Episode 202 - What Art can do for your Game

April 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Shel Khan & Emily Griggs, with moderation by Jonathan Lavallee

A breakdown of how the art you include in your RPG book contributes to your RPG as a marketing technique, as education and information for your GM, and as permission and inspiration for players.

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Episode 201 - Board Game Design Basics

April 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Allysha Tulk, Nikki Valens, Shannon McDowell and moderated by Daryl Andrews

Common practices and workflow when designing games, including the basic expectations, and the basic assumptions of design work. Notes, playtesting, knowing your audience and art will all be discussed as we walk through what it is like to build a Boardgame.

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Episode 200 - Publishing on a Tight Budget

April 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Todd Crapper, Tim Rodriguez, Cheyenne Grimes with moderation by Bronwyn Friesen

Not everyone has access to thousands of dollars or the benefit of a successful Kickstarter under their belt. Many indie publishers start off with financial difficulties, including poverty, but are driven to create new and exciting games. This panel looks to provide some "tips and tricks" for creating games on a tight budget or with no funds at all.

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Episode 199 - Horror Mechanics

March 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Anne Ratchat, Kenneth Hite, Elsa Henry, Julia Ellingboe, Jabari Weathers

Horror Mechanics (For More Than Just Horror)"In the genre of horror, game designers and writers have developed an arsenal of tools specifically to disempower the characters in their worlds. These mechanics are assumed one-trick ponies but can also serve as useful mechanics for empowering play as well when understood. The goal of this panel is to break down why specific horror mechanics work and how to use them effectively, regardless of genre.

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Episode 198 - Choice Mechanics

March 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Anne Ratchat, Rob Donoghue

In each game, players make choices starting character design/assignment. How does a designer balance creating meaningful decisions while balancing choice paralysis? How does the feel of the game change by increasing and decreasing choices available?

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Episode 197 - You Need a Business Partner!

March 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Nicole Perry, Peter Hayward.

When turning your board game idea into a board game company, the first step is sorting out the logistics. Unless you have a burning desire to deal with accountants, spreadsheets, corporate structures, and The Joy of Taxes, you need a business partner. Nicole Perry and Peter Hayward are business partners; listen to them discuss how they split tasks, make sure that everything is covered, and the unexpected benefits of working closely with a partner. 

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Episode 196 - So you want to be a Podcaster!

March 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh, Monica Speca.

Podcasting is the new blogging. Fame, fortune, influence. Or...software glitches, audience-building, busy cohosts. Let's talk about the complications and joys of being a podcaster in a roundtable format.

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Episode 195 - Ask a Marketing Expert

March 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by: Beth Rimmels, Mike Roberts & Mandy Perry.

Learn the answers to your specific marketing & promotion questions from the experts. Beth Rimmels & Mike Roberts work for a digital marketing agency and are experts in social media marketing and SEO (how people find you on Google). Mandy Perry is an expert in tumblr marketing who just wrapped their first highly successful Kickstarter. This interactive workshop will also include live analysis of web sites as time allows. Bring your questions and learn how to get the word out about your product and establish a professional presence online. 

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Episode 194 - Love like a Bomb

February 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Kate Beaman-Martinez and Jonaya Kemper

"Love Like A Bomb". We're going to examine some evolving wisdom about balanced, healthy intimate relationships and apply it to group dynamics. In this case, we're going to talk about how the concept of "love bombing" applies to gaming communities.

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Episode 193 - Intersectional Feminism

February 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Julia Ellingboe, Moyra Turkington, Jonaya Kemper, and Misha Bushyager.

"Intersectional Feminism: Game Design That Tackles Topics that Matter". Designing historical games is complicated, especially when we're telling the stories of people who are often forgotten. How do we handle those stories without accidentally perpetuating or compounding existing damage?

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