Game Design w/ Richard Pullman

Episode 040 - Grim (Actual F*cking Monsters RPG)

An episode of Game Design w/ Richard Pullman

By Richard Pullman
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.
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Episode 040 - Grim (Actual F*cking Monsters RPG)
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!
September 30, 2019
Episode 039 - Man Behind The Screen, GM Dave
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
September 24, 2019
Episode 006 - Thade & Molly (Antediluvian Chronicles RPG)
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.
September 17, 2019
Episode 005 - Ulysses (Akroydiesel Age RPG)
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:
September 13, 2019
Episode 004 - Syntarsus (Plug N Play Pokemon RPG)
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.
September 11, 2019
Episode 003 - Tom Jensen (Cornered Wolf)
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!
September 5, 2019
Episode 002 - Jon Fox (Ordinary World RPG)
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.
May 28, 2018
001 - Artificer (Misfortune RPG)
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
May 27, 2018
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