Tonight, in part one of our PAX Prime 2010 coverage, we discuss the games of PAX, including Bohnanza, Duke Nukem Forever, Power Boats, Modern Art, Monaco, We Didn't Playtest This at All, Jam City Rollergirls, Freemarket, Push Fight, Jungle Speed, Dominion, Catacombs, and the rest! Further coverage to come!
Geeknights 20100914 - PAX Prime 2010 & The Games of PAX Expanded Show Notes - Show Run Time: 01:13:09 Time | Notes ---------+---------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 | Intro 00:00:26 | Opening Chit-Chat & News | - Pax & post-Pax timeline | - Scott plays grammatical semantics | - Counter-Strike and new servers | - On weird common settings for Counter-Strike Servers | - On gaming backlog | - How to handle multiplayer games where levels can be disparate | - Equipment versus levels and abilities? | - Scott posits that people who enjoy tech-tree games are psychologically fooling themselves | - Argument on psychological rewards of leveling up | - Scott doesn't agree with personal tastes being a factor in enjoyment of gaming | - Meta on Con Recap shows | - New format - show will recap the con as well as focus on the games played. | - Games played at the con | - Tangent on Scott's consistent memory failure | - Freemarket! Scott ran it for GM practice in addition to the demo | - Meta-problem - how does a crappy GM get better? Practice. How can he practice if no one wants to play? | - Bad GM + Inexperienced Players = bad experience for the players, they won't play again | - Bad GM + Experienced Players = Experienced players will walk out | - Freemarket is easy if you're able to come up with good flavor text on the fly | - Scott on making flavor text not suck: Pick at least three senses to describe what's going on | - Discussion of Indie-RPG mechanics | - Experienced GM can do Freemarket at a con in 4 hours | - On applying rules in Freemarket versus D&D-like systems | - Powerboats | - - Racing game with good mechanics - even on the "easy mode" it was still very fun | - - On new mechanics that could make Powerboats better | - Modern Art | - - Discussion of "bidding games" | - On buying boardgames, reboxing, and print-and-play games | - On the morality of making your own copy of a board game - is it piracy? | - Push Fight | - - Rym compares it to Nim | - Bohnanza | - - Game looks stupid but is fun | - - Bidding on beans | - - The Shtick is a lot of the fun of the game | - - The Ultra-Rare Cocoa Bean! | - - Bidding Games & Left/Right Mechanics | - We Didn't Playtest This At All | - - Similar to Flux but with almost no rules | - - Rules change at random depending on what cards are played | - - Potential WDPTAA tourney at Connecticon | - Squarrels | - - Squirrels fighting over nuts in sets of three | - - Matching mechanics a la Rummy, with a bit of Slap-Jack and War | - Dominion | - - Lots of fun at the con | - Roll Through The Ages | - - Yahtzee meets Civilization | - Jungle Speed | - - Quick game | - Catacombs | - - Dexterity game where you flick things at targets meets Dungeon Crawler | - - Conceptually good | - - Small board, not very precise | - - Rym suggests making the board shuffleboard sized and running it at a con | - Poo-Flinging Game | - - Play cards to fling poo at the other monkeys (players) 00:40:02 | Things of the Day | - Scott on fools riding fixies with no helmets | - Track Bicycle Racing | - Track Bicycle Racing Tactics & Drafting | - Japanese track racing | Scott's Thing - Bicycle Slow Race | - "Pig With the Face of a Boy" - musical comedy band in the UK | - Tetris as a metaphor for the Soviet Union | Rym's Thing - Complete History of the Soviet Union, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris 00:48:30 | Main Topic | - More PAX Gaming Goodness | - Expo Hall was off the hook | - Huge booths full of spectacle | - Games that stood out beyond the spectacle | - Duke Nukem Forever | - - Solid black booth, security guards outside, and a huge queue | - - Portraits of Duke outside the booth | - - Rym got to skip the line thanks to Jon St. John | - - Game is an homage to the games of an earlier era - lots of sex and violence | - PAX 10 games | - Super Meat Boy | - - Platform game, hard as balls, requires precision | - Retro City Rampage | - - Top-down 2D game like the original GTA games | - - AI is very smart | - - Wii-only | - Monaco | - - Top-down heist game | - - Creator will be on future show | - Spy Party | - - Two-person game | - - Sniper versus Spy | - Jam City Rollergirls | - - Roller Derby meets Mario-style sports | - Name-dropping Luke Crane | - Sidebar on Roller Derby | - Lines in the Expo Hall were huge | - Portal 2 | - Tangent on taking a day off to play a game on release day | - Civ V | - Tangent on laptops and gaming | - Rage | - Firefall - Tribes-like game from the creators of WoW and Tribes | - Brink | - Lego Universe MMO | - - Scott on Why This Game Isn't Worth Your Time: The whole world isn't Lego | - - Rym: The whole game should be nothing but Lego and you should be able to build anywhere | - Massive amounts of gaming on Thursday in the Sheraton lobby | - Planning a PAX Prime 2011 Pre-Party - sponsors wanted! | - Upcoming show will be the actual review of PAX | - Shout-outs | - Zombie Dice 01:12:11 | Outro