The Action Points Podcast! Episode 56: Smashing Hedrons with Jason Kotzur-Yang

In this episode:

We speak with Brisbane-based board game designer and host of the Tablepop podcast, Jason Kotzur-Yang. We talk about his design process and setting goals for Hedron (successfully Kickstarted yay!) and Ragnarol, Netrunner and metagames, and finding time to catch up on pop culture. Also, Daniel watched some Kill la Kill and The Devil is a Part-Timer on AnimeLab, Aaron played Five Tribes, Adam played the Civilization board game and Evan talks about Mother 3. Again.


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Episode 56 – Smashing Hedrons with Jason Kotzur-Yang

Music: Theme for Harold (var. 2) by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.

Links for the things we talked about:

Check out Jason’s website at End Game Games, where you can find out more about Hedron, Ragnarol and Tablepop.

There will be an Incubator Meetup for board game designers on 10 October 2014, starting 7 pm at Alchemist’s Refuge at Games Laboratory. I’ll be there!


Kill la Kill aka Extreme Fashion Battles (which Michael and Evan went on about on a previous podcast episode)

Michael has a nice post about the amazing power-up music used in Hiroyuki Imaishi’s works.

The Devil is a Part-Timer

Salted Coke is tasty

So is salt candy

Thanks to Japan, we now have Kit Kat bakes (and Red Bean Toast Kit Kat)

Five Tribes

Mancala, which I know as Congkak, and a Nokia phone game

Cargo Noir uses a similar set-collection bonus

Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game

Through the Ages

Evan is making us play Mother 3 together, which you can find an introduction to here.

Was Mother the first RPG set in a current (for its age) setting, or was this?

Evan previously made us watch all the Madoka movies at once

Android: Netrunner


Chaos in the Old World

Flash Point: Fire Rescue and the little dog expansion

Jason will be sharing a booth at PAX Australia 2014 with Allen Chang, who we previously spoke to on the podcast

Battlestar Galactica the Board Game

We previously talked briefly about the future of Netrunner with James of Games Laboratory on this episode of the podcast.

The good old days of Ravager Affinity

Fantasy Flight’s LCG line as of this recording: A Game of Thrones, Call of Cthulhu, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Warhammer: Invasion, Android: Netrunner and Warhammer 40,000: Conquest.

Doomtown: Reloaded is another revival of a 90s CCG as an LCG style game, now released by AEG.

The Wire

Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine make sad and serious comics

Asterios Polyp is a really great comic book

William Gibson’s Neuromancer is a pretty seminal work for cyberpunk

The Name of the Wind is a very good fantasy novel, with The Slow Regard of Silent Things coming up soon before the completion of the trilogy

Also, Kvothe is a sex ninja

Jason reminded me of Robot Jox, which I watched as a small child

I also watched the Battletech cartoon when I was younger


Skyrim is an Inventory Management game with RPG elements

Pack the Pack is an actual Inventory Management board game

Hearthstone is not playable on airplanes

Dream Quest can be played on airplanes and has amazing graphics and is great

MS Paint Adventures, now more known for Homestuck

Roguelikelike or Rogue Lite

The Game Crafter is a well known print-on-demand service provider

Panda Game Manufacturing is a popular option for a lot of board game Kickstarter projects

Facebook Tabletop Design groups: Tabletop Game Designers Australia, Games Laboratory Incubator, Card and Board Games Designers Guild

BoardGameGeek – Board Game Design forums


We previously spoke with another Australian game designer, Paul Sztajer, about Time Fight and Particulars

Come say hi to us at PAX Australia 2014!

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