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May 11, 2022 @ 1:42 am

Review: Blackbrim 1878

Originally posted here: https://thethoughtfulgamer.com/2022/05/10/review-blackbrim-1876/

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May 8, 2022 @ 12:38 pm

Ep 100: Pax East 2022

We're back where it all started for episode 100: Pax East. Marc and Orion discuss a number of heavy euro games they played at the convention (including one surprise hit), and get excited about NISEI.

4:26 - Ark Nova
13:22 - Space Lion
18:22 - Video Games
28:06 - Zapotec
36:48 - Pavlov's Dogs
40:06 - Radlands
44:29 - NISEI
49:46 - Boonlake
54:22 - Golem
1:07:26 - No Thanks
1:08:01 - Unmatched

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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April 28, 2022 @ 1:15 am

Review: That Time You KIlled Me

Originally posted here: https://thethoughtfulgamer.com/2022/04/27/that-time-you-killed-me-review/

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April 1, 2022 @ 10:48 am

Bonus Episode: ”The Mind” Liveplay

Here at The Thoughtful Gamer we're no strangers to innovation. We look risk and uncertainty in their faces and say "what, that's all you've got? I am unimpressed." Some may argue that audio is not the medium for board gaming, and to those people I counter with this podcast: a state of the art uni-media experience straight from our thought-labs into your ear canals: a riveting liveplay of Wolfgang Warsch's "The Mind". It's like you're right there in the room. Because there was a mic right there in the room. That's...that's how mics work.

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March 28, 2022 @ 11:52 pm

Review: Codenames Duet

An audio version of my written Codenames Duet review. I heard from some people that they would appreciate my reviews in audio form, so this is going to become a regular thing. Originally posted here: https://thethoughtfulgamer.com/2022/03/28/codenames-duet-review/

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March 25, 2022 @ 10:40 am

Ep 99: Top 100 Games Of All Time 2022 Edition (Part 4)

It's finally here, and bigger than ever! Marc, Lindsay, and Orion count down their respective top 25 games of all time for triple the list. Plus there are puns. So, so many puns. I've marked each of them in the show notes. I'm sorry/you're welcome. SPOILERS BELOW.

