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Level Design Podcast

By Mark Drew

The Level Design podcast is your view into the world of game development through the lens of Level Design!
Every two weeks we come at you with a great interview or discussion about games, the process of making games or game development adjacent topics.


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LD023 - Let's talk Unreal and more with Steve Streeting!

Level Design PodcastSep 04, 2020

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LD048 - Getting into the Games Industry, Lego and Man of Medan with Jack Chapman (PlayStation London Studio)

LD048 - Getting into the Games Industry, Lego and Man of Medan with Jack Chapman (PlayStation London Studio)

In this episode we talk to Jack Chapman about getting into the Industry, mental health and what escape routes we can all have to make space for our mind. 


Follow our antics on Twitter @leveldesignfm and let us know what you liked the most about the podcast!

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) and Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys).

This has been a CMD:Studio  (@cmdstudiogames) production. Our editor is Vyt Vaisvilaite and our theme tune is by James Elsey (@JamesElseyMusic).


Feb 21, 202301:17:05
LD047 | The World of Sable with Gregorios Kythreotis (Shedworks)

LD047 | The World of Sable with Gregorios Kythreotis (Shedworks)

Sable, the debut title from Shedworks is without a doubt one of the most stunning experiences among recent indie releases.

We spoke to Shedworks' Creative Director Gregorios Kythreotis (@ShedworksGreg) to learn more about their development process.

From inspirations and influences to flexibility and limitations, we tackle all aspects of creating an unforgettable experience for the player. There's a lot to unpack no matter whether you are a veteran developer or just getting ready to release your first title.

Get ready for GDC 2022 and don't miss Greg's talk on the Art of Sable: https://schedule.gdconf.com/session/the-art-of-sable-imperfection-limitation-and-worldbuilding-through-visual-design/884839

Follow our antics on Twitter @leveldesignfm and let us know what you liked the most about Sable!

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) and Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys).

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever (@matthewlever), our producer is Anna Tumurova (@ATumurova), and our theme tune is by James Elsey (@JamesElseyMusic).

Mar 15, 202201:10:34
LD046 | Level and Campaign Design with Dana Nightingale (Arkane Lyon)

LD046 | Level and Campaign Design with Dana Nightingale (Arkane Lyon)

From Thief mods to the award-winning work on Dishonored and Deathloop, we join Dana Nightingale (@DanaENight), the Campaign Director at Arkane Lyon, as she breaks down her career in level and campaign design.

We delve deep into problems and solutions that developers face during the process and analyse various Deathloop, Dishonored, and other games' examples through the prism of Dana's experience.

Get ready for GDC 2022 and don't miss Dana's talk on User Experience: https://schedule.gdconf.com/session/ux-summit-deathloops-user-research-and-user-experience-death-loop/884834 

Follow our antics on Twitter @leveldesignfm!

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew), Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever (@matthewlever), our producer is Anna Tumurova (@ATumurova), and our theme tune is by James Elsey (@JamesElseyMusic).

Feb 15, 202201:00:04
LD045 | Landscape and Garden Exploration in Game Design with Rob Dwiar

LD045 | Landscape and Garden Exploration in Game Design with Rob Dwiar

Join us as we speak to Rob Dwiar (@RobDwiar) about such an integral part of many games as landscape design.
With extensive experience in real-life landscape design and horticulture, Rob analyses different game environments highlighting some great (and not so great) practices of creating not just a beautiful landscape but one that looks natural and organic.

Check out and support Rob's stunning book project Genius Loci on Unbound!

Do you have a game that particularly catches your attention with its setting? Let us know on Twitter @leveldesignfm!

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew), Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), and Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys).

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever (@matthewlever), our producer is Anna Tumurova (@ATumurova), and our theme tune is by James Elsey (@JamesElseyMusic).

Feb 01, 202250:48
LD044 - 2021 Retrospective

LD044 - 2021 Retrospective

Join us as we walk down the memory lane of all things 2021 and share our plans and hopes for the New Year.

Leave a comment with your take on what we should all be looking for in 2022.

You can follow our antics over on Twitter and comment with your take on what we should all be looking for in 2022. Check out @leveldesignfm!

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew), Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan).

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever (@matthewlever), our producer is Anna Tumurova (@ATumurova), and our theme tune is by James Elsey (@JamesElseyMusic).

