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Emma Larkins, game designer, Twitch streamer, author and podcaster

We speak to Emma Larkins, designer of "...And Then We Died" and the forthcoming "Abandon All Artichokes," Twitch streamer, and co-host of the Ludology podcast. Emma tells us how she got into tabletop game design from a unique direction as a science fiction author. We talk about #GAMEDESIGNDAILY and her tips on how to stay motivated and engaged with the game design community. Emma shares some very powerful advice on how under-represented members of the hobby can be welcomed by those in the industry. She tells us about the philosophy that has shaped her outlook on her game designs and life as a whole.
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Links https://twitter.com/emmalarkins https://www.twitch.tv/emmalarkins https://www.youtube.com/user/elarkins The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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Jonathan Ying, Freelance Artist and Game Designer

We speak to Jonathan Ying, designer of Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Bargain Quest and Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid. Jonathan recounts how he became an associate designer at Fantasy Flight Games, and how he made a lasting contribution to Star Wars lore. He tells us how his experience as a visual artist and author contributes to his game designs, and what it was like to work with his sister Victoria on BargainQuest. After working on licenses like Doom, Star Wars, Sonic the Hedgehog, Nickelodeon, and Power Rangers, Jonathan reveals just what his ultimate game property would be. 
TestCoastGames-015-jonathan-ying.mp3 http://www.ateasegames.com/ http://www.gameempire.com/ https://m.youtube.com/user/chezapoctube https://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers https://whatever.scalzi.com/about/a-brief-biography-of-john-scalzi/ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44417151-diana-princess-of-the-amazons

Jay Cormier of Off the Page Games

We speak to Jay Cormier, Vancouver-based game designer of Belfort, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Junk Art and many more.  Jay tells us about the merits of working in design partnerships and belonging to the GameArtisansofCanada. He recounts how he and his long-term design partner Sen-Foong Lim pitched their first games and made their initial industry connections. We learn about his new publishing company, Off the Page Games and their forthcoming game MIND MGNT, based on the hit comic book by Matt Kindt. Stick around til the end of the episode to lean about the comedian who inspires him to keep expanding into new ventures.  Fact of the show: Jay tells us how he and Sen popularized the board game sellsheet!  Links

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9vUF1Z0WZE6juTVxs9I1YA https://failfaster.ca/ https://inspirationtopublication.wordpress.com/