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May 30, 2021

Erica and Scott welcome Ryan and Malorie Laukat, the couple behind Red Raven Games. Ryan is known as the designer and illustrator for games like Eight Minute Empire, Above and Below, Near and Far, Islebound, Empires of the Void, Artifacts Inc., Megaland, and the forthcoming Now or Never. They are also the subject of an upcoming documentary, Crafting Arzium

Ryan is often seen as the sole force behind Red Raven Games, but Malorie and the whole Laukat family do a lot of work behind the scenes. We talk about the challenges and opportunities of making games as a family, how to maintain a work/life balance, and how to get your kids to playtest your latest game.

SHOW NOTES

27m32s: Tales of the Arabian Nights
38m59s: We discussed the different markets you can sell your game in on Ludology 246 - Cornering the Market.
51m14s: You can hear the Laukats' original music in their Sleeping Gods Kickstarter trailer.
1h07m24s: Here's the Red Raven website, their Twitter, their Facebook, and their Instagram.