047: Providing Value, Building Community with Kervin from For Why Games

Listen now (34:50 min) | For Why Games’ founder advises our heroes to endeavor to provide real value to one’s community so that the community will turn out. 

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Things discussed on this episode:

  • 00:37 – Kervin discusses his journey into TikTok and board game design
  • 01:31 – Inspiration for creating a Allow Me to Mansplain
  • 04:52 – Why “For Why Games”?
  • 06:21 – Marsh Hallow
  • 09:07 – Explanation of roll-and-write mechanics and their unique approach
  • 12:48 – Kervin’s approach to playtesting and community building
  • 16:48 – How to connect with Kervin and For Why Games
  • 18:08 – We play D12

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046: The Creative Partnership and First Principles behind X: Seekers of Fortune

Listen now (38:36 min) | A clear path forward to funding begins to emerge, but it is a long road. Our heroes sit at the feet of the designers of X: Seekers of Fortune, Joel and Danny (Mega Moth Studios), who have been on this journey much longer, and have much to share.

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Things discussed on this episode:

  • 00:27 – Mega Moth Studios
  • 01:58 – Navigating creative differences
  • 04:50 – First principles and the importance of designing the card backs for X: Seekers of Fortune well
  • 06:00 – How do you even define the minimum viable product for a game?
  • 07:19 – Why choose to make a trading card game (TCG)?
  • 10:09 – X: Seekers of Fortune
  • 13:12 – Production progress report
  • 15:53 – D12

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045: Marketing for a Successful Kickstarter with the Co-creator of Trash Cult

Listen now (33 min) | There is much for our heroes to learn, so first they must seek out Hannah Strack – the Supreme Design Queen, creator of Trash Cult – and pay homage.

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Things discussed on this episode:

  • 00:22 – Trash Cult
  • 01:07 – Starting FoxHen Creatives
  • 08:57 – Marketing a game
  • 12:53 – Talking numbers around marketing and ad spend
  • 17:53 – How to get in contact with FoxHen Creatives
  • 18:55 – D12

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044: Fourth Season’s a Charm

Listen now (21 min) | Thought surely dead, our heroes return from the Outer Rim to kick off a new season of game-design interviews. Read the transcript.

Things discussed on this episode:

  • 00:34 – Game of the Year
  • 02:20 – Tim on Super Mario Brothers Wonder
  • 03:56 – Michael on Baldur’s Gate 3
  • 04:26 – Our Tiktok algorithms
  • 05:48 – What we’ve been playing
  • 06:42 – Tim on Dave The Diver
  • 08:50 – Thirst, our game!
  • 11:01 – What to expect from this season
  • 13:48 – What folks should follow

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043: Season Finale – Playthroughs with Matthew Visyak

Listen now (41 min) | After playing a game with the three-headed dragon, and dreaming that night of LARPing, our heroes wake to find an old man Matthew Visyak who says, “It’s dangerous to go alone!” Read the transcript.

Things discussed on this episode:

  • 04:13 Final Fantasy
  • 06:01 Breath of Fire 4
  • 06:28 The Last Ninja
  • 06:40 Simon’s Quest
  • 12:33 Dice Invasion
  • 12:49 It’s Kind of a Fun Story
  • 13:39 Gloomhaven
  • 23:57 The Outlast Trials
  • 34:40 Resident Evil 4
  • 35:22 Diablo 4
  • 35:53 Hogwarts Legacy
  • 37:26 Jedi Survivor
  • 37:51 Final Fantasy XVI
  • 38:22 Tears of the Kingdom
  • 38:40 Sons of the Forest
  • 39:30 Spider-Man 2

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042: Design Thinking LARPing :: The Audiodrama

Listen now (19 min) | Design Thinking LARPing is a fully immersive, fully cast, tongue-in-cheek radio play about LARPers taking over a gaming convention. Join Tim, Michael, and Rapid Protobot on this adventure. Read the transcript.

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041: It’s Kind of a Fun Story

Listen now (61 min) | Heeding the warning from the space wizard, our heroes make camp for the night in a nearby cave. They soon discover that the cave is inhabited by a three-headed dragon named PopHaus, who just wants to play a new game called It’s Kind of a Fun Story! Read the transcript.

Things discussed on this episode:

  • 02:44 Final Fantasy VII
  • 03:30 Crash Bandicoot
  • 04:06 Dream Phone
  • 05:22 Mouse Trap
  • 09:06 Animal Crossing
  • 15:11 Codenames
  • 15:30 It’s Kind of a Fun Story
  • 20:01 Cards Against Humanity
  • 31:29 Gloomhaven
  • 39:41 Spot It
  • 41:37 Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • 42:34 Secret Hitler
  • 45:49 Skippo
  • 46:46 Dragula
  • 49:01 Final Fantasy XIV
  • 51:39 Big Brother
  • 55:04 Monikers

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040: Designing Tabletop Games with Connor Wake

Listen now (53 min) | After parting ways with their old friend, our heroes travel until they encounter Connor Wake, a tabletop game wizard from outer space! Read the transcript.

Things discussed on this episode:

  • The Mind
  • Roads & Boats
  • Scythe
  • Framework
  • Into the Breach
  • Herbacious

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039: Stillfleet with Aaron H.

Listen now (62 min) | On their epic quest our heroes encounter an old friend, Aaron H., and they talk about his recent gaming conquests in Stillfleet. Read the transcript.

Things discussed on this episode:

  • Stillfleet
  • The Rain Thieves
  • Dune
  • Float City
  • Fun City Podcast
  • Strings
  • Roll 20
  • Malinger
  • Robot Factory
  • The Art of Game Design: Book of Lenses
  • The Game Design Workshop
  • Candyland
  • Moats in the Eye
  • Splendor
  • Galaxy Trucker

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038: Games that Give Back with Dan Scalise

Listen now (48 min) | Bidding the family of designers good morrow, our heroes find respite, a cozy moment to decompress with Scalisco Games founder Dan Scalise and talk about their new game: Corgi’s Cozy Hike. Read the transcript.

Things discussed on this episode:

  • 00:59 Dog Gone Seattle.
  • Lots: Corgis Cozy Hike
  • 1:26 Candy Crush
  • 02:53 Final Fantasy
  • 03:11 Game of Thrones board game
  • 03:11 Avalon
  • 03:11 Resistance
  • 03:28 Among Us
  • 03:37 One Night Werewolf
  • 03:50 Blood on the Clock Tower
  • 04:15 Donkey Kong Country
  • Lots: Banjo Kazooie
  • 10:13 Mario 64
  • 15:12 Rock Miner
  • 22:53 Elden Ring
  • 22:53 Tears of the Kingdom
  • 22:53 Zelda (The Legend of Zelda series)

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