Special Interview: Illimat with Keith Baker and Jenn Ellis

We sit down with Keith Baker and Jenn Ellis of Twogether Studios to discuss their upcoming game, Illimat. Long referred to as Project 12, Illimat is a beautiful collaboration with the band, The Decemberists. Once upon a time, the band put a strange piece of set dressing into a photo shoot—an intriguing and arcane parlour game plucked out of an earlier age. Years later, the band approached Keith to see if he could make a game from the mysterious board and Illimat was born!

Blending classic card game mechanics with the Decemberists’ other wordly vibe, Illimat feels like a relic of a time gone by. During the interview we delve into the unusual request of designing from a component and how Illimat evolved from its humble four quadrants. We also learn some insider knowledge about the upcoming Kickstarter, launching October 4th, to fund the publishing of the game.

Join us as we uncover the mysterious Illimat!

Episode 185 with Teos Abadia

This episode we interview Teos Abadia (aka Alphastream). You may have known him for his role in Ashes of Athas; or his con events like Confrontation at Candlekeep and Vault of the Dracolich. But today we talk about him about his latest adventure for Dungeons & Dragons – the exclusive Cloud Giant’s Bargain, given only to attendees of the PAX West 2016 Acquisitions Inc livestream Fathom Event!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

DMs Guild Masterpiece
Theme song by Michael Iachini

Interview with Teos Abadia [Twitter] [Website]

Kickstarters:
Pickstarters: [K] Kenna {R} Richard & *T* Teos

Episode 174 – Interview with Ryan Macklin

We have Ryan Macklin on the show to talk about his fantastical kickstarter Katanas and Trenchcoats! Have you always wanted to play a technomage with some sweet stubble and imposing tenacity? This is the game for you! We also catch up an a boat load of licensed games and great kickstarters! Enjoy!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Corner

DMs Guild Masterpiece

Kickstarters: Pickstarters: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Interview with Ryan Macklin

Katana and Trenchcoats

THE THREE

  1. What color Meeple do you typically choose? Blue
  2. What is a favorite entry level game for new gamers? Board Game: Forbidden Island, Pub Game: Pairs, RPG: D&D 5th Ed or Fate Core
  3. Who is a game designer that has your attention right now? Rob Daviau, Leonard Balsera and Greg Stolze

Special Interview – Mike Selinker for The Ninth World

Friend of the show, Mike Selinker, is back – and his stories are as amazing as ever! We spend this hour talking about Lone Shark Games‘ upcoming collaboration with Monte Cook Games: The Ninth World! Set in the world of Numenera, players embark on an adventure to collect relics, fight beasts and return to civilization. Our conversation covered the games conception by Paul Petersen and Boyan Radakovich, the team up with Monte Cook Games, and how tackling publishing games can make even a veteran designer feel like a rookie in the game industry.

As an added bonus, Mike reveals the secret question Lone Shark Games uses to interview perspective employees!

Lastly, here is the link to The Ninth World’s BoardGameGeek page (where you can find the Print and Play version in the Files section), and a link to the Google Doc where you can send them your feedback after giving it a try! Enjoy!

THE THREE

(1)  What color Meeple do you typically choose?   Whatever is closest

(2)  What is a favorite entry level game for new gamers?   Bohnanza

(3)  Who is a game designer that has your attention right now?   Vlaada Chvátil

Hear more from Mike Selinker on his answers to The Three in our interview!

Special Interview – Jason Tagmire

Jason Tagmire is the powerhouse behind game publisher Button Shy Games. Best known for their wallet series (micro 19-card games), they are now delving into even smaller games via their Patreon. Teaming up with 12 game designers, they are unleashing a Postcard Game series based on classic cult movies. When Tagmire isn’t teaming up with other designers to publish their games, he’s teaming up with other publishers to design for them. We had a great time digging into comparing big publisher versus the very small, designing to intentional constraints and much more!

