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).

See our panel at PAX West 2018!

Friday July 13, 2018

We will be live at PAX West 2018 presenting The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play! Monday, September 3rd at 10:00am in the Hydra Theatre. This is a live streaming theatre, so those of you playing the home game will be able to see us on Twitch!

The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play
These may not be the top 40 board games ever designed, nor are they 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.

Stay tuned for more info as the con approaches!

Live at PAX East 2018

Tuesday February 20, 2018

We will be performing LIVE at PAX East 2018! It's four days this year, so come find us in tabletop freeplay if you miss the panel!

The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play
Sunday, April 8th
10:30 AM
Arachnid 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.

Live at PAX Unplugged 2017

Thursday October 12, 2017

We will be live at the inaugural PAX Unplugged 2017! Some of you may be old enough to remember the workshop-style talks we gave at PAXes in the past (Mastering Game Mechanics, Practical Game Theory, and several how-to-play/win events), and this is a return to that format.

Learn and WIN: Carcassonne
Saturday 11/18
3:30pm-5:30pm
Tabletop Tourney

Go deep on the strategy of Carcassonne with a lecture from Rym and Scott, hosts of the GeekNights podcast. Then stick around for a special single-elimination Carcassonne tournament and put those tips to work. Cut-throat competition armed with the most dangerous tools we can provide.

If you want to get a head start, check out our longstanding Play (Dirty) to Win talk from PAX East 2017, or our ancient How to Win at Games talk from PAX East 2011. Rym even did a solo version at PAX Australia 2014!

Live at PAX East 2017!

Friday February 3, 2017

Hot on the trail of our talk at PAX South (on Grinding), we're on our way to PAX East 2017 to talk about Winning!

Play (Dirty) to Win
Friday 3/10 6:00pm
Bumblebee Theatre

Ostensibly, you play games to win. (Assuming we're talking about competitive games: you're not playing to "win" Dungeons & Dragons... are you?) But are really? Shouldn't you be winning a lot more often? Maybe you should try that cheap strategy you've heard about. Punch below the belt. Memorize the deck. Read the FAQ. What's the line between playing to win and cheating? Is "playing dirty" even really a thing? Come for the degenerate strategies, stay for the soul-crushing revelations on winning.

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