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Ryan and Geoff dip back into the mail bag to respond to more listener comments and questions about luck and randomness.

Duration: 1:00:31

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_85.mp3
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In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses brain imaging studies on shogi players.

For images relating to this story, check out Geoff's blog entry on BoardgameGeek.

Duration: 06:58

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_84_-_Your_Brain_On_Shogi.mp3
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Ryan and Geoff are joined by guest Gil Hova, designer of Prolix and Battle Merchants to discuss playtesting.

What are the different types of playtests? How do you get the most out of your testing? What should you look for in testers?

Duration: 01:10:38

NOTE: This is a revised version of this episode that corrects the audio issue.

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_84a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm EST

In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses tournament structure in sports, and the way that may effect the play of the individual games.

Duration: 06:54

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_83_-_Tournaments.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST