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Episode #117: Chatting with Robin D. Laws

Episode #117: Chatting with Robin D. Laws

Description

Roleplaying game and novel writer Robin D. Laws joins Dirk and David to share his experience as a designer and writer in the gaming industry. Robin shares his methodology, how writing for the two media compares, and his upcoming work.

Contact Information 

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Robin D. Laws – @robindlaws, kenandrobintalkaboutstuff.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:24 – Robin’s background

  • 0:03:11 – The Gumshoe system

  • 0:11:59 – Establishing a voice

  • 0:20:20 – Gumshoe licensing

  • 0:26:03 – Recommendations on systems

  • 0:28:46 – Robin’s novels

  • 0:36:26 – Design process

  • 0:38:59 – King of Dragon Pass

  • 0:44:38 – The future of D&D

Episode #100: Failbetter Games and Fallen London with Alexis Kennedy and Liam Welton

Episode #100: Failbetter Games and Fallen London with Alexis Kennedy and Liam Welton

Description

Alexis Kennedy and Liam Welton from Failbetter games join Dirk to talk about their dark games set in the world of Fallen London. With a background that goes from free-to-play web games to more traditional PC games, Failbetter has learned many lessons on design and business on their way to their latest game, Sunless Sea.

 

Contact Information

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

Liam Welton – @LiamWelton, liam@failbettergames.com

Alexis Kennedy – @alexiskennedy, alexis@failbetter.com

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:26 – Failbetter Games

  • 0:06:24 – The world of Fallen London

  • 0:25:22 – Fallen London development

  • 0:40:18 – Design challenges

  • 0:52:39 – Business models

  • 0:54:31 – Failbetter’s design process

  • 1:01:24 – Future projects

 

Episode #52: Meet the TGDRT Crew

Episode #52: Meet the TGDRT Crew

 

Contact Information

Jon Shafer – @JonShaferDesign,www.JonShaferOnDesign.com, Jon.Shafer@ConiferGames.com

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

 

Episode Outline

  • 0:03:57 – Serial VS parallel design

  • 0:13:15 – Life as a designer/producer

  • 0:17:20 – Dirk’s crazy schedule

  • 0:23:40 – Google Docs & Software

  • 0:38:10 – Playtesting

  • 0:45:10 – Building a good team

  • 0:56:24 – How has the podcast changed our hosts?