On our latest pip, we catch up with Gabe Barrett, the mind and hustle behind the Board Game Design Lab (or BGDL for short) whose podcast, mailing list, and website’s mission is to help tabletop designers create fun and engaging board games. Gabe has interviewed some of the best in the biz from Tom Vasel to Jamey Stegmaier and many in between on topics that run the full gamut of making games a reality. It is one of the most widely recognized podcasts on board game design, and Gabe is also a budding game designer working on several games including The Final Flicktier! We dive into his latest game and get the lowdown on balancing content creation with game design!
We talk about:
D&D, Time Stories, Eldridge Horror, Ameritrash, creating experiences, storytelling, Stuffed Fables, super behind-the-scenes superhero games, crunchy puzzles, Board Game Design Lab, The Final Flicktier, dexterity games, Dino Dunk, Ascending Empires, Jamey Stegmaier, working with constraints, Rob Daviau, Gil Hova, design theory, Kickstarter, Peter Hayward, finishing bad games, developing taste before developing skills, Matt Colville, Joseph Campbell, the hero’s journey, Buttonshy, Jason Tagmire, and dungeon crawls.
Check out The Final Flicktier here: