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 not take photos at the premeet again, I was kind of busy having my ass handed to me repeatedly at Magic while downing milkshake, not by Murray this time, but by Kim and her vicious blue-green ramp deck, which I should not have attempted to mill to death… which makes a lot of sense if you’ve played Magic but if you haven’t… well come to GeekOut, we’ll teach you.
It was pretty on theme too, Kim’s Magic addiction is in its first flushes, so taking out an experienced player with relative ease is always going to be affirming. Although I refuse to accept any and all responsibility for any hobby-induced poverty experienced as a result.
We have outlived the quiz! Not our quiz, the other one that was moving in on our territory. So no need to move into the far side of the pub, we get to keep our corner with all of the amenities we’ve become accustomed to, like a projector, tables for the board game library, and room to spread and expand in comfort.
And this month we were also almost back to a full compliment of 30+ attendees, including some new faces alongside the regulars. Amongst those new faces, at least one new adventurer steps into Meadsbridge, and there will be some newcomers who are most certainly returning – if not next month – then certainly in the near future.
It wasn’t all plain sailing this month, we completely forgot the competition, so I guess that’ll have to be a rollover? And we had a mini-parade of mental and medical complaints, but news and updates from all concerned sound broadly positive. We look after our own, your health and welfare are priority one. Look after yourselves and each other first and foremost, then break into the board games and nerdiness later.
Next Month – Convention Season, the 25th of July, conveniently right in time for me to vanish to America for GenCon, and while I’m starting mad prep for Insomnia in August. No Kitacon, no Amecon, so in the absence of my regular national-scale geeky get together, we’ll do our best to capture the moment.
The so-called video game heavy event ended up being notably video game light… didn’t stop a record turnout or a fun time being had by all.
Sidenote, two years of GeekOut Shrewsbury, not as cool as the first anniversary, but Murray still gave it a birthday badge.
Murray – a month or two ago – armed me with the Commander card for Magic that I have coveted for quite some time, and I now feel like he did it just to show me how badly I build decks. Atraxa, the Praetor’s Voice, the angel of Phyrexia, whose presence on the field makes the strong grow stronger and the infection spread… I might do an article on the deck if people are curious, suffice to say Murray wheeled out a collection of commander decks and put pay do my dreams of Phyrexian dominance.
I rant, but thanks to Taste of Shrewsbury, good food, good drink, a lovely space, and very welcoming and keen to hear more about who we are and what we do. Also nice to see Cal show up in cosplay… and with biscuits.
We are two months running of record breaking numbers, by my own headcount something in the order of forty people throughout the day! No small feat considering we’re not a weekend event. I may have forgotten to eat until a very late hour… well except for a sacrificial biscuit.
The caveat of size is that it is getting harder and harder for me to meet and greet and get to know everyone, I do my best, but I check to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves and so far as I could see everyone was.
What noble hero ventures onto the field of battle before the soldiery have arranged themselves at either side, to ensure that the underhanded deeds of the enemy are undone, and to remove the hidden explosives that could undo the best laid plans? Our noble knightsweeper, who picks his way across the board to find the mines hidden nearby.
Now, I wasn’t counting on a well practised minesweeper or chess player to step up to the board, but one of each, who successfully swept the board clean of mines, meaning a versus match had to be played, each starting from a corner and approaching carefully, attempting to outmanoeuvre one another while avoiding the explosives.
The first prize, a £10 Steam voucher, was useless to both first place winner Hannah, and second place Zach! Hannah is, fortunately, an adventurer in Meadsbridge, and has happily accepted and in-game reward (shameless bit of cross-promotion, but it works). For others… an IOU I guess?
Next month’s event is on the 25th of April, GeekOut Infinity, releasing the same day as the conclusion to the Infinity War MCU storyline! Soon after, there will be a cinema trip to see the film soon after GeekOut itself. Look for details on Facebook and Meetup soon.
I’ll be honest with you, I lost count of people some time around three o’clock, did anyone count much past that? We were busy, so many new people came, and left with smiles and assurances that we have not seen the last of them, and so many old hands, we are rapidly reaching that promised day when half of the pub is ours…
But for now, we can but dream. (more…)
Previously: The Frigid North
Name changed for reasons that will become apparent later on. Now the original idea was to combine any fantasy setting that included cold north spaces, Tamriel, Westeros, Britain, or Azeroth, wonderful in principle, but coming to sit and think about it… I was scuppered. So thank you Alan for A: giving me the idea, and B: bringing his own Jenga tower with him, so that we could have a tournament. It’s wall building, we seem to like walls to stop encroaching peoples from marching south, and there’s a rather ominous metaphor to the whole thing I rather like.
