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Welcome to Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games!
Candid conversations with game creators that dive deep into the art, craft, and process of making games.

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May 7, 2021

We sit down with Creative Producer Ben Wilson to discuss the thrilling cooperative trick-taking game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, and how the game builds on and subverts precedents like Spades and Bridge.

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Ben Wilson

Wizard Jam

Spelunky Dare Challenge Bot

Trick-taking games

The Crew: The Quest for...


Apr 30, 2021

In the final installment of our Kentucky Route Zero miniseries, we sit down with two of its creators - Jake Elliott and Ben Babbitt - to discuss the origins of their collaboration, drawing from influences beyond games, and the process of working on such a long-term project.

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Kentucky Route Zero

Jake Elliott


Apr 23, 2021

Gloam Collective's Min-Taylor Bai-Woo and Damian Sommer join us to chat about their thrilling new turn-based fighter Bravery Network Online. We discuss the design of its Pok√©mon-inspired battles, the clever ways in which they replaced randomness, and making friends in the post-post-apocalypse.

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Apr 16, 2021

In the fifth installment of our Kentucky Route Zero miniseries, we broadcast our thoughts on the Un Pueblo De Nada interlude, before prowling our way through Act V and our closing thoughts on the game.

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Kentucky Route Zero

Stephanie Boluk 

Patrick LeMieux

Sarah Elmaleh

Alice Munro - Dear Life

Clara Rockmore -...


Apr 9, 2021

Echodog Games' Dyala Kattan-Wright joins us to discuss their wildly unique and wonderful narrative card game Signs of the Sojourner. We chat about the process of developing the game's innovative dialogue system, its surprising effects on player experience, and why sometimes you just can't go home again.

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