#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.
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.
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The Board Game BBQ Podcast
The Board Game BBQ Podcast
Board Game BBQ
Episode 80: Flourish, Umbra Via, Under Falling Skies and Flick of Faith. Plus Technical Difficulties meaning Less Adam Kwapinski than planned
Episode 80: Flourish, Umbra Via, Under Falling Skies and Flick of Faith. Plus Technical Difficulties meaning Less Adam Kwapinski than planned First, just letting you know we lost the first 45 minutes of this episode due to technical difficulties outside of our control. We did interview Adam Kwapinski, and he was amazing, but unfortunately, we do not have any of that to share with you. So jump in to catch up on Sizzles and Oaths! SIZZLES: Flourish (3:40), Umbra Via (9:33), Under Falling Skies (15:20), Flick of Faith (20:00) Swear An Oath (27:25) **BOARD GAME BBQ GAME DAY** Join us for a full day and night of gamin on March 27th, 2021 in Moorooka(Suburb of Brisbane). Tickets sold out, but you can join the waitlist at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/board-game-bbq-board-game-day-tickets-138720571965 **SPONSORS** Thanks to Advent Games for sponsoring the Sizzling Segment. Advent Games (http://www.adventgames.com.au/) are an Australian online board game store based in Sydney, NSW. Their core values are integrity, customer satisfaction, and providing a wide range of products including those hard-to-find board games. Thanks to 2D6 Games for sponsoring the Swear an Oath Segment. While operating out of Brisbane, 2D6 offer free shipping Australia wide, and personally deliver games in the Brisbane area. Check out their website at www.2d6games.com.au **PATREON** Yes, that's right. We have a Patreon. By becoming a Patreon member you will receive exclusive content, have access to a members only section of our discord where you can contribute to the content of the show, and much more. Your Patreon support will also allow us to expand the podcast and deliver some exciting upcoming projects that we have planned over the next 12 months. Our team at the Board Game BBQ Podcast love what we do and will continue to deliver the same shenanigans that you have come to expect from us, and we are already incredibly grateful and humbled by all of your support. The Patreon is simply a way for you to continue to support the Board Game BBQ Podcast and help us cover the ongoing costs that come with producing two 90min episodes a week. Being a member of the Patreon is by no means an obligation and please do not support the Patreon if it will it cause you financial hardship in any way. But if you would like to support us from as little as USD$5 a month please click the link and head to the Patreon page. We can't wait to show you what we have in store for 2021. Thanks again for all of your continued support. We are so lucky to have such a welcoming and inclusive community and you are all awesome. See you at the BBQ!! Patreon link: https://www.patreon.com/BoardGameBBQ **BOARDGAMEBBQ.COM** https://boardgamebbq.com/ Head on over to the Board Game BBQ website for links to previous episodes, more information on all of the games mentioned, and upcoming events. **JOIN OUR DISCORD!** The BGBBQ now has a Discord Channel. Want to join the community and chat with the team and other listeners about your favourite hobby? Like to get updates when our podcasts are released, and get exclusive content? Need a place you can chat with other players while you're playing your own online games, overlooking for some like-minded gamers to play online with? Well, here's your invite: https://discord.gg/wgswSutRAz **FACEBOOK COMMUNITY** https://www.facebook.com/groups/995437657579603/ Why not join The Board Game BBQ Community page on Facebook. It's a place where everyone can post about their games, write reviews, engage with the community, and support each other. Regardless of if you are a casual gamer, a designer, an artist, a content creator - everyone is welcome! **INSTAGRAM** https://www.instagram.com/boardgamebbq/ Follow us on Instagram to be notified when a new episode drops, or when our Discord events are happening. And don't forget to use #oathfulfilled when you finally get a game off your shelf of shame. --- Join in the conversation on our Facebook on Instagram pages, or drop us a line at podcast@boardgamebbq.com If you enjoy the podcast please consider leaving a short review on your podcast app of choice. Your feedback will help us improve the podcast, and we might even read your review out on the show!
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