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Back in 2008 Geoff talked about a tournament to learn about how individuals interact within a social group.  He and his family submitted an entry, but sadly did not win the 10,000 euro prize.

However there's a successor tournament with more options and more strategies to explore. In this week's Ludology we replay the original segment, and give a quick review of some of the changes this time around.

If you're interested in the finding out more about the tournament, check it out here: Social Learning Strategies Tournament.

Direct download: Ludology_-_GameTek_Classic_-_Cultaptation_Tournament.mp3
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Ryan and Geoff look deep into the heart of cooperative games to figure out why some work and some don't.  What special problems face the designer of a coop?

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this classic GameTek, Geoff talks about streakiness in dice rolling in The Settlers of Catan. How often should it occur? And what effect does a 'Dice Deck' have on the game?

Direct download: Ludology_-_GameTek_Classic_-_Dice_Decks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Fresh off of their visit to Gencon in August, Ryan and Geoff talk about the subcultures of gaming, their similarities, differences, and the ways they interact.

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_15.mp3
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