James Ernest is a owner and lead designer for Cheapass Games. You can purchase the
game he designed for Cheapass at Paizo.com.
Doctor Lucky is a murder mastery board game, where you are the
potential murderer. The problem is Doctor Lucky is... well...
Our conversation with James centers on game tuning. We ask him many
questions about how once the ideas for the dynamics and mechanics
were in place, how he arrived at the final values for card, board
layout, deck composition, etc.
Mike was on tour during the recording of this interview.
Sam Handelmen graciously filled in for him. Thank you Sam!
On Who, What, Why? I discuss game design with those who make games and try to learn more about the game design process. Each episode I interview a designer, publisher, developer, artist, etc. of tabletop games such as card, board, or role playing. Some episodes discuss big ideas in design rather than individual games. I have both mainstream and independent developers as guests.