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The Game Design Round Table

By Dirk Knemeyer & David V. Heron

Covering the full breadth of digital, tabletop, and role playing games, The Game Design Round Table inspires and educates aspiring and experienced game designers.

  1. 1.
    #248 Listener Questions October 202010/28/2020
    56:43
  2. 2.
    #247 Tabletop Game Development with Brenna Noonan10/14/2020
    51:56
  3. 3.
    #246 Omari Akil Talks Rap Godz09/29/2020
    50:59
  4. 4.
    #245 Listener Questions August 202008/18/2020
    1:05:57
  5. 5.
    #244 Round Table on Matching Player Expectations08/04/2020
    55:14
  6. 6.
    #243 Rob Daviau Minimizes Ongoing Negative Effects07/21/2020
    58:07
  7. 7.
    #242 Molly Johnson Talks Point Salad07/08/2020
    50:37
  8. 8.
    #241 Diving into MOBA Perspectives and Problems06/23/2020
    1:11:33
  1. 9.
    #240 Ryan Scott Aims for Balanceable, Not Balanced06/09/2020
    52:43
  2. 10.
    #239 Listener Questions May 202005/27/2020
    1:13:16
  3. 11.
    #238 Round Table on How Different Game Mediums Handle Edge Cases05/12/2020
    56:58
  4. 12.
    #237 Old World: Utilizing Playtesters Effectively04/28/2020
    1:04:40
  5. 13.
    #236 Tanya X. Short Makes Game Systems Obvious04/15/2020
    48:21
  6. 14.
    #235 Diving Into MOBA Foundations03/31/2020
    1:06:15
  7. 15.
    #234 Sen-Foong Lim Designs Edge Cases Out of the Game03/17/2020
    56:11
  8. 16.
    #233 Round Table on the Challenges of Pleasing Customers03/04/2020
    1:09:02
  9. 17.
    #232 Chris Bourassa Talks Darkest Dungeon02/18/2020
    56:35
  10. 18.
    #231 Tim Fowers Talks Burgle Bros 201/28/2020
    54:47
  11. 19.
    #230 Rob Daviau Talks Return to Dark Tower01/14/2020
    53:45
  12. 20.
    #229 Round Table on the Essence of a Theme12/24/2019
    1:11:22
  13. 21.
    #228 Shawn Main Talks Legends of Runeterra12/11/2019
    57:56
  14. 22.
    #227 Meguey Baker Talks Apocalypse World11/27/2019
    53:45
  15. 23.
    #226 David Dunham Talks Six Ages11/12/2019
    48:54
  16. 24.
    #225 Round Table on Thematic Games #110/29/2019
    1:00:15
  17. 25.
    #224 Scott Nicholson Talks Escape Rooms10/15/2019
    1:04:06
  18. 26.
    #223 Kynan Pearson Talks Nintendo Themes10/01/2019
    57:15
  19. 27.
    #222 Elizabeth Hargrave Talks Wingspan09/17/2019
    48:27
  20. 28.
    #221 Nikki Valens Talks Eldritch Horror09/03/2019
    55:14
  21. 29.
    #220 New Directions with Dirk and David08/20/2019
    52:30
  22. 30.
    #219 Cole’s Thoughts on Pax Pamir: Second Edition08/06/2019
    1:00:43
  23. 31.
    #218 Geoff Engelstein and Isaac Shalev: Building Blocks of Tabletop Game Design07/23/2019
    42:16
  24. 32.
    #217 Soren Johnson and his 4X Game: 10 Crowns07/09/2019
    1:06:35
  25. 33.
    #216 Playtest Groups and Guilds with Tony Tran06/25/2019
    36:20
  26. 34.
    #215 Tabletop RPGs and Streaming with Adam Koebel06/12/2019
    42:45
  27. 35.
    #214 Game Themes with Will Thompson05/28/2019
    39:57
  28. 36.
