051: Archduke John De Campos, Death to Videodrome

Listen now (34 min) | John De Campos, founder of Terrible Games, shares his journey from a comic book-obsessed child to an independent board game publisher, designer, and illustrator. Our heroes glean insights on the comparisons between self-publishing and traditional publishing, and the creative collaborations involved, into building a brand, maintaining a small business, and the importance of community and collaboration in creative ventures.

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Things discussed on this episode:

  • 00:00 – Introduction to John De Campos and Terrible Games
  • 00:56 – Early Life and Inspirations
  • 01:33 – Journey into Board Game Design
  • 02:48 – Building the Terrible Games Team
  • 04:34 – Challenges and Successes in Game Publishing
  • 06:36 – Insights on Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
  • 08:25 – Creative Collaborations and Game Development
  • 20:49 – The Influence of Magic: The Gathering
  • 28:01 – “Death to videodrome.”

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