Board Game Review: The Quacks of Quedlinburg (Quacks) - Being introduced to this game purely as 'Quacks', I was expecting a game about ducks. Turns out this is actually all about quack doctors; quackery, as per the Wikipedia term, is in regards to "fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill". Now that your duck-based expectations are out of the way, The Quacks of Quedlinburg is an entertaining, simple, easy to play little romp through potion creation. If you've ever wanted to make some of the strangest potions imaginable in board game form, then this may be the game for you. Are you interested in how making potions translates to a board game? Read on to find out more!
Three More Netflix Reviews - I had fun with the last one, and there’s a few things I have opinions on that I didn’t review while I was in my last run of Dungeon Situationals. Rather than review one at a time, let’s take a short look at each.
Writers Corner: Keeping a Log - Recently, I've found myself jotting snippets down. No matter how big or small the idea, I've been writing words down that sound like a good sentence. Sometimes, they end up over several different documents, before finally being merged into one. No matter what, I'm going to keep this log down. If you're getting into writing as a hobby, or even a career, why not come up with your own writers log? Here's a few tips on how I write my log, how often I write in it, the types of things I keep and how the information gets used.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 12th: Best of British Geeks Summary - Every month I like to do these roundups, as a way to show people that hey, there are people out there who like to game. This month was a quieter affair for us, but it's just as well as it was also the day before Bristol Pride, meaning the bar was pretty damn busy at points. Nevertheless, we had a great night out with plenty of games. Lots of people interacted with us, discussing games and getting involved in the quiz which had 14 entries - All in all, a successful night. Here's how the day went and a few quick bits of information about next month's event.
Top 10 – Druid-Type Characters - To be one with nature is the way of the druid; whether it’s to be one with their more animalistic side, or unleashing a plant-based frenzy. Druids are a huge archetype in gaming, but today we’re not going to look at whether a character is called a druid. Instead, we’re going to check out and celebrate the idea of a druid. In this week’s Top 10, there’ll be some strange entries, as you may not have thought of them as druids, or they may be a perfect fit to the term.
Kickstarter Highlight: The Isle of Cats - A 60-90 minute long game, made by an experienced gamer for experienced gamers? Nice! However I really do love a board game that comes with nicely crafted pieces and thankfully, that's exactly what we've got today. The Isle of Cats by Frank West looks like a wonderful, simple experience with a lot of complexities added in. With a standard game mode and even a solo game mode, these cats are sure to keep you company. With a beautifully presented box, what do we make of The Isle of Cats Kickstarter Campaign?
TDSM XI – Wake Up World - So these are exciting times. Three people today have sent me an article about other professional DMs around the world (many of whom charge a damnsite more than I do), and this hobby that was just barely sticking its nose out from its niche back in the mid 2000’s when I was learning to play […]
UKGE Kickstarter Roundup – Part 2 - Chris has been checking out more of the games from the UK Games Expo 2019. Check out these fantastic new titles!
Journey Quest Season 4 – Kickstarter - This is a campaign is trouble, so this is a short article to reach out to anyone who wants to hear it. I’ve talked Journey Quest before, it’s a series set in a D&D world without going so thoroughly referential as Order of the Stick or Goblins, more that the internal logic of things like […]
Spider-Man: Far From Home - Guest contributor Ed has returned to us, following his previous article discussing Spider-Man: Homecoming. Since then, a new spidey-film has been released and he's back to tell us all about it. Check out Ed's review of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Gaming Achievements – Share Your Memories - Last night, whilst playing Elder Scrolls Online, I managed to finally do something that had taken me months to do. I cleared Veteran Maelstrom Arena with no deaths, giving me a brand new title in the process, The Flawless Conqueror. Arguably the hardest solo content in ESO, I was so chuffed to have done it at last. To make it better, I did it on a class that doesn't often get through Veteran Maelstrom Arena, as showcased by the lack of entries on the leaderboard. Today, I'd like to step back, chat about gaming achievements and open this up to you, to share yours with us.
Top 10 Powerful Magic: the Gathering Cards - Magic: the Gathering is a game best enjoyed with almost any number of people. When you play, you can end up facing a deck that is outright stronger than yours. This wouldn’t be so bad, if it weren’t for the fact that sometimes, it’s because of one specific card. This one card can change the course of a game, or even end it. As avid Magic: the Gathering fans, we’d like to offer you to have a look at some of Magic’s most powerful cards…
Why We Write - Every day, Joel and I come up with new articles to share. Some days, we struggle to come up with something; you can call that writers block. Other days, we are bursting with ideas. No matter what though, we want to provide articles because we have a desire to write about topics that excite us. We hope that our topics excite you too, but the main crux of why we write is more than just writing to entertain. Today, I'd like to just take a step back and talk about why we write, how your input is invaluable and how we would love to hear from more of you.
