April 28, 2018
Recorded at BreakoutCon 2018
Presented by: Rachel Kahn, Mark Richardson, Daniel Kwan, Alex Roberts
Moderator: Philip Vecchione
How do maps, minis, props, tools and other tactile elements enhance or affect our tabletop RPG games? Ways to add a tempting, touchable layer to your gaming experience, whether for your home group or as a designer.
March 31, 2018
Recorded at BreakoutCon 2018
Presented by Sarah Richardson, Michelle Lyons-McFarland, Jaym Gates
Moderator: Brand Robbins
Jaym Gates (BLUE ROSE 2nd Ed., TIANXIA: Blood, Silk, and Jade,), Michelle Lyons-McFarland (Chill, A Tragedy in Five Acts), and Sarah Richardson (Bluebeard’s Bride, Velvet Glove) as they discuss how diverse viewpoints bring new life to tired horror tropes. Topics may include feminine horror, setting the right tone, disrupting player assumptions, plus tips and tricks for running horror in trad, OSR, and story games. Make sure to bring questions of your own!
March 17, 2018
Recorded at Metatopia 2017
Presented by Roberta Taylor, Curt Covert.
Everyone loves a good story, whether it's in a book or on a screen, but what about memorable story in boardgames. What does story look like in a boardgame? How is story different from theme? How does the designer partner with players to tell a story? What are the limitations and where is the creative space wide open?
December 2, 2017
Recorded at Metatopia 2016
Presented by Kenneth Hite, Jason Pitre, Marissa Kelly, Fred Hicks.
When designing a game, the temptation is to use another tested rules set: Fate, PbtA, HERO, BRP, OSR, or what have you. When shouldn't you do that? What demands special treatment, and when should you make it yourself?
January 19, 2013
A discussion about GM’less games by Jason Morningstar at GenCon 2012. This was presented to a general audience and provides a good foundation on the subject.
January 26, 2013
A discussion about GM’less games by Jason Morningstar at Metatopia 2012. This was presented to a group of game designers and publishers who ask some advanced questions.
Sorry that the introduction doesn’t include the title of the seminar.
March 2, 2013
Randomness makes games fun, but it can also make them terrible. Our Industry Insider guests give advice on the right way to use randomness in game design. Randomness makes games fun, but it can also make them terrible. If you’re going to use randomness in your games, it’s like using fire in your kitchen. A great tool, but only if you know how to handle it. Our Industry Insider guests will give advice on the right way to use randomness in game design.
Presented by James Ernest and Jason Morningstar.
October 19, 2013
This was originally broadcast by Indie+ online convention, led by Mark Diaz Truman in conversation with Rob Donoghue. It’s a fascinating discussion on how game mechanics can create a feeling of magic during play.
August 31, 2014
Presented by Jason Pitre, Kenneth Hite, Rob Donoghue & Will Hindmarch.
The panelists will deal with mechanics that look good on the surface but can have unforeseen negative consequences in play. Spending XP, no-effect rules, dice-generated currency – all have hidden dangers. Explore these and other light bulbs that didn’t quite work out..
December 7, 2014
Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Analysis
Presented by Rob Donoghue & Jason Pitre.
So, the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons is out. Now it’s time to dig into the design and talk about the rules, procedures and advice that the game brings to the RPG design field. Let’s look at the crunchy bits! The companion reference to this discussion can be found on Rob Donoghue’s blog, where he discusses the Starter Set, the Player’s Handbook and the Monster Manual in detail.