Live in Australia - Full Schedule

Friday October 10, 2014

We are happy to announce that Rym will be in Australia for PAX Aus 2014 in Melbourne, VIC (October 31-November 2)! He will be presenting two lectures!

How to Win Every Game
Friday 11:00am
Fruitbat 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."

Losing
Saturday 2:00pm
Fruitbat Theatre

Winning is good, and losing is bad. We strive to win, and this is the basis for most of the games we play. Challenges are binary: we either overcome them, advancing the story, or fail, and must try again. But, what if we were to toss this conventional wisdom aside? Do we really only have fun when we win? Have you ever had that moment in a game where epic and total failure was the most memorable part? What kinds of games would arise if we strove to make losing, instead of winning, the point?


This is the final, updated schedule. Come say hi!

GeekNights Live at PAX Australia 2014!

Wednesday September 10, 2014

We are happy to announce that Rym will be in Australia for PAX Aus 2014 in Melbourne, VIC (October 31-November 2)! He will be presenting two lectures!

Losing
Saturday @ 2:00pm

Winning is good, and losing is bad. We strive to win, and this is the basis for most of the games we play. Challenges are binary: we either overcome them, advancing the story, or fail, and must try again. But, what if we were to toss this conventional wisdom aside? Do we really only have fun when we win? Have you ever had that moment in a game where epic and total failure was the most memorable part? What kinds of games would arise if we strove to make losing, instead of winning, the point?


How to Win Every Game
Sunday @ 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."

Thank you Melbourne!

Thursday July 25, 2013

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!

GeekNights in Australia - PAX AUS 2013

Monday April 22, 2013

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!

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