15 episodes

In Think Like a Game Designer, award-winning designer and Stone Blade Entertainment CEO Justin Gary speaks with world class game designers to deconstruct the step-by-step process for creating games and working in the gaming industry. In each episode, we distill the process of creativity into actionable advice that anyone can use all while giving listeners an opportunity to learn more about their favorite games and designers.

Think Like A Game Designer Justin Gary

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In Think Like a Game Designer, award-winning designer and Stone Blade Entertainment CEO Justin Gary speaks with world class game designers to deconstruct the step-by-step process for creating games and working in the gaming industry. In each episode, we distill the process of creativity into actionable advice that anyone can use all while giving listeners an opportunity to learn more about their favorite games and designers.

    Think Like a Game Designer #15: Keith Baker

    Think Like a Game Designer #15: Keith Baker

    Keith Baker is a renowned game designer and storyteller. He was the creator of the D&D setting Ebberon and Gloom. He has traveled the world creating and running Story based games. If you’re into role-playing games like D&D or any other story-driven games there’s a lot to learn here.

    Think Like a Game Designer #14: Satine Phoenix

    Think Like a Game Designer #14: Satine Phoenix

    Satine Phoenix is the first non-game designer on our podcast, but she is an icon in the gaming industry. Satine is a professional Dungeon Master and storytelling coach who supports people in regards to writing games, RPG adventures, screenplays, and novels. What’s even wilder is that she travels the world playing role-playing games and bringing gaming communities together. I can’t wait to dig into this episode.

    Think Like a Game Designer #13: Devin Low

    Think Like a Game Designer #13: Devin Low

    Devin Low is an award-winning designer who’s worked on some of the most popular games in the world. He was the head developer of Magic: The Gathering, a designer on Legendary: The Marvel Deck-Building Game, and the lead designer of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.

    Think Like a Game Designer #12: Wright Bagwell

    Think Like a Game Designer #12: Wright Bagwell

    Wright Bagwell started his career by designing mods for Quake. He is the CEO and co-founder of Outpost Games. He was the design director of the Farmville franchise at Zynga. Prior to that, he worked on Dead Space as a creative director at Visceral Games and was the lead designer at Electronic Arts. In case that wasn’t awesome enough, he also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. So… Yeah, this guy is pretty amazing and has a lot to offer. Enjoy!

    Think Like a Game Designer #11: Richard Garfield

    Think Like a Game Designer #11: Richard Garfield

    Richard Garfield is the legendary creator of Magic: The Gathering, KeyForge and a number of other successful games. He is a pioneer in the collectible card game genre and one of the most well-known game designers in the world. In this episode of the show, we discuss his life in game design, the development of Magic: The Gathering and KeyForge, and a variety of topics dealing with the challenges of creating collectible card games. This episode is, without a doubt, one of the most remarkable episodes I’ve recorded for Think Like a Game Designer – grab a notebook and take a listen!

    Think Like a Game Designer #10: Ryan Sutherland

    Think Like a Game Designer #10: Ryan Sutherland

    Ryan Sutherland is one of the top up-and-coming game designers in the industry and lucky for me, he works at Stone Blade. Ryan was one of the lead designers on the newest expansion to Shards of Infinity, called Shadow of Salvation. In this episode, we speak about his journey into game design, developing games at Stone Blade, and what it’s like to work on digital games versus physical games. Ryan has a lot of awesome insights that can help anyone who’s looking to develop their game design skills.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Lowenhigh ,

Top quality board game design

Super professional and very insightful board and card game design discussion! Justin Gary is an expert in the area and very well spoken.

Zwhales ,

Excellent

Justin Gary is genuine, passionate, and a wonderful conversationalist. He draws out the best in every guest he has on. I am inspired in a new way every time I listen.

Keep up the good work!

Sylvia BH ,

Universal Game Design Principles for Leadership

I'm a leadership trainer, executive coach and empowerment mentor and use gamification in my online and in-person workshops and events. I'm happy to have found first Justin Gary's book "Think like a Game Designer" and now his podcast because I find a lot of golden nuggest I can translate into my work with my clients. Loving to play board-games with my family and friends as a past time and connection builder I also love to use universal game design principles for helping people grow their leadership capabilities and make changes they struggle with more easy. Gamification brings playfulness. Playfulness empowers learning. Thank you Justin for your inspiration!

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