    #213 Carla Kopp, Kickstarter and Big Easy Busking05/14/2019
    26:58
  29. 37.
    #212 Tabletop Prototyping Highlights04/30/2019
    33:59
  30. 38.
    #211 Slay The Spire - A Designers Deep Dive with Anthony Giovannetti04/09/2019
    46:12
  31. 39.
    #210 Listener Questions from SaltCON with Skye Larsen03/26/2019
    50:25
  32. 40.
    #209 Kevin Kulp - Swords of the Serpentine03/12/2019
    39:06
  33. 41.
    #208 Game Designer Jennifer Scheurle02/26/2019
    37:49
  34. 42.
    #207 Emily Grace Buck02/12/2019
    26:29
  35. 43.
    #206 Jon Shafer of Conifer Games - At the Gates01/29/2019
    37:08
  36. 44.
    #205 Deep Dive - Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right01/15/2019
    34:05
  37. 45.
    #204 Listener Questionnaire Results and the Future of TGDRT01/05/2019
    31:43
  38. 46.
    #203 TL Simons - Bloc by Bloc12/14/2018
    30:19
  39. 47.
    #202 Listener Questions - Accessibility and Get-Back Mechanics11/30/2018
    39:07
  40. 48.
    #201 Tim Burrell-Saward and Smart Speakers11/08/2018
    30:15
  41. 49.
    #200 Reflections on 200 Episodes of TGDRT10/23/2018
    40:08
  42. 50.
    #199 Tabletop Game Designer - Scott Almes10/05/2018
    30:53
  43. 51.
    #198 Michael Woods, 38 Studios and Subatomic Studios08/23/2018
    33:16
  44. 52.
    #197 Megagames with Ben Kanelos and Leslie Loy07/13/2018
    32:20
  45. 53.
    #196 Admired Designers, Unlikely Games Enjoyed and Listener Questions06/22/2018
    38:57
  46. 54.
    #195 Game Designer Alex Roberts06/15/2018
    33:22
  47. 55.
    #194 Kickstarter Results and Listener Questions05/25/2018
    38:30
  48. 56.
    #193 Game Designer Kellee Santiago05/11/2018
    35:55
  49. 57.
    #192 Engineering Game Design with Aljernon Bolden04/20/2018
    34:01
  50. 58.
    #191 Fireball Island04/03/2018
    33:14
  51. 59.
    #190 Listener Questions - Cons, Kids, Games and Names03/22/2018
    34:30
  52. 60.
    #189 Gaming the Past with Jeremiah McCall02/23/2018
    39:10
  53. 61.
    #188 Listener Question - You Don't Blind Test a Painting02/09/2018
    27:37
  54. 62.
    #187 Listener Question - Acronym Edition01/18/2018
    36:22
  55. 63.
    #186 Looking forward and back, 2017 to 201812/29/2017
    31:56
  56. 64.
    #185 Game Designer Cole Wehrle12/22/2017
    41:00
  57. 65.
    #184: Narrative Designer Edwin McRae 12/08/2017
    30:35
  58. 66.
    #183: Listener Questions with David, Dirk and Rob 11/24/2017
    32:56
  59. 67.
    #182: Game Designer Mike Bithell – Thomas Was Alone10/19/2017
    31:40
  60. 68.
    #181: Listener Questions with David and Dirk 10/05/2017
    31:40
  61. 69.
    #180: Spy Club from Foxtrot Games; How Collaboration helped deliver results. 09/28/2017
    40:08
  62. 70.
    #179: Elizabeth LaPensée; indigenous self-determination in game development.09/21/2017
    36:34
  63. 71.
    #178: Niki Crisci, Will Glow the Wisp09/14/2017
    28:23
  64. 72.
    #177: Tomer Perry, Ethics and Political Theory09/07/2017
    22:59
  65. 73.
    #176: Methodology and Management08/24/2017
    31:40
  66. 74.
    #175: Listener Mail August 201708/17/2017
    36:11
  67. 75.
