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Eric Raué of the Game Artisans of Canada

We speak to Eric Raué, Vancouver based game designer of Town Builder: Coevorden (2019) and member of the Game Artisans of Canada. Eric tells us about his early love of video games and the one that inspired him to start designing games. We learn about Town Builder and just how to pronounce Coevorden ("coup-for-dunn"). Eric tells about working with local publisher First Fish games and their successful Kickstarter campaign. We learn about the Game Artisans of Canada and how they help new designers hone their craft.
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JC of Fourtato Games

We speak with JC of Vancouver, BC-based Fourtato Games. Their first game Chicken Heist,  a Press-Your-Luck, Player Elimination card game recently funded on Kickstarter.  JC tells us the unique methods they used to create and develop Chicken Heist.   We learn how Fourtato Games went from 4 friends to a trans-Pacific game publishing start-up.   JC shares personal highlights from their successful Kickstarter campaign and gives advice for those seeking to crowd-fund their own projects. Hosts: Mark Ellis and Mark Yuasa TestCoastGames-011-JC-of-Fourtato-Games.mp3

Nicole Jekich of Funko and PlaytestNW

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Darryl Boone of Pizzeria Ludica

We interview Darryl Boone, owner of Pizzeria Ludica board game restaurant. We learn how Darryl started Ludica with a simple vision and no previous restaurant experience, and turned it into Vancouver, BC’s most popular board game restaurant. Darryl shares his techniques for introducing board games to a range of audiences, and his opinion on Spiel des Jahres winning games. Visit one of Pizzeria Ludica’s locations in Downtown Vancouver and New Westminster, featuring a combined library of over 1000 games. Vancouver 189 Keefer Place 604-669-5552 New Westminster 601 Carnarvon Street 604-553-2232 Hosts: Mark Ellis and Mark Yuasa