Azhelle Wade Applying Toyetic Principles | Episode 156

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Azhelle is a cancer survivor, 3x patented toy inventor, Women In Toys Wonder Woman finalist, and was named 1 of the 100 most influential people in toys and games in 2020. After 10 years in the industry, working for companies like Toys R Us, Party City, Horizon Group USA, and Creative Kids, this entrepreneurial spirit took control of her own destiny and Continue Reading →

Michael Matera Inspiring and Showing the Path to Action in Gamification | Episode 155

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Michael Matera is an engaging, fun and inspiring nationwide speaker and author, delivering keynotes, workshops and small group professional development to teachers and administration. Additionally, he is a practicing teacher. He ignites both his classroom and professional development audiences with interactive play, passion and purpose-driven learning. He helps us all focus on finding the joy in the journey of life both professionally Continue Reading →

Sarah Le-Fevre Finding Balance in Ludogogy | Episode 154

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Sarah Le-Fevre is a Learning design and delivery professional and certified Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator.  After tiring of creating programs for blue-chip clients that focused almost solely on growth and profit, Sarah made the decision to keep the same audience but shift the focus to learning around sustainability, human flourishing and tackling systemic wicked problems. With a focus on experiential learning, specifically Continue Reading →

Ethics in Game-Based Solutions and Gamification | Episode 153

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Photo by timJ on Unsplash Special episode Engagers! This time we have no guest and I dive straight into the very important topic of ethics in our world of game-based solutions and gamification! I talk about some ideas of fellow creators and past guests Andrzej Marczewski [email protected] of and Nir Eyal. I mention this in the episode but we’ll highlight this Continue Reading →

Alessandro Canossa Studying the Effect of Games | Episode 152

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Alessandro Canossa is an Associate Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. He is the Czar of Player Experience at and has been straddling between the game industry and academia for many years. He has been an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, Associate Professor at Northeastern University in Boston and he’s now at Continue Reading →

Kathleen Mercury with Failing to Succeed in Game Design | Episode 151

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Kathleen Mercury, M.A.T., M.E.T., has been teaching gifted middle school students for fifteen years using design thinking to create functional art from designing tabletop games and RPGs to filmmaking, cosplay, and more. She shares all of her game design teaching resources at for free, and loves to collaborate with educators and industry leaders to promote game design curriculum at every level and format. Continue Reading →

Nicole Lazzaro Applying Her 4 Keys 2 Fun | Episode 150

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Nicole Lazzaro, immersive media trailblazer, entrepreneur and game industry veteran has run XEODesign for 27 years. She discovered how game mechanics create emotion, designed the 1st iPhone game, and the 4 Keys to Fun used by millions of leading developers worldwide. Her 4 Keys are baked into the AI for the Sims and inspired IBM Watson’s sentiment analysis. Her game Tilt World planted Continue Reading →

Cedric Pontet Facilitating Games for Learning | Episode 149

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Cédric Pontet is CTO @ Agile Partner, founder @ #play14, EventStormer, Sketchnoter, Happy Salmon guru, Gnome drawing expert, and much more. He is a seasoned software expert and Agile/Lean coach. He started his software engineering career in 2001 and since 2005, has been happily employed at Agile Partner, where he has worked on a large variety of projects, for customers in both Continue Reading →

Jesper Juul and Handmade Games | Episode 148

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Jesper Juul is a pioneering video game researcher and occasional game developer. With a background in both literature and programming, Jesper has dedicated his life to taking video games seriously as culture and art form. He has published four books on MIT Press, and taught at MIT, NYU, among others. He is currently teaching at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School Continue Reading →

Gamer Motivations with Nick Yee | Episode 147

 Listen to this episode on your phone! Nick Yee is the co-founder and analytics lead of Quantic Foundry. For over two decades, he has conducted and applied research on the psychology of gaming and virtual worlds using a wide variety of methods. At Stanford University, he used immersive virtual reality to explore how avatars can change the way people think and behave. At the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Continue Reading →