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Geek Out!

| Published: 2013
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Geek Out! is the outrageous game that finds out once and for all which player is the most knowledgeable about your favorite pop culture subjects!
In the game, you will draw cards asking you to list things which fall under a certain category. Before you begin, however, the other players may try to steal your points (and bragging rights!), by bidding to list even more than the card requires. The bidding continues until one player is ready to “out-geek” their friends.

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I play red
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50 of 57 gamers found this helpful
“Do what geeks are born to do”

I have a confession: I’m a geek. Chances are, if you’re reading this on a board gaming site, you’re a geek too. So let me ask you this: when you’re in a group with other geeks, what are your favorite things to do? If you said “brag about my knowledge of geekdom and get into impassioned arguments about minutiae” — and you know you did — then Geek Out is a fantastic game for you.

Geek Out is a trivia game that — wait! Come back! I promise it’s not that bad! — a trivia game that includes the entire spectrum of geekdom. Forget questions about the cause of the Crimean war and the name of Louis XIV’s dog, the categories for this game are Gaming, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Comics, and Miscellaneous. The starting player rolls a die and the player to her right reads the question of the category shown on the die (or, in the event of a blank face, the category the starting player chooses). All questions are posed in the form of numbers, e.g., “two characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.” The starting player accepts the bid or bids higher, and once everyone else at the table passes, the last bidding player tries to give enough answers to meet their bid and win the card. If they cannot, they receive a penalty chip worth -2 points.

Naturally, this spawns some fast and furious nerd-contests. We often found ourselves biting off more than we could chew; it’s very easy to bid confidently and then find yourself struggling for those last two or three answers. But when you drastically overbid, find yourself in a situation you don’t think you can manage, and then end up pulling it off anyway? The feeling is amazing (wooooo, 25 Final Fantasy characters in under a minute, baby!).

Besides showing off your geek knowledge, Geek Out also lends itself to…shall we say, “lively” discussions. What exactly constitutes a “franchise?” Do cyborgs count as robots? Does “film” include both movies and TV shows? Do Youtube videos count as TV shows? All these questions and more came up before we even made bids, and we all made impassioned arguments about silly little things. And let’s face it, isn’t that part of what’s so much fun about being a geek?

Despite being an extremely fun trivia game, Geek Out does have some fairly significant flaws. The audience is limited — though the categories do stretch deeply into all subsets of geekdom, those with extremely specialized knowledge or very little geek knowledge will find themselves twiddling their thumbs for much of the game, only able to bid on a few of the questions that come up and often eclipsed by other mega-geeks at the table. From a scoring standpoint, many at the table complained that -2 points felt like a harsh penalty for not being able to complete one’s bid. I thought it was meant to discourage overbidding, but I do have to admit that those -2 tokens stack up a little too quickly.

Finally, the presentation is not great. Geek Out looks like a generic trivia party game, the cards feel flimsy and cheap, and there’s nothing to the game except cards and a die. All this being said, though, the creators obviously put a lot of thought and love into the game: there are TONS of cards, and the questions drill very deeply into geek culture (there were a few things that no one at our table of five hardened and lifelong nerds even recognized). I wish that passion for the content translated itself better into the presentation, but I also wish I had a pony, and I don’t hear any hooves in my backyard.

If you have a group that loves geeky things, and especially one that prides itself on how geeky it is, then Geek Out is a ton of fun. The bidding mechanic sets it apart from other trivia games, and the dedication to things we nerds love make it a pretty special game. That being said, be aware that some of your players may feel left on the sidelines, and that’s no fun for anyone.

 
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25 of 29 gamers found this helpful
“Best geek trivia I have ever played”

This game finally allowed me and my three closest nerd friends to finally figure out who was Nerd King. There was a movie nerd, a comic book nerd, a video game nerd, and a board gaming nerd, but all of us had vast knowledge outside of our main realms as well.

The game is fun, and addictive, and the table talk for us got wildly out of hand quickly, but we’re a passionate, angry bunch, so it might not happen to all. The system is easy. You roll the dice to find out your category, and get read the item off the card. Maybe you need to name six characters Stan Lee created, maybe you have to name 2 Elves of Middle Earth, or 5 named spaceships.

The bidding aspect adds an extra layer of fun. I might have been asked to name 8 alien races from video games, which I could, but the video gamer among us bid out that he could name 10. Should we all try to push our luck and bid him higher, hoping he couldn’t name more? What if he backs out and dumps it on me and suddenly I have to name 15?

The components are pretty well made. The dice on the box showed it as being a white plastic with color stickers on the sides, but I got a wooden one. Normally I’m really happy about wooden components but the white and yellow sides are really hard to tell apart when surrounded by wood’s color.

We had a great time playing it, and if you have a group of nerdy friends that are will to trivia battle, then you certainly will too. My copy will definitely see a lot more play.

 

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