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.
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!
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.
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 Facebook, Twitter or Reddit as well!
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.
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.
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.
Much like the nifty Nimbus 2,000, another month has whizzed past us again. It’s always a shame when another month of GeekOut ends, however as you all know, we’ll be back with another amazing and fun-filled event next month. Let’s have a look through the pictures and memories of last weeks’ GeekOut Bristol Meet. Warning: This one was rather magical!