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A podcast about topics in game design featuring the many people who come together to make games possible.

Aug 17, 2014

Boss Monster is a retro-style video game inspired card game where players take on the role of bosses in a dungeon building rooms to attract heroes to vanquish. The art takes its inspiration from the 16-bit games of our (25-30 year olds') childhood. If any of our listeners enjoyed playing SNES or Genesis, then this game has an art style for you. Players play dungeon rooms that have varying effects on the heroes (some deal damage, some enhance the damage dealt by other rooms, etc.). The expansion adds items and more room cards. Items are equipped to heroes and can help bosses deal with pesky heroes who demand not to die.

Our discussion focuses on the game play of Boss Monster, the game's surge in popularity, and Johnny's design approach for this game and others. We learn that Boss Monster will expand some more with a digital version, a sequel, and a board game sometime in the future.

If you wish to learn more about Boss Monster, visit Brotherwise's website at As mentioned by Johnny in the podcast, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a digital version of Boss Monster on IOS and Android. As of this posting, there are 25 days remaining on the campaign.