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.
Tonight on GeekNights, fresh from ReviewCon 2017, we review the surprisingly fun Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant. It's cube trading, and it was a good time. But before that, we have a quick GeekBite of Spinderella, the NeoGAF community exploded in controversy (you may recall the last time we talked about NeoGAF, The Escapist collapsed for a variety of reasons, and we'll be live at PAX Unplugged and GaymerX East!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the surprisingly fun Black Friday, another Friedemann Friese board game. In the news, the discussion around what it truly means to "rip off" a game is only getting started with this PUBG ripoff and the smash bros community is in crisis.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Exit: The Game – The Secret Lab (2016), the 2017 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner, one of a series of "escape room" one-play tabletop games. It's basically identical to physical escape rooms. (Note: never trust Scott if he makes an escape room).
We are back from PAX West 2017, where we played enough games to drive at least half a dozen GeekNights episodes. Scott rode the NYC Century, Rym went mountain biking in Utah, gamers have a very poor understanding of what a "review" is, Metroid: Samus Returns is imminent with surprisingly glowing reviews, and Overwatch has DEATHMATCH.GeekNights Forum is amazing, and you should join it! We were back for our 42nd PAX Panel a couple weeks ago! The next GeekNights book club book is The Fifth Season!
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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.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the widely played and well liked Race for the Galaxy! It shares many concepts and design patterns with the classic Puerto Rico. In the news, E3 happened, there are one and a half new Metroid games coming, Nidhogg 2 terrifies us, Blizzard has a two-year exclusivity deal with Twitch, SSDs can burst into flame, Overwatch rankings rankled many players, and Geek Chic kicked the bucket.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the beautiful and unique co-op board game The Grizzled. It's deeply thematic, expresses the horror and camaraderie of war, and isn't about winning war: just surviving it. In the news, the Stanley Cup playoffs continue, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes unlocked, G2A did an ill-advised panel, Fig funds a spiritual successor to the original X-Com franchise, and Super Bomberman R drops resolution to increase framerate.