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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.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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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).

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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December 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Ep 19: Card Driven Wargames

Marc and Orion talk about, perhaps, their favorite genre of board game, the illustrious card-driven wargame (CDG). From 1993's We The People to 2016's Star Wars Rebellion (I can feel the anger the purists), there have been a lot of different games with the CDG gameplay shell. What do they have in common, and what did they do differently? What innovations have we seen throughout the years?

Also in this episode: the cat makes an appearance, Marc hates on Blood Rage and the state of Wyoming, and we absolutely fail at the closing remarks. Like, really fail. I don't know how we're going to top it, frankly.

0:44 - Defining the CDG

8:07 - What CDG's do well

25:52 - What CDG's don't do well

33:31 - Washington's War

39:05 - Twilight Struggle

45:45 - Here I Stand

54: 38 - 1960: The Making Of The President

59:02 - Labyrinth: The War On Terror

1:02:57 - Star Wars Rebellion

1:08:32 - COIN Games

1:16:31 - Final Thoughts

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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November 25, 2017 @ 7:23 pm

Ep 18: PAX Unplugged

Marc, Matt, Orion, Ben, Wes, and Bubba reminisce about PAX Unplugged and all of the great games they played and great times they had. I promise we didn't record this in a tunnel. There are no technical mistakes, only happy accidents.

3:40 - Star Realms

8:54 - Expo Hall Experiences

22:46 - SEPTA

24:55 - Bushido

29:32 - Ethnos

35:11 - Exceed Card Game

39:33 - Twilight Imperium 4th Edition

49:37 - Keyflower

57:20 - Megagame Funtimes

1:19:03 - Imperial Settlers

1:20:56 - The time I almost said hi to Geoff Engelstien but then didn't

1:24:07 - PAX Unplugged Keynote

1:28:47 - Cheesesteaks

1:33:07 - Fog of Love

1:43:25 - Downforce

1:48:15 - Mechs vs. Minions

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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November 15, 2017 @ 7:01 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #6: PAX Unplugged and the Benefits of Negativity

The Thoughtful Gamer heads off to PAX Unplugged tomorrow morning, and we'd love to see you there. Marc talks about his plans at the convention, a couple of exciting features coming up for The Thoughtful Gamer, and why he thinks that negativity can be a positive force.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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November 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Half-Witted Scruffy-Looking Podcast Episode 4

The group finds themselves in a gun and axe fight.

Matt tries to reign in Marc, Ben, Jeff, and JR as they nagivate the difficult terrain of the outer rim during the height of the empire, getting into a lot of messes along the way.

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November 2, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

Ep 17: 5 “Impossible” Themes

Marc, Orion, Matt, and Wes talk about five different board game themes and ideas that may be impossible to design. Can they be done well? Or are board games inherently limited in such a way as to make them impossible to implement in the medium?

Also in this podcast: Samwise Gamgee becomes a universal metaphor, and Wes conceives of the worst party game ever.

4:14 - Real Market Activity

29:06 - Scaled Conflict

49:23 - Horror/Terror

1:05:39 - Surrealism

1:11:48 - Romance

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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October 25, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

Half-Witted Scruffy-Looking Podcast Episode 3

Our plans come to fruition! Matt tries to reign in Marc, Ben, Jeff, and JR as they nagivate the difficult terrain of the outer rim during the height of the empire, getting into a lot of messes along the way.

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October 18, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

Ep 16: Dominion Top 10 Cards (Kind Of)

The pinnacle of Dominion week at The Thoughtful Gamer. Join Marc, Matt, Orion, Ben, and Bubba as we count down our collective favorite 10 dominion cards. Listen as we discover that our ranking methodology wasn't the best, and resulted in people hating some of the top 10 cards. Also gain many valuable strategies for how to use the card Crossroads. Lots of other Dominion talk too.

3:08 - Favorite Dominion Memories

11:36 - Top 10 Cards

1:01:28 - Honorable Mentions

1:20:33 - Favorite Expansions

1:23:59 - Favorite Mechanisms

1:30:45 - Most Hated Cards

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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October 11, 2017 @ 2:51 pm

A Discussion With Luca Caltabiano About Neon Knights 2086

I sit down with Luca from Board To Death to talk about his new 80's cyberpunk racing game - Neon Knights. It's a mid-weight racing game with customizable cars, deadly weapons, and white-knuckle push-your-luck mechanisms, where you're not only trying to win the race, but look the best while doing it.

Neon Knights theme song

Available now on Kickstarter

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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