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June 13, 2018 @ 6:24 pm

Ep 33: A Conversation With Eric Reuss

Marc, Orion, and Matt sit down with Eric Reuss, designer of Spirit Island. This is one of our longest podcasts ever, but it might be our best ever. Eric was a delightful conversationalist, and we learned so much about the design and lore of Spirit Island. We were absolutely amazed to hear about all of the thought and work that went into the design. There's so much going on underneath the surface that you only see glimpses of in the game itself. I think you'll be equally enthralled.

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June 7, 2018 @ 1:18 pm

Marc’s Top 100 Games 2018 Edition: 40-21

Marc's fighting off a cold but that won't stop him! Orion and Matt join to count down some truly excellent games and fail to stay on topic. You know how it is.

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7:02 - Terra Mystica

11:37 - Fog of Love

17:45 - Robinson Crusoe

22:40 - 7 Wonders Duel

27:30 - Churchill

33:14 - Power Grid

36:54 - Mombassa

43:05 - Scythe

47:40 - Star Wars Armada

53:52 - Pandemic Legacy Season 1

58:14 - Tzolk'in

1:01:57 - Vinhos

1:07:12 - Triumph And Tragedy

1:14:11 - The Gallerist

1:17:55 - Falling Sky

1:22:16 - Viticulture

1:27:30 - Downforce

1:31:47 - Codenames

1:38:06 - Food Chain Magnate

1:41:43 - Battlestar Galactica

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June 1, 2018 @ 1:32 am

Ep 32: A Conversation With Trey Chambers

Marc, Matt, and Orion are joined by Trey Chambers, designer of Argent: The Consortium, Harvest, and Empyreal: Spells and Steam (now on kickstarter!). We hit all of the important topics: whether dogs or cats are better podcast mascots, dreams about Stefan Feld, and how long you can ramble on a tanget after the end of the podcast before you inadvertently begin a second podcst.

Also some stuff about Trey's games.

Empyreal is only on kickstarter for a couple more days. It looks wild. Check it out! Also play Harvest because it's seriously legit and seems to have slipped under the radar. Also check out Trey's podcast, which focuses on important topics in the board game community, called Eternally Board.

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May 25, 2018 @ 10:51 pm

Marc’s Top 100 Games 2018 Edition: 60-41

Special for our list-aficionado fans out there--another list! The middlest of the best games ever, or something like that. Marc, Matt, and Orion talk about some quality games.

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1:53 - Stats

4:47 - El Grande

9:49 - Colonial Twilight

14:48 - Friday

17:55 - Mechs v. Minions

22:49 - Sushi Go Party

25:23 - Secret Hitler

30:12 - Captain Sonar

34:40 - Eclipse

38:50 - Harvest

43:30 - Tokaido

46:29 - Memoir '44

52:48 - Roll For The Galaxy

58:36 - Galaxy Trucker

1:02:42 - Fire In The Lake

1:06:13 - Carcassonne

1:09:31 - Forbidden Desert

1:12:30 - Mysterium

1:15:37 - Keyflower

1:18:21 - Lost Cities

1:20:53 - Nusfjord

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May 17, 2018 @ 8:55 pm

Ep 31: Hindered Communication Games

Marc, Orion, and Matt talk about "hindered communication" games, where you're trying to communicate something to another person with an arbitrary barrier in the way. Word association games like Taboo or Codenames are the most well-known types of these games, but we discover that the genre we kind of made up is a lot bigger than that.

Also in this episode, Marc pitches his million dollar invention idea, and everyone marvels over the word "algorithm". 

2:11 - Defining Our Terms

3:58 - The Classics

9:55 - The Apples To Apples Continuum

13:45 - Word Association Games

30:23 - Beyond Word Association

35:55 - Idea Association

46:04 - How These Games Succeed

1:03:08 - Oddities And The Hanabi Problem

1:15:31 - Metagaming

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May 9, 2018 @ 5:35 pm

Marc’s Top 100 Games 2018 Edition: 80-61

We're creeping down the list to better and better games. Marc, Matt, Orion, and Ben talk through some of Marc's favorite games ever. This time we hit some serious controversy, the ripples of which are felt all throughtout the rest of the list. Marc stands by his rankings.

