Episode #89: Pandemic with Matt Leacock

 

Description

Dirk and David are joined by game designer Matt Leacock of Pandemic fame. Cooperative games are the topic of the day as Matt goes through his experiences building on the Pandemic franchise.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Matt Leacock – www.leacock.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:32 – Matt’s Background

  • 0:06:43 – Gaming with the family

  • 0:11:43 – Pandemic as a brand

  • 0:19:27 – The future of Pandemic

  • 0:30:36 – Playing with power gamers

  • 0:45:45 – Thunderbirds

  • 0:51:19 – Going full time

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Episode #88: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

 

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob get together to talk about information. What are the advantages and disadvantages of perfect information games? How much is “enough” for each player to know? And how does Monopoly cause fist fights?

 

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 – Fog of war and limited information

  • 0:05:31 – Information and scoring

  • 0:14:23 – Game length

  • 0:33:07 – Seafall

  • 0:37:40 – Good examples of hidden information

  • 0:45:50 – War Stories

Episode #87: Working on the Pile

Description

Dirk and David take a brief respite from interviewing developers to talk about the games they’ve been playing. An extensive discussion on Europa Universalis IV eventually morphs into why people are fascinated by trains.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:01 – Europa Universalis IV

  • 0:33:04 – Empire Builder

  • 0:41:13 – Trains!

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Episode #86: Choice of Games

 

Description

Dan Fabulich from Choice Of Games joins Dirk and David to talk about the interactive fiction genre and the process of choosing an adventure that may or may not be your own.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Dan Fabulich – @choiceofgames, dan@choiceofgames.com, www.choiceofgames.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:31 – Choice of Games

  • 0:01:43 – Interactive Fiction

  • 0:05:58 – UI

  • 0:23:30 – Gender and Choice

  • 0:31:37 – Best Practices

  • 0:42:57 – Other IF Developers

  • 0:46:26 – Branded Properties

  • 0:54:20 – Making choices matter

 

Choice of Games

http://www.choiceofgames.com/

Inkle Games

http://www.inklestudios.com/blog/

A Dark Room

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a-dark-room/id736683061?mt=8

Device 6

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/device-6/id680366065?mt=8

San Franciso Interactive Fiction Meetup

http://www.meetup.com/sf-bay-area-interactive-fiction/

Episode #85: Bamboozle Brothers

Description

This week Dirk is joined by game designers Jay Cormier and Sen Foong Lim of Bamboozle Brothers. Jay and Sen describe what it’s like working with a partner long distance, getting picked up by a publisher, and their process to designing tabletop games.

 

Contact Information

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

Jay Cormier – @bamboozlebros, http://www.bamboozlebrothers.com/ourgames.html

Sen Foong Lim – @sengfoonglim

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:02:20 – Belfort Design Process

  • 0:03:27 – Starting Small

  • 0:14:27 – After getting picked up by a publisher

  • 0:18:10 – Getting Started

  • 0:23:37 – Teamwork and Collaboration

  • 0:27:12 – Disagreements

  • 0:35:04 – Game Artisans of Canada

  • 0:56:13 – Starting with theme or mechanics

Episode #84: Marketing

 

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob talk about the the importance of marketing. How important is it and how do the numbers compare between tabletop and the digital realm? And what’s the Wil Wheaton factor?

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

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

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:56 – Marketing at Hasbro

  • 0:08:20 – Marketing and conferences

  • 0:12:18 – The differences between tabletop and digital marketing

  • 0:21:01 – Data

  • 0:26:54 – Pricing

  • 0:33:38 – Theme and marketing

  • 0:41:25 – Copycats and “inspired by”

  • 0:51:43 – Marketing as independence

  • 0:54:52 – Wil Wheaton gets his own bullet point

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Episode #83: Games All the Way Down

Description

Harrison Pink returns to the show to talk with Dirk and David about playing games. This episode is all about what games our panel has been playing and how they have reacted as both players and designers.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

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

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:33 – Sir, You Are Being Hunted and stealth

  • 0:09:12 – Splendor

  • 0:28:26 – Diplomacy

  • 0:39:56 – Neptune’s Pride

  • 0:44:49 – Dune

  • 1:01:16 – X-Wing Miniatures

Episode #82: Checking In

Description

In this week’s episode, Dirk and David take some time to talk about their current projects. Futbol Strategy is around the corner and David’s Knights of Puzzelot has launched – find out how the games are going and what else the two have up their sleeves for the future.

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:20 – Futbol Strategy

  • 0:11:30 – Knights of Puzzelot

  • 0:24:03 – Dirk’s unrevealed project

  • 0:26:18 – David’s deck building game

  • 0:34:29 – David’s new project

  • 0:42:28 – Design books

Episode #81: Push and Pull

Description

Nels Anderson joins Dirk and David to talk about the concept of “Push and Pull” style games and how it relates to game styles and gamer choice.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Nels Anderson – @Nelsarmensch, www.above49.ca, https://www.idlethumbs.net/terminal7, firewatchgame.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:30 – Push vs Pull

  • 0:14:40 – Push/Pull and player choice

  • 0:29:07 – Tabletop games

  • 0:32:30 – Game responsiveness

  • 0:40:35 – The illusion of choice

  • 0:50:13 – Firewatch

Episode #80: Anticipation and Expectations

Description

This week Dirk, David, and Rob go over the process that leads up to experiencing the game. From first hearing about it and finally unboxing it, what matters the most to designers and players? And just how many of our regular panel are old-school D&D nerds? (Hint: all of them.)

 

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 – Early announcements and Seafall

  • 0:11:46 – Expectations and age

  • 0:19:00 – Boxes and graphic design

  • 0:34:32 – Opening the box

  • 0:45:05 – Time to play the game

  • 1:04:30 – Favorite new product memories

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May 2014
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