Have you ever been on a serious gaming holiday? You and a bunch of friends in a caravan or a rented house or something that has some combination of beds and a table that gives you space to just play some games, somewhere that isn’t home.
It sounds counterproductive, what’s the point of going somewhere different to do the same thing you do at home with the same people you game with every week? If you’ve allocated time off work already, is there much point to spending money on a change of surroundings as well? At least at a convention there’s an event, friends who have travelled across country to see, strangers to meet and chat to, shows and panels. Going on holiday should usually be an opportunity to go out and see somewhere new, experience different things, things that break the monotony of life at home and give you a change of scenery, scenery you’re not going to see if you’re playing board games inside.
Plus if you stay home you get to sleep in your own bed.
This weekend I was in a hostel less than half an hour from my house with a bunch of friends, most of whom I see once a week, many at least once a month, all compressed into bunk beds with a small kitchen/diner with limited parking and sat on the side of a hill that made moving stuff from our respective cars hard work… because I’m a nerd and spend most of my day in a computer chair not walking up and down hills. There were ten of us with little to no room to breathe, let alone cook bacon and pancakes for everyone.
Sincerely, I would advise everyone go on a gaming holiday with friends. It’s not my first either, many years ago I went to a caravan in Wales to do the same thing but heavier on the Dungeons & Dragons, and there are plans on the table to do the same thing again soon. There were hill and valley walks available to us, a small town within a half hour’s walk, but the main attraction by far was the collection of games we’ve all played dozens of times before, but there is something about the change of scenery, the geographic distance from day-to-day life, and in my case, distance from my computer, it all makes you appreciate and enjoy your hobbies so much more, and at the risk of sounding cheesy, it makes you appreciate the people more.
It gives you the time to settle into the larger-scale games that may not be played all that often because of the investment of time. Robo-Rally and Arkham Horror, things that can take hours, or take obscene amounts of setting up. I would say that taking a holiday with ten people and only one six-person table between us was perhaps not ideal, and as an astonishing majority of games cap at eight players, it’s an awkward sized crowd when you really want everyone at the table.
I also advise taking coffee because you’ll need it the morning after playing Mao until 4AM and only stopping because every card you play is giving you a panic attack.
Ah yes, Castle Crashers is truly an awesome game which gave us some truly great ideas. We need to make a theme where people can come along and crash some castles. But how would people do this? Easily: They would simply draw their sword, wield their shields and march into the gate of the castle. This was a relatively quiet month for us, so it was great that we got so many creative entries out! However, check it out for our monthly GeekOut Bristol Meet Gallery!
Today one of my oldest gaming friends left town, and it looks like he’ll be gone for a long time.
This is a friend who I have spent the last fourteen years casually talking to about games, films, philosophy, one of the people who got me into Warhammer, and one of my favourite D&D players. Here is someone who became a verb, one that will stay with us for many years to come as new players come and go, and to openly mock and criticize one another over poor behaviour in games. (more…)
Christmas time is peace and goodwill to all men and women on the planet. It’s a time of rest and relaxation, festive cheer and plenty of food and drink. It’s a time where we get together with those that we care deeply about, to remember the year fondly and to reflect upon the coming years. We’re thankful for a lot of things at this time of year: Good health, fortune and wealth, love and family. We’re keen to share in our holidays with those who we are endeared to and sometimes to that old crazy uncle that you know will bust out a dance move or two. Forget the fireplace and mistletoe, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.
Thank you to the social-event goers
This is only a small post today, as I’m a bit lost for words.
I just wanted to do a post for the social group side of GeekOut South-West.
Last night, we went to a pub called The Bag of Nails. By 7.30pm, we were bigger than the pub could properly handle. We had around 20-24 of us in all that night. Geeks, sitting in a pub together, talking geek all night long. We were told there will be an upstairs section soon enough.
Meets, geeks and fun. That’s what matters to me and its paid off.
We then took over a whole row of tables at The King William Ale House, followed by taking over outside of The Griffin. So for all of the social event goers, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Now to thank you, the readers!
We’re making great progress with the little group and equally as great progress with this little blog, too. Since I started posting on here back in September 2013, I didn’t think there’d be any reason for anyone to follow the group. I thought I’d give it a try as hey, it’s free to do so and if you make a mistake, you’ve simply made a mistake and you can move on.
I started to invest a bit more time into the site and it’s been worth it. The message of sharing geekdom is getting out there, at least around Bristol. I’ve heard the groups name pop up in a random conversation a while back! That’s quite flattering, really.
We’re nearly at 300 followers on Twitter and we’re now beginning to get some likes on Facebook (I really am bad at using that Facebook thing!) We’ve made great progress and I’ve made some great friends on the way here.
I just want to give a special shout out to Jay Stewart – He has an excellent blog called Nostalgia and Gaming and he does great videos too. It’s worth taking your time to go and see what he’s up to!
Two more shout outs:
I rant and rave about them and I write for them! 1001-Up continue to do exceptionally high quality articles and are always fun and friendly. You guys rock!
The Otaku Judge – He invests a lot of his time into reading what others have to say. He runs an exceptionally high quality blog with superb reviews. Check him out anime fans!
That’s it for today, folks! Tomorrow, I must get back onto working on my costumes! So many things to do, so little time!
Hello once more!
Meeting new people makes the world go round for someone like me. On the one hand, you can meet someone who positively impacts your life. On the other, you may meet someone who wants to cause nothing but grief. This said, meeting people is a gamble. An important gamble we all should take.
This is partly why the idea of GeekOut was brought to fruitition. To meet fellow “geeks” while lowering the risk associated with the gamble to your favour, somewhat. This doesn’t mean you will necessarily meet your best friends at GeekOut, but darn it, we certainly will try to make that happen.
Everyone is welcome to attend, everyone is welcome to share their passions. After all, GeekOut is here to allow you to express yourself in an open environment. Are you an avid anime fan? Comic reader? Gamer? Why? What got you on your path?
If you cannot attend a GeekOut session, but want to chime in with your passion and your story, please comment or send me an e-mail via the Contact Us page. With your permission, I will share great posts with the meet-up group, as it’s great to know you’re not alone!