Level Design Lobby

Max Pears

The Level Design Lobby talks about level and game design theories. Breaking down how games use these, what we can learn from these examples for our own games. As well as interviewing leading devs as they discuss their own experience in game dev.

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This first episode of the Level Design Lobby, so I will be introducing you to what the LDL is about, discussing the future episode and what to expect from the podcast as a series. You will also get to know more about the host Max Pears. Please subscribe ---- Twitter: twitter.com/Maxpears Website: www.maxpears.com ---- Paris Stalker: twitter.com/Paris_Stalker

Sep 2017

7 min 28 sec

In this episode, Max will be breaking down how to use ‘Perspective’ in level design. How it can be used well and poorly. The main example throughout this podcast will be ‘Rime’ in particular how they used perspective in their HUB level design. Please Subscribe ---- Rime: https://goo.gl/uody4Q ---- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Maxpears Website: http://www.maxpears.com/ Please subscribe on youtube: https://goo.gl/mGqkv7 Please subscribe on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-576014352 

Sep 2017

31 min 38 sec

With this episode, I will be taking the time to talk about one of my favourite books on game design with emotion How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design (Playful Thinking) Giving my thoughts and opinions on why I believe more of devs should read this book. Please Subscribe if you enjoyed All Opinions are my own ---- Book: goo.gl/p7QxJu ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears Website: www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/9pb4DW 

Oct 2017

26 min 13 sec

Taking a deep dive into opening menu designs, how sadly most games do not take full advantage of this moment. I will give great examples of games which use these in many exciting ways. Seeing how we as an industry can grow, how we can take inspiration from these examples. Please subscribe to support the podcast. ---- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxPears Website: http://www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: https://goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: https://goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/9pb4DW

Oct 2017

19 min 10 sec

Level Design Lobby welcomes its first guest to the show British Youtube sensation Steven Bridges. Steven and Max discuss Universities and how they stood out from the crowd and how others can do the same to ensure a better chance of employment in the future. Please subscribe and support the podcast ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/  ---- Steven bridges: www.youtube.com/user/StevenBridgesTV  ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Oct 2017

36 min 13 sec

Looking at some great examples of why not showing all the details can work wonders for your game.I will take a deep dive and discuss why players learning for themselves is a powerful tool and something we as developers must trust players more to create more powerful moments. Please Subscribe to show your support ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Nov 2017

22 min 48 sec

In episode 7 I sit down with Snr Level Designer Yasen to discuss his work on the Assassins Creed franchise as we debate and talk about our personal thoughts on some of the best LD Principles.  Please subscribe + support  ---- GamerBorn: https://goo.gl/HbEL5N  Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ---- Yasen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasenstoynev/  ---- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxPears Website: http://www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: https://goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: https://goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/9pb4DW 

Nov 2017

34 min 59 sec

This is a recap of all the 'Reading' materials I enjoyed this week. I am messing around with this new format of the Essential reading list so please let me know if you enjoyed this format.  GDC Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpOoTAVeEcU  Morality in Games: http://www.psychologyofgames.com/2017/07/podcast-29-morality-and-moral-choices-in-video-games/  Drive to work #384: http://podbay.fm/show/580709168/e/1479492900?autostart=1  Extra Credits - Keep Cutting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28nUYFoCQwQ  Game Makers Toolkit - CupHead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8T6Ul4aHTI  Please leave a review and subscribe. ---- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxPears Website: http://www.maxpears.com/ ---- GamerBorn: goo.gl/HbEL5N 10% Off Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW      

Dec 2017

10 min 21 sec

Another Special guest joins the show, the lovely producer Aleksandra. to talk about the Dragon Age series. We discuss what made the Dragon Age series standout to us, what we learnt from it as devs and gamers. Please Subscribe ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Dec 2017

34 min 26 sec

Another week another recommendation of material to check out. I break down a list of my favourite works from this week and why you should check them out. 1) https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/LouisNicolasDozois/20170831/304790/Lessons_from_Suzy_Cube_Mobile_Controls_That_Feel_Great.php 2) https://80.lv/articles/finding-balance-in-composition/ 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_H9JR7ud8E 4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nEJOkTjJqk 5) https://goo.gl/nRtZWW Please Subscribe to support the show ---- GamerBorn: goo.gl/HbEL5N 10% Off Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears Website: www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Dec 2017

10 min 58 sec

In this episode, two great guests join the Level Design Lobby. We break down how to break into the concept art section of the industry, how level design and concept art, work together and the difference between working in the west and the east. ---- Marthe Artstation: https://www.artstation.com/martheart Ward Lindhout:https://www.artstation.com/artbyward ---- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxPears Website: http://www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: https://goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: https://goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/9pb4DW

