Design Journal

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Alan Phan

Alan Phan and his team recently launched a million-dollar Kickstarter for a trading card game called The Grand Archive. What’s amazing is that he and his friends had never made a trading card game before, so today we’re going to learn a little bit more about Alan and...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Richard Bartle

Richard Bartle is a legend among game designers. He has a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and is the co-creator of the first virtual world ever to exist, a game called Multi-Use Dungeon or M.U.D. Richard authored the book Designing Virtual Worlds and his most recent...

No one knows what they’re doing…

“The World of Warcraft Miniatures Game is getting scrapped.” The words of our head executive echoed in my ears. Unlike the rest of us, who were sitting around in t-shirts and hoodies, he was wearing a button-up shirt and acting as though he were the only adult in the...

Fear, Rollercoasters, and Game Design

In the decade I’ve spent teaching design and creativity, I’ve noticed one common trend that gets in the way of all creative work: Fear. Fear comes in different forms for different people: The fear of failing at a task, the fear of looking stupid in front of our peers,...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Alan Gerding

Alan Gerding is responsible for one of the highlights of my game design career, which we discuss in the first part of the podcast. He is a psychology professor and game designer who co-owns Tuesday Knight Games with his best friend. He is the designer of the recently...

New! Think Like A Game Designer Audio Book

Hey Everyone! If you're like me audiobooks have become a big part of life—listening to stories and learning lessons while I'm on the go. I particularly love audiobooks because they allow me to revisit core principles, again and again, which is key to absorbing all the...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Mike Turian

Mike Turian Mike Turian is a Magic The Gathering Hall of Fame champion and is the current Product Architect for Magic The Gathering.  Mike has the unique experience of being on nearly every side of the success of Magic, from Pro Player, to marketing manager, to game...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: Brotherwise

Brotherwise Games: Chris and Johnny O’Neal Brotherwise Games is an LA-based board game publishing company founded by Chris and Johnny O’Neal in 2012. Since then, the “Brothers Wise” have become one of the tabletop industry’s biggest indie success stories. In this...

Think Like A Game Designer Podcast: JT Smith

JT Smith started designing games when he was in high school and wanted an easier way to prototype his game. His drive to find a better way to prototype led him to found the company Game Crafter, a company that allows you to print prototypes and even produce your game...

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