Hero Forge Has Been Busy - You guys know Hero Forge? The service has been running for a few years now, one of the cheapest and easiest ways of getting hold of custom miniatures, 3D printed to order using a simple creator that grants a range of options in multiple genres. Without question their largest range of options has been in […]
Returning To Games You’ve Not Played In A While - Ever find yourself going back to an old game and going "why am I here again?" Perhaps an hour in, you remember how much you loved this old game? Yeah, this happens to me too. Here are some thoughts about nostalgia and returning with a newly critical eye changing your gaming experience.
The “Level Up” Illusion - It’s a staple mechanic of so many games, a simple metric for measuring advancement, a point of comparison to where you were compared to where you are, and where other people are around you. Levelling up unlocks new skills and powers, grants access to new gear, and ultimately makes the whole process of murder-hoboing through […]
Time To Watch: Naruto (Season 2 complete) - Okay, I'm not going to lie, I set out to watch maybe half the episodes. I ended up binge watching this whole season in under two weeks. Again, I'm a slow watcher, take it easy on me, would you? Nevertheless, this has been an excellent season which shows a lot about the characters. Most of this season revolves around two parts of the exam, one part being a survival experience and the second part being a sort of tournament. The Chunin exam section is pretty much complete and yes, as I mentioned, I'm going to watch this whole damn series, no matter how big it is. So, here are my thoughts of season 2 of Naruto.
GeekOut Shrewsbury June ’19 – Board Game Beginners - Board game beginners, bring your friends, those who haven’t touched a dice since Ludo, someone who with the bitter aftertaste of Monopoly finally fading. If you can’t shuffle a deck of cards to save your life, this is your month to dip a proverbial toe firmly in the metaphorical water. Premeet – Sweet I did […]
Top 10 Worst Games on Release - Video games are to be enjoyed and can be a lot of fun, but sometimes you pick up a game on its release day and you’re gutted. It’s not what it claimed to be, or it just isn’t very good. Sometimes games stay this way, other times games rebuild themselves into something better. Today, let’s check out some games that were really not particularly good on release for various reasons - Bear in mind, these haven’t all been fixed. Some are still bad to this day...
The Boys Trailer Looks Damn Good - Being a PG-13 website, it's kind of hard to show too much about The Boys, but we'll tell you all about some of the key parts of the series. Coming soon to Amazon Prime Video, The Boys looks to take the superhero world and put it back in its place. I'm sure I'm not the only one to suggest there are too many superheroes out there, so here's a series dedicated to keeping collateral damage down and keeping these heroes in check. But here's a little bit of backstory behind The Boys, including the source material.
A Begrudging Defence of The Big Bang Theory - I am very… very proud to be a nerd in the 21st century. Our culture, is culture, we took over in a big way, we’re not the counterculture or the underground any more. Comics break the box office, games outsell every form of modern media, we’re in music, literature, we’re on every screen, and even […]
Ultimate Games Master – Preview - You probably already know that I build web-based applications for people to fund my nerdy habits. With the launch of the now popular DnD Beyond, I began to wonder just how long it might take someone to come along and challenge it. If there was any way you could beat the behemoth that is Wizards Of The Coast, it would be to design an app that did more than just Dungeons & Dragons, which is precisely what Ultimate Games Master (UGM) does.
Review – Jessica Jones Season 3 - After a spate of cancellations, Jessica Jones included, I wasn’t expecting to see another Defenders series, and this final season of Jessica Jones arrived with surprisingly little fanfare. The meta-series hit rocky reception from the back-half of Luke Cage, grew worse through Iron Fist and generally the ensemble piece was… just bad to be honest, […]
GeekOut UK – Our New Name - Hey all, I decided not to do a full post today, but rather I'd quietly slip in a tiny update.
Sega Mega Drive: The Games I Loved Growing Up - The Sega Mega Drive was, to most of the rest of the world, the Sega Genesis. I had one of these excellent consoles growing up and I often end up looking up videos, remembering the great games the console had. Oh sure, there's Sonic, for sure, but that's not all the console had. Today I'm just going to chat about four or five different games from the Sega Mega Drive that I absolutely adored as a kid. For obvious reasons, I am not going to count Sonic, because I think that's a given. Nevertheless, check out some of these more obscure games.
