Rank #1: #211 Slay The Spire - A Designers Deep Dive with Anthony Giovannetti
David and Dirk are joined by Anthony Giovannetti, designer of the game Slay The Spire. Together they take a deep dive into the creation and game mechanics of the game.
Apr 09 2019
Rank #2: #239 Listener Questions May 2020
May 27 2020
Rank #3: #192 Engineering Game Design with Aljernon Bolden
Apr 20 2018
Rank #4: #205 Deep Dive - Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right
Cole and Dirk are joined by Kaitie Aidley and take a deep dive into Cole's game Root.
Jan 15 2019
Rank #5: 104: Trading Mission to Mars with Julian Murdoch and Dr. Bruce Geryk
Nov 08 2014
Rank #6: #229 Round Table on the Essence of a Theme
Kathryn rejoins Dirk and David to talk discuss the past few episodes in the Designing Thematic Games series. The trio talks art budgets, terminology, and thematic mismatches. They also answer listener questions about designing around themes. Much of the discussion explores the distinction between an essence of a theme and the broader theme itself.
Dec 24 2019
Rank #7: #4: Storytelling & Crusader Kings 2. With Paradox.
Dec 03 2012
Rank #8: #37: Failure, Punishment and Learning
Jul 23 2013
Rank #9: #185 Game Designer Cole Wehrle
Dec 22 2017
Rank #10: #188 Listener Question - You Don't Blind Test a Painting
Feb 09 2018
Rank #11: #34: Progression Systems. With Soren Johnson
Jul 02 2013
Rank #12: #24: Games and the Law. With Dave Fitzgerald
Apr 23 2013
Rank #13: #238 Round Table on How Different Game Mediums Handle Edge Cases
Kathryn once again rejoins Dirk and David to discuss the last few episodes of the podcast. The trio talks about the differences in edge cases between TTRPGs, board games, and video games. Then they move on to discuss the merits of the axiom: if the player doesn’t see it, it might not exist. The group rounds out the discussion chatting about their familiarity with the 4x genre as well as MOBAs and why Kathryn, Dirk, and David all enjoy watching esports.
May 12 2020
Rank #14: #25: Information & Obfuscation
Apr 30 2013
Rank #15: #56: ‘SeaFall’ & Legacy Design. With Rob Daviau
Dec 02 2013
Rank #16: #35: Ethics in Design, Hotline Miami & Updates
Jul 09 2013
Rank #17: #225 Round Table on Thematic Games #1
Dirk and David speak with former cohost and friend of the show Kathryn Hymes. Together, the three of them discuss important questions and lessons learned from the first four episodes in the Designing Thematic Games series.
Oct 29 2019
Rank #18: #153: Riot Games
Oct 13 2016
Rank #19: #208 Game Designer Jennifer Scheurle
This week Dirk is joined by Jennifer Scheurle, a multi-award-winning, world-travelling Game Designer and public speaker. They discuss her work, her experience with NASA as well as some tips for game designers.
Feb 26 2019
Rank #20: #3: Trends in Digital & Tabletop Game Design
Nov 27 2012