BristolCon 2014 Gallery

Last Saturday was BristolCon 2014 and it was an excellent day out for everyone involved. So many authors under one roof, as well as some amazing artwork from seriously great artists like Julian Quaye it’s no wonder this might have been one of the best BristolCons to date… But to make it even better, the cosplay element of BristolCon is now slowly getting there. Seriously, I think cosplay might have suddenly become a major part of the whole geek scene, which I find awesome.

So, why not have a look through our gallery and see what there was to see!?

Last Saturday was BristolCon 2014 and it was an excellent day out for everyone involved. So many authors under one roof, as well as some amazing artwork from seriously great artists like Julian Quaye it’s no wonder this might have been one of the best BristolCons to date… But to make it even better, the cosplay element of BristolCon is now slowly getting there. Seriously, I think cosplay might have suddenly become a major part of the whole geek scene, which I find awesome.

So, why not have a look through our gallery and see what there was to see!?

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DMing 101 – Horror

As any good series should do, this week’s DMing 101 will be a Hallowe’en special, and a preview for a set of genre-specific guides on how to give your games specific themes and atmospheres. Before the new series begins, here’s a look at one of the hardest genres to do properly: Horror. Continue reading “DMing 101 – Horror”

Kickstarter Highlight – You Are Now Earthbound

Do you like EarthBound?

Do you like media boxsets with lots of goodies?

Do you like special EarthBound boxsets which is jam packed with goodies? Well then look no further ladies and gentlemen, as it’s time for another PSI Kickstarter Highlight!

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Top 10 – Epic Rap Battles of History

Did we ever mention how much we love you guys?

We also really love the Youtube series Epic Rap Battles of History by “Nice” Peter Shukoff and “Epic” Lloyd Ahlquist. After every new video is released we spend an hour debating it, picking apart every line for subtle references and debating the ultimate question: Who Won? As you can imagine, we are more than a little pleased that you voted for this Top 10.

Oh, and big warning on the offensive language front. You have been warned!

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The Week in Geek – 20/10/2014

The Week In Geek

We’re back once again ladies and gentlemen for another awesome edition of The Week in Geek. This week we ramp up the extremely exciting by bringing you… Mathematics? Also in the news this week, we see the return of a gaming legend, Avengers, Antman, Spiderman (Marvel madness in general) and an update to Gerry Andersons Firestorm.

This was one very eventful week in geek!

 


PhotoMath

PhotoMath

This might be one of the coolest bits of software I’ve seen in some time.

What PhotoMath does is literally allows you to scan over an equation or maths problem of some kind and once it’s focused on it, it’ll try to resolve the problem for you. Now, that could be thought of making people lazy, but it does a lot more than this.

Not only does it solve the equation, but it tells you how to work it out for yourself. Step by step instructions for the scanned equation appear on your smartphone. This is one seriously powerful bit of technology. It’s already available on iOS and it’s also available on Windows Phone. It’s due to be released on Android in early 2015. Watch this space, Android fans – iOS and Windows Phone fans, go look this app up. It rocks! Let us know how good it is!

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There’s one thing I’ve failed to mention… This is a free app. They also have provided an SDK for their camera text scanning software which can be implemented in any of your apps. It appears the SDK is free to obtain, too. Is this the beginnings of a truly augmented reality, perhaps?

Follow these links for more information on PhotoMath as well as the rest of the MicroBLINK family. Seriously – Exciting times are ahead of us!

3D Realms is back

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To all of you out there, this is a very small announcement by the 3D Realms team.

If you don’t know who 3D Realms are, all I can say is “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubblegum… and I’m all outta gum.” These guys made Duke Nukem and I assume with them coming back, they might have re-acquired the rights to the Duke Nukem name. That’s pure speculation of course, but they might be coming up with completely new franchises after a long period of absence. Watch this space as this is a small developing situation right now. Let’s hope they produce more gems like their games of yesteryear!

But for now, they’ve given us a 32-game anthology pack… That’s a great way to make a return guys!

Marvel Cinematic Universe News

Kudos to Marvel this week for recognizing the power of the internet. As they began a countdown to the release of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer the leaked footage spread faster than their countdown ever could, so – being the sensible types they are – Marvel cancelled the count and released the HD version within 24 hours. It looks spectacular without giving a thing away about the plot that we didn’t already know. Biggest and most gleefully received reveal would be the Iron Man Hulk-Buster that comic book fans have been dreaming of since the incredible film project was announced at the end of the first Iron Man film. Check out the trailer here:

The beleaguered Ant Man project is due to follow it later next year in July. Original director Edgar Wright (famous for the Cornetto Trilogy) left the project following creative differences. Still, I am looking forward to the lesser known Marvel Property joining the big-screen cast.

