GeekOut Shrewsbury This Week (And Onwards)

So, a few things:

This GeekOut Shrewsbury is kind of a big one because this will be the twelfth, one whole year of Shrewsbury meets and there’s a lot of info to be unpacked, and a lot of questions to put back to you guys. Over this and next month’s GeekOut I’ll be putting out polls to get your opinions on the meets so far, on the subjects of the venue, timing, content, and what you’d like to see from the GeekOut West-Midlands branch in the future. That’s not to say I’m without plans of my own of course. Continue reading “GeekOut Shrewsbury This Week (And Onwards)”

GeekOut Shrewsbury – Such Plans

October’s GeekOut Shrewsbury is in only a week, and after eight months I think we are – as a group – settling into a pleasant routine that’s broadly enjoyable. A competition one month, a pub quiz the next, board games to keep us going, food, drink, and light heartedness. We average somewhere between twelve and twenty people, a mixture of regulars and new faces, enough to keep multiple games going and to leave people room to move around and socialise as they please.

So this month, it’s time to shake things up a little.

This Month

I’m asking more of my group this month than ever before. This is pub quiz month, and each month I’ll be trying to add a little more to each quiz, or at least something different, building from just a list of trivia questions that some may have considered rather cruel, a picture round added in August, keep an eye out for what’s coming this month.

Additionally I’m encouraging everyone to show up in costume, and (unbeknownst to them) the prize for the best competition is better by far than those offered to the winning quiz team. Here’s your first clue to my costume, find others hidden around this article:

October the 26th is promising to be one of the more interesting GeekOut’s ever, there are a handful of ideas I’ll be throwing in this month that I have not alluded to on Facebook or Meetup. If you can’t get there, keep your eyes on GeekOut for the catch-up articles we publish on our events every month.

Plans

November and December will be busy months, but we’ll battle on to make GeekOut bigger and better, concluding the year with a GeekOut Christmas party, but as the Shrewsbury Meet should fall on the 28th, I want to talk to you – the attendees who are the lifeblood of the event – to find out how and when to run the Meet to suit you, as well as working closely with our venue, Monty’s Tower who have been friendly, encouraging, and even enthusiastic in making the Shrewsbury Meets as good as they could possibly be.

See this projector?

Oh, how I yearn to use this projector for running computer-game oriented competitions, or just to get some different games running. I’m quite aware than not everyone wants to play board games, some of us want to get their hands on mouse and keyboard, a joystick, or a controller. My attempts at connecting my tablet have thus far been fruitless, but technology is bountiful, and there are gears turning that will make it possible for new competitions.

On the subject, I’m idly toying with ideas for upcoming competitions, but as a role-player and a writer I’m naturally orienting toward design based competitions, such as the Pokethulhu designs and the character creation. While they’ve yielded some fantastic content (and I love watching you guys work), it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a little diversity here and there.

Still, it’s you – always you – who we create these events for, in Shrewsbury and in Bristol, and it is your feedback that we thrive upon for making every event better than ever. So this month I have one question and one question only.

With the means to bringing computer games to GeekOut Shrewsbury on the horizon, what games would you like to multiplayer first?

Later on today you’ll see the poll open up to choose a venue for the pre-meet venue for October 26th. I’ll see you there.

Halloween Cosplay – Zombie Grey Knight

Things are beginning to go bump in the night here on GeekOut and we’re all looking forward to Halloween. It’s a day that I like to talk about a lot, as it’s filled with fun, sweets and of course horror (even silly horror) in general. It’s time to crank up the volume on my Spotify list and begin putting together the pieces for my outfit this year. Ahead of me is a lot of materials but it’s all relatively cheap so let’s get on with how I’m going to make my Halloween costume, a Zombie Grey Knight from Castle Crashers.

Things are beginning to go bump in the night here on GeekOut and we’re all looking forward to Halloween. It’s a day that I like to talk about a lot, as it’s filled with fun, sweets and of course horror (even silly horror) in general. It’s time to crank up the volume on my Spotify list and begin putting together the pieces for my outfit this year. Ahead of me is a lot of materials but it’s all relatively cheap so let’s get on with how I’m going to make my Halloween costume, a Zombie Grey Knight from Castle Crashers.

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Twitter Milestone – 1000+ followers!

We have been close for a while, simply building an audience up on Twitter, but we’ve finally hit it on the head and nailed it so damn hard, it doesn’t know how to react any more. Thank you everyone on Social Media for supporting us!

Hi everyone,

We interrupt our usual broadcasting to give you this shocking message.

Today, 22/07/2015 at 20:00 hours, we finally burst a stat we had been working to burst for a little while. We have been close for a while, simply building an audience up on Twitter, but we’ve finally hit it on the head and nailed it so damn hard, it doesn’t know how to react any more.

I can only be talking about the fact we’ve reached over 1,000 followers on Twitter. That’s a lot of people and this comes just before Kitacon. I’d like to extend my thanks to each and every one of the Twitter followers out there and now I invite people to like us on Facebook too, where we’ve hit an impressive 140 likes. We’re really happy to have come this far in such a short amount of time, because the geek community is absolutely phenomenal.

From humble beginnings...
From humble beginnings…

Couple all this with our Meetup members, which as reached an incredible 493 members! Honestly, I’m utterly flabbergasted at the response this little idea has had… And we’d love to keep expanding and building on the future of GeekOut. But that’s a secret.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You rock everyone!

Regular broadcasting will resume effective immediately. Thanks again.

Timlah, signing out!