Passwords

Tonight on GeekNights, in light of updated NIST guidelines for password best practices, we talk about the current state of passwords in 2017. Sure, 2-factor is important and so forth, but what about the passwords themselves? Are you using passphrases instead?

In the news, big names are backing the royalty-free AV1 codec, Pokemon GO Fest was a technological disaster (just as much as it was an event planning disaster), MS Paint is dead, Snopes might be in trouble, but it's not clear what that trouble is, an evil VC-funded firm is undermining open source projects, and the next GeekNights Book Club book after Dune is The Fifth Season!

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Frank Herbert's Dune

Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we discuss Frank Herbert's classic Dune. Love it or hate it, it is a formative part of the wider world of speculative fiction, and its influences are vast. In finally reading it, we have a greater understanding of its place in modern literature.

How We Review Tabletop Games

Tonight on GeekNights, having re-listened to many of our tabletop reviews from the last 12 years, we discuss our methodology for reviewing tabletop games. Elegance, fun economy, and rules consistency are the main factors, but there's some nuance.

In the news, PAX South badges/hotels are live, we're presenting a new panel on quitting at PAX West, TumbleSeed was too hard to make money, Kingdomino wins the Spiel des Jahres, the professionalization of esports continues with big sports names buying Overwatch League franchises, and MLB may be taking trademark action over the logo.

Eccentric Family

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Eccentric Family. It is easily one of the best anime in recent memory. In the news, Crunchyroll wants to bankroll its own anime, and we are back from ConnectiCon! Our GeekNights Book Club episode on Dune will be next Thursday, and our next con is PAX West!

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Thank you ConnectiCon 2017!

Thank you ConnectiCon 2017 for one hell of a convention! We had great crowds for all of our talks/shows! Even better, if you want more or missed a talk you really wanted to see, check out the video links below for other versions we've done at other cons!

Why Five Nights at Freddy's is Scary
Friday 7:45pm
Dragon Theater

Play (Dirty) to Win
Saturday 1:30pm
Kraken Theater

Flip the Table: Ragequitting Games
Saturday 2:45pm
Goliath Theater

Running Professional Panels
Saturday 6:30pm
Salamander Theater

COSplay Match Game
Sunday 11:30am
Main Events

Foreign Anime Openers
Sunday 1:30pm
Dragon Theater

We can't get Foreign Anime Openers up for copyright reasons, but you may be able to see that at another con in the future, so stay tuned! There might be video of the match game up later, so check back right here.

Posted: Monday July 10, 2017

Play (Dirty) to Win: PAX East 2017

Ostensibly, you play games to win. (Assuming we're talking about competitive games: you're not playing to "win" Dungeons & Dragons… are you?) But are really? Shouldn't you be winning a lot more often? Maybe you should try that cheap strategy you've heard about. Punch below the belt. Memorize the deck. Read the FAQ. What's the line between playing to win and cheating? Is "playing dirty" even really a thing? Come for the degenerate strategies, stay for the soul-crushing revelations on winning.

Presented by GeekNights at PAX East 2017.

Book Club - Dune

Despite knowing a lot about Dune due to popular nerd culture and certain board games, we've never really read even the first novel of the series all the way through. Love or hate Dune, it's important enough that people talk about it to this day, and it definitely inspired generations of science fiction authors. Join us in actually reading Dune if you haven't already!

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