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Video Game Review Batman: Arkham Asylum

When The Dark Knight hit our cinema screens, it was somewhat of a revolution for superhero movies everywhere. It brought out that dark, gritty side that Batman has been needing on the big screen for some time. Jump forward a year to 2009, we ended up with Batman Arkham Asylum. This did for superhero video games what The Dark Knight did for superhero movies. But does the game hold up just as well in 2018, nearly a decade on from the games original release? I decided to finally pick the game up, after having it in my Steam account for many a year.

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Kickstarter Highlight – IS IT A PLANE!?

I’ve expressed an interest in diceless role-playing games for a few years now, but I’ve yet to be involved in a game that is completely without some influence of chance, even the odd playing card based game which wasn’t wholly without dice. Is It A Plane!? by Psychic Cactus Games is something rather different… actually something very different. Now funding on Kickstarter is a role-play about interpretation, and is going to be a must have for those who are quick on the draw. (more…)


GeekOut Bristol Meet: January 12th: HERO ACADEMY

18+ Event

The world is ravaged by evil-doers and the greed of man. There are countless people out there, trying to undo countless years of civilisation, breaking apart our very nations.

But, with the right guidance and help, you can help us. You can save us from ourselves. You can come along… and GeekOut in our Hero Academy!

Stand tall, friends, you and I are in for a bumpy ride, as we’re going to be looking to stop the evil-doers of the world. We’ll be taking you back to school, learning the very basics of your powers and abilities. We will show no fear and we will take back control of our cities!


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FOODIE PRE-MEET Times Pending (Poll Pending):
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… Many peoples wallets regretted it.

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 poll is up until Wednesday 10th, so please be sure to make your vote if you’re coming along to this month’s pre-meetup event! With a new comer on the list in Casa Brazil, be sure to put your vote on our poll.

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MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)
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If you’ve seen the phenomenal anime My Hero Academia, this meet will be for you.
Love the X-Men? Great! This meetup is equally for you.
If you are a fan of Marvel, DC, or any other superhero stories, this meet will also be for you.

If you aren’t a superhero fan, then hey, this meet will still be a GeekOut Bristol Meet, filled to the brim with games galore and plenty of things to do and see. So as ever, come along for a fun evening!

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 6pm.

Final note: If you are asked for ID by the bar staff, we will not vouch for your age – You must provide ID.

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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:

– Bears vs Babies
– Bucket of Doom
– Cards Against Humanity (UK Edition + Expansions 1, 2 and 3)
– Cash n Guns
– Chess
– Code of Nine
– Exploding Kittens*
– Fluxx
– Goat Lords
– Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
– Jungle Speed
– Love Letter
– Pokemon Monopoly
– Rogues to Riches
– Scrabble
– Star Trek Settlers of Catan
– Star Wars Guess Who
– Three Wishes
– Unusual Suspects
– Zombie Munchkin
– Zombies!

AND MANY MORE!

We won’t be bringing every game listed above with us: 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, Drawful 2 and JackBox Party Pack 3 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. Also, people can play Mount Your Friends and other video games. We’ll try to bring the Raspberry Pi as well, which has some arcade games.

We will try to get a new game for this meetup as well.

*Please note, as of right now, Exploding Kittens appears to be missing. We’ll try to locate it, but it may have gone walkabout. As such, if we genuinely cannot find it anywhere, then we’ll get a new copy of it at some point.

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BOOK & COMIC SWAP
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We felt that we really needed to revamp our Book/Comic Swap system. As such, starting from this meetup, we will not be bringing all of the books and comics with us; but rather a sample of 10 books/comics. As such, we will be opening a spreadsheet from February 2018, listing all of the books/comics we own. If you wish to see a specific one, please let us know before the day via the spreadsheet. It’ll be included in all future Meetup descriptions!

PLEASE NOTE:

Books/Comics you saw last month might not be present this month, unless you have a specific request for book/comics. You may take a book/comic home, free of charge. You may leave a book/comic with us to put into our list as well.

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COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 9pm)
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PLUS ULTRA!

Coming in costume? Fantastic! If you’ve come up with your own My Hero Academia inspired costume; or if you want to be a member of the X-Men; or perhaps you just want to be your very own superperson – at 9pm, just after the competition, we will be getting a group shot of all of our heroes!

*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: Heroes Academy (8pm-9pm)
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Everyone loves a good competition and this month will be no different.

For the heroes amongst us, this competition will not be for the feint of heart. We’ll be doing a heroes academic test for only the most heroic among us. We’ll be putting to test your knowledge of what it means to be a hero. But, before you can do that, you must create your very own hero persona. As such, this is a two-part competition, which we’ll run at throughout the day, with it wrapping up by no later than 8:30pm.

When you join us, you’ll receive a Hero Profile Sheet, allowing you to create your very own superhero. Once created, come speak to Timlah and have a couple of minutes to spare. You must use this superhero to overcome a series of ‘practical’ tests. If you manage to get to the end, we’ll then score your results and compare them to others.

1st Prize: My Hero Academia Volumes 1-3, £25 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
2nd Prize: Logan Pop! Vinyl, £15 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.
3rd Prize: Sky High DVD, £10 cash and a GeekOut Poster of your choice.

Note: Occasionally, there may be even more on the day!

*Please note, when I say practical, you will not be actually doing any physical heroics. Sorry about that.


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!


The Changing Trends

We’re normal…

I’ll start that again.

By and large we’re more normal than we’d care to admit, just as prone to the same habits as those we’d refer to as “normal people”, just as susceptible to hype and we still tend to spawn a cycle of trends. It may not be clothing or music trends as such, but there is one field in which we dominate the culture… or maybe the field impacts us more deeply than others?

