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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.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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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

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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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.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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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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