Game Designer Workshop

GDW: The Mixed Six – Episode 1

mixed-six1Welcome! Spencer, Caleb, and Producer Ross are trying something new. On The Mixed Six, we drink six beers and have six conversations. It’s a variety show that slurs its speech, and we’d love to get some feedback on it.

  • Beer 1: Professional Drinking with Mother’s Brewing Company’s Imperial Three Blind Mice. Spence and Caleb talk about how this is all a tax dodge for their alcoholism.
  • Beer 2: Dissecting Our Fun with the Green Flash’s Passionfruit Kicker. We geek out about the game Potion Explosion and the rarity of perfect information games
  • Beer 3: Armchair Director with Deshutes Jubeale. ”Tis the season to argue about our Top 5 Christmas movies
  • Beer 4: Sportsplainer with Mother’s Brewing Company’s Backyard Wheat. Spence educates Caleb and Ross about field goal percentages at Mile High Stadium
  • Beer 5: Binge Binger with Boulevard’s Snow and Tell We lay it all on the line and open up about our guiltiest TV pleasures.
  • Beer 6: Drunk Enough with Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal. As fueling up for just such an occasion, Spence and Caleb discuss if it’s even possible to defeat cognitive dissonance and how it’s done.

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Game Designer’s Workshop: Interview with Jeff Barber on the Upwind Kickstarter

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Synopsis: Jeff Barber has been working on Upwind and its Kickstarter since our first interview, so I checked in with him to see how the design of the game has progressed and what Jeff has learned about Kickstarter when preparing his campaign for it. We discuss the current state of crowdfunding for tabletop games, the challenges of publishing a game now and of course the mechanics of Upwind. Enjoy

Game Designer Workshop: Live at Gen Con 2016

gencon2016We just got back from Gen Con 2016 and we have a lot of podcasts to share. Our first one is a panel we did on game design. Ross and Caleb continue their proud tradition of screwing up in real time, with special guest Jeff Barber. Lend your questions and comments to a live episode as the pair gives updates on Red Markets, Ruin, Upwind, and other game projects. More specifically, Caleb will be doing playtests of Red Markets at Gen Con. Ross has news about Ruin and other game projects in the works. Both have news about current freelancing projects and plenty of advice for aspiring game designers in attendance.