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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: Dan Letzring -- Publisher -- @letimangames Dan Letzring has been publishing games through his company Letiman Games since 2014 and is also the co-owner of Galactic Raptor Games. A designer, publisher, and father, Dan lives in Rochester, NY with his family. Ian Zang -- Developer -- @ianzangdesign Ian Zang is the lead developer with Deepwater Games. He has been making games since an early age with his most recent work being in the realms of corporate and educational game design. Ian lives with his wife in Pittsburgh, PA. Tony Miller -- Designer -- @beardedroguegames Tony Miller is the designer of Fire in the Library and is currently pitching other designs that you may see soon. He lives in the Portland, OR area where he continues to furiously get his designs ready for publishers while working at his IT job and taking care of his family.
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Jul 21, 2020

Grant Rodiek of Hyperbole Games joins us on the podcast, talking about a self-publishing route he took to get to now! He is the designer of Fort, releasing July 21st from Leder Games! 

You can reach out to Grant on twitter: @hyperbolegrant 

Or you can visit his website: hyperbolegames.com

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Jun 29, 2020

Brenna Noonan joins us to talk about board game development and brand management. She previously worked with Starling Games (Game Salute), and has since started a new development company, Quillsilver. 

You can reach out to Brenna on twitter: @brennanoonan

Her website is https://www.brennanoonan.com

Or check out the Quillsilver website: https://www.quillsilver.com

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Jun 15, 2020

We talked to Connor Alexander, vendor services rep for Publisher Services Incorporated, about working with a business middleman. If you're a publisher just getting started, this is a great episode to listen to!

You can reach out to Connor with further questions here: @ConnorAlexander

Connor is also launching a great indigenous RPG called Coyote and Crow that you should check out here: coyoteandcrow.net

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

May 31, 2020

We talk to Danny Quach, of Danny Plays Gamez and the Variable Player Podcast about breaking into the content creation scene. Being an excellent hype man is a wonderful way to get into this industry, and Danny is one of the best. 

 

You can reach out to Danny on twitter: @DannyPlaysGamez

The Variable Player Power Podcast is at: variableplayerpower.libsyn.com

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

May 18, 2020

We talked to Shawn, Molly, and Robb of Flatout Games, publishers of Calico and designers of Point Salad. They explain how their co-lab works, and provide tips for new folks to try out their methods!

You can reach out to them on all social media: @flatoutgames

Their website is: flatout.games

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

May 4, 2020

We talk to John Brieger, who quit his job designing multimedia experiences at Apple to become a full-time game developer. He's since grown a small company of development specialists who work with many companies to improve their games to top-notch quality. 

 

You can reach out to John on twitter: @dasbrieger

You can find out more about Mike's work on www.briegerdevelopment.com

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Apr 19, 2020

Hello all! Due to COVID-19, we have had issues recording. Ian took this opportunity to share some information on the different types of experience in game design. 

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Mar 29, 2020

The hosts talk to Mike Selinker, founder of Lone Shark Games about his work in the industry. He has been involved in major companies like Wizards of the Coast and Paizo Publishing, working primarily in production and writing. 

You can reach out to Mike on twitter: @mikeselinker

You can find out more about Mike's work on www.lonesharkgames.com

Mike also writes quite a bit on Medium. His blog is here: https://medium.com/@mikeselinker

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Mar 16, 2020

Dan and Tony talk with Jeremy Howard, of Jambalaya Plays Games and Man vs. Meeple talks about his work in the content creation realm of board gaming. Take a listen to his journey!

You can reach out to Jeremy on twitter:

@jambapg

@manvsmeeple

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Feb 26, 2020

Tony talks to four fantastic playtest group organizers about how they formed their groups, and how they have continued to maintain the health of them. Each has some great input into how best to manage a large group of people, all wanting to playtest their own games. If you're interested in setting up a group like it, listen in!

You can reach out to our guests on twitter:

Daniel Newman: @dnlnwmn

Emma Larkins: @emmalarkins

John Brieger: @dasbrieger

Matt Wolfe: @mattwolfe

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts of Breaking into Board Games:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Feb 12, 2020

Dan moderates a roundtable amongst a great group of rulebook editors. Listen in as they discuss how their work helps make a great game shine.

All of these editors are looking for new work, feel free to contact them via twitter!

