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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 Tony Miller -- Designer -- @beardedroguegames Tony Miller is an unpublished designer looking to land his first contract.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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Now displaying: 2018
Aug 15, 2018

In a "just us" episode, Tony interviews Gil and Ian about their work at GenCon. Lots of great things happened, and we tend to gush. :)

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

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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Aug 1, 2018

Catherine Stippell designed Nyctophobia, published by Pandasaurus Games. She details her path to success through designing for accessibility and designing for the sake of the creating something for one's self or others. 

 

You can reach out to her on twitter: @playnyctophobia

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

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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Jul 18, 2018

Peter Wocken, cofounder of Maple Games, and graphic artist extraordinaire came on to talk about his path through the industry. Beginning with an unpaid internship, to starting his own company, he provides some great ideas as to how to do things right. 

You can reach out to him on twitter: @peterwocken

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

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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Jul 4, 2018

The hosts talk to Levi Mote, the developer behind Daily Magic Games, designer of Horizons, and game tinkerer extraordinaire! Listen in for a discussion about how developers have to walk a fine line between publisher needs and designer desires.

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

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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Jun 20, 2018

Ian, Gil, and Tony talk about their experiences at the 2018 Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

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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Jun 6, 2018

Dan Letzring of Letiman games sat down with Tony and Ian to talk about the independent publishing wing of the industry. How to balance family, work, and the hobby in a way that works! 

You can reach out to Dan on twitter: @letimangames 

letimangames.com

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

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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May 23, 2018

We return after a hiatus with John D. Clair, designer of Mystic Vale, Edge of Darkness, and Downfall. We discuss prototyping weird pieces, pitching for publishers when you're a new designer, and working with as a full-time game designer.

You can reach out to John on Twitter:

@johndclair

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

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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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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