#250 Alisha Thayer Uses Exceptions in Design Systems
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Alisha Thayer, a designer who has worked on AAA video games like Red Dead Redemption and Rise of the Tomb Raider, joins Dirk and David to talk game systems. They discuss both the strengths and limitations of designing games that allow multiple systems to interact with each other and create novel experiences. By walking through the different games she’s worked on in her career, Alisha explains how she learned why exceptions to procedural game systems can enhance the player experience.
Ludology
Ludology
Gil Hova and Emma Larkins
Ludology 244 - Games Brought to Life
Emma and Gil chat with Jeeyon Shim, game designer, nature fan, and mushroom enthusiast. Jeeyon's games are about connecting with one's environment, and we discuss what it's like to make games like this. We also discuss playtesting (or not playtesting) indie games, the conception of "nature" and its connection with humanity, and how cute our pets are. SHOW NOTES 1m53s: The IGDN is the Indie Game Developer Network, an organization supporting indie tabletop designers. They offer mentorships and convention scholarships; one of these is to Metatopia, a tabletop game design convention in New Jersey. 4m25s: Jeeyon's games Dear Poppy, First Lesson, Your Dead Friend 8m30s: Daniel Kwan, half of the Asians Represent podcast. 12m09s: Avery Alder's Belonging Outside Belonging and D. Vincent Baker and Meguey Baker's Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) are both tabletop RPG "engines" that can be used to make other games. Belonging Outside Belonging first appeared in Dream Askew, and PbtA first appeared in Apocalypse World. 13m36s: Here, have some sample ecosystem maps. 31m56s: The genus Lactarius, aka Candy cap mushrooms. 34m32s: We had Kienna Shaw, Lauren Bryant-Monk, and John Stavropoulos on Ludology 227 - Respect the X discussing safety tools in games. 39m55s: Matthew Gravelyn is a tabletop game designer. Jeeyon mentions her game Pin Feathers (part of a diptych with its second half, Cloud Studies). 41m05s: Pontifuse was part of the Cheapass game collection Chief Herman's Next Big Thing. 41m31s: We've already mentioned Avery Alder's Belonging Outside Belonging. Variations On Your Body is a collection of 4 solo LARPs and one essay about learning to accept oneself. 43m50s: Jeeyon's game Crimson. 47m09s: Avery Alder's game from Variations that Emma is referring to is "Teen Witch." 57m27s: We chatted with toy inventor Kim Vandenbrouke in Ludology 212 - Inventing Play. 1h09m10s: "Itch" is itch.io, a popular sales platform for digital and tabletop indie games. 1h11m33s: Pseudohydnum gelatinosum, aka cat's tongue mushrooms. 1h19m12s: "Rubenesque" refers to the work of Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, who was known for painting plus-sized women. 1h21m51s: More info about Zine Quest, from Kickstarter. 1h25m57s: More info about Lucian Kahn's Zine Quest anthology Hibernation Games, which includes one of Jeeyon's games. 1h30m00s: Jeeyon's Twitter and Patreon.
1 hr 32 min
The Quackalope Podcast
The Quackalope Podcast
Quackalope
TWQ #31 - The Weekly Quack - We're Going Live!
Grimoires, windows, and teensy tiny dungeons! Today in Shelf or Sell Jan brings a hidden gem from 2019, Alex focuses on Moonrakers and Jesse answers the question: which is his favorite worker placement + deck building. Afterwards on the Medley Minute, Jesse reminisces about his favorite show, Jan addresses the allegations against Roxley Games and Alex brings in Red Rising by Stonemaier Games. Later in On The Radar Jesse enters the Tiny Epic Dungeons, Jan celebrates international titles by highlighting the Oink Games Kickstarter and Alex discusses the latest Zombicide! All that and more in this week’s episode of The Weekly Quack! *We hope you enjoyed this week's episode! Have a question you'd like featured next week? Leave it on our website at **theweeklyquack.com**! We'll pick our favorites and talk about them on the show!* *Join our Facebook Group **here**. Join our BoardGameGeek Guild **here**. Consider supporting us by joining our Patreon **here**.* *Time Stamps- * Shelf or Sell-  03:04 -* **Obscurio** *ft. Jan 12:58 -* **Moonrakers** *ft. Alex 22:43 -* **Lost Ruins of Arnak** vs. **Dune Imperium** *ft. Jesse  Medley Minute-  37:52 -* Birds and Deers *ft. Jesse 40:55 -* **Radlands - Intellectual Property Dispute** *ft. Jan 48:01 -* **Red Rising** *ft. Alex  On the Radar-  50:46 -* **Tiny Epic Dungeons** *ft. Jesse 1:03:47 -* **Oink Games 2021 Series** *ft. Jan 1:13:01 -* **Zombicide: Undead or Alive** *ft. Alex  1:26:28 - Audience Feedback  Support the show (http://patreon.com/quackalope)
1 hr 34 min
So Very Wrong About Games
So Very Wrong About Games
Mike Walker & Mark Bigney
#157: Trick Shot