Jan 18, 202253:32
LD043 - Oli Curtis Level Designer on Postal and Operation Black Mesa

LD043 - Oli Curtis Level Designer on Postal and Operation Black Mesa

In this episode, we have a chat with Oli Curtis (@fragleveldesign) on level design, HAMMER and Source and Postal as well as Black Mesa

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm!

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew), Valentina Chrysostomou (@valentinaChrys), Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever and our theme tune is by James Elsey @JamesElseyMusic

Jul 20, 202159:51
LD042 - Max Pears from CD Projekt Red talks Cyberpunk 2077 and Let's Design: Exploration

LD042 - Max Pears from CD Projekt Red talks Cyberpunk 2077 and Let's Design: Exploration

In this episode we  invite Max Pears (@maxpears) back to finally talk about Cyberpunk 2077 and his new book! Let's Design: Exploration! 

You can check out Max's book here: 

Physical books - https://bit.ly/3tsgQtO

Digital - https://bit.ly/39BakJD

He also happens to be the host of the great Level Design Lobby Podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/03OTDRAPsAiocSLCTEiXBn

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm!

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. 


Jul 06, 202152:19
LD041 - Gabby Llanillo from Naughty Dog

LD041 - Gabby Llanillo from Naughty Dog

In this episode we have the great pleasure to talk to Gabby Llanillo (@gabs820) from Naughty Dog about all things QA and Dev Support at Naughty Dog. 

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm!

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Jun 22, 202154:14
LD040 - Level Design with Tommy Norberg
Jun 09, 202101:19:58
LD039 - Taking the agony out of multiplayer games with Mark Mandel and Agones

LD039 - Taking the agony out of multiplayer games with Mark Mandel and Agones

In this episode we sit down with Dev advocate at Google Cloud Mark Mandel to talk multiplayer engines and more!


You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm!

Works and Topics we covered in this episode!:


  • GDC - Online Game Tech Summit 


  • Agones 

        https://agones.dev/site/



Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Apr 30, 202158:57
LD038 - Ellen Shelley from The Chinese Room

LD038 - Ellen Shelley from The Chinese Room

In this episode we sit down with Senior Lighting Artist at the Chinese Room Ellen Shelley to talk Man of Medan, Blood & Truth as well as more! 

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm!

Works and Games we covered in this episode!:

  • Man of Medan


  • Blood & Truth 


  • Shotdeck

https://shotdeck.com/


Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Apr 26, 202101:05:01
LD037 - Deep dive - Steve Gaynor

LD037 - Deep dive - Steve Gaynor

In this episode we're back with Steve Gaynor once again this time to dive further into some of our all time favourite level design and more!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm!


Works and Games we covered in this episode!:

  • PREY


  • Apex Legends


  • Bioshock 2


  • Hitman 3


  • Death Stranding


  • Gone Home


  • Evil Within


  • Resident Evil 2 Remake


  • Resident Evil 


  • Resident Evil 7


  • Resident Evil Village


  • Outlast


  • Condemned


  • The Last of Us 2


  • Control


  • Ghost of Tsushima 


  • WatchDogs Legion 









Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Mar 30, 202101:36:17
LD036 - Gone Home, Tacoma and more with Steve Gaynor

LD036 - Gone Home, Tacoma and more with Steve Gaynor

In this episode we sit down with Co - Founder at Fullbright, Director and Writer Steve Gaynor to talk Gone Home, Tacoma, F.E.A.R and more!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm!


Works and Games we covered in this episode!:

  • Tone Control Podcast 

https://www.idlethumbs.net/tonecontrol


  • GDC 2018 - Level Design Workshop: Designing for Non-Linear Story Discovery in Tacoma 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwiF5OWdBBY


  • Bioshock 2 DLC - Minerva's Den 


  • Gone Home


  • Open Roads


  • Tacoma


  • F.E.A.R - First Encounter Assault Recon


  • Daxter 


  • Metal Gear Acid 2


  • Death Stranding 


  • Return of the Obra Dinn


  • Firewatch 



Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Mar 16, 202101:28:15
LD035 - Fights in Tight Spaces with James Parker

LD035 - Fights in Tight Spaces with James Parker

In this episode we sit down with Director at Ground Shatter Games James Parker to discuss their latest title Fights in Tight Spaces and more!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm!