Top 10 90’s Geek Films - Before we delve into this list, we’re defining a 90’s Geek Film as one that was set out to entertain geeks. Therefore we’re going to include the likes of the 90’s Batman films, but not things like Home Alone which went on to become a cult classic. Some films toe the line between geeky and simply a good movie, so some of these may be contentious. Without further adieu, these are our Top 10 90’s Geek Films.
Cosplay Project: ‘The Fiend’ - It's been a while since I crafted my last cosplay, so today, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. He's called The Fiend. He's coming to a GeekOut Bristol Meet and a GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet near you in October... So let him in!
Dungeon Situational – Ten Ghosts (pt 2) - More ghosts, here’s part one. … And One for the Man in the Corner In the Ox and Puncheon there’s a table with a candle that’s never lit, a cup that never empties but is regularly refreshed, and chairs that are never moved and never sat in except by those approaching the end of their […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 12th: Best of British Geeks - Brits don't really give themselves enough credit. There are so many fun, quirky and creative geek things that we've done, that in our latest GeekOut Bristol Meet, we're going to celebrate being a British geek. Come along, share your thoughts of what being a British geek is all about and join in with our competition!
Dungeon Situational – Ten Ghosts (pt 1) - Three short of a mediocre film. Also this is going to have to be a two-parter by necessity! Expect part two on Thursday, and then a pause on Dungeon Situational for a few months while I get a few other article ideas out into the world. Here are the first five examples of ghosts, hauntings, […]
Kickstarter Highlight: Cover Your Kingdom – Card Game - Card games and Kickstarter are like ducks to water; many good card games come from the platform and today we're going to chat about another. I recently found Cover Your Kingdom, which claims to conspire to acquire punderful creatures. If that isn't a tagline that gets you excited, I'm not sure what you get out of bed for in the morning. Puns, creatures and medieval themes? Sounds ace to me. There's not much time to back this one, so check out Cover Your Kingdom today. If you want the lowdown, then read on for our summary of the campaign, along with the lower reward tiers.
Time To Watch: Naruto (Episodes 12-26 (Season One Finished)) - Just shy of two weeks ago, I did a summary post of my thoughts and feelings of Naruto as a first time sitting down to just watch it all. I am pleased to say that in less than a month, I’ve finished one season - Yeah, yeah, I know, some of you are laughing at that child’s play, I struggle to binge watch. Anyway, now that I’ve completed season 1, here are my thoughts of the series so far.
Top 10 Tech Distractions - Here’s a quick look at what the Wikipedia definition of what a ‘distraction’ is; “Distraction is the process of diverting the attention of an individual or group from a desired area of focus and thereby blocking or diminishing the reception of desired information”. Now that you’ve looked at another website’s definition, I hope you were distracted enough to not notice the doomsday device I just planted. Anyway, we’ve got a brand new Top 10 for you to check out! No doomsday device here.
Metal Music and Video Games - Metal music and video games go hand in hand. What? You don't believe me? I've got some amazing games to talk briefly about, all of which have some massive metal soundtrack. You may not like metal, or you may absolutely love the genre, but I'm hopeful everyone will come away from this thinking "okay, that was a good soundtrack". As a rule of thumb, I will not be including any Rhythm games, simply because it's kind of implied that music will be a major point and we all know that metal music likes to be nice and tricky to play on a guitar or otherwise. Right then, let's put up them devil horns and mosh away.
E3 2019 – Actually Quite Interesting - I’ve had a couple of years of just not caring about E3. I know I’m not alone in that, a lot of hype that rarely gets fulfilled, a lot of the hype we want nowhere to be seen, and it’s usually just a chance for big publishers to let us down and make us worried […]
WordPress.com Support Forums - I've been an avid fan of Wordpress for some time. The company, Automattic, do a lot of good. As well as running the software that runs this website, they power a huge proportion of the internet. Many of your favourite blogs, as well as a huge number of business and eCommerce websites all use the Wordpress platform, which is separated by Wordpress.com and Wordpress.org. Recently, I won't lie to you, I've been taking a vested interest in the people behind Wordpress. I've logged onto the Wordpress Support Forums and I've been trying my hand occasionally at helping those with Wordpress issues. This has been my experience so far.