Calvin Wong - @ithayla

Travis Hill - @travisdhill

Sam Hillier - @Philosocopter

Dustin Schwartz - @dustinbschwartz

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Jan 29, 2020

The hosts talk to Victoria Caña and Alex Uboldi, the team behind an upcoming game Gladius. They have taken a different approach to creating a game themselves from scratch. Listen in to hear their tips and tricks, and what to watch out for!

You can reach out to them at the links below:

Victoria - @victoriacana

Alex - @alexuboldi

Gladius - @gladiuscardgame

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Jan 15, 2020

The hosts review their predictions from 2019, and look forward to 2020. Let's see if they're right!

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Jan 1, 2020

Ian and Dan talk to Banana Chan, the founder of the publishing company Game and a Curry (gameandacurry.com) about her work in the industry. She has been a prolific creator, making board games, live action role play, online role play, and has written content for many other companies. 

You can reach her on twitter, facebook, and instagram: @bananachangames

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Dec 11, 2019

Tony, Ian, and Dan talk to Kimberley Revia, the founder of Granite Game Summit, about starting, running, and growing a new gaming convention. Her insight is incredibly valuable for listeners who might want to start their own event!

You can reach out to Kimberly on Twitter: @kjrevia

Check out G2Summit and Stumptown Game Summit at the websites below!

granitegamesummit.com

stumptowngamesummit.com

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Nov 27, 2019

Tony, Ian, and Dan talk to Julio Nazario, game designer extraordinaire. After blasting onto the design scene two years ago, Julio has made quite a name for himself designing incredibly unique games. 

You can reach out to him on twitter: @junazaru

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Nov 13, 2019

The hosts talk to El Whitcombe, Director of Sales at Deep Water Games about their work selling the games that a company creates. We talk about distribution models and various other tasks that El must complete to make their company a success!

You can reach out to them on twitter: @TerriblyBland

 

Please support our Patreon! 

https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Oct 30, 2019

Ian, Dan, and Tony talk to Fertessa Allyse, designer of the upcoming game "Book of Villainy" about hitting the ground running while getting into board game design. We talk about real-life quality control (Fertessa's real-life gig) and how it relates to design.

You can reach out to her on twitter: @fertessa

You can also check out Book of Villainy on her website: www.bookofvillainy.wordpress.com  

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Oct 16, 2019

Ian, Tony, and Dan talk to Randy Hoyt of Foxtrot Games about his work running a publishing company, developing games, and working with other publishers. 

You can reach out to Randy on twitter: @randyhoyt

Visit Foxtrot Games here: foxtrotgames.com

Please support our Patreon! It helps pay for hosting the podcast, and for us to be able to support the community better!

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Oct 2, 2019

Tony and Dan talk to Liberty Kifer, the breakout designer, artist, and publisher behind Crystallo about her rocket-like rise in the kickstarter world. 

You can reach out to Liberty on twitter: @lightheartgames

And you can find her website here: libertykifer.com

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Sep 18, 2019

The hosts talk to Bez Shahriari, designer, developer, artist, and publisher behind Stuff by Bez. She has made her own way in a crowded industry, and goes deeply into detail about how she did it! 

You can reach out to her on twitter: @stuffbybez

And, visit her website: stuffbybez.com

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Sep 4, 2019

Ian, Tony, and Dan talk to Liz Davidson about her work running the blog "Beyond Solitaire", and becoming a regular on the Dice Tower Network. Playing solo games has boomed in popularity over the past few years, come listen as to why that is!

You can reach out to Liz on twitter: @beyondsolitaire

www.beyondsolitaire.net

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Aug 21, 2019

Hello all! 

Thank you for listening for these 100 episodes! If you haven't, please follow us on twitter and facebook @breakingintobg.

We celebrate hitting 100 with some listener questions and a surprise giveaway at the end of the episode. 

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Aug 9, 2019

Dan asks Ian and Tony about their experience at GenCon 2019 as a full-bore developer and designer. 

You can send all clips of you telling us about your growth to breakingintoboardgames AT gmail.com. Please format your audio recording as a .flac or .wav if possible, and keep recordings to under two minutes. 

Thanks for being on this ride with us. We're looking forward to episode 100!

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

Jul 24, 2019

Tony and Ian talk to Emma Larkins about designing games for experience and how she utilizes her background in storytelling and product design to create great games. 

You can find Emma on twitter! @emmalarkins

 

Hosts:

Tony - Designer - @beardedrogue

Ian - Developer - @ianzangdesign

Dan - Publisher - @letimangames

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

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