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, we consider the grind in games. From grinding out levels to grinding out candy boxes, the good, bad, and outright evil. Videoball is finally coming out, and we're going to play the hell out of it. PAX West badges went on sale this morning, and were sold out within an hour or so (though it's unclear at what point the queue had people who weren't getting badges). That said, you should buy badges for PAX South: it's just as fun, way cheaper, and badges are still on sale!
Since you're probably salty about not getting badges, be sure to read Robert's comments on why it's such a hard problem to solve. Broadway (Hamilton in particular) is having the exact same problem, and there literally isn't a good solution.
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 and discuss Miitomo. We could arguably have talked about it on basically any GeekNights night, but we chose Tuesday because while it is a social network, it is also a candy box. And, it was made by Nintendo. In other news, Rym is frightened and confused by Fast Food Franchise, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! has been reluctant to reveal its mysteries, and the worst people on Earth attack an indie game, while the zeitgeist of humanity attacks a random farm.
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 cover a wide variety of gaming news. Xbox games will have cross-platform play with the PS4, Blizzard has patched Diablo II and Warcraft 3. All the legal positions of Go were calculated a few months ago, and now AI is playing better than the best humans. Twitch is courting game developers to integrate more tightly with streaming, and also launches a cooking stream. Playstation VR expands the consumer VR space.
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!