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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Mike and Geoff open up the mailbag and answer difficult and interesting listener questions!

Duration: 1:09:26

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In this classic GameTek, Geoff takes a look at the debate that raged in the 1990's between Narratologists and Ludologists.

Duration: 05:59

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Geoff is pleased to welcome Scott Rogers, designer of video games such as Darksiders and God of War, and author of the books Level Up! and Swipe This!

The discussion centers around the concept of a 'level' as popularized in video games. Why is it such a popular way to organize games? What advantages does it give the designer? And what is the analog in the boardgame world?

Duration: 01:16:05

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In this classic GameTek, Geoff looks at how a good analogy can dramatically simplify learning a game.

Duration: 06:00

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_107_-_Analogies.mp3
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