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The Clockwork Game Design Podcast is a functional strategy game design podcast hosted by game designer and author Keith Burgun. Featuring interviews with some of the biggest and most interesting names in game design and related fields.

The Clockwork Game Design Podcast The Clockwork Game Design Podcast

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    • 5.0, 4 Ratings

The Clockwork Game Design Podcast is a functional strategy game design podcast hosted by game designer and author Keith Burgun. Featuring interviews with some of the biggest and most interesting names in game design and related fields.

    Kickstarters and Game Design Theory with Fabian Fischer

    Kickstarters and Game Design Theory with Fabian Fischer

    On today’s show, we have an interview with designer and theorist Fabian Fischer. Fabian is the designer behind Crimson Company, which is now running its fourth Kickstarter, which is currently doing incredibly well—at the time of this writing, it has over $33,000 pledged (and they were only asking or $11,000)! On the show, we discuss … Continue reading "Kickstarters and Game Design Theory with Fabian Fischer"

    • 1 hr 14 min
    CGD Podcast Episode 73 – Emergent Complexity

    CGD Podcast Episode 73 – Emergent Complexity

    Hi everyone! Today’s episode goes into some depth about emergent complexity: what is it, what isn’t it, why would we want it, and how do we get more of it? We talk about specific examples in games like 4X strategy games, and most importantly (because I’m making one), squad tactics games. I want to say … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode 73 – Emergent Complexity"

    • 42 min
    Richard Terrell on Smash Bros and more

    Richard Terrell on Smash Bros and more

    Hey everyone! Weird times. I’ve actually been a little sick myself (don’t worry, I’m doing all of the things) and less productive over the past week or so than I’d like to have been. I originally wanted to have a new podcast episode ready for you guys today but sadly because of how weird everything … Continue reading "Richard Terrell on Smash Bros and more"

    • 1 hr 3 min
    A conversation with Arnold Rauers of TiNYTOUCHTALES

    A conversation with Arnold Rauers of TiNYTOUCHTALES

    Today’s show features a conversation with Arnold Rauers, one of the world’s most successful single-player strategy game designers. We talked about the business of indie games, how Arnold makes things work, some thoughts on his latest game, Maze-Machina, and a lot more. If you haven’t checked out any of the TinyTouchTales’ games, I strongly recommend … Continue reading "A conversation with Arnold Rauers of TiNYTOUCHTALES"

    • 1 hr
    CGD Podcast Episode #70: Actor removal, and thoughts on score systems

    CGD Podcast Episode #70: Actor removal, and thoughts on score systems

    “Points quantify something which should remain in the realm of qualitative measurement.” This is the most succinct way that I know to express my problem, not so much with “score systems” per se as described in Ella Hoeppner’s recent blog post – which also spurred a bunch of conversations on my (now daily!) Twitch stream … Continue reading "CGD Podcast Episode #70: Actor removal, and thoughts on score systems"

    • 32 min
    “Easy” Games, with Brett Lowey

    “Easy” Games, with Brett Lowey

    Today on the Clockwork Game Design Podcast I have an interview with game developer & designer Brett Lowey (AKA BrickRoadDX), the lead (and only!) developer at BrainGoodGames. Under this company he has made a number of cool, interesting and fun single player strategy games which you should definitely check out (here they all are on … Continue reading "“Easy” Games, with Brett Lowey"

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

annajrules ,

Thought provoking and inspiring

Love Keith’s bold views, discussion of how to design deep strategy games, and insights into his own projects.

andrewdoull ,

Go Keith!

Keith was one of the first co-hosts on Roguelike Radio and it has been a real pleasure listening to his thinking about games mature as he works in the field. This is the only podcast I listen to where I put up with the host monologue-ing for any length of time, and it’s because he always has something interesting to say.

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