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Welcome to Ludology, an analytical discussion of the hows and whys 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.

We post a new Ludology episode every other week. In these episodes, hosts Emma Larkins and Gil Hova (sometimes with Professor Scott Rogers) deep-dive into a single topic within game design, often with a well-regarded guest from the game industry. We generally focus on board game design, but we often pull in experts from all forms of games, from video games to slot machines.

On weeks where there is no flagship Ludology episode, we will alternate between two smaller mini-sodes.

GameTek is a long-running feature from the Dice Tower podcast by Ludology co-founder Geoff Engelstein that explores the math and science behind games.  GameTek Classic episodes were once broadcast on The Dice Tower podcast, while other GameTek episodes were recorded specially for Ludology.

Biography of a Board Game is a series hosted by Scott Rogers that explores the history behind classic and modern board games. It was once on The Dice Tower, but has since moved full-time to Ludology.

We aim for most Ludology episodes to be timeless, so you are welcome to explore our entire catalog. Most of it should age quite well. The podcast was started in 2011 by Geoff Engelstein and Ryan Sturm, with Mike Fitzgerald taking over for Ryan in 2015. Gil joined the show in 2017 when Mike stepped aside, and Emma joined in 2019 when Geoff ended his tenure as host.

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Jul 27, 2014

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

Jul 20, 2014

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

Jul 13, 2014

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...

Jul 6, 2014

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