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 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.
info_outline Episode 140 | Adam Davis and Adam Johns of Games to Grow 02/20/2019
Episode 140 | Adam Davis and Adam Johns of Games to Grow Adam Davis and Adam Johns of Games to Grow join Drew and Chris this week to talk about the therapeutic uses of Dungeons & Dragons. The non profit group was founded on the belief that games of all kinds have the power to improve people’s lives. The duo talk about how the company facilitates groups and training of others to use games like D&D to help others.
info_outline Episode 139 | Jay Tholen of Hypnospace Outlaw on Developing Games as a Christian 02/13/2019
Episode 139 | Jay Tholen of Hypnospace Outlaw on Developing Games as a Christian Jay Tholen of Hypnospace Outlaw and Dropsy returns to the show to join Drew and Chris live from Germany! The first half of the show is a deep dive into the nostalgia of the internet from the 90's when terms like Netscape Navigator, GeoCities, Prodigy, and bad MIDI music dominated the 56k modems those of us over 28 used to connect with each other. The later half is filled with a discussion of where Jay has been since his first appearance on the show and how his Christian faith influences his work.
info_outline Episode 138 | Brett Vance of Rapture Rejects on bar crawl networking 02/06/2019
Episode 138 | Brett Vance of Rapture Rejects on bar crawl networking Brett Vance, Director of Creative Content for Explosm, joins Drew and Chris to talk about some upcoming projects at Explosm including Rapture Rejects. Working for the company that produces the webcomic Cyanide & Happiness is a bit of a juxtaposition for Brett when you consider his formatives years.
info_outline Episode 137 | PAX South 2019 Developer Interviews Part 2 01/30/2019
Episode 137 | PAX South 2019 Developer Interviews Part 2 Wrapping up the PAX South 2019 Interviews is Drew Dixon and Stephanie Dawn Skiles. The duo speak to some of the most eclectic games you can think of including a dungeon crawler where you can romance your swords.
info_outline Episode 136 | PAX South 2019 Developer Interviews Part 1 01/23/2019
Episode 136 | PAX South 2019 Developer Interviews Part 1 Love Thy Nerd was on hand at PAX South 2019 for some developer interviews of games of all kinds. Chief Content Nerd Drew Dixon and Managing Editor April-Lyn Caouette walked the floor and talked to various members of the industry to share thoughts on why they make games and what the developer hopes you, the player, gets out of them.
info_outline Episode 135 | Greg Lobanov of Wandersong on Shared Adversity and Community 01/16/2019
Episode 135 | Greg Lobanov of Wandersong on Shared Adversity and Community Greg Lobanov of the hit indie title Wandersong talks with the crew about his 6 month trek across the United States on his bicycle that taught him about shared adversity and community.
info_outline Episode 134 | Heidi McDonald on Penny Farthings and Romance 01/09/2019
Episode 134 | Heidi McDonald on Penny Farthings and Romance Heidi McDonald joins Drew this week to talk about various topics including a public confession of not knowing how to ride a bicycle, asset comparisons between herself and her avatar in Dragon Age, the great "Squee!" incident of 2013, and learning how to be bold from her boss riding into a wall on a penny farthing bicycle.