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Oct 22
2021

How to Design a Pick-up and Deliver Game with Marcel Köhler

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Marcel K√∂hler, designer of Dutch Resistance: Orange Shall Overcome!, discusses what all goes into designing a pick-up and deliver game.We talk about how to make things thematic, the best number of resources, route obstacles, and more. And be sure to check out Marce’s pick-up and deliver game on Kickstarter HERE.‚Äč‚ÄčThe post How to Design a Pick-up and Deliver Game with Marcel K√∂hler appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Oct 15
2021

The Pros and Cons of Doing Everything Yourself with Malachi Ray Rempen

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Malachi Ray Rempen, designer of Roll Camera, discusses the pros and cons of doing all the main aspects of design, art, and publishing yourself.Malachi has both worked with others and done everything himself, so he can speak well on both perspectives. And be sure to check out Malachi’s expansion for Roll Camera on Kickstarter HERE.The post The Pros and Cons of Doing Everything Yourself with Malachi Ray Rempen appeared first ...


Oct 08
2021

How to Reach the Next Generation with Lucas Sosnick

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Lucas Sosnick, designer of Crisis on Cardea, discusses different ways we can bring young people into both gaming and game design.Lucas is seventeen years old and has been both a gamer and a designer for a while, so he gives an inside look at what we can do to make the hobby a more welcoming...The post How to Reach the Next Generation with Lucas Sosnick appeared first on Board Game ...


Oct 01
2021

Collecting and Analyzing Playtest Data with Robert Longtin

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Robert Longtin, professional data analyst, discusses all angles of playtest data. We talk about what data to collect, when to collect it, how to collect it, how to analyze it, and more. Learn more about Robert’s games HERE.The post Collecting and Analyzing Playtest Data with Robert Longtin appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Sep 24
2021

Bipolarity, Depression, and Using Game Design to Cope with Morten Monrad Pedersen

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Morten Monrad Pedersen, from Automa Factory and Stonemaier Games, dives into a more serious topic as we discuss bipolarity, depression, and using game design to cope.Morten was diagnosed with bipolarity several years ago and sheds a ton of light on the subject. He goes into a lot about his own personal journey and how games...The post Bipolarity, Depression, and Using Game Design to Cope with Morten Monrad Pedersen appeared first ...


Sep 18
2021

A Look Behind the Scenes at Exploding Kittens with Carol Mertz

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Carol Mertz, senior game designer at Exploding Kittens, gives us a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of a major publisher.We talk about timelines, working with internal and external designers, pursuing excellent game ideas, how to get a job at Exploding Kittens, and more.The post A Look Behind the Scenes at Exploding Kittens with Carol Mertz appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Sep 08
2021

A Word of Encouragement from Gabe Barrett

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Today, it’s just me, and I’ve got a word of encouragement for you. Pursuing a creative lifestyle can be incredibly difficult, so I wanted to do an episode to help you stay motivated and inspired.The post A Word of Encouragement from Gabe Barrett appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Aug 25
2021

How to Design Trick Taking Games with Fertessa Alysse

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Fertessa Alysse, producer at Funko Games, talks about how to design a trick taking game.We talk about table talk, bringing new ideas to the genre, what to look for while playtesting, and more. And be sure to check out Fertessa’s trick taking game, Wicked and Wise, on Kickstarter HERE.The post How to Design Trick Taking Games with Fertessa Alysse appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Aug 20
2021

Skill Barriers in Games with Jeff Fraser

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Jeff Fraser, designer of Cartouche, talks about various skill barriers in games and what you should be aware of when designing games with elements like spatial reasoning, dexterity, memory, math, and negotiation.We talk about playtesting these elements, designing based on your target audience, and more. And be sure to check out Jeff’s game, Cartouche, on Kickstarter HERE.‚ÄčThe post Skill Barriers in Games with Jeff Fraser appeared first on Board Game ...


Aug 13
2021

How and Why You Should Create Print-n-Play Games with Rachel Bruner

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Rachel Bruner, designer of Harsh Shadows, talks about how to create print-n-play games and the many reasons why you might want to.Rachel is super active in the PnP community, and we discuss her thoughts on best practices, tools of the trade, getting a PnP game published, and more. And here are all the links and whatnot that were discussed...The post How and Why You Should Create Print-n-Play Games with Rachel ...


Aug 06
2021

How to Turn a Video Game into a Board Game with Perry Burkum

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Perry Berkum, founder of Game Decks, talks about how to turn a video game into a board game.Perry’s company has published several board games inspired by video games, and we talk about theme, mechanisms, licensing, marketing, and more.The post How to Turn a Video Game into a Board Game with Perry Burkum appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Jul 30
2021

(Community Spotlight) Using InDesign and Data Merge with Jeff Turner

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In another BGDL community spotlight, Jeff Turner, founder of Skip Work Play Games, dives into how to use InDesign to do data merge and speed up your prototyping process.Data merge makes it easy to edit or change hundreds of cards with one click, and we get into both high-level concepts and technical how-to.The post (Community Spotlight) Using InDesign and Data Merge with Jeff Turner appeared first on Board Game Design ...


Jul 22
2021

Developing Games and Working with Developers with Anthony Howgego

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Anthony Howgego, developer at Osprey Games, what goes into developing a game and nearly everything else surrounding development.We talk about taking games from good to great, how to work with a developer effectively, how to become a developer, and more.The post Developing Games and Working with Developers with Anthony Howgego appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Jul 15
2021

How to Make a Super Thematic Game and Do Research with Dave Beck

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Dave Beck, designer of Distilled, talks about improving games through experiential graphic design.Dave did a TON of research for his latest game, hired experts, and dove as deeply into the theme as he could. So, he’s got a lot of advice for anyone wanting to make a super thematic game. And be sure to check out Dave’s game, Distilled, on...The post How to Make a Super Thematic Game and Do ...


Jul 08
2021

Experiential Graphic Design with Kate Otte

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Kate Otte, designer of First Ascent, talks about improving games through experiential graphic design.Kate is a professional graphic designer, and we get into how to make games more accessible, understandable, and fun using excellent graphic design techniques. And be sure to check out Kate’s game, First Ascent, on Kickstarter HERE.The post Experiential Graphic Design with Kate Otte appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Jul 01
2021

(Community Spotlight) Evaluating Your Game with SWOT Analysis with Nick Murray

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Nick Murray, founder of Bitewing Games, discusses how you can evaluate your game and ideas using SWOT analysis. This is a common technique in the business world to analyze ideas, products, companies, etc., and it can really help with game design as well.The post (Community Spotlight) Evaluating Your Game with SWOT Analysis with Nick Murray appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Jul 01
2021

(Community Spotlight) Layered Victory Conditions with Dan Hundycz

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Dan Hundycz, founder of DPH Games, discusses layered victory conditions. In his latest game, Usurp the King, there’s a hierarchy of ways to win, and Dan breaks down how it came together. And be sure to check out Usurp the King on Kickstarter HERE.The post (Community Spotlight) Layered Victory Conditions with Dan Hundycz appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Jun 24
2021

How to Design and Publish Games with Justin Gary

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Justin Gary, designer of Ascension, talks about his personal process for designing and publishing games.Justin has designed and released a ton of hit games over the years and worked in lots of different segments of the gaming industry, so he has a ton of great tips and advice.The post How to Design and Publish Games with Justin Gary appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Jun 17
2021

Why to Self Publish…or Not with Andrew Lowen

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Andrew Lowen, designer of Deliverance, talks about going through the process of deciding between traditional publishing and self-publishing.We talk about the pros and cons on both sides along with how to make things work if you go the self-publishing route. And be sure to check out Andrew’s game, Deliverance, on Kickstarter HERE.The post Why to Self Publish…or Not with Andrew Lowen appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.


Jun 09
2021

Designing Puzzle Games with Janice Turner

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Janice Turner, designer of Assembly, talks about designing puzzle games.We talk about player experience, designing during nap times, how to make puzzles fun and not tedious, and more! And be sure to check out Janice’s game, Pilfering Pandas, on Kickstarter HERE.The post Designing Puzzle Games with Janice Turner appeared first on Board Game Design Lab.