Works and Games we covered in this episode!:


Fights in Tight Spaces:

https://www.fightsintightspaces.com/



Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Mar 02, 202101:02:27
LD034 - Rob McLachlan from The Chinese Room

LD034 - Rob McLachlan from The Chinese Room

In this episode we shine the spotlight this time on our very own co-host and Level Designer at The Chinese Room, Rob McLachlan to talk Silent Hill, Little Orpheus and more!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm


Works and Games we covered in this episode!:

Little Orpheus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avGJU2hvVeA


Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42FF9ismMWY


Silent Hill Origins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8kJgT3fldk


Ghost Rider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjTzdlAnfiU


Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Feb 16, 202153:47
LD033 - Hitman, Agent 47 and more with Mette Andersen

LD033 - Hitman, Agent 47 and more with Mette Andersen

In this episode we sit down with Level Designer Mette Andersen to discuss their work on the infamous IOI Hitman Series and get to know Agent 47 a little better!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Feb 02, 202101:19:23
LD032 - Let's talk Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored 2 and more with Steve Lee!

LD032 - Let's talk Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored 2 and more with Steve Lee!

In this episode we sit down with Lead Level Designer Steve Lee to discuss their work on Bioshock Infinite, Dishonored 2, John Wick and more!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm


Works and Games we covered in this episode!:

An Approach to Holistic Level Design 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpOoTAVeEcU


Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by Ash Rose (@Fake_Anime_Geek).

Jan 19, 202101:55:19
LD031 - 2020 Retrospective
Jan 05, 202101:34:27
LD030 - Let's talk Level Design and Architecture with Chris Totten
Dec 08, 202049:28
LD029 - Naughty Dog's Michael Barclay talks Blocktober

LD029 - Naughty Dog's Michael Barclay talks Blocktober

In this episode,  Mark Drew (CMD:Studio) , Valentina Chrysostomou (CMD:Studio) and Rob McLachlan (The Chinese Room) block out some time to chat with Naughty Dog's Game Designer Michael Barclay (@motleygrue), the man behind the #blocktober community! See more at @blocktoberld

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. 

Nov 24, 202050:01
LD028 - Jonathon Wilson from Hangar 13

LD028 - Jonathon Wilson from Hangar 13

In this episode, Mark Drew (CMD:Studio) , Valentina Chrysostomou (CMD:Studio) and Rob McLachlan (The Chinese Room) put the spotlight onto one of our very own: Jonathon Wilson from Hangar 13!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Nov 10, 202051:32
LD027 - Halloween Surprise!

LD027 - Halloween Surprise!

In this episode, Mark Drew (CMD:Studio) , Valentina Chrysostomou (CMD:Studio) , Jonathon Wilson (Hangar 13) and Rob McLachlan (The Chinese Room) return with a sneaky second Halloween episode!

We talk about the east vs west differences in horror games, 90’s films and games.

Show Notes:

Dread X Collection: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1296510/Dread_X_Collection/

Creating Horror through Level Design https://jaredemitchell.com/articles/creating-horror-through-level-design/

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Nov 04, 202051:04
LD026 - Halloween Special

LD026 - Halloween Special

In this episode, Mark Drew (CMD:Studio) , Valentina Chrysostomou (CMD:Studio) , Jonathon Wilson (Hangar 13) and Rob McLachlan (The Chinese Room) delve deep into all things scary in games! We discuss the first games that scared us and trends in remaking horror games. 

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Oct 27, 202058:40
LD025 - AI and Aliens with Tommy Thompson

LD025 - AI and Aliens with Tommy Thompson

In this episode we sit down with the creator of the AI and Games YouTube Documentary channel, Dr Tommy Thompson (https://twitter.com/get_tuda_choppa). We take a look at how AI plays a role in some of your favourite titles, discuss alien tails and more!

Want to learn more about AI and Games? Take a look right here!: https://www.youtube.com/c/AIGamesSeries and https://www.aiandgames.com/

Some of the talks we chatted about on the episode:

- Alen Ladavac - Taking CI and automated testing seriously - WebCamp Zagreb 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGIvWT-NBHk&ab_channel=WebCampZagreb

- The AI of Alien: Isolation | AI and Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt1XmiDwxhY&ab_channel=AIandGames


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever @matthewlever. This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Oct 07, 202047:40
LD024 - EGX Digital 2020 / Level Design Secrets Panel

LD024 - EGX Digital 2020 / Level Design Secrets Panel

In this episode we share the secrets of Level Design in our latest panel at EGX Digital 2020! Join us as we start to unravel the world of Level Design!

Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Sep 25, 202045:21
LD023 - Let's talk Unreal and more with Steve Streeting!

LD023 - Let's talk Unreal and more with Steve Streeting!

In this episode we chat with the fantastic Steve Streeting about Unreal, Open source and more!

Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Sep 04, 202054:51
LD022 - Let's talk Dreams PS4 and The Last of Us with Media Molecule's Peter Field!

LD022 - Let's talk Dreams PS4 and The Last of Us with Media Molecule's Peter Field!

In this episode we chat with Media Molecule's Principal Designer Peter Field and discuss Dreams PS4, The Last of Us and more! 


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters! 

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm  


Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)   


This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Aug 18, 202048:23
LD021 - The Division and "Let's Design: Combat" Book with Max Pears

LD021 - The Division and "Let's Design: Combat" Book with Max Pears

In this episode we get the team together to chat with the lovely Max Pears, Level Designer at CD Projekt Red. We delve into his previous work on The Division, what it takes to park a car correctly and more importantly his new book called "Let's Design: Combat!"

You can grab a copy of the book here: 

Ebook - https://bit.ly/2WvrTUR
Physical Book - https://bit.ly/3fBQ2k9

Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Aug 04, 202046:06
LD020 - Off Grid, hacking and more with Rich Metson

LD020 - Off Grid, hacking and more with Rich Metson

In this episode we sit down with Rich Metson to discuss their latest project / game Off Grid, hacking and more in this special one-on-one interview! 

Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Jul 17, 202039:10
LD019 - Exploring virtual cities with Konstantinos Dimopoulos

LD019 - Exploring virtual cities with Konstantinos Dimopoulos

In this episode we sit down with special guest Konstantinos Dimopoulos as we explore virtual cities, what it means to be a game urbanist in the world of Level Design and more! 

Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Jun 19, 202046:44
LD018 - Wolfenstein and more with Mitja Roskaric

LD018 - Wolfenstein and more with Mitja Roskaric

In this episode we discuss Rainbow six siege, Wolfenstein and more with very special guest Lead Level Design at Machine Games, Mitja Roskaric!


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

May 26, 202045:59
LD017 - Develop 2019 catch up with Amanda Blatch

LD017 - Develop 2019 catch up with Amanda Blatch

In this episode we discuss all the moving parts of game design and more with Concept Artist / Illustrator and Senior Artist at DR Studios, Amanda Blatch!


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

May 04, 202034:02
LD016 - Let's talk Level Design with Valentina Chrysostomou

LD016 - Let's talk Level Design with Valentina Chrysostomou

In this episode we are joined by the fantastic Level Designer of RDR2, Dead End Job and more, Valentina Chrysostomou!

Join us as we explore the plains of the wild west and more in this very special episode!


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Apr 20, 202043:35
LD015 - Develop 2019 one-on-one with Arran Langmead

LD015 - Develop 2019 one-on-one with Arran Langmead

In this episode we sit down one on one with the Creator of Bears Can't Drift, and now Tech Artist at Epic Games, Arran Langmead to discuss everything from chairs, to corridors, and even Hello Kitty guns!


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).



Mar 30, 202037:11
LD014 - Level Design, San Francisco, Ubisoft and more with Julius-Cosmo Oniscu

LD014 - Level Design, San Francisco, Ubisoft and more with Julius-Cosmo Oniscu

In this episode Lead Level Designer at MachineGames and a true mentor of Level design all round Julius-Cosmo Oniscu joins us as we discuss WatchDogs, becoming a Level Designer and more!


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).


Mar 09, 202056:16
LD013 - Talking The Occupation and more with Pete Bottomley

LD013 - Talking The Occupation and more with Pete Bottomley

In this episode we caught up with Pete Bottomley of White Paper Games to deep dive into The Occupation and Ether One! 


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Feb 17, 202033:17
LD012 - Aliens and more with Jon McKellan

LD012 - Aliens and more with Jon McKellan

In this episode we discuss the worlds of Alien Isolation, Stories Untold and Observation with special guest Jon McKellan from NoCode!


Thank you to all our listeners and supporters!

You can follow our antics over on Twitter. Check out @leveldesignfm

Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Feb 04, 202036:55
LD011 - GOTY Edition (2019)

LD011 - GOTY Edition (2019)

In this episode we discuss and delve into our favourite games and gaming highlights of 2019! 


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Presented by Mark Drew (@markdrew) , Jonathon Wilson (@omnislash92), Valentina Chrysostomou (@ValentinaChrys) and Rob McLachlan (@RMMcLachlan)

This has been a CMD:Studio production. Our editor is Matthew Lever . This episode was produced by the awesome Ash Rose (@FakeAnimeGeek).

Jan 22, 202038:08
LD010 - Talking Siege and the Sandfox with Chris Wilson

LD010 - Talking Siege and the Sandfox with Chris Wilson

Join Mark Drew as he sits down to discuss the 2D world of Siege and the Sandfox with Cardboard Sword Design Director, Chris Wilson! 

Jan 06, 202032:43
LD009 - EGX 2019 - Level Design Mysteries Panel Questions (Finally) Answered

LD009 - EGX 2019 - Level Design Mysteries Panel Questions (Finally) Answered

This year we held a Level Design Mysteries Panel at the EGX Theatre and were fortunate enough to be asked a few questions from our audience! Join Mark Drew with guests Claire Morley, Jonathon Wilson & Rob McLachlan as they give their answers and insights! 


Dec 16, 201901:01:57
LD008 - Let's talk Level Design with Jay Britton

LD008 - Let's talk Level Design with Jay Britton

Join our host Mark Drew and renowned voice actor Jay Britton as they discuss Level Design across wide range of titles including Prey, Dark Souls, Bioshock and more!

Nov 26, 201945:03
LD007 - Hellscreen with Jamie Degen

LD007 - Hellscreen with Jamie Degen

Join our host Mark Drew in this exclusive 1 on 1 interview with Freelance 3D artist, Jamie Degen as they discuss his latest gaming venture, Hellscreen! 

Nov 01, 201938:01
LD006 - Talking WatchDogs 2 and more with Chris Filip

LD006 - Talking WatchDogs 2 and more with Chris Filip

In this week's episode we're joined by special guest, Video Game Designer/Product Manager - Chris Filip!  We take a look at their career to date - including Game Anglia, a little about WatchDogs 2 and more! 

Oct 07, 201941:48
LD005 - Talking Control with Paul Ehreth

LD005 - Talking Control with Paul Ehreth

In this episode we sit down and talk with Paul Ehreth, Control’s Lead Designer at Remedy! Join us as we discuss and discover the secrets behind the design of The Oldest House.

Sep 19, 201959:28
LD004 - Juju Adams
Aug 06, 201931:54
LD003 - More Level Design Questions with Jonathon and Rob

LD003 - More Level Design Questions with Jonathon and Rob


In this episode Jonathon Wilson (Hangar 13) and Mark Drew (CMDGames) bring back Rob McLachan (The Chinese Room)  to talk about the questions that are burning up the Level Design Community. 

We also provide advice for students and a reading list of great books. 

Jun 11, 201943:16
LD002 - Level Design Questions

LD002 - Level Design Questions

Level Design Podcast Episode 2

In this episode we bring back Claire Morley (Three Fold Games) and Jonathon Wilson (Pocket Money Games) to answer the questions we ran out of time at the panel.


May 07, 201943:55
LD001 - Level Design Mysteries Panel at EGX Rezzed 2019

LD001 - Level Design Mysteries Panel at EGX Rezzed 2019

In this first of a series of podcasts on level design we present a live panel at this year's EGX Rezzed Games Convention in London's Tobacco Dock as part of the Fringe Theatre sessions. 

We discuss the mastery and mysteries behind the choices level designers make and how those influence the player, how they guide them and in the end, how they improve the overall gameplay.

The panel consists Steve Lee (Bioshock Infinite and Dishonored 2), Claire Morley ( Before I Forget) , Rob McLachlan (Silent Hill: Origins, SH: Shattered Memories, Winter Hall and now at The Chinese Room) and Jonathon Wilson (Shu, Augmented Empire, They Suspect Nothing and Dimension Hunter 2) and is moderated by Mark Drew (CMD Studio).

Apr 18, 201938:32