Tonight on GeekNights, it's Thursday, so we test out some livestreaming with a show about... lunch? Yes, about lunch. Literally. In the news, we did a show in 2010 called A Bunch of Dwarves, The Great Wall is probably awful, and someone got their Nintendo Switch early.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the lovely little two player asymmetric Raptor. It's clever. In the news, Zelda: Breath of the Wild will have DLC, PewDiePie is as bad as you assumed he was, and Rym is obsessed with Overwatch's CTF arcade mode.
Tonight on GeekNights, now that we can assume everyone has seen it, we talk about Rogue One. It's a Star Wars Story. Easily the fourth best Star Wars movie. In the news, the Superb Owl LI is coming, the hybrid icing rule change was a great idea, and you should call the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs to oppose Steve Bannon's role in the National Security Council. In a short span, NYC Taxis, NYC Bodegas, and Comcast employees have all struck, with the looming and hopeful potential of an anti-Trump General Strike.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Potion Explosion. It's from 2015, it has an excellent conceit, but it really only shines as a kids/family game. It even has an expansion. We're back from PAX South, which is a full and proper PAX! Air Hockey was finally the Omegathon Finale! PAX Unplugged becomes the fifth PAX in PA, though it's the same weekend as the anime con to save anime cons (Anime NYC): we may have to split our efforts between them.
Play (Dirty) to Win
Friday 3/10 6:00pm
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.
Quitting: MAGFest 2017
Ragequit isn't the only form of quitting. People stop playing games for a huge range of reasons. They get bored, they get frustrated, they get distracted, they sometimes literally just forget. It seems simple, but it isn't. Quitting is an option that's there whether the game designer wants it or not, an instrinsic mechanic of all games, and it's a far deeper topic than you might expect.
Presented by GeekNights at Magfest 2017 as part of the MAGES track.
Book Club - Rebecca
For some reason I never even considered that my second favorite Hitchcock movie: Rebecca was based on a book. Even though it says so right at the beginning of the film, I completely forgot. As soon as I realized this mistake, I swiftly corrected it my making it my book club selection.
Rebecca is a terrific example of gothic romance. It has mystery, suspense, crime, romance, a costume gala, and an awesome spooky mansion with a creepy west wing! What more could you ask for in a novel? Read the book, then also watch the film for some good times.