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#152: Professor Rob’s Mailbag

#152: Professor Rob’s Mailbag

Description

Dirk, David, and Rob get together to answer more of your questions. The Game Design Roundtable audience continues to provide poignant and intriguing questions, and our trio of hosts is ready to help.

Contact Info
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyerwww.artana.comDirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Rob Daviau –@RobDaviau, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:12:08 – Anti-quarterbacking
  • 0:21:33 – Creativity and inspiration
  • 0:33:53 – Witnessing playtesting
  • 0:41:41 – Emergence in boardgames
  • 0:50:57 – Design and marketing
Episode #140: Daniel Doan and Black Shell Media

Episode #140: Daniel Doan and Black Shell Media

Description
This week Dirk and David are joined by Daniel Doan of Black Shell Media. Daniel’s career in games started with mods for the original Starcraft and grew into his breakout game, Sanctuary RPG. He then moved on to publishing and working with other designers on getting their games to market. Daniel offers advice on how to keep game designs focused and work with focus testing in order to deliver a final product that sells.

Contact Info
Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
David Heron – @DavidVHeron
Daniel Doan – @doandanial, www.blackshellmedia.com

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:16 – Daniel’s background
  • 0:03:14 – Starcraft mods
  • 0:04:55 – Sanctuary RPG
  • 0:09:42 – Development and publishing
  • 0:12:55 – Overture
  • 0:20:47 – The rewards in company building
  • 0:25:03 – Black Shell Media
  • 0:31:53 – Influences
  • 0:35:45 – Future platforms
  • 0:40:10 – Future of BSM
  • 0:46:14 – Board game design
  • 0:49:32 – Focus testing
Episode: #129: Daniel Solis

Episode: #129: Daniel Solis

Description

Dirk and Rob sit down with game designer Daniel Solis to talk about his background with card and microgames. Daniel’s games can be played all over the world and he shares his experiences with international publishers as well as crowdfunding and print-on-demand.

Contact Info

Dirk Knemeyer – @DKnemeyer, www.artana.com, Dirk@Knemeyer.com
Rob Daviau -@RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com
Daniel Solis – @DanielSolis, http://danielsolisblog.blogspot.com/

Episode Outline

  • 0:00:26 – Daniel’s background

  • 0:07:01 – Card counts

  • 0:11:10 – Sharing ideas

  • 0:15:27 – Playtesting

  • 0:18:31 – Kigi

  • 0:22:04 – Publishers in different regions

  • 0:33:39 – International legal matters

  • 0:39:49 – Royalties and crowdfunding

  • 0:53:58 – Upcoming projects

Episode #72: Playtesting

Episode #72: Playtesting

 

Description

Rob Daviau returns to the show to talk to Dirk and David about playtesting and the challenges of getting good feedback. Are core gamers good playtesters? How much playtesting is necessary? The show concludes with a discussion on the covenant between games and their players – how many playthroughs are “enough”?

 

Contact Information

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

David Heron – @DavidVHeron

Rob Daviau – @RobDaviauGamer, rob.daviau@ironwallgames.com

 

Episode Outline

 

  • 0:00:46 – Playtesting Seafall

  • 0:09:45 – Playtesting and CCGs

  • 0:19:22 – Prototypes

  • 0:36:45 – Getting the right feedback

  • 0:39:10 – The creativity in boardgames

  • 0:45:58 – Shorter experiences

Episode #44: Competition, Endgames & Updates

Episode #44: Competition, Endgames & Updates

Contact Information

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

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

Outline

  • 0:00:32 – Solium Infernum

  • 0:05:50 – Issues with deep competitive games

  • 0:19:50 – City of Remnants

  • 0:29:20 – Why are endgames so rarely good?

  • 0:47:00 – Update on Dirk’s projects

  • 1:05:17 – Update on At the Gates

  • 1:13:25 – The strategy of playtesting