50 episodes

We talk about game design, especially tabletop roleplaying and story games. We're professional designers ND Paoletta and Will Hindmarch. We're glad you're here.

Design Games Nathan D Paoletta and Will Hindmarch

    • Design
    • 4.8 • 14 Ratings

We talk about game design, especially tabletop roleplaying and story games. We're professional designers ND Paoletta and Will Hindmarch. We're glad you're here.

    Endings

    Endings

    This is it. Our fiftieth episode marks the end of our long conversation about designing tabletop RPGs (and everything else we spilled over into). This episode addresses audience questions, the past, and the future. What do you do when you're done and the thing you've been working on leaves the workshop? Let's talk about it.

    • 46 min
    Funding Production

    Funding Production

    You need funding. You might give your game away for free, but you didn't make it for free. Your time and work have value. How does that translate to cost and how does your product help fund itself and the next thing you want to make? Check out the full show notes for a link to Nathan's "Notes on Independent Publishing," too!

    • 50 min
    Production Tools

    Production Tools

    Let's talk about some of the software that we—Nathan and Will—use for production purposes like layout and graphic design. More importantly, let's talk about how that impacts our game designs and workflow across the board.

    • 32 min
    Spheres of Production

    Spheres of Production

    As you're proceeding into production of your game, ask yourself: What can I do myself? When should I ask for help? What would I say to externalize my vision to a hire? What you do yourself, what you expand your skills to accomplish, and when you hire experts — these are parts of the spheres of production. Support us on Patreon and help future episodes of the show come into being!

    • 40 min
    Form Factors

    Form Factors

    What form does your RPG take? Is it a book? A deck of cards? A poster or mousepad or business card? Are you sure? Design Games is made possible by our supporters at Patreon, where you can back Nathan and Will, too. Every dollar helps.

    • 32 min
    Cards

    Cards

    Let's talk about another means of delivering random results and packaging information for players in your tabletop roleplaying and story games: cards.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

TriskalJM ,

A Great Listen

Will and Nathan do an excellent job of breaking down game design. Whether you fancy yourself a designer or just a player who wants to know more about how games get put together, this podcast has you covered.

The back-and-forth, casual format brings to mind two friends discussion things over coffee or tea, and you as a listener get to sit in. The conversation ranges all over the chosen topic for the week without seeming aimless or repetitive.

The episodes are shorter than other podcasts I've listened to, and the hosts stay on point.

Highly recommended.

JADettman ,

Thought provoking

This podcast is great. I frequently listen to an episode twice (or more!) because it makes me think. The two hosts are interesting, engaging and great to listen to.

Sir Valence ,

Good stuff

Will and Nathan talk about the nuts and bolts of RPG design. Informative and easy to listen to.

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