Please enjoy our hour with Jason Tagmire!
[Twitter] [Patreon – Board Game of the Month Club]

Designed:

Designed and Self Published as Button Shy Games:

THE THREE

(1)  What color Meeple do you typically choose?   Yellow. Always.

(2)  What is a favorite entry level game for new gamers?   Survive!

(3)  Who is a game designer that has your attention right now?   Rob Daviau

Special Interview – James Ernest

This week we were fortunate to sit down and chat with James Ernest, master game designer and founder of Cheapass Games. We figured it was a good time to talk, since James is currently Kickstarting the 19.5th Anniversary Edition of Kill Doctor Lucky. However we were also sure to find out the latest on Tak, the upcoming abstract strategy game based on the Kingkiller Trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss, as well as talk about the ambitious Titans of Gaming series by Calliope Games.

While we talked about specific games, make sure to listen in for the most prolific one-man-game-studio ever discuss his thoughts on publishing, the changing games market, and his schedule which is so jam packed he can’t even take time to juggle. How sad is that?

Plus, it’s the start of a new era! James is our first contestant on “The Three!”

Ps. As promised, here is a link to Cheapass Games Free Games page!

THE THREE

(1)  What color Meeple do you typically choose?   White

(2)  What is a favorite entry level game for new gamers?   Pairs

(3)  Who is a game designer that has your attention right now?   Rob Daviau

Hear more from James Ernest on his answers to The Three in our interview!

Special Interview – Daniel Solis

We had the absolute privilege of sitting down with Daniel Solis for an hour. Daniel is a game designer well known for being open to discuss all parts his process and this interview is no exception! We get into everything from mechanics vs. theme to a rare behind the scenes peek into publishing finances and licensing. We learned so much from Daniel and we hope you do too!

Daniel Solis:  Website  /  Twitter  /  Smart Play Games  /  Patreon / Card at Work

Designer / Publisher of:  Trickster / Kigi / Heir to Europa

When we talked to Daniel, he discussed the reimaging of Kigi  – which turned out to be Kodama: the Tree Spirits, made in conjunction with Action Phase Games.

Daniel Solis’s Shopping List of Amazing Sounding Games (and Books):

Special Interview — Shari Spiro

Where do I even start with reviewing all the awesome things Shari Spiro is involved with?

First, she is the founder of Ad Magic. They have printed many great board games including the upcoming Exploding Kittens and Cards Against Humanity. She also has helped Cards Against Humanity pull off some of their greatest coups like pwnmeal – the extreme gaming oatmeal? You might also recognize her from her time as a judge on Tabletop Deathmatch?

Recently, Ad Magic has expanded to game publishing with their new arm: Breaking Games. In their first stable of releases, they already have a Mensa Seal Select winner on their hands: Letter Tycoon! Not to mention kickstarter favorites: Billionaire Banshee and Funemployed (see also our interview with Anthony Conta).

As you can tell, this is a VERY interesting interview with lots of great stories! Trust me when I tell you, you don’t want to miss it!

Episode 151: Chris Cieslik of Asmadi Games and Tabletop News

Hello all! This week we had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Chris Cieslik of Asmadi Games! Not only am I a big fan of Red7, I’ve also been wanting to ask how he created a game in ONE DAY (see: Meow). We also get the story behind how Asmadi ended up being the publisher of Penny Press after it won Deathmatch: Season One. And if you think that all sounds great – wait until you hear what Asmadi is bringing to GenCon!

All this and tabletop news – coming up!

Week in Geek

Tabletop Gaming News:

Kenna’s Deathmatch Season 2 Wrap Up:

Kickstarters:

Interview with Chris Cieslik of Asmadi Games

Special Interview – Mike Selinker

Apocrypha Adventure Card GameThis week, GoingLast jumps on the amazingly successful Apocrypha bandwagon! We sit down with designer Mike Selinker and talk about his newest game and the process of bringing it from conception to Kickstarter. With a creepy pre-apocalyptic theme, memorable characters, and a host of fantastic authors and writers joining in, this is a game you won’t want to miss.

To keep up with the latest news from Mike, follow @lonesharkgames.