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A conversation about tabletop games.

    Ep 74: Top 100 Games of All Time 2020 Edition (part 3)

    Ep 74: Top 100 Games of All Time 2020 Edition (part 3)

    This is it, the best of the best! Will Gloomhaven retain its top spot? What new entries have catapulted their way into the top 33? Marc and Orion discuss, with only occasional interruptions from the new (very talkative!) kitten. His name is Mouse.
    Spoilers below.
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    2:28 - #33: Modern Art5:02 - #32: Nusfjord6:54 - #31: Food Chain Magnate8:34 - #30: Agricola9:12 - #29: The Crew13:01 - #28: Suburbia13:35 - #27: Pipeline18:05 - #26: SpaceCorp21:38 - #25: Tak23:43 - #24: Lisboa26:22 - #23: Terra Mystica27:36 - #22: War of the Ring28:25 - #21: Sidereal Confluence31:25 - #20: Vinhos33:52 - #19: 7 Wonders35:09 - #18: Fire in the Lake35:32 - Brand new kitten interruption!39:44 - #17: Codenames39:59 - #16: 186247:08 - #15: Concordia48:04 - #14: Here I Stand48:26 - #13: Brass Lancashire50:14 - #12: Castles of Burgundy51:22 - #11: Space Alert52:09 - #10: Dominion52:42 - #9: Through the Ages54:25 - #8: The Resistance55:11 - #7: Android: Netrunner56:14 - #6: Mage Knight59:12 - #5: Dominant Species1:00:27 - #4: Twilight Imperium1:01:52 - #3: Twilight Struggle1:05:39 - #2: Gloomhaven1:07:43 - #1: Spirit Island1:10:59 - Best designer, best publisher, and other random data from the list
    Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep 73: Top 100 Games of All Time 2020 Edition (part 2)

    Ep 73: Top 100 Games of All Time 2020 Edition (part 2)

    Marc and Orion are back with the second of three installments discussing Marc's top 100 games of all time! This episode brings the most contention and disagreement yet as Marc and Orion's tastes diverge and become more clear. Plus, we get an account of an old Jenga-related trauma, emerging from deep within Orion's memories. Spoilers below
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    2:04 - #66: Liberty or Death5:14 - #65: Fog of Love5:38 - #64: Mysterium6:24 - #63: For Sale8:09 - #62: Downforce10:30 - #61: Decrypto12:48 - #60: London (2nd Edition)15:44 - #59: Catch the Moon17:42 - Orion relives a Jenga-based trauma18:14 - #58: Innovation20:08 - #57: Pictomania22:08 - #56: Great Western Trail23:45 - #55: Let's Make A Bus Route25:01 - #54: Dune28:08 - #53: Captain Sonar29:54 - #52: Tiny Towns31:32 - #51: Go33:53 - #50: 1822CA35:47 - #49: 7 Wonders Duel36:43 - #48: Battle Line39:44 - #47: Magic: The Gathering41:12 - #46: The Gallerist41:30 - #45: Falling Sky43:17 - #44: Inis46:07 - #43: Imperial Struggle48:14 - #42: Tzolk'in48:33 - #41: Galaxy Trucker49:37 - #40: Sprawlopolis50:57 - #39: 184653:00 - #38: Pax Transhumanity54:31 - #37: Stephenson's Rocket58:39 - #36: Battlestar Galactica59:49 - #35: Pax Pamir (2nd Edition)1:04:39 - #34: Pulsar 28491:06:08 - Recapping the list
    Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 72: Top 100 Games of All Time 2020 Edition (Part 1)

    Ep 72: Top 100 Games of All Time 2020 Edition (Part 1)

    WE'RE BACK!
    After an unplanned hiatus during the chaos times we're back with a new iteration of the top 100 games of all time! 44 of the games are brand new to the list, so there's lots of movement and surprises. Here's the first third of the list.
    Spoilers below!
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    0:08 - We're back!1:12 - Introducing the top 1007:48 - Boy it's been a weird few months11:34 - #100: Air, Land, and Sea14:22 - #99: Star Wars Armada16:47 - #98: Mechs v. Minions17:07 - #97: Sushi Go! Party18:15 - #96: Friday18:31 - #95: Forbidden Desert18:45 - #94: 18MEX22:57 - #93: Die Macher23:56 - #92: Stay Cool25:33 - #91: Roll Player27:40 - #90: Keyflower27:51 - #89: Three Kingdoms Redux29:33 - #88: Gaia Project31:46 - #87: Pandemic Legacy Season 134:11 - #86: Goat 'n Goat35:33 - #85: CO237:08 - #84: Irish Gauge40:42 - #83: Robinson Crusoe40:53 - #82: Son of Dr. Esker's Notebook43:41 - #81: Viticulture44:55 - #80: Triumph and Tragedy46:08 - #79: Carcassonne46:19 - #78: Coimbra49:06 - #77: Magnate51:32 - #76: Caylus 130354:15 - #75: El Grande54:57 - #74: A Distant Plain57:52 - #73: Power Grid58:17 - #72: Tokaido58:25 - #71: Churchill58:56 - #70: Brass Birmingham1:02:12 - #69: Harvest1:02:58 - #68: Lost Cities1:03:59 - #67: Roll for the Galaxy

