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Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014

Despite it having happened a fortnight ago now, Nine Worlds Geekfest was the first in a string of four events which I attended recently, so I’m only now getting around to my write-ups. Check back later for my reviews of GDC and Gamescom in Köln, and Loncon 3 in London!

Nine Worlds Geekfest feels remarkably different when one travels to and from there almost directly by aeroplane. As my co-hosts from The Geek Night In have already remarked, Nine Worlds is a uniquely welcoming and inclusive event; thus, passing through security at Heathrow airport felt like crossing the border to a much friendlier place even than Sweden.

I took part in a handful of panels again this year – which I’ll return to in a while. Unlike last year’s event though, I wanted to take advantage of the fact everything was under one roof and experience more than just what was on offer in the video games culture track. I’m pleased to say that, while my partner was captivated by an impressively strong series of ‘future tech’ programme items, I was cheerily dipping my toes into Game of Thrones fandom, geek feminism and podcasting.

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The Geek Night In

In other news: I’m now a podcaster! Laura Kate Dale has put together a new, geek culture podcast named The Geek Night In, and she invited me along to be one of the five voices around our virtual fireplace.

The Geek Night In

The Geek Night In is an hour-long, weekly podcast in which Laura Kate, myself, Byron Atkinson Jones, Rebecca Tilley and Kate McAlpine talk about our geeky passions, and whatever we might have been indulging in that week.

The pilot episode was recorded last weekend, and went live on Tuesday; you can hear it here. Unfortunately it really was a technical nightmare, as quite apart from having everyday issues with the recorder, we also discovered that Laura Kate has the power to destroy podcasts with her (perfectly decent) singing. So, although the test episode was disrupted, we’re now in good stead to record the ongoing series!

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