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Month: January 2015

Episode #116: Buying and Selling with Soren Johnson & Scott Hamden

Episode #116: Buying and Selling with Soren Johnson & Scott Hamden

Description

Soren is back with forum member and early Offworld Trading Company playtester Scott Hamden to talk with Dirk about the current state of the game. Offworld Trading Company is taking form as it prepares for early access on Steam and a wider user base for even more feedback.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
Soren Johnson – @sorenjohnson, designer-notes.com, offworldgame.com, idlethumbs.net/designernotes
Scott Hamden – indczn@gmail.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:22 – Current state of the game

  • 0:03:04 – Scott’s experience with OTC

  • 0:05:38 – Stages of alpha and graphics

  • 0:09:31 – Soren’s involvement in the art process

  • 0:13:59 – Watching the process as a fan

  • 0:20:15 – Tweaking game values

  • 0:34:53 – Buying and selling of stocks

  • 0:42:39 – Multiplayer games

  • 0:48:38 – Feature count

  • 0:57:13 – Playtesters and forum interaction

  • 1:04:19 – Upcoming milestones

Episode #115: Talking with Chelsea Howe

Episode #115: Talking with Chelsea Howe

Description

Dirk and David are joined this week by Chelsea Howe, game design veteran and current employee at EA. Chelsea brings her experience to the show after working in a wide range of environments from large publishers to small game jams and independent projects.

Contact Information

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Chelsea Howe – @manojalpa, www.manojalpa.net

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:17 – Chelsea’s background

  • 0:08:16 – The mechanics of humor

  • 0:10:52 – IP opportunities

  • 0:13:43 – Why F2P big license games may not work

  • 0:29:37 – Video gaming demographics

  • 0:31:29 – Game james

  • 0:34:50 – Quality and quantity of games

  • 0:40:04 – Working at different sized companies

  • 0:48:37 – Are we all designers?

Episode #114: Back to the Mail Bag

Episode #114: Back to the Mail Bag

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob are back to answer more of your questions! This week’s questions cover digital integration, international design decisions, and the role of 3D printing.

Contact Information

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:52 – How do you feel about apps integrated with board games?

  • 0:19:50 – What possibilities would you like to see in those games?

  • 0:22:33 – Will this lead to un-playtested games?

  • 0:29:08 – What about a hybrid microgame?

  • 0:33:44 – What roles will exist for people with international experience?

  • 0:42:18 – Do you think game companies will become more global?

  • 0:43:45 – What impact do you think 3D printing will have on tabletop?

  • 0:49:44 – How have you seen asymmetry done in games?

Episode #113: Trekking Along

Episode #113: Trekking Along

Description

Dirk and David are at the helm this week to talk about all things Star Trek. David’s upcoming game uses the Star Trek universe to tell a wide variety of stories with a wide cast of characters. But with a fan base as enthusiastic and demanding as Trekkies (or Trekkers), how do you respect the source material while making a game fun?

Contact information 

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

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:45 – Star Trek roots

  • 0:06:23 – Differing Trek series and fans

  • 0:19:28 – Building a game for every captain

  • 0:32:38 – The Star Trek story

  • 0:39:39 – User research

  • 0:53:18 – Alpha testing

  • 0:56:02 – Star Trek appeal