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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Designer Notes 20: Liz Ryerson


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 04 August 2016  1h21m
 
 

Designer Notes 19: Louis Castle


In this episode, Soren interviews Westwood Studio co-founder Louis Castle. They discuss why early video game artists were also great at Etch-a-Sketch, why Dune 2 was not Dune 1, how Boom Blox was almost Angry Birds, and why narrative games can’t end on


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 15 June 2016  2h36m
 
 

Designer Notes 18: Offworld Trading Company


In this episode, Bruce Geryk interviews Soren Johnson about his new economic RTS, Offworld Trading Company. They discuss how exploring a black map is one of gaming’s greatest hits, why the hardest part of designing Offworld was ending the game, and why


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 06 May 2016  1h27m
 
 

Designer Notes 17: Ananda Gupta


In this episode, Soren interviews game designer Ananda Gupta, best known as the co-designer of Twilight Struggle and the lead designer of XCOM: Enemy Within. They discuss why DC has no fort in For the People, whether Labyrinth's neocon design is intention


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 01 April 2016  2h15m
 
 

Designer Notes 16: Tyriq Plummer


In this episode, Adam Saltsman interviews Tyriq Plummer, who is the artist, designer, and programmer behind the roguelike platformer Catacomb Kids. They discuss why a game should let you eat your severed arm, how items can be adjectives instead of verbs,


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 15 February 2016  1h14m
 
 

Designer Notes 15: Nels Anderson


In this episode, Soren interviews Nels Anderson, who was the lead designer of the critically acclaimed Mark of the Ninja and is currently a designer/programmer at Campo Santo working on the upcoming game Firewatch. They discuss how he almost went into law


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 19 January 2016  1h31m
 
 

Designer Notes 14: Mark Herman


In this episode, Bruce Geryk interviews veteran wargame designer Mark Herman, former CEO of Victory Games and best known for pioneering card-driven wargames with We The People. They discuss designing games for less than $100 per week, why he couldn't rele


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 21 December 2015  2h12m
 
 

Designer Notes 13: Jamie Cheng


In this episode, Soren interviews Jamie Cheng, founder of Klei Entertainment which is known for the Shank series, Mark of the Ninja, Don't Starve, and Invisible, Inc. They discuss paying back the Canadian government, why Mark of the Ninja's AI needs to be


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 13 November 2015  2h20m
 
 

Designer Notes 12: Davey Wreden


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