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From Board Game to Digital to Education Edition with Evolution feat. Scott Rencher – 96

Episode Overview

  • Episode Topics and Interviews
    • Learning Life Lessons by Playing Poker – 10:27
    • North Star Digital – 11:40
    • Moving from Analog to Digital – 19:01
    • Evolution: Education Edition – 23:54
    • Last Words of Advice: Engaging Content Sticks – 30:22
    • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 32:33

In this episode of Board Gaming with Education, we meet Scott Rencher, the President of North Star Digital. North Star Digital is the digital side of North Star Games and has been tasked with adapting the card game Evolution as a video game. Scott gets into his history with North Star Games and talks about how the company operates as well as the challenges involved in digitally adapting a tabletop card game. Scott also talks about transitioning into the world of education when developing Evolution: Education Edition and speaks about the demand for it as a product.

Websitehttps://evolutionvideogame.com/

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Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contributions of their songs “Soul Train” and “Retro Gamer” for our Sponsorship and Interview Segments. These 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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Sponsorship for the Episode: Evolution Education Edition – 2:15

“Chosen by the world-leading scientific journal Nature Magazine as the best example of natural selection in a game, Evolution brings Darwin’s theories to life in a vivid game of strategy that is both educational and entertaining.

In Evolution, students selectively develop species for survival while avoiding the looming threat of extinction. Adaptability is key as each situation has a number of successful pathways to survival. Food supply running low? Grow a long neck to access vegetation in the trees high above. Each trait added shows realistic effects on ecosystems that mirror those of the natural world. An overabundance of plant food leads to overpopulation, which in turn leads to an increase in carnivores. Of course, with many meat-eaters on the prowl, other species will develop defenses in turn. Explore the effects natural selection has on both the environment and the creatures living within.”

Who is Scott Rencher? – 3:34

Scott Rencher is the President of North Star Digital, a games publisher that is adapting and digitizing the board game Evolution. We learn a little about his past as a river guide and how he got involved with game design and production.

After spending ten years in strategy in the wireless and tablet groups for Intel, Scott decided to pursue his passion by pursuing board games. He joined North Star Games to startup a new studio focused on making great digital board games.  Scott now runs the development team and is the product manager for North Star Digital Studios.  Evolution Digitial Board Game was the studio’s first release, and Evolution: Education Edition now joins it as a digital board game targeting the education and learning space.

Learning Life Lessons by Playing Poker – 6:48

Scott recalls how he has applied lessons he learned through playing poker and how they cross over into what he does now.

North Star Digital – 11:40

We learn what North Star Games is and their methodology when attempting to create new games and bring them to the market.

The Digital Board Game, Evolution – 13:21

Scott runs through some of the details behind North Star Digital’s first video game adaptation, Evolution. We learn what it took to get the game balanced and how it differs from its table-top counterpart.

Moving from the Analog to the Digital – 19:01

Dustin asks Scott to recall some challenges he experienced when moving Evolutions to the digital space.

Evolution: Education Edition – 23:54

Dustin asks Scott to recall some challenges he experienced when moving Evolutions to the digital space.

Last Words of Advice: Engaging Content Sticks – 30:22

Scott talks about the distinction between “learning games” that feel forced and Evolution: Education Edition and how the game creates an engaging learning environment for the student.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 32:33

Dustin challenges Scott with some rapid-fire statements to see their unsolicited opinions on them. Be sure to tune in to hear his answers!

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