    #174: Mo Turkington and LARPs08/04/2017
    44:28
  68. 76.
    #173: Game Design Axioms07/28/2017
    39:18
  69. 77.
    #172: Mode 7's Paul Kilduff-Taylor07/14/2017
    33:22
  70. 78.
    #171: Gunpoint’s Tom Francis 06/30/2017
    34:38
  71. 79.
    #170: Ross Cowman06/15/2017
    38:22
  72. 80.
    #169: Listener Mail June 201706/08/2017
    32:12
  73. 81.
    #168: Emily Care Boss05/25/2017
    39:08
  74. 82.
    #167: Chelsea Howe and VR05/11/2017
    28:34
  75. 83.
    #166: John Harper05/05/2017
    39:29
  76. 84.
    #165: Listener Mail April 201704/20/2017
    33:50
  77. 85.
    #164: Nels Anderson and Firewatch04/13/2017
    34:02
  78. 86.
    #163: Jason Thompson04/01/2017
    27:04
  79. 87.
    #162: Listener Mail February 201703/09/2017
    36:27
  80. 88.
    #161: Paizo Games03/02/2017
    43:56
  81. 89.
    #160: Dominic Crapuchettes and North Star Games 02/17/2017
    35:11
  82. 90.
    #159: Guess Who’s Back, Back Again01/31/2017
    34:42
  83. 91.
    #158: Suzanne Zinsli and Cardboard Edison 01/25/2017
    55:28
  84. 92.
    #157: Harrison Joins the Mail Crew 01/04/2017
    59:38
  85. 93.
    #156: Kathryn Hymes and Thorny Games 12/05/2016
    57:38
  86. 94.
    #154: Essen and Listener Mail10/31/2016
    52:47
  87. 95.
    #153: Riot Games10/13/2016
    1:02:42
  88. 96.
    #152: Professor Rob’s Mailbag09/28/2016
    1:00:48
  89. 97.
    #151: Isaac Shalev and Kind Fortress09/09/2016
    52:32
  90. 98.
    #150: Travel Catch-up and Listener Mail08/11/2016
    1:05:00
  91. 99.
    #149: Jellybean Games07/22/2016
    57:57
  92. 100.
    #148: More Listener Mail06/28/2016
    1:00:54
  93. 101.
    #147: Black Straw Games06/14/2016
    57:14
  94. 102.
    #146: Soren Johnson and Offworld Trading Company05/31/2016
    1:04:25
  95. 103.
    #145: Seafall, Powering Up, and Listener Mail05/04/2016
    57:07
  96. 104.
    #144: Chris Zinsli and Cardboard Edison04/19/2016
    54:11
  97. 105.
    #143: The Mailbag Tolls for Thee03/30/2016
    1:05:52
  98. 106.
    #142: Tim Fowers03/17/2016
    57:47
  99. 107.
    #141: Star Trek Timelines02/25/2016
    1:06:28
  100. 108.
    #140: Daniel Doan and Black Shell Media02/09/2016
    55:25
  101. 109.
    #139: Justin Gary01/26/2016
    59:36
  102. 110.
    #138: Checking in with Harrison Pink01/12/2016
    52:04
  103. 111.
    #137: Once More Into the Mailbag12/07/2015
    1:08:04
  104. 112.
    #136: Playing Catch-up11/11/2015
    58:19
  105. 113.
    #135: Isaac Childres and Gloomhaven10/22/2015
    59:25
  106. 114.
    #134: Expansions and Post-Launch Support09/29/2015
    57:36
  107. 115.
    #133: Designer Alex Kevern09/17/2015
    57:04
  108. 116.
    #132: Rob’s Back, Time for Listener Mail09/06/2015
    55:24
  109. 117.
    #131: David Somerville and Trove08/21/2015
    1:01:32
  110. 118.
    #130: Catching up and Some Listener Mail08/05/2015
    1:03:13
  111. 119.
