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.
Latest episodes
Gil and Geoff discuss the very early stages of design and play testing. How much should be on paper, and how much in your head? Duration 1:05:21
Nov. 12, 2017
In this classic GameTek, Geoff takes a different angle on the connection between theme, mechanics, and player experience. Duration: 6:40
Nov. 5, 2017
Gil and Geoff are pleased to welcome guests Patrick Leader (Vast) and Cole Wehrle (Root, An Infamous Traffic) to discuss asymmetry in games, and the particular challenges it presents to the designer. Duration: 1:07:19
Oct. 29, 2017
Scott Rogers is back with another Biography of a Board Game! This time, he talks about the history of Scotland Yard, and early SdJ winner! Duration: 7:25
Oct. 22, 2017
Gil and Geoff take a deep dive into the design of Terraforming Mars. What makes it tick? What works and what doesn't? Duration: 1:17:52
Oct. 15, 2017
In this classic GameTek, Geoff looks at classic story-telling techniques to see how they might apply to game design. Duration: 05:52
Oct. 8, 2017
Gil and Geoff are delighted to welcome Jason Morningstar, designer of Fiasco, The Shab-Al-Hiri Roach, Night Witches, and other innovative RPGs. We discuss how to better integrate story and narrative into games when there is no GM, the social contract that requires, and pitfalls along the way. Duration: 1:10:35
Oct. 1, 2017
In this Biography of a Board Game, Scott Rogers reveals the secret history of Uno! Duration: 07:45
Sept. 24, 2017
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
What would you do if you were playing Rock, Paper, Scissors for $20,000,000? Duration: 04:42
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