The Number of Players

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider a game design topic in the number of players a game supports. For this exercise, we only consider orthogames. We've talked about two player games before. The reality is that one player, two player, and three+ player games are fundamentally and formally distinct. A game that supports more than one of these groups is actually multiple different games for all practical purposes.

In the news, NIBCARD Games wins the Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming, the Diana Jones Award trophy is missing, the Actraiser remake is more than you probably expect, Metroid Dread is solid, and it's hard to imagine PAX South happening in Texas in January considering the state has now banned vaccine mandates in a manner that very likely includes events in the convention center.

Solitaire Puzzles

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider solitaire puzzles. Puzzle books, puzzles, etc... In the news, the Suez Canal is currently blocked, Brood X is coming and there will be billions of them, and New York joins the world of legal weed.

Battletech (2018)

Tonight on GeekNights, we consider Battletech (2018), which nicely scratches that itch you may have for some Classic Battletech. In the news, Vegas is going all the way to the Cup, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller works in Steam, Rym played both John Company and An Infamous Traffic, and we're back from Zenkaikon 2018!

Games

Tonight on GeekNights, returning from holidays, weddings, vacations, parties, Utena episode preproduction, and early spring, we talk about all the games we've been playing lately. Fantasy Football (Wonderbolts just won the Superbowl), Towerfall, Risk of Rain, Mottainai, Rocket League (online and at a LAN party), Civ V against humans, and more. The Burning Wheel Codex cometh. Netrunner's rules have changed significantly. The PS4 has some strange failings when attempting to do local multiplayer. We'll be live at PAX South with three panels!

Starwhal and Res Publica

Tonight on GeekNights, review Starwhal and Res Publica. The former is a great local multiplayer orthogame. The latter is a novel use of information economy in games. Youtube stars have their own dialect. You can help design Dreidel 2.0. Our Patreon grows ever nearer to the first milestone. We are on at least two panels at PAX South 2016!

Josephine Fu

Tonight on GeekNights, we have Josephine Fu, Game Producer at Date Nighto, here to talk about their latest project - Hustle Cat - and what it's like to work for a small game studio. We also return to our old "Profiles in Geek" shtick with a deep interview on her anime preferences, hobbies, and all that fun stuff. Hustle Cat is on Kickstarter, and has just ONE WEEK left to go!

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Home Versions of Game Shows

Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about the unique space of home editions of game shows. In the news, Counterstike is using something like Elo ratings, confusing the silvers. Also, Awesome Games Done Quick is rocking 2015, especially with Dynamite Headdy on 1/5/2015 @ 3:55:00 AM. ConnectiCon panel submissions are OPEN!

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