Starwhal and Res Publica

Tonight on GeekNights, review Starwhal and Res Publica. The former is a great local multiplayer orthogame. The latter is a novel use of information economy in games. Youtube stars have their own dialect. You can help design Dreidel 2.0. Our Patreon grows ever nearer to the first milestone. We are on at least two panels at PAX South 2016!

Matchmaking in Games

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the high level difficulties of matchmaking in multiplayer games, and why it's so important. We've covered this in panels before, but never done a show on it, and now we're suffering mightily in Rocket League. In other news, Natural Selection 2 is queuing some big changes, Rym extols the virtues of Undertale, and Civ V continues to be the most dangerous "one more turn" game in the world as we play against humans

Game Rules

Game rules are the topic of tonight's GeekNights. Tabletop games have rulebooks, videogames have their code, tutorials, and MEGAMAN MEGAMAN, and they're often a deeply neglected part of game design and game play. In the news, the 20-sided store Netrunner returns, this past weekend was a gamefest between Extralife marathons, the Fantasy Flight 2015 World Championships, and Blizzcon (including the Hearthstone championships), and Fallout 4 is out (and we'll buy it when the GOTY edition comes out with all the DLC).

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Subterfuge

Tonight on GeekNights, we discuss the mobile game Subterfuge, which we've been playing in the forum. It's like Diplomacy, and is real-time over a week or three. In other news, gomergate nonsense reminded us why we'd never attend SXSW, and Scott's been playing Sublevel Zero, a Descent-like Rougelike.

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Fresh Fish

Tonight on GeekNights we review a nice board game Fresh Fish by Friedemann Friese. We also talk about a bunch of other games we played at PAX Prime 2015 such as Tumblin' Dice, Viticulture, and Elysium.

Rocket League

Rocket League is our game of choice, and is a rising/risen star of eSports already. It is also the topic of GeekNights tonight. Niantic, the people who made Ingress (the first modern ongoing AR game), are making Pokemon GO, possibly bringing ruin to the world, and definitely replacing all other candy boxes.

Dance Dance Revolution

Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is the topic of tonight's GeekNights. It's one of the more important games ever made, and you would do yourself a favor by trying it if you've never played. The PAX Prime 2015 Schedule is live, including two panels with us! Fig, purporting to be Kickstarter for equity, launches with some smart people working for them. If they succeed, this will be a gamechanger. Literally. We also had a powerful game of Tigris & Euphrates, which remains to this day our favorite tabletop orthogame.

We previously discussed DDR in an ancient (2006) review of DDR Supernova in Wildwood in the waning days of the last arcades. We also gave a lecture on DDR and similar games at PAX Prime 2011!

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