#235 Diving Into MOBA Foundations

Genre Deep Dive


Dirk and David team up with show producer Skye to dive into the MOBA genre, a first in a series meant to explore the design of this popular genre. They discuss the genre’s roots in real-time strategy game mods and give an overview of the most popular MOBAs on the market. Additionally, the trio talks about tabletop and mobile MOBAs, and why they haven’t taken off (at least in North America, that is). 

Episode Outline

01:18 Defining and characterizing the MOBA genre

11:39 A brief history of MOBAs

17:35 The hosts discuss their personal connections to different MOBAs

31:45 Discussing mobile MOBAs and why they might have taken off in another areas and not in the US

40:07 Tabletop adaptations of MOBAs and why they are hard to design well

48:37 How esports, streaming, and the metagame influence the MOBA games themselves

53:55 Why do we love the genre?

In this Episode

David V. Heron - @davidvheron
Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer
Skye Larsen - @robthesky_games

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