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Episode 029 – About Playtesting

Playtest copy of Daniel Solis' "Belle of the Ball"

Show Notes
- 6/23/2011

Business
- Adventure Week is back! 6/26-7/2
- DexCon 7/7 – 7/11

Travel
- Key West, FL

Games
- All About Playtesting! with Josh Roby and Ryan Macklin
- Ryan Macklin: Mythender
- Josh Roby: Atlantis Risen
- Tim Rodriguez: Hyperreality

What you look for in trying to make your game better:
- Playtesting for your Target Experience
- Playtesting for Understanding
- Playtest the Setting
- Playtest the Audience

Nothing is Sacred — Changing your mind
- Learn to accept when things don’t work
- Elements that you cut are not actually dead
- Versioning!
- Playtesters are frequently too nice
- Don’t playtest with flavor text
- Case Study: Technoir (Reading Assignment: Jeremy Keller’s website & game Technoir)

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June 23, 2011   2 Comments

Episode 027 – Project Planning

Show Notes – 5/8/2011

Business
- Adventure Week, 2nd Annual
- Camp Nerdly – 5/20-22
- Do Kickstarter
- Entering the Ennies, hit up the Facebook page and “Like” DFL, or leave a review on iTunes!

Games
- Playtesting Ghost Pirates
- Playtesting Feed the Birds
- Planning their future

Travel
- Chantilly, VA
- Packing for Productivity

Creativity
- Outline Plans: turn elements into actions
- Timeline activities and set deadlines
- Plan your tools to optimize doing what you want to be doing.

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May 9, 2011   2 Comments

Episode 018 – Talking to Robert Bohl part 2

Show Notes – 10/7/2010
- We believe that Games can be a force for good!
- Adventure Week, GameChef, and more!
- EpicWinApp, the to-do list RPG
- Rob first discovered his social skills in a MUSH
- D&D is the American Dream Myth
- Joshua A.C. Newman’s SHOCK: Social Science Fiction
- Playing games with their designers
- Innovation isn’t just doing something new – it does things that are meaningful.
- The dreaded meaning of “Indie Games” discussion
- quote of the episode: “all indie game designers only read Nietzche and drink Absinthe in their spare time.
- Sneak preview of Robert Bohl’s “Obvious Monstrosities”

October 7, 2010   2 Comments