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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 Tony Miller -- Designer -- @beardedroguegames Tony Miller is an unpublished designer looking to land his first contract.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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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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May 3, 2017

Gil went to the Gathering of Friends run by Alan Moon and interviewed lots of people about their work. 

Alan talked about a website briefly. You can find that here:

http://www.spieleautorenzunft.de/home.html

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Apr 19, 2017

Hello dear listener! Our hosts talk about Theme and Immersion when building games. We'd love to hear your feedback! Go to our twitter or facebook and let us know 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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Apr 5, 2017

Ian and Gil interview Patrick Leder, publisher/developer/designer behind Leder Games. 

Patrick's breakout hit Vast (previously known as Trove) offers unique asymmetrical play that made it stand out. We discuss this success and how to build on momentum.

You can reach out to Patrick on twitter: @ledergames

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Apr 1, 2017

We have a bonus episode for you! You can learn a little bit more about the hosts, and have fun while doing it, because we totally aren't fun the rest of the year.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova



"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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