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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 Tony Miller -- Designer -- @beardedroguegames Tony Miller is an unpublished designer looking to land his first contract.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 10, 2018

The hosts chat with Alice Davis, designer of Thieves Den and Kitten Clash, about her design process of rapid prototyping and development. She offers some great tips about how to get a design from idea to published!

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sep 26, 2018

In a "just us" episode, we talk about the tips and tricks we've picked up in authentic networking. Not just "here's my business card" networking. Take a listen and join the discussion on twitter! @breakingintobg

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sep 15, 2018

Tony, Ian, and Gil talk to Gerald King of Ultimate Team Up about his work with conventions. He started in video games, and has had many jobs getting him to this point. Listen in to hear his story!

 

You can reach out to Gerald on twitter: @UltimateTeamUp

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

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

Tim Blank, the Vice President for Tabletop Games at BostonFIG and designer of Bumuntu and Oh My Gods talks to our hosts about his various roles in the hobby. Tim is a multi-tasking fiend, listen in to hear how he balances everything!

You can reach out to Tim on twitter: @TimMakesGames

You can check out BostonFIG at www.bostonFIG.com

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil - Publisher - @gilhova

 

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