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Session Name: Open-Ended Puzzle Design at Zachtronics
Speaker(s): Zach Barth, Drew Messinger-Michaels
Company Name(s): Zachtronics, Everybody's Talking At Once
Track / Format: Design
Overview: Imagine shipping puzzles in a game that you haven't solved yourself, confident that players will find interesting and creative solutions on their own. That's not unusual at Zachtronics, the studio behind open-ended puzzle games such as 'SpaceChem', 'SHENZHEN I/O', 'Opus Magnum', and 'EXAPUNKS'. In this session, podcaster Drew Messinger-Michaels talks to Zachtronics founder and creative director Zach Barth about the studio's puzzle design process, from the initial foundation to the basic mechanics, to the way story is integrated.

GDC 2019

Zach Barth

Zachtronics

Drew Messinger-Michaels

Everybody's Talking At Once

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Design

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