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Oct. 26, 2022

Tabletop Games 2.0 with Kenton Hansen

Tabletop Games 2.0 with Kenton Hansen

Tabletop games are proven massive brain stimulators. Playing them stimulates brain areas responsible for memory formation and complex thought processes. Board games' main (and perhaps only) limitation was the in-person aspect of it; the game's playability would be limited by the people around and available. A limitation technology could easily solve. 

Meet Kenton Hansen, Product Director at Roll20, the only free, community-based tabletop gaming software. Kenton is an experienced product developer and marketing strategist. He got into Roll20 almost accidentally and immediately embraced the idea of bringing players together around digital boards regardless of distance, age, or experience.

Throughout our conversation, we explore a bit of Kenton's background and passion for gaming. He explains where tabletop and role-play fit into gaming and the challenges of adapting historically in-person games to the digital realm. 

Plus, he tells the story of how he knew about Roll20, the kind of games he is into and shares his thoughts on alternative ways to get into the gaming industry.

Tune in to Episode 17 of A Gamer's Story, and learn everything you need to know about the endless opportunities that digital tabletop games have to offer. 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did you get started in gaming? (1:11)
  • Where do virtual tabletop games fit into the gaming world? (3:48)
  • I see that you're creating a community among the members. Can you talk a little bit about that? (17:05)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About the board games, Kenton used to play as a kid (2:32)
  • The kind of experiences digital tabletop games can provide (7:26)
  • Roll20's Freemium Model. What it is and how it works (12:02)
  • What are some alternative routes into the gaming industry (23:41)


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