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[EP163] Dog Time

Hey there, Shenanites! This week we talk about living and working in dog time, the neverending metamorphosis of our games, and the invaluable impact of using different shapes and colors in game design. In our quest to conquer parallel parking, we’re ready to put aside our hopes of flying cars for sideways cars! And we’re looking to see if anyone is up for making the most epic game of all time, Hero Spa! Anyone? Anyone? Questions answered (abbreviated): - IrishLuck: How often do you remove a...


[Ep162] Pants Valet

HEYO, Shenanites! This week we talk about doing backflips, the first rule of improv, and the mystical juicy juice of Woanope. And guess what! We figured out how to thumbroll! We also dive into how our childhoods spent around towering sociopaths shaped our sense of humor, and discuss the ever-burning question: why don’t lizards in Star Wars force pull things into their mouths? Questions answered (abbreviated): - Anonymous: Sam! You're in Forbes 30 under 30. How's it feeeeelll? -...


[Ep161] Anti-mentors

Hi again, Shenanites! In this episode, we discuss studio burn rates, existential crises, and brain perceptions. Plus, we talk about a huge, literally game-changing update to Levelhead mechanics! This week, go thank someone who instilled good habits into you against your will. Whether they were a coach parent or a force of nature, where would you be without them? Questions answered (abbreviated): - challosis: Can y'all share some of the financial details of going indie, minus actual...


[Ep160] Infinite Spider Jars

Salutations, Shenanites! In this episode, we talk about the squeaky pulley crew, bus pants, and how turnip beauty standards make Sam cry. Do you feel selfsmug about your painvestments? Because sometimes you can’t portmanteau your way out of a situation. Questions answered (abbreviated): - Anonymous: As game devs how do you feel when someone says they want to play a game where you can do anything? - imcade: Have you ever had a bad experience with a game you were looking forward to not live...


[Ep159] Emotional Heist

Buckle up your avocadoes, Shenanites! It’s about to get real. This week, we talk about our initial curse offering of hexcoins, making game sausage, and surveillance toilets. Have more ideas that you throw away. Practice more because there are no shortcuts. It’s 20GR18, go do stuff. Questions answered (abbreviated): - doombrowski: If you were able to go back in time and teach your less art capable self how to wiggle nodes, what would you recommend to yourself when getting started? -...


[Ep158] Safety Appetizer

Hello, Shenanites! This is the first episode we’re recording in our new podcast space! This week, we discuss how buses high-five, opinionated systems, and flying potatoes. If things seem out of whack, it might just be a problem of depth. Advice for cameras and life! Questions answered (abbreviated): - uppscatningsman: I think a lot of us would like to hear what the rest of your [brainstorming process for the Shenanijam] was like because [Goop Legacy] seemingly turned out nothing like the...


[Ep157] Wrenches 101

Hey there, Shenanites! This week we talk about existential worlds, our soothsaying spreadsheet, and sensory deprivation. Also, miswanting. It’s a thing. And sometimes you gotta let people flail a lot, and then boop them in the right direction. Questions answered (abbreviated): - MySecretWeapon: I'm participating in a game jam at the end of June. I've done one before but I'm bringing 2 guys who haven't. What's the best way to split the work load between the 3 of us? - zacyzacy: Hey dudes,...


[Ep156] Projectile Freedom

Hi again, Shenanites! In this episode, we talk about scooter gangs, dirt sharks, and rules versus loopholes. How do you discover things if most things on most things aren’t worth discovering? Grab a mug of granola, and find out! Questions answered (abbreviated): - PottyGamer: If one person on a Jam Team is solely responsible for the coding, how do you keep the other teammates engaged when they've finished their duties and you're knee-deep in code trying to finish and debug? - grumpygramps:...


[Ep155] Butterscotch Shenanijam 20GR18 LIVE Kick-down Event

Hey there, Shenanites! In this extra special live episode, we talk about our whys and then we ask about yours! Tune in to hear the answers your comrades-in-arms gave. Who risked life and limb (literally, someone broke their foot), and who fell prey to Murphy’s Law? Plus, the lowdown on the third volume in our epic goop trilogy! Tears were shed, lessons were learned, and games were made. Thanks to everyone who participated in our second annual Butterscotch Shenanijam! Check out the sweet,...


[Ep154] Special Butterscotch Shenanijam 20GR18 Kick-off Minisode

Welcome to the 20GR18 Butterscotch Shenanijam, Shenanites! In this special bonus jammy minisode, we go over the themes and achievements of this year's Shenanijam. Tune in to hear us spitball a brain diamond. Whether you’re doing it for fun or for glory or for world domination, just abandon your life for the weekend and go for it! Get more information at the Shenanijam website And if you’re still on the fence, remember that jamming favors people of action, so don’t...


[Ep152] Plantar's Fascism

Greetings, Shenanites! In this episode, we go over the final installment of the Bscotch principles! We also talk about the ice cream problem, the dangers of over-exuberance, and a mutual coincidence of wants. After all, we’re all just weird, kind of smooth-skinned monkeys -- that’s why you gotta go two why’s deep. ALSO, the SHENANIJAM is heading your way June 8th! Find out more info at Don’t be a rhombus, Steve! Questions answered (abbreviated): - FiveIron: How can I...


[Ep151] Spectral Junebugs

Hi again, Shenanites! Join us for the inaugural segment of Shi Thing with Shi! Then stick around as we talk about pulling the right weeds, the wild west of data privacy, and managing a colony during volcanic winter. Are spirit animals alien chest bursters or general utility companions? Who would be a sharknado, and who would be a honey badger? Who would be Steve? Grab your beverage of choice and find out! Also, THE SHENANIJAM! It’s happening June 8th! Go to for more...


[Ep150] Tangent Stones

Hey there, Shenanites! On the sesquicentennial episode of the cast, we discuss the Combover patch, emblazoned tangential stones, and how adults need more exuberance in their lives. Emphatically emphasize a flower bush! Maybe spend the rest of your day skipping! After all, humans are just tubes with legs, and if a learning curve is steep, it’s all the easier to climb. Note: At 52 min, the dictionary Sam is referencing is the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows...


[Ep149] Sticky Justice

Welcome back, Shenanites! In this episode, we talk about Levelhead, trendy whippersnappers, and the secret keys you use to open up your dreams. People should just DO MORE THINGS. So sign up for the Bscotch Shenanijam, coming June 8! Because a jam is about creating an awesome thing together that you dump your whole mind and soul into. Go to for more info. Questions answered (abbreviated): - cctechwiz: Do you have any suggestions to prepare your bodies, fingers, brains,...


[Ep148] Suck Vortex

What up, Shenanites! This week we discuss watching the news during recess, gaming with our wives, and jamming. It’s also high time for another LOOT BOX WATCH, 2018 edition. Ride out that anger wave, and never forget, you have to be bad before you can be less bad. BONUS PLUG: Sign-up for the Bscotch Shenanijam (, coming at you June 8! You can never be ready, or you’re always ready. Either way, do it. Questions answered (abbreviated): - Anonymous: Adam has recently...


[Ep147] Void Sandwich

Hello, Shenanites! Join us this week as we talk about security through obfuscation, strategy guides for gains, and forest persons. Plus, an update on squirrel thwarting and another thing schools get wrong. That balloon might just be for you. Even if you don’t give a grain-nola. Questions answered (abbreviated): - coolaboola: Do you guys believe in an afterlife? - Duckmaster: What is the best type of moustache? - quantum_anomaly: Unintended uses of items can make for interesting level...


[Ep146] Double Neutron Star

Buckle up, Shenanites! In this week’s episode, we talk about lubing up your ABS, how to frustrate squirrels, and why group projects are the worst. Are ballet dancers just traveling burrito magicians? When should you downgrade your baby to river rocks? This is gonna get zany. Questions answered (abbreviated): - Gerf99: Any tips to keep people excited and focused on creating rather than procrastinating? - Farseer: Butt-erscotch, A-S-S brothers, Rump-us. Everything comes back to your...


[Ep145] Robot Vending Machine

Ahoy, Shenanites! Join us this week as we discuss funzine spam, tier 1 dirt patches, and analytics. It’s big data time! Or is it. Plus, we get into talking about getting in there because sometimes you think you’re getting in there but you haven’t actually gotten in there yet. Try saying that three times fast. Questions answered (abbreviated): - Woland77: How is Shi doing? What's new with him? - Mennalus: Hey, do you guys use game analytics at all, to see what people are doing in your...


[Ep144] Flightless Murder Swan

Hello again, Shenanites! We’re solidly floating down Refactoria River in the in-between - it’s a place where you go to make things better! In this episode, we talk about battle royales, snake people, and why Tyler Durden never had a vegetable garden. I mean, you just gotta get in there. Questions answered (abbreviated): - Duckmaster: Is coffee the source of all life? - imcade: Would you ever do like a recap podcast episode? - MySecretWeapon: In past episodes, you've talked about submitting...


[Ep142] Forgiveness Mechanics

Welcome back, Shenanites! We’re at GDC this week, but we made sure this tasty podcast was ready for your waiting ears! In this ep, we talk about extended metaphors, making jam days, and putting the soul back into stuff. Here’s your question of the week: are disciplines squishy, or just the people inside them? Corrections: - Adam was talking about Benedictine when he mentioned herbal liqueur. - When Sam says “matcha” from Uruguay, he means mate (mah-tay) as in yerba mate tea. Questions...