Indie Talks Episode 28 – Daniel Solis


Daniel Solis joins me in Episode 28 to talk about games. Designing games, writing games, playing games and possibly even eating games. Join us as we talk game design, the urge to create, dragon poop and milk stout!

Who is Daniel Solis? If you haven’t hear of him, you should have, and now you will have! Stripped directly form his own site: Daniel Solis is a multiple award-winning game designer.

Daniel designs games of all kinds. Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple broke funding records on Kickstarter and won several awards, including the Inn. Daniel has been featured or interviewed on NPR’s On the MediaWired (three times), WGN Radio, and numerous podcasts. He created the Thousand-Year Game Design Challenge to encourage long-term thinking and sustainability in game design. This work has been recognized by Jane McGonigalthe Long Now Foundation, and Tor. He’s currently developing Belle of the Ball, a fine and dandy card game for 2-4 players. In fact, you’ve got about 11 days left to check it out on Kickstarter! It’s already funded, so go get yourself a copy! In the US, the buy in is only $25 and included shipping.

I’d also like to mention that this year’s Extra Life campaign is live! I’ll be playing table top games for not 24 hours straight, but 25 hours straight to raise money for Children’s Hospitals. Please check out my Extra Life page and if you have a few bucks, I’d greatly appreciate your sponsorship!

This year I’m treating this one (granted full) day event as my own little convention. I had the somewhat crazy idea to reach out to game publishers and see about getting some prize support for those folks who’ll be joining Team Troll and themselves raising money for Extra Life.

A goodly number of wonderful publishers responded, including these two awesome companies, who’s games I love!

Gamewright Games did an amazing thing and sent us three awesome games! Forbidden IslandGubs and  Monster Cafe!

My family are all big fans of Forbidden Island – it’s the perfect cooperative game for my kids and is interesting enough to make me want to play again! I’ve only had a little experience with Gubs and Monster Cafe is completely new to me!

Greater than Games have just done good! They just sent over two copies of their flagship game, Sentinels of the Multiverse! All to support Extra-life! I’m super excited about this one as I’ve been reading an awful lot about this game and hearing and seeing nothing but good things. As with all of the publishers who have contributed to this fundraising venture, I’d highly encourage you to support them with your voice, and your wallet!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments:, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!


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