Dungeon Situational – A Magic: the Gathering Adventurer - As Wizards of the Coast have already, very kindly, bridged the gap between both M:tG and D&D, this should be nice and easy, right? But that’s not the point of these articles, a shamelessly self-indulgent stretching of the creative muscles made public for anyone to use, and a bit of mental exercise at the same […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 8th: Newbie’s Guide to Board Gaming - With a night of festivity behind us, we managed to cram in a night of serious board gaming. There were games all over and I managed to get involved with a serious amount of gaming myself. The atmosphere was fantastic on the evening and once again, Bristol geeks proved they knew how to have a good time. Huge thanks to the Old Market Tavern for having us once more and providing us with another smashing special drink, including Refresher bars for anyone who had one. As ever, read on to find out what happened, some of the stats of the night and more info.
GeekOut Website Update – The End..? - It's been a while since I've updated everyone about the state of our website. As yesterday was a GeekOut Bristol Meet day, I didn't really get much of a chance to prepare an article for today, so I figured it'd be a good time to quickly let everyone know about the state of the new website. Also, I'll be chatting briefly about some other projects and where abouts they are. Most importantly, this is an article for me to document what we're going to do going forward with this website. Sound good? Read on!
Top 10 Different Dimensions - And thus the universe was doomed, for finally the dregs from Dimension 9 hath cometh. Or something like that, because today we’re going to be checking out our Top 10 Different Dimensions. To qualify as a dimension, the places simply have to be another plane of existence, meaning that it can literally be the exact same places as the real world, but so long as there’s an alternate group of people living there (even evil selves count). Sound good? Let’s go.
The Shropshire Dungeon Master XI – UKGE and Comics Salopia - Hey Joel, you’ve published your articles a little late this week. Why yes, yes I have thank you for asking. Last week was a long and glorious week, and GeekOut Shrewsbury was only the start of it.
UKGE 2019 Kickstarter Roundup – Part 1 - It's that time of year again. We headed out to Birmingham to cover as much as we possibly can in the 2019 UK Games Expo. Sadly this year we were one reporter short, so we have probably not been able to cover as much as we normally would, although I did manage to bump into Joel! UKGE is a great time to launch and/or have your Kickstarter running. As I went round the show I picked up and spoke to as many creators as possible, so today I wanted to start with the projects that are currently live.
Dungeon Situational – The Plague Domain - Gods are made to explain the inexplicable. Diancecht, Nergal, Loviatar are the cursed divines who bring disease in mythology, from Dragonlance it is the domain of Incabulos or Nerull, and from my setting find Ugol, dark god of the alchemist, whose symbol is a scorpion in a jar. But among these are gods who balance […]
Time To Watch: Naruto (Episodes 1-11) - Just over a week ago, I mentioned that I had never sat down and watched Naruto the whole way through. It's strange to call myself an anime fan without actually having watched much of the orange ninja, so I thought it'd be kind of fun to watch it all, share my thoughts on the show and get your thoughts in response. I have to thank the people who spoke to me after that article, as ultimately I learned a lot more about the show than I expected. Also, thanks to those of you who offered encouragement for my sanity, which may be just as important. Here are my thoughts of the first 11 episodes. As the series is so old, these articles may have some spoilers.
GeekOut Shrewsbury May ’19 – Who’s That Pokemon? - This was a quiet month, a not-insubstantial chunk of our regulars are currently busy, ill, and various other things, but our numbers dropped to a mere twenty-something instead of the thirtyish we were growing accustomed to. Oh no, how terrible, what shall ever become of our dwindling numbers? And what shall ever become of us […]
Top 10 Angels - So elegant, so beautiful, so... angelic! This week, we’re checking out our Top 10 Angels in film, TV, video games, comics and anime:
Achievement Unlocked Award - Thanks to our friends over at LaterLevels, we were nominated for a blog award. Huzzah! I try not to do too many of these, as ultimately, an air of mystery is always a good thing, right? No? Okay, well then I thought I'd take part in this blog award. It's nice to sometimes step back and appreciate the blogging community. There are so many of us, that many blogs never even bump into one another. Still, today I'll take this award post by answering some custom questions given to me by Kim. Thanks for the mention!
Tales of Alethrion – Season Two Kickstarter - Very early in my D&D playing career, I ran a heavily sea-focused campaign in Eberron. Among my players was a man by the name of Eddie, one of my all time favourite players and dungeon masters. I cannot remember the name of the first ship they sailed in, I remember that it was a rundown […]
Pokémon Go Events - Every now and then, I can't help but pick up a game that wants to continuously evolve. Over the years, since release, Pokémon Go has provided an experience that few other mobile games can come close to. There are a number of reasons for this, but the main one I think stems down to the games array of events. From the community days, to just random events, the game always manages to draw you back. Plus, with a title so centric around health benefits, it's hard to find a better game for mobile to want to play.
