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July 18, 2018 @ 7:01 pm

Exciting Patreon Update!

It's fundraising time for The Thoughtful Gamer and I promise it's pretty much going to be limited to this podcast and associated posts/social media postings. Fundraising and self-marketing is weird and awkward, so let's all be awkward together! In all honesty I think there's a lot of cool new rewards lined up for people who support The Thoughtful Gamer, and this will outline them.

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July 17, 2018 @ 12:19 am

Ep 35: The Chillcast 2: The Chillcastening

We've got no particular agenda. We're just going to sit back and chat. Marc and Matt are joined by Orion who is all the way across "the pond" in Scotland. We talk about some games, we listen to Scottish restaurant ambient noise, and we make long-term hiking plans. It's all very chill. Mostly. Charterstone incites some anger. 

2:06 - Brass
10:39 - Codenames: Duet. Also, Orion turns into a robot
23:27 - The Gallerist
29:06 - Charterstone
30:54 - Charterstone spoilers begin
40:03 - Quidler
42:20 - SET
45:59 - Game Design

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July 6, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

Ep 34: Elegance

Marc and Orion talk about elegance in games. Is it a simple matter of rules complexity vs. strategic complexity? Or are there additional elements that go into our conception of elegance? What kinds of games tend to be more elegance, and is elegance always a good design goal?

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June 28, 2018 @ 6:57 pm

Desk-side Talks With Marc #13: 3 Digital Card Game Recommendations And Patreon Update Sneak-Peek

I give the rundown of three digital card games that I've enjoyed quite a bit: Monster Slayers, Slay The Spire, and Age of Rivals. All three have some unique and interesting interactions only logistically feasible in a digital game. I also preview the most significant change to the Thoughtful Gamer patreon that will be happening in a couple of weeks.

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June 20, 2018 @ 5:18 pm

Marc’s Top 100 Games 2018 Edition: 20-1

At long last we've reached the conclusion of the 2018 countdown. Marc, Matt, and Orion talk about the best of the best. The cream of the crop. The best games ever made! Seriously, these games are incredible and I get giddy just thinking about them.

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3:44 - 7 Wonders
7:16 - Concordia
14:30 - Pulsar 2849
20:21 - War of the Ring
24:38 - Agricola
29:29 - Lisboa
35:53 - Suburbia
43:36 - The Castles of Burgundy
47:33 - Through The Ages
53:28 - Here I Stand
1:00:20 - Dominion
1:04:09 - Dominant Species
1:08:23 - Space Alert
1:12:51 - The Resistance
1:19:01 - Android: Netrunner
1:22:38 - Mage Knight
1:26:08 - Spirit Island
1:31:13 - Twilight Imperium
1:34:18 - Twilight Struggle
1:38:47 - Gloomhaven

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June 13, 2018 @ 6:24 pm

Ep 33: A Conversation With Eric Reuss

Marc, Orion, and Matt sit down with Eric Reuss, designer of Spirit Island. This is one of our longest podcasts ever, but it might be our best ever. Eric was a delightful conversationalist, and we learned so much about the design and lore of Spirit Island. We were absolutely amazed to hear about all of the thought and work that went into the design. There's so much going on underneath the surface that you only see glimpses of in the game itself. I think you'll be equally enthralled.

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June 7, 2018 @ 1:18 pm

Marc’s Top 100 Games 2018 Edition: 40-21

Marc's fighting off a cold but that won't stop him! Orion and Matt join to count down some truly excellent games and fail to stay on topic. You know how it is.

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7:02 - Terra Mystica

11:37 - Fog of Love

17:45 - Robinson Crusoe

22:40 - 7 Wonders Duel

27:30 - Churchill

33:14 - Power Grid

36:54 - Mombassa

43:05 - Scythe

47:40 - Star Wars Armada

53:52 - Pandemic Legacy Season 1

58:14 - Tzolk'in

1:01:57 - Vinhos

1:07:12 - Triumph And Tragedy

1:14:11 - The Gallerist

1:17:55 - Falling Sky

1:22:16 - Viticulture

1:27:30 - Downforce

1:31:47 - Codenames

1:38:06 - Food Chain Magnate

1:41:43 - Battlestar Galactica

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June 1, 2018 @ 1:32 am

Ep 32: A Conversation With Trey Chambers

Marc, Matt, and Orion are joined by Trey Chambers, designer of Argent: The Consortium, Harvest, and Empyreal: Spells and Steam (now on kickstarter!). We hit all of the important topics: whether dogs or cats are better podcast mascots, dreams about Stefan Feld, and how long you can ramble on a tanget after the end of the podcast before you inadvertently begin a second podcst.

Also some stuff about Trey's games.

Empyreal is only on kickstarter for a couple more days. It looks wild. Check it out! Also play Harvest because it's seriously legit and seems to have slipped under the radar. Also check out Trey's podcast, which focuses on important topics in the board game community, called Eternally Board.

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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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