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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.

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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).

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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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