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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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October 4, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

Ep 15: Listener Question Podcast Spectacular!

Marc, Matt, and Orion answer some questions from listeners. Learn about our favorite movies, how we see The Thoughtful Gamer fitting into the board game media landsape, and if we think we're aquiring new games too quickly. Also, Marc gives a surprise top 10 list!

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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September 28, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #5: State Of The Union (Some exciting announcements!)

Join Marc as he discusses the near future of The Thoughtful Gamer. October and November are shaping up to be a very exciting time. If you have any interest in all with what we're doing, listen in.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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September 21, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

Ep 14: A Conversation With Michael Heron From Meeple Like Us

In this episode, Michael and I confront the age-old question: how much of a podcast can be made up of tangents before the tangents become the subject of the podcast?

Also in this episode we talk about Meeple Like Us and issues of accessibility in board gaming, a bunch of random political things, our favorite games, gender representation, ethical choices in video games, the state of criticism and if it's okay for publishers to pay reviewers for reviews, and....Nazis? 

It was a wild ride, but a tremendously fun discussion.

0:00 - Accessibility

3:40 - Controversial parts of Meeple Like Us

9:47 - Limitations of internet platforms like Reddit and Twitter

15:02 - Working with publishers on accessibility

26:24 - Gender representation/random hotbed political topics

54:36 - Some of our favorite games

1:02:44 - Criticism in board gaming and publishers paying for reviews

1:28:57 - Ethical choices within video games and board games

 

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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September 13, 2017 @ 2:14 pm

Half-Witted Scruffy-Looking Podcast Episode 2

A continuation of the last episode!. 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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