Every year, PAX gets bigger and bigger. GeekNights hasn't gotten that much bigger. We were not 100% sure that we would have our panel application accepted for the seventh year in a row. To ensure we could still go to PAX, I purchased four weekend passes. As it turns out, our panel was accepted. This means we no longer need these tickets.
Actually, we do need some of them. Emily needs one. Another one I'm probably going to sell on eBay or elsewhere to recoup some of the costs. The other two could be yours!
Here's how it works. Sometime between right now and when I receive the passes in the mail, you can attempt to win these tickets. All you have to do is post on Twitter. Your tweet must include the following:
- A link to some GeekNights content. This can be a podcast episode, YouTube video, etc.
- The #pax hashtag
- The #geeknights hashtag or @geeknights. If you choose @geeknights, it can not be at the beginning of your tweet, because then few people will see your tweet besides us.
- That's it.
Once I get the tickets in the mail, I will assemble all the tweets and randomly select one person as the winner. I will mail both tickets to the first winner I can successfully contact. That's all there is to it.
If you tweet many times, you will still only be entered once. If you win the tickets, I expect to see you at PAX. If you sell them, I will be very angry. We will not help you arrange transportation, lodging, or any of the other things you need to go to PAX. All you can win are the two 4-day passes.
We are pleased to announce that we will be presenting a lecture at PAX Prime 2014!
How to Win Every Game
Monday @ noon
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!
Rym will additionally be at PAX Dev: feel free to say hi if you're there.
GeekNights will be presenting their 25th PAX lecture at PAX East 2014!
Why No One Will Game with You
In gaming forums around the world, variations of the same thread forever grace the front page: “Looking for a Gaming Group.” Games are ubiquitous, barriers to entry are ever-lower, and the Internet (never mind conventions like PAX) provide what should be a sea of gamers ready and willing to play games with us. So why all the trouble? Why, in 2013, is it still so hard to form a gaming group? Why won’t anyone play Air Hockey with me?
In exploring the “LFG” space, there are a myriad of issues which come to light. Skill gaps leave players stranded. Matchmaking systems hurt as much as they help. The longer tail of games available spreads niche audiences further into increasingly specific sub-sub-sub-genres. Play styles differ. (Indeed, in some groups it is impolite to spend more than ten seconds on one’s turn, while in others spending less than ten MINUTES is the height of rudeness)!
Let’s explore why it’s so hard (or why it SEEMS to hard) to find people to play games!
Bad GamesMonday @ noon
Already at PAX? Missing PAX? Tide yourself over with some of our past presentations from previous paxes!
Thank you Melbourne and PAX Australia for a ridiculously good time! We're still in Australia exploring the land of poison and meat pies, so we haven't had much chance to upload new video, let alone new episodes of GeekNights. While you wait:
In case you missed Beyond Dungeons & Dragons (and I know most of you did: the room was over capacity long before we arrived), here's video of mostly the same panel from a previous convention in the states! We've also shared the slides, including the list of games from the lecture.
You can find a good number of our PAX Lectures from both PAX East and PAX Prime as well. Further, due to the HUGE anime overlap at PAX Aus, be sure to check out some of our anime lectures or convention highlights!
We are happy to announce that we are presenting at PAX Australia this year!
Beyond Dungeons & Dragons
Friday, July 19th
1:00pm - Wombat theatre
This will be our 23rd PAX panel/lecture! While you wait for July, check out some of our previous PAX lectures!
Thank you all for coming to see us (or at least trying to) at PAX East 2013! Both lectures filled to capacity well in advance, and considering how many of you were turned away, we will try to have video up in the next week or so. The two events were:
Mastering Game Mechanics
Practical Game Theory
In the meantime, check out video of our talks from PAXes of yore (East and Prime) in glorious HD!From MMORPGs are Anything But to Game Mechanics and Mechanism Design, How to Win at Games, to A Competitive Test of Skill: we've lectured on just about every aspect of gaming at some or other PAX over the years! Stay tuned for video from East 2013!
Last and not least, we took a step up to not only speak, but Enforce at PAX this year. It was an experience to remember, and I want to heartily thank our fellow Enforcers for making it a truly amazing weekend.