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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!

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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.

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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

 

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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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September 7, 2017 @ 5:26 pm

Ep 13: Co-operative Games

(Apologies for the audio quality. I'm investigating what went wrong.)

Marc, Matt, and Orion discuss what makes co-op games unique, what problems can show up in the design, and how games overcome those problems.

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August 31, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

Half-Witted Scruffy-Looking Podcast Episode 1

Matt GM's a game of Fantasy Flight's Edge of the Empire Star Wars RPG system. Marc, Ben, Jeff, and JR 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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August 23, 2017 @ 5:28 pm

Ep 12: New Games and Old Games and GenCon

We've got a beast of an episode today! Inspired by GenCon, the game conference behemoth, Marc, Matt, and Orion discuss some of the games announced there, some of the games they've been playing recently, and their top 10 favorite old games.

4:12 - 1960: The Making Of The President

18:29 - Seikatsu

23:01 - Outpost: Siberia

27:59 - The Bloody Inn

33:55 - 1960 (reprise)

41:00 - Half-Witted Scruffy-Looking Podcast Recap

1:02:04 - GenCon

1:22:23 - Top 10 Games At Least 10 Years Old

1:52:41 - Netrunner

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August 16, 2017 @ 8:35 am

Desk-side Talks With Marc #4: Twilight Imperium 4

Out of nowhere, Fantasy Flight announced earlier this week that Twilight Imperium 4th edition would be released later this year! Obviously I am very excited about this, but it has a very hefty price tag. I take my critical eye to what we know about the game to help out those wondering if they should buy the 3rd edition now or wait for the new one.

Just as I was about to upload this podcast I saw that Fantasy Flight had released the rulebook. I just read through it--here are my thoughts on the new information the rules revealed. Consider this a supplement to the thoughts on the podcast.

1. The rulebook is exceptionally clear and a huge improvement over the 3rd edition rulebook, which was decent. Fantasy Flight has really done a fantastic job with their rulebooks over the last couple of years, and they deserve a lot of praise for that. It's a remarkeable acheivement, particularly given how inelegant (I say with all fondness) and complicated their games can be.

2. Trade is much more freeform in this edition, with people able to trade both commodities (benign trade goods that don't become active until they're traded) and promissory notes (special powers and benefits on cards) on their turn, Catan-style. The trade strategy card merely refreshes the commodities. I love the idea of promissory notes, and I'm super excited to see what they contain, but I'm skeptical of the more open trading style. As players of Catan know, open trading like that can really slow down a game. I also feel like this weakens the trade strategy card a bit, which is mildly concerning.

3. Invading Mecatol Rex costs influence. Very intriguing. I like special rules involving this center planet, and I'm not sure what to think of this particular wrinkle.

4. The only listed variant ("advanced rules") just adds the promissory notes. I'm quite saddened by this, though I do understand that they're trying to provide the definitive version of the game. I desperately hope that there will be an expansion with a boatload of optional modules to give back that DIY feel to the game. But given that this version is retailing for over 50% more money, that's a very significant monetary investment.

I said in the podcast that I was cautiously optimistic. After seeing the rulebook I'm a hair more optimistic, though I still have a couple of very mild concerns. 

 

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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

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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.

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