Dungeon Situational – Three Halfling Subraces - Halflings – the legally distinct smallfolk that are in no way to be likened to hobbits – are friendly if sedentary people who live in garden-like settlements dotted with allotments and farms that can help sate an appetite that defies their small stature. Occasionally they rove great distances in search of new lands to settle, […]
Mobile Game Review – RAID: Shadow Legends - One of the more common genres on phones, at least from what I've encountered, are these hero collection games. You can call them an RPG if you want, but the main premise is to collect heroes, upgrade them and work through the campaign. This is another one of those games, where you are presented with a series of campaign stories, as well as dungeons and PvP content, all so you can get the best heroes and gear, upgrade them all and make the best team possible. Whilst the premise isn't unique, the way the game presented itself looked great, so I gave it whirl.
Time To Watch: Naruto - Right, hold on, don't jump the gun on this article today folks. Have you ever enjoyed something, say video games or even anime, where a large section of fans talk about a particular series? Perhaps you're a gamer who has never played a Call of Duty, or a Final Fantasy? What if you're a comic fan who has never read X-Men? I'm a guy who really enjoys anime, however I've never really given Naruto a proper try. There's also no reason for it, as I thoroughly enjoyed the first couple of episodes that I did see way back when. So, I'm about to start a new venture - To watch all of Naruto... We'll talk about Boruto another time.
Top 10 Pink Characters - Pink is a bold colour, don’t you think? It’s often depicted as a colour of love, or a colour of everything soft and kind. However pink is so much more than that - For some characters, pink is just who they are. Today we’re on a mission to find the best pink characters in all forms of media. Whether it’s video games, anime, cartoons or even the colourful world of pro wrestling, here are our Top 10 Pink Characters.
Card Game Review: Machi Koro (With Harbour Expansion) - An adorable card game, set in a little city that needs to be built up. You're going to build this city up, as you are the new mayor! But to do so, you’re going to need money. The best way to make money is by making businesses that can help you generate said money. Will your city be the most desirable of all, in this beautifully simple city-building card game, Machi Koro? Or will you have to pay your opponents more than you get for yourself?
The Madness of Queen Daenerys - I was bitterly disappointed with the end of the Night King’s story, but I took a moment to sit back on Daenerys’ turn to the crazy and found that actually… it makes absolute sense, and should have surprised no one. It wasn’t a flawless execution, that’s for sure, I think we’d have all liked more […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – June 8th: Newbie’s Guide to Board Gaming - We play a lot of board games at our events... However, I've noticed that some attendees don't feel comfortable playing them. That's okay! For this month's event, we invite you to come and have a taster of different games.
Dungeon Situational – Three Constructs - Constructs are fairly unique in the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons (et al) in that they are exclusively built for a purpose. Guardians, spies, couriers, and mindless automata built and animated by craftsmen and mages to serve their private needs, or on the behest of influential patrons. Each of the constructs presented below is presented […]
There Is Much To Do - I really couldn't think about what to say today. Often, I'm met with days where I'm staring at a blank page. Today was one of those days. But don't worry, that doesn't mean we're quitting. There is much to do, after all. Tomorrow is the start of a new week - and with a new week comes new articles - Oh and the next GeekOut Bristol Meet details will be unveiled so... Yeah, there's something!
Top 10 – Our Favourite Levels - A more personal list than usual, this week, we’re celebrating the levels we love the most. The memorable moments, the challenging puzzles, the clever design, the beauty and drama. These are the moments in games that stuck with us the most. Maybe they’re not the best of all time, but we’re not historians, we’re here […]
Tech Review: Fitbit Charge 3 - Wearables are everywhere; whether it’s a wearable gaming device, or the latest in health tech. Fitbit is one of those companies who really helped make wearable health devices a major part of our lives. Last year, I was given my Fitbit Charge 3 for Christmas, which I have been wearing regularly for most of the year so far. The more I use it, the more I love it. From the pedometer, to the heart rate tracker, there are some excellent built-in tools. Here are my thoughts on the tech, as well as what more you can do with it.
