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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

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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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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April 5, 2018 @ 1:04 am

Ep 28: How To Not Be Awful At Board Games

Ever feel like you're just not doing as well as you should at games? Want that secret sauce so you can beat your friends? Marc, Orion, Matt, Matt's secret brother Dave, and another Matt who we call Bubba are here to help! We're sometimes not bad at games and we have a variety of tips to help you out.

4:17 - Find The Bottlenecks

9:06 - Understand Resource Values

15:30 - Identify Action Loops

22:23 - Digression - Who Is This Advice For?

23:32 - FOO Strategies

33:34 - Be Aware Of Remaining Time

42:58 - Always Draw First

44:31 - Sports Digression

45:05 - Deck Efficiency

53:22 - Figure Out If You Should Differentiate Or Follow

56:31 - Disguise Your Strength

1:01:35 - In Co-Ops, Maximize Your Offense

1:04:50 - Leave Your Options Open

1:16:16 - Subvert Common Expectations

1:22:34 - Reverse Engineer From The Victory Condition

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March 23, 2018 @ 6:22 pm

Ep 27: G2 Summit!

Marc and Orion sit down to talk about all they played at the Granite Games Summit in Nashua, NH. It was a wonderful convention and we played some truly awesome games! Except one. Prepare for a good old-fashioned rant.

Paramedics Clear!: 2:31

Clank! In! Space!: 7:04

Dominant Species: 13:38

Rising Sun: 18:57

Deck Construction (prototype): 43:38

Here I Stand: 46:45

Lisboa: 55:32

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March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Discussion With Matt Quock About “The Primary”

I chat with Matt from Mountaintop Games about his first game design: The Primary, which is a light area control game based around the US primary election system. It launches on Kickstarter tomorrow, right here: https://goo.gl/hcSz79

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March 8, 2018 @ 6:33 pm

Ep 26: Space Alert vs. Captain Sonar

Marc, Matt, Orion, and Ben join up to talk about two of their favorite real-time games: Space Alert and Captain Sonar. What makes them so captivating? How do their differences highlight their respective strengths and weaknesses? Will Marc ever be able to end the podcast, or will it forever spiral into more and more increasingly irrelevant tangents? Only one way to find out!

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