IME, Intel, and You

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the potential dangers of IME, Intel's hidden full MINIX OS in your CPU. In light of a demonstrable exploit via JTAG over USB, it's a serious concern. In the news, Firefox Quantum is ridiculously fast and Amazon dips into ad-supported video.

You should definitely seek out the GeekNights Forum! There's stuff in there!

Snacks

Tonight on GeekNights, brother may I have some snäcks. We talk about snacks, distinguished from meals by their lack of a schedule. You all seem to love these food shows, so here we go. Never forget doo dads. In the news, Funko pops have an IPO that goes about as well as one could have expected. (Spoiler: expectations were... unreasonable).

Luna (2010)

Tonight on GeekNights, we have another ReviewCon tabletop review with Luna: In the Domain of the Moon Priestess. It's new to us, and it's not bad. If you see it in a convention tabletop library it's definitely worth a play or three.

In the news, there's a Netrunner player casting call in New York, Blizzard escalates its war against toxic players, and Overwatch League sees a sexual assault before it sees its first game. Runic shuts down, Telltale has massive layoffs, and EA kills Visceral, fortelling a dire story for non-loot-box singly player AAA games.

We released both our PAX West 2017 panel - The Rage of the Quitter - and our first new episode of Judge Anime By Its Cover on youtube! We're also on Patreon!

The Ancient Magus' Bride

Tonight on GeekNights, we review The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome). You may recall we pre-reviewed it on Judge Anime by its Cover. In the news, Sony acquires Funimation, and we consider the state of physical media.

Live at PAX Unplugged (and PAX South)

We will be live at the inaugural PAX Unplugged 2017! Some of you may be old enough to remember the workshop-style talks we gave at PAXes in the past (Mastering Game Mechanics, Practical Game Theory, and several how-to-play/win events), and this is a return to that format.

Learn and WIN: Carcassonne
Saturday Nov 18
3:30pm-5:30pm
Tabletop Tourney

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. Cut-throat competition armed with the most dangerous tools we can provide.

If you want to get a head start, check out our longstanding Play (Dirty) to Win talk from PAX East 2017, or our ancient How to Win at Games talk from PAX East 2011. Rym even did a solo version at PAX Australia 2014!

If that's not enough for you, we'll also be returning to PAX South for at least one panel!

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

See you there! And possibly in our forum!

Posted: Thursday November 16, 2017

Welcome to the first 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.

Anime Boston

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.

AniChart.net

See you in the Winter!

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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