Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the various issues around manga distribution in the US. Like, when kids search for manga and find more pirate sites than legitimate ones. In the news, Scott beefs with the city of Philadelphia, BNA is coming from Trigger, the Manga Research and Reading Network in New York is pretty awesome, the Otakon Artist Alley "controversy" wasn't what it appeared to be, and we'll see you at MAGFest, PAX South, and PAX East in rapid succession!
Tonight on GeekNights, back briefly from the hiatus of Rym flying around Asia before we head to PAX Unplugged and MAGFest, we consider the fantastic remake of one of the best Zelda games: Link's Awakening. In the news, we consider Steam Remote Play Together, Baba is You and has level editor (without needing hacks), and the Steam Controller is finally gone.
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about mailing things to places. Packages, letters, even the GeekNights Tshirts before we put them on Amazon! In the news, Rym bought a new mattress from the Internet (following on from our show on beds), a bunch of SMS messages from a long time ago just got sent to everybody, the American off-year election went very well (potentially bringing the Equal Rights Amendment back to the table), and we will be live at PAX Unplugged teaching three games and teaching you to take your damn turn!
Tonight on GeekNights, we review the delightful Untitled Goose Game. HONK! In the news, the off-year election happened today, griefers ruined a Fortnite tournament, Overwatch 2 is a thing, and we'll be live at PAX Unplugged!
We will be live at PAX Unplugged 2019 with two events! PAX Unplugged, if you aren't aware, is the tabletop-only PAX. This makes it, by default, the best PAX.
Learn & Play: Three Short-But-Essential Games
Friday 12/06 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn & Play Room
Why learn one game when you can learn three?! There are some games that aren’t always the "main event" at your table. They’re the warm-ups. They’re the games you play once the pizza arrives, or while you’re waiting in line for the Omegathon Finale. These kinds of games have to have certain characteristics. They have to be fast to teach, quick to play, and elegant in design. Too simple, and they’re not worth playing. Too complex, and they aren’t short anymore.
Join Rym & Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast, for Cockroach Poker, Ganz Schön Clever (That’s Very Clever), and Wizard! In this session, you’ll learn, and play, all three of these games!
Take Your #@*$ Turn!
Sunday 12/08 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
We’ve all played the "30-60 minute" board game that seems to always take exactly four hours. Your definition of "a quick game" always seems to be far from what your friends think. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Join us for a lively discussion of what factors, from game design decisions to players’ interactions, cause games to take too long. We’ll then teach you, in detail, how to take your #@*$ turn!
The 40 Games You Must Play
PAX West 2019
These may not be the top 40 games ever designed, nor are they the top 40 influential or otherwise important games. If you aspire to really understand games, or if you have visions of designing your own, these are 40 games that, if you play them, will give you the widest possible perspective on what it means to make a good game (and what "good" even means).
Book Club - The Tale of Genji
What better selection for the book club than the first novel of all time? And of course, we have to read the best possible unabridged translation. No baby mode here at GeekNights
The plot revolves around Genji, who is the son of the Emperor and a low ranking concubine. Genji is removed from the line of succession, and proceeds to go on an epic journey. The journey involves tons of romance and court drama. Spicy!
Despite being older than any other novel, The Tale of Genji has a tremendous amount of relevance to the geeks of the 21st century. The influence of Japan on nerds around the world is undeniable, and a surprising amount of things we see in pop culture are present here in a book from the 11th century. I'm quite confident after reading it how we will notice how many newer stories have been making references to this tale without us realizing it.
Also, I feel the need to point out that this first novel ever written was written by a woman. For all these reasons and so many more, this is more than worthy of book club selection.