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Month: December 2014

Episode #112: 2014 in Review

Episode #112: 2014 in Review

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob look back at 2014. Rob’s Kickstarter leads the way with a great success story and a view into just how crazy his life became this year. Dirk and David share their big moves from the year and look ahead to what’s coming. Finally, Dirk says some nice things about Michael Hermes, who may or may not be writing these show notes (and sounds like a swell guy).

Contact information

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Rob Daviau -@RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:53 – Rob’s Kickstarter

  • 0:08:10 – Dirk’s Kickstarter

  • 0:15:19 – David’s move

  • 0:27:16 – Dirk’s year in review

  • 0:35:10 – Seafall

  • 0:41:07 – David’s board games

  • 0:45:21 – Rob’s teaching

  • 0:50:03 – Conquistador Games

  • 0:51:54 – The Game Design Roundtable

Episode #111: Game Design and Education with Erin Hoffman

Episode #111: Game Design and Education with Erin Hoffman

Description

Dirk and David sit down with game designer and writer Erin Hoffman to talk about her extensive background in game design for education,interacting with the users, and some deep talks on the role of art in games.

Contact Information 

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Erin Hoffman – erin@makingwonder.com, @gryphoness

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:17 – Erin’s background

  • 0:01:50 – Umberto Eco and art

  • 0:16:44 – Interfacing with users

  • 0:20:59 – Staying connected

  • 0:28:34 – Designing for kids

  • 0:33:56 – Lessons learned

  • 0:41:05 – Learning styles

  • 0:48:59 – Sense of Wonder

Episode #110: The Science of Fun with Nicole Lazzaro

Episode #110: The Science of Fun with Nicole Lazzaro

Description

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.artana.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

Episode #109: Susan McKinley Ross and Idea Duck.

Episode #109: Susan McKinley Ross and Idea Duck.

Description

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.artana.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

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.artana.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