Live at PAX East and Zenkaikon!

Wednesday March 13, 2019

GeekNights will be live at PAX East 2019!

The Real Harm of Games
Friday Mar 29 @ 3:30pm
Cuttlefish Theatre

In the 80s, we were told Dungeons & Dragons would make us all satanists. In the 90s, first person shooters and Mortal Kombat were supposed to make us all murderers. Games have joined the long and storied history of books, music, movies, and television being primed to destroy us all. Thankfully, most of the fears around how games might harm us have proven false, misleading, or downright ridiculous. So what’s left? Lootboxes? What is the REAL harm of games? And what can we do about it?

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We will also be at Zenkaikon 2019 with three talks!

The Secret Guide to Running Panels
Saturday Mar 23 @ 1:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play
Saturday Mar 23 @ 3:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

Play (Dirty) to Win!
Sunday Mar 24 @ 11:00am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

Hope to see you at both! Back to back convention weekends for all!

Live PAX South 2019

Friday January 18, 2019

We are in San Antonio and will be live at PAX South 2019! Both of our panels this year are on Friday!

Nostalgia vs Game Design
1:00pm @ Bobcat Theatre

Everyone has the game that consumed their childhood. You grew up playing Quake 2 mods, Civ II, or Everquest late into the night. You got obsessed with Aerobiz on the SNES or DotA (the original one). You want to recreate that experience that was so core to your gaming life. But… can you? What was it ABOUT those games that made them so perfect. Was it the game, the context, or possibly even just you? From remakes to reboots to spiritual successors, some game mechanics are best left to history.

Learn & Play: Carcassonne
3:00pm @ Learn & Play

Go deep on the strategy of Carcassonne with a lecture from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Then stick around to face off against other attendees, putting those Carcassonne strategy tips to work.

Live at MAGFest 2019

Tuesday January 1, 2019

We will be live at MAGFest with three panels! If you saw us AT MAGFest, you can find many of the videos we referenced on our youtube channel!

Rare Game Mechanics
Thursday @8:00 PM - Tabletop Discussions (Riverview Ballroom)

Some game mechanics are common. Drafting cards. Rolling dice. Choosing actions. Worker placement. They are used in many games for a variety of reasons. But what about the weird ones? Ever play a game with a Rondel? Experience the glory of a "Promise Cube?" Wait until we talk about what can only be described as "Bohnanza Hand!" Join the GeekNights crew for a deep exploration of the rarely used (sometimes for a reason) mechanics of tabletop games.


Read the Rules!
Saturday @ 8:30 PM - MAGES 2 (Chesapeake 10,11,12)

Videogames enforce their own rules (usually). In tabletop however, the players themselves must do this. The only guide they have: the rulebook(s). Do you read the rules? Did anyone? How do so many people (as evidenced by the BoardGameGeek forums and Reddit threads) get things so horribly, horribly wrong? From Euros to RPGs, our panel of experts (plus those GeekNights guys) will consider how, why, and where the rules are misinterpreted, ignored, broken, or lost.


The 40 Games You Must Play
Sunday @ 1:00 PM - Panels 3 (Woodrow Wilson Ballroom)

These may not be the top 40 games ever designed, nor are they the top 40 influential or otherwise important games. If you aspire to really understand games, or if you have visions of designing your own, these are 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).

Live at PAX Unplugged 2018

Tuesday October 9, 2018

We will be live at PAX Unplugged with two events!

Learn & WIN: Puerto Rico
Saturday 12/01 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
LEARN & PLAY

Learn how to play one of board gaming’s all-time greats: Puerto Rico. Then, go deep with a tips and strategy session from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Stick around to play a full game of Puerto Rico and see who can best put strategy into practice. We did this for Carcassonne last year!


The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play
Sunday 12/02 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
MOTHMAN THEATRE

These may not be the top 40 board games ever designed, nor are they 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.

Thank You Zenkaikon 2018!

Sunday May 6, 2018

Thank you for a great crowd and a great time at Zenkaikon 2018 in Lancaster PA! If you want to follow up from our panels, check out these notes!

Anime Openers from Around the World
This was the last time we'll ever do this one: it's finally retired. Thankfully, these aren't too hard to find yourself with a little searching. Protip: check out Disney Afternoon.

Underrated Anime you should see
Here is the list of underrated anime, as well as a similar panel we did on boardgames. Be sure to check out GeekNights Presents: Utena.

The Rage of the Quitter
If you missed the talk or want to see it again, there is video of us doing the same talk at PAX West. Be sure to also check out our older talk on how game mechanics affect their communities, and my two PAX Australia talks on Losing and Multiplayer Losing!

Live at Zenkaikon 2018

Sunday April 29, 2018

GeekNights will be live at Zenkaikon 2018 in Lancaster PA!

Anime Openers from Around the World
Saturday, May 5
9:15 AM
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

Underrated Anime you should see
Saturday, May 5
6:45 PM
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

The Rage of the Quitter
Sunday, May 6
9:30 AM
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

If you saw us live at PAX East 2018, you can see video of The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play on youtube! But don't skip our panels at Zenkaikon: we won't be videoing them.

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!

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