    #129 Daniel Solis07/14/2015
    1:00:09
  112. 120.
    #128: Listener Mail 506/30/2015
    58:25
  113. 121.
    #127: Meg Jayanth and Games Writing06/18/2015
    1:01:37
  114. 122.
    #126: Collaboration06/03/2015
    1:00:59
  115. 123.
    #125: Stonemaier Games and Scythe with Jamey Stegmaier05/22/2015
    1:07:08
  116. 124.
    #124: Listener Questions05/05/2015
    1:00:46
  117. 125.
    #123: Isaac Shalev and On Board Games04/22/2015
    1:02:29
  118. 126.
    #122: Feedback04/07/2015
    1:03:00
  119. 127.
    #121: At the Gates Update with Jon Shafer03/24/2015
    58:23
  120. 128.
    #120: Project Check-in03/11/2015
    1:02:02
  121. 129.
    #119: Foxtrot Games with Randy Hoyt02/24/2015
    1:00:43
  122. 130.
    #118: A Seafall Review02/10/2015
    54:44
  123. 131.
    #117: Chatting with Robin D. Laws02/05/2015
    55:01
  124. 132.
    #116: Buying and Selling with Soren Johnson & Scott Hamden 01/27/2015
    1:07:30
  125. 133.
    #115: Talking with Chelsea Howe01/22/2015
    57:40
  126. 134.
    #114: Back to the Mail Bag01/13/2015
    1:00:26
  127. 135.
    #113: Trekking Along 01/06/2015
    1:00:53
  128. 136.
    #112: 2014 in Review12/30/2014
    57:53
  129. 137.
    #111: Game Design and Education with Erin Hoffman12/23/2014
    54:35
  130. 138.
    #110: The Science of fun with Nicole Lazzaro12/16/2014
    1:04:17
  131. 139.
    # 109: Susan McKinley Ross and Idea Duck12/09/2014
    1:01:14
  132. 140.
    #108: Funemployed and Boardgamegeekcon 12/02/2014
    1:01:06
  133. 141.
    #107: Cooperative Gaming with Amy Jo Kim 11/29/2014
    1:01:05
  134. 142.
    #106: Micro Games with Chris Handy 11/20/2014
    50:43
  135. 143.
    #105: Mail Call11/13/2014
    58:03
  136. 144.
    104: Trading Mission to Mars with Julian Murdoch and Dr. Bruce Geryk11/08/2014
    1:12:29
  137. 145.
    103: Catching Up10/29/2014
    1:01:37
  138. 146.
    102: Get Off My Lawn 10/21/2014
    1:01:14
  139. 147.
    #101: Kvasir Games with Kristín Guðmundsdóttir 10/14/2014
    55:19
  140. 148.
    #100: Failbetter Games and Fallen London with Alexis Kennedy and Liam Welton10/07/2014
    1:05:12
  141. 149.
    #99: Stuck in the Ditch09/30/2014
    1:04:01
  142. 150.
    #98: On Writing....Video Games with Harrison Pink 09/23/2014
    1:00:47
  143. 151.
    #97: Karla Zimonja and the Fullbright Company09/16/2014
    52:02
  144. 152.
    #96: The Conventions of Conventions09/09/2014
    1:03:25
  145. 153.
    #95: Listeners Mail Q&A09/03/2014
    1:01:16
  146. 154.
    #94: Offworld Trading Company with Soren Johnson and Jon Shafer08/26/2014
    1:03:44
  147. 155.
    #93: Dynamic Campaigns with Ananda Gupta08/19/2014
    1:09:35
  148. 156.
    #92: Et tu, Brute? 08/12/2014
    1:01:12
  149. 157.
    #91: At The Gates Progress Report with Jon Shafer08/06/2014
    1:10:58
  150. 158.
    #90: A Trip Down Memory Lane with Harrison Pink 07/29/2014
    1:03:55
  151. 159.
    #89: Pandemic with Matt Leacock07/22/2014
    55:46
  152. 160.
