Today, we pick through an entertaining Reddit thread on strange strategies in tabletop games. Beyond that, the G2A game codes scandal is pretty awful, and matchmaking is an interesting problem in Overwatch.
Tonight on GeekNights, with two and .25 plays respectively, we review Fast Food Franchise and Food Chain Magnate. Scott laments a cookie thief, Civilization VI is coming just as we start to get really into Civ V, and the 2016 Spiel Des Jahres nominees are now known.
The GeekNights Patreon is going strong with Rym and Emily reviews, bonus shows, and more!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Wolfgang Kramer's fantastic 6 nimmt! If you need a versatile, quick-to-teach, quick-to-play intense game for 3-10 players, this is your jam. It's in the spirit of Nim (hence the name), but supports many players and does not break down so quickly.
In other news, Nintendo's much-awaited Miitomo is coming to the US in a few days. Rym and Scott are playing a LOT of Civilization V lately via Giant Multiplayer Robot. PAX East (where we are performing Sunday) will have an amazing Thursday tabletop dungeon. A prankster/security researched released a game on Steam without Valve knowing about it.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review
Peter Prinz's Thebes, an updated version of Jenseits von Theben. Thematically, it's Indiana Jones: the game. Mechanically, it implements that theme to a startling degree. Dig deep. In other news, Street Fighter 5 sort of came out, and the weebs are ridiculously butter about the Fire Emblem Fates translation and localization.
The GeekNights Patreon is going strong, and Rym + Emily reviews are coming your way! We're presenting Atari Game Design at PAX East on Sunday!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review (and disagree on) Towerfall. But first, the $85 Ghostbusters tabletop game is as bad as expected, though reviews are oddly kind to it despite the ugly truth as you scroll down, and Asmodee consolidates its North American operations, cutting low tier and undifferentiated online retailers out of the loop.
Don't forget to come see us live at PAX South!
Lost Cities somehow escaped our baleful gaze, so tonight on GeekNights, we review Reiner Knizia's Lost Cities. It's a fantastic two-player game. In other news, if you look older, you probably are (effectively) older. Cold Express wins the Spiel des Jahres 2015, Twitch Plays Pokemon has a sad successor, and the button is no more. We will be live at ConnectiCon 2015!
After talking at length about Wil Wheaton violating his own rule in the botched run of Tabletop, we discuss the new games in the Wolfenstein series, following our friend William "B.J." Blazkowicz through Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. This was very nearly a lost episode of GeekNights, so the quality isn't up to the par of our 10-years 1,100ish episode run to date. But it's not lost. It's UN-lost.