GeekNights Lectures at PAX East 2013

Thursday March 7, 2013

We are presenting two brand new lectures at PAX East 2013!

Mastering Game Mechanics
Saturday 12:00pm
Tabletop Workshop

Practical Game Theory
Saturday 1:30pm
Tabletop Workshop

Space will be limited, and we can't guarantee that either one will be videoed, so if you want to see them, line up early. We're not kidding.

GeekNights Live at PAX Prime/Dev 2012!

Wednesday August 8, 2012

We are pleased to announce that we will be speakers at both PAX Prime and PAX Dev 2012. Come see us in Seattle over Labor Day weekend!

Academia vs Reality: Psychology, Game Theory, and Games

Wednesday, August 29th at 2:30pm in Grand II

At PAX Dev, we present a moderated discussion of game design. Everyone knows how games should be made. “Should,” however, can be very far from “are.” Academics assert various design methodologies, game theorists and mathematicians propose quantitative solutions, psychologists talk of “Skinner boxes” and incentivization models, armchair designers rationalize post-hoc “this is how they did it” stories, and actual designers… well, that’s what we’re here to discuss. Join Rym, Scott, Conrad Kreyling, Avery Alix, Luke Crane, and Jared Sorensen.


Short Subjects in Gaming
Friday, August 31st at 3:30pm in our Wolfman theatre

At PAX Prime, we present for your consideration three short subjects: three 20 minute mini-lectures on various topics in gaming. In no particular order: "When the Game Plays the Player," "A Competitive Test of Skill," and "On the Ethics of Mind Control." From rhythm games to CounterStrike, casino gambling to euro-style board games, the relevance of these topics is not to be understated.


GeekNights Boardgame Workshop
Saturday, September 1st at 8:00pm in Room 302

Dive into tabletop gaming! Rym and Scott (GeekNights) are here to teach you to play (and more importantly, to win). Agricola is a super popular resource management game with little wooden animals and surprising strategic depth. Carcassonne is a classic tile-laying area control game that teaches the fundamentals of optimal play and point denial. We're here to teach you both -- first the rules, then the strategy -- in a hands-on workshop with no experience necessary.

GeekNights at PAX Prime and PAX Dev

Sunday July 22, 2012

We are pleased to announce that we will be speakers at both PAX Prime and PAX Dev 2012. Come see us in Seattle over Labor Day weekend!

Academia vs Reality: Psychology, Game Theory, and Games

Wednesday, August 29th at 2:30pm in Grand II

At PAX Dev, we present a moderated discussion of game design. Everyone knows how games should be made. “Should,” however, can be very far from “are.” Academics assert various design methodologies, game theorists and mathematicians propose quantitative solutions, psychologists talk of “Skinner boxes” and incentivization models, armchair designers rationalize post-hoc “this is how they did it” stories, and actual designers… well, that’s what we’re here to discuss. Join Rym, Scott, Conrad Kreyling, Avery Alix, Luke Crane, and Jared Sorensen.


Short Subjects in Gaming
Friday, August 31st at 3:30pm in our Wolfman theatre

At PAX Prime, we present for your consideration three short subjects: three 20 minute mini-lectures on various topics in gaming. In no particular order: "When the Game Plays the Player," "A Competitive Test of Skill," and "On the Ethics of Mind Control." From rhythm games to CounterStrike, casino gambling to euro-style board games, the relevance of these topics is not to be understated.

Back from PAX Prime 2011!

Wednesday August 31, 2011

Welcome to GeekNights! We're are back from PAX, but we probably told you to come to our site for one reason or another. New episodes are twice a week (barring this most recent Tuesday, where Rym magically lost it).

If you want to see our lectures from PAX East 2011, two of them are in our Youtube channel. The third will be up soon, along with our PAX Prime 2011 shows!

If you're looking for Radio Free Equestria, look no further. But, it's just a pilot: the real show is in production (so hold your horses).

We did two events at PAX Prime 2011! We will try to get some video up as we can!

Discover the Forgotten Masters
Saturday @ noon: Serpent Theatre

Learn to Play: Boardgames
Saturday 6pm-8pm: Tabletop Workshops - Room 302

If you attended the workshop (or want us to run more tabletop workshops at future PAXes), fill out this survey!

At PAX Prime 2011

Thursday August 25, 2011

Welcome to GeekNights! We're still at PAX, but we probably told you to come to our site for one reason or another. New episodes are twice a week (barring this most recent Tuesday, where Rym magically lost it).

If you want to see our lectures from PAX East 2011, two of them are in our Youtube channel. The third will be up soon, along with our PAX Prime 2011 shows!

If you're looking for Radio Free Equestria, look no further. But, it's just a pilot: the real show is in production (so hold your horses).

Be sure to see our two events at PAX!

Discover the Forgotten Masters
Saturday @ noon: Serpent Theatre

Learn to Play: Boardgames
Saturday 6pm-8pm: Tabletop Workshops - Room 302

Videos from PAX - The Triple Threat

Monday March 28, 2011

We've been diligently working to get some of our lectures/panels online for the benefit of our many listeners who can not make it to the conventions we frequent. I'm pleased to announce that the entirety of one from PAX East 2011 is now available for your viewing pleasure in Rym's Youtube channel.

So enjoy The Triple Threat: Short Subjects in Gaming.

Goodbye PAX, Hello Zenkaikon!

Sunday March 13, 2011

Thank you everyone, especially Enforcers, for a wonderful time at PAX East 2011. We have received the usual bevy of requests for our slides, here they are.

We also had multiple people asking for recommendations for books on game theory. I can't recall the exact title of the one I read from the library, but there are many on Amazon that appear to be quite good. Amazon Game Theory Books

There is one book I recommend which is not necessarily a book on game theory, and is also a large expensive text book, but is probably the best book about game design I have ever seen. That book is Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals

Now that one more PAX is over, we are looking forward to the next convention, which is this very weekend! We will be attending Zenkaikon 2011 this weekend March 18-20, 2011 in King of Prussia, PA. Here is our panel schedule.

  • Losing Should Be Fun - Saturday 4:15PM in Live 3
  • Beyond Naruto - Saturday 7:00PM in Live 3
  • Beyond Dungeons and Dragons - Sunday 1:45PM in Live 2
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