Episode #83: Top 5 Ways to Deal with Scope Creep

Patron Andrew van Ingen suggested this episode on how to deal with scope creep. Here’s the list we go through!

5) If some people don’t hate it, you are doing it wrong.

4) Don’t let experiments linger.

3) Determine the scale, audience (learning time), price point and play time of your game.

2) Have an “always pruning” mindset. Always be thinking about the parts that aren’t SUPER DUPER fun.

1) Understands that hobby gamers (and many designers) will ALWAYS ask for more.

Audio Direct Link:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP083.mp3

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Getting More Prototype Plays

Podcast Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/BGBP069.mp3

Today we talk about ways to get people to play your ugly prototype! Some topics:

  • Imaginary friends
  • Design partners or other trusted designers
  • Protospiel/Unpub
  • Designer groups
  • General playtesting groups
  • Fostering an inviting community
  • Print-and-plays
  • Conventions at a free table
  • Conventions as an event
  • Other convention options
  • Digital simulations
  • Paid playtesting

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Moving from Print-on-Demand to Manufacturing, Part 3 (Transitioning)

Jeremy explains the structure of a Kickstarter campaign, leaving options for POD and manufacturing open. Brian gives his three criteria for choosing a manufacturer. Richard puzzles over the benefits of different manufacturer locations.

Audio/Podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP009.mp3

Moving from Print-on-Demand to Manufacturing, Part 2 (Mistakes)

Brian gives several examples of errors that can occur with either POD or manufacturing and Richard discovers the guys’ tips for minimizing mistakes. Jeremy talks about getting games played by publishers.

Audio/Podcast version: http://traffic.libsyn.com/theforbiddenlimb/FLP008.mp3