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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.
 
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This week we’re joined by designer, podcaster and publisher Gil Hova. As the owner of Formal Ferret games, our theme has to revolve around ferrets. Will Ryan’s game pitch wiggle it’s way into Gil’s good graces? Does Ric’s over the top game pitch bring the fan fair? You can learn more about Gil’s games at FormalFerretGames.com. You can check out his…
 
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) things Dávid looks for in a strategy board game. SHOW NOTES 1m18s - Battlestar Galactica 2m03s - Dávid's…
 
Scott covers the "beautiful game" of Subbuteo, the tabletop association football flicking game, as well as its predecessor Newfooty. Bibliography of a Boardgame http://www.peter-upton.co.uk/ https://fistf.com/history-of-the-game/ http://www.gamingcorner.nl/subbuteo-timeline.htm http://www.sporttischfussball.at/index-Dateien/Page2918.htm https://www…
 
Tom Vasel has reviewed thousands of games and tonight he may have two new ones to add to the review pile. Tom Vasel is the creator of The Dice Tower, a gaming site that is known around the world. In this episode Ric and Ryan pitch two games with the theme of “grocery stores”. Will Ric’s game pitch have our guest judge sweating? Can Ryan wrap his he…
 
Emma and Gil welcome game designer and publisher Omari Akil 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 Hoop Godz will be on Kickstarter soon. SHOW NOTES 1m21s: Board Game Brothas, Tabletop Backer Party, Pathways Fellowship 4m55s: Gil w…
 
Ian, Tony, and Dan are joined by Daniel Newman and Aaron Wilson, who recently formed New Mill Industries and Gravitation Games, respectively. We all talk about the formation of our companies and how different approaches can be taken to get into the publishing business. You can find out more about the companies at the links below: Gravitation Games:…
 
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 excellent turnout in the chat, and everyone seemed to really enjoy this new twist on Ludology Live! You c…
 
This week we’re pitching tile placement games to our two guest judges Melissa and Kevin Delp of Tantrum House! Can Ryan pull inspiration from the animal kingdom for his pitch? Will Ric’s pitch just seem like taking on a second job? Melissa and Kevin Delp are one of the families of Tantrum House, a media group that covers gaming for the whole family…
 
This is the 50th Biography of a Board Game episode! To celebrate, Scott takes us through the history of his first board game, Rayguns and Rocketships. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF A BOARD GAME 0m36s: Video game publisher THQ 0m51s: God of War, Pac Man World, Soul Blade 1m37s: The Star Wars Album 1m43s: The legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, and Republic Pictur…
 
We talk to y'all about what we did over the past season. A lot has happened, despite the pandemic and all. Take a listen to find out! Join us on Discord! https://discord.gg/VDyFXB6 Follow us on twitter: @breakingintobg Please support our Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/breakingintoboardgames Hosts of Breaking into Board Games: Tony - Designer - @b…
 
This week Marc Specter of Grand Gamers Guild takes the judges seat. He has asked us to pitch games based on the Stranger Things IP. Can Ryan produce a game that is worthy of this license? Will Ric put together a game that has such a deep cut that everyone listening is confused? Get the latest info on a new expansion for Endangered that hits Kicksta…
 
This week our guest judge is board game enthusiast Presh (Precious) Wonah from Nigeria. Presh has previously been part of NIBCARD Games and contributes to the Nigerian tabletop community. Ryan and Ric attempt to pitch games that include “destructive insects”. Will Ryan’s digital to tabletop game idea impress our judge? Can Ric successfully entertai…
 
This week we have the prolific designer Reiner Knizia on the show as our guest judge. Reiner brings his experience of creating more than 700 games to our silly little show. Ric and Ryan attempt to impress him with two game pitches with an Egyptian theme. Is Ryan’s game pitch up to the snuff of our guest judge? Will Ric’s pitch awaken a swarm of loc…
 
Cats! Coffee! Let’s make a game! This week we have game designer Ta-Te Wu as our guest judge. He’s known for his self-published games Promenade, Cat Rescue and his latest game that is shipping right now, Cleocatra. Ric and Ryan have two very different ideas of pitching board games with the theme of cats and coffee. Will Ric’s game pitch have our gu…
 
Grant Rodiek of Hyperbole Games joins us on the podcast, talking about a self-publishing route he took to get to now! He is the designer of Fort, releasing July 21st from Leder Games! You can reach out to Grant on twitter: @hyperbolegrant Or you can visit his website: hyperbolegames.com Please support our Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/breakingin…
 
Scott takes us through the rise, fall, and rise again of the game Vinci, which designer Philippe Keyaerts and publisher Days of Wonder re-implemented as Small World. Bibliography of a board game Text: Meepletown interviews designer Keyaerts. Text: Boardtime interviews designer Keyaerts (the site is Polish, but the interview is in English). Text: Re…
 
This week on the podcast, our guest judge Sarah Shah makes a fast and decisive ruling on two crappy worker placement game pitches. Sarah is the creator of Board Games in a Minute, a video series that covers board games in just 60 seconds. Can Ric bring a squeaky clean game pitch to the table? Will Ryan’s game pitch cause anxiety for our guest judge…
 
This week Starla and Mik from Our Family Plays Games join us as our guest judges for the show. This couple along with their son Grant are sharing their love of gaming with families from every background. Ric and Ryan are going to try and pitch their best worker placement games to our guests. Is Ric’s game pitch just a dud with a shiny coat of paint…
 
Brenna Noonan joins us to talk about board game development and brand management. She previously worked with Starling Games (Game Salute), and has since started a new development company, Quillsilver. You can reach out to Brenna on twitter: @brennanoonan Her website is https://www.brennanoonan.com Or check out the Quillsilver website: https://www.q…
 
On the episode this week we have guest judge Tim Eisner, the designer of The Grimm Masquerade, March of the Ants, Wonderlands War and Canopy which is on Kickstarter starting on June 23rd. This week the game pitches are based on the theme of “birthday parties”. Will Ric pitch a game that makes getting older sound cool? Can Ryan bully our guest judge…
 
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 - Twister was created 55 years ago Video - Ren Guyer: The Man Who Invented Twister & Nerf Video - Original Twister Commercial Video - Twister Mania for Xbox 360 review Tex…
 
This podcast has been absent for a couple weeks as our families and communities take time for more important things. In this episode of the show, we take time to talk about how our communities are made better by diversity. In the second half of the show, we share a list of games from black designers that are doing great things in the industry. If y…
 
This week we’ve got Alan Gerding back on the podcast! Alan was our very first guest judge on the show way back in episode 3. Ric and Ryan are pitching “cash grab” games. Can Ryan sell his game pitch for a cool $19.95? Will Ric’s pitch be so meta that it blows your mind? You can catch up with Alan, his games and the content he creates over at Tuesda…
 
We talked to Connor Alexander, vendor services rep for Publisher Services Incorporated, about working with a business middleman. If you're a publisher just getting started, this is a great episode to listen to! You can reach out to Connor with further questions here: @ConnorAlexander Connor is also launching a great indigenous RPG called Coyote and…
 
Will it Game is back! After pitching 100 terrible games, we’re ready to pitch a hundred more. This week we have Erik Dewey of On Board Games as our guest judge. Ric and Ryan are ready to pitch their best dog show themed games to impress our judge. Will Ric’s game based on a classic mockumentary get our judges attention? Will Ryan’s game pitch land …
 
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