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Month: June 2017

#171: Gunpoint’s Tom Francis

#171: Gunpoint’s Tom Francis

Description
This week Tom Francis, creator of the game Gunpoint, joins Harrison and Dirk to discuss the state of games journalism, how Gunpoint came about and what to expect next.

Tom Francis – @pentadact, www.spaceships.cool
Harrison Pink – harrisonpink.com, harrisonpink@gmail.com
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, dirk@artana.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:16- Tom’s Background
  • 1:29 – What Motivated Tom to make his own games?
  • 3:13 – Tom’s programming background
  • 4:15 – What brought Tom into the gaming industry
  • 6:42 – Is games journalism shrinking?
  • 11:51 – What drives games journalism traffic?
  • 12:50 – What inspired the format of Gunpoint?
  • 14:49 – Gunpoint did well especially for a first release.
  • 17:35- Why the name Gunpoint?
  • 21:41 – Blogging during the development of Gunpoint.
  • 28:42 – How do you stay motivated during the dark times?
#170: Ross Cowman

#170: Ross Cowman

Description
This week, Dirk and Kathryn talk with Ross Cowman, owner of game design studio Heart of the Deernicorn. They discuss the game Fall of Magic

Ross Cowman – @rosscowman, www.heartofthedeernicorn.com
Kathryn Hymes – @chicalashaw, thornygames.com
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, dirk@artana.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:19 – Ross’ background
  • 0:01.08 – Origin of company name
  • 0:02:22 – company name SEO
  • 0:02:57 – Origin of Fall of Magic
  • 0:10:40 – Talking about a turn of the game
  • 0:22:37 – What opportunities and difficulties have come from the game?
  • 0:27:16 – What’s next?
  • 0:29:16 – Overseas reception of the game
  • 0:33:22 – Translation of the game
#169: Listener Mail June 2017

#169: Listener Mail June 2017

Description
This week, David, Rob and Dirk get together to catch up and answer listener questions. Ice cubes are involved.

David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Rob Daviau – @robdaviau
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, dirk@artana.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:26 – What’s David been up to
  • 0:03.37 – Update from Dirk on the Tesla vs Edison Dual kickstarter
  • 0:05:18 – Rob got a haircut
  • 0:07:27 – Listener Steve asks about cancelled kickstarter backers
  • 0:10:43 – Listener Steve asks about the ‘Winner Effect’
  • 0:15:18 – Listener Doug asks about Escape Rooms
  • 0:23:27 – Listener JC asks about revealing key information in a game
  • 0:26:04 – Listener Glen asks a question regarding an idea you can’t get off the ground, when do you shelve it or keep going?
  • 0:28:48 – The Little Zen Handbook