Dec 2017

33 min 9 sec

Happy New Year Gurus, I hope you are well and enjoying the beginning of a great new year. I am opening up the year with some great new articles for you all to check out. Please enjoy, Please Subscribe + rate ---- Making Boss 101: goo.gl/CSJnPd Doom Core Loop: goo.gl/PD3W4y Level Design of Hob: goo.gl/gPf6kU Top 5 Level GMT: goo.gl/Ss2PYE Book Game Feel: goo.gl/9qqeML ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jan 2018

11 min 6 sec

Welcome to the 10th Episode of the Level Design Lobby. It is an Essential Reading episode where I talk about one of my favourite YouTube channels Extra Credits. I Share some info from my fav episodes and why I strongly believe you should follow them as they are a great source of game dev knowledge. Please Subscribe ---- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxPears Email: LevelDesignLobby@gmail.com Website: http://www.maxpears.com/ ---- Extra Credits: https://www.youtube.com/user/ExtraCreditz EC Game Language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c06uoVVFZd4 EC Perversion, Subversion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzdylKgPjNI ---- iTunes: https://goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: https://goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jan 2018

15 min 17 sec

Today is another Level Design focused episode where my good friend and fellow LD Seb McBride joins me for a sit-down, where we discuss more important LD Principles that we like and how they benefit the game. One of my favourite people to talk Level design with so enjoy the episode. Please Subscribe ---- Seb's Details: Twitter: https://twitter.com/Darthsebious Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/moonlightcdpr ---- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaxPears Website: http://www.maxpears.com/ ---- iTunes: https://goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: https://goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jan 2018

1 hr 11 min

Another month another recommendations list, where I talk about my five best reads/listens/watches of game dev goodness of this month and why they should be checked out by you the gaming gurus.  ---- The Art of Shadow of Colossus: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/FredericFo…Introduction.php Nathan Scott: Brothers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI3O0ItUm0g 99% Invisible 292: 99percentinvisible.org/episode/speec…cott-mccloud/ Dev Game Club 084: devgameclub.libsyn.com/ How Splatoon Encourages Movement: 80.lv/articles/splatoon-2-ho…t-encourages-movement/ ---- Gamerborn: gamerborn.co.uk/?affiliate=fc2213…c554571fbd180e1c8 Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Feb 2018

13 min 46 sec

I am joined by a special guest Dan Howard (independent filmmaker/scriptwriter. We break down how narrative is used in films, the techniques they use and then look and compare how we as game devs use the tools available to us to create a narrative in games. Please subscribe or rate.  ---- Gamerborn: gamerborn.co.uk/?affiliate=fc2213…c554571fbd180e1c8 Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ---- Dan Howard Twitter: twitter.com/Doward24/following Instagram: www.instagram.com/doward24/?hl=en ---- Related articles:  Subverting Mechanics: goo.gl/ancGfc  Crisis Core: goo.gl/iDCx8Q Overwatch World Building: goo.gl/xaoNpc  ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Feb 2018

35 min 32 sec

This episode is part 1 of a mini-series on Zelda Breath of the Wild, I am doing a deep dive on how the game designers here encourage us as players to try new things and grow into being the hero of Hyrule instead of Link. Please subscribe and support the show. ----- Sponsor ----- Gamerborn: gamerborn.co.uk/?affiliate=fc2213…c554571fbd180e1c8 Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ---- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Feb 2018

27 min 58 sec

Game Design Guru's it is another month which means more great reading material for us all. I recommend Five pieces which I have enjoyed through the month which have helped me learn. All in the description down below. ----- Reading Materials ----- Florence: https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/315047/Designing_Florence_to_convey_the_ineffable_feeling_of_being_in_love.php Leaving CDPR: https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/RyanPergent/20180227/315026/Leaving_CDProjekt_RED_a_first_step_in_the_dark_Part_1.php Boundary Break: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhvg5U_b1-M&t=3s Design Celeste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RlpMhBKNr0 High School Story Narrative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPV0qmyGs-o&t=1s ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Mar 2018

17 min 3 sec

Welcome back to the second part of my breakdown of Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild. This episode I talk about how the designers at Nintendo, created their open world and how they used certain design techniques to encourage exploration for players. Please subscribe. ----- Presentation ----- http://www.4gamer.net/games/341/G034168/20170901120/ ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Mar 2018

