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February 21, 2020 @ 10:53 pm

Ep 67: A Conversation With Patrick Rauland About Game Creation

In this episode I sit down with Patrick Rauland, designer of Fry Thief and creator of the Indie Board Game Designers podcast to talk about the process of creating games. What are the best practices that successful people use? How do you avoid burnout? What does Patrick have planned for his future designs?

This podcast is sponsored by Engro Games, who are running a kickstarter right now for two microgames: Reach and Okazaki. Find more information here.

1:27 - Fry Thief and creating a game in a year
5:48 - Designing with constraints
9:58 - Lessons learned from the Indie Board Game Designers podcast
14:29 - Iteration and quantity
22:23 - Memory and note-taking
30:13 - Level of industry "literacy" among new game creators
33:57 - Marketing tools and strategies
42:20 - Patrick's future game publishing plans
47:10 - Patrick's design tendencies/patterns
49:18 - Overcoming burnout

See more of Patrick's work at https://indieboardgamedesigners.com/ and https://laidback.games/

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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February 10, 2020 @ 6:18 pm

Ep 66: Q&A, Masterpiece Games, and Fundraising Week

It's fundraising week, and that means we're going all out! Not only will we talk about the ways (including some new ways) to support The Thoughtful Gamer, but we're answering listener questions and giving 5 games our "Masterpiece Games" honor! Plus it's our biggest podcast group ever, with Marc, Matt, Orion, Bubba, and Lindsay contributing their thoughts. Every once in a while Amber mutters a comment from across the room.

3:01 - Fundraising Week!
4:22 - Q&A: Ban a game?
8:27 - What is a Masterpiece Game?
12:24 - Masterpiece Game #1: The Resistance
15:44 - Q&A: Guilty pleasure games
20:31 - New opportunity: Looking for podcast sponsors!
21:37 - Q&A: First board game "crushes"
25:33 - Masterpiece Game #2: Twilight Imperium
28:32 - Q&A: Games co-hosts should try
34:04 - New Opportunity: Voiceovers
35:04 - Q&A: Gluten-free baking tips from Lindsay!
38:28 - Masterpiece Game #3: Magic the Gathering
44:51 - Q&A: How has our approach to gaming evolved?
47:50 - New Opportunity: "Final Look" Rulebook Checking
49:50 - Q&A: Game progression for new players
54:45 - Masterpiece Game #4: Dominion
1:01:33 - Q&A: Game peripherals
1:05:44 - Masterpiece Game #5: Chess
1:10:27 - Q&A: Group social behavior norms

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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