Wheel, snipe, celly boys. Crushin' sandos. Superstar power poses? Pfft. I could run a clinic on this, boys. The flow, and the snow. That's it, tarps off boys! You looking for a tilly, buddy? It's time for a donnybrook! Ferda. Games Played Last Week: 01:17 -Crystal Palace (Carsten Lauber, Feuerland Spiele, 2019) 08:21 -Schotten Totten 2 (Reiner Knizia, IELLO, 2020) 11:04 -Blackout: Hong Kong (Alexander Pfister, eggertspiele, 2018) 15:20 -Cthulhu: Death May Die (Eric M. Lang & Rob Daviau, CMON, 2019) 17:14 -Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Richard Amann, Viktor Peter, Dávid Turczi, & Mindclash Games, 2020) 23:38 -Scape Goat (Jon Perry, Indie Boards & Cards, 2020) 26:33 -The Court of Miracles (Vincent Brugeas & Guilhem Gautrand, Lumberjacks Studio, 2019) 29:07 -Res Arcana (Thomas Lehmann, Sand Castle Games, 2019) 30:03 -Medina (Second Edition) (Stefan Dorra, Stronghold Games, 2014) 31:47 -Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (Rob Daviau & Matt Leacock, Z-Man Games, 2020) News (and why it doesn't matter): 31:47 Glorious return of Pandemic Legacy Patreon show The C.U.R.E. Files 32:24 Black History Month at Boardgamegeek 33:26 Core Worlds: Empires 33:58 Metal Gear Solid board game reverts to Matsuuchi, future uncertain 34:41 Stroganov by Andread Steding 35:14 More Great Western Trail(s) 35:58 Let's Role on Kickstarter--online tabletop roleplaying 36:37 Concordia Solitaria 37:08 Feature Game: Trick Shot (Nikita Krylov & Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)
56 min
Solosaurus
Solosaurus
Michael Eckenfels & Martin Gonzalvez
Episode #74 - Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps
Welcome to Solosaurus, a podcast about one player board and card games. In this episode, Martin and Michael take their pulse rifles and flares into a game called Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps, a solo/co-op game by Gale Force Nine. Intro and Exposition (0:00) Solo Game News (03:13) Review Begins (13:50) Components (17:28) Rules (31:32) Gameplay (36:51) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (46:39) Stomp Discussion (55:14) Special Announcement (56:27) Final Thoughts (59:58) You can find great solo games (and a community to talk about them with like-minded folks) at the best online gaming store for solo gamers: Stone Valley Games (www.stonevalleygames.com). Check them out, and tell them we sent you To see more from Solosaurus, like us on Facebook at (facebook.com/solosaurus), follow us on Instagram (@solosauruspodcast), or shoot as an email at solosauruspodcast@gmail.com. To read more of our favorite solo news page, head over to www.tableforone.me, or visit them on BGG at https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/9292. PARTICIPATE in the great Warp's Edge giveaway, as mentioned in the podcast! https://www.stonevalleygames.com/warp The three games mentioned in the news segment for this episode (note that links may expire; if so, check 'em out on BGG): * V-Commandos * Vienna Connection * Maeshowe Other games mentioned in this episode of the podcast: * Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game * Unbroken * Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck-Building Game * Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck-Building Game
1 hr 3 min
Dice Tower Now
Dice Tower Now
The Dice Tower
Dice Tower Now 721: February 22, 2021
This episode, "Great Western Trail" gets a Great Western Trilogy, the "Terraforming Mars" card game hits Kickstarter, dungeon crawlers become much more tiny and epic, and "On Mars" gets an expansion. Plus Barry Figrim gives business-based board game advice in The Board Room. TOP STORIES: * IDW fires Pete Walsh and cancels "Metal Gear Solid." * "Summoner Wars (2nd Edition)" dated by Plaid Hat Games. * "Great Western Trail" Trilogy announced by Plan B. * "Paper Dungeons: A Dungeon Scrawler" coming from Alley Cat Games. * "A Noble War" announced by Guildhall Games. * "Cape May" announced by Thunderworks Games. * "The Game: Face to Face" coming to the US from Pandasaurus. * "Uno Remix," a “legacy Uno” announced. * "Paris" being reprinted with expansion in 2021 Kickstarter. * Two new game announcements from Pinchback and Riddle. * "Tiny Epic Dungeons" from Gamelyn Games heading to Kickstarter. * First Expansion for Vital Lacerda’s "On Mars" detailed. THE HOTNESS: * Great Western Trail * Tiny Epic Dungeons * Stroganov * Hansa Teutonica * Red Rising * Terraforming Mars: Ares Project KICKSTARTERS: * Core Words: Empires & Nemesis * Moon Adventure, In a Grove and Dokojong * Clinic: Deluxe Edition - 2nd & 3rd Extensions * Doom Machine * Cult of the Deep * Shadow Tactics * Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition * Zombicide: Undead or Alive NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES: * "Cubitos" from AEG * "Overboss: A Boss Monster Adventure" from Brotherwise Games * "Island Siege: Second Edition" from APE Games SPECIAL REPORT: * Barry describes getting a competitive advantage in The Board Room. CONNECT: * Follow our curated Twitter newsfeed @DiceTowerNow. * Dig in with Corey at DiceTowerDish.com. * Have a look-see at Barry’s wares at BrightBearLaser.com. * Check out the Tabletop Game Talk podcast with Chris and Kitty.
27 min
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