GeekNights Presents Utena: ep15

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 15

Episode 15 of Revolutionary Girl Utena settles the show in the pattern of duels, fueled by Mikage and the Black Rose, that will carry the rest of the Black Rose Saga season. Anthy is cast in an increasingly sinister light, alongside her brother Akio, while hearts are stolen to fuel ever-more-powerful duelists.

Our Patreon Campaign is a big part of how we've started the show again!

Designing Game Rules

Designing Game Rules
PAX South 2016

The rules of a game literally define it. In videogames, they are intrinsic limitations. In tabletop, players must enforce them. In all games, players need to learn them. There are good and bad ways to teach a game. From awful tutorials to unparseable rulebooks, elegant demos to hour-long slogs, join us for a mechanical discussion of how game rules are (and should be) written, how players learn games, and why so few people are willing to read a 100 page rulebook (nevermind the appendices)!

Slides

How to Run an Anime Club

How to Run an Anime Club
Anime Boston 2016

Presented at many conventions since 2002, from Otakon to Anime Boston, GeekNights finally videoed their advice on how to run an anime club. Some things have changed over the years (you don't need LaserDisc player or VHS library anymore), but most things haven't (dealing with "that guy"). Here is the brutal, honest truth on what it takes to run an anime club.

Judge Anime By Its Cover - Spring 2016

Judge Anime by its Cover
Spring 2016

You wouldn't judge a book by its cover, but anime is a whole different ball game. What if we reviewed anime SOLELY by their covers? Would these reviews be accurate? If so, why? Anime, moreso than other works in other media, seem truer to their marketing material, and it is our hypothesis that one truly can "review" anime to a great degree soley by their covers.

We review all of the upcoming Spring 2016 Anime Season based solely on a single image and a paragraph of text.

Presented at Anime Boston 2016!

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep14

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 14

Episode 14 of Revolutionary Girl Utena is the de facto start of the Black Rose Saga. The Boys of the Black Rose. Who are these new characters? Why do they look suspiciously like (and have ties to) characters we already know? Why is Anthy clearly in cahoots with the End of the World. Cahoots, and also bed. All this and more as we begin analyzing some of the meatiest episodes of Utena yet.

Our Patreon Campaign is a big part of how we've started the show again!

Scared Yet: A Discussion of Horror in Games

Scared Yet: A Discussion of Horror in Games
PAX South 2016


Rym appeared at PAX South 2016 alongside several smart people on a panel about horror in games, moderated by Kris Straub!

Jump scare! Kris Straub (Broodhollow, Candle Cove) and a panel of esteemed horror and video game enthusiasts hold an informal roundtable on where fear works best in gaming, and where it doesn't make the cut. Come for the frightening… stay for the enlightening! Nope, that was bad. Please delete that.

PANELISTS:
Kris Straub [Chainsawsuit], Alanah Pearce [Editor, IGN], Dabe Alan [Penny Arcade], Rym DeCoster [Producer, GeekNights], Alex Steacy [Loading Ready Run]

Sports are Games - PAX Prime 2015

Sports are Games
PAX Prime 2015

Gaming livestreams are some of the most popular television programs in the US. There are entire TV networks covering gaming that have existed for decades. Yet, many self-described gamers will eschew football and ice hockey as being somehow distinct from DOTA 2 and CounterStrike. We even like to use the term eSport to separate them from sports. Sports and eSports are fundamentally the same. American football is frighteningly like a distributed turn-based strategy game.

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