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Gil Hova

Host of Ludology
Gil Hova designs and publishes board games. His games offer challenging and interesting decisions, offset by approachable and usually humorous designs. He started designing board games in 2000. His first game, the word game Prolix, was released by Z-Man Games in 2010. He is a dedicated podcaster, co-hosting Ludology with Game Center faculty Geoff Engelstein, as well as co-founding the popular show Breaking Into Board Games.
Recent episodes featuring Gil Hova
Ludology 206.5 - Live at Gen Con 2019
Gil, Emma, and Geoff field listeners' questions in an episode recorded live at Gen Con 2019 in Indianapolis.
Ludology 206 - Ahead of the Curve
Emma and Gil welcome accomplished designer Tom Lehmann (Race for the Galaxy, Res Arcana, and many others) to discuss game arcs versus story arcs and how an inflection point can help the arc of a longer game. We also get into how the plot of Romeo & Juliet compares to a cooperative game, and how game design could possibly connect to contra dancing.
GameTek 205.5 - Research Triple Play
In this GameTek from August 2017, Geoff goes through three interesting bits of of game design-related research. Is there such a thing as momentum in sports? How does the brain react to the prospect of punishing others for violating social norms? And how does the Prisoner's Dilemma change if we alter its framing?
Ludology 205 - All's Well That Ends Well
Scott did some research and came up with all the different ways a board game can end. In this super-sized episode, Scott, Emma, and Gil go through this list and share our thoughts on how a game experience concludes, and how we designers can affect our players based on the different ways we wrap up our games. 
Biography of a Board Game 204.5 - Dune & Rex
Scott covers the history of the seminal board game Dune, its legal tangles with its IP, and its retheming as Rex: Final Days of an Empire.
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1 week, 4 days