Tonight on GeekNights, we review the 2017 Netflix Castlevania animated series. In the news, after Rym buys some new sandals, Ready Player One is...., Karen Berger launches a line of comics, United made up some nonsense around SDCC, and Castlevania Producer Adi Shankar gave an interesting interview.
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!
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.
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.
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
Play (Dirty) to Win
Flip the Table: Ragequitting Games
Running Professional Panels
COSplay Match Game
Foreign Anime Openers
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.
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!