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Ludology 283 - Tools of the Trade

Erica, Gil, and Sen discuss some of the tools and processes they use at the various phases of designing a game from their varying perspectives of an in-house designer, a publisher, and freelance designer/developer.  SHOW NOTES: 00:08:31 DDS is an acronym for Detailed Design Specification 00:11:38 LucidChart browser-based flowcharting and more 00:18:43 Canva free online graphic design tool 00:19:13 Tabletop Simulator is a virtual tabletop (VTT) run on Steam  00:19:14 Tabletopia is a browser-based VTT 00:21:26 Also known as an MVP - a “Minimum Viable Prototype” 00:21:45 Filemaker Pro is a relational database  00:21:57 Nandeck is cardmaking software  00:22:05 Component Studio is a full game design suite that is hooked up to the Game Crafter 00:26:06 Adobe Creative Suite is the industry standard for the industry in terms of graphic design  00:27:54 Photopea is an online Photoshop equivalent for raster images 00:28:29 GIMP is an open source Photoshop equivalent 00:29:15 Inkscape is a free equivalent of Illustrator for vector images 00:29:57 The Affinity Suite is a one-time payment suite of graphic design and illustrative tools 00:36:46 Fiskars Rotary Cutter is Sen’s weapon of choice  00:37:13 Arc punches, square punches and corner punches, oh my! This is an example of a 1” arch punch: 00:41:36 Midjourney and Dall-e are prompt-based AI Art generators / 00:44:58 Some great sources for icons etc. 00:45:32 Face generating software ThisPersonDoesNotExist 00:48:46 Functional Fixedness is the psychological phenomena when a person cannot see any other use for an item because their initial understanding of how it’s used is the only way they think it can be used 00:49:10 Sunk Cost Fallacy occurs when a person will not make a change, even one that is likely to be highly beneficial, due to the perceived amount of time, money, effort, etc.they have already invested in the current strategy 00:55:58 You can record your screen right from Windows and MacOS

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Welcome to Ludology, an analytical discussion of the how’s and why’s of the world of board games. Rather than news and reviews, Ludology explores a variety of topics about games from a wider lens, and discusses game history, game design and game players. Ludology is part of The Dice Tower Network, the premier board game media network.