Over the past four and a half years, GeekOut South-West has gone from a simple idea to a huge meetup environment. We have a group of regulars who come by monthly, all of whom have been coming for quite some time now. We then also get a steady influx of new people; some who come by once, some who come and enjoy what we’re about and stick around. So, as an organiser for a large geek meetup, here’s some advice for anyone else looking to run an event.
Increasingly our Shrewsbury Meets are earning their 18+ requirement, and less for the venue’s legal limitations and more about what happens when our regulars get into a Bucket of Doom. It’s been another month of madcap hilarity, new faces, old faces, new games and a failed attempt at playing NYET! and after a busy month, a bustling Kitacon, and all the extra work that came with it, I was glad of GeekOut this Thursday. It was another great turn out, another great competition, and some new ideas for the future.
Let’s get into this, shall we? Here are the pictures from GeekOut Shrewsbury #6.
Sadly no time to take a proper poll for the pre-meet as the latter half of August was rather consumed by work, but as a snap decision the Boiler House coffee shop turned out rather nicely indeed. A handful of us gathered for a couple of games of Magic which proved my new deck to have… inconsistent effectiveness, and Murray’s premade decks to require little work to become fully operational killing machines. Ben brought some short lived cakes and joined us for a free-for all and a coffee, and we had a visit from Anni of Space Station Centaur who joyously sat with us and chatted sci-fi while we played.
We highly advocate for joining a role-play as big as the ongoing Star Trek online groups like Centaur and Outpost Eden, and any and all of their memebers are very welcome to join us too. That’s not an advertising pitch, I just think it’d be cool to hang out.
Anyway, we moved on to Monty’s to find extra space reserved for us despite the fact that I only asked for it after 18:00, but as it transpired it was probably better they laid out the signs, as people started to join us sooner than expected. We dug into a well timed game or three of Resistance before Anni had to leave, because how better to meet new people than to spend an hour accusing them of deceit and treachery?
A few games before the Bigger Geekier Pub Quiz:
Tsuro and food became the order of the day as more and more people filtered in and began to splinter off into new groups and play other games. Thanks to Harley for bringing in Escape, I heard a lot of people enjoying themselves from the other side of the room. We wrapped up one of the more hilarious games of Bucket of Doom before people divided into teams for the quiz: challenging but not quite so daunting, as reflected in the better scores, and it seems like you all enjoyed the new picture round. Expect yet more from the October Quiz, in the mean time I’ll ponder a competition for September for you to duke it out over in hopes of a disappointing prize. This month’s disappointing prize was:
The beatific winners were kind enough to share out the spoils, but never forget that they had all the power!
Next month is term-time, so a lot of our regulars may struggle to join us, but we can help them get their geeky fix for the rest of the month. Though Tuesdays and Thursdays seem to be the foundation of Shrewsbury’s geek-calendar, we need to find those groups that operate at the weekends and the rest of the week. This is a call to action and if you know of any groups for gamers, geeks and nerds anywhere in the Shropshire area we have some very keen members who want to know. And hey, while you’re on the job, maybe tell them about us!
Ah yes, once more we went back to the Old Market Tavern and we held our monthly GeekOut Bristol Meet. It was a quieter affair than usual, with approximately 50 people turning up for our event, however the event went off without a hitch. We had a rather good quiz and I got thoroughly out-geeked by the contestants! This is what went down at this months GeekOut Bristol Meet and information about July’s event!
So as I mentioned last week that it has now been a year since I actually first encountered GeekOut. This also means that I have been to about 9 out of the potential 12 meetings that have happened in that time and I am happy to say that most of them have been fun. I got involved by finding out about the meet-ups via the MeetUp website. Since I don’t have a Facebook account when I moved to Bristol I began to look for groups that I could join that I might be able to make new friends at. I then began to read this website and reached out to it to see if they would accept an article from me.
This is our monthly round-up of what’s happening at the next Meetup. We set the theme of the event, talk about what we’ll have on display and what we’re going to do, as well as talk about anything extra. This month, we’re going to have a very charitable meetup, where we try to raise money in advance of Children In Need. I’ve already requested my donation bucket, so here’s hoping we get one ahead of the big day. If not, no biggie – We’ll be raising money for the titanic charity event once again, as after all, we geeks could be the Superheroes that the poor children of the world need.
Another month has passed us by and the GeekOut Bristol Meet has come and gone once more, but don’t fret, we’ll be back with another amazing event next month. In the mean time, you can relive all of what happened this past Saturday via our gallery. Join Timlah as we talk about the happenings at GeekOut Bristol Meet this past August 13th.
May day, May day, it’s over again! One more month has passed us by and another GeekOut Bristol Meet has happened. But don’t fret, it’s time for us to look towards a brighter future, start to announce our next event and of course, look through all of the photos taken for this past Fridays meetup. It was an absolute belter!
Another games day come and gone and what a fantastic day it was. And another huge thank you to everyone who attended and took part in the many games and competitions.
