Episode 101 - Experimenting with Fun in Science-Themed Games feat. Tim Eisner

Released Monday, 29th June 2020
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On today’s episode of Board Gaming with Education Dustin interviews Tim Eisner, a Portland, Oregon based game designer. Tim is the founder of the board game company Weird City Games and has designed and co-designed many games across many genres. Tim explains his history with game design as well as his games March of the Ants and Canopy, both of which are board games that explore concepts based around science and nature. The two discuss in detail the importance of making a game entertaining and what the inclusion of educational themes can add to a game to make it more interesting.
  • Board Gaming with Education Updates- newsletter, YouTube - 1:48
  • Who is Tim Eisner? - 2:17
  • Starting Weird City Games - 6:19
  • Outside of Real World Concepts - 8:32
  • March of Ants Expansions - 11:38
  • Developing from Real-World Examples - 14:34
  • Choosing Fun Over Realism - 22:18
  • Last Words of Advice - 29:00
  • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round - 32:12

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Website: https://weirdcitygames.com/
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Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contribution of their song "Retro Gamer" for our Interview Segment. This song can be found in full on this music archive. Also, thank you to Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for his creative commons 4.0 contribution of "Getting it Done" for our Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round.
Thank you to Dallas Welk, the editor of this episode!
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