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In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses Reputation as an antidote to Cheating, and how it breaks down as groups grow in size.

Duration: 06:40

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_94_-_Cheating_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Ryan and Geoff are thrilled to welcome Ben Brode, Senior Game Designer for Hearthstone, the online card game from Blizzard Entertainment.

Ben joins us to discuss the design considerations behind Hearthstone, how they took advantage of the digital medium while still feeling like a physical card game, and why you should deliver pizza to your favorite game studio.

Duration: 41:20

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_94.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this classic GameTek, Geoff begins a two-part exploration of cheating with a personal admission.

Duration: 6:10

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_93_-_Cheating_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT