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

Nov 25, 2015

You're Fired, designed by Doug Levandowski, is a 2-player small box game like Love Letter where each player is trying to fire the other player's boss. The two decks in the game are exactly the same except for 2 consultant cards added at the beginning to throw a little uncertainty into the decks. Most cards consist of ways to look at the other player's hand or eliminate things from it. The game ends when one player cannot save his or her boss from the chopping the block.

Our discussion focused on how Doug created this game and how it changed from a game about knocking off mafia members. We learned a lot from Doug on the card actions necessary to create a successful Love Letter-style game. We also may have inadvertently designed the next great legacy game connected to one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever (Exploding Kittens). Our humor can be dark sometimes.

If you are interested in a low-priced and fun tactical card game that actually may play up to 4 players, You're Fired is currently on Kickstarter right now from Button Shy Games.


Fun fact: If you watch the Kickstarter video, you will see 1 Gil Hova (frequent guest on this show) eating grapes and 1 Alex Erde (co-host) with his bushy red beard.