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Month: August 2014

Episode #94: Offworld Trading Company with Soren Johnson and Jon Shafer

Episode #94: Offworld Trading Company with Soren Johnson and Jon Shafer

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.artana.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

Episode #93: Dynamic Campaigns with Ananda Gupta

Episode #93: Dynamic Campaigns with Ananda Gupta

Description

Ananda Gupta joins Dirk and Soren to talk about Dynamic campaigns. Series like Total War and XCOM merge tactical battles with larger strategic campaigns – what do these games do well, and what challenges seem to be omnipresent?

 

Contact Information

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

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

Ananda Gupta – @agauntpanda

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:28 – Ananda’s background

  • 0:04:38 – Dynamic Campaigns

  • 0:08:05 – Crusader Kings II

  • 0:10:35 – Pacing

  • 0:15:40 – XCOM

  • 0:31:54 – Wargame

  • 0:35:57 – Rise of Nations

  • 0:46:49 – Offworld Trading Company

  • 0:52:11 – Rise of Legends

  • 1:06:34 – Imperial Struggle

Episode #92: Et tu, Brute?

Episode #92: Et tu, Brute?

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob get together to talk about the betrayal as a game mechanic. Betrayal can bring out the worst in people – yelling, table flipping, and even physical violence. So why does it still get into so many games, and what makes it a compelling mechanic?

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:28 – Betrayal!

  • 0:04:41 – The mechanics

  • 0:12:34 – Betrayal at House on the Hill

  • 0:29:46 – Risk

  • 0:36:36 – The most dastardly of betrayals

  • 0:43:39 – Bang! and Werewolf

  • 0:54:40 – Seafall

Episode #91: At The Gates Progress Report with Jon Shafer

Episode #91: At The Gates Progress Report with Jon Shafer

Description

Friend and co-founder of The Game Design Roundtable Jon Shafer stops by to talk about the status of his game At the Gates. Learn about the importance of tribes, one of Jon’s new features that adds replayability and personality to the game. Dirk, David, and Jon talk about how far the game has come and what’s coming up in the future.

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:01:15 – Impressions of At the Gates

  • 0:03:58 – Recent changes

  • 0:17:16 – Player choice and game duration

  • 0:21:16 – Clans

  • 0:34:44 – Unit health and healing

  • 0:43:01 – Personality

  • 0:50:23 – Migration