The two role-plays drew a surprisingly large audience, as well as interested players. Viking Tomato was held on the main stage in the afternoon, it was a parade of heroic vegetables and terrible… terrible puns as it ever is. Daring feats by the Cranberry Saucerer, and Rhubarbarian saw victory over a band of militarised Pringles. Mike, my co-conspirator at Quotes from the Tabletop DM’d, he recently started his own YouTube channel, Bassios!
My game started in the morning in a separate RPG room, I used Kerplunk to build an ever mounting sense of dread, and dread it most certainly created. While my attempts to implement sound failed due to technical difficulties, it didn’t stop the look of abject terror on the face of the young lady who caused a catastrophic loss of marbles.
Here are a few pictures from the rest of the day, thanks to the owners of e-Collectica and CEO Darwin T. Dodo (I’m fairly sure T. stands for the) for providing them. These pictures will be uploaded to our Facebook page, so if you see yourself, tag yourself.
The party carried on to a local pub for the die-hards who just couldn’t let go. The after-party is one of my favourite parts of the day, and I hope that even when the event starts extending into the evening that the after-party still happens.
Wheels are already in motion for e-Collectica games days next year, and we want to make them bigger and better than ever. Not to mention that the the October Games Day of 2016 will be the store’s 10th birthday, so they are looking to make it a real party. We’ll keep you up to date with the plans nearer to the time, or you can follow e-Collectica on their Facebook page for up-to-date news and info on the massive array of games they stock.
I’m busy writing the most elaborate one-shot game I’ve ever made, using D&D 5th edition as my basic format. In keeping with the season I’m going for a horror theme with a shamelessly childish twist, but I take pride in my work! No matter how childish my source material I’m working hard to keep it as traumatising as possible. When I play for fear, I go for the throat, and everything I can bring in to build atmosphere I will be using. It’s the kind of work I only put into an event-grade game.
e-Collectica Games Day is upon us, and we’re pulling out all the stops. Along with a battery of new and old games including some Star Wars X-Wing and Armada, it’ll also see the return of Viking Tomato, the ever popular fruit and vegetable based roleplay based on Quotes from the Tabletop‘s very own Mike/Bassios.
More importantly, if this games day goes well, then next year the event can get even bigger! There are speculations on taking the 9:30 – 4:30 event into the evening, and at next the next birthday party – the big 1-0 – even a mini-cosplay competition.
This is how bigger events are born, they grow from the support of the good people like you. People are coming from all over the country for this so if you’re anywhere in or near Shropshire, come down and join us. There’s still time before Saturday to get your ticket for £2.50, unless you want to pay the full £3 on the door, hey we don’t mind. Games start at 9:30 in the Morris Hall on Bellstone.
Anyway, enough of this shameless advertising. Back to work…
Have you noticed that we have a few new things on the side bar of the website? For the record, have you seen that we even have a new menu option at the top of the website too? A simple post to reflect these small changes!
The first of the changes to the website is the link to Bostin Blam. This is a wonderful website run by fellow Bristolian Xenia Randle, a fellow geek and cosplayer who is looking to do more bespoke cosplays for people. She really enjoys the sense of community spirit that geek culture promotes so heavily.
I really enjoyed reading about her work with the Ewok hoods, so if you’re a fan of Star Wars and you want to help support local creators and crafters like Xenia, please go and purchase one of those. They look amazing!
He needs your help to make his audiobook come to the light of day and honestly, from what I’ve seen from this guys work so far, this audiobook will be great. Daniel has also been kind enough to send me a book which I will be reviewing as soon as I’ve received and finished it – so big thank you to Daniel for his time and for letting me read his works. I’ll report back on here with an honest review and with a give-away!
In the mean time though, get to Kickstarter and help our fellow South-Westerner out!
Oh this was a big undertaking for me, even if the page isn’t that large yet.
See, I’ve had to find 7 events for each of the umbrella categories that we cover here on GeekOut South-West and some of them were hidden really deep! Anime events and gaming events were always going to be easy to find and discuss, but what about the technology events? The sci-fi and fantasy? They all exist, but where are they?
Rather than focusing specifically on a particular area, I’ve begun to build up the page. I want it to become a much larger list and I hope to be able to incorporate some more advanced features, such as searching by location, or searching on cost. What do you want to see out of that page? Also, if you know of any events that you think should be on there, be it a convention, a meetup or a festival, let me know about it.
Whenever we go to one of the events listed on there, we’ll provide a link to an article we’ve done on the event too. So please do check our new page out and let us know what you want to see out of it. I’ve spent a lot of time on it, so feedback is much appreciated.
Thanks to everyone who keeps reading GeekOut South-West for whatever reason they do. I hope that one day we can have an even bigger community to discuss and share with one another… But hey, community usually start small, so let’s keep supporting one another and all of geek culture! After all, fellow fans make some of the best friends in the world. If you’d like to see your event on the side bar one day, let us know what you’re doing by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter or in the comments!