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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 Tony Miller -- Designer -- @beardedroguegames Tony Miller is an unpublished designer looking to land his first contract.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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Apr 26, 2018

Tony, Gil, and Ian interview Adrienne Ezell, graphic designer, game designer, game publisher, and everything else. She is the brains behind Dreadful Games and Shogunate. 

We talk about art direction especially around intellectual property and her path through the industry.

 

You can find her on twitter: @DreadfulGames

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Apr 11, 2018

We talk about our experiences at Unpub 8, most of which are fantastic. We also discuss some of the issues that came up throughout, and how they are being addressed.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Mar 29, 2018

We talked to Kwanchai about working as an artist in the board game space. We were specifically interested in how he got noticed and progressed once publishers started to take note. You'd be surprised what a windy path it was!

You can reach out to Kwanchai on twitter: @kwanchaimoriya

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Mar 17, 2018

Tony and Gil talk to Luke Crane, Head of Games at Kickstarter about the business of crowdfunding.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Feb 28, 2018

Tony, Ian, and Gil talk to Chris Kirkman of Dice Hate Me Games and Greater than Games about his work creating a company, merging a company, and managing... taxes? It's a great episode, trust us! 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Feb 14, 2018

Tony, Ian, and Gil take listener questions about the industry.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 31, 2018

Tony, Ian, and Gil talk to Kathleen Mercury, designer of the upcoming Dirty Dragons from Kolossal Games, and gifted teacher for some lucky students. Kathleen has been working on improving her students skills through game design challenges. You can reach out to her at the locations below.

kathleenmercury.com

@mmmmmmmercury

 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 17, 2018

The hosts review their predictions from last year's episode, and make their new predictions for 2018.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova


"There It Is", "Balloon Game" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 3, 2018

The hosts talk to Carla Kopp of Weird Giraffe Games about starting a game company and developing a following of people that love your games!

We also talk about designer/publisher relationships and how to go through development while maintaining the designer's original vision.

Carla is on twitter @weirdgiraffes

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Dec 20, 2017

We talked to TC Petty III about his path into the industry as a game designer and work as a developer with Artana games. His published works are Xenon Profiteer, Viva Java: The Coffee Game, and Viva Java: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game. 

You can reach out to TC on twitter: @puppyshogun

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Dec 6, 2017

Gil and Tony are on location at BGGcon to talk to Smoox Chen, lead of Taiwan Board Game Design, and designer of "My Story", and importer of games from the Asian market. 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Nov 23, 2017

Ian joins Gil and Tony live from BGGcon2017 as they discuss their convention experiences, and Ian touches on experiences at non-game conventions

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



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

Ian and Gil talk to Maggibot about her new job at PSI and her past at Mox Boarding House as a purchasing manager. 

You can reach out to her on twitter:

@maggibot

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



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

Gil and Ian talk to Ben Rosset, a Product Manager at Panda Game Manufacturing about the work he does behind the scenes to make sure games get made correctly. 

We also chat about his forays into game design and development.

 

You can reach out to Ben on twitter:

@benrosset

Or reach him by email:

Ben(AT)pandagm.com

 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



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

Tony, Gil, and Ian talk to Evan Derrick, one of the two minds behind Van Ryder Games about his role in the industry and how he got there. From beginning with designing Battlestar Galactica Express, now known as Dark Moon, to balancing two full time jobs to ensure Van Ryder is successful.

 

You can reach out to Evan here:

Twitter: @evanderrick 

Email: Evan(AT)vanrydergames.com

Website: vanrydergames.com

Detective: City of Angels is on Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vanrydergames/detective-city-of-angels

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sep 27, 2017

We talk about our second year podcasting. What we did, what we look forward to, and what we're doing right now!

Please let us know how we're doing! We have a BGG guild, twitter, and facebook. 

@breakingintobg

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sep 13, 2017

The hosts interview Tiffany Caires about being a go-to person for streaming board games, living with corgis, convention support, and so many other things! 

Tiffany can be reached on twitter! @TheOneTAR

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Aug 30, 2017

We remember our time at GenCon 2017. Long story short: We were busy. A lot.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Aug 9, 2017

The hosts talk to Nolan Nasser, a freelance digital artist about working freelance, art direction, and how art should be incorporated into board games in the future.

Nolan can be reached on twitter: @nolannasser

He has a kickstarter live right now if you'd like art pieces for your own! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nolannasser/the-art-of-nolan-nasser-2-an-astral-adventure

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jul 29, 2017

The hosts talk to Ryan Laukat about starting your own company, persistence, and art in the hobby. Ryan runs Red Raven games, publisher of Above and Below, Near and Far, and many others along with his wife. 

Ryan can be reached at @redravengames on twitter.

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jul 12, 2017

The hosts talk to Jon Gilmour about moving into the development sphere with the Atari series from IDW Games, and about working with a codesigner.

You can reach out to Jon on twitter - @jongilmour

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jun 28, 2017

We talk about our experiences at Origins 2017, make bad predictions live, and have a great time together!

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jun 14, 2017

All the hosts talk with Brittanie Boe about working in marketing and sales for a distributor. She touches on developing your own skills to apply them to your chosen field. Those interested in the business end of the board game industry, take note!

You can reach out to Bebo on twitter: @GameWireWarrior

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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May 31, 2017

Gil and Ian have a conversation with Daryl Andrews and JR Honeycutt about game development. JR is currently employed full time with Restoration Games, and Daryl works on contract with IDW Games.

You can reach out them @jayahre and @darylmandrews on twitter.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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May 18, 2017

We speak with Joe Ellis, the wizard of tech behind Plaid Hat Games. He explains importance of recognizing need in the industry, and helping where you think you can. 

You can reach out to Joe on twitter: @joepinion

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



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