34 min 3 sec

A very special episode as I have brought an amazing guest into the studio for you all. It is Lead Level Design Stuart Scott, Stuart is a lead LD at Ubisoft. We discuss the differences between traditional handcrafted levels and procedural, discussing the pros + cons between each method. If you enjoy please subscribe. ----- Stuart's Details ----- Twitter: https://twitter.com/creative_xp Portfolio: http://www.creativexp.co.uk/ ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears Website: www.maxpears.com/ ---- platforms ----- Sponsor ----- Gamerborn: gamerborn.co.uk/?affiliate=fc2213…c554571fbd180e1c8 Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ---- Platforms ---- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Mar 2018

47 min 39 sec

It is the beginning of the month, which only means more reading materials for all you amazing game design gurus. I have some more suggestions for all of you so please sit back and enjoy. Please subscribe + support ----- Links ----- Drive to work: magic.wizards.com/en/articles/media/podcasts Worlds Most Extraordinary Homes: www.netflix.com/pl-en/title/80213025 Introducing Mechanics: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/MaxPears/2…ng_Mechanics.php Desing Coziness: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/TanyaXShor…for_Coziness.php GDC: The Freedom Fallacy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vct13OhIio&t=2865s ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Apr 2018

17 min 11 sec

An exciting episode as I break down the design of splatoon and how they're designers encourage players movement through the mechanics and level layout. Please support and subscribe ----- Articles ----- Doom: https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/295254/Make_me_think_make_me_move_New_Dooms_deceptively_simple_design.php Splatoon Article: https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/MaxPears/20180109/312619/Splatoon_2_How_it_Encourages_Movement.php ----- Sponsor ----- Gamerborn: gamerborn.co.uk/?affiliate=fc2213…c554571fbd180e1c8 Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Apr 2018

28 min 18 sec

Episode 17 is a great one as I sit down with indie game designer Paris Stalker to discuss the design of his latest game 'Ersatz'. We break down what made him chose certain design decisions and his passion for going indie. Please support and Subscribe ----- Ersatz - 40% 0ff ----- https://allin-indie.itch.io/leveldesignlobby ---- Paris ----- Twitter: twitter.com/ALLiN_indie Facebook: www.facebook.com/allinindie/?ref=br_rs Email: Allin.indie@gmail.com ----- Sponsor ----- Gamerborn: gamerborn.co.uk/?affiliate=fc2213…c554571fbd180e1c8 Coupon Code: LevelDesignLobby ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Apr 2018

50 min 15 sec

I am very happy to announce that the Level Design Lobby has launched a patreon page. Now myself and you the viewer can have an even more special bond, as we both can work to improve the show. I break down what the patreon page can do to improve the podcast as well as what perks you as a donator can get from the patreon. ----- Patreon ----- https://www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby 

May 2018

11 min 21 sec

Here we go with some more amazing work by game devs helping us all learn and grow! I select my top 5 essential reading for the month! Enjoy these as I hope it helps you learn as well. Please support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Articles ----- My interview: www.revistapushstart.com/2018/04/17/d…m-max-pears/ Minit Breakdown: www.gamasutra.com/view/news/316451…e_adventures.php Horizon Zero Dawn: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TawhcWao9ls Designing Love: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/GregBuchan…nce_in_games.php Design Club Level 1-1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH2wGpEZV…8XcqReieXLFf4afI0 Common Stealth Mistakes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysXTQgHP-NY ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

May 2018

15 min 4 sec

A special guest joins the show, Mr Dan Hargreaves who is an experienced Environment Artist who has worked at many studios such as Playground Games, Ubisoft and more. He discusses his tips on how to break into the industry and what he does as an Environment artist. Please Support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby  ----- Dan ----- Portfolio - danhargreaves.com/  ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

May 2018

35 min 30 sec

This has been one of the best topics, in my opinion, to talk about as I break down how we as designers try to capture emotions and portray them through mechanics in video games. I take a look at a few amazing examples from games I recommend to everyone to check out. Please support the podcast: www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Articles ----- Designing Florence - www.gamasutra.com/view/news/315047…eing_in_love.php Crisis Core Mechanic -www.gamasutra.com/view/news/112864…ative_Divide.php ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

May 2018

38 min 31 sec

Hey everyone, we know what it is, it is the monthly ep where I break down my fav reading materials over this past month and then I share with all of you. So check it out as we all share the knowledge. Support the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Reading Material ----- Designers Notes: https://www.idlethumbs.net/designernotes/episodes/steve-gaynor-part-1 Psychology of Video Games: http://www.psychologyofgames.com/podcast/ Design Pillars Article: http://gamasutra.com/blogs/MaxPears/20171012/307469/Design_Pillars__The_Core_of_Your_Game.php A Mortician's Tale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEl0b_9BmE4 Rogue Legacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apfNODay1_s ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jun 2018

