For those of you just tuning in, I am having a lovely meal of New Zealand pies virtually with master game designer Shem Philips. The mad devouring of baked goods is slowing, and talk is flowing around game design and candy. Don’t worry, I also ate a fruit – it’s all healthy now.

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Welcome back to dinner with Shem Phillips, founder of Garphill Games and New Zealand’s preeminent board game designer. Shem is best known for his trilogies of games, the North Sea Trilogy (Shipwrights, Raiders and Explorers) and the West Kingdom Trilogy (Architects, Paladins and Viscounts). Shem and I are just chilling over pies… Mmmm, pies…

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Another dinner has come to close, and Gil Hova and I are winding down. I had such a good time talking; this is definitely one of those dinner chats I’ve had, in which we really talked less about games, and more about … Well, everything else. I love that I learned new things in almost every subject that came up, things I never knew before. And now, without further ado, ferrets…

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Welcome back to dinner with designer Gil Hova, founder of Formal Ferret Games and designer of High Rise and The Networks. While munching on burgers of varying layered tastes, we also discuss games of varying… layered tastes. And perchance we touch on some interesting etymological philosophy along the way.

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