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Oct 16, 2022

Sen and Erica chat with Brian Neff, the freelance developer who currently handles the Unmatched System for Restoration Games, about the process he uses for playtesting and balancing a game with an ever-expanding roster that boasts just under 40 playable characters to date. They chat about how both quantitative and qualitative data drive the development process and how the game's loyal community has been an invaluable part of the process.

Timestamp

Note

Link

00:01:05

Restoration Games

https://restorationgames.com/ 

00:01:49

Unmatched Game System

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/295564/unmatched-game-system 

00:02:18

Bruce Lee

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/279645/unmatched-bruce-lee 

00:02:19

T-Rex

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/284778/unmatched-jurassic-park-dr-sattler-vs-t-rex 

00:04:45

Alice

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/274637/unmatched-battle-legends-volume-one 

00:04:48

Moon Knight

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/326933/unmatched-redemption-row 

00:07:00

Cerebus System

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/23550/game-cerberus-engine-heroes 

00:08:03

Star Wars Epic Duels

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3284/star-wars-epic-duels 

00:08:43

Tannhauser

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/25261/tannhauser 

00:0901

Magic: The Gathering

https://magic.wizards.com/en 

00:09:02

Yu-Gi-Oh

https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/ 

00:09:03

Hearthstone

https://hearthstone.blizzard.com/en-us 

00:09:13

Mondo

https://mondoshop.com/ 

00:16:36

Noah

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/75911/noah-cohen 

00:16:41

Rob Daviau

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/442/rob-daviau 

00:16:46

Justin Jacobson

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/4083/justin-d-jacobson 

00:17:20

The Invisible Man

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/294484/unmatched-cobble-fog 

00:18:21

Dr. Ellie Sattler

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/284778/unmatched-jurassic-park-dr-sattler-vs-t-rex 

00:19:10

Beowulf

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/325635/unmatched-little-red-riding-hood-vs-beowulf 

00:19:51

Yennenga

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/335764/unmatched-battle-legends-volume-two 

00:21:11

Little Red Riding Hood

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/325635/unmatched-little-red-riding-hood-vs-beowulf 

00:23:57

Daredevil

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/326934/unmatched-hells-kitchen 

00:29:01

Restoration Games Discord Server

https://discord.gg/TcprtQESad

00:30:55

Medusa

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/274637/unmatched-battle-legends-volume-one 

00:30:56

Bigfoot

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/274638/unmatched-robin-hood-vs-bigfoot 

00:31:10

Sherlock

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/294484/unmatched-cobble-fog 

00:32:57

Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Cloak & Dagger

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/326936/unmatched-teen-spirit 

00:34:55

Elektra

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/326934/unmatched-hells-kitchen 

00:40:14

Bovine University

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlGC8YnfhN8 

00:41:59

Colossus

https://x-men.fandom.com/wiki/Colossus 

00:43:49

Wakka

https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Wakka 

00:44:34

Unmatched Maker

https://unmatched.cards/ 

00:46:27

When I Was A Young Warthog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EILeWQEDtMw 

00:46:42

Slice & Dice

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com.tann.dice&hl=en_CA&gl=US 

00:48:03

Jawn

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Jawn 

00:49:25

Willow Nightingale

https://twitter.com/willowwrestles 

00:5024

Juice Robinson

https://prowrestling.fandom.com/wiki/Juice_Robinson