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Episode #72: Playtesting

Episode #72: Playtesting

 

Description

Rob Daviau returns to the show to talk to Dirk and David about playtesting and the challenges of getting good feedback. Are core gamers good playtesters? How much playtesting is necessary? The show concludes with a discussion on the covenant between games and their players – how many playthroughs are “enough”?

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

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

 

Episode Outline

 

  • 0:00:46 – Playtesting Seafall

  • 0:09:45 – Playtesting and CCGs

  • 0:19:22 – Prototypes

  • 0:36:45 – Getting the right feedback

  • 0:39:10 – The creativity in boardgames

  • 0:45:58 – Shorter experiences

Episode #71: Intuitive Design. With Harrison Pink.

Episode #71: Intuitive Design. With Harrison Pink.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer,  www.artana.comDirk@Knemeyer.com

David Heron – @DavidHeron

Harrison Pink – @ColonialPink, harrisonpink@gmail.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:43 – Intuitive vs Analytical Design

  • 0:09:04 – The Walking Dead and choices

  • 0:18:25 – Experience and its impact

  • 0:22:58 – Poker and feel

  • 0:40:15 – Adapting to new player roles

  • 0:49:26 – Borderlands and greed

 

Episode #70: A Roman Farewell

Episode #70: A Roman Farewell

Contact Information

Jon Shafer – @JonShaferDesign,www.JonShaferOnDesign.com, Jon.Shafer@ConiferGames.com

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

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:10 – Jon’s Last Ride

  • 0:03:52 – Work Patterns

  • 0:09:42 – Splitting Attention

  • 0:22:32 – The Impact of Art

  • 0:30:21 – Future of At the Gates

  • 0:41:15 – Travel & Convention Plans

  • 0:45:24 – Marketing

  • 0:51:43 – The Future of the Podcast
Episode #69: Players as Designers

Episode #69: Players as Designers

Contact Information

Jon Shafer – @JonShaferDesign,www.JonShaferOnDesign.com, Jon.Shafer@ConiferGames.com

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:38 – House Rules

  • 0:07:20 – Modding

  • 0:17:48 – Tabletop Games

  • 0:30:30 – Optional Rules

  • 0:38:55 – Our House Rules

  • 0:43:58 – Allowing for Player Creativity

  • 0:55:40 – Opening Up the Design Process

  • 1:03:35 – From Modder to Designer
Episode #68: Transparency

Episode #68: Transparency

Contact Information

Jon Shafer – @JonShaferDesign,www.JonShaferOnDesign.com, Jon.Shafer@ConiferGames.com

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

Soren Johnson – @SorenJohnson, www.Designer-Notes.com, www.MohawkGames.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:24 – What IS Transparency?

  • 0:13:50 – Deckbuilders

  • 0:18:02 – Fog of War

  • 0:26:12 – Dirk’s Games

  • 0:31:15 – Replayability

  • 0:38:18 – Memory

  • 0:45:35 – The Designer’s Preference

  • 0:50:04 – Out of the Park Baseball

  • 1:12:00 – Designing Our Baseball Sim