Behold the rising star of the Shrewsbury geek scene! And behold you, the beautiful people who make it a reality!
June marks the last of the four month trial period agreed with both the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse and Montgomery’s Tower but it is fairly safe to say that the end of the trial does not mean the end of GeekOut West Midlands. To mark the last of the introductory Meets I held the Big Geek Pub Quiz, an unapologetically brutal test of strange and esoteric geeky lore from literature, games, comics, television, films, anime and manga, and a miscellaneous section of the kind of weird things you get to know when you’re just this nerdy.
Without further ado, a gallery of this month’s highlights, but stay tuned to the end, there will be another quiz!
At last I have beaten Murray at a game of Star Realms! Not that I’m dwelling on it at all.
I arrived overburdened with the usual variety of games made slightly damp by the inclement weather to find Murray reading his way through Scott Pilgrim.
Coffee, cake, dice and cards. It’s what you might define as business as normal but the looks on the faces of those who came and sat with us still looked a little confused. A quick round or two of Star Realms with Murray and we broke out the Magic decks moments before more faces started to appear. Fluxx and Great Scott before a round or two of Tsuro (#Tsuro), and finally a quick game of Bucket of Doom which shall not be spoken of here or ever again! Some things are better left unspoken.
Monty’s Tower – The Big Geek Pub Quiz
Returning to our corner in Monty’s Tower, and a hearty meal (and less than hearty pudding) to fuel the evening of gaming. We welcomed new members, dragged them into a few games – including more Tsuro, great game to introduce new people – and then at 8:00 we divided for the Big Geek Pub Quiz. Perhaps a slight rephrase as the quiz itself proved rather short, all over and done with in an hour once the tie had been broken; but by the standards set by my questions, one would have to have been a Big Geek to get even half of it right. Kudos to you all, there were only one or two questions that nobody answered correctly.
With a winning score of 9/24, The Humans drew level with Team:
Team :) Fortress 2 forcing me into an unexpected tie-breaker situation! Congratulations to Ben, Matt, and Murray of Team: Fortress 2 for winning the disappointing prize which was made even more disappointing because I forgot to bring it. Enjoy your replacement non-disappointing vouchers.
As the trail period has come to a close there will be a few shifts in format as yet to be fully confirmed, but plans are afoot. Stay tuned to Facebook and MeetUp for more information on the next GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet on the 27th of July. Before you go, a couple of quick questions to you lovely geeky people:
If you have enjoyed it all so far, I look forward to seeing you soon. Remember that these Meets are made by geeks for geeks, and we want to know how to make it better for you. See you next month.
The Cube Cinema is a microplex cinema, arts venue, adult creche and social wellbeing enterprise based here in merry old Bristol. That’s a lot of words to take in, but what you need to know from this is that the Cube Cinema shows off a lot of awesome indie films that may not get exposure otherwise. They’re made up of a great bunch of volunteers and they do more than just screening films. As mentioned in the first sentence, they are an arts venue as well and what better for arts than to showcase a video game based competition?
GeekOut South-West meetups are going strong still. We’ve got over 400 members signed up to our Meetup page, did you know? Our next meetup is happening on Saturday 13th June, where we’re going to start off at Sticks & Broth from 3pm before heading over to Old Market Tavern no later than 5pm. If you want to come along, make yourself known to all of the other GeekOut Geeks.