Episode #115: Talking with Chelsea Howe

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Dirk and David are joined this week by Chelsea Howe, game design veteran and current employee at EA. Chelsea brings her experience to the show after working in a wide range of environments from large publishers to small game jams and independent projects.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Chelsea Howe – @manojalpa, www.manojalpa.net

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:17 – Chelsea’s background

  • 0:08:16 – The mechanics of humor

  • 0:10:52 – IP opportunities

  • 0:13:43 – Why F2P big license games may not work

  • 0:29:37 – Video gaming demographics

  • 0:31:29 – Game james

  • 0:34:50 – Quality and quantity of games

  • 0:40:04 – Working at different sized companies

  • 0:48:37 – Are we all designers?

Episode #114: Back to the Mail Bag

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Dirk, David, and Rob are back to answer more of your questions! This week’s questions cover digital integration, international design decisions, and the role of 3D printing.

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Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Rob Daviau -@RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:52 – How do you feel about apps integrated with board games?

  • 0:19:50 – What possibilities would you like to see in those games?

  • 0:22:33 – Will this lead to un-playtested games?

  • 0:29:08 – What about a hybrid microgame?

  • 0:33:44 – What roles will exist for people with international experience?

  • 0:42:18 – Do you think game companies will become more global?

  • 0:43:45 – What impact do you think 3D printing will have on tabletop?

  • 0:49:44 – How have you seen asymmetry done in games?

Episode #113: Trekking Along

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Dirk and David are at the helm this week to talk about all things Star Trek. David’s upcoming game uses the Star Trek universe to tell a wide variety of stories with a wide cast of characters. But with a fan base as enthusiastic and demanding as Trekkies (or Trekkers), how do you respect the source material while making a game fun?

Contact information 

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:45 – Star Trek roots

  • 0:06:23 – Differing Trek series and fans

  • 0:19:28 – Building a game for every captain

  • 0:32:38 – The Star Trek story

  • 0:39:39 – User research

  • 0:53:18 – Alpha testing

  • 0:56:02 – Star Trek appeal

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Episode #112: 2014 in Review

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Dirk, David, and Rob look back at 2014. Rob’s Kickstarter leads the way with a great success story and a view into just how crazy his life became this year. Dirk and David share their big moves from the year and look ahead to what’s coming. Finally, Dirk says some nice things about Michael Hermes, who may or may not be writing these show notes (and sounds like a swell guy).

Contact information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Rob Daviau -@RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:53 – Rob’s Kickstarter

  • 0:08:10 – Dirk’s Kickstarter

  • 0:15:19 – David’s move

  • 0:27:16 – Dirk’s year in review

  • 0:35:10 – Seafall

  • 0:41:07 – David’s board games

  • 0:45:21 – Rob’s teaching

  • 0:50:03 – Conquistador Games

  • 0:51:54 – The Game Design Roundtable

Episode #111: Game Design and Education with Erin Hoffman

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Dirk and David sit down with game designer and writer Erin Hoffman to talk about her extensive background in game design for education,interacting with the users, and some deep talks on the role of art in games.

Contact Information 

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Erin Hoffman – erin@makingwonder.com, @gryphoness

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:17 – Erin’s background

  • 0:01:50 – Umberto Eco and art

  • 0:16:44 – Interfacing with users

  • 0:20:59 – Staying connected

  • 0:28:34 – Designing for kids

  • 0:33:56 – Lessons learned

  • 0:41:05 – Learning styles

  • 0:48:59 – Sense of Wonder

Episode #110: The Science of Fun with Nicole Lazzaro

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Is there a formula for fun? Nicole Lazzaro joins Dirk and David to talk about what makes games fun, deliver a brief dive into neuroscience, and compare the concept of fun and gaming addiction.

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Nicole Lazzaro – @nicolelazzaro, www.4k2f.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:34 – The four keys to fun

  • 0:13:18 – Depth

  • 0:29:22 – Tabletop

  • 0:39:32 – A primer on neurology

  • 0:50:50 – Free to play

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Dec 2014
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Episode #109: Susan McKinley Ross and Idea Duck.

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Dirk and David are joined by game designer Susan McKinley Ross, creator of Qwirkle and other well-received board games. Susan shares her expertise in color and tactile game design, the process of writing rules, and how she came to be an award-winning designer.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Susan McKinley Ross – @ideaduck, www.ideaduck.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:15 – Susan’s background

  • 0:01:54 – Tactile elements and color

  • 0:07:15 – Qwirkle

  • 0:24:55 – Design and development

  • 0:39:22 – Illustrations and rules

  • 0:41:40 – Susan’s process

  • 0:49:30 – Other projects

  • 0:54:16 – Working with a spouse

 

Episode #108: Funemployed and Boardgamegeekcon

Dirk, David, and Rob are on hand to talk about two topics this week. First, the progress of Rob’s current Kickstarter: Funemployed 2nd Edition. He reviews how the Kickstarter is going as well as steps he took on the front end. Next, Dirk and Rob talk about their time at Boardgamegeekcon, a convention put on by the website of the same name.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Rob Daviau -@RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:13 – Rob’s Kickstarter

  • 0:09:12 – Setting up a Kickstarter

  • 0:14:26 – Boardgamegeekcon

  • 0:21:58 – Acquire

  • 0:27:47 – Red7

  • 0:34:15 – Hypoborea

  • 0:38:47 – Tragedy Looper

  • 0:45:57 – Mysterium

  • 0:49:33 – Tesla vs Edison

  • 0:56:27 – Artemis

Episode #107: Cooperative Gaming with Amy Jo Kim

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Amy Jo Kim – @amyjokim, www.shufflebrain.com, www.mvpdesignhacks.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:26 – The cooperative revolution
  • 0:04:35 – Amy Jo’s background
  • 0:13:14 – Zero-sum games
  • 0:23:28 – Mobile and free to play
  • 0:35:48 – Balancing feeling special and teamwork
  • 0:54:43 – Powerful mechanics in co-op
  • 0:57:10 – Steps for a new designer
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Nov 2014
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Episode #106: Micro Games with Chris Handy

Description

This week it’s a regular-sized show about micro-sized games when designer Chris Handy comes on to talk about his foray into the micro games market.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Chris Handy – @ChrisHandy, packogame.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:05 – Micro games

  • 0:07:54 – 20 Themes

  • 0:14:10 – Traditional and Euro games

  • 0:16:00 – Mobile and social games

  • 0:30:00 – Trends in micro games

  • 0:35:47 – Business aspects