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In this episode with Diane Sauer I renamed the segment Designing Games with Game Designers to Board Game Brainstorm. Diane Sauer, co-owner of Shoot Again Games and designer of Pinball Showdown, joins me to tackle the challenge of designing a good card game version of the classic arcade game Joust. You know, the one starring knights with lances riding ostriches trying to kill pterodactyls. That one.

Direct download: 30_W3_E30_Board_Game_Brainstorm_with_Diane_Sauer_1.mp3
Category:Brainstorm -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

Luke Laurie appears on the show to discuss his co-designed (with Tom Jolly) game Manhattan Project: Energy Empire. This one is a fantastic worker placement game about creating an efficient engine that offers the players a lot of payoff. One reason that Luke started designing this game was because too many other engine building games don't give the players enough time to play with the engines they spend so much time building. This game was a response to that. Luke and I also discussed how he got hooked up with veteran game designer Tom Jolly and Minion Games.

If you would like to learn more about Luke's design thoughts, head over to League of Game Makers website.

Credits: jagged arrow image provided by Edward Boatman at Noun Project.

Direct download: 10_W3_S15_E10_Energy_Empire_with_Luke_Laurie_1.mp3
Category:Season 15 -- posted at: 9:02pm EST

Diane Sauer of Shoot Again Games is bringing Pinball Showdown to Kickstarter. Imagine that you are one of the balls during multi-ball trying to pick up speed and slam as many targets as possible. That's an awesome theme. Diane and I discussed the origins of this game and the interesting way speed and control are intertwined in the game. The faster you travel, the less control you have. We also discussed Diane's professional life, which is as a pinball machine restoration specialist.

This game is on Kickstarter right now until 2/9/17.

Credits: Arcade machine credited to Adam Mullen from Noun Project

Direct download: 09_W3_S15_E09_Pinball_Showdown_with_Diane_Sauer.mp3
Category:Season 15 -- posted at: 11:03am EST



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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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