Live at PAX East 2018

Tuesday February 20, 2018

We will be performing LIVE at PAX East 2018! It's four days this year, so come find us in tabletop freeplay if you miss the panel!

The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play
Sunday, April 8th
10:30 AM
Arachnid Theatre

These may not be the top 40 board games ever designed, nor is it the top 40 influential or otherwise important games. If you aspire to really understand tabletop, or if you have visions of designing your own games, these are the 40 games that, if you play them, will give you the widest possible perspective on what it means to make a good game (and what "good" even means). Join the GeekNights crew for an exploration of the boundaries of tabletop gaming. There are some gems in there.

Live at MAGFest and PAX South 2018

Wednesday December 20, 2017

We'll be live at two back-to-back conventions in January!

Magfest 2018

We will be live at MAGFest 2018 with five panels! We look forward to seeing you there, and if you miss one of the panels, you can probably find us by the Dig Dug machine.

The Rage of the Quitter
Thursday Jan 4th
8:30 PM
MAGES 2 – Chesapeake 7,8,9

The 40 Tabletop Games you Need to Play
Friday Jan 5th
4:00 PM
Tabletop Discussions - National Harbor 8

Writing Rules for Tabletop Games
Friday Jan 5th
8:30 PM
MAGES 1 – Chesapeake G,H,I

Anime Openers from Around the World
Saturday Jan 6th
8:00 AM
Panels 1 – Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Balance in Game Design
Saturday Jan 6th
11:30 AM
MAGES 2 – Chesapeake 7,8,9

PAX South 2018

Right on the heels of MAGFest, we'll also be returning to PAX South for at least one panel! Some say hi, play a game with us in tabletop, or check out our friends at Windy Games in the expo hall!

Balance in Game Design
Friday Jan 12
4:00pm
Bobcat Theatre

See you there! And possibly in our forum!

Live at PAX Unplugged (and PAX South)

Thursday November 16, 2017

We will be live at the inaugural PAX Unplugged 2017! Some of you may be old enough to remember the workshop-style talks we gave at PAXes in the past (Mastering Game Mechanics, Practical Game Theory, and several how-to-play/win events), and this is a return to that format.

Learn and WIN: Carcassonne
Saturday Nov 18
3:30pm-5:30pm
Tabletop Tourney

Go deep on the strategy of Carcassonne with a lecture from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Then stick around for a special single-elimination Carcassonne tournament and put those tips to work. Cut-throat competition armed with the most dangerous tools we can provide.

If you want to get a head start, check out our longstanding Play (Dirty) to Win talk from PAX East 2017, or our ancient How to Win at Games talk from PAX East 2011. Rym even did a solo version at PAX Australia 2014!

If that's not enough for you, we'll also be returning to PAX South for at least one panel!

Balance in Game Design
Friday Jan 12
4:00pm
Bobcat Theatre

See you there! And possibly in our forum!

Live at GaymerX East and PAX Unplugged

Wednesday October 25, 2017

We will be live at the inaugural PAX Unplugged 2017! Some of you may be old enough to remember the workshop-style talks we gave at PAXes in the past (Mastering Game Mechanics, Practical Game Theory, and several how-to-play/win events), and this is a return to that format.

Learn and WIN: Carcassonne
Saturday 11/18
3:30pm-5:30pm
Tabletop Tourney

Go deep on the strategy of Carcassonne with a lecture from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Then stick around for a special single-elimination Carcassonne tournament and put those tips to work. Cut-throat competition armed with the most dangerous tools we can provide.

If you want to get a head start, check out our longstanding Play (Dirty) to Win talk from PAX East 2017, or our ancient How to Win at Games talk from PAX East 2011. Rym even did a solo version at PAX Australia 2014!

We are also presenting a talk (and actually taking audience questions) on game rules at GaymerX East 2017!

Writing Game Rules
Saturday 11/04
3:30pm-4:30pm
Panels B - 5411

The rules of a game literally define it. What makes a good rulebook? How about a good rule? Do you need a reference sheet? A tabletop game can "crash" just like a videogame if your rules are ambiguous.

Live at PAX Unplugged 2017

Thursday October 12, 2017

We will be live at the inaugural PAX Unplugged 2017! Some of you may be old enough to remember the workshop-style talks we gave at PAXes in the past (Mastering Game Mechanics, Practical Game Theory, and several how-to-play/win events), and this is a return to that format.

Learn and WIN: Carcassonne
Saturday 11/18
3:30pm-5:30pm
Tabletop Tourney

Go deep on the strategy of Carcassonne with a lecture from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Then stick around for a special single-elimination Carcassonne tournament and put those tips to work. Cut-throat competition armed with the most dangerous tools we can provide.

If you want to get a head start, check out our longstanding Play (Dirty) to Win talk from PAX East 2017, or our ancient How to Win at Games talk from PAX East 2011. Rym even did a solo version at PAX Australia 2014!

Live at PAX West 2017!

Friday August 11, 2017

We are giving a talk on rage quits at PAX West 2017!

The Rage of the Quitter
Sunday Sept 3 @ 6:30pm
Hippogriff Theatre

The table gets flipped. The healer sits down in spawn and plays Rick Astley over the voice chat. The tournament ends in chaos. Friendships die. Why does the quitter rage so? This panel will explore the inglorious exits of gaming.

If you're from the future, and you're looking for the other talks we referenced during the panel at PAX, here they are:

The History of Losing
Multiplayer Losing
Why No One will Game with You

Thank you ConnectiCon 2017!

Monday July 10, 2017

Thank you ConnectiCon 2017 for one hell of a convention! We had great crowds for all of our talks/shows! Even better, if you want more or missed a talk you really wanted to see, check out the video links below for other versions we've done at other cons!

Why Five Nights at Freddy's is Scary
Friday 7:45pm
Dragon Theater

Play (Dirty) to Win
Saturday 1:30pm
Kraken Theater

Flip the Table: Ragequitting Games
Saturday 2:45pm
Goliath Theater

Running Professional Panels
Saturday 6:30pm
Salamander Theater

COSplay Match Game
Sunday 11:30am
Main Events

Foreign Anime Openers
Sunday 1:30pm
Dragon Theater

We can't get Foreign Anime Openers up for copyright reasons, but you may be able to see that at another con in the future, so stay tuned! There might be video of the match game up later, so check back right here.

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