Game Design Unboxed 10: ArchRavels

In episode 10 of Game Design Unboxed: Inspiration to Publication we talk with Adam McCrimmon, Jordan Miller and Lauren Nepomuceno of XYZ Game Labs about their newest release ArchRavels, a crafting themed tabletop game. They took a deep dive into the crafting community inorder to fully embed the theme into every pore of their game. Playtesters hugged, crafted and thanked them for making a game that felt like it was made just for them. From their incredibly diverse character art that represents different ages, races, genders and even handicaps, ArchRavels had a lot of time and thought poured into the game design. This episode will help designers learn more about creating a rich theme with diversity in mind.

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Adam McCrimmon – Guest

Jordan Miller – Guest

Lauren Nepomuceno – Guest

Danielle Reynolds – Host

Ben Moy – Host

Denice – Host

Ryan Costello

What started as one gamer wanting to talk about his love of a game grew into a podcast network. Ryan founded what would become the Know Direction Podcast network with Jason "Jay" Dubsky, his friend and fellow 3.5 enthusiast. They and their game group moved on to Pathfinder, and the Know Direction podcast network was born. Now married and a father, Ryan continues to serve the network as the director of logistics and co-host of Upshift podcast, dedicated to the Essence20 RPG system he writes for and helped design. You can find out more about Ryan and the history of the network in this episode of Presenting: