Game Designers of North Carolina Podcast

Game Designers of North Carolina Podcast

The Game Designers of North Carolina is a guild of tabletop game designers who, shockingly, reside in North Carolina. We’ve been meeting regularly since April 2013 and when we started most of us did not have a lot of exposure or experience in tabletop game design. We’ve learned a lot as a group since we started and this podcast is a way to share some of that knowledge. Our goal for the podcast is to present a lot of information pertinent for new designers but hopefully also offer content that any designer can find useful. We’ll also be sharing news of what group members are up to in the design world.

Episodes

April 9, 2024 37 mins

Lyn Phillips, Josh Bowman, and Mark McGee get together to discuss what value games offer, and whether games should exist. It’s not nearly as Nihilistic of an episode as that sounds! We also discuss how to pitch games to Allplay.

  • 2:48 – What are Games Good For?
  • 13:16 – Pitch Perfect: Allplay
  • 25:30 – Should Games Justify Themselves?

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Kevin Ude (@UdeGames and udeudeude), Josh Bowman, and Mark McGee (@mmark40) get together to discuss Designer Diaries, Carcassonne farmers, and look into why Josh doesn’t like Humanity (the board game, he like humanity just fine in general).

  • 1:20 - Make A Designer Cry
  • 17:10 - Designer Diary Diary
  • 28:39 - My Favorite [Most Controversial?] Rule

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November 30, 2023 56 mins

Isaac Shalev (@kindfortress), Josh Bowman, and Mark McGee (@mmark40) get together to try new things on this episode of the Game Designers of North Carolina Podcast.

  • 5:55 – Iterative Design
  • 26:40 – Do Games Offer Choice?
  • 44:29 – Eclipse and Dice

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Mark McGee (@mmark40) and Kevin Ude (@UdeGames) join Matt Wolfe (@mattwolfe) to talk about starting a new publishing company How To Steam Broccoli.

  • Tell Me Something Good
  • Main Topic - Designers Becoming Publishers

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December 7, 2022 44 mins

Ashwin Kamath (@BoardGameGhee) and Clarence Simpson (@stoichamster) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about their journey designing their game The Wolves.

  • 1:02 – Getting to know Ashwin
  • 8:15 – Main topic: Talking About The Wolves

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Matt Wolfe (@mattwolfe) joins Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about designing games in different genres.

  • -- Tell Me Something Good
  • -- Main topic:  Designing Games in Different Genres

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January 5, 2022 49 mins

Clarence Simpson (@stoichamster) and Mitch Wallace (@MitchWgames) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about PAX Unplugged.

  • 0:37 – First Timer Palooza with Mitch
  • 6:54 – Tell Me Something Good
  • 10:10 – Main topic: PAX Unplugged

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October 5, 2021 34 mins

Mike Belsole and Grace Kendall from the Tabletop Mentorship Program (Tabletopmentorship.org and @tabletopmentor) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about their mentorship program.

  • -- First Timer Palooza
  • -- Main topic: Tabletop Mentorship Program

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July 5, 2021 61 mins

Ian Phillips (@crunchwrapgames) joins Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about inherent properties of board games.

  • 1:01 -- Tell Me Something Good
  • 3:30 -- Main Topic: Inherent Weaknesses of Board Games

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April 19, 2021 58 mins

Ian Zang  (@IanZangDesign, @GravGames, and gravitation.games) joins Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about all sorts of things that Ian Zang likes.

  • 2:30 -- Tell Me Something Good
  • 19:32 -- Main Topic: Zanged

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TC Petty III (@PuppyShogun) joins Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about inherent properties of board games.

  • 1:37 -- Tell Me Something Good
  • 7:49 -- Main Topic: Inherent Strengths of Board Games

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March 10, 2021 68 mins

Isaac Shalev (@KindFortress and www.kindfortress.com) and Josh Mills (@JoshuaJMills)  join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about Player Expectations.

  • 00:56 First Timer Palooza with Isaac Shalev
  • 11:22 Tell Me Something Good
  • 18:25 Main topic: Player Expectations

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February 12, 2021 52 mins

Nate Bivins (@natebivins) joins Mark McGee (@mmark40) to go into a deep design dive about his game The Silver River.

  • 1:46-- First Timer Palooza with Nate Bivins
  • 8:51-- Tell Me Something Good
  • 11:52-- Main topic: The Silver River

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November 30, 2020 68 mins

Kevin Ude (@UdeGames and udeudeude) and Tony Miller (@beardedrogue) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about Redcap Ruckus and Kabuto Sumo, two games that share a similar inspiration but wound up being significantly different.

  • 1:59 -- Tell Me Something Good
  • 12:40 -- Main topic: Simultaneous Design Inspiration

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November 11, 2020 72 mins

Josh Mills (@JoshuaJMills) and T.C. Petty III (@PuppyShogun) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about designing for the first-time experience.

  • 1:14 -- Tell Me Something Good
  • 9:21 -- Main topic: First Time Experience

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October 28, 2020 65 mins

Kevin Ude (@UdeGames and udeudeude), Emilia Zywot, and David Marron (@emdadesign) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about codesigning games.

  • 0:57 -- Double Time First Timer Palooza
  • 7:28 -- Tell Me Something Good
  • 12:42 -- Main topic: Codesigning Games

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September 30, 2020 65 mins

Josh Mills (@JoshuaJMills) and Seth McCormick (@CardboardProf and cardboardprofessor.com) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about avatars and how they relate to games.

  • 1:18 -- Tell Me Something Good
  • 8:37 -- Main topic: Avatars in Games

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September 3, 2020 62 mins

James Meyers (@apollocontinuum), Chris Kirkman (@dicehateme), and Chris Faulkenberry (@ccfaulkenberry) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about fiddly games.

  • 0:57 -- Tell Me Something Good
  • 6:15 -- Main topic: Fiddliness

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August 18, 2020 61 mins

Matt Wolfe (@mattwolfe), Julio Nazario (@Junazaru), and Clarence Simpson (@stoichamster) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about designing, testing, and pitching games virtually.

  • 01:12 - First-Timer-Palooza with Clarence
  • 06:55 - Tell Me Something Good
  • 14:05 - Main topic: Designing in a Virtual World

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April 20, 2020 76 mins

Ian Phillips (iansloatphillips@gmail.com) and Kevin Ude (@UdeGames and udeudeude) join Mark McGee (@mmark40) to talk about Mean Games.

  • 01:17-- First Timer Palooza with Ian Phillips
  • 08:33-- Tell Me Something Good
  • 15:22-- Main topic: Mean Games

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