Design Doc

Join Hannah and Evan on a journey in analog game design as they set out to redesign their first roleplaying game, Questlandia. Are you a junk poet or a world weaver? Can you Kickstart a roleplaying game in a three-ring binder?  It’s as close to live game design as it gets, and we’re inviting you along for the ride!

Hannah grew up on point-and-click adventures games and purple-aquamarine ‘90s tracksuits, and never really grew out of it. She designs games around themes of queerness, empathy, and optimistic nihilism. You can find more of her work at, where she creates board and roleplaying games as part of the Make Big Things co-op.

Evan is an avid player and creator of both tabletop and coimputer games. He’s worked previously on Questlandia, 14 Days, Noirlandia, and is developing the upcoming video game Goblin Diplomat. His favorite game is Go. If you ask, he will definitely play Go with you.

54. Packed With Care (Part 1)

Hannah and Evan talk about packing and shipping games. You won’t want to miss this thrill ride, heroes!

Full Show Notes

53. Actually Selling Our Games

We made the games, now we have to sell them. Hannah and Evan talk about something they’re good at: making new games. And something they’re bad at: confidently sharing those games with an audience that might like them.

Full Show Notes

52. What to Do When You’re Sick of Your Game

Hannah and Evan discuss how to repair their relationship with a game they’ve spent a year struggling to complete.

Full Show Notes

51. FLETs (Fiddly Little End Things)

Hannah and Evan talk about the fiddly little end things that make a project go on, and on, and on much longer than you expected. Design Doc intro/outro theme: by Pat King

Full Show Notes

50. Dispatch from an on-time timeline

Hannah and Evan salvage an episode about being on time with an upcoming game, and publish it in a world where they were not on time. Intro/outro theme: by Pat King. If you enjoyed this episode, you might also like… Design Doc episode 10: Deadline Motivated.

Full Show Notes

49. Imperfect Inspiration

47. Underdressed and over-diced

What’s the right tone for the rules of a roleplaying game? Evan and Hannah talk about that weird dance between too casual and too formal. Also, what happens when you add too many dice?

Full Show Notes

46. Kudos Conundrum

In this episode, Hannah and Evan talk about the self-consciousness that comes when you grow up and are told you must make things for serious reasons. How does one escape that self-doubt? Enter…bad comics! Enter…fanfic! Intro/outro theme: Pat King Design Doc on twitter: Support us on Patreon!

Full Show Notes

45. Rekindling the Flame

Hannah S andogyn 2 (1)

Hannah Shaffer

Evan Rowland

Follow Design Doc on Twitter