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The Who, What, Why? Game Design Podcast
A Podcast About Game Design with Game Designers
Host: Michael Bonet & Alex Erde

On Who, What, Why? we discuss game design with game designers and try to learn more about the game design process from the people who design games. Each episode we interview a designer of card games, board games, role playing games, or video games. We have both mainstream and independent developers as guests.

Episode Name Time Release Date Description
Who, What, Why? S16.E04 :: This Game is Truly Epic 56:02 03/17/2017 Isaac Childres designed Gloomhaven to capture the feel of a role-playing game and a dungeon crawler. He saw some things he wanted to fix in the dungeon crawlers around him and decided that this massiv…
Who, What, Why? S16.E03 :: You Are Alive When the Meeple Starts to Eat You 53:02 03/06/2017 In 1993, Steven Spielberg released one of the most influential movies of my childhood. Jurassic Park is one of the few films I've seen multiple times in the theater. Despite its scientific inaccuracie…
Who, What, Why? S16.E02 :: The Best Mix of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s 1:08:15 02/25/2017 Justin Jacobson convinced Rob Daviau to join his crazy venture of restoring old games from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. The venture should pay off this GenCon when Restoration Games brings Stop Thief, …
Who, What, Why? S16.E01 :: Magical University Voting Grind 55:55 02/18/2017 Trey Chambers, designer of Argent: The Consortium, joined the show to talk about his awesome worker placement game about becoming the head of a magical university. This game takes the worker placement…
W3.E30 :: Who, What, Why and Diane Sauer 10:38 01/27/2017 In this episode with Diane Sauer I renamed the segment Designing Games with Game Designers to Board Game Brainstorm. Diane Sauer, co-owner of Shoot Again Games and designer of Pinball Showdown, joins …
Who, What, Why? S15.E10 :: Empires of Energy 1:17:53 01/24/2017 Luke Laurie appears on the show to discuss his co-designed (with Tom Jolly) game Manhattan Project: Energy Empire. This one is a fantastic worker placement game about creating an efficient engine that…
Who, What, Why? S15.E09 :: Pinball For Your Tabletop 54:53 01/14/2017 Diane Sauer of Shoot Again Games is bringing Pinball Showdown to Kickstarter. Imagine that you are one of the balls during multi-ball trying to pick up speed and slam as many targets as possible. That…
Who, What, Why S15.E08 :: Board Game Off the Port Bow! 51:06 12/29/2016 Nat Levan, designer of New Bedford, joined Alex and I for a discussion about his Euro game about a controversial topic: whaling. Theme aside, this game is a nice little Euro that presents some interes…
Who, What, Why? S15.E07 :: And Let Loose the Pod's of Cast! 54:10 12/21/2016 Grant Rodiek, designer of the hit game Cry Havoc, joins me for a discussion about the game. We talk about where the game came from, and I learn it was originally themed 1800s European military. We foc…
Who, What, Why? S15.E06 :: TMNT: Heroes In a Dice Shell! 59:48 12/13/2016 Kevin Wilson, designer of Descent 1st edition, Android, and Arkham Horror, joins me on the podcast to discuss his latest game TMNT: Out of the Shadows. We discussed what it was like working with an I…
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