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GeekOut Bristol Meet: August 10th – GeekOut’s Bizarre Adventure

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It was definitely a Bizarre kind of night on Friday, where the good folk who attended GeekOut Bristol Meet came up with some awesome stands to call their own. It was a quieter meetup, with the entire pub being somewhat quieter than usual, but that wasn’t a problem – It meant there was more space for us all to play some great games and have excellent conversation. Most of the attendees would likely agree that the quieter atmosphere made for a much more relaxing day, so come join us as we check out this month’s GeekOut Bristol Meet.

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Card Game Review: Star Realms

Deck builders are one of the best games to pick up and play over an extended period of time, especially with established companies invested in deck building titles. From DC Comics Deck-Building Game, to the curious Kickstarter-backed title, Barbarossa, there’s a lot of diversity in a relatively niche sub-genre of deck games. Contributor Murray Butler has returned to offer his insights in this Sci-Fi inspired deck building title, Star Realms.

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Anime Review: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju

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Are you a fan of performing arts? What about an anime fan? Then this might just be the anime for you; an intriguing blend of drama, comedy and outright strangeness. Join Timlah as we look through this little hidden gem.

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Comic Review – Drop Dead Monstrous

Manga Publishers and indeed even Western-Styled Publishers sometimes like to create anthologies, which features some of their artists, to tell a story along a similar theme. Sweatdrop Studios, the UKs first independent publisher of manga, often create anthologies to showcase the works of their Illustrators and Writers. We had the pleasure of meeting one of Sweatdrop Studios Illustrators at Kitacon last month, called Sonia Leong.

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Light Novels – Issue 4

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Light novels are different from traditional novels in that they are much shorter, the length of what we call a novella, sometimes even shorter than that. They consist of small story arcs, what you would see in one to five episodes of an anime adaptation, and feature drawings every few pages to help with a crucial scene’s depiction, even if it’s just showing a character sitting and having something to drink.

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Light Novels Issue 2

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Light novels are different from traditional novels in that they are much shorter, the length of what we call a novella, sometimes even shorter than that. They consist of small story arcs, what you would see in one to five episodes of an anime adaptation, and feature drawings every few pages to help with a crucial scene’s depiction, even if it’s just showing a character sitting and having something to drink.

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R.u.N. (Remember ur Nature)

Occasionally here at GeekOut South-West headquarters, we get e-mails from awesome content producers of much that falls in our geeky subcultures. One of the most prominent types of content that comes through our inbox is manga. This week, we were contacted by some manga story tellers who run a company called Mangatellers. From their website, they allow people to read through their manga for free.

I had the pleasure of reading through their works recently and I can confirm that they are great. R.u.N. follows in the footsteps of a young boy called Jean who is starting his first day of his new school. Jean is a little bit different though, as he’s learned all of the techniques behind parkour, a type of discipline where the Traceur (the practitioner) would use his or her body to navigate to a point more efficiently than by walking around objects. This means that a Traceur might leap over objects, or through two objects, just to reach a destination. It’s not done for the sake of showing off, but it’s done as a way to help improve the mind and body.

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At first I’ll admit, I was a little bit sceptical about a parkour manga. I didn’t think it’d translate too well in a comic form but thankfully I was proven wrong very quickly. I enjoyed the first three episodes that I read to the point that I thought I should write an article about it. Thankfully, they are also running a Kickstarter campaign!

So although Kickstarter Highlight is now gone (for now), consider this as an impromptu Kickstarter Highlight!


 

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R.u.N. (Remember ur Nature) Parkour Manga Volume 1

What is it?

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R.u.N. follows Jean, a 17 year old boy who loves nothing more than to read manga and to perform parkour as his means of curbing boredom. He helps his mother run a bookshop, but they’re new to town as they’ve moved from France to Japan (See, there’s a good reason why there’d be parkour in Japan!)

Taken directly from their website; Tension, competiveness, humour, friendship, intrigues and lots of parkour are the main elements of the world of R.u.N. This rings true through the manga which again can be read for free here.

This campaign has been launched so that they can release volume 1 of their manga as a printed release.

How much do they need?

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The Mangatellers guys are looking to raise £5,500, which they consider to be quite high for a campaign of this kind. Whilst it’s not the lowest we’ve seen, it’s certainly not that high or that unbelievable a goal.

They’ve got a further 48 days to go from the release of this article, which is plenty of time to gather the momentum they need for their campaign. Couple that with the fact they’ve already gotten over 20% of the way towards their goal, having already raised £1,263 of their £5,500 goal. One thing you may have noticed already however: They’re using GBP (Great British Pounds) instead of their currency (Euros). The reason for this is crowdsourcing is apparently an unpopular in Greece. Along with this, taxation in Greece is pretty high, so they’re looking for a bit more to cover their taxes. Seems reasonable to me!

What are the tiers?

 

As well as that warm fuzzy feeling you get whenever you back a Kickstarter campaign, you will also get the satisfaction of having a reward from the selection of rewards below, or more! AS always, we’ve highlighted the more affordable pledges, but if you’re able to afford more and like it enough: Do it!

  • Pledge £1 or more

    Eternal Gratitude: Your name will be in the book listed under credits and we will announce your name from our Facebook Page!

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2015
    Pledge £5 or more

    URBAN TRACEUR: The same as the previous perk + a Digital R.u.N. Desktop Background + R.u.N. postcard.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2015
    Ships anywhere in the world
    Pledge £10 or more

    STREET NINJA: The same as the previous perk + the PDF version of R.u.N.: Volume 1.

    Estimated delivery: Feb 2015
    Ships anywhere in the world
    Pledge £15 or more

    THESSALONIKI, EUROPEAN YOUTH CAPITAL 2014: A hard copy of the manga oneshot “THESSALONIKI THROUGH TIME” signed by Mangatellers + PDF of R.u.N.: Vol. 1. + a Digital R.u.N. Desktop Background + R.u.N. postcard + your name in the credits & in our Facebook Page.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2015
    Ships anywhere in the world
    Pledge £20 or more

    THE TRACEUR: The real deal! A signed print copy of R.u.N: Volume 1 (200 p.) + R.u.N. colored poster (A3 size) + PDF of R.u.N.: Vol. 1+ R.u.N. Desktop Background + R.u.N. postcard + your name in the credits & in our Facebook Page.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2015
    Ships anywhere in the world
    Pledge £25 or more

    RHYTHMIC TRACEUR: A signed print copy of R.u.N: Volume 1 (200 p.) + Digital Copy of R.u.N. Original Soundtrack + R.u.N. colored poster (A3 size) + PDF of R.u.N.: Vol. 1+ R.u.N. Desktop Background + R.u.N. postcard + your name in the credits & in our Facebook Page.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2015
    Ships anywhere in the world
    Pledge £35 or more

    ARTISTIC TRACEUR: A signed print copy of R.u.N: Volume 1 (200 p.) + An Art Print Poster from the list in the description (size: A3) + Digital Copy of R.u.N. Original Soundtrack + R.u.N. colored poster (A3 size) + PDF of R.u.N.: Vol. 1+ R.u.N. Desktop Background + R.u.N. postcard + your name in the credits & in our Facebook Page.

    Estimated delivery: Mar 2015
    Ships anywhere in the world

 

Stay tuned as part of our upcoming Christmas activities here on GeekOut South-West, we will be looking to get an interview with Mangatellers. We’ll chat about their direction for the manga, the hardships of being a group of mangaka/story tellers in a country not synonymous with manga and perhaps we’ll throw in a few questions about what they think makes them a geek in the process!

What did you think of R.u.N.? Do you like the direction they’re taking their series? I personally loved the style, I thought the art was incredibly clear and the story was very coherent. It reminded me heavily of a classic shonen manga, such as Shaman King. That might be the very reason why I loved this manga so much, but if you have any opinions on this, why not share it with all of us here? Have you read a parkour manga before? What was it called? As always, let’s talk geek!


Becoming a… Level Designer

Building your own world in a 3D environment is what hundreds of youngsters wish they could do, yet few make that step from dreamer to practitioner. Why in this day and age do they not make the first step towards fulfilling their dreams which isn’t so hard to fulfil really confuses me. Alas, I am not them and they are not me.

When I was a child, I took a major interest in games development as a whole. It’s not hard to get into and as a child I made my own variants of Tetris, Pong, Space Invaders – You name it! However now-a-days, it’s even easier still. When I was growing up, the internet was inevitably around but was nowhere near as accessible as it is now. So the burning question is: How do I get started with making my own games… Professionally?

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If you’ve read my articles on Game Development on a Budget over at 1001-Up, we will be covering a lot of lost ground. This is going to be a supplementary series to that one. If you’ve not checked them out, please do. Your comments would be appreciated.

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Becoming a… 3D Modeller

Building your own world in a 3D environment is what hundreds of youngsters wish they could do, yet few make that step from dreamer to practitioner. Why in this day and age do they not make the first step towards fulfilling their dreams which isn’t so hard to fulfil really confuses me. Alas, I am not them and they are not me.

When I was a child, I took a major interest in games development as a whole. It’s not hard to get into and as a child I made my own variants of Tetris, Pong, Space Invaders – You name it! However now-a-days, it’s easier still. When I was growing up, the internet was inevitably around but was nowhere near as accessible as it is now. So, the burning question is: How do I get started with making my own games?

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If you’ve read my articles on Game Development on a Budget over at 1001-Up, we will be covering a lot of lost ground. This is going to be a supplementary series to that one. If you’ve not checked them out, please do. Your comments would be appreciated.

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Interview with Little Nando

Sometimes you just want to read a good manga which is all about time-travel. Other times, you want to read a good manga about lawyers going at it. What about combining both of these to create a whole new manga? Well, somebody who goes by the name Little Nando already has. Let’s take a look at his manga-influenced comic book, Silvertongue 30XX.

Interview with Little Nando

Creating a comic in this day and age has gotten easier in the creation aspect, from the invention of the internet to the technology we can use. However, it’s getting harder to get recognised out there. Little Nando took the initiative to send me an e-mail, sending a copy of his manga and I read through it. I’m happy to announce I loved every second of his awesome story! As such, I wanted to share some of the awesome artwork and an incredibly enthusiastic interview I had with him.


 

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