In Think Like a Game Designer, award-winning designer and Stone Blade Entertainment CEO Justin Gary speaks with world class game designers to deconstruct the step-by-step process for creating games and working in the gaming industry. In each episode, we distill the process of creativity into actionable advice that anyone can use all while giving listeners an opportunity to learn more about their favorite games and designers.
Think Like a Game Designer #26: Rodney Thompson
Rodney Thompson has been designing games professionally for over 15 years. He has worked on some of the industry's most significant properties, including Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, Lords of Waterdeep, Tyrants of the Underdark, and Dark Sun. He's currently a designer for the Destiny franchise at Bungie and develops his personal projects at Scratchpad Publishing. This episode has a detailed deep dive into building worker placement games and roleplaying games. If you love these games, you'll love this episode.
Think Like a Game Designer #25: John Zinser
John Zinzer is the CEO of Alderac Entertainment Group. His game design career started over 30 years ago, with Shadis Magazine and the CCG Legend of the Five Rings. In this episode, he tells one of the most entertaining and educational origin stories on the podcast. He's a great storyteller and an even better teacher.
Think Like a Game Designer Mastery Course
Today's episode is a little different than usual, because I want to run you through the Think Like A Game Designer Mastery Course which was developed for anyone out there who listens to this podcast and wants to make a game or start a career in the gaming industry.
Think Like a Game Designer #24: Monte Cook
Monte Cook is a legend among roleplaying game designers. Monte has worked on hundreds of roleplaying products. He is probably best known for his work on the 3rd Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, Planescape, Ptolus, and Arcana Evolved. In addition, his own games Numenera, the Cypher Systems, and Invisible Sun, have won numerous awards. In this episode, we'll discuss Monte's philosophies on developing roleplaying games, the importance of clear rules and good writing, and what it takes to bring new people into strange and wondrous worlds. Enjoy!
Think Like a Game Designer #23: Rob Daviau
Rob Daviau pioneered the legacy game genre, stating with Risk: Legacy. In addition, he’s worked with a variety of beloved titles: Star Wars, Axis & Allies, Pandemic, Betrayal at House on The Hill, just to name a few. In this episode, we go into detail about Legacy Game development and how to successfully work with beloved properties.
Think Like a Game Designer #22: Matt Place
Matt and I both started our careers as Magic Pro Players. Since then he’s garnered more experience in digital trading card games than anyone I know. Matt has worked for Wizards of the Coast, Dire Wolf, and Blizzards on games including Magic Online, Hearthstone, and Eternal (the precursor to Runeterra). Matt is currently working on his own auto-battler game called Story Book Brawl. I’m excited to sit down with one of my oldest friends in the industry and talk about game design.