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June 3, 2022 @ 10:31 am

Ep 101: Sports as Game Design

Sports are games too, you know. In this episode, Marc, Matt, and Bubba sit down to talk about various sports rules and controversies and analyze them as game design. What are they optimizing for? Whose interests do they serve? What's the role of randomness or human judgement in making a sport great? What even makes sports great?

0:34 - Intro
1:32 - What's the goal when "designing" sports rules?
2:45 - What's the most viewer-friendly board game?
7:12 - Gold Drafting
13:24 - Playoff size
16:18 - Promotion/relegation
21:45 - Eliminating the kick return
24:39 - Conservative play in the NFL and elsewhere
29:18 - The designated hitter
31:50 - Changes to the actual baseball ball
36:03 - 3-point line
42:56 - Dunking on basketball
45:44 - Soccer's relatively simple rules
48:27 - Punishments and penalties in different sports
50:35 - Robots and video
54:22 - Disc golf penalty culture
1:03:10 - The 2 meter rule
1:11:41 - Back to robots
1:26:39 - The shift

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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May 31, 2022 @ 4:17 pm

Review - EXIT: The Forgotten Island and The House of Riddles

Originally posted here: https://thethoughtfulgamer.com/2022/05/31/two-final-exit-games-forgotten-island-and-house-of-riddles/

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May 26, 2022 @ 4:37 pm

Review: Babylonia

Originally posted here: https://thethoughtfulgamer.com/2022/05/25/babylonia-review/

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May 23, 2022 @ 7:27 pm

Review: Pan Am

Originally posted here: https://thethoughtfulgamer.com/2022/05/17/pan-am-review/

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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

Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction

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