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 Kickstarter, and it's links with the concept of Patronage, in the past and future.

Duration: 06:47

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_77_-_Patronage.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Ryan and Geoff are very pleased to be joined by guest Keith Burgun of DinoFarm games and author of Game Design Theory.  Keith is the designer of a variety of mobile games, including 100 Rogues, Empire, and the upcoming Auro, all of which have a true board game flavor to them.

We discuss the relationship between board games and video games, and using board games design techniques to prototype and inform the video game design space.

Duration: 01:37:27

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_77.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses the different types of intellectual property protection available to authors and companies.

Duration: 06:48

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_76_-_Copyright_and_Trademark.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

Ryan and Geoff continue their series on the most influential games of all time, and take a look at the 1980's.  What were the key games when we all weren't trying to unscramble our Rubik's Cubes?

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_76a.mp3
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In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses the impact 3D printing technology may have on the game hobby.

Duration: 07:30

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_75_-_3D_Printing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT