Tonight on GeekNights, we review Rolling Stock (2011). A Björn Rabenstein tabletop game that's adjacent to 18xx games like 1846: The Race for the Midwest, 1889: History of Shikoku Railways, or 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt, we've been playing it asynchronously online!
In the news, Smash Brothers' online mode isn't suitable for Evo Online 2020, Amazon's Crucible experiment is actually coming out, Gen Con is (rightly) canceled this year, and the Doom Eternal updates has a hot helping of malware.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review 1889: History of Shikoku Railways, an 18XX game by Yasutaka Ikeda. We've previously reviewed 1846: The Race for the Midwest and 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt. In the news, cars are terrible, Valorant is a thing, Cloudpunk is pretty good, Overwatch Hero Pools may only apply to the top tiers now, and that Valve source code leak was basically nothing. If you want to play some 18xx games online, that is an option.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Luigi's Mansion 3 on the Nintendo Switch. It's all right, and is probably the best of the Luigi series to date. In the news, we live streamed this episode with a new RTMP setup, Torchbearer 2e will scratch that "old style Dungeons & Dragons but with a modern sensibility" itch, and Mario Maker is finally complete.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review Animal Crossing: New Horizons! If you want chill times mooching around on an island and talking to animals, this is the game for you! In the news, Overwatch League has replaced hockey for Rym, Cooking Mama isn't mining bitcoins despite what some people are claiming, the Watcher makes Slay the Spire is worth revisiting, Curse of the Dead Gods is pretty cool, and the tabletop industry is in trouble.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review two new-to-us tabletop games we played at PAX in First Look: No Return: Es gibt kein Zurück! (2019) and Square on Sale (2005). The former is distilled game mechanic. The latter is... interesting, but heuristically a mess. In the news, for the first time in over 15 years GeekNights was recorded remotely (so let us know if the audio sounds weird), Rym is building an annoy-o-tron, Segata Sanshiro appears to have risen from the grave, Pistol Whip is a VR rhythm rail shooter, and Half-Life Alyx is out!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review First Contact (2018). It's verymuch adjacent to Codenames, but a bit more advanced. It's definitely worth playing. In the news, Reggie Fils-Aimé sets sail on the Titanic, Pax Pamir is getting a second printing, Big Cat Games has three abstract games on Kickstarter, and Overwatch introduces hero pool.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the humble Randomizer. Scott is into ALTTP, and Rym is obsessed with FFIV Free Enterprise. Randomizers were not foreseen, and they will likely have a significant impact on game design and esports in the years to come.
In the news, Facebook and Sony pull out of PAX East and GDC due to Coronavirus, the mayor of Boston is oddly mad about it, and PAX has a statement for you. (Wash your hands). Also, Animal Crossing and Doom share a birthday now. We'll be live at PAX East, and a ton of our standalone tabletop reviews are on youtube!