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Mice and Mystics, designed by Jerry Hawthorne, is a campaign game that puts players in the roles of a prince and his friends after they are turned into mice. These mice must battle rats, spiders, and cockroaches to undo the plans of the evil sorceress Vanestra before she takes over the kingdom. To win the day, players will have work together using their strategy and cunning to outwit the evil sorceress. This game provides great depth for seasoned gamers, but is also so easily accessible by young gamers. Jerry thinks of this game as a father-son game, one that parents could enjoy playing with their kids. Mice and Mystics already has 2 expansions (a big one and a small one) that will allow players to dive into this fun story.

Our discussion focused on how Jerry designed simple mechanics and infused them with tons of theme to create a gaming experience. We discussed the ways the game forces players to have to work together to continue the story. We also learn about the term father-son gamer.

If you wish to learn more or purchase this game, please visit PlaidHatGames.com. Jerry also talks about his upcoming Tail Feathers game that exists within the Mice and Mystics world but brings a different kind of game play to the table.

Direct download: 09_W3_S10_E09_Mice_Mystics_with_Jerry_Hawthorne.mp3
Category:Season 10 -- posted at: 6:04pm EDT



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On Who, What, Why? we discuss game design with game designers and try to learn more about the game design process from the people who design games. Each episode we interview a designer of card games, board games, role playing games, or video games. We have both mainstream and independent developers as guests.

Season 10 releases between March 16 and July 26

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