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Building (Thorny) Games with Kathryn Hymes
Episode 276th May 2021 • Exolore: facts-based fictional worldbuilding • Multitude
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Game designer and computational linguist Kathryn Hymes joins us to talk about the games she's created and her process for making it happen!

HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist


Kathryn Hymes is 50% of the indie studio Thorny Games, where she makes games about language and cryptography. She is a multiple time Indiecade Finalist and Award Winner, has spoken at GDC, and delivered keynote addresses at gaming conferences. She is also a co-host of the Game Design Round Table podcast and a 2016 GenCon Industry Insider. Follow her on twitter at @chicalashaw

Search through the Thorny Games website to find Sign and Dialect and to preorder Xenolanguage!


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- Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig,

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- Transcript by Iesir Moss


Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.

Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.