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2:35 - Command And Colors: Ancients

5:10 - Wits and Wagers

9:54 - Archipelago

14:11 - Dice Forge

16:40 - Capital

18:44 - Millennium Blades

23:55 - Libertalia

27:18 - Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

32:14 - Star Wars Rebellion

36:32 - Dungeon Lords

41:48 - Paramedics: Clear!

45:40 - Above and Below

50:12 - Blood In The Fog

54:34 - CrossTalk

1:01:17 - Onitama

1:03:37 - London

1:08:13 - Kemet

1:14:08 - Calimala

1:18:08 - Star Wars Imperial Assault

1:21:52 - Five Tribes

 

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May 4, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

Ep 30: Dry Games

Prompted by a discussion in the Thoughtful Gamer discord channel, Marc, Orion, and Matt explore the nature of language, games, and aqueousness as they discuss what constitutes a dry game. It's a concept that people seem to understand but can't quite define. Will we be able to do it? Spoiler: I have no idea.

Skip to 5:09 if you don't care about sports.

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April 25, 2018 @ 10:39 pm

Marc’s Top 100 Games 2018 Edition: 100-81

The countdown has returned! Marc has expanded the list to 100 games this time, so there's double the fun. In this installment Marc and Orion blast through numbers 100-81. They're all great games you should check out!

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5:11 - Seikatsu

7:32 - Sekigahara

9:25 - Terraforming Mars

12:26 - Medici: The Card Game

14:08 - Descent 2nd Edition

18:22 - For-Ex

24:16 - The Shipwreck Arcana

28:53 - Isle Of Skye

30:54 - Time of Crisis

37:12 - Deception: Murder In Hong Kong

39:16 - Evolution: Climate

44:30 - 1960: The Making Of The President

47:09 - Alchemists

50:30 - Scrabble

52:07 - Caverna: The Cave Farmers

57:09 - Exceed

1:01:18 - Riftwalker

1:06:22 - Sagrada

1:07:34 - Ticket To Ride: Europe

1:11:18 - Three Kingdoms Redux

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April 18, 2018 @ 6:32 pm

Ep 29: PAX East 2018

PAX East expanded to 4 days from 3, and that means we got even more games played this year, including an absolute GEM of a game from CGE. We also rant about Jimmy Johns and, frankly, get extremely silly. Also, the debut podcast appearance from our good friend Lindsay!

3:12 - First Impressions of PAX East 2018

11:15 - Tabletop Tournaments

15:34 - Expo Hall

22:21 - The Grimm Forest

23:24 - High Heavens

27:21 - Wallet Games by Chip Beauvais

32:15 - Downforce Expansion

37:34 - Tokyo Metro

41:48 - Faza

44:15 - Panel On Game Balance

50:48 - Jimmy Johns Sandwiches and Bad Design

56:09 - Merlin

1:01:12 - Munchkin CCG

1:04:15 - Civilization: A New Dawn

1:08:32 - Dice Forge

1:11:27 - I don't even know what to call this. You're just going to have to listen to it.

1:14:00 - The Shipwreck Arcana

1:22:06 - El Grande

1:29:56 - London

1:33:45 - Nusfjord

1:39:28 - Pulsar 2849

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April 13, 2018 @ 7:02 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #12: Rulebook Rant, Good Resources, Small Games, and Upcoming Livestreams

I've got a wide assortment of topics today, from rulebook pet peeves to disappointing card games to an exciting livestream announcement. Happy Friday!

0:29 - Problems With Rulebooks

6:19 - Consider Supporting Meeple Like Us

7:11 - Great Resource: Stonemaier Games' Blog

8:18 - The Mind

9:46 - Deep Sea Adventure

11:37 - Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game

14:44 - Top 100 Games Podcast Livestream Announcement

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