Video Game Review – >Observer_

After playing Layers of Fear, >Observer_ went straight onto my Steam wishlist. The studio, Bloober Team SA, suckered me in with something filled with hints of the Lovecraftian themes, before fully submerging me into a fanboy’s dream (or nightmare). With a chilling atmosphere, fascinating imagery, and a narrative unravelled asynchronously and through gutwrenching imagery brought from deep within the man’s psyche.

After playing Layers of Fear, >Observer_ went straight onto my Steam wishlist. The studio, Bloober Team SA, suckered me in with something filled with hints of the Lovecraftian themes, before fully submerging me into a fanboy’s dream (or nightmare). With a chilling atmosphere, fascinating imagery, and a narrative unravelled asynchronously and through gutwrenching imagery brought from deep within the man’s psyche.

Here we have a game in which a detective in a cyberpunk dystopia plugs into the minds of suspects and victims to solve a crime, and he’s played by Rutger Hauer. If no part of that interests you then I’m afraid I’ll have to ask you to leave immediately. >Observer_ ticked enough boxes for me that I played three hours without noticing, and the game hits a lot more of my fandoms than I initially realised.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet: July 14th – Cyber-Punked

No matter the political climate, nor the weather, we melted our way over to the Old Market Tavern at 2pm, for another great evening. Lots of faces, both new and old, which made for an excellent night out! We saw some exceptional costumes, even if people had to change in and out of them due to the heat. Thanks to everyone who turned up and as ever, we got some snaps of the event. From the costumes to the festivities, here is what went down at GeekOut Bristol Meet this past Saturday night.

No matter the political climate, nor the weather, we melted our way over to the Old Market Tavern at 2pm, for another great evening. Lots of faces, both new and old, which made for an excellent night out! We saw some exceptional costumes, even if people had to change in and out of them due to the heat. Thanks to everyone who turned up and as ever, we got some snaps of the event. From the costumes to the festivities, here is what went down at GeekOut Bristol Meet this past Saturday night.

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 14th: Cyber-Punked

Let me take you to a future filled with authoritarian governments and damaged lands. Consider this, you’ve always thought you were the last rebel of your kind, but it turns out you weren’t. A bunch of you have donned your most practical gear and set out to meet up as the last remaining bunch of Cyberpunks… Of Bristol!

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Let me take you to a future filled with authoritarian governments and damaged lands. Consider this, you’ve always thought you were the last rebel of your kind, but it turns out you weren’t. A bunch of you have donned your most practical gear and set out to meet up as the last remaining bunch of Cyberpunks… Of Bristol!

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FOODIE PRE-MEET TBC (Poll Pending):
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As ever, we love a good nomming session before GeekOut Bristol Meet – We’ll be setting up our Pre-Meetup food poll on Facebook today (Sunday 24th), so watch this space.

Our votes will be between:

  • Coal Bar & Grill
  • Frankie & Benny’s
  • Wagamama’s Cabot Circus

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MAIN EVENT: 14:00-Midnight (Old Market Tavern)
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Hey, turn that stun gun off, we’re here for a civilised meetup with the best of you surviving Cyberpunks! Don’t forget we’ve still got an agenda to keep up with, so come and check us out! There’ll even be prizes later in the night.

PLEASE NOTE:

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 very cheap and it’s absolutely delicious! Food is 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.

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BOARD GAMES (& a dash of video games)
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Our board games, beautifully presented!

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
– Chess
– Exploding Kittens
– Fluxx
– Hack Trick
– Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
– Jungle Speed
– Love Letter
– Pokemon Monopoly
– Rogues to Riches
– Scrabble
– Star Trek Settlers of Catan
– Three Wishes
– Unusual Suspects
– Zombie Munchkin
– Zombies!

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.

We will bring a new game for this meetup as well, so watch this space, we’ll announce what it is on Monday 9th by 10pm!

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COSPLAYERS (Group Cosplay Picture: 9pm)
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Cyberpunks! Get your costumes ready as we’re about to celebrate your amazing costumes with our cosplay competition. Don your best costume and read on for the competition!

*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.

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COMPETITION: Cyberpunk Cosplay (8pm-9pm judging, 9pm results)
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Donning your favourite cyberpunk costume, come join us for this month’s competition. We’ll announce prizes later down the line, however here are the rules for this months competition:

1) If your costume cannot be in some-way cyberpunk, or explained to be as such, then you will be disqualified.
2) You will stand before three judges and we’ll decide who has the best cyberpunk outfit.
3) You will be judged on three criteria:
a) Presentation
b) DIY Element
c) How well does it fit the theme?

The three judges will decide based on these three criteria who to give the prizes to.

1st Place: Cyberpunk Goggles & Mask, £25 Cash, 3 Steam Games, a GeekOut Poster
2nd Place: TBC, £15 Cash, 2 Steam Games, a GeekOut Poster
3rd Place: TBC, £10 Cash, 1 Steam Game, a GeekOut Poster

First place mask!

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EXCLUSIVE: Pride Gordon Poster
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To commemorate Pride month and the fact July 14th is Pride Day in Bristol, we’ll be giving Pride posters for a small donation. The donation will go towards proceedings for Bristol Pride, to help support campaigns of equality. We’ll reveal the design by Monday 2nd!


As part of our commitment to being a great night out, we do not discriminate based upon age, 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!

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GeekOut Bristol Meet – July 14th: Cyber-Punked

Saturday, Jul 14, 2018, 2:00 PM

Old Market Tavern
29-30 Old Market St, Bristol, Avon BS2 0HB Bristol, GB

4 proud geeks Attending

18+ Event Let me take you to a future filled with authoritarian governments and damaged lands. Consider this, you’ve always thought you were the last rebel of your kind, but it turns out you weren’t. A bunch of you have donned your most practical gear and set out to meet up as the last remaining bunch of Cyberpunks… Of Bristol! ——————…

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“Go” As A Genre

It felt like only a few weeks between Pokemon Go being released and cries for practically every other major intellectual property to get the “Go” treatment. The first I heard of was Harry Potter, and I’m prepared to admit I’m not entirely sure how that would work, but there’s plenty of content there to work with and plenty of other fairly successful games out there to base content on. I’ve heard that it might derive from the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which rather suggests that it’s going to be a near-complete clone.

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I started last week by calling Go a work which could become a genre in itself, and I’m apparently not alone. For a long time my Facebook feed was plastered with ideas for other Go games like Skyrim or Dungeons & Dragons (yes, my Facebook feed is just that predictable) and as I may have mentioned, Extra Credits also addressed the subject. Well I already decided to write this before they published the video, and I’m not sure I like their model so much. Let me explain: Continue reading ““Go” As A Genre”

DMing 101 – Technology Punk

Welcome back to the genre’s series, where I go in-depth on how different genres can effect the style of your games, not just the content, but the very emotions that they evoke session to session. This week, a slight challenge for myself: Continue reading “DMing 101 – Technology Punk”