Chandana Ekanayake

#305 Thirsty Suitors with Chandana Ekanayake

Design Talk


Dirk and David are joined by Chandana Ekanayake, Game Director of Outerloop Games and long-time designer. They discuss Eka’s newly released Thirsty Suitors, a turn-based adventure game centering around culture, relationships, family, and self-expression. They discuss Eka’s career, Outerloop’s titles, and what makes Thirsty Suitors so special. Topics include designing in VR, designing the game only you can make, the game’s strengths and weaknesses, and working within budget.

Episode Outline

0:00 Beginning of Show

1:09 End of Intro

4:09 What is Falcon Age

11:47 Designing in VR

15:41 What is Thirsty Suitors

23:12 Fitting Different Elements Together

27:08 Tutorials

30:04 Importance of Bosses

38:04 Did Anything Get Cut?

39:39 What are you Proud Of?

42:50 Using Miro

44:30 Art design

46:17 Personal Connection

47:55 What is the Game Only we can Make

49:22 What Spaces Exist for Marginalized Creators

50:52 Advice for Listeners

52:30 Outro

55:33 End of Show

In this Episode

Chandana Ekanayake - @Ekanaut
David V. Heron - @davidvheron
Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer

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