Humans of Gaming Podcast
A show about video and board games that features open and honest conversations about games, life, and belief.
info_outline Episode 170 | Josiah Martindale on Being Liberally Minded 11/27/2019
Episode 170 | Josiah Martindale on Being Liberally Minded Josiah Martindale describes himself as being "liberally minded." The writer of a Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" inspired D&D campaign currently on Kickstarter, Josiah is not talking politics as much as traditionalism vs new chaos. Drew and Chris talk to him about his love of Kansas, good brisket BBQ, and what it is like to go from accountant to successful game story writer.
info_outline Episode 169 | Ricardo Bare of Arkane Studios on Contemplative Faith 11/20/2019
Episode 169 | Ricardo Bare of Arkane Studios on Contemplative Faith Ricardo Bare of Arkane Studios joins Drew and Chris to talk a little bit about his past with Ion Storm (Deus Ex) and how it led him to Arkane Studios. In his formative years, the writings of C.S. Lewis served as the springboard for his personal investigations into examining the Bible and he talks about the disconnect between what he read and what was practiced when he started attending a church. The narrative dissonance between the two has lead him to a more older practice of contemplative faith.
info_outline Episode 168 | Rob Daviau of Hasbro Games 11/13/2019
Episode 168 | Rob Daviau of Hasbro Games In this episode of Humans of Gaming, Drew and Chris host board game designer Rob Daviau to talk about his decade with Hasbro Games. Rob has an interesting history in both education and vocation with a minor in Medieval History, a stint writing forklift brochures, and being an intern for the David Letterman show. The Conversation covers his love for The Great British Baking Show, cooking as a primary hobby, and his Roman Catholic upbringing.
info_outline Episode 167 | Paul Darvasi on Video Games in Classrooms and Hopeful Agnosticism 09/25/2019
Episode 167 | Paul Darvasi on Video Games in Classrooms and Hopeful Agnosticism Paul Darvasi, educator and researcher with a Masters in Educational Technology, joins Drew to talk about his efforts to better research and document the effect that video games have on the mind of those who consume them. His thesis work on using GTA V in the classroom is one of the topics of discussion. In the latter half of the show we turn to his upbringing in a Catholic culture, the course of hopeful agnosticism he has chosen, and the struggles he has in a predominatingly spiritual world.
info_outline Episode 166 | Alexis Dean-Jones on Breaking the Ice and Religious OCD 09/19/2019
Episode 166 | Alexis Dean-Jones on Breaking the Ice and Religious OCD Alexis has been working in animation for over 10 years including stints with Slap Happy Cartoons, the current producers of Tom & Jerry. She currently is working on a game about trying to be somebody, Chicory: A Colorful Tale. The conversation turns to Alexis' history in Brisbane, Australia and her realization that she suffers from OCD. She confides to us her struggles and the unique way in which religious language and works of art can affect her OCD.
info_outline Episode 165 | Pat and Kat Lysaght of Chara Games 09/11/2019
Episode 165 | Pat and Kat Lysaght of Chara Games Pat and Kat Lysagt of Chara us again during their "reboot" year. Hurricane Michael, 2 moves, and 4 kids find one of our favorite designer families at a point where the best laid plans have been put to the side in the interest of family. Drew and Chris talk to Pat and Kat about the time off, the difficulty of artisan support within Christendom, and the workaholic personality.
info_outline Episode 164 | Peter Brinson of "Infinite Children" on Life Extension and Control 09/04/2019
Episode 164 | Peter Brinson of "Infinite Children" on Life Extension and Control Chris Gwaltney and Assignment Editor Madeline Turnipseed host developer Peter Brinson of Infinite Children as they talk about a game with an audio book as the medium. The game changes as more people play and earn achievements and explores the ideas and fears of being left behind. In the second half of the Chris and Madeline turn to Peter's youth and how his mental connection of Christianity and hatred influenced his thinking and his games today.
info_outline Episode 163 | Richard Rouse III of The Church in the Darkness Returns 08/21/2019
Episode 163 | Richard Rouse III of The Church in the Darkness Returns Richard Rouse III returns to talk about life after his indie release, The Church in the Darkness. Richard talks about the life of being an indie developer and the different cycle of development, marketing, and patching that is normally separated in larger studios. Drew and Chris also ask if producing a game about a religious cult has had any kind of transformative effect on his way of thinking or perception on of groups of any kind such as Christians or vegetarians.
info_outline Episode 162 | GenCon 2019 Interviews Part 2 08/14/2019
Episode 162 | GenCon 2019 Interviews Part 2 Drew Dixon, our Chief Content Nerd talked to 6 more developers and designers at GenCon 2019 including Evan Derrick of “City of Angels” who spent 5 - 6 years creating this game; Robert Newton, Josh Wood, and Frank West amongst others. After a quick run down of the games they are showing at GenCon, we ask what do you hope the players get out of the experience and why do you make games?
