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In this classic GameTek, Geoff interviews Gil Hova, who designed the game Prolix, about the different concerns in designing a word game versus other genres of games.

Duration: 26:35

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_54_-_Designing_Word_Games.mp3
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Ryan and Geoff discuss the interplay between short and long-term objectives in games. How can designers use these to create a richer game experience? What impact do they have on complexity and the learning curve?

Duration: 01:04:15

This episode of Ludology is sponsored by Relic Expedition, currently on Kickstarter!

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_54.mp3
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In this classic GameTek, Geoff continues talking about Entanglement and quantum physics by introducing the game Quantum Tic-Tac-Toe.  Check out the full rules on Wikipedia, which also links to several online implementations.

Duration: 06:54

This episode of Ludology is sponsored by Relic Expedition, currently on Kickstarter!

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_53_-_Quantum_Tic-Tac-Toe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08am EST

This special episode of Ludology is a recording of a game design panel Geoff particiated in at PAX East 2013, in Boston. The topic was "Impact of Video Game Design Techniques on Board Games".

Joining Geoff were Christopher Badell, designer of Sentinels of the Multiverse, Colby Dauch, designer of Summoner Wars, Matt Morgan, writer for Wired GeekDad, and Russ Wakelin of the D6 Generation.

Duration: 1:05

This episode of Ludology is sponsored by Relic Expedition, currently on Kickstarter!

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_53.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST