Halloween isn’t hugely celebrated over in Japan, as it’s mostly a Western tradition. It’s slowly becoming more and more adopted over the years, complete with its own bad outcomes. However, Halloween is still a day to celebrate, a tradition we’ve held dear to us for many a year. Our own version of Halloween has changed over recent memory, becoming less about the tradition and more about wearing costumes and generally having a good time. This Halloween, remember to keep safe – And check out some Halloween episodes in anime, a medium the holiday doesn’t get a lot of exposure to.
No preamble, I’ve done this enough times to give you guys the short version. Some spoilers, some of them are bigger than others. TL;DR? I liked it. Let’s get into the meat of the review, shall we? (more…)
Through Azeroth, to Paragon City, I’ve played a number of MMORPGs in my life. All of them adhere to vaguely similar rules; create a character, run through a huge open world and do some quests. Get coins, do a few professions – If you’re a fan of MMORPGs, you’d know the drill. I’ve played so many, that I was trying to look for one that could potentially replace the massive void that World of Warcraft left in my heart. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before I picked up Elder Scolls Online – But what did I make of the world of Tamriel? Read on to find out more, along with a screenshot gallery of my journey.
You’ll excuse me if I was glad of a quieter GeekOut this month, it’s been an exhausting few weeks, culminating in being unwillingly decorated for Hallowe’en last Friday. The bruising is almost faded, the blood is almost gone from my eye, but I’m still exhausted.
Still, after a quiet start – just me and Cal for a couple of hours or so – I think we amounted to a little under twenty of us altogether, and a huge thanks to all of those who came, those who joined in the costume competition, and the two sentence horror story competition, and thanks to Nicole for demanding she run a game of Werewolf so that I’d sit and play a game for a short while.
Premeet – The Boiler Room
Pay not attention to the content of the notebook…
I had about half an hour or so to sit and get some work done before I was joined by Cal, not pictured are the efforts of the werewolf costume and the beard that could rival mine that will become more apparent later in the gallery. Not an awful lot to say here, other than the world was proverbially set to rights over coffee and raspberry milkshake before we moved on to a similarly empty Monty’s Tower.
First of all, congratulations to Hannah for winning the two sentence horror story competition, which was very heavily laden with in-jokes, I hadn’t realised how many of those we’d come to develop over the last year and a half. Hannah’s entry sickened me beyond words, and has left me with a greater trauma than any recent criminal activity made against my person:
There was an adorable puppy.
It died, horribly.
And you can see the photos, no guessing who won the competition for best costume, but considering where I found Cal in summer, I really should be more careful putting a costume competition on the docket.
All assembled personages have since been checked for signs of metamorphosis, and argyrophobia, results have proven inconclusive.
A New Toy
Regulars know Vinni by now, right? Possibly by face if not by name, for he has many. Well, aside from being the one local holder of a copy of Gloomhaven that I know about, he also works heavily with wood, and has previously brought custom game boards, and has also been spotted in the wild peddling wooden wares (check out Wreathen Works for more), and most recently he has constructed something for a friendly local dungeon master:
Serious cannot begin to thank Vinni for this one, a custom, fully branded GM screen made of black valchromat, sprayed and carved into shape, with plans to attach metal strips for the purpose of adding magnetised notes to the back some time after the Hallowe’en game at Whittington castle (for which one place remains if anyone is interested) where the screen will be making its glorious debut.
Next event is on the 29th of November, NaNoGeKo… which is a terrible pun! And no, no novel writing will be required, but writing discussion is actively encouraged, and if people are in the mood for a mini-round table, I’m up for it if you are. It will be a quiz month, and I promise to try and tone down the difficulty, still got a lot of fine-tuning to do.
See you then.
Spooky internet content – You know, the type of website, video, webcomic or otherwise that sits in the back of your mind once you’ve mentally digested it. Spooky and scary aren’t one of the same – However there is a lot of overlap between the two. To determine what we’re considering ‘spooky’, it’s got to have something that’ll make you think, or some element of the supernatural. So, without further adieu, here is our Top 10 Spooky Internet Content. (more…)
Books; eBooks; Writing; Written word. That’s what we’re going to celebrate, as we get together for a night of fun and games, with a twist using literature. As this month will be NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, we figured we should create our own story… More on that in this month’s competition. Read on to join us for another exciting GeekOut Bristol Meet!
FOODIE PRE-MEET TBC (TBC):
As ever, we love a good nomming session before GeekOut Bristol Meet, so please check back soon and we’ll have the pre-meetup poll go live. We’ll publish the Pre-Meetup poll on Facebook tomorrow (Saturday 27th).
MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)
I love a good story, but all good stories have a beginning, a middle and an end. Ours happens to have a prequel with our pre-meetup, however we’re going to have a night of gaming, as well as chatting about various novels and pieces of prose.
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 cheap and it’s delicious – 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.
BOARD GAMES (& a dash of video games)
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
– Exploding Kittens
– Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
– Jungle Speed
– Love Letter
– Pokemon Monopoly
– Rogues to Riches
– Star Trek Settlers of Catan
– Three Wishes
– Unusual Suspects
– Zombie Munchkin
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.
A new game will be brought along if possible. Once we know what it is, we’ll announce it in the comments of our Facebok and Meetup pages.
COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 9pm)
Naturally, some of your favourite characters come to life on pages, so why not share your love of these characters by physically bringing them to life. All cosplayers are welcome, as always.
*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.
COMPETITION: Written Insult-Off (8pm-9pm judging, 9pm results)
We do love a good bit of writing, but one thing we like even more is a good bit of crass humour. Pick up your quill and parchment, for you’re going to write up to 1 A4 page of insults. The funniest and most insulting wins, but, please note the following:
> No homophobia, no racism, no sexism, no disablism, no ageism and no ideology bashing. That’s not cool (and you can do better than that).
> Make it as insulting as you want, but we’re going to critique these on how -funny- these insults are… However, there are three criteria:
– Humour (Sure, this is subjective, but I’ll be pulling up a small panel, where the funniest two we each find will be pulled forward and judged to whittle it down to the final three.)
– Legibility (We’ve gotta be able to read it easily! If you have ‘bad handwriting’, don’t let this put you off. Feel free to type it up before hand, if you’d prefer but you’ll need to print it!)
– Word complexity (you may use ye olde English, should that suit you)
Please note that anyone can begin writing their entries before attending the meetup.
1st: £25 Cash, a GeekOut Poster
2nd: £15 Cash, a GeekOut Poster
3rd: £10 Cash, a GeekOut Poster
All entries that I can read will be gathered up and turned into a free eBook, exclusive to you guys. Aren’t I nice?
As for the physical prizes:
- Stephen King’s On Writing – A great primer for writers and aspiring writers which, honestly, I learned a lot from.
- A Fancy Leather Journal – Great for when you need to write on the go
- Paperback Card Game – A game that encourages your to use your words!
These are subject to change, but hopefully they’ll stay this way!
As part of our commitment to being a great night out, we do not discriminate based upon age (although our age requirement is venue policy), disability, 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!
So what are you waiting for? RSVP today!
Sufficiently challenging your players at higher levels can be a difficult task for any DM/GM. With players of 15th level or higher who can take out creatures like dragons with relative ease, making encounters that are both interesting and a challenge can be tricky but ultimately worthwhile, if done well.
Below I have prepared a number of encounters using 3 different sets of monsters, two of which are from Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, that have been designed to both be a challenge to a party and be interesting and unique encounters.
This is probably by far the weirdest name I have come across, for what is essentially a board game convention. The convention has been running for about 6 or so years and originated in Stockport. However, now we have Stabcon South that takes place in Southampton and since it is so close to Bristol, I grabbed two friends and went to check it out.
You know, Halloween is a time of celebrating the supernatural for most people. It’s a time when we get dressed up and enjoy a bit of the macabre, putting up decorations of skeletons and donning our best zombie outfit. However, another part of Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, is time for an excuse for us to watch some good old horror. So, I thought I’d talk today about three great horror films – including comedy horror – to watch this Halloween season.