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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.

Ludology Gil Hova, Erica Hayes-Bouyouris, Sen-Foong Lim, Scott Rogers

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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.

    Ludology 288 - From the Console to the Tabletop

    Ludology 288 - From the Console to the Tabletop

    Sen and Erica talk with Pat Marino, designer behind Cup Head: Fast Rolling Dice Game and other titles from The Op, about translating videogames over to the hobby gaming and mass market gaming spaces.

    • 47 min
    Ludology 287 - Culture Vultures

    Ludology 287 - Culture Vultures

    Erica and Sen meet up with Jason Perez (Shelf Stories, cultural consultant on Puerto Rico 1897) to talk about cultural consultation, define some of the most prominent terms, and talk about how we can design better games while considering cultural impact.
     
    Timestamp
    Note
    Link
    00:00:50
    Shelf Stories
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnaZ7055IWOdm8XCJfFRDcw 
    00:01:20
    Puerto Rico 1897
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/367272/puerto-rico-1897 
    00:09:30
    Uncle Ben dies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dre4TsXm_68 
    00:09:35
    Batman’s parents get shot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAyxY5hF3ZE
    00:12:58
    Andreas Seyfarth
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/117/andreas-seyfarth 
    00:13:01
    Reiner Knizia
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/2/reiner-knizia 
    0015:05
    Jason’s critique of Lost Ruins of  Arnak
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU7Mqg3XS4U 
    00:15:15
    Feast for Odin
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/177736/feast-odin 
    00:15:20
    Raiders of the North Sea
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/170042/raiders-north-sea 
    0016:40
    Puerto Rico’s Power Outage Issues
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/12/power-outages-puerto-rico-hurricane-fiona 
    00:24:15
    Cafe con leche
    https://www.food.com/recipe/cafe-con-leche-puerto-rican-cafe-latte-114354 
    00:24:34
    In The Heights
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0CL-ZSuCrQ
    00:29:21
    “I Wish” songs
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22I_Want%22_song 
    00:29:49
    Boriken
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/361178/boriken-taino-resistance 
    00:30:01
    The Taino people
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-became-of-the-taino-73824867/ 
    00:32:06
    Risk
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/181/risk 
    00:33:01
    Liz Davidson
    (Beyond Solitaire)
    https://www.youtube.com/c/BeyondSolitaire 
    00:33:06
    Jason Matthews (Twilight Struggle)
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/3877/jason-matthews 
    00:36:43
    Chip Theory Games
    https://chiptheorygames.com/ 
    00:37:53
    Unconscious Mind
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/329500/unconscious-mind 
    00:40:06
    Jason’s Discussions re: the Designer Diary for Gorinto
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNMzATMGYc8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1wAgg99O0w
    00:46:00
    Dicetower’s Skymines vs. Mombassa Comparison 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n-vJbGqctE 
    00:48:27
    Ludology Episode with James Mendez Hodes “Orc-kay Computer”
    https://ludology.libsyn.com/ludology-247-orc-kay-computer 
    00:49:56
    Root
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/237182/root 
    00:50:16
    Tauren and Native American Imagery
    https://www.academia.edu/13052741/World_of_Warcraft_the_Tauren_and_Native_American_Imagery 
    00:52:01
    Owl Pizza Chef
    https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-illustration-owl-chef-pizza-cute-image-white-background-funny-cartoon-vector-illustrations-picture-memes-jokes-image69033436 
    00:52:16
    The X-Men as :GBT Champions: From Outcasts to Elites
    https://rabbitholemag.com/the-x-men-as-lgbt-champions-from-outcasts-to-elites/ 
    00:55:02
    Bruno Faidutti’s article on Postcolonial Catan 
    https://faidutti.com/blog/blog/2017/06/02/postcolonial-catan/ 
    0055:28
    Cascadia
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/295947/cascadia 
    0056:43
    Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmcA9LIIXWw 
    00:56:45
    Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nXGPZaTKik 
    00:57:18
    The Wedding Singer’s rendition of “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB3PdPMjeIY 
    00:57:30
    Howard Zinn’s “The People’s History of the United States”
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2767.A_People_s_History_

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ludology 287 - Comfy and Cozy Designs

    Ludology 287 - Comfy and Cozy Designs

    Sen and Erica chat with Roberta Taylor about her games, diving deeper into Creature Comforts and the upcoming Maple Valley, specifically. They discuss cozy games and Roberta's philosophy towards design.
    Roberta's BGG Page: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/12374/roberta-taylor

    • 52 min
    GameTek Classic 285.5 - The Sweet Spot

    GameTek Classic 285.5 - The Sweet Spot

    Geoff discusses what he calls the "Sweet Spot" in games, and how it can help your design.

