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 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
Bobcat Theatre

See you there! And possibly in our forum!

GeekNights Live at MAGFest 2017

Friday December 23, 2016

GeekNights is going to be live at MAGFest 2017 with six panels!

Friday (6th)

Anime Openers from Around the World
Panels 4 - Chesapeake D,E,F

1:30 PM
MAGES 2 - Chesapeake 7,8,9

When Does Sisyphus Rage Quit?
4:30 PM
MAGES 1 - Chesapeake G,H,I

The Sounds of Horror in Games and Cinema
6:00 PM
MAGES 2 - Chesapeake 7,8,9

Saturday (7th)

The Grind
10:30 AM
MAGES 2 - Chesapeake 7,8,9

The Virtual, Mixed, and Augmented Reality Panel (AR/VR)
3:00 PM
MAGES 1 - Chesapeake G,H,I

Live at MAGFest 2016

Tuesday February 16, 2016

GeekNights will be live at MAGFest 2016! Rym and/or Scott are on six panels this year! And we'll be spending the rest of our time in tabletop, the arcade (possibly DDR at 4am or so), and playing some Eclipse.


ESports: Do they matter?
MAGES 2 - Chesapeake 789


Designing Game Rules
MAGES 2 - Chesapeake 789

The Far Future of Gaming
MAGES 1 - Chesapeake GHI

Atari Game Design
MAGES 2 - Chesapeake 789


All things CCG, LCG, TCG
Forum - Chesapeake JKL

Overly Complicated Board Games: Phase One: Planning
MAGES 1 - Chesapeake GHI

GeekNights Live at MAGFest 2014

Saturday December 21, 2013

We are happy to announce that we will be performing live at MAGFest 2014 with not one, not two, but four panels. Come say hi!

Games Ten and Thirty Years from Now
Thursday @ 7:00pm

Bad Games
Friday @ 10:00am

Game Controllers
Friday @ 2:30pm

Privacy and Games
Satuday @ 7:00pm

GeekNights Live at MAGFest 11

Wednesday January 2, 2013

Rym and Scott will be appearing at MAGFest 11!

Gaming Intellectuals - Video Game Ethics
Friday - 10:00am
Panel 5

Beyond Candyland
Friday - 11:30am
Panel 4

Gaming Intellectuals - Video Game Genres
Friday - 1:00pm
Panel 5

Outside of these events, we'll be dividing our time equally between tabletop gaming, arcade gaming, PC gaming, console gaming, and other sorts of gaming. Come say hi!

MAGFest Lecture - Beyond D&D

Sunday January 15, 2012

Not only are we back from MAGFest and ready to rock, but we have Beyond Dungeons & Dragons on youtube! The slides are also available. More MAGFest videos to come as quickly as we can put them together!

You can also keep yourself busy with several of our other lectures on games, game design, and game theory!

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