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, as well as discuss game history, game design and game players.

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In this classic GameTek, Geoff talks about recent research on willpower.

Duration: 07:00

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_79_-_Willpower.mp3
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Ryan and Geoff are pleased to welcome back Eric Zimmerman, professor at NYU's Game Center and author of The Rules of Play. This episode we discuss the concept of the "magic circle" and how designers can foster and benefit from it.

Duration: 01:24:56

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_79.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this classic GameTek, Geoff talks about the state of game criticisim.

Duration: 10:53

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_78_-_Criticism.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

Ryan and Geoff conclude their survey of the most influential games with the 90's. Which games have cast shadows into the 21st century?

Duration: 01:20

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_78.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EST