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Airecon 2018 – Reporting from the con

It took the train just about five hours to trundle my way north to Harrogate from Bristol. With just one train change at Leeds, it was a very easy, but quite long journey. Airecon only occupies a small part of the Harrogate Convention Centre, but this does not mean it’s attendance is by any means small.



One Year of GeekOut Shrewsbury Meets

Can you believe by the end of the month, it’ll have been a whole year since we had the very first event in our second location, Shrewsbury? It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride, with people joining the new event very quickly. All of this has been made possible by our very own Joel, who has worked meticulously on the meetup events. This article is a simple look back at the first year they had, along with a thank you to Joel for his hard work.



GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 10th: Castle Crashing Gallery

Ah yes, Castle Crashers is truly an awesome game which gave us some truly great ideas. We need to make a theme where people can come along and crash some castles. But how would people do this? Easily: They would simply draw their sword, wield their shields and march into the gate of the castle. This was a relatively quiet month for us, so it was great that we got so many creative entries out! However, check it out for our monthly GeekOut Bristol Meet Gallery!



AireCon – An analogue gaming convention in Yorkshire

I am a curious soul and one that is not afraid to head out of my comfort zone to experience something, so when I read about an analogue gaming convention way up in Harrogate (Yorkshire) called AireCon, my curiosity was drawn. Okay, it’s a long way to go from Bristol but we here at GeekOut are dedicated to bringing you as much geeky news as possible, so it is my plan to travel four hours across the UK, so that I can bring back news and a report about what happens at AireCon. Without any further delay, here’s what we already know:



GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 10th: Castle Crashing

18+ Event

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Friends, I am afraid there has been a blight upon this land, so evil it is that we cannot imagine how to deal with it. This is why I have called you all here once more, to assist us in vanquishing the villainous warlocks and sorcerers, the fallen knights and their undead companions. Join us, for we have a tale for you. A tale of heroics unlike ever seen before will unfold. We’re going Castle Crashing!



Board Game Literacy

We know how to “talk” computer games, the cultural explosion has led to a host of acronyms and words entering common parlance among video gaming circles on a day to day basis, a grounding for internet language as a whole. Most of us understand terms like FPS, TBS, MMORPG, freemium, and we know what “early access” means, at least half the time (plenty of good early access stuff out there guys, don’t hate).

As the board game renaissance alters the face of its own market, monopolising the world of crowdfunding, becoming bigger, more elaborate, and more prolific, we’re noticing more and more that genres are emerging from common mechanics and themes. They’re some important things to pay attention to if you have intention to design a board game, or even if you’re intrigued about the nature of board gaming. Here’s some of the words I hear thrown around more and more commonly:

Deck Building: Amongst my favourite genres of board games and one I plan to have a crack at creating. Players typically begin with a simple deck of cards comprising those that do one thing and those that do another, and often one is more useful at the start of the game than the other, but may prove increasingly useful as time goes on. Cards are acquired from a “run” of cards pulled from a much larger deck that each player uses to improve upon the decks they already have that will prove ultimately useful in completing some grander goal, like defeating an opponent, defeating other players, or just accruing points to have the most at the end of the game.

They’re great games for people taking their first fumbling steps into the world of “bigger” board games. The deck you start with is incredibly simple, and everyone starts with roughly the same opportunities to gain in power, so experienced and new players often have the same odds of winning.

Examples: Dominion, Star Realms, DC Deck Builder, Hogwarts Battle

Draft: Begin with a hand of cards but don’t get used to having it, you pick (usually) one and pass it around, slowly but surely building towards your final goal. This one’s a popular format for breaking into a new CCG like Magic the Gathering, as everyone starts on a roughly even playing field without the vast stores of their collection to draw upon, which naturally makes for a well balanced board game format as well.

Some of these games are not so great for new starters, as familiarity with the contents of the cards will help massively, and if complex mechanics are involved there can be an awful lot to remember in your first game, but with only a little experience you can rapidly become as competitive a player as someone who has played a thousand times. The hardest part becomes deciding whether to take something that benefits you, or that screws over the person you’re handing your cards to.

Examples: Citadels, Sushi Go!, 7 Wonders, Great Scott!

Push Your Luck: More often than not a format found in dice games, where you have a finite resource (often life) that you can wager to take another stab at a repetitive mechanic that will score you points, or leave you with nothing. The dice giveth and the dice taketh away, and in their most simple format the question is as simple as “will you keep rolling?”, or “will you flip another card?” but can go into complexities of holding or abandoning territories, holding resources or exhausting them.

These games are often simple enough that anyone can pick up and play no matter their experience level with games of their type, as the only hard part is deciding when to hold and when to fold. The problem with Push Your Luck formats is that they can often lead to some players being left woefully behind while others race ahead, and while chance can occasionally balance the scales, it’s nothing you can think your way out of, you just have to keep trying and hope.

Examples: Zombie Dice, King of Tokyo, Incan Gold, Dungeon Roll

Worker Placement

You have a wide range of actions that you are capable of in any given turn, but you are limited by the locations of your team of workers. Move them to wherever you need them most so that they can grant you abilities to advance your progress to victory, some will gather resources, others will use them for special actions, you may be able to deploy workers to create new ones, or destroy the workers of others and inhibit their progress.

Games involving heavy levels of worker placement are often complex and inadvisable to new players, although their are a few stripped down versions that can act as a soft introduction to the concept. For experienced board gamers they can be deeply involved and engrossing games that can occupy a day of gaming alone.

