Live at Anime Boston 2015

Tuesday March 31, 2015

GeekNights is performing live at Anime Boston 2015!

Friday

Judge Anime by its Cover
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hynes Panel 206

Short Form Anime
11:00pm - midnight
room 107

Saturday

Analyzing Anime: Utena
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hynes Panel A

Foreign Anime Openers
12:30am - 2:00am
Hynes Panel 202

Yes, Foreign Anime Openers is late Saturday night (technically Sunday early morning)! No, we won't be around at the con on Sunday otherwise. Be sure to check Guidebook or the con schedule, as things may change!

Live at Zenkaikon 2015!

Sunday March 22, 2015

This coming weekend - March 27-29 - we will be performing live at Zenkaikon 2015 in Lancaster, PA. Come say hi! We'll be spending most of the time we're not presenting eating doughnuts and playing board games!

Saturday

Short Form Anime
11:45am @ Live 2

How to Win Every Game
2:15pm @ Live 2

Sunday

Why no one will Game with you
11:00am @ Live 1

Anime Openers Around the World
2:00pm @ Live 6

Also stay tuned for our Anime Boston 2015 schedule! We'll likely be doing four shows there.

See our panel at PAX East!

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Come see us at PAX East 2015! We've got an awesome panel called What is Losing?!

What is Losing
Friday, March 6th
4:30pm
Bumblebee Theatre

The point of a game is to win. Or is it? Can you "win" Gone Home or The Stanley Parable? Is losing a game of Dwarf Fortress the same as losing a game of chess? Why is Super Meat Boy's difficulty exciting, while Silver Surfer's is painful? Does one lose Monopoly due to player skill, or because you flipped the table? What if we played games that focused not on the "narrative of victory," but instead on the "narrative of failure?" Do games need to have a way to "lose" in the first place?

Afterward, we will be able to answer some questions in the hall and hang out with you guys before we head back to Tabletop Freeplay!

Live at PAX South and PAX East!

Tuesday January 13, 2015

GeekNights will be in San Antonio Texas for PAX South 2015. We will be presenting (in the very least) a lecture titled "Bad Games."

Bad Games
Sunday, January 25th
4:30pm
Armadillo Theatre

We've all played "bad" games, but what truly makes a game "bad?" Is one's miserable experience not simply subjective opinion? It turns out that the problem is not in defining what makes a game "bad," but in what makes a game a "game." Candyland teaches children colors and counting, but is terrible for a serious tournament. Dungeons & Dragons is great for that heroic fantasy adventure, but not so much for your future cyberpunk transhumanist court drama.

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We are also returning for PAX East 2015, where we will be presenting a lecture titled "What is Losing?"

What is Losing?
Friday, March 6th
4:30pm
Bumblebee Theatre

The point of a game is to win. Or is it? Can you "win" Gone Home or The Stanley Parable? Is losing a game of Dwarf Fortress the same as losing a game of chess? Why is Super Meat Boy's difficulty exciting, while Silver Surfer's is painful? Does one lose Monopoly due to player skill, or because you flipped the table? What if we played games that focused not on the "narrative of victory," but instead on the "narrative of failure?" Do games need to have a way to "lose" in the first place?

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!

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

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