Back from PAX Australia!!

Thursday November 6, 2014

We're back from PAX Australia 2014! Rym presented two lectures ("How to Win Every Game" and "Losing") and ended up moderating a third panel with some amazing people - "Geek as a Cultural Identity: Do Fake Geeks exist?". We'll resume our normal schedule next week on Tuesday with talk of PAX and any number of games.

We have video of "How to Win Every Game" from PAX Prime 2014!

We also have tons of our other panels and lectures from previous PAXes and other conventions online!

Live in Australia - Full Schedule

Friday October 10, 2014

We are happy to announce that Rym will be in Australia for PAX Aus 2014 in Melbourne, VIC (October 31-November 2)! He will be presenting two lectures!

How to Win Every Game
Friday 11:00am
Fruitbat Theatre

It seems obvious that, when playing a game of skill, one attempts to win. Interestingly, this is often not the case, and even skilled gamers rarely analyze to any real depth the underlying mechanics and strategy of a given game. By deconstructing the games we play, you too can make them far less fun for yourself and beat the everliving hell out of your friends. We'll hit the theory pretty heavily, but also specific examples from games like "Stratego," "Settlers of Catan," and even "Football."

Losing
Saturday 2:00pm
Fruitbat Theatre

Winning is good, and losing is bad. We strive to win, and this is the basis for most of the games we play. Challenges are binary: we either overcome them, advancing the story, or fail, and must try again. But, what if we were to toss this conventional wisdom aside? Do we really only have fun when we win? Have you ever had that moment in a game where epic and total failure was the most memorable part? What kinds of games would arise if we strove to make losing, instead of winning, the point?


This is the final, updated schedule. Come say hi!

GeekNights Live at PAX Australia 2014!

Wednesday September 10, 2014

We are happy to announce that Rym will be in Australia for PAX Aus 2014 in Melbourne, VIC (October 31-November 2)! He will be presenting two lectures!

Losing
Saturday @ 2:00pm

Winning is good, and losing is bad. We strive to win, and this is the basis for most of the games we play. Challenges are binary: we either overcome them, advancing the story, or fail, and must try again. But, what if we were to toss this conventional wisdom aside? Do we really only have fun when we win? Have you ever had that moment in a game where epic and total failure was the most memorable part? What kinds of games would arise if we strove to make losing, instead of winning, the point?


How to Win Every Game
Sunday @ noon

It seems obvious that, when playing a game of skill, one attempts to win. Interestingly, this is often not the case, and even skilled gamers rarely analyze to any real depth the underlying mechanics and strategy of a given game. By deconstructing the games we play, you too can make them far less fun for yourself and beat the everliving hell out of your friends. We'll hit the theory pretty heavily, but also specific examples from games like "Stratego," "Settlers of Catan," and even "Football."

Our PAX Prime 2014 Schedule!

Wednesday August 27, 2014

We have an updated schedule for PAX Prime 2014!

How to Love and Hate Tabletop Games
Saturday @ 11:30am
Sandworm Theatre

How to Win Every Game
Monday @ noon
Sandworm Theatre

GeekNights Meetup
Monday @ 1:00pm
Outside the Sandworm Theatre

"How to Win Every Game" at PAX Prime 2014

Wednesday August 20, 2014

Come see our brand new lecture at PAX Prime 2014!

How to Win Every Game
Monday @ noon
Sandworm Theatre

It seems obvious that, when playing a game of skill, one attempts to win. Interestingly, this is often not the case, and even skilled gamers rarely analyze to any real depth the underlying mechanics and strategy of a given game. By deconstructing the games we play, you too can make them far less fun for yourself and beat the everliving hell out of your friends. We'll hit the theory pretty heavily, but also specific examples from games like "Stratego", "Settlers of Catan", and even "Football".

This is a brand new lecture! As always, we can't promise we'll have video of it up after the con, so if you really want to see it, show up! We might even take questions for once!

Guidebook
PAX Prime Site

PAX Prime 2014 Ticket Giveaway

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Every year, PAX gets bigger and bigger. GeekNights hasn't gotten that much bigger. We were not 100% sure that we would have our panel application accepted for the seventh year in a row. To ensure we could still go to PAX, I purchased four weekend passes. As it turns out, our panel was accepted. This means we no longer need these tickets.

Actually, we do need some of them. Emily needs one. Another one I'm probably going to sell on eBay or elsewhere to recoup some of the costs. The other two could be yours!

Here's how it works. Sometime between right now and when I receive the passes in the mail, you can attempt to win these tickets. All you have to do is post on Twitter. Your tweet must include the following:

  • A link to some GeekNights content. This can be a podcast episode, YouTube video, etc.
  • The #pax hashtag
  • The #geeknights hashtag or @geeknights. If you choose @geeknights, it can not be at the beginning of your tweet, because then few people will see your tweet besides us.
  • That's it.

Once I get the tickets in the mail, I will assemble all the tweets and randomly select one person as the winner. I will mail both tickets to the first winner I can successfully contact. That's all there is to it.

If you tweet many times, you will still only be entered once. If you win the tickets, I expect to see you at PAX. If you sell them, I will be very angry. We will not help you arrange transportation, lodging, or any of the other things you need to go to PAX. All you can win are the two 4-day passes.

Good luck!

GeekNights Live at PAX Prime 2014!

Friday July 25, 2014

We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a lecture at PAX Prime 2014!

How to Win Every Game
Monday @ noon
Sandworm Theatre

It seems obvious that, when playing a game of skill, one attempts to win. Interestingly, this is often not the case, and even skilled gamers rarely analyze to any real depth the underlying mechanics and strategy of a given game. By deconstructing the games we play, you too can make them far less fun for yourself and beat the everliving hell out of your friends. We'll hit the theory pretty heavily, but also specific examples from games like "Stratego", "Settlers of Catan", and even "Football".

This is a brand new lecture! As always, we can't promise we'll have video of it up after the con, so if you really want to see it, show up! We might even take questions for once!

Rym will additionally be at PAX Dev: feel free to say hi if you're there.

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