38 episodes

Welcome to Design Doc, a podcast documenting the process of analog game design. Game designers guide you through their process from concept to product.

Design Doc Hannah Shaffer and Evan Rowland

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Welcome to Design Doc, a podcast documenting the process of analog game design. Game designers guide you through their process from concept to product.

    How to Compare Roleplaying Games

    How to Compare Roleplaying Games

    Hannah and Evan talk about the quest to thrive in the shadows of the world's most popular RPGs. An episode about how to compare *every* roleplaying game to the big ones, for the good.

    • 45 min
    Deluxe Edition

    Deluxe Edition

    Hannah and Evan discuss the trials and tribulations of offering a "deluxe" version of a game on Kickstarter. How do you balance the quality, the complexity, and the pressure to compete with mass-produced games?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Everything Old Is New Again

    Everything Old Is New Again

    We sold out of Questlandias, and have decided to revamp it for the next print run! We talk about returning to our first game with both appreciation for what it is, and an intention to improve it.

    • 46 min
    Scopeful Optimism

    Scopeful Optimism

    We talk about what makes a game's scope big or small, why Q2 has taken so long, and all the projects we've made in the meantime.

    • 56 min
    Designing a Game Design Workday

    Designing a Game Design Workday

    We talk about how we've redesigned the structure of our workday, because boundaries around work are important even when—and ESPECIALLY when—it's work you love.

    • 57 min
    The Games You Want to Make, The Life You Want to Live

    The Games You Want to Make, The Life You Want to Live

    We sit down for an unplanned recording of Design Doc when Evan says something sad.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Kaos Nyx ,

Interesting

It’s really cool to see the mechanics behind the brains behind the mechanics of games.

I came to this podcast after hearing about the game from Character Creation Cast. Hearing that small amount of game play was a hook for me. It would be really cool to hear more game play here and there.

I’m excited to see the finished product of Questlandia 2 some day. Good luck

MChodorek ,

Pay attention to the awesome folks behind the curtain!

I recently found this podcast and it couldn’t’ve come into my life at a better time. I love playing and learning about tabletop roleplaying games. I hadn’t heard of Questlandia, but seeing it and its “room for improvement” through its creators’ eyes has been an incredible inspiration to my own creative process. And the podcast hosts’ warm, friendly voices make the whole experience a delight.

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