Examples: Alien Frontiers, Village, Photosynthesis, Ankh Morpork


GeekOut Bristol Meet – January 12th: Hero Academy Gallery


We had a hero inspired meetup this meet, where we took everybody to school and tested them in a huge competition, which took me most of the day to run (but damn, was it ever entertaining?) We had plenty of entrants, of which everyone got five minutes in and hey – We got through the event with more people than expected. Considering it was January, I was surprised to see so many people eager for another GeekOut Bristol Meet, as opposed to hiding away due to Christmas. Still, you all came and saw – so as ever, here’s our monthly gallery of the happenings of the event.



GeekOut Bristol Meet: January 12th: HERO ACADEMY

18+ Event

The world is ravaged by evil-doers and the greed of man. There are countless people out there, trying to undo countless years of civilisation, breaking apart our very nations.

But, with the right guidance and help, you can help us. You can save us from ourselves. You can come along… and GeekOut in our Hero Academy!

Stand tall, friends, you and I are in for a bumpy ride, as we’re going to be looking to stop the evil-doers of the world. We’ll be taking you back to school, learning the very basics of your powers and abilities. We will show no fear and we will take back control of our cities!

FOODIE PRE-MEET Times Pending (Poll Pending):

… Many peoples wallets regretted it.

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!

The poll is up until Wednesday 10th, so please be sure to make your vote if you’re coming along to this month’s pre-meetup event! With a new comer on the list in Casa Brazil, be sure to put your vote on our poll.

MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)

If you’ve seen the phenomenal anime My Hero Academia, this meet will be for you.
Love the X-Men? Great! This meetup is equally for you.
If you are a fan of Marvel, DC, or any other superhero stories, this meet will also be for you.

If you aren’t a superhero fan, then hey, this meet will still be a GeekOut Bristol Meet, filled to the brim with games galore and plenty of things to do and see. So as ever, come along for a fun evening!


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 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 there! The food is home made as well, so it’s simply scrummy! Food is 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
– Chess
– Code of Nine
– Exploding Kittens*
– 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!


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, before I finish making a real system for this game request feature.

Also, bring along your devices – Quiplash, Drawful 2 and JackBox Party Pack 3 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. Also, people can play Mount Your Friends and other video games. We’ll try to bring the Raspberry Pi as well, which has some arcade games.

We will try to get a new game for this meetup as well.

*Please note, as of right now, Exploding Kittens appears to be missing. We’ll try to locate it, but it may have gone walkabout. As such, if we genuinely cannot find it anywhere, then we’ll get a new copy of it at some point.


We felt that we really needed to revamp our Book/Comic Swap system. As such, starting from this meetup, we will not be bringing all of the books and comics with us; but rather a sample of 10 books/comics. As such, we will be opening a spreadsheet from February 2018, listing all of the books/comics we own. If you wish to see a specific one, please let us know before the day via the spreadsheet. It’ll be included in all future Meetup descriptions!


Books/Comics you saw last month might not be present this month, unless you have a specific request for book/comics. You may take a book/comic home, free of charge. You may leave a book/comic with us to put into our list as well.

COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 9pm)


Coming in costume? Fantastic! If you’ve come up with your own My Hero Academia inspired costume; or if you want to be a member of the X-Men; or perhaps you just want to be your very own superperson – at 9pm, just after the competition, we will be getting a group shot of all of our heroes!

*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.


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!

COMPETITION: Heroes Academy (8pm-9pm)

Everyone loves a good competition and this month will be no different.

For the heroes amongst us, this competition will not be for the feint of heart. We’ll be doing a heroes academic test for only the most heroic among us. We’ll be putting to test your knowledge of what it means to be a hero. But, before you can do that, you must create your very own hero persona. As such, this is a two-part competition, which we’ll run at throughout the day, with it wrapping up by no later than 8:30pm.

When you join us, you’ll receive a Hero Profile Sheet, allowing you to create your very own superhero. Once created, come speak to Timlah and have a couple of minutes to spare. You must use this superhero to overcome a series of ‘practical’ tests. If you manage to get to the end, we’ll then score your results and compare them to others.

1st Prize: My Hero Academia Volumes 1-3, £25 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
2nd Prize: Logan Pop! Vinyl, £15 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
3rd Prize: Sky High DVD, £10 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.

Note: Occasionally, there may be even more on the day!

*Please note, when I say practical, you will not be actually doing any physical heroics. Sorry about that.

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!


GeekOut Bristol Meet – 11th November: FANTASTIC FANTASY Gallery

Fantastic – That’s the word I’d use to describe this past GeekOut Bristol Meet. Another month has gone by and another meetup Gallery is here for you. This month however, my camera died! How inconvenient; however help was on the way in the form of Dillon Keith Diep, who came along with his trusty Canon camera! So with the criteria for a gallery sorted, we had a night filled with Fantasy and… Oh god… I made the wrong decision when I decided we needed a Fanfic writing competition.



Bristol Comicon and Gaming Festival – Coming March 4th

Itching for something truly geeky to do this coming March? If so, you may be pleased to hear that Bristol is about to become even more geeky, so if you’re from the South-West of England, now’s the time for you to get your cosplays planned! Bristol Comicon and Gaming Festival is coming to the City Academy Sports Centre soon. But hold your horses there folks – You don’t even know anything about this event yet! Buckle up and read on: