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25th Century Games feat. Chad Elkins – 80 (learning from hobby board games, publishing board games)

Episode Overview

  • Episode Topics and Interviews
    • Update from Board Gaming with Education- season 8, events, game-based resources – 00:15
    • Chad Elkins from 25th Century Games – 4:20
    • Game Design and Developing Problem Solving Skills – 9:30
    • 25th Century Games – 12:26
    • Using Educational Elements in Hobby Board Games – 17:11
    • Jurrasic Parts from 25th Century Games – 28:06
    • Finding Fud in Educational Games – 36:35
    • Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Rapid Round – 40:22
    • Upcoming Projects and Contact Information for 25th Century Games – 47:00

In this episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin interviews Chad Elkins, the founder and lead designer of the Atlanta-based company, 25th Century Games. 25th Century Games is a tabletop game and puzzle developer whose goal is to bring people together through face-to-face interactions in a world where technology is decreasing the amount of in-person socialization. Dustin and Chad discuss a range of topics, like Chad’s introduction to the board gaming hobby and his decision to include historical and educational context to pique player’s interest. The two also touch on the importance of design and enjoyability as something to focus on when developing a successful table-top board game.

Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contribution of their song “Retro Gamer” for our Interview Segment. This song can be found in full on this music archive. Also, thank you to Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for his creative commons 4.0 contribution of “Getting it Done.”

Website: https://www.25thcenturygames.com/

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Updates from Board Gaming with Education – 00:15

Dustin gives some updates about Board Gaming with Education, including season 8, board game events and programs, and game-based resources. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for updates!

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Chad Elkins from 25th Century Games – 4:20

Chad Elkins is the founder of 25th Century Games, a tabletop game studio located in Atlanta, GA. They create approachable game designs that are encapsulated by beautiful art, bringing forth a fun and engaging experience for a wide variety of players. These experiences can help people unplug from their digital driven lives and share in personal interactions around the table. Their current Kickstarter, Jurassic Parts, is available on Kickstarter now until Feb 12th.

Chad tells how each year he plays a Halloween character at the historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. He mentions his aspirations to create a game based around Atlanta’s history and how he incorporates old maps of the city into puzzles that he actively sells. Check out his company’s site, 25th Century Games, for this puzzle and other games!

Game Design and Developing Problem Solving Skills – 9:30

Dustin and Chad delve into how learning about game design can change one’s perspective in terms of problem-solving and other aspects.

25th Century Games – 12:26

Chad discusses his journey from casually picking up board games to play with friends to making tabletop gaming a full-fledged career. 

Using Educational Elements in Hobby Board Games – 17:11

Chad gives his insight on the differences between educational games and incorporating educational elements in games to inspire interest. He goes on to discuss how he did this with his games, including Space Explorers.

Jurrasic Parts – 28:06

We get all the information about Chad’s new game, Jurassic Parts, now available to back on Kickstarter. He includes how he uses educational facts as a Kickstarter marketing strategy.

Finding Fun in Educational Games – 36:35

Dustin asks Chad if he had any final words of advice for educational game designers. Chad expresses the importance of fun when making a successful game.

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Rapid Round – 40:22

Dustin reveals his new final segment, Thumbs Up Thumbs Down, where he gives his guests a statement that they have to rate as either a thumbs up or thumbs down and why.  We learn about Chad’s gaming preferences as well as his recommendations on which board game podcasts to check out.

Upcoming Projects from 25th Century Games and Contact Information – 47:00

We learn about Chad’s upcoming projects and where to get more information about 25th Century Games.

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