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Design Games

By Nathan D Paoletta and Will Hindmarch

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We talk about game design, especially tabletop roleplaying and story games. We're professional designers ND Paoletta and Will Hindmarch. We're glad you're here.

Customer Reviews

Deep Dive into Design Without the Pretense

Will Hindmarch & Nathan Paoletta both have impressive game design resumes, and while that informs the quality of this podcast, it really just establishes the baseline. Both hosts clearly *enjoy* thinking about and talking about the art and craft of game design. They are willing to dive deep into topics, but they remain firmly grounded in the understanding that the ultimate product is something played at a real table with real people.

I find them entertaining, informative and inspirational. An episode does not pass where I don’t capture some note or other about something I want to try in my own designs.

All high faulting stuff aside? They’re also delightfully terse. RPG podcasts tend to run *loooooooong*, which is a killer. A long episode for Design Games is a short episode of most other RPG shows. My schedule thanks them for it.


I love this podcast and recommend listening to it from the beginning. They talk about game design in a clear and authentic way. Some podcasts I put on on the background while doing something else. Not this one.

Good discussions, need louder mics

The discussions are fantastic and I'm loving the show so far (through episodes 0, 1, 2). The banter between Nathan and Will holds up and I like the way they have sort of interviewed each other. I also appreciate their varied experiences as indie and traditional publishers.

I do have one problem, and it's related to production: the volume on the mics used is just too low. I listen in my car during my commute. I've got my iPod set to max volume and it takes until my car stereo volume is almost maxed before the audio is intelligible. Even then, Will is fainter than Nathan, as though he's several feet away. If there's any way to up the recording volume so that it's easier to hear, that would be much appreciated.

Otherwise, keep up the great work!

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