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
AUTHOR Dirk
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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

Episode # 105: Mail Call

 

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Dirk, David, and Rob Daviau are answering questions this week on topics about board game design, publishing, translations, and more!

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Rob Daviau -@RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:43 – What existing game do you wish you had designed?

  • 0:04:02 – What can Eastern and Western developers learn from each other?

  • 0:09:37 – What game design phrases make you cringe?

  • 0:15:48 – How will designers grow if creators are not from the dominant culture?

  • 0:19:31 – Can you expand on the concept of player empowerment?

  • 0:24:31 – Should I sell my game to a publisher?

  • 0:32:36 – What are some examples of board games with great digital versions?

  • 0:40:45 – How do you find the right artist at the right rate?

  • 0:44:52 – Should I be worried about someone stealing my idea?

  • 0:47:48 – When is the right time to reach out to a big-name developer?

  • 0:50:59 – At what point do you translate your game?

Episode #104: Trading Mission to Mars with Julian Murdoch and Dr. Bruce Geryk

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer, www.CQGames.com

Soren Johnson – @sorenjohnson, designer-notes.com, offworldgame.com

Bruce Geryk – @spacerumsfeld, www.wargamespace.com

Julian Murdoch – @GWJRabbit

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:33 – The latest changes in OTC

  • 0:03:44 – Impressions from Bruce and Julian

  • 0:11:31 – Competition and fun

  • 0:21:44 – The wargamer’s perspective

  • 0:27:13 – New influences

  • 0:31:34 – Belter

  • 0:40:38 – Speed and the endgame

  • 0:47:44 – Early access

  • 0:50:39 – Innovative games

  • 1:06:19 – Dates

Episode #103: Catching Up

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:25 – David’s big changes

  • 0:09:35 – Future plans

  • 0:18:05 – Working face to face

  • 0:21:34 – Moving to Boston

  • 0:33:37 – War Stories

  • 0:42:48 – Fútbol Strategy

  • 0:55:05 – Tesla vs Edison

  • 0:56:31 – Dirk’s mystery projects

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Oct 2014
AUTHOR Dirk
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Episode #102: Get Off My Lawn

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob get together to talk about things that bug them. Whether is the interplay of turns, the depth of a game, or the wine served at a chain restaurant, some things just aren’t fun.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Rob Daviau -@RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:08 – Rob’s adventures

  • 0:03:03 – First person shooters

  • 0:09:55 – Simultaneous play board games

  • 0:18:58 – Asymmetrical turn lengths

  • 0:23:51 – Light games

  • 0:34:07 – New games in a group setting

  • 0:36:19 – Backing up a turn

  • 0:42:17 – Failure, loading screens, and tutorials

  • 0:54:36 – Staying organized

  • 0:57:04 – The need for persuasion

Episode #101: Kvasir Games with Kristín Guðmundsdóttir

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Dirk and David are joined by Kristín Guðmundsdóttir of Kvasir Games to talk about board and digital game development. Kvasir is a team of developers based in Denmark but pulled together from across Europe to build unique games designed in a game jam-style environment.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Kristín Guðmundsdóttir – @kristingud, @Kvasirgames, www.kvasirgames.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:30 – The Nordic Game Jam

  • 0:08:38 – Forming Kvasir Games

  • 0:13:22 – Flexible game rules

  • 0:23:43 – Other games and Wanted Igor

  • 0:27:15 – Team talents and resolving conflicts

  • 0:31:31 – Hulder

  • 0:35:17 – Kristín’s day job and freelancing

  • 0:47:45 – Marketing