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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 Tony Miller -- Designer -- @beardedroguegames Tony Miller is an unpublished designer looking to land his first contract.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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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Mar 23, 2016

Ian, Gil, and Tony talk to Philip duBarry about the early days of pitching board games to publishers, and how the industry has changed over the past 10 years.

 

Hosts:

Tony Miller - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian Zang - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil Hova - Publisher - @gilhova

 

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

Mar 9, 2016

Ian, Gil, and (eventually) Tony interview Dominic Crapuchettes, the co-owner of North Star Games about setting up a board game publishing company using a traditional business model. 

You can check out Evolution: Climate on kickstarter now!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1923120194/evolution-climate-a-stand-alone-boardgame

 

 

Our Hosts:

Tony Miller - Designer - @beardedroguegames

Ian Zang - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Gil Hova - Publisher - @gilhova

 

"There It Is" and "Constance" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Feb 24, 2016

Tony, Ian, and Gil talk about the ins and outs of the newer addition to the business end of the board game industry: Speed Dating. We also talk about pitching to publishers in general.

 

Links: 

Sell Sheets

http://www.leagueofgamemakers.com/how-to-build-a-sell-sheet-for-your-game/

http://www.knapsackgames.com/blog/2015/3/14/10-tips-for-writing-board-game-sell-sheets

http://boardgameben.com/7-must-haves-on-your-sell-sheet/

https://inspirationtopublication.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/step-14-create-sales-sheets/

 

Icons: 

http://game-icons.net/

https://thenounproject.com/

 

As always, please follow us on social media, we like to hear from our listeners. What do you want to hear more about? Who do you want us to interview? Let us know!

Our Hosts: 

Designer -- Tony Miller @beardedroguegames

Developer -- Ian Zang @ianzangdesign

Publisher -- Gil Hova @gilhova

 

Feb 10, 2016

Our intrepid hosts interview Joel Eddy about becoming a video reviewer of games. 

Please reach out to us on social media! We love to hear what you think. 

@breakingintobg on twitter

breakingintoboardgames@gmail.com

 

You can find Joel online at his website: DriveThruVideos.com

 

Jan 27, 2016

Ian, Gil, and Tony all talk to Geoff Engelstein about his work as a game designer, and his tips about breaking in. 

 

Jan 13, 2016

Gil, Ian, and Tony talk about an important aspect of breaking into the business: Prototyping!

 

Dec 30, 2015

Ian, Gil, and Tony talk to Seth Jaffee of Tasty Minstrel Games about his entry into the development end of the business.

Dec 16, 2015

Ian, Tony, and Gil talk to Zev of Zman Games (and F2Z Entertainment) about his entry into the hobby. We find out what it takes to found a company, and what to do once you've gotten things off the ground!

Dec 2, 2015

Gil, Ian, and Tony invite Nicole Kline and Anthony Amato of Cardboard Fortress on to talk about starting out in the business of game design.

Nov 18, 2015

Ian and Tony talk to Stephen Buonocore about the rise of Stronghold Games.

Nov 4, 2015

Our hosts talk to Tim Fowers about his rise in the world of self publishing.

Oct 21, 2015

Gil and Ian talk to JR Honeycutt about his path through event planning and development.

Oct 7, 2015

Ian, Gil, and Tony talk to Scott Almes about his rise in the industry as a designer.

Sep 23, 2015

Tony, Ian, and Gil talk about they got into gaming. 

 

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.

 

The Hosts:

Gil Hova -- Publisher -- @gilhova

Ian Zang -- Developer -- @ianzangdesign

Tony Miller -- Designer -- @beardedroguegames

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