This week, we welcome our special guest Catherine Woolley, Senior Designer at The Chinese Room.

What have you been playing? Catherine is enjoying Inside, solving puzzles and watching the deaths. Susan has been having multiplayer fun with Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris. Dean has been enjoying the real-life sport of Badminton and is a little tired, but has enough energy to talk about Overwatch, a game that he isn’t really clicking with despite how everyone else seems to love it. However, he is enjoying trolling people while playing Speedrunners.

Guest Spotlight We talk to Catherine about being a Senior Designer, currently at The Chinese Room and formerly at Creative Assembly working on Alien: Isolation. Catherine also shares her obsession with game jams, and explains how she finds them an important creative outlet.

Theme of the Week In honour of Catherine joining The Chinese Room, known for their walking simulators, we talk about our favourites. Susan grabs Gone Home before anyone else can, Catherine chooses Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Dean goes for Firewatch.

Two Truths, One Lie Catherine is a supermassive Shenmue fan, and is it true that her and Susan were at the same cosplay event many moons ago? Spoilers: yes, it is.


You can follow Catherine on Twitter: @catmoo, or find out more about her and her game jam games on her website. Check out The Chinese Room on Twitter: @chineseroom.

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Ready Up Podcast theme music courtesy of Tommy Tallarico.