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Month: January 2016

Episode #139: Justin Gary

Episode #139: Justin Gary

Description
Dirk and David are joined by guest Justin Gary, accomplished game designer of many deckbuilding games. Justin’s career started as a professional, award-winning player of Magic: the Gathering and has continued with several successful designs. His creations include Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, and Solforge. He and David talk shop this week about deckbuilding games, including communication to players and strategies for expansions.

Contact Info
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Justin Gary – @justin_gary, www.justingary.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:22 – Justin’s background
  • 0:01:50 – Ascension
  • 0:13:34 – Expansions and mechanics
  • 0:19:14 – Influence of Magic: the Gathering
  • 0:21:27 – Early projects
  • 0:26:05 – Law school
  • 0:29:27 – Current projects
  • 0:32:56 – Kickstarter
  • 0:37:07 – Deckbuilding mechanics
  • 0:48:33 – Game design process
  • 0:54:37 – Future goals
Episode #138: Checking in with Harrison Pink

Episode #138: Checking in with Harrison Pink

Description
Return guest Harrison Pink stops by to catch up with Dirk and David and let us know what he’s been up to. Harrison recently moved to a new studio and is working as a world designer on the next Mafia game. He also had the opportunity to travel to China to talk at their GDC conference. He talks about designing for open world games, lessons he’s learned about what players want, and his international travels.

Contact Info

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Harrison Pink – @colonialpink, harrisonpink@gmail.com, blog.harrisonpink.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:37 – Harrison’s new digs

  • 0:02:56 – World designing

  • 0:08:10 – Team culture

  • 0:14:47 – The Mafia series

  • 0:27:42 – Lessons learned

  • 0:30:20 – Other activities

  • 0:36:51 – Talking at GDC China