

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BOOK & COMIC SWAP
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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.

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COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 6pm)
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If you’re a techy cosplayer and want to show your chance to enjoy your favourite tech-based character, or if you just want to come along in your favourite costume, then come along!

For anyone in costume, we’ll start to host a specific time for a group photo opportunity; So if you are with us by 6pm, you’ll be able to show your costume off with everyone via a group cosplay snap!

*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.

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SOCIALISING
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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!

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COMPETITION: Times TBC (To Be Confirmed)
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Everyone loves a good competition and this month will be no different.

This month, we’re going to be talking about tech in an educational way. In other words, the competition needs to be techy to some capacity – So the competition is going to be a question sheet (or two) which will be handed out. Attendees will get just one hour to complete the whole sheet, starting at 8pm, then finishing at 9pm. All entries after the 9pm limit will not be counted. Answers will then be checked over and we’ll share the results with everyone!

Consider yourself a techy? This might be the one for you! This sheet covers everything from electronics and circuits, programming, gadget news and much more!

Oh yeah, I guess you’d like to know about this months prizes? That’s a reasonable request! Here they are:

1st Prize: Physical Prize To Be Confirmed, £25 cash, 3 Steam games from our list and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
2nd Prize: Physical Prize To Be Confirmed, £15 cash, 2 Steam games from our list and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
3rd Prize: Physical Prize To Be Confirmed, £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!

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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!


An Introduction to MVC

As a programmer, you can take on one or more architectural patterns and one that you may have heard of is the Model View Controller (MVC) pattern. If you are planning on building a functional web application that is easy to test and expand, then you might want to consider using this pattern. I have worked with several PHP frameworks and virtually all of them promote the use of MVC, but you can apply the following information to anything that is based on this architecture.

To help you understand what each component is for, we will be pretending that we are going to build a simple library application where we will be cataloging books.

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Hardware Review: Steam Controller

The Steam Controller has been out for quite some time now and it’s gained it’s fair share of supporters and critics alike. From those who are hardcore into their gamepads, to those who are just looking for something new, this controller is a bit different from other ones on the market – But how well does this translate into gaming? Well, I recently got my hands on one and have had a good amount of time playing a variety of games on it. Read on for our full review of Valve’s controller of choice for Steam.

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Zombie Babies Kickstarter Preview

Just when you thought the world was done with Zombie’s another one rises from the grave. Well, in this case, the game rises from Kickstarter and we are very lucky to have a preview copy of it. So it’s time to check your pockets for useful items, ensure that your nappy is securely fastened and put on a brave face, it’s time for us to take on Zombie Babies.

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