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?


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!

Thank You Zenkaikon 2018!

Sunday May 6, 2018

Thank you for a great crowd and a great time at Zenkaikon 2018 in Lancaster PA! If you want to follow up from our panels, check out these notes!

Anime Openers from Around the World
This was the last time we'll ever do this one: it's finally retired. Thankfully, these aren't too hard to find yourself with a little searching. Protip: check out Disney Afternoon.

Underrated Anime you should see
Here is the list of underrated anime, as well as a similar panel we did on boardgames. Be sure to check out GeekNights Presents: Utena.

The Rage of the Quitter
If you missed the talk or want to see it again, there is video of us doing the same talk at PAX West. Be sure to also check out our older talk on how game mechanics affect their communities, and my two PAX Australia talks on Losing and Multiplayer Losing!

Live at Zenkaikon 2018

Sunday April 29, 2018

GeekNights will be live at Zenkaikon 2018 in Lancaster PA!

Anime Openers from Around the World
Saturday, May 5
9:15 AM
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

Underrated Anime you should see
Saturday, May 5
6:45 PM
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

The Rage of the Quitter
Sunday, May 6
9:30 AM
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

If you saw us live at PAX East 2018, you can see video of The 40 Tabletop Games you Must Play on youtube! But don't skip our panels at Zenkaikon: we won't be videoing them.

GeekNights Live at Zenkaikon 2017

Monday April 10, 2017

GeekNights is going to be live at Zenkaikon 2017!

Saturday (29th)

Grinding Mechanics in Game Design
Live 1 (Floor 2, Commonwealth 3)

Foreign Anime Openers
Live 2 (Floor 2, Commonwealth 4)

Sunday (30th)

Flip the Table: Rage Quitting in Games
Live 1 (Floor 2, Commonwealth 3)

Thank you Zenkaikon 2016!

Monday April 4, 2016

Live at Zenkaikon

We did three panels/lectures at Zenkaikon 2016 this past weekend! Here are some notes/links that may be relevant!

Analyzing Anime: Utena
Our youtube show: GeekNights Presents: Utena

Practical Game Theory
Two paired lectures on the topic we did at the Penny Arcade Expo:

Also cheers from Anime Boston!

We did five live shows at Anime Boston 2016! We don't have video of the new panels up yet, but see below for some slides and related videos in the meantime.

Role Playing Anime
Slides from the panel
Lecture from PAX Australia

Judge Anime By Its Cover
Video from 2013

Motivational Anime
Slides from the panel

Zenkaikon 2014

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Back from PAX East, we immediately turn around for Zenkaikon 2014 this weekend (April 26th and April 27th)! We will be there performing three live shows!

Anime Openers from Around the World
Saturday 10:00am Live 3 (Heritage C)

All Anime are the Same
Saturday 1:30pm Live 3 (Heritage C)

Bad Games
Sunday 10:30am Live 3 (Heritage C)

If you've found us from Zenkaikon itself, don't forget to check out our other show: GeekNights Presents Utena!

Goodbye PAX, Hello Zenkaikon!

Sunday March 13, 2011

Thank you everyone, especially Enforcers, for a wonderful time at PAX East 2011. We have received the usual bevy of requests for our slides, here they are.

We also had multiple people asking for recommendations for books on game theory. I can't recall the exact title of the one I read from the library, but there are many on Amazon that appear to be quite good. Amazon Game Theory Books

There is one book I recommend which is not necessarily a book on game theory, and is also a large expensive text book, but is probably the best book about game design I have ever seen. That book is Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals

Now that one more PAX is over, we are looking forward to the next convention, which is this very weekend! We will be attending Zenkaikon 2011 this weekend March 18-20, 2011 in King of Prussia, PA. Here is our panel schedule.

  • Losing Should Be Fun - Saturday 4:15PM in Live 3
  • Beyond Naruto - Saturday 7:00PM in Live 3
  • Beyond Dungeons and Dragons - Sunday 1:45PM in Live 2
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