Beast King GoLion

Tonight on GeekNights, we review the classic Beast King GoLion, which you may know as Voltron. It's probably not what you expect if you've only ever seen the American "adaptation," and it's worth watching at least a few episodes even if you think you hate "robot shows."

In the news, Ed Piskor's X-Men: Grand Design is looking pretty excellent, Pixar's Coco was utterly fantastic, and we'll be at both PAX South and MAGFest! Join the GeekNights Forum or check us out on Patreon!

Headphones

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about one of the most ancient topics in our fanbase: headphones. Earbuds are also included. What kind of headphones should you buy? Are more expensive ones actually worth it? All will be revealed. For reference, Rym uses these guys as the GeekNights monitor headphones.

In the news, HP can never be trusted again thanks to bundled malware, Apple had a ridiculous and embarrassing vulnerability allowing trivial root access, and the next GeekNights Book Club book will be Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey.

Stranger Things

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Stranger Things. In case you're wondering how Rym convinced Scott to watch this amazing show, he didn't. This is a Rym and Emily special! We thoroughly enjoyed this show, and have since moved on to finish the second season. It perfectly evokes the era in which it is set, and is definitely worth watching.

1846: The Race for the Midwest

Tonight on GeekNights, we review 1846: The Race for the Midwest. It's an interesting experience, and it's survived multiple plays despite its long session time. If you want to try a scary train game, this is the one.

In the news, the new Hearthstone expansion drops on Thursday this week, the Formula 1 esport is more fun to watch than actual F1, the Overwatch league jerseys will soon be available, and Russia is banned from the olympics for cheating.

The GeekNights Forum is amazing, and you should join it! Support GeekNights on Patreon! Stay tuned for regularly scheduled Judge Anime By Its Cover!

Live at MAGFest and PAX South 2018

We'll be live at two back-to-back conventions in January!

Magfest 2018

We will be live at MAGFest 2018 with five panels! We look forward to seeing you there, and if you miss one of the panels, you can probably find us by the Dig Dug machine.

The Rage of the Quitter
Thursday Jan 4th
8:30 PM
MAGES 2 – Chesapeake 7,8,9

The 40 Tabletop Games you Need to Play
Friday Jan 5th
4:00 PM
Tabletop Discussions - National Harbor 8

Writing Rules for Tabletop Games
Friday Jan 5th
8:30 PM
MAGES 1 – Chesapeake G,H,I

Anime Openers from Around the World
Saturday Jan 6th
8:00 AM
Panels 1 – Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Balance in Game Design
Saturday Jan 6th
11:30 AM
MAGES 2 – Chesapeake 7,8,9

PAX South 2018

Right on the heels of MAGFest, we'll also be returning to PAX South for at least one panel! Some say hi, play a game with us in tabletop, or check out our friends at Windy Games in the expo hall!

Balance in Game Design
Friday Jan 12
4:00pm
Bobcat Theatre

See you there! And possibly in our forum!

Posted: Wednesday December 20, 2017

PAX Unplugged 2017
Learn and WIN: Carcassonne

Go deep on the strategy of Carcassonne with a lecture from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Then stick around for a special single-elimination Carcassonne tournament and put those tips to work.

We begin by teaching the full rules of Carcassonne, with visual aides and examples. We then dive deep into the strategy of Carcassonne, teaching players not just now to play, but how to WIN.

Book Club - The Fifth Season

If you haven't heard, N.K. Jemisin is the new hotness, relatively speaking. The Broken Earth series seems to be her biggest and most popular work. How could we not select its first installment, "The Fifth Season," for our next book club.

It won the Hugo Award for best novel in 2016. The second book in the series "The Obelisk Gate" won the same award in 2017. How much would you like to bet the third novel wins in 2018?

The book is about a very dangerous world. It has the usual four seasons of winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Then there is also a fifth season of geological calamity. This fifth season has been the end of many civilizations. Their ruins are strewn all about, and there are none who remember the people that built them. All human society is structured in such a way as to make sure they survive the fifth season(s) where others have failed.

Also, some people, including many central characters, are born as orogenes. Basically, they are geology wizards. Much like the mutants in X-Men, they are outcast victims of oppression, prejudice, and genocide. Yet, they are simultaneously respected, feared, and called upon to use their powers to save society from disaster.

I've already started, and I can tell you this is a must-read for all GeekNights listeners.

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