info_outline Episode 161 | GenCon 2019 Interviews Part 1 08/08/2019
Episode 161 | GenCon 2019 Interviews Part 1 Drew and April-Lyn were at GenCon 2019 this week to play games and interview the developers of said games. This week is part 1 of our interviews featuring some returning guests from GenCon 2018 as well as new developers.
info_outline Episode 160 | Drew Dixon of Love Thy Nerd 07/24/2019
Episode 160 | Drew Dixon of Love Thy Nerd Drew and Chris complete their "Getting to Know You" 2 part series where they give listeners a glimpse into the background of two co founders of Love Thy Nerd. This week Drew is in the hot seat as Chris asks Drew about his time in a "liberal" baptist church that deigned to read from the New King James version of the Bible in pursuit of a girl he fancied, the self righteous age of the early 20's, and ultimately to the more mellow family man we know and love today.
info_outline Episode 159 | Teri Litorco of Renegade Games on Faith and Heritage 07/17/2019
Episode 159 | Teri Litorco of Renegade Games on Faith and Heritage Teri Litorco from Renegade Games talks with Drew and Chris about her early days on YouTube teaching the basics of painting miniatures for table top play. The latter half of the episode turns the conversation toward Teri's heritage from the Philippines and the practice of Roman Catholicism both there and in her now home of Canada, and how it brings her a sense of completion rather than compartmentalization.
info_outline Episode 158 | Henry Audubon of PARKS on Spiritual Curiosity 07/10/2019
Episode 158 | Henry Audubon of PARKS on Spiritual Curiosity Henry Audubon, board game designer of titles such as Space Park, Kingswood, and PARKS joins Drew and Chris to talk about his road to board game design, barely passing high school, making his own D&D campaigns, and experiencing the open ended spiritual influences of his mother.
info_outline Episode 157 | Paul Shortt of Exploding Kittens 07/04/2019
Episode 157 | Paul Shortt of Exploding Kittens Paul Shortt of Exploding Kittens joins Drew and Chris to talk about his life in Detroit area Michigan. Working as a graphic designer for health care interface design, he was brought on board to work for the popular card game. The conversation turns to his younger years, the religion of the family growing up, and the pros and cons of having a "silo" cultural environment.
info_outline Episode 156 | Origins Game Fair 2019 Interviews 06/19/2019
Episode 156 | Origins Game Fair 2019 Interviews Drew visits the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio and gets to play a plethora of new and unreleased board games as well as getting to interview their creators. Derek Funkhouser from Skybound Games, Gil Hova from Formal Ferret Games, and others talk to Drew about what they hope gamers get out of their games and why they make them.
info_outline Episode 155 | Chris Gwaltney of Love Thy Nerd on being a black sheep 06/12/2019
Episode 155 | Chris Gwaltney of Love Thy Nerd on being a black sheep Drew and Chris have been hosting the show for a while now so we figured it was time to get to know them a bit more. This week Drew interviews Chris about his favorite games, growing up in the midwest with a culture of ignored conversation, being the black sheep of his family, and the feelings of guilt and shame that come from being the guy that calls the repair man.
info_outline Episode 154 | James Hudson of Skybound on Organic Passion 06/05/2019
Episode 154 | James Hudson of Skybound on Organic Passion James Hudson did not always start out as a board game creator. World of Warcraft dominated his life for almost 9 years until a friend convinced him to come to a board game night and he was exposed to Power Grid. Since that night James has been involved with collaboration efforts with Druid City Games, now a part of Skybound Entertainment, to publish amazing games that help fuel that organic passion of playing games with other people around the same table.
info_outline Episode 153 | Luke Dicken of Zynga on Artificial Intelligence 05/22/2019
Episode 153 | Luke Dicken of Zynga on Artificial Intelligence Luke Dicken is the director of Applied AI at Zynga and joins us this week to talk about desiring the ability to build ladders in Skyrim with the hundreds of brooms one can find themselves carrying around. Luke holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence for Games and is the chair of the IGDA, a charity dedicated to the empowerment of game developers across the world.
info_outline Episode 152 | Gabriel Graziani of Ubisoft 05/15/2019
Episode 152 | Gabriel Graziani of Ubisoft Gabriel Graziani has ben the public face for many of Ubisoft's most popular franchises including Assassins Creed among others as the Community Manager. Having served as the focal point between developers and gamers dating back to Assassins Creed II, Gabriel has many stories to tell about the positive, the negative, and the reason behind his enduring optimism and joy for his profession.
