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In this classic GameTek, the GameTek players present "Wild West Showdown". Who will win this three-sided gunfight... of doom?

Duration: 07:44

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_69_-_Wild_West_Showdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am EDT

Hot on the heels of talking about Set Collection, Ryan and Geoff tackle its cousin, Area Majority, a mechanic which comes wearing many disguises.  How does it differ from Set Collection? What makes it work or not?

Duration: 01:11:12

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_69.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this classic GameTek episode, Geoff talks about gamification, specifically the way that it is used by fold.it to use game mechanics to solve real world problems.

Duration: 06:32

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_68_-_Gamification.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

In this episode Ryan and Geoff discuss Set Collection as a tool for game designers. What attributes can set collection add to a game? What are some of the pitfalls? What games have used it well or badly?

Duration 1:04:32

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_68.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT