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Breaking Into Board Games

Breaking into Board Games is a podcast about breaking into the hobby game industry. Every week, we interview a person of note, and give tips and tricks to make your way into the business of games. Hosts: Gil Hova -- Publisher -- @gilhova Gil Hova has been designing games since 2000. He has three published games, a fourth one on the way, and is now self-publishing as Formal Ferret Games. Gil lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his girlfriend and two adorable ferrets. Ian Zang -- Developer -- @ianzangdesign Ian Zang is a developer that has been making games from an early age. His most recent work has been on corporate game design, and rulebook editing. Ian lives with his wife in Pittsburgh, working as a consultant. Tony Miller -- Designer -- @beardedroguegames Tony Miller is an unpublished designer looking to land his first contract. He lives in Northern KY where he is furiously getting his designs ready for publishers between working at his IT job and taking care of his family.
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Mar 22, 2017

Tony and Gil talk to Jason Tagmire of Button Shy Games, publisher of wallet games such as Pixel Lincoln, 7 Sevens, and Ahead in the Clouds.

You can reach out to Jason on Twitter @jtagmire

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Mar 8, 2017

The hosts talk to Suzanne and Chris Zinsli of Cardboard Edison about their entry into the media/design side of the industry. The Zinzli's saw a lack of a hub in the board game design world, and decided to take it upon themselves to be that hub. 

Reach out to them @CardboardEdison on twitter, facebook, and at cardboardedison.com

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Feb 22, 2017

The hosts talk to Chris Rowlands and Matt Christianson of One Thousand XP about being media in the hobby, then transitioning into designing and publishing. They have their new game, The Last Garden, up on Kickstarter now. In fact, you can win a copy of the game by listening to this episode. 

Chris can be reached on twitter @npcchris.

Matt can be reached on twitter @matty1kXP

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Feb 8, 2017

We talked to Michael Eskue, designer of Council of Verona, and Trash Pandas (a Hasbro game design finalist). We talk about working with a significant other and the philosophy of what it means to "break in" to the hobby. We also talk about his foray into publishing with Trash Pandas.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 25, 2017

We talked to Rob Daviau about his unique path into the industry. Rob has lived two lives in the game world. One in mass market with Hasbro, and another on his own with his own designs and companies. 

You can reach out to Rob on twitter: @robdaviau

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 11, 2017

The hosts discuss their ideas on the upcoming year in rapid fire ukelele format. Please feel free to add your voice to the mix! Let us hear what you think. 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Dec 14, 2016

We talked to Sen-Foong Lim and Jay Cormier, also known as the Bamboozle Brothers about working together on game design long distance, figuring out how to sell games to publishers before it was cool, and on development!

 

Reach out to them here:

Sen: @senfoonglim

Jay: @bamboozlebros

 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Nov 30, 2016

We talked with Chip Beauvais about Chroma Cubes, designing games, and dealing with disappointment. We also talked about working with a spouse in the design process.

You can reach out to Chip on twitter: @the_FlyingSheep

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Nov 16, 2016

We talked with Heiko Gunther, the graphic designer behind the Glory to Rome Black Box Edition (and The Networks by Formal Ferret Games, Gil's company) and designer of the indie game "The Dice Must Flow" about not so much "breaking" into the industry, but rather easing into it through doing what he loves.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Nov 2, 2016

We talk to James Mathe about running game stores and being a board game publisher with Minion Games. 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 19, 2016

The hosts talk to some of the team behind Riot Games' Mechs vs. Minions, Chris Cantrell and Rick Ernst, about the evolution and development of the game over the course of its life. 

You can best reach out to the Riot Games team on the BGG game page of Mechs vs. Minions, where they are very active. 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 5, 2016

The hosts talk to Daniel Solis, designer of Kodama, Kigi, the "I Can't Even" games about getting into the industry through print-on-demand (POD) services. We talk about working with foreign publishers and offering services outside of game design to get your name out.

You can reach out to Daniel on twitter @danielsolis

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sep 21, 2016

We made it! One full year of podcasting, with many more to come! We recap what we've been up to over the past year, and find out that we have all come a long way! 

If you are reading or listening to this, we'd like to thank you for supporting us over the past year. It means so much to us that we have the following we do. We'd love to expand our reach! If you know someone who is trying to break into the hobby, please let them know about our podcast. We're starting to rack up a healthy archive of material that is searchable! We have tagged each episode with either at least one of the following tags: "Designer", "Publisher", "Developer", or "Reviewer". This should aid you in finding the right podcasts to listen to!

Thanks again, and here's to another great year!

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sep 7, 2016

Ian, Gil, and Tony talk to Daryl Andrews about figuring out his passion for design, and how he has come to have 30 odd games signed with publishers. Also discussed; doing work as a developer, pitching games, and many other fantastic things!

Reach out to Daryl on twitter! @darylmandrews

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" and "Ultra Polka" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Aug 25, 2016

We talk with Avonelle Wing, Vice President of Double Exposure Inc. running cons being a leader in the technical support and marketing in the industry.

You can reach out to Avie on twitter! @avonelle

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Aug 10, 2016

We took a break from the hustle and bustle of GenCon 2016 to be in the same room for once! We talk about how our goals have shaped the experience we have had. 

This was recorded live, so please excuse any background noise that might be happening.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jul 27, 2016

The hosts talk to Chris Bryan, of Board with Life fame about creating unconventional board game media and how that launched his network within the industry.

You can reach out to Chris on twitter: @chrisbryangames



Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jul 13, 2016

We talk to Marcus Ross, winner of season 1 of Tabletop Deathmatch, and designer of Discount Salmon. Marcus tells us about building his small game design studio and how to pitch effectively.

 

Hosts: 

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jun 29, 2016

We talk about our goals and aspirations for Origins 2016, and how well we think we accomplished those goals.  

 

Hosts: 

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jun 15, 2016

The hosts talk to John DuBois, the designer of Avignon, about being relatively new to the professional design world.

John can be reached @johndubois on twitter.

 

Hosts: 

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jun 1, 2016

Ian, Gil, and Tony talk to Shari Spiro of Breaking Games/AdMagic about her love of the industry and how she transitioned from general industry to dealing almost exclusively in the board game hobby.

 

Hosts: 

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Develeoper - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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May 18, 2016

Ian, Tony, and Gil talk to Nate Murray, the developer behind most of IDW Games lineup about how he entered that world. From project management to design help, he does it all!

 

Hosts: 

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Develeoper - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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May 4, 2016

Ian, Gil, and Tony take a break from interviews and talk about various conventions they have attended, and the reasons behind attending each one. 

 

Hosts: 

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Apr 20, 2016

Ian takes a break while Tony, Gil and Guest Host Ben Shulman talk to Scott Rogers about transitioning from video game design to board game design. 

Scott can be reached on twitter: @mightybedbug

 

Hosts: 

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Develeoper - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

Ben - Graphic Designer - @JBsoupGames

 

"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Apr 6, 2016

Ian, Gil, and Tony speak with Sarah Reed, about pitching to publishers when you can't attend conventions and other designer know-how. Sarah is the codesigner of Project Dreamscape. 

You can reach out to Sarah on twitter @EuroGamerGirl

 

Hosts:

Tony Miller - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian Zang - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil Hova - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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