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Game designers Jon Gilmour (Dead of Winter, Dinosaur Island) and Ian Moss (Duelosaur Island, Wonderland's War) join us to discuss video games that would make cool board games, what video games have taught them about game design, our ideal gaming group, and how new RPGs make themselves stand out from the crowd. Here are the games covered on the show…
 
Join our upcoming Playtest Event on September 20th I have been asked several times which game design projects I am personally working on and I sometimes mention them here on the podcast, but today I would like to take the opportunity to present one of my projects in more detail. And since this is not a solo project, but a cooperation with another d…
 
Dane, Dan, and Ben finally finish reviewing all the new player cards from the investigator decks, ending with the rogue and mystic cards. This episode was recorded live on Twitch, so please bear with us as the audio is a bit messier than our usual episodes.By Dane Brophy, Dan Nichols, Ben Novak
 
Dane, Dan, and Ben continue the Herculean task of reviewing all the new player cards from the investigator decks, this time focusing on the new seeker cards and the five new basic weaknesses. This episode was recorded live on Twitch, so please bear with us as the audio is a bit messier than our usual episodes.…
 
Get the free Playtesting Questionnaire Template Join the Nerdlab Discord to get access to Mastermind Groups and monthly playtesting events. Playtests are helpful in every game design phase, but most of the time you want to get very specific feedback as a game designer. This form of desired feedback can be different in each design phase of course. I…
 
It's our 50th episode! We celebrate by discussing: Our top 3 games in BoardGameGeek's top 100 Our favorite genres (and our favorite game in that genre) The best moments from our podcast so far The board game that got us into board gaming Here are the games we mention on the show: Mike's topic: Favorite game in our favorite genre Gloomhaven Hansa Te…
 
Dane, Dan, and Ben begin a marathon series of episodes to review all of the new player cards from the investigator decks. Wow! There are so many new cards!This episode was recorded live on Twitch, so please bear with us as the audio is a bit messier than our usual episodes.Check out our website: mur.fmWe're now on Patreon for those who want to supp…
 
Connect with Gabriel and Hayley of Dinn: Dinn Website Dinn on Instagram Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab Community Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook Page Nerdlab on Twitter Nerdlab on Instagram Nerdlab on Twitch Today I am not alone in the Nerdlab. Today I will be talking to a fellow game designer who has…
 
Two guests! Nick Brachmann (Leder Games) and John de Campos (Terrible Games) join us to discuss their upcoming games (Fort and Token Terrors Battlegrounds, respectively) and our four new topics: Deckbuilding games with a unique twist Our other hobbies that we'd like to see brought to life for tabletop gaming The differences between "design" and "de…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab Community Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook Page Nerdlab on Twitter Nerdlab on Instagram Nerdlab on Twitch What is the Purpose of a Rulebook The two main purposes of rulebooks are: teaching new players how to play the game guiding experienced players by referencing specifi…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab Community Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook Page Nerdlab on Twitter Nerdlab on Instagram Nerdlab on Twitch Today I have a list of 10 common mistakes of new and aspiring game designers for you. The goal of this list is to make you aware of these mistakes and hopefully help …
 
We're talking so many "favorites" today: our favorite games where points don't matter, favorite games that revolve around illustrations (not necessarily drawing), favorite board game universes, and favorite game-induced social interactions. Our guest is Eric Slauson, designer of Tattoo Stories, Nerd Words, and the upcoming MonsDRAWsity. Here's a li…
 
Upcoming Twitch Game Design Live Stream: Wednesday at 10pm CEST, that’s 1 PM Pacific and 4 PM Eastern time Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab Community Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook Page Nerdlab on Twitter Nerdlab on Instagram Last week we already discussed different attributes in strategy card games. W…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab Community Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook Page Nerdlab on Twitter Nerdlab on Instagram Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am a…
 
What do we really mean when we want to play a "storytelling" game? Designers Sen-Foong Lim and Banana Chan join to discuss this as well as the upcoming Jiangshi RPG, our favorite board game themes, and board game cultural appreciation vs. appropriation. Here's a full list of games discussed on the show: Intro Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall Sco…
 
Dane, Dan, and Ben are joined by special guest Patrick "bluehg" Wayne to discuss fanmade custom cards and build a deck for a randomly chosen investigator. This episode was recorded live on Twitch. Stay tuned to our social media to hear about our upcoming streaming events and join us live next time!The audio levels on this episode are a bit off due …
 
