Spotting Counterfeit PAX Badges

PAX East 2012 fast approaches. As the convention is sold out of three-day badges, you can bet there will be dicks out there selling fakes. Luckily: there is a sure-fire way to detect the most common type of forged badge that doesn't even require you to analyze minute details or even verify the newly added hologram.

Try to split the badge in two with your bare hands.

You will not be able to do this to a real badge.

There are some people legitimately selling their badges, and you can legitimately buy said badges from them, but don't be fooled and buy a fake! PAX will kick you out when they catch you, and you're giving your hard-earned space dollars to a bad guy.

Also, non-attendee badges (guest speaker, VIP, etc...) aren't even transferable in the first place. Do you really think a bona fide VIP of the con is selling their own badge on the up and up? Hint: they're not.

We at GeekNights love PAX: it's literally our favorite binary constellation of conventions in the yearly convention circuit. We present every year both East and Prime. Help us help PAX help you not get ripped off!

Not pumped enough already for PAX? Bide your time with some highlights from previous paces (paxes, paxis, whatever).

PAX East 2011:

PAX Prime 2011:

We're also presenting two events at PAX East 2012. Come by and say hi!

GeekNights Boardgame Workshop Tabletop Worskhop Theatre Friday 6:00pm - 8:00pm Dive into tabletop gaming! Rym and Scott (GeekNights) are here to teach you to play (and more importantly, to win). Agricola is a super popular resource management game with little wooden animals and surprising strategic depth. Carcassonne is a classic tile-laying area control game that teaches the fundamentals of optimal play and point denial. We're here to teach you both -- first the rules, then the strategy -- in a hands-on workshop with no experience necessary.

Let's Play Money Making Games Cat Theatre Saturday 4:30pm - 5:30pm Games can make their money many ways, but how do these models affect, intentionally or not, the design choices of the game makers themselves? What about the players? Do you play a game differently depending on how you paid for it? Free to play, pay once, subscription, or silly hats, what do these different models mean to games at their core? Only ten rupees; hopefully you won't have to pay the door repair charge.

PAX East 2011 Highlights

PAX East 2011 was the second PAX East in history, and the first in the BCEC, Boston's cavernous venue. If you don't know what to expect from a Penny Arcade Expo, let alone a PAX East, this highlights montage will tell all. It's quite a thing to see. PAX is like no other convention we attend, either as simply fans or as guest speakers.

GeekNights was there with FIVE panels/lectures:

MMORPGs are Anything But

The Game Makes the Community

The Ballad of Dudebro

Game Mechanics and Mechanism Design

How to Win at Games

All video was taken/edited by the GeekNights staff. (

The song is a Wesley Hopper OverClocked ReMix ( Enigmatic Lunacy (

MAGFest X Highlights

As you know, GeekNights ( 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:

Beyond Dungeons & Dragons:

Money Making Games:

All footage taken by us with two very important exceptions! Special thanks to PAX Community DVD! (

Nobou Colossus Roaring:

One Ups Concert footage:

Money Making Games - MAGFest X

Rym and Scott of GeekNights ( 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 (, 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: 4B11A0454

PAX Prime 2011: Highlights - Spy vs Spy and Sopwith

Rym and Scott of GeekNights ( presented "Discover the Forgotten Masters" at PAX Prime 2011. Discussing many largely forgotten games, including Sopwith, Spy vs Spy, Aerobiz, Outlaw, Metal Marines, and more, they consider what can be learned from these lost treasures, both for game players and game designers.

PAX Prime 2011 - Highlights

Rym and Scott of GeekNights ( bring to you a montage of some of their highlights from PAX Prime 2011. Some games, some ponies, some panels: everything that could fit inside of the GeekNights theme song (credit as always to djpretzel (

If you must know, the Omegathon is not included SOLELY due to the fact that, in the heat of the moment, no one on the GN staff could be arsed to break out a camera. They were too busy yelling.

Radio Free Equestria ep 04 - Cutie Marks

Join Rym and Scott, the hosts of GeekNights (, bringing you the news and commentary our dear Princess Celestia doesn't want you to see! My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but power reigns supreme.

Cutie marks appear to be more than just indicators of a pony's personal prowess, providing preternatural power post-placement. What is their origin, and what does the "Cutie Pox" tell us?

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