50 episodes

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

    • Games
    • 3.8, 17 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.

    Adam Stewart of One Man Left, on tactics games, and game dev survival

    Adam Stewart of One Man Left, on tactics games, and game dev survival

    Today I had a conversation with Adam Stewart of One Man Left, one of my favorite indie developers of all time. The company has downsized since its heyday of the early 2010’s, and after operating for about ten years, there is now literally just one man left carrying the torch. Adam is currently working on … Continue reading "Adam Stewart of One Man Left, on tactics games, and game dev survival"

    • 51 min
    CGD Podcast: Solo-dev priorities, and Dark Souls with Pete Siecienski

    CGD Podcast: Solo-dev priorities, and Dark Souls with Pete Siecienski

    Today’s show has two main topics: how do we prioritize what to do as solo devs working on large projects? And secondly, we discuss Dark Souls and the other Fromsoft games. Today’s guest is Peter “Nomorebirds” Siecienski, who some might know as the winner of our Push the Lane Fan Art Contest, or as a … Continue reading "CGD Podcast: Solo-dev priorities, and Dark Souls with Pete Siecienski"

    • 51 min
    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

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Chivalric ,

In search of structure in game design.

Keith Burgun's perspective regarding game design is definitely worth listening to. Mostly due to the fact that he provides a more formal, perhaps academic view on ideas, mechanics, and design choices when making games. I haven't found that anywhere else.

Therhe ,

One of the best game design shows

Keith is a thoughtful designer and critic. He has a strong yet developing point of view, and he talks openly about his failures. His efforts to build a more complete vocabulary for game design have been instructive to me as an amateur designer.

Are Pee Gee Fan ,

Great cast for open minded game designers

The host is not afraid to share his opinions on game design theory, which are almost always grounded in some form of reasoning or understanding.

If you’re a fan of game design theory crafting, and aren’t afraid of listening to someone with a differing opinion, this is a must have cast!

Keep up the great work 👍

Tyler Jones
Lamestar Games

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