Detective Pikachu – A Short Review - I have very little to say on this one. If you have seen the trailers of the film then I can tell you that you already have a solid grasp of the film’s tone and quality: it’s a kids film that gets dangerously close to being extremely adult, it does a wonderful job of bringing […]
Anime Review: Hinomaru Sumo - Whilst not the first anime based on the traditions of sumo, this one is fairly in-depth. The last sumo anime I watched was Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro, where a local bully gets humbled and wants to be a strong sumo wrestler, to impress his teacher who he loves. This anime is a huge step away […]
Dungeon Situational – The Ruin - Not all ruins are created equal, from fallen towers to crumbling keeps, haunted, twisted, and occupied by whatever monstrous squatters are passing, but they’re all bait for any adventurer fool enough to believe that just because the walls have fallen doesn’t mean the traps stopped working. Ruins are a staple dungeon for and D&D game, […]
MyFitnessPal: Tracking Workouts and Weight Loss - Apps that make my life easier are way up my street. For years, I've been using MyFitnessPal on and off, which whenever I use it, sees me lose a good chunk of weight. Whenever I get serious, I lose between 10lbs to a couple of stone using the app. Whatever your requirements are, whether you're looking to lose weight, or if you're looking to improve yourself, I can't recommend this app enough. However, rather than just tell you that I recommend it, here's what it does, what it can be used for and some of the other features.
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 10th: To Be A Pokémon Master Gallery - Another event has now come and gone, as swiftly as a Pidgeot. Whenever a GeekOut Bristol Meet comes to a close, I like to reflect upon the events of the night. The competition, the prizes, the people and the conversations. Even the weather is worth mentioning from time to time, so in this month's gallery, here's a quick rundown of what happened, how the night went and most importantly, some information regarding our next event. Oh, of course, we also have a bunch of pictures to share with you lovely lot. As ever, this is our gallery of this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet.
Top 10 – Complex Protagonists - By way of varying circumstances, these characters are all uniquely complex. They are all the protagonists of their stories, letting you follow them and their journeys. They may not always fight for the right reasons, but this is precisely why we love them. They represent a mixed bag of philosophies, fighting styles, thought patterns and […]
Modding Games: How I Work On Mods - Many video games, especially PC based ones, allow you to modify them. You usually are given a restricted API to work with, allowing you to manipulate the game in specific ways. Normally, you can’t really break the game per se, but you can indeed mess up with mods. But when you make a killer mod, people worldwide can benefit from it. I found a niche issue in Elder Scrolls Online, which I am writing a mod for.
Game of Thrones – Basically Over - There’s still a couple of episodes left in the televisual titan’s total run, in that time it has met with international acclaim, made superstars out of its cast and creator George R.R. Martin, and has generally been the most talked about TV series of the decade, possibly the century so far… Breaking Bad is a solid contender, […]
Film Review – Shazam! - Too often have I gone to the cinema after being told a film was some form of transformative experience. Shazam! doesn’t want to be such an experience. Instead, Shazam! stands on its own feet, introducing a humorous cast to the DC Cinematic Universe. Whether you’re a fan of DC as a whole or not, this is a film that you should consider checking out. Here’s our full review of the hero of pure heart.
Dungeon Situational – 10 Mounts - There are so many more interesting ways to charge into battle than on the back of a horse… or at least in a fantasy setting there are a lot more choices, gigantic riding lizards are no longer available and we are running out of most of the other interesting large animals (seriously we need to […]
Cartoon Network Shows I Grew Up With - Cartoon Network was a staple of British childrens television in the 90's and early 00's. Founded in 1994, Cartoon Network quickly became the go-to channel for all cool kids shows, with the only real rival being Nickelodeon. YouTube wasn't around, Google was still a small idea, with search engines like AskJeeves and even Yahoo! being relatively comparible. As such, as a 90's kid in the UK, you typically didn't have a lot of channels to choose from, but rather just a few main ones. Growing up, a lot of the cartoons I loved the most were airred on Cartoon Network. These are four of my favourites which, if you've not seen, you absolutely must.
THAT Sonic the Hedgehog Trailer - In 2019, we should be getting a Sonic the Hedgehog movie. In principle, this is a good thing. The blue blazer has been part of video game history since the early 90’s. However when Paramount got ahold of Sonic, you’d have thought it’d have translated fairly easily. There’s an already well established cast, a simple but fun protagonist and lots of reference artwork… But yet, it still went wrong, didn’t it?
Top 10 Tentacled Beings - Squids! Octopi! Aliens! What do all of these things have in common? That’s right, tentacles. Okay, aliens maybe not always, but the rest are definitely tentacled. Whether or not you’re going to have a biological tentacle, or a mechanical one, these appendages are long, limber and part of many people’s fantasies. You know what I’m talking about. Anyway, here’s our Top 10 Tentacled Beings.
