The games business and legal podcast - legal news, views and information for board game and video game developers and players. Featuring industry guests, commentary and Q&A, along with a "deep dive" into a different topic each episode.
Someone wants to buy your game company! - with attorney Matthew Roazen
With game company acquisitions becoming so common in the industry lately, I sat down to talk with Matthew Roazen, M&A lawyer and a part of my law firm. We discuss why you'd want to sell your game company, what to look for in a deal, and how to prepare yourself for the sale. If you have dreams of getting acquired and cashing out, don't miss this one!
Flamecraft and Gamecraft with Cardboard Alchemy's Brad Brooks and Peter Vaughan
In this episode, I talk about starting up a new board game company and running successful Kickstarter campaigns with Peter and Brad from Cardboard Alchemy. We discuss their amazing Flamecraft campaign, working with artists, and how to build your community. Don't miss it!
Building Dark Towers with Justin Jacobson of Restoration Games
In this episode, I talk tabletop game production with Justin Jacobson of Restoration Games. Specifically, we discuss all of the work involved in bringing the titular "Dark Tower" from Restoration Games' Return to Dark Tower game to life. From design considerations to engineering and manufacturing, we discuss it all. We also touch on the difficulties in creating miniatures for your board game project.
Getting DMCA'd with podcast lawyer Gordon Firemark
In this episode, I explore the world of DMCA takedowns with podcast and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark. We discuss how to protect yourself from copyright infringement if you run any kind of online service and the recent news about Nintendo taking down a ton of game music from YouTube. Don't miss it!
Designing and Publishing Solo Board Games with Greg Favro, designer of Spire's End
In this episode, we're talking one of my favorite things - solo board games! I discuss the design and publishing process with Greg Favro, who is coming off of a HUGE $300,000+ Kickstarter for Spire's End: Hildegard. Don't miss it!
Talking Game Jams with Game Jolt CEO Yaprak DeCarmine
In this episode, I speak with Game Jolt's CEO Yaprak DeCarmine about why game jams are so great, how the Game Jolt platform helps make them happen, and about Game Jolt's newest feature, Fireside. Don't miss it!
Diverse Topics and Content
My favorite thing about this podcast as an amateur board game designer is the content about things I hadn’t even considered. Lots of podcasts will offer help with mechanics and Kickstarter, but this one covers the legal aspects of gaming and how to protect your board game baby. The most fascinating episode that changed my perspective on how I am handling things was on taxes with a CPA. Starting a business can be overwhelming. I’m learning as I go, and this podcast is helping.
Game Designers Can Avoid Making Legal Mistakes By Listening
If you are trying to Kickstart or self publish games, you really need to listen to whichever episodes are relevant to your project - there’s a lot that lay people don’t know or have misconceptions about. Thanks for starting this podcast Zachary!
Great Perspective on the Business Side of Games
Zach does a great job of creating interesting conversations with people in the gaming industry. I like that Zach tries to highlight the business side that often gets overlooked. Not only is it interesting, but the podcast helps me learn what will be needed to pursue my dreams as a game developer. Keep up the great work!!