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Nat Levan, designer of New Bedford, joined Alex and I for a discussion about his Euro game about a controversial topic: whaling. Theme aside, this game is a nice little Euro that presents some interesting challenges for players. Scoring is tight and the paths to victory are plentiful. We discussed the origins of this game and its historical ties. We also discussed Nat's new venture in designing 1 or 3 card games like Nantucket.

If you like the game and wish to learn more then visit DiceHateMeGames.com or Oakleafgames.wordpress.com.

Whale icon credit goes to Knockout Prezo at Nounproject.com.

Direct download: 08_W3_S15_E08_New_Bedford_with_Nat_Levan.mp3
Category:Season 15 -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

Grant Rodiek, designer of the hit game Cry Havoc, joins me for a discussion about the game. We talk about where the game came from, and I learn it was originally themed 1800s European military. We focus on the difficulty in designing asymmetric powers and making those different enough to give each player its own feel. Finally, we spend some time discussing Portal's influence on the final product and their eagerness in continuing to support it.

If you like the game, please visit your local game store (or buy online). If you'd like to learn more about Grant visit Hyperbolegames.com.

Direct download: 07_W3_S15_E07_Cry_Havoc_with_Grant_Rodiek_2.mp3
Category:Season 15 -- posted at: 9:17pm EDT

Kevin Wilson, designer of Descent 1st edition, Android, and Arkham Horror, joins me on the podcast to discuss his latest game TMNT: Out of the Shadows. We discussed what it was like working with an IP as large and nostalgic as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Kevin is no stranger to IP work, so for a veteran game designer such as himself, this was never a daunting task. We also talked about the levers and dials Kevin built into the game to allow him the freedom to build scenarios and add content with ease.

If you are interested in more about this game, check out IDW or Kevin Wilson's webpages.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle image is credited to Lisa Krymova at Nounproject.com

Direct download: 06_W3_S15_E06_TMNT_with_Kevin_Wilson_1.mp3
Category:Season 15 -- posted at: 8:22pm 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.

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