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August 9, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

Ep 11: A Conversation With Emil Larsen

We've got a fun one for you today as I talk with Emil Larsen, designer of Burning Rome, a short tactical card game set in ancient times. We discuss the mechanisms of the game, Emil's design philosophy, and how his board game experience helps him with his day job training officers in the military.

0:55 - 1960: The Making Of The President

13:58 - Interview with Emil Larsen

Check out the kickstarter for Burning Rome here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/suntzugames/burning-rome

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

 

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August 2, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #3: Conflicts of Interest

I get a little fired up on this one. Recently I found out that some reviewers are charging money for reviews, and I make the case that this is an inexcusable conflict of interest that needs to stop. Hear me out.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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July 26, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

Episode 10 Deleted Scenes

RAW AND UNEDITED! Some stuff I cut for time and a bunch of irrelevant tangents. We were very tired. Your peek behind the curtain.

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July 26, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

Ep 10: Mage Knight Rage Night!

Our most heated debate yet! Join Marc, Matt, and Orion as we discuss the merits of Vlaada Chvatil's massive adventure game: Mage Knight. Is it a masterpiece of design or merely "fine"?

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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July 19, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #2: Cult Of The New

Come hang out with Marc as he chills in the office and talks about what he's been playing lately, what he wants to play soon, and the agonizing decision of what Netrunner deck to run at Regionals. Also, some statistical analysis of the BoardGameGeek.com top 100 list to see if there really is a "cult of the new".

1:51 - Tzolk'in

4:30 - Commands and Colors: Ancients

7:45 - Mage Knight and new games

11:48 - Netrunner

16:44 - BGG Top 100 analysis

 

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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July 12, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

Ep 9: Falling Sky, Twilight Imperium, and Bubba

Our friend Bubba stops by and we play two massive games with him! Falling Sky and Twilight Imperium are both great, very long games with a lot of politics and negotiation, and we recount our weekend playing them.

4:30 - Dominion and reminiscing about college

10:23 - Falling Sky

26:09 - Twilight Imperium

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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July 5, 2017 @ 7:11 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #1

Come, relax, and hang out with Marc as he talks about what he's been playing recently and what's in store for the future of The Thoughtful Gamer. Also he rambles on about some bad opinions on reddit.

0:43 - Near and Far

7:14 - Board game table construction

9:50 - Unsolicited opinions and reddit

23:31 - The future

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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June 28, 2017 @ 10:07 am

Ep 8: The Indie-Cast

Marc and Matt got to play some unpublished and indie games, and they're here to tell you all about them! We've got some good, some bad, and some inbetween, but all of it interesting.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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June 21, 2017 @ 11:22 am

Marc’s Top 50 Games: 10-1

It's finally here! Our biggest podcast ever, and for good reason. Marc, Matt, Orion, Ben, and Amber discuss Marc's 10 favorite games of all time. As always, there's some disagreement and debate, but mostly Marc ranting and raving about how amazing these games are. 

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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June 14, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

Ep 7: Near and Far and Campaign Games

In this episode, Marc and Matt discuss one of our most anticipated games of 2017: Near and Far. We give our first impressions of this beautiful campaign game. Halfway through Orion pops in in a villianous role. Then we talk about campaign games in general and what principles designers should consider when designing them. Finally, we end with some of Marc's half-baked campaign game design ideas.

Also in this episode: Matt gets too excited about hockey, we say the word "whimsical" too much, and Matt poorly mixes a drink.

Disclaimer: Very light spoilers for Near and Far.

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

 

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