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1:45 - Marc #25: Battle Line
4:00 - Lindsay #25: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
6:43 - Orion #25: War of the Ring
7:42 - Marc #24: 1862
9:38 - Pun 1
9:39 - Lindsay #24: Boggle
10:53 - Orion #24: The Resistance
11:03 - Pun 2
12:18 - Marc #23: Food Chain Magnate
13:23 - Pun 3
13:41 - Lindsay #23: Ticket to Ride
14:41 - Orion #23: Codenames
15:01 - Marc #22: SpaceCorp 2025-2300AD
16:06 - Lindsay #22: Sidereal Confluence
17:13 - Orion #22: A Distant Plain
17:54 - Marc #21: Codenames
18:08 - Lindsay #21: Viticulture
18:24 - Pun 4
18:26 - Pun 5
18:52 - Orion #21: Food Chain Magnate
18:58 - Pun 6 (a second attempt -- boo)
19:11 - Marc #20: Vinhos
20:01 - Lindsay #20: Concordia
20:07 - Orion #20: Concordia
20:21 - Marc #19: War of the Ring
21:19 - Lindsay #19: Nusfjord
21:30 - Pun 7
22:28 - Orion #19: Terra Mystica
22:48 - Marc #18: Suburbia
23:57 - Lindsay #18: Hanabi
26:16 - Orion #18: Falling Sky
26:35 - Marc #17: Modern Art
27:08 - Pun 8
27:55 - Lindsay #17: Mysterium
28:02 - Orion #17: Netrunner
29:07 - Pun 9
29:19 - Marc #16: Fire in the Lake
30:13 - Lindsay #16: For Sale
31:20 - Orion #16: Space Alert
31:32 - Marc #15: Here I Stand
32:18 - Lindsay #15: Wavelength
33:19 - Orion #15: 1817
33:56 - Marc #14: The Castles of Burgundy
34:30 - Lindsay #14: The Crew
34:52 - Orion #14: 1862
35:41 - Marc #13: Concordia
36:25 - Pun 10
36:33 - Lindsay #13: Codenames
37:18 - Orion #13: Dominion
37:29 - Marc #12: Through The Ages
37:36 - Pun 11
37:52 - Lindsay #12: Nidavellir
38:32 - Orion #12: Lisboa
38:58 - Marc #11: Brass Lancashire
39:18 - Lindsay #11: Pirate Tricks
40:00 - Orion #11: Fire in the Lake
40:12 - Marc #10: Dominion
40:26 - Lindsay #10: Great Western Trail
40:27 - Pun 12
40:54 - Pun 13
40:57 - Orion #10: not Falling Sky because he mistyped things, so honorable mention, #26: Imperial Struggle
41:11 - Marc #9: Space Alert
42:12 - Pun 14 (guest pun from Marc)
42:17 - Pun 15
42:25 - Lindsay recounts her brief musical career
43:21 - Lindsay #9: Roll for the Galaxy
43:34 - Orion #9: Here I Stand
44:19 - Marc #8: Mage Knight
45:17 - Lindsay #8: The Resistance
45:18 - Pun 16
45:30 - Pun 17
45:39 - Pun 18 (Orion takes a stab at the punning)
45:41 - Orion #8: Brass Lancashire
46:10 - Marc #7: The Resistance
46:57 - Lindsay #7: Pictomania
47:04 - Orion #7: Mage Knight
47:17 - Marc #6: Twilight Imperium
48:16 - Lindsay #6: Codenames Duet
50:02 - Orion #6: Through The Ages
50:18 - Marc #5: Gloomhaven
50:50 - Pun 19
51:40 - Lindsay #5: Decrypto
52:14 - Pun 20
52:45 - Orion #5: Dominant Species
52:54 - Pun 21
53:00 - Marc #4: Netrunner
53:56 - Lindsay #4: Dominion
54:59 - Pun 22
55:37 - Orion #4: Twilight Struggle
55:46 - Marc #3: Twilight Struggle
57:08 - Lindsay #3: Secret Hitler
57:42 - Pun 23
58:10 - Pun 24
58:15 - Orion #3: Twilight Imperium
58:44 - Marc #2: Dominant Species
1:00:35 - Lindsay #2: Brass Lancashire
1:00:37 - Pun 25
1:02:27 - Orion #2: Gloomhaven
1:02:37 - Marc/Orion #1: Spirit Island
1:03:27 - Pun 26
1:03:44 - Lindsay #1: Gloomhaven
1:06:06 - Pun 27
1:06:09 - Games that dropped off the list

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March 18, 2022 @ 1:08 pm

Ep 98: Top 100 Games Of All Time 2022 Edition (Part 3)

Marc, Orion, and Lindsay sit down to go over Marc's top games list, numbers 50-26. There are some big movers on this section of the list, even this high up, and a wide variety of games. Lindsay continues with the puns. Marc acknowledges them less. SPOILERS BELOW.

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1:30 - #50: 7 Wonders Duel
3:08 - #49: Roll for the Galaxy
3:32 - #48: A Distant Plain
6:17 - #47: Tak
7:28 - #46: Dune
9:52 - #45: Sidereal Confluence
10:31 - #44: Falling Sky
11:16 - #43: Sprawlopolis
12:42 - #42: Tzolk'in
13:50 - #41: Lost Cities
14:57 - #40: For Sale
18:18 - #39: Pulsar 2849
18:52 - #38: The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
20:37 - #37: Stephenson's Rocket
21:19 - #36: Pax Pamir 2e
22:33 - #35: Terra Mystica
23:07 - #34: My City
25:50 - #33: The Field of the Cloth of Gold
28:10 - #32: Battlestar Galactica
28:55 - #31: Lisboa
29:07 - #30: Pipeline
30:23 - #29: Pictomania
31:51 - #28: Nusfjord
31:53 - #27: Agricola
33:30 - #26: 7 Wonders

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March 11, 2022 @ 2:31 am

Ep 97: Top 100 Games Of All Time 2022 Edition (Part 2)

