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, and discusses game history, game design and game players. Ludology is part of The Dice Tower Network, the premier board game media network.

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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 13 days 2 hours 34 minutes


Ludology 236 - Role With It

Emma and Gil welcome Sen-Foong Lim back to the show to discuss the differences—and similarities—between board games and roleplaying games. We go through the perspectives of playing them, designing them, and examining the culture of play between...


 2020-10-18  1h24m

Biography of a Board Game 235.5 - Ouija

In the spirit of Halloween, Scott takes us through the spooky history of the Ouija board: its origins, the legal battles behind the curtain, and how a scientific phenomenon makes it all work.  Bibliography of a Board Game


 2020-10-11  13m

Ludology 235 - Rise to the Challenge

Today, we are continuing our series of exploring the design decisions behind our own games! Emma and Scott sit down with Gil to talk about his game High Rise; about how it started life as an auction game, and the twisty route it took to publication....


 2020-10-04  1h4m

GameTek Classic 234.5 - The Limits of AI

Having previously discussed relatively new advances in AI that allows computers to beat humans at games like Chess and Go, Geoff moves on to games in which AI will have a much harder time being competitive. What is it about these games that makes it...


 2020-09-27  6m

Ludology 234 - Playing with Time

Emma and Gil welcome game designer, developer, solo mode designer, and self-described "grump" Dávid Turczi to the show. We discuss the design of complex games with many interlocking systems, how to play with time in games, and the six (plus one)...


 2020-09-20  1h27m

Biography of a Board Game 233.5 - Subbuteo

Scott covers the "beautiful game" of , the tabletop association football flicking game, as well as its predecessor .


 2020-09-13  14m

Ludology 233 - A Sporting Chance

Emma and Gil welcome game designer and publisher to the show to discuss the plight of the sports-themed board game. What kinds of unique challenges do we face when designing one of these games? Omari's game will be on Kickstarter soon. SHOW NOTES...


 2020-09-06  1h3m

Gametek Classic 232.5 - Characters

Geoff ponders a tricky question: how come we get iconic characters from video games, like Mario or Pac-Man, but none from board games?


 2020-08-30  7m

Ludology 232 - The Show Must Go On...line

In the past few years, Ludology has recorded a live episode at Gen Con. We weren't going to let a global pandemic stop us this year!  Recorded as part of Gen Con Online 2020, Emma, Gil, and Scott streamed this recording live on Twitch. We had an...


 2020-08-23  1h20m

Biography of a Board Game 231.5 - Rayguns and Rocketships

This is the 50th Biography of a Board Game episode! To celebrate, Scott takes us through the history of his first board game, . BIBLIOGRAPHY OF A BOARD GAME 0m36s: 0m51s: , , 1m37s: 1m43s: The legendary filmmaker , and , responsible for many...


 2020-08-16  9m