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Game Design w/ Richard Pullman

Author: Richard Pullman

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I'm Richard Pullman, and I want to talk to you about your game. Whether you're a total amateur hobbyist who's never released a product or a professional making the big bucks I want know what game design means to you. Nothing is more interesting to me.

One of the best things about the podcast? I've been helping designers break through challenges in live time while discussing! It keeps happening! Helping creators is my joy.
18 Episodes
Visit to see Notepadanon's website and projects! Richard Pullman and the mysterious Notepadanon sit down for a riveting chat about Notepad's various projects. As it turns out, he's been a very busy boy! We touch on: GURPS vs. laser-focused games Trolling and meme games vs. sensitive but educational games Converting non-tabletop experiences into tabletop games "Baseline" settings and the assumption of GM modification And plenty more. Make sure you visit his site!
Episode 011 - TheHummel

Episode 011 - TheHummel


Best friends Richard Pullman and ThaHummel (if that is his real name)  discuss his RPG, metacurrency, and how to categorize RPGs in a way  that's useful. Showtime has some really cool ideas so I hope you listen carefully!
The shutdown won't stop us from creating games, and that means this podcast must go on! Richard Pullman and Everett Smith sit down to discuss his sci-fi RPG featuring three different planets to explore, each with their own tone, themes, choices, and lore.
Wow, another war game! Richard Pullman chats with MagicJuggler, a staple  /gdg/ character who has one of the most interesting and exciting core  ideas I've seen yet for a tabletop wargame. He has also mastered the art  of finding technical issues with game rules, so he's a valuable  commodity in the land of indie devs. Enjoy the episode!
Lovely! Best friend Richard Pullman talks game design with Oswald and they get neck deep into the psychology of play, and the  challenges of creating an awesome RPG campaign. Turns out it's pretty  sophisticated stuff! After this conversation, Oswald definitely got on the list of designers I like to listen to for problem solving. He may be an oldschool D&D Dungeon Master, but his approach to design feels invigorating. Mines, Claws & Princesses can be obtained here:
Part 2 of 2. This time Richard Pullman and best friend SSB get into... 10,000 sided dice Rolling for nipple size White supremacy as a setting Gender swapping elves Rules Bullies VS. Rules Lawyers Designing for minmaxers ...And a lot more. Yeah. We're going all over the map in this one, but we always bring it back home. Lots to learn from this man. If you haven't seen Part 1, check it out.
Pullman sits down with a new friend, Noony, to discuss the mixed-up techno retro future bash known as Inversion. This episode is an hour long, but we make sure to jam in a lot of discussion! See the PDF for the game here:
Your best friend Richard Pullman returns with a new friend and a whole new set of questions. We're delving into his Fallout RPG system/hack, which seeks to improve and correct on previous attempts at capturing the Fallout glory. This includes: How to make use of the d100 in a meaningful way How to handle crazy character creation ideas Creating for the hell of it Releasing early and creating new versions Changing the initiative game Go to to support the show if you feel like being nice!
What could be better than getting to know not one, but TWO new designers in the cozy company of Thade and Molly for four informative, pleasant hours? The answer: making sure both of the new designers are Australian! Of all the roundtables we've done, this one is probably the most orderly and on-track from start to finish. I think you'll be able to follow along very well, even though its a whopping four hours long! Aside from learning Steve and Dunce's games, we get into the following topics: Why you should give players more options early What it really means to be setting agnostic? Fate points, player agency, and the struggle to engineer respect The value of being open and direct with your readers ...And more. Join us for the chat, won't you?
The man, the myth, the legend. SSB is a veteran indie dev obsessed with  guns and good design, but there's a lot more to his system than you  might guess. This is what makes it so interesting to dig in to the  methods and evolution of his epic modern combat system. We discuss writing a book in Open Office vs. Lyx, the mentality needed to survive message board trolls, and the contrary problem of not being able to get enough feedback. Speaking of which: opsandtactics @ gmail .com Ops & Tactics is a free game that has just released a bunch of new content. It's unbelievable, but true.  This is Part 1 of 2.
In this fantastic episode Richard Pullman and James Desborough -- also known as "Grim" -- walk through a crazy career, an aimless industry, and the need for bravery in creativity. Grim has more experience than anyone I know working for big companies, but also a raft of original games and content that push the limits of what you can explore in tabletop RPGs. Visit the Postmortem Studios website for Grim's work and product updates! Visit Grim's YouTube channel for his views and advice! Visit his Patreon for access to the upcoming RPG design series!
Game design is about catering to players through content and structure... and so is being a Game Master. In this episode Richard Pullman and GM Dave (The Man Behind the Screen) sit down to have a casual chat about his history and interest in game design, roleplaying, the psychology of RPG mechanics, and his plan to release system-agnostic adventure material for sale. Go to to chat with Richard yourself, or go to to support this podcast
Boy-oh-boy! This is a strange one. Richard Pullman joins the uber nerd  duo of Thade and his wife Molly to discuss their "game". But is it  really a game, or just the world's most elaborate mnemonic device?  You'll see. It's not for sale, it's not for you, and it's not afraid to push the limits of what can be simulated in a tabletop RPG, so get ready for a game design podcast unlike anything you've heard before.
Richard Pullman goes in depth with best friend Ulysses regarding his  dieselpunk RPG where shotguns, mutations, and how to learn from the  evolution of D&D. We also talk about... The value of fully-fleshed out settings How to create schedules for yourself Developing new ideas after a playtest Creating examples in your rules to help people How a "Forever GM" creates things differently The skill of finishing things ...And more. AKROYDIESEL AGE: SPLATBOOK PATREON: YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
Richard Pullman talks with Syntarsus about his clever Pokémon RPG. We also touch on... A good system tells you how to do things, a bad system tells you what you can do. The benefits of a complex RPG system. How oldschool RPGs can create more memorable and emergent stories than new school games trying to structure an epic story. Why GURPS might unironically be the best! And dishonest system promises. It was fun and delved into a lot of fundamental questions of design and returns to the basic reasons why we need better systems than D&D, which is a topic that never gets old.
Imgur link to the images referenced in the discussion: CORNERED WOLF LINK: In this episode Richard Pullman talks to Tom Jensen of Ostfront Publishing about his projects and design process. It was an honor and pleasure to hear what he had to say, and I'm sure you'll find it valuable. Never underestimate the power of a catchy name again!
Richard Pullman talks to his best friend Jon Fox about the trials and triumphs of developing Ordinary World, his self-described RPG toolbox. Jon and I get into the value of community, vision, and knowing how much weight to give the feedback you get. I think a lot of indie developers will relate with Mr. Fox.
Best friend of game designers, Richard Pullman, talks to Artificer about the core concept of his upcoming narrative-mechanic RPG Misfortune. We also get into design philosophy and the challenges of trying to communicate with other designers. You'll find out the value of a place like /gdg/, where the masters of the universe reside. LINKS: Here's that early Misfortune document Artificer mentioned:…op%20RPG.pdf?dl=0
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