Let’s Talk About Mobile Game Adverts… - Mobile game adverts have been really hacking me off recently. Why? Because they don’t represent what they’re actually selling. There has been an exceptional rise in untruthful ads in a bid to make their games look better than what they are. I drew the line on this matter a few days ago, when I came […]
Not Reviewing Endgame - It took me a month… a whole month to get through Infinity War. Seriously, here are the articles: Spoiler-Free Study – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 1/4 Super Team Ups – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 2/4 A Darkness Falls – The MCU & The Avengers: Infinity War 3/4 A Generation In Cinema – […]
10 Years of Kickstarter – Fun Facts & My Personal Stats - Last night, I think many of us received an email that said it was Kickstarter’s birthday. An amazing accomplishment to say the least, Kickstarter has helped so many projects come to life - and also seen plenty of failed projects too. Labours of love have been showcased, as well as plenty of ideas that were just too ambitious. Either way, we love Kickstarter and all of the wonderful ideas it hosts.
Dungeon Situational – Owlbear Encounters - Hoooo doesn’t love owlbears? They’re fuzzy balls of fluff topped with the best spiky bits from nature, but how to best use them without just dumping them into a random forest encounter? This week’s Dungeon Situational I offer up a few different ways to use these adorable hybrid beasties that may give you some ideas […]
Professional Writing Update 1: Entered A Short Story Competition - At the start of the month, I mentioned that I was going to get into professional writing and blogging. This month, I've taken my first steps towards that goal. I've gotten myself a new blog, where I talk about writing. I also have taken the plunge, written a short story and entered it to a short story competition. All in all, it's been a busy month, but not as busy as I was hoping I would have made myself. Still, a start is better than no start, right? Read on to see what I've been up to.
GeekOut Shrewsbury April ’19 – GeekOut Infinity - Pre-Meet With sincere apologies to the Boiler Room, given the short space of time I had to arrange this month’s GeekOut there was not enough time to forewarn you of our approach, but thank you for taking us on, and for the bacon sandwich, it was delicious. Chess, as it turns out, was an excellent […]
Top 10 Disgusting Foods - Film, TV, video games and literature all have something in common: Characters. Sometimes, these characters like to have a good feast, or a banquet. Sometimes, these characters eat, make or prepare absolutely revolting food. We’ve all seen terrible food before, but in today’s Top 10 list, we’re going to be serving up 10 of the most disgusting foods we’ve ever experienced.
BARPIG – The Adventure Party Game - We are preparing ourselves to attend UKGE again this year and believe it or not, I still have not had the time to review one of the games we were given last year. BARPIG is a competitive card-based party game with social group activities, and some elements where you can mess with other players.
NSGRC and Insomnia – TSDM X - What a month April has been. Today is April’s GeekOut Shrewsbury and sadly it will have to be a fairly tame affair compared to former events because between this and the last, I have been at two separate national events, long weekends in hotels carrying heavy books and masses of paperwork in the name of […]
Bray Wyatt’s New Character Is A Breath of Fresh Air - From a cult-leader to a children's TV presenter, the character of Bray Wyatt gets weirder and weirder... And I love it. Here's why:
Dungeon Situational – A Faction - A mad month of events is almost over for me, so this should be the last late article for a little while… should be. Within every nation, powerful factions rise to serve a singular purpose. Military, academic, economic, and philosophical affiliations cause people to draw together, to organise, and to work together in pursuit of […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – May 10th: To Be A Pokémon Master - You wanna be the very best like no one ever was? Yeah well, you've got some stiff competition, as this month's GeekOut Bristol Meet is celebrating the world of Pokémon. Will you catch 'em all?
Easter Egg Hunt: My Favourite Video Game Easter Egg - Easter eggs are a huge part of video games. Some games do so much with their Easter eggs, it's hard to not be impressed that it's not a separate part of the game - It's an explanation. From some games having giant heads, through to little tidbits of information you'd not find any other way, it's no surprise that Easter eggs are so much fun. Video games over the years have found so many ways to hide these little events, as well as cleverly hinting at their existence. Some games thrive off the Easer eggs, some of them hide them as well as they can. Today, I'd like to share my favourite video game Easter egg.
