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In this classic GameTek from January of 2010, Geoff discusses the economics of gift-giving, and some games that explore gift exchanges.

Duration: 06:45

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_42_-_Gifting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

Ryan and Geoff get down in the weeds to discuss the details of the cards and card mix in Trading in the Mediterranean.  How will the trade goods relate to the ideas? How will they be acquired? How many of each combination should there be?  Hopefully this is more interesting than it sounds.

Duration: 24:00

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_42a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Ryan and Geoff are joined by special guest Eric Summerer for a deep dive into Pick Up and Deliver games. What are some of the best examples of this genre? What makes them appealing? When do they work, and when do they fail? Will Eric make it through the Lightning Round?

All these questions and more, will be answered!

Duration: 1:08

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this GameTek from December of 2009, Geoff discusses advances in 'multitouch table' technology, tech which eventually found it's way into tablets like the iPad.

Duration: 07:45

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_41_-_Multitouch_Tables_Revisited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT