CGD Podcast Ep. 31 – permadeath, structure, the death of game design writing, and more

Hello everyone. Today I’m talking about a new article I read about permadeath/grinding, as well as what I perceive as the death, or at least curving off of, the world of game design writing. I also read and responded to a Frank Lantz quote (now on the Dinofarm Forums!) on the topic of structure in … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Ep. 31 – permadeath, structure, the death of game design writing, and more"

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CGD Podcast Episode 28: Responsible Theming for Competitive Games

We obviously don’t want people to be jerks when we play games with them. But to what degree is our game itself kind of being a jerk? To what extent are our competitive games advocating players to be as toxic as possible? And what alternatives do we have to the traditional D&D / war-game based … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 28: Responsible Theming for Competitive Games"

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CGD Podcast Episode 27: Broad Statements with Richard Terrell

Had a great conversation with Richard Terrell, designer of Bara Bari Ball who’s currently working on designoriented.net. He’s also been on the podcast before, so I would go back and listen to Episode 6 where we spoke earlier this year. The conversation went really well. We talked about language, “broad vs. narrow statements”, Auro and … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 27: Broad Statements with Richard Terrell"

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CGD Podcast Episode 23 – “On Games At the Games”, A Conversation with Frank Lantz

This week I had a great conversation with NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz about randomness and general game design philosophy. We meant to get to three other topics – execution, reading and improvisation, but not all-that-surprisingly, we never got there in the 70+ minutes of this episode. Mentioned in this episode: Frank’s “Against Design” … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 23 – “On Games At the Games”, A Conversation with Frank Lantz"

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