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Tagged with “designer” (5)

  1. Episode #133: Designer Alex Kevern | The Game Design Round Table

    Episode #133: Designer Alex Kevern


    This week Dirk and David are joined by game designer Alex Kevern. Alex has followed the path from gamer to designer and brought several different games to market with a myriad of publishers. He offers his experiences dealing with different publishers as well as modifying themes for games and working on Kickstarter.

    Contact Info

    Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer,, Dirk@Knemeyer.comDavid Heron – @DavidVHeron

    Alex Kevern -@alexwithideas

    Episode Outline

    0:00:16 – Alex’s background

    0:03:54 – Daxu

    0:11:17 – Changing themes

    0:16:05 – World’s Fair

    0:24:50 – Kickstarter

    0:27:45 – Expansions

    0:34:01 – Gold West

    0:39:46 – Working with publishers

    0:46:12 – Future projects


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  2. #125: Stonemaier Games and Scythe with Jamey Stegmaier

    Episode #125: Stonemaier Games and Scythe with Jamey Stegmaier


    Jamey Stegmaier stops by to talk to Dirk and David about his previous games as well as the upcoming and hotly anticipated Scythe. Scythe’s evocative art and theme have piqued the interest of the boardgaming community. Jamey fills us in on how the game came about and what the players can expect in terms of mechanics and gameplay.

    Contact Info

    Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer,, Dirk@Knemeyer.comDavid Heron – @DavidVHeron

    Jamey Stegmaier –,, @jameystegmaier

    Episode Outline

    0:01:18 – Making the jump to full-time game designer

    0:06:18 – Viticulture

    0:14:48 – Kickstarter and content

    0:18:09 – Kickstarter and non-US customers

    0:21:31 – Treasure chests

    0:24:54 – Scythe

    0:31:51 – Scythe’s art

    0:36:58 – New players and describing actions

    0:50:22 – Game length

    0:56:27 – Combat in Scythe

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  3. Play Episode 175


    This podcast is intended as a peek behind the curtain at Plaid Hat Games. The show is hosted by Alex Eding with frequent

    appearances by Colby Dauch - Owner of Plaid Hat Games, Game designers Mr. Bistro, Isaac Vega, and Jerry Hawthorne, and many

    more including Brian Beyke, James Sitz, Dave Richards, and Peter Wocken.


    Episode 174

    All About Ashes

    Alex grills Isaac about ashes with special guests Bob and Joe. Hilarity ensues.

    Episode 173

    Game Design Challenges

    Colby, Isaac, Jerry, and Peter talk about the challenges in their current designs.

    Episode 172

    The State of Summoner Wars

    Brian is joined by SW aficionados Frank, Christy, and James to talk about where Alliances has taken summoner wars.

    Episode 171

    Games we Keep Coming Back to

    Colby hosts and talks to Bistro, Dave, and Nate about games we always come back to and why!

    • More Episodes

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  4. Episode #117: Chatting with Robin D. Laws

    Episode #117: Chatting with Robin D. Laws


    Roleplaying game and novel writer Robin D. Laws joins Dirk and David to share his experience as a designer and writer in the gaming industry. Robin shares his methodology, how writing for the two media compares, and his upcoming work.

    Contact Information 

    Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer,, Dirk@Knemeyer.comDavid Heron – @DavidVHeron

    Robin D. Laws – @robindlaws,

    Episode Outline

    0:00:24 – Robin’s background

    0:03:11 – The Gumshoe system

    0:11:59 – Establishing a voice

    0:20:20 – Gumshoe licensing

    0:26:03 – Recommendations on systems

    0:28:46 – Robin’s novels

    0:36:26 – Design process

    0:38:59 – King of Dragon Pass

    0:44:38 – The future of D&D

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  5. Episode #115: Talking with Chelsea Howe

    Episode #115: Talking with Chelsea Howe


    Dirk and David are joined this week by Chelsea Howe, game design veteran and current employee at EA. Chelsea brings her experience to the show after working in a wide range of environments from large publishers to small game jams and independent projects.

    Contact Information

    Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer,, Dirk@Knemeyer.comDavid Heron – @DavidVHeron

    Chelsea Howe – @manojalpa,


    Episode Outline

    0:00:17 – Chelsea’s background

    0:08:16 – The mechanics of humor

    0:10:52 – IP opportunities

    0:13:43 – Why F2P big license games may not work

    0:29:37 – Video gaming demographics

    0:31:29 – Game james

    0:34:50 – Quality and quantity of games

    0:40:04 – Working at different sized companies

    0:48:37 – Are we all designers?

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