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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 46m. Bisher sind 478 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 13 days 3 hours 48 minutes


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

Ludology 231 - STEAM Engine

Emma and Gil welcome game designer, educator, and birder to discuss how games and play benefit education, how she designed her bird-themed game Birdwiser, and how competitive birdwatching has affected her as a person. SHOW NOTES 0m22s: From : "STEAM...


 2020-08-09  1h5m

GameTek Classic 230.5 - Implicit vs. Explicit

Geoff muses on the difference between explicitly calling out the way a game system works, versus letting players implicitly discover how the players discover how the system works. Is one clearly better than the other? Tell us how you feel in ! Here's...


 2020-08-02  6m

Ludology 230 - Design Re-Verb

Emma and Gil invite award-winning game designer, teacher, and not-scholar Sharang Biswas to the show to discuss verbs in games. What actions do we actually perform when we play a game, what actions do they represent, and how does that impact the game...


 2020-07-26  1h26m

Biography of a Board Game 229.5 - Vinci/Small World

Scott takes us through the rise, fall, and rise again of the game , which designer Philippe Keyaerts and publisher Days of Wonder re-implemented as . Bibliography of a board game Text: . Text: (the site is Polish, but the interview is in...


 2020-07-19  9m

Ludology 229 - Hit the Deck!

Emma, Gil, and Scott go back to a topic that Ryan and Geoff discussed earlier in the show's history: Deckbuilding! With all that's changed (including Emma having designed a deckbuilder), what has changed, and what have we learned? 0m41s: The episode...


 2020-07-12  1h1m

GameTek Classic 228.5 - Fairness and Bag-Building

Geoff uses an interesting bag-building example to discuss how a mechanism that is designed to be fair and equitable to all colors in the bag winds up favoring a single color over time. This example has incredible significance to our hobby, and our...


 2020-07-05  6m

Ludology 228 - The Roles We Play

Emma and Gil welcome Banana Chan: game writer, larp/RPG designer, board game publisher, horror movie buff, and pop-up museum aficionado. We talk about writing for all kinds of games, how game mechanisms support intense experiences in larp and RPG, the...


 2020-06-28  58m

Biography of a Board Game 227.5 - Twister

Scott takes us through the twisted history of the classic game Twister. How did it overcome its risqué premise to become a perennial favorite? Bibliography of a Board Game: Video - Video - Video - Video - Text - Text - Text - Book - , by Tim...


 2020-06-21  11m

Ludology 227 - Respect the X

Emma and Gil moderate a roundtable on safety tools in games, with guests and (creators of the ) and John Stavropoulos (creator of the ).  We discuss consent and safety in games, starting with tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs), but expanding...


 2020-06-14  1h15m