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In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses a study done on playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with one player blindfolded and one able to see. Who comes out on top?

Duration: 04:41

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_88_-_Blind_RPS.mp3
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Ryan and Geoff are pleased to be joined by Travis Chance and Nick Little of Action Phase game, designers of Heroes Wanted.  This was the first time Action Phase has exhibited at Gencon, and we discuss what it was like.  When did they get their booth? How much planning did they do? What was the total cost to do the show? What worked and what didn't?

Duration: 01:12:05

 

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_88.mp3
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In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses Artificial Intelligence, and how it affects our play.

Duration: 06:15

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_87_-_AI.mp3
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Geoff finally acquiesces to Ryan's wish to discuss game shows. And you know what? It turned out to be a very fertile area for analysis.  What special considerations are there for game shows? What can game designers learn from them?

Duration: 01:08:58

 

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_87.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EST