Interview: Mark Diaz Truman


Immediately following our session of The Play's The Thing we got a chance to sit down and speak the creator of the game!

Mark Diaz Truman has authored The Play's The ThingOur Last Best HopeUrban Shadows, and Cartel. His many writing credits includes the 7th Sea and he's the co-founder of Magpie Games

We dive into Mark's evolution of game design, how he got into the business, and respond to the challenges that players face when considering a game like Cartel for their gaming group. 

Follow Mark on twitter: @trumonz

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BreakoutCon! (Part 1 of 2)


A special report recorded on location at BreakoutCon!

On March 17th 2018 we were invited by the fine folks at BreakoutCon to visit them and meet their guests. This episode features a collection of interviews with some of those guests. Conversations about the games they're making, what brought them into the hobby, the challenges the industry faces right now, and all the wonderful new games currently in development. 

The second half of our collection of interviews, next week!

A huge thanks to BreakoutCon for inviting us. Follow them on twitter @BreakoutCon and bookmark their website,

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Terrible Warriors: Natalie Wallace, and Justin Ecock

On today's episode:

Mark Richardson
@Slavetothehat (
Headspace (
7th Sea Cartographer (

Rach Shekley
Breakout Admin Team
@Teddog (
Plus One Forward Podcast (

Derek Chung
Nomnisaur Wrangler (president)
Nomnivoure Games Inc (
Ember Wind RPG (

Allysha Tulk & Kevin Carmichael
Design Duo!
Dancing Dragon Games (
@nibblesdragon (
Lady and the Tiger (
Jelly Bean Games (

Christopher Ono
@christopher_ono (
Breakout Admin
Breakout Boardgame Manager

Sarah Richardson
Author - Velvet Glove (
Co-Author - Bluebeard’s Bride (
Marketing Director - Magpie Games (
Resource Director - Indie Game Developer Network (

Note: The Cartel Kickstarter from Magpie Games has recently concluded but check it out!