Live at PAX Unplugged 2019

Monday November 18, 2019

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
Leviathan Theatre

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!

Thank You PAX West 2019!

Saturday September 7, 2019

Thank you PAX West for a great weekend of games and some amazing crowds!

You can see video of our panel - The 40 Games You Must Play - on youtube. And if you just need the list of games, the slides are right here.

If you're looking for The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play, we haven't uploaded it yet, but you can see video of the (mostly) same panel from PAX East, and you can find the slides from PAX West here.

GeekNights will be on hiatus for two weeks after PAX while Rym is in London, but will return with your regularly scheduled podcast right after.

Live at PAX West 2019

Thursday July 11, 2019

GeekNights will be presenting live at PAX West 2019! Come say hi!

The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play

Friday, August 30th at 12:30pm
Hippogryph Theatre

These may not be the top 40 board games ever designed, nor is it the top 40 influential or otherwise important games. If you aspire to really understand tabletop, or if you have visions of designing your own games, these are the 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). Join the GeekNights crew for an exploration of the boundaries of tabletop gaming. There are some gems in there.

The 40 Games You Must Play
Saturday, August 31st at 11:00am
Hippogryph Theatre

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).

GeekNights Endorses Warren

Sunday May 12, 2019

With much thought and careful consideration, GeekNights officially endorses Elizabeth Warren for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary. She is far and away the most qualified candidate in the field, with specific and detailed policy proposals. From breaking up the megacorps to ending the egregious student debt that's crushed a generation, she is most in line with the values and ideas we espouse here on GeekNights.

Live at PAX East and Zenkaikon!

Wednesday March 13, 2019

GeekNights will be live at PAX East 2019!

The Real Harm of Games
Friday Mar 29 @ 3:30pm
Cuttlefish Theatre

In the 80s, we were told Dungeons & Dragons would make us all satanists. In the 90s, first person shooters and Mortal Kombat were supposed to make us all murderers. Games have joined the long and storied history of books, music, movies, and television being primed to destroy us all. Thankfully, most of the fears around how games might harm us have proven false, misleading, or downright ridiculous. So what’s left? Lootboxes? What is the REAL harm of games? And what can we do about it?

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We will also be at Zenkaikon 2019 with three talks!

The Secret Guide to Running Panels
Saturday Mar 23 @ 1:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play
Saturday Mar 23 @ 3:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

Play (Dirty) to Win!
Sunday Mar 24 @ 11:00am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

Hope to see you at both! Back to back convention weekends for all!

Live PAX South 2019

Friday January 18, 2019

We are in San Antonio and will be live at PAX South 2019! Both of our panels this year are on Friday!

Nostalgia vs Game Design
1:00pm @ Bobcat Theatre

Everyone has the game that consumed their childhood. You grew up playing Quake 2 mods, Civ II, or Everquest late into the night. You got obsessed with Aerobiz on the SNES or DotA (the original one). You want to recreate that experience that was so core to your gaming life. But… can you? What was it ABOUT those games that made them so perfect. Was it the game, the context, or possibly even just you? From remakes to reboots to spiritual successors, some game mechanics are best left to history.

Learn & Play: Carcassonne
3:00pm @ Learn & Play

Go deep on the strategy of Carcassonne with a lecture from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Then stick around to face off against other attendees, putting those Carcassonne strategy tips to work.

Live at MAGFest 2019

Tuesday January 1, 2019

We will be live at MAGFest with three panels! If you saw us AT MAGFest, you can find many of the videos we referenced on our youtube channel!

Rare Game Mechanics
Thursday @8:00 PM - Tabletop Discussions (Riverview Ballroom)

Some game mechanics are common. Drafting cards. Rolling dice. Choosing actions. Worker placement. They are used in many games for a variety of reasons. But what about the weird ones? Ever play a game with a Rondel? Experience the glory of a "Promise Cube?" Wait until we talk about what can only be described as "Bohnanza Hand!" Join the GeekNights crew for a deep exploration of the rarely used (sometimes for a reason) mechanics of tabletop games.


Read the Rules!
Saturday @ 8:30 PM - MAGES 2 (Chesapeake 10,11,12)

Videogames enforce their own rules (usually). In tabletop however, the players themselves must do this. The only guide they have: the rulebook(s). Do you read the rules? Did anyone? How do so many people (as evidenced by the BoardGameGeek forums and Reddit threads) get things so horribly, horribly wrong? From Euros to RPGs, our panel of experts (plus those GeekNights guys) will consider how, why, and where the rules are misinterpreted, ignored, broken, or lost.


The 40 Games You Must Play
Sunday @ 1:00 PM - Panels 3 (Woodrow Wilson Ballroom)

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).

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