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!

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 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

Live at ConnectiCon 2017

Saturday July 1, 2017

GeekNights will be live at ConnectiCon 2017 with a bunch of panels and shows!

Opening Ceremonies
Friday 1:00pm
Main Events

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

Foreign Anime Openers
Sunday 1:30pm
Dragon Theater

COSplay Match Game
Sunday 11:30am
Main Events

We hope to see you there!

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