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 can watch unedited video of this chat here.

It’s possible we may return to this format in the future! Stay tuned…


1m54s: We mention Gil’s Twitch channel several times in this episode. 2m13s: Of course, this note to turn it tickets doesn’t apply to people listening to the podcast. Don’t let that note trigger any vague feelings of guilt! Also, for reference, we began recording at 5 pm EDT. 3m29s: “This much on the timeline” – at this point, Gil is holding up his finger and thumb with a few centimeters of space in between. 4m46s: Scott is holding up a Gamemaster DVD at this point. 5m40s: You can watch the Gen Con Gamemaster panel here. 6m01s: The shot in question (no Gil to be found, sadly). 7m16s: Alas, neither the Instagram Live nor Table Takes interviews are archived anywhere. 🙁 8m36s: Remote Playtesting (#rpt) is the playtest group that Gil helps to run. You can see and buy the t-shirt with Aaron Wilson’s logo here. 8m54s: Aaron’s new publishing company with Ian Zang, Gravitation Games. 9m55s: Here’s Scott’s quarantine playlist. 10m10s: Abandon All Artichokes 11m43s: High Rise is almost sold out! And Rival Networks pre-orders are still going strong. 12m02s: Check-In Cards. 12m37s: Here’s the video for Animal Crossing Fiasco. More info for one of Gil’s favorite games, De Vulgari Eloquentia. 14m38s:, a collaboration tool that Emma really likes. 14m56s: Here’s a tweet that sums up Emma’s game Unravel quite well. Emma also mentions the Our Innermost Thoughts Kickstarter project by Travis Hill. 18m27s: More info on the Tabletop Mentorship Program. 18m42s: Glenn Cotter’s Fickle. 22m01s: Gil presented a lot of these thoughts in this blog post. 25m47s: The “G” Gil is trying to point to would be a fraction of a millimeter large in most screens. 26m21s: There will be another Virtual Gaming Con in November. 32m59s: GenCan’t has been an online alternative to Gen Con for several years now. 36m21s: Here is an example of BuonoCardboard making the rounds. 39m27s: Scott’s 50th episode of Biography of a Board Game just dropped, and it’s wonderful! He covers the history of his own game, Rayguns and Rocketships.  40m24s: We at Ludology were all touched by Marcel Claxton’s thoughtful analysis of Ludology’s recent direction and its significance in the current age.  43m21s: Jason Morningstar appeared in Ludology 161 – What’s The Story Morning Glory? 50m32s: There aren’t many board games about falling in love, but quite a few digital and RPGs! (Gil would also like to suggest wargames and games coming out of that historical/political sphere as the board game parallel to documentaries.) 59m34s: For those who may not have heard of it, the MacArthur Fellows Program is awarded to 20-30 Americans every year who show “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Between the high criteria for being named and the generous amount of money received ($625,000), it’s nicknamed the “Genius Grant.” 1h03m49s: Emma mentions a few tools here: Tabletop Simulator, Tabletopia, Trello, and Slack. 1h06m25s: At this point, Scott holds up a Playstation controller. 1h14m57s: This Discord Has Ghosts In It. 1h17m57s: Scott’s links: his blog, his Patreon, his Twitter, and his Instagram. 1h18m54s: Emma’s links: her website, her Twitter, and her Instagram. 1h19m28s: Gil’s links: his company website, his personal website, his Twitter, and his Twitch.

Originally posted at Ludology