GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet – September ’17

Despite the start of a new university year, the GeekOut crowd has proven harder to diminish. Oh sure, we’ve lost a few regulars along the way, I’m sure they’ll come back when they are able, but with an early season cold starting I was glad of the quieter meet this month.

Palmers was a quiet pleasure, a busier start to GeekOut than I’m used to where the pre-2 o’clock crowd rarely amounts to more than two or three. It was a crowd of five that wandered over the car-park to Monty’s. Kudos to the lady who complimented us for openly playing a more traditional game and enjoyed a short discussion on how the Shrewsbury Geek scene has gotten bigger and more sociable of recent years, and thanks to the gentleman behind the counter who told us about their board game night on the first Thursday of every month… we knew already, but thanks.

A few games to settle us in to Monty’s, and a curry to try and rid myself of this damn cold (it hasn’t worked) as more people filtered in. Tsuro and Love Letter as standard, Great Scott made a welcome return, and I bust out my own copy of Welcome to the Dungeon. We lost a few people to the competition for a while, I guess I wasn’t expecting everyone to dive in so thoroughly>

This month’s competition was a character creation competition! Fill in a character sheet with your own creation but with a few requirements randomly drawn from three piles; a background, a trait, and a twist! Pad out with stats, skills, inventory, and bring it all together with a story incorporating the random qualities and a pretty picture to win this month’s disappointing prize. Congratulations to our winners:

  • John, with his judgemental, exploding, Tibetan monk, haunted by his own ghost from the future who – guess what – judges him relentlessly.
  • Matt‘s librarian who stubbornly refused to remove his coat full of spiders. He likes it dammit! No one tells a librarian what to wear and what not to wear!
  • Julia gave us a pianist with glorious hair, and highly skilled at musical murdering. Julia had some of my favourite skills, and brought everything together with an elegant stick figure complete with portable fan for perpetually slow-motion hair wafting. All in all landing first place.

This month’s disappointing prizes were Story Dice, a choice between medieval, superpowers, and horror.

Great month, and I am satisfactorily exhausted, so I will be winding up September’s summary quickly.

Next month will feature two – TWO competitions: The Big Geek Pub Quiz will make it’s third appearance, and as it’s Hallowe’en it seems only fair to hold a costume competition too. Prizes for both! See you all for our horror-themed GeekOut Meet on October 26th. Keep an eye on Facebook and Meetup for the details.