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 makebigthings.com, 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.

39. Shootin the shoot

38. How to Compare Roleplaying Games

Hannah and Evan talk about the quest to thrive in the shadows of the world’s most popular RPGs. An episode about how to compare your games to the big ones, for the good.

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36. Everything Old Is New Again

35. Scopeful Optimism

34. Designing a Game Design Workday

We talk about how we’ve redesigned the structure of our workday, because boundaries around work are important even when—and ESPECIALLY when—it’s work you love.

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33. The Games You Want to Make, The Life You Want to Live

We sit down for an unplanned recording of Design Doc when Evan says something sad. Note: This episode discusses the toll that work can take on physical and mental health. End of episode donation notes: The Okra Project – https://www.theokraproject.com/ Black Mental Health Alliance – https://blackmentalhealth.com/ Bail Fund List – https://bailfunds.github.io/ Music: Design Doc Intro/Outro...

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32. Burnout

In this episode we talk about completing a project that made us our own worst bosses and what it’s like coming back from burnout.

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31. The Ski Bike

Its purpose, the act of creation. Its destiny, unknowable. Today’s episode is about a bike on skis. Design Doc intro theme by Pat King. Intermission and outro music, New Ages I by Little Dog Big Ears.

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30. Breaking up With Character Creation

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