Happy Hallowe’en! Ok, we’re now at the Sunday after Hallowe’en but still, it was rather nice to distribute sweets instead of the standard disappointing prizes. That’s not to say that people weren’t disappointed with the sweets they got, honestly I never asked, but assume that they shared. And my gods did a lot of you bring confection to share.
I parked about six foot from where the river had occupied Frankwell carpark, knowing full well that it would rain, and that I wouldn’t see my car again between 2 and midnight. Call it bravado, call it foolishness, only one of those is right, but I was curious, and I figured there’d be more spaces, I was right! Oh, and kudos to the Alb for the cool spider and dangling corpses on your scaffolding.
Anyway, Shresbury Coffeehouse ended up being a most relaxed affair, certainly from my perspective as I simply could not move from my seat, and Cal ended up getting me my second coffee and a waffle. Consider this an IOU, I haven’t forgotten I still owe you one. Gameplay was negligible, but the conversation was about as nerdy as it comes; Pokemon, video games, magic, D&D et al.
First quiet GeekOut in a little while, first time we haven’t surpassed 30+ attendees in a few months, looks like Summer is finally dead at last, or perhaps the flood waters just put a few folks off. Still, a quiet day of casual gaming was exactly what was required, as was a hasty dash for a roll of selotape to finish my terrible mask (pictured later on Cal’s face). Thanks to Harley for the cherry-blood cupcakes, and to those of you who joined in the terrible costume competition.
Oh, we had to move part way through the evening too, the problem with GeekOut coinciding with a holiday is that Monty’s opens up the dance floor for the less geeky members of the public, and we were forced to coexist with normal society for a while there. On the bright side, at least one member of the public appreciated our company and had nothing but nice things to say about all of you. Well done, geekery wins out over normalcy once again.
Next GeekOut Shrewsbury is November the 28th, and not the 21st that has previously been listed on our Facebook page… not sure why that would have been the case, there’s nothing preventing the 28th. Weird. Anyway, keep an eye out for further details on Facebook and Meetup, and of course our countdown timer.
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.
It seemed like such a long wait for it to be all over so soon…
One last gasp for air before we dive into the cold waters of Christmas Cheer, November 30th was GeekOut Shrewsbury, and we have had the biggest turnout since the beginning, way back in… um…
March! Wow, my memory is terrible. Let’s get into what little I recall of the gloriously blurry hurricane of geekiness that was GeekOut Shrewsbury the ninth, complete with photographic evidence. (more…)
Behold the rising star of the Shrewsbury geek scene! And behold you, the beautiful people who make it a reality!
June marks the last of the four month trial period agreed with both the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse and Montgomery’s Tower but it is fairly safe to say that the end of the trial does not mean the end of GeekOut West Midlands. To mark the last of the introductory Meets I held the Big Geek Pub Quiz, an unapologetically brutal test of strange and esoteric geeky lore from literature, games, comics, television, films, anime and manga, and a miscellaneous section of the kind of weird things you get to know when you’re just this nerdy.
Without further ado, a gallery of this month’s highlights, but stay tuned to the end, there will be another quiz!
At last I have beaten Murray at a game of Star Realms! Not that I’m dwelling on it at all.
I arrived overburdened with the usual variety of games made slightly damp by the inclement weather to find Murray reading his way through Scott Pilgrim.
Coffee, cake, dice and cards. It’s what you might define as business as normal but the looks on the faces of those who came and sat with us still looked a little confused. A quick round or two of Star Realms with Murray and we broke out the Magic decks moments before more faces started to appear. Fluxx and Great Scott before a round or two of Tsuro (#Tsuro), and finally a quick game of Bucket of Doom which shall not be spoken of here or ever again! Some things are better left unspoken.
Monty’s Tower – The Big Geek Pub Quiz
Returning to our corner in Monty’s Tower, and a hearty meal (and less than hearty pudding) to fuel the evening of gaming. We welcomed new members, dragged them into a few games – including more Tsuro, great game to introduce new people – and then at 8:00 we divided for the Big Geek Pub Quiz. Perhaps a slight rephrase as the quiz itself proved rather short, all over and done with in an hour once the tie had been broken; but by the standards set by my questions, one would have to have been a Big Geek to get even half of it right. Kudos to you all, there were only one or two questions that nobody answered correctly.
With a winning score of 9/24, The Humans drew level with Team:
Team :) Fortress 2 forcing me into an unexpected tie-breaker situation! Congratulations to Ben, Matt, and Murray of Team: Fortress 2 for winning the disappointing prize which was made even more disappointing because I forgot to bring it. Enjoy your replacement non-disappointing vouchers.
As the trail period has come to a close there will be a few shifts in format as yet to be fully confirmed, but plans are afoot. Stay tuned to Facebook and MeetUp for more information on the next GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet on the 27th of July. Before you go, a couple of quick questions to you lovely geeky people:
If you have enjoyed it all so far, I look forward to seeing you soon. Remember that these Meets are made by geeks for geeks, and we want to know how to make it better for you. See you next month.
May comes and May goes, but every month something new for GeekOut Shrewsbury. More new faces, more new games, more new plans for our glorious and shining future! And as we continue to grow you continue to grow with us, making the Shrewsbury Meets yours. Remember we’re always looking for ways to improve and make these events better for everyone, so we want your input on what you want, on what you geek out about, because we’re not just out to play board games all evening.
Not that that’s a bad plan, but it damn near killed some of us this month. (more…)
April 27th saw the second GeekOut Shrewsbury Meet, our very own slice of the joyous Bristol Meet.
I think it’s safe to say that the Shrewsbury Meet has a future, as another month goes by with familiar friends and new faces. It’s satisfying to know that both of our GeekOut Meets in Shrewsbury we have brought together new nerds who may never have met otherwise, getting people into games they may never have played otherwise, discovering some new aspect of geek culture, and in our own strange way creating our own.
How exactly would one weaponize turtles? Best we can manage is mechanisation but we’re fairly sure that mechanised war-turtles exist in some capacity. (more…)
Y’know what? For a first try that wasn’t bad at all. Quite the reverse in fact.
Let 30th March 2017 go down in history as the day we finally got round to bringing GeekOut to Shrewsbury! It sounds like we had a lot of competition for the day, and certainly lots of curiosity if not overwhelming attendance, but who cares about numbers when everyone had a damn good time? It’s worth mentioning that Shrewsbury does not want for board gaming groups, but for the first meeting there’s nothing wrong with falling back on familiar territory.
The party started at noon in the basement of the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse, which was a little warm, extra air-circulation will certainly be brought in as the weather gets warmer, but damn if those brownies aren’t worth it. (more…)