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Project Working: 5 Tools To Get You Through Your Projects

Projects are a huge demand on an individual, especially if you have personal projects that you want to get through yourself. However, it doesn’t have to be so hard. With so many tools built for you to manage your projects, it can be just as hard choosing the right applications for you. This article covers five tools that I use regularly, helping me get through any project (and what I use them for).

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Festival of the Spoken Nerd | GeekOut Interviews

After a few months of waiting, I went to see the Festival of The Spoken Nerd show in Wells last week. I had no idea what to expect from the show but was curious to find out and took four fellow geeks along with me. It was a busy crowd from a very varied age range, that I think spanned from 12 to 50+ and I think it certainly had something for everyone.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – September 8th: TECHY TEACHINGS Gallery

We really do love technology; that much is certain. We proved how much we love our tech, by showing off our new Raspberry Pi Arcade! However, that wasn’t all we did, as once again the geeks of Bristol gathered around for a night of fun and games; of both board and video variety. We drank together, we sang together (seriously, that happened) and overall we had a great time together. But hey, you’re here to see some pictures of the event and to learn a bit more about what happened. Along with seeing the pictures, we’ll share the competition so you can have a go if you’d like to!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – August 12th: TALKING TOLKIEN

18+ Event

J.R.R Tolkien was a wordsmith whose worlds have captured our imaginations for years; a writer whose works got three massive movies, before three more slightly-big-but-not-quite-the-same-as-the-first-three movies. An expert who creates a fantasy world unlike any other.

So whether you’re coming along as you want to just play some games, or if you feel like having a social meet after your Elevenses, it’s time for another exciting GeekOut Bristol Meet!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 14th: VIDEO GAME HELPLINE

The problem with an addiction is that it’s hard to admit it – Although let’s be honest, if you’re addicted to video games then you’re probably doing alright! We once again got our behinds to the Old Market Tavern, where we met up for some food and drink, board games and video games, as well as comics and books and so much more. People were chatting all night long and we got a nice number of attendees once more. As always though, we’re here to show you what happened throughout the night and to give you a bit of insider knowledge about next months event. Interested in what we did? Read on!

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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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