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In this classic GameTek, Geoff looks at the relationship between luck and strategy.

Duration: 6:20

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_183_Input_Output_Randomness.mp3
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Gil and Geoff deconstruct the new Wolfgang Warsch game The Mind. What makes it tick? What does it do right, and what does it do wrong?

Duration: 1:02:19

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Scott Rogers is back with a look at the history of Pandemic!

Duration: 5:17

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Gil and Geoff once again welcome Ryan Sturm to recap the development of Trade on the Tigris.

Duration: 1:17:14

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In this classic GameTek, Geoff talks about the Talmud, and it's relation to game rules.

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_181_Talmud.mp3
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Gil and Geoff broadcast live from Gencon with super-special guest Ryan Sturm!

Duration: 51:31

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Gil and Geoff are joined by special guest Suzanne Sheldon to talk about Roll and Write games! What makes them tick? What special design considerations are there?

Duration: 1:03:49

Direct download: Ludology_Episode_180.mp3
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Scott Rogers is back with another Biography of a Board Game! This time - Kill Dr. Lucky from James Earnest!

Direct download: GameTek_Classic_179_Kill_Dr_Lucky.mp3
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Contest results! Gil and Geoff wade into an incredibly strong field to pick the top 16 entries in the latest theme/mechanism competition. Who will end up on the top of the heap?

Duration: 59:05

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In this classic GameTek, Geoff discusses design considerations for real time games. Plus a coda!

Duration: 9:11

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