- Episode Topics and Interviews
- Who is Dave Schultze? – 1:35
- Learning through Gaming: Lego-Inspired Passion – 3:55
- What is Gridopolis – 8:35
- The Educational Value of Gridopolis – 11:07
- Evolution of Prototyping – 19:10
- Student Playtesting – 22:10
- Last Words of Advice: Interaction, Creativity, and Logic-Thinking are Key Ingredients! – 23:00
- Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 27:50
We’re back with Season 9! In today’s episode of Board Gaming with Education Dustin interviews Dave Schultz, game designer and founder of Gridopolis Games in Long Beach California. The two discuss Dave’s background in architecture and how it prepared and led him to designing games. We hear from Dave about his game and system Gridopolis. Gridopolis is a board game that incorporates 3D elements to create a unique and captivating gaming and social experience. Dave also discusses the educational aspects of his game and the steps he took to efficiently test and prototype during the design process.
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” for our Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round.
Thank you to Dallas Welk, the editor of this episode!
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Who is Dave Schultze? – 1:35
Dave Schultze is a Game designer, founder of Gridopolis games, and a teacher at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles California. We learn about his background in architecture and how it led him to work in product design and even more recently, education.
Creator and designer of the award-winning Gridopolis game and system. Owner of SchultzeWORKS design studio. 3D design educator at OTIS College of Art & Design and LinkedIn Learning.
Learning through Gaming: Lego-Inspired Passion – 3:55
Dave recalls how playing with legos helped to foster his creativity and in part lead him into a career in design. We also learn of the natural progression he took to gain the skills that got him to where he is now.
What is Gridopolis – 8:35
Dave gives a rough rundown on his game, Gridopolis, and how its 3D aspect enriches the player’s experience and creates a truly unique gaming environment.
The Educational Value of Gridopolis – 11:07
Dustin asks Dave to elaborate on the educational aspects of Gridopolis. Dave also explains the impact that the educational demographic has had on his game.
Evolution of Prototyping – 19:10
The two talk about how 3D-printing has made the prototyping process for the game design more streamlined and efficient.
Student Playtesting – 22:00
We learn about Dave’s experience with collaborating with his students as playtesters and how his views on accepting and using criticism has changed over the years.
Last Words of Advice: Interaction, Creativity, and Logic-Thinking are Key Ingredients! – 23:00
Dave explains the importance of social engagement children can get from in-person gaming.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 27:50
Dustin challenges Dave with some rapid-fire statements to see their unsolicited opinions on them. Be sure to tune in to hear his answers!