In this episode…
We are joined by Mice and Mystics designer Jerry Hawthorne! In addition to his work with Plaid Hat Games, Jerry has done design work on Heroscape and Battleship Galaxy. Going into this interview, we we’re mainly admirers of the incredible work Jerry did on Mice and Mystics, but learned within the first few minutes that the man himself is even more interesting. Learn more about Jerry through a few of his awesome life stories on our Mice and Mystics filled 34th episode.
We welcome Jerry to the podcast, hear about the games he’s playing, as well as some of the noteable life events that lead him to where he is now.
Feature: Jerry Hawthorne Interview
Jerry explains the story of how Mice and Mystics began.
Does a game like Mice and Mystics get designed from the ground up?
What (if anything) was cut from the final Mice and Mystics game design?
Did Jerry and Plaid Hat Games brainstorm what gameplay features they wanted included in Mice and Mystics?
Does Plaid Hat Games ever commission a game designer to work on a specific project?
What is Jerry’s opinion on luck focused game mechanics in board games?
Jerry’s boardgamegeek name is “nobeerblues.” What’s his favorite kind of beer?
Does Jerry have any interesting stories about some of his “do it yourself” game prototypes?
— Danny Devine (@3ddevine) June 5, 2014
Be on the lookout for Jerry Hawthrone’s “Mice and Mystics: Downwood Tales,” from Plaid Hat Games and Matt Worden’s “Aether Magic,” from Happy Mitten Games late summer/early fall.