Designer Notes

Why do we make games? Every designer has a different and very personal answer to that question. Soren Johnson, founder of Mohawk Games, sits down with noted designers to find out by examining their careers as a whole.

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 11 August 2017  1h52m
 
 

Designer Notes 29: Steve Gaynor - Part 1


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 21 July 2017  2h3m
 
 

Designer Notes 28: George Fan


In this episode, Soren interviews independent game designer George Fan, who is best known as the creator of Insaniquarium and Plants vs Zombies. They discuss why he learned to program instead of just focusing on art, how most Diablo monster design is a va


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 16 June 2017  2h52m
 
 

Designer Notes 27: Lucas Pope


In this episode, Adam Saltsman interviews independent game developer Lucas Pope, best known for the immigration officer simulation Papers Please. They discuss how Naughty Dog taught him to mercilessly cut features, why it might be a good thing if Obra Din


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 21 May 2017  1h4m
 
 

Designer Notes 26: Sid Meier - Part 4


In this episode, Soren Johnson interviews legendary game designer Sid Meier, best known for designing Pirates!, Railroad Tycoon, and Civilization. They discuss what game Sid wishes he designed, how to determine if a prototype should be turned into a game,


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 06 May 2017  1h43m
 
 

Designer Notes 25: Sid Meier - Part 3


In this episode, Soren Johnson interviews legendary game designer Sid Meier, best known for designing Pirates!, Railroad Tycoon, and Civilization. They discuss why dinosaurs need to have ranged attacks, how deals go down on the SimGolf course, and if Civ


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 23 February 2017  1h50m
 
 

Designer Notes 24: Sid Meier - Part 2


In this episode, Soren Johnson interviews legendary game designer Sid Meier, best known for designing Pirates!, Railroad Tycoon, and Civilization. They discuss how Sid’s stealth fighter was more interesting than the real one, whether XCOM violates the C


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 23 November 2016  1h46m
 
 

Designer Notes 23: Sid Meier - Part 1


In this episode, Soren Johnson interviews legendary game designer Sid Meier, best known for designing Pirates!, Railroad Tycoon, and Civilization. They discuss using the Ayatollah Khomeini as an enemy, how Strike Eagle differentiated itself from Flight Si


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 25 October 2016  1h24m
 
 

Designer Notes 22: Amy Hennig - Part 2


In this episode, Soren Johnson interviews veteran game designer Amy Hennig, best known for her work on the Legacy of Kain and Uncharted series. They discuss what elements from film can’t work in games, how many hours she averaged per week working on the


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 04 October 2016  1h38m
 
 

Designer Notes 22: Amy Hennig - Part 2


In this episode, Soren Johnson interviews veteran game designer Amy Hennig, best known for her work on the Legacy of Kain and Uncharted series. They discuss what elements from film can’t work in games, how many hours she averaged per week working on the


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 04 October 2016  1h38m