125 episodes

Candid conversations with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games.

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    • 4.8 • 103 Ratings

Candid conversations with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games.

    Charting the Future with Sarah Northway (I Was a Teenage Exocolonist)

    Charting the Future with Sarah Northway (I Was a Teenage Exocolonist)

    Sarah Northway (Northway Games) joins us to discuss her sprawling new narrative RPG I Was a Teenage Exocolonist. We discuss juggling a staggering script, deckbuilding as storytelling, and some of the wilder places that the game's time looping can go.
    Show notes:
    Northway Games
    Sarah Northway
    I Was a Teenage Exocolonist
    Museum of Other Realities
    Princess Maker (series)
    Groundhog Day
    Signs of the Sojourner
    Dragon Age (series)
    Jogging House

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Escaping Your Fate with Coin Crew Games (Escape Academy)

    Escaping Your Fate with Coin Crew Games (Escape Academy)

    Co-founders Wyatt Bushnell and Mike Salyh - and special guest co-host Laura E. Hall - join us to discuss Coin Crew's awesome new co-op escape room game Escape Academy. We discuss pandemic pivoting to the digital space, designing for arcades vs. living rooms, and the perils of playtesting in both mediums.
    Show notes:
    Coin Crew Games
    Escape Academy
    Laura E. Hall
    Planning Your Escape
    The Traveler's Guide to Little Sodaburg
    Space Squad in Space
    Two Bit Circus
    Hot Wheels: King of the Road
    999 (series)
    The Room (series)
    My Hero Academia
    Mark Rosewater

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Hosting Online Reality Games (ORGs) w/ Ash Neleh

    Hosting Online Reality Games (ORGs) w/ Ash Neleh

    Ash Neleh, host of the ! Series of online reality games, joins Doug for a conversation about adapting reality TV competition games for online fan communities. We talk about the 18-year history of the ! Series, as well as some of the favorite twists he's designed.
    Show notes:
    ! Series Wiki
    ! Series Discord
    De Mol

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Eavesdropping for Inspiration with Grace Bruxner (Frog Detective)

    Eavesdropping for Inspiration with Grace Bruxner (Frog Detective)

    Frog Detective creator Grace Bruxner joins us to discuss the inspirations and process behind her charming detective series, including the upcoming Frog Detective 3: Corruption at Cowboy County. We discuss sticking to scope (or not), making the most of adventure game tropes, and finding inspiration in the mundane.
    Show notes:
    Grace Bruxner
    Frog Detective
    ALIEN CASENO
    Games Talks 2020: Grace Bruxner
    Building Games Around Humor (GDC talk)
    L.A. Noire
    Frog Detective Twitter account
    Freaky Ep 7 - Dummy
    Round the Twist (full first season)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    (Rerun) Making Generous Games with Terry Cavanagh (Dicey Dungeons)

    (Rerun) Making Generous Games with Terry Cavanagh (Dicey Dungeons)

    We're taking a small summer break, so please enjoy one of our favorite episodes from a few years ago. And check out the new mobile version of Dicey Dungeons, and the free DLC!
    Terry Cavanagh (Super Hexagon, VVVVVV) joins us to talk about his fantastic roguelike deckbuilder, Dicey Dungeons. We discuss the thread of generosity in his game design, the challenges of working across genres, and what might be next for Terry!
    Show notes:
    Terry's distractionware.com
    Dicey Dungeons
    VVVVVV
    Super Hexagon
    Tiny Heist
    Stephen Lavelle
    Dream Quest
    7 Day Roguelike
    Naya’s Quest
    The Long Dark
    Super Hexagon playthrough at Fantastic Arcade
    Hearthstone Battlegrounds

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Learning to Unclench with Ben Esposito (Neon White)

    Learning to Unclench with Ben Esposito (Neon White)

    Ben Esposito (Donut County, What Remains of Edith Finch) joins us to talk about his heavenly new card-powered, speedrunning FPS Neon White. We discuss making tight designs by keeping things loose, what a "career" of indie games feels like, and making games u wish 2 see on the Dreamcast.
    Show notes:
    Ben Esposito
    Neon White
    Donut County
    Arcane Kids
    Glitch City
    Super Meat Boy
    Killer7
    Cowboy Bebop
    Trigun
    Hunter x Hunter
    GoldenEye 007
    Lovely Planet
    Machine Girl
    Sonic Dreams Collection  
    Perfect Stride
    CRAP! No One Loves Me
    Room of 1000 Snakes
    Arcane Kids manifesto

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

sharkplains ,

Really cool show

The Unwrapped of video games podcasts. 10/10.

mbcauley ,

Great show about indie games with a lot of depth!

I like how they go deep in this show. Pretty much every episode is a deep dive into either a classic game or contemporary indie game. Often times they will have the devs on which is also a treat. I love that this is a show about game development and game design from game devs - it fosters interesting discussion and useful technical advice for others in the industry but also provides insights for those that aren’t in the industry.

Armillanymphs ,

Great discussions and personalities

Came since it was the only Terry C. Interview I could find in light of the Dicey Dungeons switch port I recently bought, which then got me to revisit Zach’s games. Really enjoying the first three or so episodes I’ve checked out and can’t wait to go through the backlog!

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