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Podcast #116: The Arkham Asylum Files -- a behind-the-scenes look at this most ambitious game

We go down the (Infinite) rabbit hole on this augmented-reality tabletop game.

We've played puzzle-y board games. We've played escape-room games. But we haven't played anything quite like The Arkham Asylum Files: Panic in Gotham City. This super premium, augmented-reality, multimedia experience is set in Batman's hometown, hosted by The Joker, and seen through the eyes of Harley Quinn. It's a pricey box at $149 for a one-time (maybe? -- listen to learn more) playthrough. Is it worth it? (Full disclosure: We got a media copy from the publisher.) 

To dig into how The Arkham Asylum Files is pushing the boundaries of tabletop gaming, we invited Animal Repair Shop and Infinite Rabbit Holes Senior Vice President of Interaction Design (and magician!) Michael Borys to discuss the epic design and production processes, the countless creative and budgetary challenges, and how "being the dot" (a video game reference for you old-schoolers) influences everything he works on.


  • 4:55 - Christina and Shoe's game pick: The Arkham Asylum Files: Panic in Gotham City.
  • 17:14 - Michael's game pick: Wiz-War.
  • 22:30 - Christina and Shoe's topic: bringing augmented reality to tabletop.
  • 40:35 - Michael's topic: being the "dot"!

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