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GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 10th: SCI-FI

Space, the final frontier…

Well unless you count our GeekOut Bristol Meet! Hello, welcome back to our humble event article, where this month we’ll be bringing you an event that’s actually quite generically themed. A bit unusual for us, but there’s a good reason for this.

Sci-Fi is a massive genre, which has so many different titles within it. Without Sci-Fi, we’d not have Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica – Heck, we’d possibly not have anime series such as Gundam or video games like Mass Effect. Sci-Fi is such a huge genre, so come along and see if you can find some series or franchises you’ve not seen before!

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FOODIE PRE-MEET (Poll pending)
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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!

The polls for where we will go to eat before we GeekOut will open on Sunday 28th May over on Facebook. A link will appear in this description and in the comments below.

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MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)
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Sci-fi goodness over at the Old Market Tavern, we’re going to be serving up a selection of space-y goodness. But whether or not you’re coming along for the social aspect, or just to play a bunch of games with people, there’ll be something to do for everyone.

As always, we encourage cosplay! We will encourage you to bring your own games as well, but as ever, we have a large catalogue of games which will come along with us and as always, there’ll be a brand new game this month as well. Hopefully we’ll get the projector doing better for Quiplash 2 this month as well.

PLEASE NOTE:

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 5pm.

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BOARD GAMES (& a dash of video games)
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As always, we’ll have a large selection of board games available, so please do check out what we have:

– 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
– Magic: the Gathering
– Pokemon Monopoly
– Rogues to Riches
– Scrabble
– Star Trek Settlers of Catan
– Star Wars Guess Who
– Three Wishes
– Zombie Munchkin

AND MANY MORE!

We won’t be bringing every game from here on in: 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, 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.

We will have a projector (With a tripod!) for Quiplash, Quiplash 2, Drawful 2 and more. If you have a Nintendo Switch, or something similar, feel free to bring that along to hook up to the projector!

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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
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Got a favourite character in all of Sci-Fi that you absolutely must come along as? Just want to show off your latest cosplay, even if it’s not Sci-Fi related? Please do! We support and encourage cosplay, to make it a much more visible art.

*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: Space Quiz (8pm-9pm)
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(Above: A previous competition – Make your own cardboard robot)

Oh we all do love a good quiz, now don’t we? This will be a two-part quiz: One part will be real space questions, the other part will be sci-fi space questions.

You can work in groups, should you wish to, however please note this does not change the items you get from the winnings. Furthermore, if anyone is caught cheating (using a phone/bringing in a book of “Space for Dummies”*), you and your team (if you’re in one) will be automatically disqualified.

1st Prize: ???, £25 cash, 3 Steam games from our list and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.

2nd Prize: ???, £15 cash, 2 Steam games from our list and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.

3rd Prize: ???, £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!

* I don’t think Space for Dummies one exists, but “Astronomy for Dummies” does!


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!


Top 10 Words & Phrases

GeekOut Top 10s

Words and phrases – They’re powerful aren’t they? From a simple please, to a rallying war cry, words mean a lot to people, whether you want to admit it or not. But some words and phrases linger with us, some stick through the fandoms and get mixed into the real world. Although you can never beat the original context, there’s so many words and phrases we use thanks to our favourite fandoms, that today we’re going to celebrate our Top 10 of them.

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Geek Radio – What’s Out There?

Are you really into listening to the radio, but as a geek you find it hard to enjoy the channels you listen to? Perhaps your music choices mean that you end up listening to people who are putting on a corporate show, yet really you know there’s a full blown geek scene behind the music? What about those of us who listen to genres like nightcore, are there stations for us? What about anime music stations? Recently, I found a small station by the name of The Cat which featured two hours of anime music, so it got me looking around for more geeky radio stations. After all, we’re really not a minority any more, no matter how much we’d like to cling onto that!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 11th: BYGONE ERA Last Weekend 

A much smaller affair than we’re used to but it was a pleasant evening, filled with gaming goodness, books and lots of discussion. I was challenged to a battle on Pokémon Sun & Moon, where I lost spectacularly. We introduced a new board game to fit our theme and we also showed off a gift GeekOut received, as well as an expansion to an existing favourite. 

Exploding Kittens got an upgrade! Yes, for those of you who have followed Exploding Kittens at all will be familiar with the expansion, Implosing Kittens. This expansion comes with a full sized human cone of shame, as well as lots of silly new cards, which makes the game seriously tactical! From Reverse, which reverses the turn order, letting you skip your go; To the Imploding Kitten itself, which is drawn face down, doesn’t kill you, but goes back in the deck face up, then can’t be defused if you draw it from face up. This was a brilliant addition to an already excellent game. 

Top hat on head, it was a spiffing good event!

