Threats in Games
What is a threat in the context of a game? Can they affect the outcome? A snippet from our larger Practical Game Theory at PAX East 2013, we briefly explore some aspects of threatmaking in games, and what it truly means to make a "credible" threat.
Judge Anime by its Cover
Anime Boston 2013
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.
Mastering Game Mechanics
Presented at PAX East 2013 on Saturday in the Tabletop Theatre, our 21st PAX panel/lecture, in "Mastering Game Mechanics" we take you through a variety of "game mechanics" and consider their use and purpose.
Despite the staggeringly vast variety of games out there in the world, they draw primarily from a core set of basic mechanics. Many games which at first seem very different share fundamental design patterns, subgames, and strategies. What is a “draft,” and more importantly, what is its true function? Where to rondels come into play? What is the purpose of an arbitrary decision? What does “skill based movement” mean for a game? Are all auctions created equally?
Whether you are a player, maker, or even simply observer of games, understanding these core components will provide a surprising degree of insight into their nature. Join us in our 21st PAX panel to explore the nature, lexicon, design, and strategy of game mechanics, drawing from videogames, board games, even role playing games and sports.
MAGFest 11 Gaming Intellectuals
Video Game Genres
Every year, Scott and I attend MAGFest not just to lecture, but also to sit as panelists alongside the rest of the MAGFest "Gaming Intellectuals" on various gaming topics. This one, from MAGFest 11 (2013), explores the very idea of genre in videogames (and games in general).
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 presented "Discover the Forgotten Masters" at PAX Prime 2011. In this lecture, they went over several largely forgotten games/genres, covering the mechanics, histories, and other factors that make them not only masterful, but ripe for being remade.
One of these games was Outlaw for the Atari 2600.
GeekNights presented "How to Win at Games" at PAX East 2011. As part of the lecture, they went into great detail as to how to win at "Stratego" and "Settlers of Catan." Unfortunately, as the audio device on stage failed during the lecture, the latter will not be available online.
Here is the conclusion to the panel. Apologies for the audio: it was the best that could be done. Be sure to catch the bulk of the event in this Youtube channel!