As you know, GeekNights (www.frontrowcrew.com) was in force at MAGFest X with two panels, a lecture, copious amounts of alcohol, and four days of 24/7 gaming! We present for your consideration some highlights.
Our coverage of MAGFest X: http://frontrowcrew.com/geeknights/20120112/magfest-x/
Beyond Dungeons & Dragons: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtUgtX3ncTk
Money Making Games: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFfkPlHjyLA
All footage taken by us with two very important exceptions! Special thanks to PAX Community DVD! (http://www.paxcommunitydvd.net/)
Nobou Colossus Roaring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBYjlggRLPE
One Ups Concert footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNDMPAdkmhI
Rym and Scott of GeekNights (www.frontrowcrew.com) appeared on two panels at MagFest X - "Gamer Motivations" and "Money Making Games" - and also presented a lecture: "Beyond Dungeons & Dragons." In "Money Making Games," alongside Dr. Chris Hazard (who you likely know from Achron (http://www.achrongame.com/)), the many myriad issues around game design in the context of monetization, along with several tangents, are discussed. This was part of the MAGFest "Gaming Intellectuals" track of programming.
If you enjoy this, many more of our GeekNights panels and lectures from other conventions are available on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD03FB08 4B11A0454
Rym and Scott of GeekNights (www.frontrowcrew.com) appeared on two panels at MagFest X, and also performed this lecture: Beyond Dungeons & Dragons. Herein, they discuss the nature of role playing games, what their mechanics really mean, how they affect play, and why D&D is probably not the best system for the kinds of games you're trying to play.
There is a huge catalog of "indie" tabletop RPGs just as there is for videogames. Burning Wheel, Dogs in the Vineyard, Inspectres, Lacuna, A Thousand and One Nights, Mouse Guard, Prime Time Adventures, Pendragon, Freemarket, Dread, Kagematsu, Apocalypse World, these are a TINY smattering of the possibilities. Play the game that affords the play style best suited to your story, not the one everyone just happens to know the rules for.
If you enjoy this, many more of our lectures from other conventions are available on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD03FB084B11A0454