52 episodes

Come along with Hannah and Evan in a living documentation of the game design process, from the first spark of an idea, to every disastrous surprise. It’s not an instruction manual, but a travel guide, with lots of unexpected stops along the way.

Design Doc Hannah Shaffer and Evan Rowland

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Come along with Hannah and Evan in a living documentation of the game design process, from the first spark of an idea, to every disastrous surprise. It’s not an instruction manual, but a travel guide, with lots of unexpected stops along the way.

    What to do when you're sick of your game

    What to do when you're sick of your game

    Hannah and Evan discuss how to repair their relationship with a game they've spent a year struggling to complete.
    Design Doc intro/outro theme by Pat King
    Design Doc on twitter: twitter.com/designdocpod
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Microscope RPG by Ben Robbins.
    Turtlebun links
    Our games: turtlebun.com
    Patreon: patreon.com/turtlebun
    Twitter: twitter.com/turtleandbun
    Instagram: instagram.com/turtleandbun
    Discord: https://discord.gg/XD4WVDjvbz

    • 49 min
    FLETs (Fiddly Little End Things)

    FLETs (Fiddly Little End Things)

    Hannah and Evan talk about the fiddly little end things that make a project go on, and on, and on much longer than you expected.

    Design Doc intro/outro theme by Pat King
    Design Doc on twitter: twitter.com/designdocpod

    Turtlebun links
    Our games: turtlebun.com
    Patreon: patreon.com/turtlebun
    Twitter: twitter.com/turtleandbun
    Instagram: instagram.com/turtleandbun
    Discord: https://discord.gg/XD4WVDjvbz

    • 52 min
    Dispatch from an on-time timeline

    Dispatch from an on-time timeline

    Hannah and Evan salvage an episode about being on time with an upcoming game, and publish it in a world where they were not on time.
    Intro/outro theme by Pat King.

    • 56 min
    Imperfect Inspiration

    Imperfect Inspiration

    Perfect media is untouchable. Hannah and Evan talk about looking to flawed, goofy, broken movies and books for creative inspiration, instead of looking to our favorites.
    Content: 
    Intro/outro theme: by Pat King

    • 55 min
    Bad lo-fi game ideas to study or relax to

    Bad lo-fi game ideas to study or relax to

    Hannah reads you a game ideas to-do list for 30 minutes.

    • 32 min
    Underdressed and over-diced

    Underdressed and over-diced

    What's the right tone for the rules of a roleplaying game? Evan and Hannah talk about casual versus formal writing, and how small word choices exploded into rewriting the mechanics of Questlandia.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

M. Bohnhoff ,

Not just a game design log

This show is an honest and ongoing examination of the creative process. It’s not about a game, it’s about 2 artists figuring out what’s important to them and what they need to do and be to progress toward that goal. It is an embodiment of “the journey, not the destination”.

It is alternately comforting and inspiring as I go through my own creative struggles.

antafein ,

A wonderful arc

This show is more than just a game design show. Over the years it has been a show about the struggles of crowdfunding, burn out and personal relationships. I love how honest it can be at times.

Madison, WI ,

Honest, Lovely, Caring

For me, that this podcast is about designing games is besides the point. The topic is interesting to me, but the biggest draw is that each show quickly enters the space where two friends are talking very honestly with each other about a shared project and it feels like they’ve forgotten about the microphones entirely. They have a care and respect for each other that lets them express ideas and show vulnerability without fear of that vulnerability being abused. Listening to this podcast is the audio equivalent of taking a hike with a good friend.

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