Our latest GOCollection addition is the classic board game, Scrabble. Pick up a bunch of tiles, create words out of them following a placement system on the board, then score as high as you can. It’s an incredibly simple game which was first introduced to the world in the 1920s.
Being a smaller event than usual, we didn’t hold our competition for the month, but we’re going to do a larger competition at next months event. We were going to hold a competition to perform a 30 second act, in silence, using cue cards and props. We also didn’t see our expected attendance at the pre-meetup. It wasn’t that attendance was bad; We still had 33 people join us, but it looks like the winter month of February might have caused most people to feel down in the dumps.

All going well, info about the next event goes live today, with a superhero thene and an extra big prize in mind, this should be a great event! Share your thoughts below, did you enjoy our event this month? Let us know on FacebookTwitter or Reddit as well!


GeekOut Bristol Meet – February 11th: BYGONE ERA

Gather round ladies and gentlemen as we look at what we’ve got coming up at next months GeekOut Bristol Meet, when we go back to the old school – In fact, so old school, we’re rolling back to geeky media back from the early days of television. From black & white all the way up to the grandfathers of sci-fi films, including Metropolis and Nosferatu, this is going to be a bit of a throwback edition of our meetup, but still with enough modern day facilities to keep it geek!

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Merry Christmas from GeekOut South-West

Today is Christmas Day, which means that Santa must have come and given you all of the gifts you would have ever dreamed of getting. Or you might not have gotten anything at all – and that’s annoying, because Santa and his sat nav isn’t all that it’s made out to be. Whether you’re in camp receiving gifts, or camp not receiving gifts, it’s the holiday season and today is the biggest day of the year for some people. It’s a time to see your family and friends, a time for you to be with loved ones, in front of a warm fireplace. It’s a time to eat some delicious food, which will take an absolute age to wash up. Above all though, it’s a time to relax.

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Decorating Your Tree In The Geekiest Way – ‘Geekmas Tree’

Christmas Trees are a major tradition that a lot of people don’t really even think about; they just do it. Think about it for a moment – Where’s the logic in bringing a tree into the house and covering it in tinsel, baubles and ornaments? Really there’s none, except for the sake of upholding tradition. But it got me thinking for a moment: What if we broke tradition, by making it into our own? What if, just what if, we could keep the tradition of having a Christmas Tree in our house, but completely turn it into a representation of ourselves? Here’s my guide to decorating your tree this Christmas season.

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Top 10 Gods

For the love of all that is holy, we’re back for another Saturday Top 10. So for God’s sake, pull up a chair and have a gander through these ancient scrolls that we’ve uncovered, telling us all of the power of these beings. They might not always be physical, but they’re certainly righteous in their own way. So whether or not you’re a believer, this list has been made to try and convert you to our beliefs.

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Yarr – GeekOut South-West Be Three Me Hearty’s

GeekOut Cosplay Competition 1302 23

Jus’ an update for ye, ya filthy bilge rats.

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An open letter to Quentin Tarantino

Dear Mr Tarantino,

Should I begin by asking if I should call you Quentin? It seems a bit informal considering that we have never met. For now, I will stick with Mr Tarantino as a mark of respect. Anyway, I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to get in touch with you but life has been really busy and I’m sure you know all about being busy. It has only just come to my attention that you would fit in well with our group and I thought it would be nice for me to extend a hearty invitation to come and mingle with us at one of our meet-ups. Even though I have been a massive fan of your work for some time I have only recently seen an interview that you did back in 1992 in London promoting Reservoir Dogs. It’s probably a bit much for me to expect you to remember this interview so for your convenience I have included it below.

It’s the way in which you speak about film and film making in this interview that was a particular revelation to me. You are obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. The way you explain that during college you were not interested in sports which although is cliché Geek it’s certainly something I can relate to. I personally have struggled to embrace my inner Geek in the past. Over the past few years, I have undergone a massive change that has now lead to my life being overall improved. In our group, we try to encourage people to embrace what makes them a Geek and you certainly are a great example of that. Your early work was received by film critics with mostly a fan-fare and I love the work ethic you had for not stopping there and continuing to do what you love. Your passion and dedication for films have led you to make what a lot of people believe are some very iconic pieces. I am sure that in the wake of that you have inspired other people who may be as geeky if not geekier than yourself about films and they will hopefully go on to produce great work in time.

I probably will never get the chance to thank you or the actors involved personally for producing such entertainment. I guess I just wanted you to know that should you ever fancy an evening in a pub, in Bristol (UK) with a bunch of other people who are passionate about a number of different things then we would be more than happy to have you. This might be a bit much but we could even make our theme for the month a Tarantino theme. We could have a quiz related to your films and our regulars could cosplay from the vast array of characters you have created in your filmmaking career and you.. well you can just come as you are. I’m pretty sure that our community would be right behind this idea and would welcome you with open arms.

So thank you for taking the time to read this and be an inspiration for people around the world who may be outcast for having something they are so passionate about. If you want to get in touch with us you can send us a comment via this website or contact us via Twitter, Reddit or Facebook. I look forward to meeting you in person.