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Producing Fun #11: Andrew Navaro – Creative Director

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

Andrew Navaro is the former Head of Studio for Fantasy Flight Games where he was responsible for leading the aesthetic execution (illustration, graphic design, even story) of their famously gorgeous looking titles. Now he runs Earthborne Games, a new studio setting out to Kickstart Earthborne Rangers: a sci-fi, environmentally themed card game in the mould of Arkham Horror that embodies its sustainable values in its physical production and manufacturing. In this episode we talk art direction, licensed artwork, building story rich card games and the business challenges of creating environmentally sustainable products. 

Listen on podcasting platforms: https://anchor.fm/naylorgames/episodes/Andrew-Navaro—Creative-Director-e14rlqi

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Earthborne Games: https://earthbornegames.com/

Earthborne Rangers Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/earthbornegames/earthborne-rangers

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Producing Fun #10: David Digby – Solo Mode Developer

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

David Digby is a game designer and developer based in the UK. As a developer, he specialises in developing solo modes for existing game designs. Within only a few years he’s established a very strong reputation for his work, collaborating with a string of famous names (including Martin Wallace and Reiner Knizia) to create 1 player versions of their games. In this conversation we do our best to cover all the critical elements of creating a compelling solo game product. 

Listen on podcasting platforms: https://anchor.fm/naylorgames/episodes/David-Digby—Solo-Mode-Developer-e14cuqc

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/boarddigby

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidDigbyBoardGames

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Producing Fun #9: Sophie Williams and James Hewitt – Game Studio

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

Sophie and James run Needy Cat Games – a tabletop game studio based in Nottingham, UK. As a studio they have a nearly unique model – designing games on demand for clients with IPs, miniatures and other assets rather than pitching their work to publishers. In this conversation we talk about how the studio model works, the so-called Kickstarter treadmill, how creativity arises from well constructed project briefs and the future of the game market. 

Listen on podcasting platforms: https://anchor.fm/naylorgames/episodes/Sophie-Williams–James-Hewitt—Game-Studio-e13kq4l

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Needy Cat Games website: http://www.needycatgames.com

Indian-made games YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ53LAVUXT-lFeQWSGJYKea8ZOwAzKXBX

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Producing Fun #8: Duncan Cowan – Convention Director

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

Duncan Cowan is a convention director of Tabletop Scotland – a mid-size UK tabletop game convention that launched to a hugely successful debut in 2018, garnering more than 1000 unique attendees. In this episode we talk about creating a convention designed to reach out to new audiences, how to best use space to craft the ultimate convention experience, the impacts of Brexit and Covid and what practical things the game community can do to support conventions in a difficult time. 

Listen on podcasting platforms: https://anchor.fm/naylorgames

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Website: www.tabletopscotland.co.uk

Facebook: https://facebook.com/TabletopScotland/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TabletopScot

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tabletopscot

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Producing Fun #7: David Weiss – Boardgame Website Editor and Podcaster

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

David Weiss is the managing editor of Canadian boardgame review site the Daily Worker Placement as well as the creator of scripted tabletop game podcast the Game Changers; a 26 part history of tabletop games. In this episode we get under the skin of key issues in games and how they’re marketed: the evolution of game genres, why people use certain language to describe games, the emergence of “AAA” boardgame titles and tips for getting media coverage for your game. 

Listen on podcasting platforms: https://anchor.fm/naylorgames

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The Daily Worker Placement: www.dailyworkerplacement.com

The Game Changers: https://dwp.buzzsprout.com

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Producing Fun #6: Nick Smith – Boardgame Cafe Co-owner

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

Nick Smith and his wife Carrie are the co-owners of the Ludoquist boardgame cafe in Croydon, London: a hugely successful venue which won the global award for best retail store at GAMA in 2020 and has been featured multiple times on UK television. In this episode we get stuck into the economics of game cafes, his ambitious and inclusive vision for a café where everyone is a gamer and managing a hospitality business in the age of Covid. 

Listen on podcasting platforms: https://anchor.fm/naylorgames

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Ludoquist’s website: https://www.theludoquist.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheLudoquist

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theludoquist

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Producing Fun #5: Annie Norman – Miniatures Producer

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

Annie Norman is the founder and owner of Badsquiddo Games – a company specialising in making believable female miniatures.

In this episode we discuss how she built the business from absolutely nothing, bringing women in history to life, key practical questions about pricing, product quality, when and when not to outsource and how selfies play a surprisingly critical role in the miniature design process. 

Listen on podcasting platforms: https://anchor.fm/naylorgames

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Annie’s link tree: https://linktr.ee/badsquiddogames

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Producing Fun #4: Paul Grogan – Rulebook editor & Content creator

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

Paul Grogan runs “Gaming Rules!”, a rulebook editing business and YouTube channel focused on videos that teach people how to play games. As one of the industry’s top editors, Paul has worked on around 100 different rulebooks; closely collaborating with several of world’s most famous game designers in the process: including Vlaada Chvatil (Codenames, Mage Knight) and Vital Lacerda (Lisboa, On Mars).

In this episode we discuss the biggest mistakes to avoid when writing a rulebook, the future of in-game tutorials and the role of a rulebook in a game’s commercial success.

Listen on podcasting platforms: https://anchor.fm/naylorgames

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Paul’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/gamingrulesvideos

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Producing Fun #3: Paul Brook and Liam Kirkman – Startup Publishers

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

Paul and Liam run East Street Games –  A UK tabletop game publishing startup. In this episode we discuss the financial costs of game complexity, the personal costs of game development, developing and marketing games under pandemic restrictions and accidentally offending eurogamers. Lastly, they reveal their three most important pieces of advice for anyone looking to publish games. 

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Their links:

Website/Store: https://www.eaststreetgames.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastStreetGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GamesEastStreet

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eaststreetgames/

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Producing Fun #2: Chris Eggett – Magazine Editor

Producing Fun is a podcast about making tabletop games from a product perspective.

Chris is the editor of Tabletop Gaming Magazine, the UK’s largest board game, RPG and miniatures game magazine. In this episode we discuss what good tabletop game writing looks like, the ethics and effectiveness of Kickstarter previews and what ‘product’ really means.

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