Anyway, to the photo gallery.
Back to where it all began, if only for a little while. A few casual games of Love Letter over coffee and cake… which may or may not have been breakfast. The warmth that makes the Coffeehouse unsuitable for a summer meet (although for a quick brew it’s pretty good) makes it an absolute blessing in this chill.
Cal arrived with gifts! Sample stickers for the purposes of shameless branding and for selling on to you in the name of supporting the Meets, the prizes, and materials thereof. The first sticker adorned the Resolutions Box, more on that later.
Werewolf, chair stacking, Tsuro, cards against humanity, kingdomino, tides of madness… other games that I wasn’t really paying attention to because I was busy talking to people. We had a lot of new faces, and a lot of people who have become regular attendees that now feel like they’ve been with us forever. As we fast approach our second anniversary, it’s nice to see the mixture of old hands and fresh victims… people… people victims.
And we’ve brought back the Resolutions box! When I bust open last year’s efforts (most of failed to uphold our promises, myself included) a lot of people took a keen interest, and were pretty swift to enter into a cruel bargain with me this year… pinning their hopes onto a card, sealing it away, and placing their name upon the box, entrusting their very future to me, making me guardian, arbiter, and judge.
Sixteen competitors, sixteen games, tension, dirty tactics, heart failure, and a tie breaker that I don’t think we’ll ever forget. Would we have it any other way? Could we? For once, maybe have a competition that people can just enjoy instead of the genuine concern for our respective health? It’s not a quiz, dammit, it’s just Jenga. Here I thought it would be a nice and relaxing evening of good natured fun, only tangentially related to the theme of keeping frost zombies from marching south, or romans from getting too far north.
During the quarter finals we saw something I had never thought possible, a tie in Jenga, that could only be resolved by adding a second game on top of the tower! Congratulations Matt on second place, Hannah for the tense fight for third, and finally to Zach for demonstrating dexterity and steady nerves enough to reach first place.
The lesson, should we ever find ourselves in a tie break scenario, chairs are the answer, but we shall always do our utmost to prevent it. Thank you to everyone who came. Next month’s meet: February 28th, Meme Your Own Adventure, details on Facebook and Meetup soon. Expect the worst, and you won’t be disappointed.
With the presence of Christmas so near, it’s only fair that we started to give out a few more presents. The attendees of Friday night’s GeekOut Bristol meet would be very aware of the presents that were being handed out; if people took part in our competition which was absolutely packed, they were all in with a chance of getting a present. All they had to do was answer one question correctly… Unfortunately, I was the one who made the questions, which proved to be pretty tricky. Still, there were Santa hats and more this past Friday, so check out what happened at our fun little event!
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!
Over a year of GeekOut and it just keeps getting better. This month I decided to poke one of the geekiest bears out there, as divisive a topic as Kirk or Pickard, X-Box or Playstation*, D&D or Pathfinder, and to pitch the giants in the comic book playground against one another seems very du-jour considering Infinity War was released the day of GeekOut, and that I’ll be going to watch it tonight.
Some of you may have seen a few photos and live-streamed footage already, courtesy of our guest from Thors-Kin Podcast, Alex, who helped out with this month’s competition. Here is this month’s slightly belated gallery.
For nearly a century, Disney has been providing us all with top notch entertainment in the form of beautiful art, exceptional animation and great storytelling. All in all then, Disney is pretty much one of the most recognisable names in the world, proving that adding a dose of magic into peoples lives will sometimes sell incredibly well. It’s with this in mind that we held this month’s GeekOut Bristol Meet to the theme of Disney and we got a new game out, which was heavily Disney influenced itself. As ever, welcome to our monthly gallery post!
Here’s the same thing about a year later. (more…)
Everyone loves a good cosplay, along with the cosplayers who come up with genius ways to make their favourite characters come to life. In the past 10 years, cosplay has become part of every day fandom. Looking back to the past, we must thank people such as Forrest J Ackerman for his contributions to the now flourishing scene. As part of the growing part of fan communities that incorporates cosplay, we thought we’d celebrate costume making – by getting people to make their own costumes at this months meet… With paper… and card… and sellotape… And other cheap bits of materials that people brought along. People rose to the challenge and boy, was it ever an excellent event?