Couldn’t say, cause and effect is a bit fuzzy here. Here’s a retrospective on genres in film and television. (more…)


Card Game Review – Superfight!

Recently, I decided I wanted to get myself a Loot Crate box. So that I did, when they released some of their older boxes. I went and bought myself the Play box, which had some great items inside, but there was an item I didn’t see listed – or at least I didn’t know what it was at first. When I opened my box, there it was sitting neatly near the bottom of the box… The exclusive Superfight deck for Loot Crate. But just what is Superfight and is it any good? Read on to find out more about the game. WARNING: This game is Not Safe For Work

I’m going to warn you now: I compare this game to Cards Against Humanity… And it’s up to you to decide which game you would prefer sitting on your shelf. Both games are great fun.

Gameplay

Very simply put, this is Cards Against Humanity in Superhero dream-fight scenario format. You have white cards and you have black cards, not much new here so far. What is new however is that instead of playing a white card (answer) to a black card (question), you have black cards (attributes) and white cards (characters). Also, it’s got an interesting drawing mechanic, where you draw three black and three white cards at the start of each turn.

Your character could be anything, from an average woman, to a young boy wearing his underwear on his head; or more specific characters, such as George Bush. You give your character an attribute and it goes around in turn order for players to unveil what their superhero is. The remainder of your hand goes into two separate discard piles, one for the black cards and one for the white cards. When everyone has done this, each player picks up another black card and puts it on their superhero. Then, the players discuss who would win the fight. The winner scores a point and the game continues until an end point has been decided.

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It’s not necessarily the most safe for work game out there, but some of the combinations are outright hilarious, so it’s worth a look at. One pro side to this is the majority of the cards seem relatively inoffensive. With this in mind, if you want to play a silly game with people who prefer games that are a little more politically correct, whilst I’ve not seen all of the cards out there, this game might offer that “CAH-Feel” without all of the hoo hah of having to explain what Bukakke is. If you don’t know, don’t look it up. We accept no responsibility if you do look that up.

Presentation and Cost

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Same as Cards Against Humanity, the game is really well presented. It’s very simple too, with two different decks, representing two types of cards. It’s really easy to understand, simply based on the looks of the cards. The game comes in a nice enough box, again sharing an incredibly familiar trait of Cards Against Humanity of the black on white feel. You know that when you open the box, it’s going to be a lot of cards. The game certainly feels well polished and nicely packaged, plus it doesn’t take up too much room.

Cost is hard to define when we don’t have a similar game, so we’ll be comparing the base set of Superfight with the base set of Cards Against Humanity. When we talk about cost, the game is slightly more expensive than Cards Against Humanity, which is at a simple and clean twenty pounds. Also, whilst Superfight comes with 500 cards, Cards Against Humanity comes with 550.

Overall

I really like Superfight and it makes for a really nice replacement or even compliment to Cards Against Humanity. It’s a nice addition to our little geek game set and because it’s not purely about “who is the funniest”, but rather it has a lot more depth to with its ‘character creation’ (sort of.) This earns it a unique spot in our geek games collection. It’s easy to get into, especially if you’ve played any card games of its kind before. Have you played or heard of Superfight? Would you rate this or Cards Against Humanity higher and why? Let us know in the comments below, over on Twitter or Facebook.


The Golden Age of Super-Movies

While I have some serious qualms about DCs efforts of late, there’s no two ways about it, this is an amazing time for super-hero movies. Marvel have really led the charge with their Cinematic Universe, and it’s been a revolutionary project in both film and television, and the latest trilogy of Batman films has been nothing short of spectacular. It looks like good Superman films may well have ended with the first two Christopher Reeve instalments 1978 and 1980.

I’m also a huge proponent of original properties and alternative takes on the concept of super-heroes. These days they’re a rich subject, rapidly increasing in volume but with a fascinating history stretching back almost as far as super-heroes themselves. But like any history, it’s got its’ shameful moments. (more…)


Tiger & Bunny review

Hello one and all,
So, today I want to talk about one of the most recent anime I have seen, Tiger & Bunny.

Tiger & Bunny art

A rather serious looking cover, for what’s actually a very charming (and clever) series.

Tiger & Bunny is phenomenal. I mean let me go through this with no spoilers for you all. A western styled superhero story in anime form. Surely, this is the best of both worlds. This anime truly is.

Some incredible artwork, with truly amazing characters that aren’t forgettable. The story primarily follows Wild Tiger, an ageing hero who is known for being a bit of a destructive machine. He always means well for everyone, selfless. He is partnered with a younger hero who has the same power as he, super strength for 5 minutes. This younger hero, Barnaby Brooks Jr (aka Bunny), however, is out for glory and revenge for his parents deaths.

As the story progresses, each of the heroes personal stories are touched and you see their rivalry also extends into a strong friendship. With plenty of bad guys and some amazing blend of a serious superhero story and fun comedy, Tiger & Bunny seems to have the blend perfect. This is a pretty tame anime, however it is absolutely wonderful and will bring in fans of western comics as well as anime/manga fans, too.

It’s not particularly long at 25 episodes, which means you could finish it in a few days if you watched it back to back. Ultimately, you can watch the prequel to the series which is a feature length film (a spectacular one, at that) and this gives you a great start into the series. Now, maybe in future I will have to consider cosplaying Origami Cyclone… Maybe.

I give this series 5 out of 5! Top marks for the first review, can’t be bad, no?

DISCLAIMER: These are my views alone. You are welcome to comment and add to the discussion, but my views stand as above!

Origami Cyclone
Oragami Cyclone, great design, great character.