    • 5 min
    Ludology 285 - Unmatched Making

    Ludology 285 - Unmatched Making

    Sen and Erica chat with Brian Neff, the freelance developer who currently handles the Unmatched System for Restoration Games, about the process he uses for playtesting and balancing a game with an ever-expanding roster that boasts just under 40 playable characters to date. They chat about how both quantitative and qualitative data drive the development process and how the game's loyal community has been an invaluable part of the process.
    Timestamp
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    00:01:05
    Restoration Games
    https://restorationgames.com/ 
    00:01:49
    Unmatched Game System
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/295564/unmatched-game-system 
    00:02:18
    Bruce Lee
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/279645/unmatched-bruce-lee 
    00:02:19
    T-Rex
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/284778/unmatched-jurassic-park-dr-sattler-vs-t-rex 
    00:04:45
    Alice
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/274637/unmatched-battle-legends-volume-one 
    00:04:48
    Moon Knight
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/326933/unmatched-redemption-row 
    00:07:00
    Cerebus System
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/23550/game-cerberus-engine-heroes 
    00:08:03
    Star Wars Epic Duels
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3284/star-wars-epic-duels 
    00:08:43
    Tannhauser
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/25261/tannhauser 
    00:0901
    Magic: The Gathering
    https://magic.wizards.com/en 
    00:09:02
    Yu-Gi-Oh
    https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/ 
    00:09:03
    Hearthstone
    https://hearthstone.blizzard.com/en-us 
    00:09:13
    Mondo
    https://mondoshop.com/ 
    00:16:36
    Noah
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/75911/noah-cohen 
    00:16:41
    Rob Daviau
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/442/rob-daviau 
    00:16:46
    Justin Jacobson
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/4083/justin-d-jacobson 
    00:17:20
    The Invisible Man
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/294484/unmatched-cobble-fog 
    00:18:21
    Dr. Ellie Sattler
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/284778/unmatched-jurassic-park-dr-sattler-vs-t-rex 
    00:19:10
    Beowulf
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/325635/unmatched-little-red-riding-hood-vs-beowulf 
    00:19:51
    Yennenga
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/335764/unmatched-battle-legends-volume-two 
    00:21:11
    Little Red Riding Hood
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/325635/unmatched-little-red-riding-hood-vs-beowulf 
    00:23:57
    Daredevil
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/326934/unmatched-hells-kitchen 
    00:29:01
    Restoration Games Discord Server
    https://discord.gg/TcprtQESad
    00:30:55
    Medusa
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/274637/unmatched-battle-legends-volume-one 
    00:30:56
    Bigfoot
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/274638/unmatched-robin-hood-vs-bigfoot 
    00:31:10
    Sherlock
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/294484/unmatched-cobble-fog 
    00:32:57
    Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Cloak & Dagger
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/326936/unmatched-teen-spirit 
    00:34:55
    Elektra
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/326934/unmatched-hells-kitchen 
    00:40:14
    Bovine University
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlGC8YnfhN8 
    00:41:59
    Colossus
    https://x-men.fandom.com/wiki/Colossus 
    00:43:49
    Wakka
    https://finalfantasy.fandom.com/wiki/Wakka 
    00:44:34
    Unmatched Maker
    https://unmatched.cards/ 
    00:46:27
    When I Was A Young Warthog
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EILeWQEDtMw 
    00:46:42
    Slice & Dice
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.com.tann.dice&hl=en_CA&gl=US 
    00:48:03
    Jawn
    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Jawn 
    00:49:25
    Willow Nightingale
    https://twitter.com/willowwrestles 
    00:5024

    • 52 min
    Biography of a Board Game 284.5 - Chill: Black Morn Manor and Betrayal at House on the Hill

    Biography of a Board Game 284.5 - Chill: Black Morn Manor and Betrayal at House on the Hill

    In this classic Biography of a Board Game, Scott takes a look at how the horror game Betrayal at House on the Hill came to be.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
331 Ratings

331 Ratings

Castaigne ,

Just keeps getting better!

Been on board since the oldey days and every crew shift improves it!

Steve de los Guantes ,

Great Pod!!! Ignore the 4% neo-con/(fascist?) reviewers

This is one if the most insightful and illuminating listens I have had in years. I get inspired to want to make games every time I hear a new episode. Glad to see the naysayers are only about 4% of all reviews because they are as irrelevant as the percentage suggests. Occasional political discussion is normal and welcomed. It’s never the main focus of episodes. I guess a few random comments here and there are enough to trigger the dandruff flakes of lameness in America. Well, the show goes on with great guests and great information that is quite useful. Keep up the good work.

KMSGT ,

Great when they focus on design

Mike Fitzgerald I'd a great addition to the show and I like what he brings to the table. When they focus on game design, they do a great job, especially when they have other designers on. When they talk about social issues though, unless you are an SJW, you are best to avoid it.

Update: As the show has gone on, it has gotten worse. I came here for the game mechanics and actual discussion about gaming. Since Emma joined the show it seems to be less about gaming and more about how fragile people's feelings are. They also only seem to have guests that are niche within a niche hobby. When you have a host say that global warming is causing language to be lost, that's when you've lost me as a listener. I recommend the Biography of a Board Game segments as those are actually factual with interesting tidbits, and that's why I'm giving it two stars instead of one. I also recommend the shows up to the point where Geoff leaves. However, I think that Justin Gary's podcast How to be a Game Designer is a better listen now.

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