Hi, I’m Brian Tinsman: Veteran game designer for Magic: the Gathering and many other games. Current War of the Fallen design director. AMA!”
I’m Brian Tinsman, award-winning producer, current director of design at Zynga & former design manager at Wizards of the Coast where I worked on Magic: The Gathering and other popular collectible card games. I have a background in evolutionary psychology, which gives some unique perspectives into why games can be so compelling.
I have led design on more than 20 titles worth $500+ million in revenue. A list of my work can be found here: http://www.briantinsman.com/professional.htm. I also wrote a book on how to get your board game published.
At Zynga I worked on multiple titles for iOS and Android. My team and I just launched War of the Fallen, the company’s second card battle game, available from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/WaroftheFallen
I’ll be here until about 2pm PT/5pm ET today and am ready to answer your questions on all things game design, Magic, card battle/collecting games, dopamine triggers, etc…
Edit: Thank you for the great questions everyone.