The 40 Games You Must Play

Tonight on GeekNights, we try to hack together live a list of games that are, for one reason or another, must-play games. We've done this as a panel at PAX before, but for tabletop. This time it's everything.

In the news, Interplanetary is good to play, and so is The Fox in the Forest. PAX Unplugged isn't sold out and you should definitely go. We Judged the upcoming fall season of anime!

Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues (中間管理録 トネガワ), also known as The Chronicles of Middle Manager Tonegawa. It's a spinoff from not Akagi, but Kaiji.

In the news, there is inexplicably a Dance Dance Revolution movie coming, NYCC is coming even though the 7 train isn't, and we will very soon post the newest Judge Anime by its Cover.

Single Signon

Tonight on GeekNights, we kick off October with Single Signon in light of the recent egregious Facebook security flaw. We also cover some of the news from Photokina 201, including the new Zenit M.

We'll see you soon at PAX Unplugged!

Rise of Tribes (2018)

Tonight on GeekNights, we review Brad Brooks' Rise of Tribes, a well-designed if simple game. In the news, Bowsette is our new queen, Telltale Games lays basically everyone off, a Magic: The Gathering pro drops out of the world championship in protest, and soccer clubs are weirdly angry at esports.

We'll be live at PAX Unplugged 2018, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow the ongoing saga of Rym vs Patreon in Civilization V!

Live at PAX Unplugged 2018

We will be live at PAX Unplugged with two events!

Learn & WIN: Puerto Rico
Saturday 12/01 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
LEARN & PLAY

Learn how to play one of board gaming’s all-time greats: Puerto Rico. Then, go deep with a tips and strategy session from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Stick around to play a full game of Puerto Rico and see who can best put strategy into practice. We did this for Carcassonne last year!


The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play
Sunday 12/02 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
MOTHMAN THEATRE

These may not be the top 40 board games ever designed, nor are they the top 40 influential or otherwise important games. If you aspire to really understand tabletop, or if you have visions of designing your own games, these are the 40 games that, if you play them, will give you the widest possible perspective on what it means to make a good game (and what "good" even means). Join the GeekNights crew for an exploration of the boundaries of tabletop gaming. There are some gems in there.

Posted: Tuesday October 9, 2018

Welcome to the fifth episode of GeekNights Judges Anime by its Cover!

We used to host this panel every year at Anime Boston, but now we are making it a quarterly video show. Armed with nothing more than the title, studio, a short description, and a small preview image, we will let you know which TV anime coming out next season are worth watching, and which ones should be avoided at all costs.

We honestly don't know much about these new anime and are judging them based on almost nothing, so be sure to post lots of hate comments! We want to hear all about everything we got wrong.

And when this season is over, be sure to come back and let us know how right or wrong we were about these shows. Our track record in the past has been really good, but we are sure to have more misses when we take more shots.

Special thanks to Anime Boston for letting us get this started in the first place. It's really a fantastic convention. Any anime fan in the Northeastern US should definitely attend.

http://www.animeboston.com/

And of course none of this would be even remotely possible without the excellent web site AniChart.net. They organize all this information so well every single season.

http://anichart.net/Fall-2018

See you in the the winter!

Book Club - 2001: a Space Odyssey

In 1968 Stanley Kubrick released one of the all-time classic movies, "2001: a Space Odyssey". Until recently I had thought that this movie was based on the book of the same name. That is not the case.

What actually happened is that Arthur C. Clarke was writing the novel and also working on the screenplay with Kubrick simultaneously. The novel wasn't actually published until after the movie was released.

It would be impossible to maintain our pride as geeks without having read one of the most well known sci-fi novels of all time. It will be fascinating to see how it differs from the movie. I'm especially interested to see how the more psychedelic parts of the movie translate to written language.

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