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Leveraging Flow State in Games for Learning feat. Will Hansen, Designer of Fano – 89

Episode Overview

  • Episode Topics and Interviews
    • Board Gaming with Education Updates- Remote Adventure! – 00:00 & 0:55
    • Who is Will Hansen? – 1:35
    • Will’s Experience Learning through Games – 5:14
    • Biophysicist by Day, Game Designer by Night – 7:36
    • Entering the Flow State – 9:45
    • Fano” – 19:39
    • Last Words: Find Your Interests! – 17:15
    • Desert Island Questionaire – 25:28
    • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 27:03

On this week’s episode of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin interviews Biophysics student and game designer, Will Hanson. The two discuss Will’s introduction into collecting playing cards and his history with role-playing games like Final Fantasy. We learn about Will’s double life as a Ph.D. student in biophysics and as a game designer. The two also have a  lengthy discussion about flow state, the benefits of entering flow, and how it is properly achieved. Lastly, we get the full scoop on Will’s game, Fano, a fantasy inspired strategic card game played with a standard deck of playing cards.

Website: https://www.fan-o.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fano.card.game/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fano.card.game/

Email: will.hansen@fan-o.com

Thank you to Purple Planet Music for the wonderful contributions of their songs “Retro Gamer” and “Mumbai Mood” for our Interview Segment and Desert Island Questionaire 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.

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Updates from Board Gaming with Education – 0:00 & 0:55

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Who is Will Hansen? – 1:35

We learn about Will Hanson and his game Fano, a strategic playing card game. We get to hear about his playing card collection and some of his favorite video games.

Will is finishing his Ph.D. in biophysics (the same week as this publication) and will be starting his career as a senior scientist, designing proteins in CT, May 2020. He is rather new to the game design community; his first game Fano, a standalone combat card-game akin to MTG and Chess, was born from his love for abstract strategy and an obscure branch of mathematics called the octonions. The Fano plane enables a unique 7-way Rock-Paper-Scissors combat system. Players take turns commanding, mobilizing, attacking, and combining their forces to become the last player standing. Will is very excited to be interviewed by Board Gaming with Education and to share his experience at the interface of gaming and education.

Will’s Experience Learning through Games – 5:14

Will shares his experience learning advanced vocabulary and economic concepts through playing role-playing games as a child.

Biophysicist by Day, Game Designer at Night – 7:36

Will explains his life as a Ph.D. student in biophysics and how it overlaps with his time as a game designer.

Entering the Flow State – 11:48

Dustin and Will give their experiences with achieving flow state and discuss the benefits one can obtain from learning to enter flow.

Fano” – 19:39

Will gives the history and rundown of his game, Fano, a strategic game that makes use of a standard deck of playing cards. He delves into the development of the fantasy backstory that accompanies his game by taking inspiration from the true history of playing cards and the evolution of their designs.

Last Words: Find Your Interests – 26:32

Will gives advice on integrating things you love into your life and intertwining them together the best you can.

Desert Island Questionnaire – 25:28

Will chooses to bring a standard deck of cards and Scythe with him to the deserted island.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down Rapid Fire Round – 27:03

Dustin challenges Will 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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