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

Episode 167

We’ve been having so much fun!  Rich went to a Pathfinder … PLAY? He’ll find Pathfinder ANYWHERE! So rad. I played a great new word based deck builder and found a million dice to be obsessed with! Fun fun fun!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kenna’s Licensing Korner:

Kickstarters: Pickstarter Picks: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Kickstarter Fulfillment Study — 9% failure rate, total failure for games is relatively low

Questions:

  • Michael from RPG Academy: Will you be at #AcadeCon 2016?
  • The Dapper DM: how do you guys learn to play a new game? I know [K] has no patience for manuals. YouTube or wait for someone else to teach you?

Episode 166

This episode Kenna’s Licensing Korner makes a return, Rich is recording podcasts with the Doubleclicks and we have tons of gaming news and kickstarters to tell you about! Don’t forget to vote for your Listener Pickstarter!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Gaming News:

Kickstarters: Pickstarter Picks: [K] Kenna & {R} Rich

Episode 165

It happened! We played Pathfinder Adventure Card Game! I loved it! WOO HOO! We’ve also played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons and not an iota of Pathfinder. What kind of backwards fortnight is this? And while we might not have gaming news, we do have questions from YOU!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Tabletop News:

  • Not this time!

Kickstarters: Pickstarter Picks: [K] & {R}

Episode 164

Here we are in Episode 164! Not only do we have lots of to talk about regarding Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, but I’m FINALLY about to play it! Is this real life? We also got a chance to play ManaSurge from Daily Magic Games and really enjoyed it.

Meanwhile, we have a chance for us to mutually benefit from Audible offering Two Free Books! Check the link below for a free trial. While you’re there – let us know what your Listener Pickstarter of the episode is!

Until next time… GAME ON!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Tabletop News:

Kickstarters:

Pickstarter Picks: [K] & {R}

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!

Episode 163

Another day, tons more games! We have tons to cover including our latest playthrus, upcoming kickstarters and your questions!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Tabletop News:

Kickstarters: Pickstarter Picks: [K] & {R}

Questions:

  • The Dapper DM: most intense moment in a board/card/social game?
  • No Beard Pirate: do you have a creator/designer that is a no questions asked  buy it whey they put a game out? (Pathfinder doesn’t count lol)
  • No Beard Pirate: (R) when rolling and playing your D&D/Pathfinder character, how into it do you get, voices, gestures, clothing..?
  • WhoWhatWhy: What makes a game fun? What mechanics are a turnoff in a game? Favorite dexterity game? How many runs will the Mets end with?
  • Daniel Solis: What are your favorite games to relax? For ex, even party can be stressful if they put you on the spot. What’s good for chill?
  • Alphastream: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if it was in A) DnD or Pathfinder, B) Shadowrun, C) FATE, D) FIASCO ?

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):

Episode 162

Rich and I have been gaming up a storm, thanks to Jonathan H. Lui of GeekDad.com! We got to try several kickstarter games that aren’t out yet and some new games that are freshly out. As always we also have plenty of tabletop news, kickstarter reviews and listener questions – so let’s jump into it!

Fortnight in Nerddom, Two Sennights in Sorcery

Tabletop News:

Kickstarters: Pickstarter Picks: [K] & {R}

Questions:

  • BoardGamingTables.comWhich is a better game night? Getting to play several 30-60 minute games or paying one 3+ hour game
  • Ryan: If you weren’t lucky enough to catch Rich’s rad panel at PAXDev or RCCC, what books does {R} recommend for game/conflict theory?
  • Michael Iachini: Do you prefer Codenames with 4 players (1 guesser per team) or big groups (multiple guessers)?
  • Jesse Ferguson: What are your favorite two-player dueling games? [K] mentioned one last week as her favorite KS game, but other than that one?
  • Alphastream: Best RPG edge-of-your-seat moment… and how did the DM or adventure make it so exciting?