Reviews

My City Review

The legacy game, as a concept, is 10 years old and My City is the first one I’ve seen that’s wholly, unabashedly humble. After Pandemic

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Reviews

Coldwater Crown Review

How did they ever make a board game about fishing? It’s a terrible fit. Fishing is random and fickle and sometimes you spend an entire

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Reviews

Exodus Fleet Review

When you’ve played over a hundred midweight eurogames how do you get excited about them anymore? When you’re faced with a game that once again

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Theory

Further Thoughts on Macro-Theming

I’ve received some great comments in response to last week’s article about micro- and macro-theming. After considering them I don’t think I explained the idea

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Reviews

Top Pop Review

Top Pop will be on Kickstarter July 13th. Photos are from a pre-production prototype. Art isn’t final, etc. etc. There’s a boundary surrounding every game,

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Preview

First Look at Soul Raiders

The Soul Raiders kickstarter is launching tomorrow. This is a first look based on an incomplete preview prototype of the game. I was able to

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Podcast

Podcast Episode 83: Pain

Straight from the mind of Amber, this is an episode where she and Marc discuss games that are “painful”. Marc prefers the word “tense”. Regardless

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Reviews

Archmage Review

If the problem is board game overproduction here’s Exhibit A. I can’t deny that I fell for its charms. I’d never heard of Archmage before

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Reviews

Battle Line Review

I love the part in war movies where the battle is about to happen. Everyone is ready. Plans are set. Death is coming and everyone

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Reviews

Arraial Review

I’m glad I do written reviews because I have absolutely no clue how to pronounce Arraial. I looked up how to pronounce Arraial and I

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Podcast

Podcast Episode 80: Solo

I’m by myself talking about solo games. I got a bit experimental with this one. I hope you enjoy. 0:32 — A note on silence3:43

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Reviews

Stay Cool Review

A quick description might suffice as a review of Stay Cool. You’re going to know pretty easily if it’s the kind of game you’ll enjoy.

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Reviews

Pocket Paragons Review

I don’t know why Pocket Paragons exists. The two player dueling card game is an exceptionally crowded space, even if you exclude the CCG behemoths.

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Reviews

Exchange Review

This is the first time I’ve seen it. One of the joys of our little hobby is that it’s still small and scrappy; individuals with

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Commentary

The New Year

I slept through the changing of the year, and it might as well have gone that way, what with the general consensus that 2020 was

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Reviews

7 Wonders Duel Review

The closest thing we’ve got to the endless sequels and spinoffs in the cinematic world here in board gaming are 2-player/dice/card versions of games we

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Reviews

Heaven and Ale Review

We board gamers live in a time of abundance. Everywhere you look there’s a new interesting game to try out and chances are it’s going

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Reviews

Dealt! Review

What’s the value of a game that gives you space to chat with your friends while you play? I pondered this while talking with my

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Reviews

Agropolis Review

There’s something about the color scheme in Agropolis that looks a bit dour. I understand that the folks at Button Shy probably had some trouble

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Sorry For The Pause

I’ve not posted anything here in a couple of weeks, and in the heavily competitive world of trying to get people’s attention on the internet,

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Reviews

The Crew Review

After playing hundreds of board games I rarely find anything that feels new. There are many good games out there, but they often blend together

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Reviews

10 Great Family Games

Most of what we do here at The Thoughtful Gamer is aimed at people who are already part of the modern board gaming hobby, but

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Reviews

Joraku Review

I’m calling it here: there’s going to be a boom of trick taking games over the next couple of years. The roll and write fad

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Reviews

Curators (prototype) Review

(Art and components shown are not final.) Stop me if you’ve played this game before. There are some actions, but through an arbitrary process, you

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Reviews

Air, Land, and Sea Review

One day, while wading through obstinate, naive political opinions on twitter (are there any other kind?) my eye caught the Good Stuff–a new review from

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Reviews

Modern Art Review

I distinctly remember the first time I saw a Jackson Pollock drip painting. It nearly put me on the floor. I could not believe the

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Reviews

Stephenson’s Rocket Review

The first time I played Stephenson’s Rocket I blundered with my very first turn. This 1999 Knizia classic, given a 21st century facelift from Grail

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Reviews

Brass Lancashire Review

Last week my high school debate students got to experience me trying to explain the fundamentals of microeconomics in 15 minutes. How much they enjoyed

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First Impression

One Deck Dungeon First Impressions

If there’s a primary distinction between tabletop games and video games, besides the technology, it’s that video games usually try to obscure the inner workings

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Uncategorized

What To Get From The GMT Sale

It’s that wonderful time of the year again where GMT holds their annual sale! If I had to pick a favorite publisher it would undoubtedly

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Uncategorized

Brand Update!

I’ve got a new logo! The original logo was acquired on the cheap and I always knew that I would want to update it. So

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First Impression

Hierarchy First Impressions

Hierarchy is on Kickstarter through the 18th I was talking to a game designer the other day about microgames, and he commented that often finds

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Reviews

The City Review

One of the best moments in gaming is when, after a heated game, you look around at your friends and catch the thought on their

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