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It's been a little while since we got everyone together in front of the mic, so we're taking it easy this episode to catch up and talk about some games we've been playing! Rob's been exploring Fantasy Flight's line of Arkham Horror tabletop games, Jon's got lost in Hollow Knight, and Ryan took a relaxing vacation in Super Mario Odyssey.

Join us as we talk through what we like and dislike about each of these games... except Super Mario Odyssey. There's basically nothing bad we can say about that game.

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Header image from Hollow Knight by Team Cherry

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Back to the Grind

The classic trio is back on the mics, and we're celebrating by diving into that most classic of game mechanics — grinding! Join us as we debate grinding's definition, discuss why it has such a bad reputation, and explain how it can help players get more from your game and make your life as a game designer easier, then marvel as we do all of this without any relevant credentials or experience to back up our convictions. With no guest to guide us, we're loud, we're sassy, and we're just as pretentious as ever.

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Header image from Torchlight II by Runic Games

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Dexterity Mechanics or: When is a Game a Sport (JR Honeycutt)

The multitalented JR Honeycutt stops by to talk to us about dexterity mechanics, those precise and speedy tests of skill that make everything from Devil May Cry to pool so satisfying to play. Together we dig into the different types of dexterity mechanics: what types of dexterity mechanics exist, makes them fun, and what risks you should be aware when utilizing them.

Then we get extremely sidetracked arguing about the distinctions between games, sports, and sports games. And e-sports. It's a whole thing.

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Catch-Up Mechanics (Joseph Chen)

How do you make games that feel competitive for players of all skill levels, while still feeling fair to the players with the most experience? Catch-up mechanics!

Joseph Chen joins us to chat through different kinds of catch-up mechanics, how overpowered catch-up mechanics can take over your game, and that dark cousin of the catch-up mechanic: the runaway leader.

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Header image from Fantastic Factories by Joseph Chen

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Pacing Your Game (Nina Freeman)

How do you open your game with a bang, hold the player's attention through hours of gameplay, and wrap things up in a way that feels satisfying and complete? We sure the heck don't know, but special guest Nina Freeman (Cibele, Tacoma, how do you Do it?) does!

In this episode, we discuss game introductions, how difficulty progression and story can both drive player engagement, the value of vignette-style storytelling, the way that sports tell stories, and whether games even need endings. Plus, lots more incisive and indecisive discussion about your favorite games!

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