Top 10 Fictional Languages - We here at GeekOut South-West like to use words. We like to write words down and share words with you. Sometimes other geeks like to share words that don’t even exist - Not until they’ve put them down. There are plenty of made up languages out there which are awesome to listen to, or are downright ridiculous. This week, we’re going to check out our Top 10 Fictional Languages.
4 Video Game Songs That Defined My Childhood - Video games have helped define generations of kids and young adults. From the early 1970's with the Magnavox Odyssey, through to current day PC and PlayStation titles, video games have been a part of home entertainment for nearly 50 years. In that time, we've seen plenty of great titles and plenty of terrible ones. There have been a share of controversies, amazing stories and more. To say video games are not amazing is to put down the work of thousands of people globally. That's why today, I wanted to look back at some games and get all nostalgic at their amazing soundtracks. At the end of today's article, I'd encourage all of you to share your favourite video game songs with us.
CGI Nostalgia - We all remember ReBoot, right? Early CGI cartoon that brought to life the inner workings of computers and the anthropomorphic data living within, excellent story, great characters and villains… I mean, it was kind of trashy, but for a kids show in the mid 90’s it was good stuff, and ran until 2001. And let […]
The Old Hellfire Club – Kickstarter - It's been nearly a year since Christ had first heard of and played The Old Hellfire Club. We are very pleased to announce that they are now live on Kickstarter. Here is why you should now go and check it out and back their campaign.
Dungeon Situational – Powerful Spell Components - I’m not much of a “Spell Component” guy, at least not material components, but the visual effect of one fusing chemicals in one’s bear hands to create fire or toxin, or vial of consecrated soil that shatters and causes the undead to flee before you, it’s all very stunning, I just find it a nuisance […]
GeekOut Bristol Meet – April 14th: Superhero Assembly - The superheroes and supervillains of Bristol came together in a mighty menagerie, proving case in point that they were the best ensemble of all. They came in, they grabbed plenty of drinks and then they entered themselves in a competition of superheroics, where now we know whose image will leave a lasting impression. But how did the event itself go, what do we have planned for next month and where oh where did we go to eat before the meet? As ever, today we're checking out this past weekend's GeekOut Bristol Meet!
Why Professional Wrestling Is Now A Geek Subject - Since the decline of the Attitude Era, WWE, the largest wrestling promotion, has undergone rapid change. From a change in wrestlers and the presentation, to the audience themselves. I’ve written on numerous occasions about pay-per-views, such as this past weekend’s Wrestlemania and NXT TakeOver. Today, I’d like to chat about why pro wrestling is actually a geek topic. Hopefully, this’ll explain why you see so many wrestlers at Comic Cons!
Top 10 Frogs - Humans have been telling stories for a long time. One of the most popular stories passed down through the ages, is about the frog who was a prince. They say that a princess kissed the frog, which lifted the curse from the prince. Well, they say you’ve got to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince, but today we’re not looking for a prince. We’re looking for the best frogs in all of pop culture, in this week’s Top 10 Frogs.
Mobile Game Review: Homescapes - You know when you see an advert enough times, you eventually just have to cave in? This is one of those times, where I’ve seen an advert for this Homescapes game on so many occasions and I’ve never actually even downloaded it. Indeed, I wouldn’t normally review a game like this - It’s one of those match three or more puzzle games, but it has a few extra elements worth mentioning.
How The War Will Change Planeswalkers - Have any of you been watching the revealed cards in War of the Spark, the next Magic: the Gathering set to be released and it is heavy on the narrative value. Nicol Bolas, dragon, planeswalker, pharaoh, and one of the big three ultra-villains, has assembled an army, tinkered with fate, and installed himself as the ultimate […]
Geek Travels: Glasgow - I've only ever been to Glasgow for work and even then I only stayed one night, where I spent that night in a pub with my work colleagues and we got very, very drunk. But what I do remember about Glasgow is that it's a city with an interesting history, with lots of character. I recently revisited the city and to say that the it has changed is a bit of an understatement. Whilst wandering the streets, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Glasgow has a booming geek culture and wanted to share it with you.
Dungeon Situational – A Unique Tavern - So I have been playing a lot of D&D lately… I mean a lot of D&D, so it’s time to resurrect my idea-spitting series Dungeon Situational, where I drop a bunch of thoughts on screen in the hope that someone, somewhere can use them, or at least warp them into something useful. This week I […]
I’m Becoming a Blogger For Hire - I'm Now a Blogger For Hire - At least, that's what I want to say. For now, I'm a Blogger For Hire, who wants to share what he's trying to do and why: