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Scott Rogers is back with a new Biography of a Board Game, this time looking at Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity.

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Gil and Geoff welcome guests Allison Parrish and Tim Szetela, designers of Rewordable, to discuss word games. What particular design techniques are required for this type of game?

 

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In this GameTek, Geoff explores the connection between Ritual and Play.

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Gil and Geoff discuss valuation within games - what are the different ways of determining resource value? How does value flow and change over the course of play?

 

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In this new interview, Geoff talks with Nolan Bard from Google Deep Mind and Jakob Foerster from Oxford University about their proposal to use the card game Hanabi as the next frontier in Machine Learning and AI research.

The original paper can be found at https://arxiv.org/abs/1902.00506.

 

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_194_The_Hanabi_Challenge.mp3
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