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Happy New Year 2019 from GeekOut South-West

January 1st! Happy New Year everyone! It’s a new day, it’s a new beginning and y’know, I feel like this is going to be a fantastic year for us all. I think our group’s going to go from strength to strength and I think that we’re going to have a great year for the website. But that’s not all – I feel like this is just going to be an all round good year. So strap yourselves in, we’re going to go for a time-travelling journey for what we’re hoping to do in 2019 – And hopefully you’ll be joining us for the whole ride.

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An Update on our eBooks

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Jeez, with how much we’ve been doing recently, we almost completely forgot to fill a spot here today. So uh, I guess we should talk a little bit about what it is that we get up to, when we’re not finding out about the latest geek trends; or writing reviews of video games, films, anime or otherwise. Ultimately, you, our readers, are the most important part of why we do what we do, so we’re looking to provide you with even more content, in even more ways. To come up with something new, we’ve been getting on with work on different mediums – And today, let’s discuss our upcoming eBooks.

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Pokemon Go – Raids and Gyms

This week we got our hands on the biggest update in Pokemon Go since the release of Gen 2, a hint at things to come, but can it be the saving grace the game so desperately needs? Interest has waned dramatically over the twelve months since initial release despite regular changes and improvements, extra features and events, and often the execution of the so-called improvements has been the cause for concern, lacking foresight, too hastily rushed out, or just not well received by some faction or division of the player base.

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Upcoming Series on the GeekOut YouTube Channel

You may have noticed the Stonekeep series slowed down for a while – But fear not, this will be back to normal, along with more series in the near future. Read on as Timlah lists the ongoing series he’s going to start running.

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Stonekeep, the game that started it all for me as a Dungeon Crawler fan. So it’s no real surprise that I’d start my YouTube channel with one of the games that was an early fond memory for me. I was so keen to see more people get to experience Stonekeep, that I didn’t even realise the amount of work behind a YouTube channel, let alone editing your own videos, scheduling and publishing the associated articles with them.

However, we’re now past the holiday season, many of us are going back to our day jobs and here at GeekOut, we’re switching on the overdrive! Yes, I will be diving back into Stonekeep and doing 2 weekly let’s play episodes of the series once more… But this time, Stonekeep won’t be alone on YouTube. No, I don’t just mean one off episodes for articles either; I mean I’m going to work on making a new series or two for the channel to go along with it.

Theme Hospital

I haven’t forgotten about it, don’t worry. I’ve actually gotten two episodes recorded as of time of writing, but I decided not to bring this series back until I had released this article. I expect to finish this series by mid to late February, as it’s one I’d started but then stopped releasing episodes of (foolishly).

I love the game, I love Bullfrog games and you can expect to see Theme Hospital come to a close within the next two months. It’s time to pick up the Slack Tongue and cure many more patients. I am not sure if I will fully finish the whole game in the series. Only time will tell!

Final Fantasy IX

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If you’ve stuck around GeekOut for more than a couple of days, you might be aware that I’m hugely fond of the Square Enix masterpiece, Final Fantasy IX. I’ve been looking at many ways to connect my PSP up to my PC and now that I’ve got a way of playing FFIX on my PC, it’s almost time to start recording it. I expect to start putting out FFIX LPs by the end of February – After I’ve finished my Gamely Giving streams.

I have a few goals on that series:

  • All four optional bosses, Quale, Tantarian, Hades and Ozma, will be defeated.
  • Find many secrets and explain how to get them.
  • Build a team using Zidane, Vivi, Steiner and Freya – An all-out aggressive team!
  • I hope this series proves to be as entertaining as Stonekeep has been.

This comes at a really opportune time too, as recently it was unveiled that there will be a Final Fantasy IX remake! Well then, let’s hope that is a good remake for what I feel is the best Final Fantasy game in the series. I’m looking forward to playing it natively on my PC, but in the mean time: Time to get this one going!

Beyond Good & Evil

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A masterpiece of a game, involving more beauty shots of pig-men than any other game, Beyond Good & Evil set the bar when it came out for truly innovative storytelling. With the unique premise of being a reporter for Jade & Co’s Reporting, it’s up to you as Jade to take on aliens, military and more to find out what has been happening in your home world of Hillys.

Featuring a brilliantly unique photography system where you uncover clues and earn money for your published images, Beyond Good & Evil didn’t work on many Windows PCs when it first came out. A lot of people encountered day one bugs with it, which stopped them from enjoying it. Recently however, I’ve been able to make the game work via WINE and now it’s time to show off this RPG Phenom… You’ll be left wondering why you haven’t played it before, or yearning to play it again.

There are more series planned throughout the year, however these are the upcoming ones. I’ll also still do the occasional one-off video. What do you think so far? Are you happy we’re going to diversify a little bit with our Let’s Play series? Do you think there’s anything else I should play on the channel (bearing in mind my very underpowered machine)? What series are you happiest to see come to our channel? As always, your comments are much appreciated below, or over on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to Subscribe, Like and Comment on the GeekOut YouTube channel and we’ll see you over there soon!


NaNo Update

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After two failures to even start an entry for National Novel Writing Month, I foolishly decided to turn this year’s entry over to you, asking you to help me pick the genre, overarcing story, a cast of characters, and the remaining features.

To begin with, I am behind.

Not horrendously so, nothing I can’t recover I swear. I’ve picked up the pace quite dramatically of late so I should be able to finish on time, and I’ve just started the second act, so the narrative is now officially in full flow. So while I’m busy getting on with it, here’s a quick summary of what I’ve done so far. (more…)


Kickstarter Update – Hero Hourly

NESFW – Not entirely safe for work, especially if you work with or near children. Expect bloody violence and the kind of language you tend to use in the car.


 

Back in February we gave you an early look at 21Pulp‘s Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming comic Hero Hourly, a look at the work-a-day lives of clock-punching heroes. Issue one released this September, and 21Pulp kindly sent us a copy so that we could have a look at what the donations of people like you have accomplished. Issue two is under way, so what has left them feeling so confident?

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It’s an unimaginative world filled with unimaginative heroes living under an unimaginative management regime and facing unimaginative criminals. All in all it’s perfect. Everything that we were promised, the incredible made unremarkable and bland, and that’s exactly the narrative we follow in the beginning. Saul worked hard at college and took a menial job to get a reference so that he could make it big in business as soon as possible.

That’s when recession hits, and it hits everyone hard. Fortunately there’s good work for anyone willing to take a security gig wearing yellow spandex and a cape. Thanks to the miracle of modern science, a chemical has been made that can turn anyone into a superhero! And as any right-minded chemical engineer would with such a discovery he turned it into a lucrative business deal that mass-produces the world’s best private security officers.

Hero Hourly drops an element of fantasy into a very real world. One issue in and there’s already a range of unique and relatable characters that suffer all too familiar problems, and not just the food stealing room-mate. Aside from the criminal element and the daily disaster, Saul faces the terrible threat of new management and potential redundancy. House foreclosures are generating a new breed of tragic villain, ones without advanced degrees.

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The writing style is just as gritty and real as the story, but you may have to keep a keen eye on the <parenthesis> that show Saul listening to what people have said to him with the hindsight of one who has realised that the whole world hates you.

The artwork is generally consistent, the only way to spot the odd anatomical anomaly is to actively hunt for them, but the important thing to observe is that no matter what a character is wearing they’re instantly recognizable and that’s no mean feat when your characters tend to switch from jeans and t-shirt to a generic uniform complete with mask and hood.

This three-issue run is still only ending up in the hands of Kickstarter backers, but I can comfortably recommend picking up a copy if you see it on shelves (or Amazon) if you’re looking for a different take on an over-done genre. Hero Hourly is a comic you can connect with, especially if you’ve worked somewhere you hated or felt like the world is against you no matter how hard you try to fight back.


Cosplay Updates – For Serious This Time

I’ll go through how I’m doing so far. I’ve been tracking my progress with a new app called Cosplanner, so if you’re a cosplayer who really likes to keep organised, check it out. It’s free, but the upgrades for it are really cheap, so I went and got myself the upgrades.

Oskar

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Oskar is complete. It looks daft, it looks silly, but you know what? It’s a lot of fun to play as. Oskar is always funny to run around as, he even got some great responses over at Bristol Pride earlier this year (People just love to take pictures with the crazy skeleton). He’s got his scythe which is currently in 2 pieces I’m going to try and attach it via magnets rather than using foam or glue to attach it. The reason for this is that it’ll actually be stronger (in theory) by using some nice magnets. A little expensive, but worth it. So this costume’s left to do:

  • Get some magnets.

Deku Link

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You’ll be pleased to hear progress has been made on this, but not quite enough yet. I’ve got it all of the “bits” done, including the mask, but it’s just not yet complete (which I know seems strange considering how I’ve been doing this one for so long. Blame work and other real life commitments.)

So far, here’s a list of what’s done:

  • Body Suit (Broken down into gloves, lycra shirt and lycra trousers.
  • Boot materials (Including my own homemade shoe bases and some leatherette). I’m cheating a bit: I’m going to get the shape sorted out with some Worbla that I’ve got. It’s cheating, but it’ll get the job done and it’ll look good!
  • Bracers
  • Mask base
My shoe bases - Cork and rubber. I might line it with a nice material so it feels better on the feet during the convention.

My shoe bases – Cork and rubber. I might line it with a nice material so it feels better on the feet during the convention. Some trimming has been done since this picture.

And here’s what is left to be done this week:

  • Make holes in the mask for the mouth and the eyes (30 minutes… There’s a lot of layers)
  • File/sand the mask (1 hour)
  • Paint the mask and make it shiny (5 hours)
  • Attach tunic to Body Suit (10 minutes)
  • The flower which will also be a straw! (30-40 minutes)

It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s all ‘done’, just not ‘finished’. We’ll see how well I do with it this week. If I get some extra time, I’ll also make the body suit more “wooden” by getting an airbrush and giving it some streaks of highlights. That’s a heck of a last minute job, but it would be worth it.

Apollo Justice

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I’m toning it back a bit, as I don’t have time to make the blue coat. But this is fine, as the rest is almost there. The only thing I really have to do is make the suit itself. That sounds like a tall order, but I’ve already sorted out the patterns. I just need to cut, then sew. This should only take about 5 hours to complete.

Done so far:

  • White shirt
  • Formal black shoes
  • Hair extensions (I’ll explain this shortly)
  • Bracelet (I’ll do a post on this at some point!)
  • Attorneys Badge
  • Blue Tie

Need to do:

  • Red waistcoat with black back. (2 hours)
  • Red formal trousers. (3 hours)

That’s it. That’s all. I’m going to get on with this as soon as possible.


 

No pictures yet. Not really. But you’ll be kept updated. Will Timlah finish his costumes before Kitacon? Will he, for once, have 3 proper costumes? Find out next time on Timlah’s Cosplay Updates Z.

Let me know if there’s anything you think seems off with my timing. I think I’m looking at it about right – I’ve given some extra time for each piece, in case I mess up (which I will). I’ve got plenty of extra materials, so I should be fine with this. As always, let us know what you thought in the comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter.


Cosplay Images of the Week

Every week, Cosplay amazes and astonishes me. The amount of effort put in by hundreds, nay, thousands of cosplayers across the world is simply staggering. So, I thought I’d look through Twitter and share some Cosplay pictures with all of you as well as a few things I’ve been doing this week, since heck, cosplay progress is a thing I like to share with the world from time to time.

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GeekOut Meetup March

Last night, I announced the next GeekOut South-West meetup event happening in the usual spot of the King William Ale House.

As winter slowly disappears, we’ll be able to start venturing out more, able to get to more venues and do more things… But since it’s still cold out, let’s keep warm inside of our regular venue and let’s play games, chat about geek culture and let’s just generally GeekOut together.

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I wanted to use this post to also thank each and every one of the GeekOut South-West blog readers out there. Joel and I have been working hard to produce content as regularly as we can, with events all across the UK and with us working with so many communities out there, we’re delighted to have met some awesome people. I’ve met some of you, the blog readers, as well as some incredible people who just prove why geek culture should be celebrated, not shunned.

Come join us for some drinks and chats!

Come join us for some drinks and chats!