10 min 55 sec

It is a great pleasure to bring back some old faces to the LDL as we welcome back previous guests Marthe and Ward, two Snr Concept Artists. We discuss Marthe's work on Monster Hunter World as well as our thoughts on HellBlade (Spoilers, we love it) Please support the podcast www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Guests Contact Info ----- Marthe Artstation: www.artstation.com/martheart Ward Lindhout:www.artstation.com/artbyward ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jun 2018

36 min 9 sec

This was a spur of the moment, where I thought I would share my experience at E3. Support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Interviews ----- VGN - www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfgboKSXfjs PC Gamer - www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-2077-in…than-the-witcher/ Mashable - mashable.com/2018/06/15/cyberpu…=true#dqFtC4FqjSqF Metro - metro.co.uk/2018/06/20/cyberpun…he-witcher-7646316/ ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jun 2018

39 min 2 sec

It is the Essential Reading time my fellow Devs! This is the tenth episode as I go through and share some amazing articles online which have some great opinions and worth your attention. If you are enjoying please support the patreon www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Material ----- Game Array - www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyyp4RqRtME Understanding Players - www.gamasutra.com/blogs/ArtemiyKoz…ayers_better.php Choice Overload - www.gamasutra.com/blogs/BobTilford…_to_avoid_it.php Simple game design (Card Games) - www.gamasutra.com/blogs/BobTilford…_to_avoid_it.php GDC Horizon Zero Dawn - www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8WDPmwOHKg ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jul 2018

8 min 30 sec

Part two of my sit down with Ward and Marthe as we discuss more concept art goodness. We finish up our appreciation for Ninja Theory's Hellblade and answer some of your questions. Please support the podcast www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Guests Contact Info ----- Marthe Artstation: www.artstation.com/martheart Ward Lindhout:www.artstation.com/artbyward ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jul 2018

22 min 44 sec

I sit down to talk with Technical Artist Francesco Abbonizio as we talk about the role of a technical artist as well as his work on the fan project that is Soul Reaver. Please Support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Guest Info ----- Fb page - www.facebook.com/SoulRevenant/ ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jul 2018

36 min 45 sec

This is a very special episode as it is the launch of a new mini-series for the podcast as myself and Alex go through your questions and try to answer them as much as possible to the best of our ability. ----- Please Support ----- Patreon: www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby  ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jul 2018

31 min 27 sec

It is another great episode as the mini-series continues as myself and Alex take the time to answer your amazing questions. We love doing this so thank you to all who asked questions.  ----- Please support us ----- www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Contact Alex ----- Twitter: twitter.com/AlexMPartridge ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/03OTDRAPsAiocSLCTEiXBn?si=s48L3N-jRb-J3J3yoKfu4A  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Jul 2018

32 min 48 sec

Time again my fellow devs, as I share some amazing material that other amazing devs have been kind enough to share with the world! Let's break down my top 5 of the past month. Please support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Reading Materials ----- Introduction to Level Design: 80.lv/articles/introduction-…evel-design-for-games/ Design Deep Dive - Overcooked: www.gamasutra.com/view/news/279715…n_Overcooked.php Game Studio with No Boss: kotaku.com/game-studio-with-no…ter_impression=true PoVG - Ep 37: www.blogtalkradio.com/pog/2018/07/02…er-experiences Mechanics of World Building: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/JustinReev…orldbuilding.php ----- Contact Me ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Aug 2018

20 min 4 sec

Hey all amazing people, this is the 23rd episode in which I talk not about level design technique but a soft skill which we should all be levelling up which is... Communication. This is something we all need in order to make the best game possible. Please support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Contact Me ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Aug 2018

23 min 3 sec

To me, this is one of my favourite eps, as I take a deep dive into how some amazing devs, take ordinary parts of games. Then twist in some magic transform them into something which not only engages the players but only builds on their excellent game. Please Support: www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Article ----- gamasutra.com/blogs/MaxPears/201…rdinary__Part1.php ----- Contact me ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Aug 2018

23 min 12 sec

You asked Guru's and we answered! We have had some amazing questions sent in, so now we take the time to answer these questions. Check out the podcast to see if we answer any of your questions as we part our information and experience of the game industry. Please Support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Contact Info ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com Twitter:twitter.com/AlexMPartridge ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Aug 2018

