20 Best Game Design Podcasts of 2021

3 years ago

Are you wanting to learn more about game design ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best game design podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Game Design Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.


  • Publisher: Gil Hova, Erica Hayes-Bouyouris, Sen-Foong Lim, Scott Rogers
  • Total Episodes: 484

Welcome to Ludology, an analytical discussion of the how’s and why’s of the world of board games. Rather than news and reviews, Ludology explores a variety of topics about games from a wider lens, and discusses game history, game design and game players. Ludology is part of The Dice Tower Network, the premier board game media network.

The Clockwork Game Design Podcast

  • Publisher: The Clockwork Game Design Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 58

Game Design Philosophy

Nerdlab Podcast

  • Publisher: Marvin Hegen
  • Total Episodes: 99

The Podcast about board game design and card game design! Together we will explore the secrets of different game mechanics and grow as a game designer!

Three Moves Ahead

  • Publisher: Idle Thumbs
  • Total Episodes: 526

Three Moves Ahead is the leading strategy game themed podcast on the internet. Every week a panel of knowledgeable gamers with strong opinions meets to talk about the strategy and war games of the day, design issues and games in the wider world.

Feed The Ball

  • Publisher: Derek Duncan
  • Total Episodes: 91

In the Feed the Ball podcast, writer Derek Duncan discusses golf course design, architecture, aesthetics and other topics with golf course architects and other luminaries of the game.

Building the Game

  • Publisher: Rob Couch and Jason Slingerland
  • Total Episodes: 536

Join Jason Slingerland and his fellow game design friends as they discuss the ins and outs, and ups and downs of being a game designers in a documentary style. The Building the Game Podcast is published every week.

Design Doc

  • Publisher: Hannah Shaffer and Evan Rowland
  • Total Episodes: 38

Welcome to Design Doc, a podcast documenting the process of analog game design. Game designers guide you through their process from concept to product.

Patrick Jones Baseball

  • Publisher: Patrick Jones
  • Total Episodes: 210

This baseball podcast will be centered around player and coach development. We will discuss everything from mechanics, the mental game, practice design, and even college recruiting. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The AIAS Game Maker’s Notebook

  • Publisher: Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
  • Total Episodes: 90

A series of in-depth conversations between video game makers on the business and craft of interactive entertainment, exploring the core tenants of D.I.C.E. (Design. Innovate. Communicate. Entertain.) Hosted by Ted Price from Insomniac Games, Robin Hunicke from Funomena, and Composer Austin Wintory.

Well PlayED

  • Publisher: Michael Matera
  • Total Episodes: 214

A podcast all about playful learning, #gamification, game based learning, and game inspired course design. Join in the fun with our crazy hosts as we talk about the passion of playful learning.

Killer Innovations with Phil McKinney – A Show About Ideas Creativity And Innovation

  • Publisher: Phil McKinney
  • Total Episodes: 402

An award winning podcast and nationally syndicated radio show that looks at the innovations that are changing our lives and how their innovators used creativity and design to take their raw idea and create a game-changing product or service.

Mastering Dungeons

  • Publisher: Mastering Dungeons
  • Total Episodes: 181

RPG veterans and game designers Teos Abadia and Shawn Merwin look at the game and the hobby of D&D from a variety of viewpoints: reporting the news, understanding the business, reviewing the products, and illuminating the design. Whether you’re a fan, a player, a DM, or a designer, Shawn and Teos cover topics of interest to you!

Board Game Business Podcast

  • Publisher: Richard New, Brian Henk, Jeremy Commandeur
  • Total Episodes: 99

On The Board Game Business Podcast, we discuss the business side of the tabletop gaming industry. We don’t review games or tell you which ones we like, but instead focus on how to price, distribute, design, develop, and market your game. Richard New hosts and sits alongside Jeremy Commandeur, a game designer, and Brian Henk, a game designer and publisher with Overworld Games.

Vox Arcana

  • Publisher: Vox Arcana
  • Total Episodes: 70

Vox Arcana is a Dungeons & Dragons podcast about game design, philosophy, storytelling, and role playing, from the perspective of three different Dungeon Masters.


  • Publisher: Dribbble
  • Total Episodes: 110

Overtime, Dribbble’s weekly podcast, explores the most interesting design news and gives you the tips you need to create your best work. No need to scroll copious news sites and design Twitter—host Meg Lewis and friends are primed to inform, entertain, and inspire you each week. Consider Overtime your audio lifeline to the design community, packaged in a perfectly punchy Shot. Subscribe and listen every Wednesday to stay ahead of the game.

Level Design Lobby

  • Publisher: Max Pears
  • Total Episodes: 149

The Level Design Lobby, breaks down game and level design techniques, showing how they are used within games, as well as how we can improve upon them. It also shares reading material to its audience, while providing interviews with industry professionals. Please Subscribe —- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Maxpears Website: http://www.maxpears.com/

Board Game Bros

  • Publisher: Board Game Bros
  • Total Episodes: 128

BOARD GAME BROS We are Jeffrey Craig and Matthew Craig – brothers in real life and board game designers in real life. This is our board game hobbyist/design podcast where we talk about our favorite games. We start every episode talking about how the game is played, and then we examine how game design was used to assist the player and enhance the gameplay. Follow us on twitter @BGBroscast (https://twitter.com/BGBroscast) Follow us on facebook @BGBroscast (https://www.facebook.com/BGBroscast/)

Order 66 Podcast

  • Publisher: GM Dave & GM Chris
  • Total Episodes: 267

The Order 66 Podcast is dedicated to the Star Wars role playing game by Fantasy Flight Games. We talk mainly Star Wars Role Playing, but also about relevant details from d20 and other role playing systems, as well as miniatures gaming on occasion. Game Master tips and tricks, player tactics, encounter design, role playing guidance and LOTS of meat on the mechanics of the system is the foundation of the show, but we try to have fun with it too. We invite you in and want you to Execute Order 66 with us.

Finding the Fun

  • Publisher: Finding the Fun – a podcast about game design
  • Total Episodes: 35

a podcast about game design

The Mana Pool

  • Publisher: Chewie Slate
  • Total Episodes: 277

Chewie, Mike, Brian, and Dirk have been talking about Magic: The Gathering on the internet for almost 10 years (at the time of this writing). Since there are so many shows about strategy and tournaments, these dorks focus on all the fun you can have with the game outside of that, from flavor to philosophy to game design to history to whatever else we can come up with. We’re funny, we’re serious about what we do, and we love it!

David Friedland

Bit of a gear addict.

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