Rob Daviau

#230 Rob Daviau Talks Return to Dark Tower

Designing Thematic Games


Former host Rob Daviau returns to the show to catch up with Dirk and David and talk about Restoration Games and their next big project: Return to Dark Tower. He discusses the decisions made when updating the 1981 game to capture the same eye-catching experience in 2020. 

Episode Outline

01:10 What has Rob been up to since he was last on the show?

05:56 Talking about miniatures and big Kickstarter games

07:18 What is Return to Dark Tower about, and where did the first game originate?

14:12 Making sure the tower mattered in Return to Dark Tower

19:11 Balancing the nostalgic elements with a game for a modern audience

21:49 Making the theme stand out and making the shared enemy feel real and menacing.

27:31 Approaching the Kickstarter of a restored game, and making sure it doesn’t feel like just a gimmick.

29:37 Spending the design time to lower game costs, and some of the cool ideas that needed to be removed.

34:43 What are some commonalities and principles Rob has found while working on these restored games?

40:20 Deciding on the price point for Return to Dark Tower.

43:34 Returning to the discussion of the tower in Return to Dark Tower.

46:33 How will software updates work, and is it similar to how digital releases work?

48:45 What’s next for Restoration Games? And for Rob?

In this Episode

Rob Daviau - @robdaviau
David V. Heron - @davidvheron
Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer

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