Reviews

Medici: The Card Game

Knizia’s Medici: The Card Game rides a thin line. Like so many other simple games that rely on a healthy dollop of luck, it’s at

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Catch the Moon Review

A version of this review was published on a site, I have discovered, no longer exists. Catch the Moon is delightful, with its tone somewhere

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Can’t Stop Review

Sometimes you feel like you’ve arrived late to the party. Everyone’s moved on from a game, but you weren’t there when it was popular so

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Video

Nonsense Short 4 – GWT

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Anno 1800 Review

Martin Wallace’s Anno 1800 is an odd duck. It shouldn’t work. I’m not yet convinced it does. It’s the sort of thing one would make

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Shobu Review

It’s all about the rope.  Shobu looks and plays like a game that’s been around for centuries. The genre trappings—black and white pieces, square grids,

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Through the Ages Review

After a recent game of Through the Ages, a friend to whom I had just introduced the game remarked that, “you have to do everything,

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Babylonia Review

The first time you play Babylonia you’ll probably play poorly. Fair warning. I’ve taught this game to at least 4 groups of people and no

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Commentary

How Board Games Communicate

This article is sort of a continuation of this article from last week, inspired by discussions on twitter mostly located here and here. I made

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Video

An Appreciation Of The Cube

Cubes are the best. Don’t believe me? Watch the video. Cubes, man. Cubes. Music from Abstraction: http://abstractionmusic.com — Support The Thoughtful Gamer on Patreon: http://patreon.com/thethoughtfulgamer

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Pan Am Review

The games made by Prospero Hall/Funko have a distinct visual style. I’m not an expert on art or graphic design, but they look cleaner and

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Commentary

Criticism is Conversation

A little over a decade ago on a night like tonight I’m probably outside, briskly walking through the cool Pennsylvania evening, talking on the phone

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Blackbrim 1876 Review

I enjoy puzzle games but I often feel a bit out of my element when I try to review them. Puzzles are, in some sense,

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That Time You Killed Me Review

Spoiler warning: I’ll try to not reveal particulars but this is technically a campaign game with sealed material so fair warning. I want to recommend

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Reviews

Broken; Unbroken

I’ve got a copy of Unbroken and I’m not sure what to do about it. I received it from another game reviewer a while back.

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Video

Nonsense Short 2 – Sunk Cost

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Commentary

On Deluxification

After seeing the announcement for a new, super-deluxe version of Castles of Burgundy, I was prepared to sit down and write a screed. Sure, the

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Video

Go is Beautiful

Some thoughts on perhaps the world’s greatest board game. Music from Abstraction: http://abstractionmusic.com Support The Thoughtful Gamer on Patreon: http://patreon.com/thethoughtfulgamer

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Codenames Duet Review

Codenames Duet is more than simply a 2-player version of the most popular party game of the last few years. It’s transformed, different, and compelling

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Letter Jam Review

For those reading this in the distant future: Wordle is all the rage right now. Maybe it’s still the bee’s knees in your time too,

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Xenon Profiteer Review

Remember when deckbuilding was new and fresh? In those times of old it seemed like every single new release was messing around with the system.

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Q.E. Review

At one of my first gaming conventions I attended a discussion about game design. There, I first heard about the double/halve rule. So many people

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Pictomania Review

Sometimes I think if Vlaada Chvatil was a new designer today he would have a terrible time trying to get his games published. The board

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Nightlancer Review

I think cyberpunk works so well in the medium of games because it depicts a gamified society. People can cybernetically enhance their skills and abilities.

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Dual Powers Review

Imagine an area control game where you and one opponent are fighting over control of one space. On each turn you roll a die and

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The Search for Planet X Review

Deduction is rigid, which makes it difficult to incorporate into board games, which thrive best in the rivers of uncertainty and doubt. If a deduction

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Oceans Review

Going scuba diving was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. It’s at once impossibly serene, a blanket of subaqueous white noise and

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Nidavellir Review

Nidavellir assembles together a number of tried and true mechanisms with such a sure hand that I didn’t realize until my second play how completely

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Bat Flip (prototype) Review

Bat Flip will be available on kickstarter on the 18th You’d think there would be more sports board games, with both sports and board games

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Conventions

PAX U 2021 Recap (part 3)

Am I about to become obsessed with Netrunner again? I’d sort of packed it away as a great memory after it stopped getting support from

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Conventions

PAX U 2021 Recap (part 2)

I admit I get a bit of a rush during convention days where I’m learning and playing games back to back for 12 hours straight.

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Commentary

My Case Against Review Metrics

I don’t understand the thought process that leads to using established metrics in game reviews. That sounds pompous but I’m being earnest. I’m open to

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SpaceCorp 2025-2300AD Review

I can explain a lot of the emotions that board games give me. Tension and release; the satisfaction of solving a difficult puzzle; the greedy

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Suburbia Review

Ted Alspach’s Suburbia combines two simple pleasures, drafting and tile-placement, as well as any game ever made. Like an ice cream parlor displaying its sweet

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Dinosauria Review

Honestly, I’m split. Now that the paleontological scholarship has shifted towards dinosaurs being feathery and perhaps occasionally brightly colored, I can appreciate the appeal of

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Carpe Diem Review

Stefan Feld’s Carpe Diem is so clearly riffing on many of the same ideas in his masterpiece The Castles of Burgundy that I can’t help

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Dice Command Review

Dice Command, the small box WWII game debut from Ejected Planet, caused me to reflect on the expression that “war is the continuation of policy

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Battle for Biternia Review

Adapting an outside property into board game form is simple. I mean, it’s not. But it also is. Bear with me here. Board games, insofar

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Union Station Review

Union Station is on kickstarter now. Travis D. Hill’s Union Station is admirable in its transparency. It doesn’t disguise itself with excess; it’s confident in

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Commentary

Stop Writing Flat Reviews

I think a lot about how to review board games. It’s what I do. I’m a bit obsessive. This particular topic has been on my

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