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Ludology
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: 310)
Sept. 24, 2017 · 01:23:10
Gil and Geoff take a look at the different ways of controlling turn order in a game. What are the rules of thumb for when to use the different methods? Duration: 1:23:17
Sept. 17, 2017 · 00:04:43
What would you do if you were playing Rock, Paper, Scissors for $20,000,000? Duration: 04:42
Sept. 10, 2017 · 01:19:48
Gil and Geoff are pleased to welcome Professor Scott Nicholson from Wilfrid Laurier University to discuss Escape Rooms. What are they, how do they work, and what lessons do they hold for game design? If you're not familiar with Escape Rooms, please check out this video from Scott with an overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqnw7g5iIFQ Duration: 1:19:47
Sept. 3, 2017 · 00:06:13
Biography of a Board Game returns with the classic Operation! Duration: 06:12
Aug. 27, 2017 · 00:51:40
Gil and Geoff host the first-ever Ludology live Q&A; from Gencon 50! Duration: 51:39
July 28, 2017 · 01:10:05
Gil and Geoff are pleased to welcome guest Matt Wolfe, to discuss the concept of Decision Scales in games. Duration 1:10:04
July 23, 2017 · 00:06:42
In this classic GameTek, Geoff dives into the details of Alpha Go, Google's Go-playing AI. Duration: 06:41
July 16, 2017 · 01:07:27
 Gil and Geoff are joined by the gang from the Flip The Table podcast to talk about Roll & Move games. What works (and doesn't) with this much-maligned mechanic? Duration: 1:07:00
July 9, 2017 · 00:06:25
Scott takes a look at the history of the Mystery Rummy series, by a designer y'all might know... Duration: 6:24
July 2, 2017 · 01:12:13
Gil and Geoff talk about different methods for using mathematical modeling and simulation during the design process. Duration: 1:12:12
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
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