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May 25, 2018 @ 10:51 pm

Marc’s Top 100 Games 2018 Edition: 60-41

Special for our list-aficionado fans out there--another list! The middlest of the best games ever, or something like that. Marc, Matt, and Orion talk about some quality games.

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1:53 - Stats

4:47 - El Grande

9:49 - Colonial Twilight

14:48 - Friday

17:55 - Mechs v. Minions

22:49 - Sushi Go Party

25:23 - Secret Hitler

30:12 - Captain Sonar

34:40 - Eclipse

38:50 - Harvest

43:30 - Tokaido

46:29 - Memoir '44

52:48 - Roll For The Galaxy

58:36 - Galaxy Trucker

1:02:42 - Fire In The Lake

1:06:13 - Carcassonne

1:09:31 - Forbidden Desert

1:12:30 - Mysterium

1:15:37 - Keyflower

1:18:21 - Lost Cities

1:20:53 - Nusfjord

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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

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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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