See our panel at PAX West 2018!

Friday July 13, 2018

We will be live at PAX West 2018 presenting The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play! Monday, September 3rd at 10:00am in the Hydra Theatre. This is a live streaming theatre, so those of you playing the home game will be able to see us on Twitch!

The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play
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.

Stay tuned for more info as the con approaches!

Live at PAX East 2018

Tuesday February 20, 2018

We will be performing LIVE at PAX East 2018! It's four days this year, so come find us in tabletop freeplay if you miss the panel!

The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play
Sunday, April 8th
10:30 AM
Arachnid Theatre

These may not be the top 40 board games ever designed, nor is it 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.

Live at PAX Unplugged 2017

Thursday October 12, 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!

Live at PAX East 2017!

Friday February 3, 2017

Hot on the trail of our talk at PAX South (on Grinding), we're on our way to PAX East 2017 to talk about Winning!

Play (Dirty) to Win
Friday 3/10 6:00pm
Bumblebee Theatre

Ostensibly, you play games to win. (Assuming we're talking about competitive games: you're not playing to "win" Dungeons & Dragons... are you?) But are really? Shouldn't you be winning a lot more often? Maybe you should try that cheap strategy you've heard about. Punch below the belt. Memorize the deck. Read the FAQ. What's the line between playing to win and cheating? Is "playing dirty" even really a thing? Come for the degenerate strategies, stay for the soul-crushing revelations on winning.

GeekNights Live at PAX South 2017

Friday January 13, 2017

We will be giving one talk at the Penny Arcade Expo South!

Grind Mechanics in Games
Friday 1/27 4:00pm
Cactus Theatre

We've all experienced it. We've all complained about it. Some of us secretly love it. But ask 100 people what it actually IS, and you'll get 40 different answers. Join us for a mechanical discussion of what "grinding" really means in games. Is it necessary for a "classic MMO?" Is it part of the genre of a "JRPG?" Does it exist in board games? Is it bad? Is it good? Is it necessary? Part storytelling, part game design, part game theory: let's explore the grind from all angles.

Thank you GaymerX East!

Tuesday November 15, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to GaymerX East 2016, whether you saw our panel or not! We presented "Writing Game Rules" on Sunday. If you missed, it, you're in luck, because video of essentially the same talk from PAX is on youtube!

Designing Game Rules

GeekNights Live at PAX West 2016

Saturday July 9, 2016

GeekNights will be performing live at PAX West 2016!

The Grind
Saturday, Sept 3rd
5:00pm
Chicken Theatre

The Grind. We've all experienced it. We've all complained about it. Some of us secretly love it. But ask 100 people what it actually IS, and you'll get 40 different answers. Join us for a mechanical discussion of what "grinding" really means in games. Is it necessary for a "classic MMO?" Is it part of the genre of a "JRPG?" Does it exist in board games? Is it bad? Is it good? Is it necessary? Part storytelling, part game design, part game theory: let's explore the grind from all angles.

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