info_outline Episode 151 | World Record Game Jammer and Dandara Writer Elie Abraham 05/08/2019
Episode 151 | World Record Game Jammer and Dandara Writer Elie Abraham Elie Abraham wears a lot of hats. They are a video game designer, model, speaker, activist, board game designer, composer, stand up comedian, writer, and escape game designer. They have participated in over 170 game jams and have world record for "most games with soundtracks designed by a single person, at a game jam." Drew and Elie chat about the importance of rest, Elie's Jewish upbringing and departure from Judaism, and the importance of recognizing the mysterious nature of the world in which we live.
info_outline Episode 150 | Josh Heath of High Level Games 05/01/2019
Episode 150 | Josh Heath of High Level Games Using games to have conversations about topics is not a new concept but Josh Heath of High Level Games is looking at using a different medium: pen and paper role playing games. Using the table top format to help people have conversations about sensitive topics from today's issues is part of the idea behind High Level Games.
info_outline Episode 149 | Kate Edwards on Playing Nice 04/24/2019
Episode 149 | Kate Edwards on Playing Nice Kate Edwards is an influential woman in gaming as well as a woman of faith. Forming Microsoft's Geopolitical Strategy team, her department had a hand in the Halo franchise, Age of Empires, and virtually every game and product Microsoft produced during her tenure. Additionally she has a background in cartography, philosophy, and was the executive director of the IGDA from 2012 to 2017 helping to advocate for those on front lines in the game industry calling for more diversity in the work force.
info_outline Episode 148 | Dr. Karen Schrier 04/17/2019
Episode 148 | Dr. Karen Schrier Dr. Karen Schrier is an Associate Professor of Games/Interactive Media,at Marist College. She joins us this week to talk about her belief in how games can be more than just escapist fantasies. The ability to tell gripping stories and effectively communicate ideas in a different medium is her focus and one Drew and Chris talk to her about in addition to her younger years playing games in an age where boys and girls played together on the same TV.
info_outline Episode 147 | Joe Hopkins of Endangered 04/10/2019
Episode 147 | Joe Hopkins of Endangered Joe Hopkins of the Kickstarter board game project Endangered joins us this week. Drew and Chris talk with Joe about the self appointed quarter backing player who can take over the gaming experience and create barriers for enjoyment.
info_outline Episode 146 | Eddy Webb of Pugmire on Being a Good Dog 04/03/2019
Episode 146 | Eddy Webb of Pugmire on Being a Good Dog Eddy Webb talks to us about what it means to be a “good dog” in this week’s episode. The owner of 3 pugs, watching their personalities while applying D&D style character profiles to each of them gave him the idea of what would become Pugmire, a game that reflects on the human condition. As in each episode, Drew and Chris talk to Eddy about his formative years with an Irish Catholic mother who supported him and his beliefs no matter what they may be and how that has influenced him through the years.
info_outline Episode 145 | Manny Trembley of Dice Throne 03/27/2019
Episode 145 | Manny Trembley of Dice Throne Manny Tremblay of hit board game Dice Throne, joins Chief Content Nerd Drew Dixon and Chief Executive Nerd Chris Gwaltney for a frank talk about everything from making children’s dishes, working for Cyan worlds, and the extreme side of conservative religion in Minnesota.
info_outline Episode 143 | Xalavier Nelson Jr of Hypnospace Outlaw on Horrible Puns 03/13/2019
Episode 143 | Xalavier Nelson Jr of Hypnospace Outlaw on Horrible Puns Xalavier Nelson Jr. of Hypnospace Outlaw talks to us about the seedy alt-right underbelly of Italy, underground folk dancing rings, and how puns and horror games have more in common than people might think.
info_outline Episode 142 | Andrien Gbinigie of Ubisoft on the Power of Social Media 03/06/2019
Episode 142 | Andrien Gbinigie of Ubisoft on the Power of Social Media Andrien Gbinigie of Ubisoft joins us this week to talk about his dream of working on Assassin's Creed ever since he ran atop the roofs in Venice in Assassin's Creed 2. Born and raised in Nigeria till the age of 14, Drew and Chris talk to him about his current perspective of Christianity along with the lessons they have learned navigating the ever escalating tensions on social media, how to manage them, enforce self-discipline, and realize it may not really be all that important.
info_outline Episode 141 | Michael Vermeulen and Derek Bradley of Ashen 02/28/2019
Episode 141 | Michael Vermeulen and Derek Bradley of Ashen Michael Vermeulen and Derek Bradley of Ashen join Drew and Chris this week to talk about their indie darling title. Hailing from South Africa, the duo talk about the development of their Souls-like game and the "take care of people" environment of the studio that they have tried to foster and how it is reflected in the game Ashen.