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 discusses the difference between a cheat and a spoilsport, and what that means for society.

Duration: 05:49

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_152_-_Spoilsport.mp3
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Gil and Geoff are thrilled to welcome Chris Cobb from Riot Games, creator of the number one online game in the world, League of Legends. Until recently Chris was the technical lead for the Player Behavior team, which was tasked with designing in-game and out-of-game systems to encourage players to be nicer to each other, and deal with players who don't.

Over the years, what did they learn about behavior, and how to design systems to encourage it to improve?

Duration: 1:02:29

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_152.mp3
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Ludology welcomes Scott Rogers and his Biography of a Board Game segment! This episode he traces the history of Risk, from the early 20th century to today.

Duration: 09:10

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_151_-_Risk.mp3
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For their first show as a duo, Gil and Geoff revisit the question posed in the very first episode of Ludology - What is a game? 

The answer may surprise you.

Duration: 1:23:24

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_151.mp3
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