By Ryan Sturm and Geoff Engelstein
About this podcast
Welcome to Ludology, an analytical discussion of the how’s and why’s of the world of board games. Rather than news and reviews, Ludology explores a variety of topics about games from a wider lens, and discusses game history, game design and game players. Ludology is part of The Dice Tower Network, the premier board game media network.

Episodes (Total: 300)
June 25, 2017 · 00:05:40
In this classic GameTek, Geoff takes a look at the physics behind the coin toss. Duration 5:39
June 18, 2017 · 01:14:39
Gil and Geoff are pleased to welcome Morten Monrad Pedersen, to discuss the art of designing solo games. Morten has designed several popular solo variants to games, including Scythe and Viticulture. What are the design techniques for solo games? How do they differ from multiplayer games? Duration:  1:14:38
June 11, 2017 · 00:06:17
Scott Rogers joins us with a new Biography of a Board Game - Arkham Horror! Duration: 6:16
June 4, 2017 · 01:18:19
Gil and Geoff tackle ties in games. How important are tiebreakers? What are good and bad ways to design them? Duration: 1:18:18
May 28, 2017 · 00:05:50
In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses the difference between a cheat and a spoilsport, and what that means for society. Duration: 05:49
May 21, 2017 · 01:02:30
Gil and Geoff are thrilled to welcome Chris Cobb from Riot Games, creator of the number one online game in the world, League of Legends. Until recently Chris was the technical lead for the Player Behavior team, which was tasked with designing in-game and out-of-game systems to encourage players to be nicer to each other, and deal with players who don't. Over the years, what did they learn about behavior, and how to design systems to encourage it to improve? Duration: 1:02:29
May 14, 2017 · 00:09:12
Ludology welcomes Scott Rogers and his Biography of a Board Game segment! This episode he traces the history of Risk, from the early 20th century to today. Duration: 09:10
May 7, 2017 · 01:23:25
For their first show as a duo, Gil and Geoff revisit the question posed in the very first episode of Ludology - What is a game?  The answer may surprise you. Duration: 1:23:24
April 30, 2017 · 00:25:40
New Content! Geoff interviews Eric Janszen, the CEO of VirZoom. VirZoom makes a Virtual Reality exercise bike, that interfaces with all the major VR platforms, and uses games to keep people exercising. What lessons have they learned about gaming and engagement? Duration 25:39
April 23, 2017 · 01:25:23
Changes! We bid a fond farewell to Mike, and a big hello to Gil! Duration: 1:25:22
April 16, 2017 · 00:32:59
New content! Geoff interviews Rogelio Cardona-Rivera, a researcher at North Carolina State, about Procedural Narrative Generation - systems that can create and manipulate story structure in a game on the fly.  For more information, please check out and Duration: 32:58
April 9, 2017 · 01:01:36
Mike and Geoff are pleased to welcome Justin Jacobson from Restoration Games, to talk about what they've learned from bringing older games back for a modern audience. Duration: 1:01:35
April 2, 2017 · 00:05:42
In this classic GameTek, Geoff looks at games that help improve teamwork. Duration: 05:41
March 26, 2017 · 00:59:26
Mike and Geoff are pleased to welcome guest J.R. Honeycutt, to discuss the role of the Developer in the game design and publication process. Duration 59:25
March 19, 2017 · 00:06:19
In this classic GameTek Geoff discusses some techniques for estimating things in your head. Duration 6:19
March 12, 2017 · 01:10:22
Mike and Geoff field a bevy of listener questions. Duration: 1:10:21
March 5, 2017 · 00:06:33
In this classic GameTek Geoff looks at how the language people use can give clues to their treachery. Duration: 6:32
Feb. 26, 2017 · 01:15:36
Mike and Geoff are pleased to welcome designer Andrew Parks to discuss taking a second shot at a design, whether it's revisiting a mechanic or taking an entire system into a new direction. Duration: 1:15:42
Feb. 19, 2017 · 00:06:18
In this classic GameTek Geoff looks at how choosing a color may affect how you play. Duration: 06:17
Feb. 12, 2017 · 01:03:54
Mike and Geoff discuss multi-use cards - their history, and how they can be used by designers. Duration: 1:03:53