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February 14, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

Deleted Scenes: Sports Analytics Discussion

Longtime listeners will know that Matt frequently tries to sabotage this podcast by talking about hockey. Well, back when me, Orion, and Matt were doing our "listener question" podcast, we got into a very long discussion about sports that I didn't include in that podcast. I then forgot about it for a while but have dug it up for your enjoyment. Spring training is about to start and the hockey season is in full-swing, so hear what we have to say about those games and the games played around them.

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February 9, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

Ep 24: Hunt For The Ring vs. Fury Of Dracula

Join Marc, Orion, Matt, and Wes in a hidden movement cage fight! The old Fantasy Flight standard goes up against the new hotness. Which one is better? Only one way to find out.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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January 31, 2018 @ 4:40 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #10: Organization, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, And Pronouns

Hey, all. This one's me talking about how I've organized my life recently to be more productive. I also discuss some very early first impressions of the odd game Vast: The Crystal Caverns. Finally, I weigh in on the subject of using "they" as a non-gendered singular pronoun in game rulebooks and why that's obviously a good thing. Obviously.

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January 26, 2018 @ 9:28 pm

Ep 23: Board Games vs. Video Games

This is an odd one. Marc, Orion, Matt, and Wes talk about the differences between board games and video games as media and how their inherent qualities shape how we interact with them, and each other. Included are multiple references to Plato and a 20 minute tangent where we question the premise of the entire podcast. Good times!

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January 18, 2018 @ 11:31 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #9: Nuclear Bombs, Piracy, and HATE

Marc discusses his experience with Twilight Imperium 4th Edition and goes over the news of the day, which includes why bad graphic design led to an entire state going into panic, people counterfeiting board games, and why the talk surrounding HATE illustrates a problem with internet discourse.

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January 13, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

Ep 22: Vacation Time! Harvest, Hunt For The Ring, and Spirit Island

Marc and Orion are on an island. They've also been playing a lot of Spirit Island. Chill with the sounds of the ocean and people barbequeing and hear about three great games.

Harvest - 1:17
Hunt For The Ring - 9:07
Spirit Island - 31:52

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January 2, 2018 @ 7:38 pm

Ep 21: 2017 Year In Review!

It's a MEGA-PODCAST where Marc, Orion, and Matt look over 2017 and all of the great (and not so great) games we've played. We've had some amazing experiences and we've played some of the best games ever made for the first time this year. Plus, lots of lists! Everyone loves lists.

6:47 - What have we been playing recently?

13:44 - The "Shame List" (games we haven't played yet)

28:06 - Top 5 "New To Us" Games

50:26 - The Thoughtful Gamer 2017 Random "Awards" (most innovative, worst game, biggest disappointment, game we keep playing incorrectly, etc.)

1:13:31 - Best of The Thoughtful Gamer in 2017

1:34:40 - Top 5 2017 Games

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December 21, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #8: Thoughts On Depression And Star Wars

Sometimes weeks are hard. This has been one of those weeks. But I want to try to turn it into something positive. If you want to join me for a quick discussion about mental health, email me at marc@thethoughtfulgamer.com. Also I talk about why I loved Star Wars.

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December 14, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

Ep 20: How To Make Enemies And Manipulate People

Marc quizzes his wife Amber on her theory of "social manipulation" in board games, which desperately needs a new name because that sounds really evil. It's not evil. It's how Amber uses psychology to give her a leg up in games. Marc doesn't get it. Amber doesn't get Marc's puns. It's a good time.

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December 8, 2017 @ 7:11 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #7: Miscellaneous Ramblings

No specific theme this time, just some thoughts on Patreon, Gloomhaven, The Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Terraforming Mars, Hollandspiele, social deduction games, and board game media awards (at thedrinkingmeeples.com).

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