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Ryan and Geoff are joined by JVMF-auction winner Chaz Marler, to discuss the use of icons in games. Why use icons? What games have useful icons, and others not so much?  And what is Geoff's suggestion for the Dice Tower musical episode?

Duration: 01:17:28

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_73.mp3
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In this classic GameTek, Geoff takes a look at playtesting. What are the different types of playtesting, and how do they fall short?

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_72_-_Playtesting.mp3
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And we're back!! Ryan and Geoff kick off the new year with a new series: The Most Influential Games.

Part 1 covers 1900 - 1969.  What are the most influential games from these years?

Duration: 1:08:47

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_72.mp3
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