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    Bonus! Ikoria MtG Set Analysis for Limited

    Bonus! Ikoria MtG Set Analysis for Limited

    Matt and Marc are back at it with wild speculation about the new Magic set. Since we rambled on forever, making this a very difficult podcast to edit, the set has released already and we're already regretting some of the things we said (black and simic seem much stronger than we gave them credit for, for instance.) Still, I don't think we're wrong about everything. Haven't been able to get an Izzet deck together, though...
    4:08 - Set mechanics6:00 - Companion13:46 - Cycling17:25 - Keyword Counters19:33 - Mutate23:47 - White32:57 - Blue49:58 - Black1:01:06 - Red1:15:45 - Green1:26:33 - Colorless1:29:14 - Mulicolor1:54:40 - Rares and Mythics
    Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Ep 71: Best Games of 2019

    Ep 71: Best Games of 2019

    The world's gone crazy! Viruses roam the streets, Matt sounds like he's turning into a robot, and computer gremlins are devouring random bits of podcast. But never fear, we at The Thoughtful Gamer are here to provide a perfectly sane, intelligent conversation about the best games of last year. We rag on a few stinkers too. Come! Escape the madness of the world and find respite with our soothing voices.
    And thanks to our sponsor, Engro Games! Their kickstarter was successful and late pledges are open until April 15. Click here to get Reach and Okazaki before it's too late.
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    2:53 - Wavelength Diversion5:24 - Board gaming in a pandemic15:55 - Suspense building before the list16:54 - Honorable "reprint" mention: Dune22:13 - What is "up"?23:55 - More grade A suspense25:22 - #10: Goat n Goat29:32 - #9: Cooper Island30:36 - Orion relays a cryptic message regarding a "theory"31:26 - #8: Stay Cool35:03 - #7: The Son of Doctor Esker's Notebook37:40 - A word about our sponsor: Engro Games38:37 - #6: The Crew46:30 - Best art of 201950:46 - Worst games of 201952:52 - Most disappointing game of 201954:17 - Most mediocre game of 201954:40 - Most ambitious but not quite successful game of 201958:50 - #5: Tiny Towns1:04:14 - #4: Pax Pamir 2nd Edition1:09:44 - #3: Caylus 13031:11:52 - #2: Pipeline1:18:22 - #1: Pax Transhumanity1:25:00 - Tragedy strikes and a hero emerges
    Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Ep 70: A Conversation With Sean McDonald About Making IP Games

    Ep 70: A Conversation With Sean McDonald About Making IP Games

    I sat down with Sean to talk to him about designing board games for two beloved IP's: Sonic the Hedgehog and Bomberman. How did he get these gigs, and what are the challenges you face when you need to meet the expectations of publishers, IP-holders, and fans of the original properties?
    0:56 - Sean's start with boardgaming3:53 - First design: Train Heist8:59 - First IP design: Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course18:00 - Future design: Unnamed Bomberman game36:08 - Sean's future plans and "dream IP"
    Music: Sailing The Solar Wind by Abstraction
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Campst47 ,

It’s fine

Really enjoying listening to you guys.

Sometimes you guys volume levels are really imbalanced, though. Like one person is way quieter than the others so I end up getting my ears blasted off because I turned the volume up to hear them.

Besides that, really great content. Don’t always agree with what you’re saying, but you hold true to the title of the show in that yor opinions are very thoughtfully considered. I especially liked the abstract games episode. Haven’t really heard many people talk about Go, so that was cool. And the Mage Knight episode was fine. Haha. (Mage Knight is great solo, btw. But best with 2-players.)

Anyways, keep it up! Looking forward to hearing more.

Astuart730 ,

Amazing podcast

The guys make it feel like you are part of the group. Great in depth podcast and we'll worth a listen

anonmanatee ,

Good but needs a bit of work

Listening to episode 40. I like your guy's ambition for the kind of topics you are tackling. Definitely the kind of podcast I'm looking for. But I think you might want to just briefly outline some stuff before you record. I find you repeat the same point 3-5 times before moving on. Also the one guy had really outrageously low levels on this episode.

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