And finally, it has been revealed that not only can we expect an Iron Man 4, but the plot of Captain America 3 is looking likely to be the story of the comic series Marvel Civil War, in which Stark and Rogers divide the world’s super-heroes over the topic of power registration! It’s a huge undertaking, and one that should, ideally span both films. More importantly it begs the question, will Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man be integrated at last? I won’t spoil it for those who don’t know, but Spider-Man plays a somewhat pivotal part in the storyline.

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Firestorm Update

More of our coverage on the Gerry Anderson Kickstarter project, which is now in it’s final few days and still a long way away from it’s highest stretch goal, a 22 minute pilot episode! It looks unlikely but the fact that they’ve achieved funding so quickly is still fantastic news. Here are a few more sneak peeks at some of the work being done:

 


That’s it for this Week in Geek! If you know of anything happening that you think should get a small piece on this site, let us know! Drop us an e-mail or even use the contact form below. If you don’t want your name to be featured or if you want some information to be displayed should your news make it in, then please let us know what you want and we’ll accredit you as expected!

 

e-Collectica Games Day

My local games shop host regular events where people can come and play board games, take part in events, meet new gamers and try something different. They’re a lot of fun, and I’m not just saying that because I’m on the committee who runs them. Helping to manage events is one hell of an opportunity for me, and I’ve learned a great deal in the process, and though it’s been a long fight for us to make games days a success, they get better every time, and everyone who comes enjoys themselves, and ultimately that’s what is important.

We are Shrewsbury’s biggest games event, and we are still rising. In fact e-Collectica itself is currently looking likely to move from it’s current stall in the local Market Hall and into a high street premises, and next years’ events are going to be bigger and better than ever.

If you’re local to the area, keep an eye on Facebook and GeekOut South-West for updates on when the next games day should be. For now though, take a look at what you’d be missing out on:

 

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and an even bigger thanks to those yet to attend! We look forward to seeing you.

And once again, a huge thank you to e-Collectica for every opportunity they’ve given me.

Ctrl Alt Donate v2

As we say, we do like to support the small local causes in the area.

The University of the West of England have several societies, one of which is UWE’s Video Game Society. They are going to be up all day and all night playing games for a big reason: It’s to raise funds for a seriously good cause.

As we say, we do like to support the small local causes in the area.

The University of the West of England have several societies, one of which is UWE’s Video Game Society. They are going to be up all day and all night playing games for a big reason: It’s to raise funds for a seriously good cause.

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BristolCon 2014 is almost here

Tomorrow is the day for BristolCon 2014!

For another full day of sci-fi and fantasy fun, it’s time to go and get our book love on and this year, BristolCon is looking bigger and better than ever! Come see how it’s looking to be another great year for BristolCon!

Tomorrow is the day for BristolCon 2014!

For another full day of sci-fi and fantasy fun, it’s time to go and get our book love on and this year, BristolCon is looking bigger and better than ever!

It seems there’s going to be a panel for everyone, there’s a section dedicated to the Yōkai in Japanese culture, which is awesome for me! As well as that, there’s going to be some amazing readings by really talented authors and writers, panels on how to get into writing and much more. What’s more, the GeekOut South-West social group are going there to investigate, look around and chat! Come say hi to us!

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DMing 101 – The Impossible

In DMing 101 I’ll be giving generalized advice on how to run a tabletop role-playing game. The articles will not presume any knowledge, except being able to read. And maybe knowing what dice are. And paper. And a computer. Maybe some other stuff. I’ll also presume that you can remember that DM means Dungeon Master. Some people call it a Game Master or GM, but I don’t. Suck it up.

There are a few quick start guides on how to DM out there, but DMing 101 will offer a fairly easy set of tips that a novice can follow to make his/her games something truly memorable.

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Kickstarter Highlight – Lego Ideas

We all know that Kickstarter is not alone out there. There are plenty of means for start-up businesses and smaller groups to gather the funding they need, such as Indiegogo and Patreon, but here’s one that may have passed you by.

Cast your intrigue yonder, dear reader…

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I think we can all agree that the Lego corporation do not need any additional money, it has a net annual income of $1.1b, and recently made the decision to reject a deal with the Shell corporation in order to adhere to the will of their fans and maintain a certain ethical standing. We may view their products as a little over-priced, but they have remained market leaders in quality, durability and product diversity appealing to seemingly every demographic. Continue reading “Kickstarter Highlight – Lego Ideas”