Design Journal

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Liz Spain

Today I speak with Liz Spain from Lone Shark Games. Liz entered the game industry through the unusual path of fashion and costume design. Liz tells the remarkable story of designing, producing, and successfully kickstarting her first game, Incredible Expeditions:...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Michael Gnade

Michael Gnade is the founder and lead designer at Rock Manor Games. He started his career in games with Indie Game Magazine, writing and reporting about the newest games from independent creators. Inspired by Ascension, Michael developed Brass Empire, which he created...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: James Ernest

In this episode, I speak with James Ernest, founder of Cheapass Games, a company that I absolutely love. Check out the episode here: Cheapass was founded on the principle that you don't need to spend a lot of money to make great games, and it is a message that still...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Elan Lee

Elan Lee is the creator of Exploding Kittens, the most-backed game in Kickstarter history, by number of backers. He started as an intern at Industrial Light and Magic, working on Star Wars Episode I, before moving on to working with legendary game designer Jordan...

Think like A Game Designer Podcast: Satine Phoenix

This week on the Think Like A Game Designer Podcast is the incredible Satine Phoenix: Satine Phoenix is the first non-game designer on our podcast, but she is an icon in the gaming industry. Satine is a professional Dungeon Master and storytelling coach who supports...

Celebrating Ten Years of Ascension

Ten years ago today I sold the first copy of Ascension. Eighteen months before that, I quit my dream job as game designer for Upper Deck Entertainment. I’d recently finished the World of Warcraft Miniatures game, a huge project that took me three years to bring to...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Richard Garfield

This week we have a huge episode of Think Like A Game Designer Podcast because we have the legendary Game Designer, Richard Garfield. Richard is the creator of Magic: The Gathering, KeyForge, Netrunner, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, Battletech(CCG) and a lot more. He...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Scott Gaeta

Scott Gaeta has been in the game industry for over 20 years. He’s the founder of Renegade Game Studios. Scott started as a comics and game store owner before shifting into game design, cutting his teeth on popular products such as the Star Wars, Star Trek, and Lord of...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Isaac Childres

This week we have an exciting episode of Think Like A Game Designer Podcast this week because we have Isaac Childres; if you play board games you likely know this name already.  Isaac Childres is the creator of Gloomhaven and Frosthaven. Gloomhaven is the #1 rated...

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