This week’s guest: David Sirlin, founder of Sirlin Games and creator of Fantasy Strike.

Topics discussed:

  1. How the competitive fighting game world and the 9-11 terrorist attacks make you who you are
  2. The art of developing multiple games in a shared universe
  3. The similarities between indie video games and indie board games
  4. How microtransactions might be destroying the industry
  5. Starting with the simplest game concept and building up
  6. …and much more! ​

Hey everyone,

I didn’t know what to expect from David Sirlin, but this is one of my personal favorite episodes ever. We talk about his time in the professional competitive fighting game world, and his story about the documentary he was in and how 9/11 changed everything left me speechless. We spend a while talking about indie board games, and how he created a series of games (some successful, some not-so-much) built around characters for a fighting video game that never existed…until now. We even chat at length about what David thinks makes a card game better than Magic, and how he managed to create it.

This episode is simply packed with knowledge, stories, and inspiration. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

– Logan Schultz, Indie Insider Host


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