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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 Erica Bouyouris, Gil Hova, Scott Rogers, and Sen-Foong Lim deep-dive into a single topic within game design, often with a well-regarded guest from the game industry. We generally focus on tabletop game design (mainly board games and RPGs), but we often pull in experts from all forms of games, from video games to escape rooms 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. Emma left in 2021, and Erica and Sen joined us.

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Oct 31, 2021

Erica and Gil are delighted to welcome designer Amabel Holland of Hollandspiele, known for making games with challenging themes using an unconventional publishing model. 


0m58s: Supply Lines of the American Revolution, Table Battles, Irish Gauge, This Guilty Land, Nicea, The Vote.

7m08s: Amabel is talking about her forthcoming game Eyelet.

15m02s: This is Geoff's game Versailles 1919, co-designed with Mark Herman.

17m28s: Benedict Arnold

18m34s: The Shackleton Expedition

21m16s: The Vote

28m22s: Nicea

31m38s: Irish Gauge, Northern Pacific, Iberian Gauge

32m29s: Winsome, Rio Grande

34m23s: Chicago Express

34m55s: Meltwater, An Infamous Traffic

36m11s: RIBBIT: The Jump, Move, and Block Game, Table Battles

38m51s: New Mill

43m45s: Westphalia

48m18s: Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

49m52s: Cheapass Games

53m46s: Tobacco misinformation campaign

54m37s: Gil was thinking of Brandolini's Law, aka the BS Asymmetry Principle.

57m55s: Horse & Musket

59m03s: Deinocheirus, Pterodactyl, Therizinosaurus