Episode #103: Catching Up

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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

29
Oct 2014
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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

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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

Episode #100: Failbetter Game and Fallen London

Description

Alexis Kennedy and Liam Welton from Failbetter games join Dirk to talk about their dark games set in the world of Fallen London. With a background that goes from free-to-play web games to more traditional PC games, Failbetter has learned many lessons on design and business on their way to their latest game, Sunless Sea.

 

Contact Information

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

Liam Welton – @LiamWelton, liam@failbettergames.com

Alexis Kennedy – @alexiskennedy, alexis@failbetter.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:26 – Failbetter Games

  • 0:06:24 – The world of Fallen London

  • 0:25:22 – Fallen London development

  • 0:40:18 – Design challenges

  • 0:52:39 – Business models

  • 0:54:31 – Failbetter’s design process

  • 1:01:24 – Future projects

 

Episode #99: Stuck in the Ditch

Description

Sometimes a game design just goes off the rails. Scope creep, overly-ambitious ideas, a loss of focus… these can be devastating to any project. Dirk, David, and Rob Daviau talk about how a game can get off the right path and what can be done to get it back on track.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

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

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:17 – Seafall

  • 0:03:38 – Design by committee

  • 0:18-14 – Assessing the state of a game

  • 0:32:25 – Big games vs small games

  • 0:42:23 – Patching and hotfixes

  • 0:50:38 – Examples

  • 1:00:03 – Advice for getting out of the ditch

30
Sep 2014
AUTHOR elizabeth
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Episode #98: On Writing… Video Games

Description

The title of “writer” can span from creating conceptual direction to creating dozens of iterations of the same lines of character dialog. Guest developer Harrison Pink joins Dirk and David to talk about the role in the gaming world.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Harrison Pink – @colonialpink, harrisonpink@gmail.com, blog.harrisonpink.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:55 – The role of a writer

  • 0:14:54 – Expectations of game writers

  • 0:26:29 – Writing for tabletop

  • 0:37:56 – Writing a pitch

  • 0:47:20 – Writers and marketing

  • 0:52:58 – Board games

23
Sep 2014
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Episode #97: Karla Zimonja and the Fullbright Company

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Dirk and David are joined by Karla Zimonja of the Fullbright Company to talk about Gone Home, the challenges and benefits of working on a small team, and the transition of going from AAA game development to a small, independent studio.

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Karla Zimonja – @zusty, www.fullbright.company

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:31 – Fullbright Company history

  • 0:02:51 – Gone Home development

  • 0:09:59 – Plot and setting decisions

  • 0:20:58 – Karla’s background

  • 0:38:14 – Gone Home’s team

  • 0:42:50 – Workflow

Episode #96: The Conventions of Conventions

 

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob get together to talk about conventions. Gen Con is the star of the show as the trio talk about tips for both gamers and game designers. Everything is covered from talking with publishers to packing your bags the smart way.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

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

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:12 – Gen Con

  • 0:23:55 – Tips for attending conventions

  • 0:41:45 – The big hits at Gen Con

  • 0:53:41 – Favorite conventions

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Sep 2014
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Episode #95: Listener Mail Q&A

Description

This show is all about the listeners! The mail bag is full and it’s time for Dirk and David to answer your questions on game design, the industry, and the types of games they love the most.

Contact Information

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

Episode Outline

0:00:46 – Do you see Eurocentric themes as a problem in game design?
0:09:27 – What games have made you feel empowered?
0:13:54 – What are the advantages and disadvantages of fantasy themes?
0:18:46 – What are you top five games to play?
0:25:25 – Do you consider player action rate during design?
0:31:54 – What is the status of female game designers?
0:54:42 – What’s your ideal, unlimited-budget game?
0:56:58 – Should I patent my rules?

Episode #94: Offworld Trading Company

Description

Jon and Dirk talk to game designer and TGDRT regular Soren Johnson about his upcoming game, Offworld Trading Company. His real time strategy economic game is currently in beta. Soren talks about the state of the game and the challenges he has in front of him.

 

Contact Information

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

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

Jon Shafer – atthegatesgame.com, contact@conifergames.com, @jonshaferdesign

Episode Outline

  • 0:02:56 – “The Sid Way”

  • 0:08:59 – The inspiration for OTC

  • 0:20:41 – Gameplay

  • 0:35:35 – Sound design

  • 0:39:15 – The exploration phase

  • 0:47:04 – Current challenges