How to Love and Hate Tabletop Games

How to Love and Hate Tabletop Games
PAX Prime 2014

How do I get into tabletop gaming? How do I talk about board games I like? How about the ones I hate? How do I find more I want to play? How do I avoid those that would waste my time? How do I preserve my hard earned dollars? Join this expert panel as they get into the details you need and want to know about board games – from how to talk like a board game enthusiast to criticize them and find a critic you like.

Moderated by:
Jon Bolding
Senior Tabletop Editor
The Escapist

Panelists:
Luke Crane - Games Specialist - Kickstarter
Donna Prior - Professional Game Evangelist - Green Ronin
Christopher Badell - Design Director - Greater Than Games
Rym - Producer - GeekNights

Zendo - Learn to Play

Learn to Play: Zendo

Zendo is a fantastic logic game for n players. The game is self-constructed. Just buy several sets of Loony Labs "Ice Dice" or equivalents, get some colored glass counters, and go nuts. To quote wikipedia:

"Zendo is a game of inductive logic designed by Kory Heath in which one player (the "Master") creates a rule for structures ("koans") to follow, and the other players (the "Students") try to discover it by building and studying various koans which follow or break the rule. The first student to correctly state the rule wins."

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep12

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 12

This is the end of the first arc of Revolutionary Girl Utena. This is the point from which everything changes. Pay attention to how every character reacts to everything that happens. How does Touga know so much? Why is Juri so calm despite his seemingly total victory? What did Anthy remember?

Why No One Will Game with You

Why No One Will Game with You
Presented by GeekNights at PAX East 2014 on Friday at 1:00pm in the Badger Theatre.

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!

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep11

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 11

In this episode, the eleventh of Shoujo Kakumei Utena, we explore Touga's motiviations, as well as how exactly he was able to achieve what he did. Touga's plan was meticulously put together over much of season one, and in this episode came to fruition.

GeekNights Presents Utena: ep10

GeekNights Presents: Utena
Episode 10

In this episode of Shoujo Kakumei Utena, we learn about the awful things Nanami has done in the past to preserve in her heart the love and sole attention of her brother Touga. What was Nanami fighting for truly? She certainly wasn't apologizing to Touga for trying to murder Utena after losing her duel.

We learn in this episode mostly of Touga's true intentions. He's been playing everyone all along, and his plan has finally come together. This was the last step before his expected duel with Utena. But, why are both Anthy and End of the World helping him?

Beyond Dungeons & Dragons - PAX Aus

PAX Australia 2013
Beyond Dungeons & Dragons

D&D is a great way to get into tabletop role playing games, and for most of us, it was our first foray into that world. As classic and dear to us as it is, however, it has certain limitations. If all you have is a hammer, then suddenly everything starts to look like a nail. Role playing systems are no different. The system that handles a raucous dungeon crawl is probably not well tuned for a cyberpunk procedural or modern romantic comedy.

GeekNights has flown here all the way from New York, and we'd love for you to join us for a discussion of the role mechanics play in role playing games. They have more of an effect than you might realize. If D&D was your first venture, then we're here to give you your next. Broaden your gaming horizons, flex your role-playing muscles, and learn what lies beyond Dungeons & Dragons.

This was performed at the first PAX Australia in 2013. Friday in the Wombat Theatre.

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