Uber content creator Ruel Gaviola (Geek & Sundry plus a million other things) joins us this week to talk about under-the-radar games that need more love, games we can play outside that won't get blown away, genres we don't like (and exceptions to them), and online communities. Here's a full list of games discussed on the show: Mike's topic: Games w…
 
We talk (non-roll-and-write) board games that are perfect for streaming to your friends, and we delve into how a game company like The Op works with so many big-name licenses (Marvel, Harry Potter, and...um, Golden Girls). Plus, what is that X factor that makes a game really great? And Mike Zipkin gives impressions on Nintendo's Clubhouse Games. He…
 
How should game publishers and designers respond to recent political events? We also talk about premium components (the business behind them and how we do our own upgrading) and reissued/remade games like King of Tokyo Dark and Kemet: Blood and Sand. James Hudson, senior director of tabletop gaming at Skybound Games (Sorcerer City, Superfight, Tida…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab Community Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook Page Nerdlab on Twitter Nerdlab on Instagram Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am a…
 
We talk about Plaid Hat's new storytelling adventure game Forgotten Waters, our other favorite pirate-themed games, and some of the most memorable characters in board gaming. But...is quarantining slowly killing our love for board games? We have three special guests! Video game designer Tim Schafer (whose work on The Secret of Monkey Island influen…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab Community Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook Page Nerdlab on Twitter Nerdlab on Instagram Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am a…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab Community Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook Page Nerdlab on Twitter Nerdlab on Instagram Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am a…
 
What are our favorite two-player, solo, and roll-and-write games? Do you want to restart or fail forward when you lose a cooperative adventure? And we all love designer Uwe Rosenberg! With guest Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games (Wingspan, Tapestry, Scythe). Here's a full list of games discussed on the show: Intro Wingspan Viticulture Scythe Euph…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Join the Nerdlab CommunityNerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on Instagram Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am an […
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community: Join the Nerdlab Discord Episode 40 on Keywords in Strategy Card GamesJoin the Nerdlab CommunityNerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on Instagram Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd…
 
Which games transport us to new places or worlds? What makes a good asynchronous digital game? And how does sheltering in place change how a designer goes about his business? Board game designer Emerson Matsuuchi (Century series, Metal Gear Solid, Specter Ops) joins us to discuss. Here's a full list of games discussed on the show: Intro Century Met…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community:Join the Nerdlab CommunityNerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on InstagramJoin the Nerdlab Discord Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am an amb…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community:Join the Nerdlab CommunityNerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on InstagramJoin the Nerdlab Discord Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am an amb…
 
The world has changed. How are we playing games now? How has coronavirus impacted the game-publishing business? And why is community more important than ever? We cover these big topics with Nolan Nasser (CEO) and Jacob Way (COO) of Deep Water Games (Welcome To..., Hanamikoji). In lighter news, we go on and on about one of our favorite games of 2020…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community:Join the Nerdlab CommunityNerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on InstagramJoin the Nerdlab Discord Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am an amb…
 
Connect with Ambal Tournament (Bernardo Bittencourt):Ambal Tournament WebsiteAmbal Tournament Article about Faction/Archetype DesignAmbal Tournament on InstagramAmbal Tournament on Discord Connect with the Nerdlab Community:Nerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on InstagramJoin the Nerdlab Discord Hello fellow adventurers a…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community:Join the Nerdlab CommunityNerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on InstagramJoin the Nerdlab Discord Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am an amb…
 
How do we pick which board games to cull when we move? What is gaming life like in the military? What's considered a classic nowadays? And what's our ideal convention experience -- deadly viruses aside, that is? Lizzy Funkhouser (Board Game Spotlight) and Derek Funkhouser (Skybound Games) join us to discuss! Here's a full list of games discussed on…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Community:Join the Nerdlab CommunityNerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on InstagramJoin the Nerdlab Discord Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am an amb…
 
Connect with the Nerdlab Mastermind Community:Join the Nerdlab Discord Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we transform our gaming passion into incredible game designs and learn how to nerd like a boss. My name is Marvin and I am an ambitious game designer on my quest to develop a co-operative fantasy […]…
 
Animus – The Draft Building Game:Animus WebsiteAnimus on FacebookAnimus on Tabletop Simulator (Version not fully up to date) Connect with the Nerdlab Community:Join the Nerdlab CommunityNerdlab Website Nerdlab Facebook PageNerdlab on TwitterNerdlab on InstagramJoin the Nerdlab Discord Hello fellow adventurers and welcome to the Nerdlab – Where we t…
 
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