The countdown continues, with Marc, Marc, Lindsay, and Orion! SPOILERS BELOW

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0:42 - A peek behind the curtain
2:10 - #75: London 2e
3:32 - #74: Union Station
5:21 - #73: Empyreal Spells and Steam
8:03 - #72: Battle for Biternia
9:49 - #71: Harvest
11:40 - #70: Great Western Trail
12:24 - #69: Power Grid
12:56 - #68: 1828
16:21 - #67: Magnate: The First City
17:54 - #66: Brass: Birmingham
18:58 - #65: Tiny Towns
19:33 - #64: Pandemic Legacy S1
22:30 - #63: Downforce
23:40 - #62: Mysterium
23:58 - #61: El Grande
25:00 - #60: Nidavellir
26:15 - #59: Fog of Love
28:54 - #58: Robinson Crusoe
29:36 - #57: Catch the Moon
31:12 - #56: 1846
32:16 - #55: Pax Transhumanity
33:44 - #54: Innovation
34:18 - #53: Tokaido
34:41 - #52: Three Kingdoms Redux
35:48 - #51: 1822CA
37:03 - Surprises and reactions and a discussion about hashtags

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March 5, 2022 @ 3:23 am

Ep 96: Top 100 Games Of All Time 2022 Edition (Part 1)

We're back! Marc, Marc, (that's not a typo) Lindsay, and Orion discuss the first quarter of Marc's top 100 games of all time. This segment contains both the newest and the oldest games on the entire list. SPOILERS BELOW.

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0:58 - Lindsay starts us off with a pun. More to come...
2:28 - Themes of this list (starts with "pan" and ends with "demic")
4:13 - #100: The Search For Planet X
6:38 - #99: The Estates
6:49 - #98: Smartphone Inc.
6:51 - #97: Q.E.
6:56 - Methodology
9:42 - #96: Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection
10:36 - #95: Decrypto
13:15 - #94: Forbidden Desert
15:03 - #93: The Gallerist
18:53 - #92: Die Macher
20:24 - #91: Churchill
20:38 - A terrible error! #92 was actually Galaxy Trucker. Die Macher is #91 and Churchill is #90. All responsible for this unprofessional lapse have been sacked.
26:24 - #89: The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
29:02 - #88: Go
29:52 - #87: Let's Make A Bus Route
30:18 - #86: Viticulture
32:27 - #85: Inis
34:16 - #84: For Science!
35:45 - #83: Babylonia
36:36 - #82: Son of Dr. Esker's Notebook
38:13 - #81: Sushi Go! Party
40:15 - #80: Star Wars Armada
41:29 - #79: Friday
42:37 - #78: Carcassonne
43:58 - #77: Imperial Struggle
46:18 - #76: Captain Sonar

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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February 4, 2022 @ 7:53 pm

Ep 95: Best Games of 2020 (and more!)

Amber and Marc talk about the best games of 2020. The pandemic slowed down game playing so we've delayed this episode a year to allow for more gaming before we declare what is the "best". We also look at the best games of 5, 10, and 20 years ago, because over-focusing on the new is detrimental for a number of reasons. Remember the great games of the past!

SPOILERS BELOW

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0:39 - Why 2020?
5:20 - Games I wasn't able to get to
6:33 - BGG's favorite games of 2020
11:33 - Honorable Mention: Clinic Deluxe
12:01 - Honorable Mention: Spirit Island: Jagged Earth
12:56 - Honorable Mention: Cat in the Box
14:20 - #5: The Search for Planet X
16:50 - #4: Imperial Struggle
22:01 - #3: Nidavellir
23:41 - #2: My City
28:40 - #1: The Field of the Cloth of Gold
33:28 - Why we're not only going to focus on the new
34:37 - Top games of 2015
34:54 - Honorable Mention: Through the Ages 2e
35:13 - #5: Mysterium
35:45 - #4: Pandemic Legacy Season 1
36:37 - #3: Churchill
39:14 - #2: Food Chain Magnate
40:07 - #1: Codenames
41:24 - Top games of 2010
41:39 - #3: Innovation
42:45 - #2: 7 Wonders
44:32 - #1: Dominant Species
45:29 - Top games of 2000
45:57 - #2: Carcassonne
48:18 - #1: Battle Line

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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