#276 Round Table on Market Considerations for Game Themes

Designing Thematic Games


Kathryn rejoins Dirk and David for another Round Table discussion of past episodes. First, in reference to the recent episode with Sydney Engelstein, the group talks about card-based expansions. Then the discussion turns to the various Zenobia award finalist guests who have been on the show—topics include unique themes, alternative funding for games, and how to utilize popular IPs while maintaining your own vision for the game. Finally, the group has a conversation about the Dave Scott episode and discusses how they’ve used customizable experiences in their own games.

Episode Outline

1:06 Discussing what Dirk, David, and Kathryn like about card-based expansions in different game mediums

16:05 Talking about the pathways available for financially successful games with unique and/or obscure themes

34:50 How to make a game with your own vision if it expands on an extremely popular IP or subverts expectations

43:21 Designing customizable experiences as a game designer, and how it changes from medium to medium

In this Episode

David V. Heron - @davidvheron
Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer
Kathryn Hymes - @chicalashaw, thornygames.com

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