Episode: #129: Daniel Solis

Description

Dirk and Rob sit down with game designer Daniel Solis to talk about his background with card and microgames. Daniel’s games can be played all over the world and he shares his experiences with international publishers as well as crowdfunding and print-on-demand.

Contact Info

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
Rob Daviau -@RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com
Daniel Solis – @DanielSolis, http://danielsolisblog.blogspot.com/

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:26 – Daniel’s background

  • 0:07:01 – Card counts

  • 0:11:10 – Sharing ideas

  • 0:15:27 – Playtesting

  • 0:18:31 – Kigi

  • 0:22:04 – Publishers in different regions

  • 0:33:39 – International legal matters

  • 0:39:49 – Royalties and crowdfunding

  • 0:53:58 – Upcoming projects

Episode #128: Listener Mail 5

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob are back to answer more listener questions about budget, toolsets, and more.

Contact Info

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:02:12 – Budget for art and assets

  • 0:06:29 – Marketing and Kickstarter

  • 0:21:18 – Meaningful early game moves

  • 0:40:17 – Toolsets for game development

  • 0:49:13 – Feedback for feedback

 

30
Jun 2015
AUTHOR elizabeth
CATEGORY

Episodes

COMMENTS No Comments

Episode #127: Meg Jayanth and Games Writing

Description

This week, Dirk and David chat with Meg Jayanth to talk about her experiences as a writer in the games industry. Meg’s prose is probably most well known in the story-heavy gameplay of 80 Days on mobile devices and Sunless Sea on the PC. Meg shares her background, what it’s like to create oodles of content characters may never see, and the benefits of working in pajamas.

Contact Info

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Meg Jayanth -@betterthemask, www.megjayanth.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:18 – Meg’s background

  • 0:08:17 – Samsara game

  • 0:15:14 – Content that characters may or may not see

  • 0:36:18 – Writing processes

  • 0:42:41 – Working remotely

  • 0:47:16 – Current projects

Episode #126: Collaboration

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob get together to confirm that no person is an island, especially when it comes to game design. Collaborating with others can be challenging but also rewarding, sometimes allowing partners to bring out the best in each other. David describes his collaborations at work while Dirk and Rob talk about collaborating with others and the importance of eating with your coworkers.

Contact Info

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:18 – Collaboration

  • 0:08:10 – Opinions on interface design

  • 0:13:30 – A Dirk/Rob case study

  • 0:22:24 – Working on your own

  • 0:27:10 – Collaboration tools

  • 0:38:42 – Equality in collaborations

  • 0:49:28 – Types of projects that work well with collaboration

03
Jun 2015
AUTHOR elizabeth
CATEGORY

Episodes

COMMENTS No Comments

Episode #125: Stonemaier Games and Scythe with Jamey Stegmaier

Description

Jamey Stegmaier stops by to talk to Dirk and David about his previous games as well as the upcoming and hotly anticipated Scythe. Scythe’s evocative art and theme have piqued the interest of the boardgaming community. Jamey fills us in on how the game came about and what the players can expect in terms of mechanics and gameplay.

Contact Info

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Jamey Stegmaier – http://stonemaiergames.com/, kickstarterlessons.com, @jameystegmaier

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:18 – Making the jump to full-time game designer

  • 0:06:18 – Viticulture

  • 0:14:48 – Kickstarter and content

  • 0:18:09 – Kickstarter and non-US customers

  • 0:21:31 – Treasure chests

  • 0:24:54 – Scythe

  • 0:31:51 – Scythe’s art

  • 0:36:58 – New players and describing actions

  • 0:50:22 – Game length

  • 0:56:27 – Combat in Scythe

Episode #124: Listener Questions

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob get together to answer questions sent in by you, the listeners!

Contact Information

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:26 – What are your thoughts on the 4X genre and game length?

  • 0:06:51 – Have sculpts become a commercial crutch for poor game design?

  • 0:12:38 – Is the popularity of tabletop gaming related to the rise of digital games?

  • 0:17:41 – What board game has replaced another game for you?

  • 0:21:01 – What game has lost its luster as time went on?

  • 0:24:02 – What game do you wish had never been released?

  • 0:27:45 – What’s the most glaring flaw you’ve seen in a game?

  • 0:33:10 – What other podcasts do you listen to?

  • 0:37:01 – What game do you wish you could play more often?

  • 0:38:39 – What are you thoughts on paid beta programs?

  • 0:41:02 – What do you think about game company mergers?

  • 0:42:40 – Dirk, why the new company?

  • 0:44:34 – How have your designs changed through playtesting?

  • 0:51:14 – Should asymmetrical games be clearly marked as such?

Episode #123: Isaac Shalev and On Board Games

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, dirk@knemeyer.com

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Isaac Shalev – @KindFortress, kindfortress.com, onboardgames.net

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:31 – Isaac’s background

  • 0:07:43 – Telling cultural stories

  • 0:19:32 – Ravenous River

  • 0:25:31 – Kickstarter

  • 0:34:09 – Isaac’s gaming habits

  • 0:46:59 – Future Kickstarter plans
22
Apr 2015
AUTHOR Dirk
CATEGORY

Episodes

COMMENTS No Comments

Episode: #122: Feedback

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob talk about all of the primary forms of feedback that developers have at their disposal. Reviews can be educational, helpful, or downright depressing. Playtesters can offer amazing insight or unwanted suggestions. Listen in to find out how to balance the good with the bad.

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:17 – Feedback and reviews

  • 0:15:57 – The context of reviews

  • 0:21:39 – Previous game reviews

  • 0:27:35 – Guided recommendations

  • 0:33:06 – Feedback from playtesters

  • 0:47:00 – What makes a good playtester

07
Apr 2015
AUTHOR elizabeth
CATEGORY

Episodes

COMMENTS No Comments

Episode #121: At the Gates Update with Jon Shafer

Description

Former host and Game Design Roundtable co-founder Jon Shafer stops in to talk about At the Gates. Jon’s been hard at work adding features, taking out features, and polishing the game. Progress moves ever forward as the game becomes the game that Jon set out to make.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Jon Shafer – www.atthegatesgame.com, @jonshaferdesign, jonshaferondesign.com, jon.shafer@conifergames.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:58 – Making changes in development

  • 0:06:56 – Clans

  • 0:11:57 – Developing the clan mechanic

  • 0:14:36 – Other changes to the game’s original design

  • 0:19:44 – Storytelling

  • 0:22:57 – Diplomacy

  • 0:26:46 – Romanization

  • 0:36:08 – Test groups

  • 0:39:51 – Food and player pressure

Episode #120: Project Check-in

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob take a moment to check in on their respective projects. Rob details his long and illustrious career as the head of marketing for his game company while David checks in with an update on Star Trek Timelines. Meanwhile, Dirk’s Kickstarter for Tesla vs. Edison is ready to go live and the question of shipping costs rears its ugly head.

Contact Information

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:33 – New York Toy Fair

  • 0:08:22 – New roles and marketing

  • 0:14:38 – PAX and Star Trek Timelines

  • 0:23:24 – Star Trek Timelines demo

  • 0:43:47 – Tesla vs. Edison