    #88: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You07/15/2014
    1:04:25
  153. 161.
    #87: Working on the Pile07/08/2014
    1:03:34
  154. 162.
    #86: Choice of Games with Dan Fabulich07/02/2014
    1:06:07
  155. 163.
    #85: Bamboozle Brothers with Jay Cormier and Sen Foong Lim06/24/2014
    1:02:58
  156. 164.
    #84: Marketing06/20/2014
    1:07:45
  157. 165.
    #83: Games All The Way Down with Harrison Pink06/10/2014
    1:09:48
  158. 166.
    #82: Checking In06/04/2014
    1:03:15
  159. 167.
    #81: Push and Pull with Nels Anderson05/27/2014
    1:01:16
  160. 168.
    #80: Anticipation and Expectations 05/21/2014
    1:10:50
  161. 169.
    #79: Intrinsic or Extrinsic? with Harrison Pink05/14/2014
    1:09:02
  162. 170.
    #78: Streaming and Live Development with Brad Muir05/08/2014
    59:30
  163. 171.
    #77: Prototyping04/29/2014
    53:16
  164. 172.
    #76: The Inside Scoop 04/24/2014
    58:23
  165. 173.
    #75: Infinite Loop04/15/2014
    58:31
  166. 174.
    #74: Procedurally Chaotic with Julian Gollop04/10/2014
    1:04:06
  167. 175.
    #73: MMOs, RPGs, and Pathfinder with Ryan Dancey04/01/2014
    1:06:37
  168. 176.
    #72 Playtesting03/25/2014
    55:06
  169. 177.
    #71: Intuitive Design. With Harrison Pink.03/18/2014
    1:09:30
  170. 178.
    #70: A Roman Farewell03/11/2014
    55:16
  171. 179.
    #69: Players as Designers03/04/2014
    1:11:36
  172. 180.
    #68: Transparency02/24/2014
    1:30:16
  173. 181.
    #67: Game Phases & Pivots02/17/2014
    58:37
  174. 182.
    #66: Diplomacy in At the Gates02/11/2014
    1:10:59
  175. 183.
    #65: Real-Time. With Geoff Engelstein02/03/2014
    1:14:05
  176. 184.
    #64: Conflict01/27/2014
    1:17:09
  177. 185.
    #63: Theme01/20/2014
    1:01:00
  178. 186.
    #62: Cheating01/13/2014
    1:09:55
  179. 187.
    #61: Don’t Starve. With Kevin Forbes01/09/2014
    1:01:11
  180. 188.
    #60: End-of-Year Spectacular 201312/30/2013
    1:23:54
  181. 189.
    #59: Race for the Galaxy. With Tom Lehmann12/23/2013
    53:13
  182. 190.
    #58: Death in Games12/15/2013
    1:06:23
  183. 191.
    #57: Stepping Back, Goals & Pacing12/09/2013
    1:07:39
  184. 192.
    #56: ‘SeaFall’ & Legacy Design. With Rob Daviau12/02/2013
    1:14:13
  185. 193.
    #55: Sharing Game Design Ideas11/25/2013
    1:10:40
  186. 194.
    #54: Ploy, Race for the Galaxy & Hansa Teutonica11/17/2013
    53:02
  187. 195.
    #53: Mohawks & Martians. With Soren Johnson11/11/2013
    1:32:19
  188. 196.
    #52: Meet the TGDRT Crew11/04/2013
    1:11:47
  189. 197.
    #51: Alpha Centauri & Evolving as a Designer. With Brian Reynolds10/28/2013
    1:28:46
  190. 198.
    #50: Kickstarter & Stonemaier Games. With Jamey Stegmaier10/23/2013
    1:06:44
  191. 199.
    #49: How to Teach Games10/14/2013
    1:05:51
  192. 200.
    #48: X-COM & Tactical Games. With Julian Gollop10/09/2013
    1:04:36

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