32 min 44 sec

Hey all, we all know what happens at the beginning of each month. We talk about others great work and share what we can learn from one another. Support the show www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Twtich ----- www.twitch.tv/leveldesignlobby ----- Reading Materials ----- Dead Cells - gamasutra.com/view/news/325547/T…_fast_and_slow.php Weather in Level Design - www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxpKI_9kJ…&feature=youtu.be That Game Company Hiring the right people - gamasutra.com/view/news/325712/V…cohesive_teams.php Developers Game Club - www.devgameclub.com/blog/2018/6/27/…eus-ex-part-one Good Game Design Bosses -www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwLPF11eos ----- Contact Me ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Sep 2018

16 min 8 sec

Continuing the deep dive from the previous episode as I look into more amazing examples of great games who have managed to take a traditional game system and make it even better. Please Support: www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Article ----- gamasutra.com/blogs/MaxPears/201…dinary__Part_2.php ----- Contact me ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW GameGameDesignLevelDesignGamesGameDevIndieIndieDevPodcast      

Sep 2018

24 min 34 sec

I can not believe it has been a year since the podcast started, I have truly enjoyed this time with all of you amazing people. So to say thank you I will be talking about some of my favourite moments of the podcast and some of my takeaways. Please Support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ---- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Sep 2018

25 min 18 sec

Hey all, Just want to firstly apologize for the slight delay for the episode but it is now live! I have been traveling a bit so I am sorry as that will have some impact on the podcast. But we are here with the next batch of must check out game materials Please Support: www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Reading Materials ----- The Art of Combat Encounters: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/TravisHoff…t_Encounters.php Blocktober Start Guide: worldofleveldesign.com/categories/le…locktober.php Making Players feel with Mechanics: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyyp4RqRtME DevGameClub - Ep130: www.devgameclub.com/ Batman Arkham Design Analysis: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/StanislavC…lysis_Part_1.php ----- Contact Me ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Oct 2018

16 min 2 sec

Welcome everyone to this weeks episode, I am joined by a special guest who is a Snr Level Designer as we discuss their journey, and as well as some tips from them to help you all grow and develop. Please support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Oct 2018

39 min 18 sec

It is the time where we take things back to basics, as I break down 'Design Pillars' and what they are, and how they can be useful for your game. The finally demonstrating which pillars are used for which games. Please support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW GameGamesGameDesignLevelDesignGameDev Podcast

Oct 2018

25 min 5 sec

Another chance for me to answer your amazing questions yet again. This time with my travels I will also answer some of the common most questions I have been asked along the way. Please Support www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Contact Info ---- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com Twitter:twitter.com/AlexMPartridge ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Oct 2018

18 min 35 sec

Here we are my favorite game gurus, more fantastic materials for us all to check out, as we share more and more amazing work by other fantastic passionate people in our industry. Please support: www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Reading Materials ----- Gamer's Brain, Celia Hodent: www.amazon.com/Gamers-Brain-Neur…ign/dp/1498775500 Spider-Man Swinging: gamasutra.com/view/news/328257/D…ngin_SpiderMan.php Difficulty in Game Design: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/AlexVu/201…o_Difficulty.php Mega Man Level Design: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYxHMZX6lN8 Super Mario Bro's 3 Level Design: www.gamasutra.com/blogs/RadekKonce…ssons_Part_1.php ----- Contact Me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Oct 2018

13 min 31 sec

A truly phenomenal episode, one that I really enjoyed recording as I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the incredibly smart and delightful Chris Totten. We talk about his road into games, his book and a new project he has now just released on Kickstarter. Please Support: www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- La Mancha - Kickstarter (Please support) ----- kck.st/2Dlf4Ep ----- Chris Contact ----- Twitter: twitter.com/Totter87 PfBS Twitter: twitter.com/PFBStudios PfBStudos: www.pfbstudios.com/ ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Nov 2018

1 hr 6 min

Welcome to the 30th episode as I take a deep dive into the level design of the great Captin Toad's Adventure, breaking down how they encourage exploration with their level design. Please Support: www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears  Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX  YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg  SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Nov 2018

21 min 30 sec

This has been one of my personal favorite episodes to record so I hope you love it as much as I did creating it. I break down how to make a core mechanic important to your game design. Looking into ways to make it memorable to the players. As I take a deep dive into two fantastic mechanics we can all learn from. Please Support: https://www.patreon.com/leveldesignlobby ----- Contact me ----- Twitter: twitter.com/MaxPears Website: www.maxpears.com/ Email: leveldesignlobby@gmail.com ----- Platforms ----- iTunes: goo.gl/RDWSmX YouTube: goo.gl/2pdpjg SoundCloud: goo.gl/9pb4DW

Nov 2018

20 min 58 sec