Victory Pointers 007 – Seeking Excellence with Jamey Stegmaier


We are joined by Jamey Stegmaier to discuss seeking excellence in board game design. We discuss setting expectations, blind playtesting, how our views on excellence have changed, and figuring out what games to publish.

Jamey Stegmaier – @jameystegmaier /

Kim Brebach – @secretbasegames /

Aaron Lim – @ehronlime /

Sye Robertson – @syelon /

Episode link below or on iTunes, and feel free to send us any feedback at (for now). You can also follow us on Twitter as @victorypointers.

Victory Pointers Episode 007 – Seeking Excellence with Jamey Stegmaier

What we talked about

What makes a game exceptional? 2:20

Meeting audience expectations 8:25

Changing views of excellence across Stonemaier games 11:12

Blind playtesting 13:40

Play testers as promoters 28:00

Our changing views on excellence and uniqueness 30:00

The game ‘experience’ 34:30

Studying the craft of game design 37:40

Outside inspiration 42:28

Top 3 resources for improving your game design craft 46:45

How important is the meld between theme and mechanics in game design for the promise of excellence? 56:00

Importance of art in the promise of excellence 58:33

What does Stonemaier games look for in other peoples designs it considers
publishing? 1:04:55

Retheming 1:06:12

How is kickstarter mixing things up in game design and publishing? 1:09:00

What is the publisher’s role in publishing exceptional games? 1:10:20

Links to what we talked about

Games we mentioned

Game Design Resources

Other Facebook Groups:

Check out our interviews with Malaysian board game designers in our previous episode

EDIT: If you’re in Australia, there are some Australia-specific resources here as well.

Music: Something Small (Instrumental) by Minden is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Based on a work at



One response to “Victory Pointers 007 – Seeking Excellence with Jamey Stegmaier

  1. Pingback: Victory Pointers 009 – Design Philosophies and Collaboration with Matt Dunstan | Action Points!·

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