For this next meetup, we hope to meet at the King William Ale House on Friday 6th March, which is a bit earlier in the month to usual – but that’s because the following week, I will be off to EGX Rezzed. Expect some articles in the build up to our exciting time at EGX Rezzed!

For this event, I will be going in Cosplay, so… Yikes. Meeting in cosplay is entirely optional, however! Other than this, we’re hoping people will bring whatever their favourite geeky interests are with them. For the video gamers we’re hoping to see some portable consoles. For the card gamers, bring their decks along and board gamers their board games. For the literature fans, bring their works or bring their books – comic guys bring their comics. Tech guys show us the latest in tech that you’re after! Let’s share and explore all different aspects of geek culture!

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We’re undergoing a major shift behind the scenes here at GeekOut South-West. We hope that when the evidence of our shift finally kicks in, you’ll all be satisfied with what you see and get. We’re nervous, but we’re also incredibly excited by our secret possibilities. We’ll not divulge this information yet, not because we like being secretive, but because we want to excite you without promising what could potentially be impossible to deliver. Nothing is impossible whilst our amazing readers are around, so thank you for just being there. Our journey is still quite fledgeling… But we hope you’ve enjoyed every step of the way so far.

From such small and ambitious beginnings, where me and my co-worker attended the first GeekOut meetup to such a dismally low number of attendees (… Just us!) to the 260+ members of GeekOut South-West today… Honestly, the mind boggles as to how great you all are. You are the real power for us providing more content; as cliché as that is to say, it’s true.

Thank you

Do you have any suggestions for our future meetups? Do you know of any events we should really make a trip out to? What do you want to see us cover more of? Also what do you think our secret project might be? As always, comment below, on Facebook or on Twitter and until next time, take it easy GeekOut readers.


Big Geek Bristol Meet 12/09/2014

Welcome back once again everyone to another quick update on how the social events of GeekOut South-West have been going.

Our meetup page has 100 members now. There are a few others who frequently come along but aren’t signed up on the meetup website, but officially we do have over 100 social group members! A big thanks to each and every single one of you: You all make this worthwhile.

So how did our last one go? I didn’t get many pictures, actually – but we had events and a £20 cash prize competition! Ooh.

One of our newest members who also happened to have a really nice camera. Still, he didn't expect this..!

One of our newest members who also happened to have a really nice camera. Still, he didn’t expect this..!

We started the night in the usual way: Get some tables together. Get the drinks in. Get re-introduced and get introduced to new members.

We sat around and just spoke for a fair bit of time. A good sign that the night would be filled with conversation! This carried on for an hour when suddenly one of our newer members brought out his game of One Night Ultimate Werewolf. If you’ve not seen this game before, check out this video from YouTubers Board Game Replay which discusses and then shows a game of One Night Ultimate Werewolf!

Once the game was over (for the record, I wasn’t a Werewolf), we decided to do the competition. We had some emotional “sales pitches” of their books and possibly the most plausible sale of the children’s book Mr. Grumble. Alas, the prize was given out to the most passionate pitcher, even though we were all in stitches at the reading of Mr Grumble. Someone also announced they had 50 Shades of Grey but thankfully they didn’t.

We then moved on to Cards Against Humanity. But just as we were about to: We got kicked out of the pub! It was late, we weren’t kicked out for being bad, it was just late at 11pm. So we decided to move the group over to The Crown which was very loud, but we managed to shout out Cards Against Humanity stuff, much to the bemusement of the security staff. I think the guy didn’t know whether to laugh with us, at us, or be disgusted. Either way though, he kept laughing!

Then we moved over to The Mothers Ruin, where we finished our nights. Oh man, did we finish it on a high or what!? I gave out shots of absinthe to everyone to end the night. Except for a few of the members who decided to stay out even later than 3am, but that was their choice.

Thank you to everyone who showed up. The night was memorable for many reasons and I hope to see you all again soon.

The next GeekOut Social Event is on October 10th @ 7pm, upstairs at the King William Ale House. More information to follow.

However, if you want to see what our next event is going to be like then why not check out our Meetup page?

Click the logo to be taken to our Meetup page!

Click the logo to be taken to our Meetup page!