I Was On A Podcast

It was not my own podcast (that’s tomorrow). But rather the delightful “We’re Not Wizards” podcast, which was truly an all-around fun time. I do

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Reviews

Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds Review

Late-stage prototype pictured below. Art is final; graphic design isn’t. Pumpkin Patch: Bad Seeds will be on Kickstarter in the first half of July. Pumpkin

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First Impression

Supertall First Impression

The Supertall Kickstarter is online until 6/30 Straight off their rousing success with Sprawlopolis, a genuinely great cooperative puzzle game, Button Shy is now kickstarting

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Reviews

Anxiety Review

Anxiety? It sucks. 0/10. Do not recommend. Oh, wait, I’m reviewing the game called Anxiety here. That’s a different story. I first heard of this

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Theory

Gloomhaven And The Skinner Box

As I mentioned in my first impression, Gloomhaven is remarkable not necessarily because it’s particularly innovative, but because it seems to do everything it wants

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Reviews

Onitama Review

I find that modern board gamers tend to have a strange relationship with the classic abstract strategy games. By nearly any measure both Chess and

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Top 100 Games Livecast TONIGHT

We’re doing a double-countdown live-cast! Find out what my 80-41st favorite games of all time are with plenty of disagreement and debate–guaranteed. 8:30 pm EST

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Podcast

Podcast Episode 30: Dry Games

Prompted by a discussion in the Thoughtful Gamer discord channel, Marc, Orion, and Matt explore the nature of language, games, and aqueousness as they discuss

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Reviews

Smoke and Mirrors Review

Avid readers may recall my somewhat controversial review for Hunt For The Ring, where I talked about the fine line deduction games walk between giving too

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Reviews

The Shipwreck Arcana Review

I was walking through the Expo Hall at PAX East when I saw it. A small package, but alluring, with its milky-white…exterior. Okay, I can’t

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Reviews

Tabletop Gaming Manual Review

I have one of those fuzzy childhood memories of visiting my grandparents house and finding what I think was some kind of children’s encyclopedia. It

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First Impression

Lisboa First Impression

Lisboa, Portuguese eurogame master Vital Lacerda’s newest design, is a visual and mechanical smorgasboard–a hodgepodge of player incentives, feedback loops, and iconography teetering on the

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Commentary

Narrative

The house always had a funerial sense about it–the smell of camellias mixed with stale cigarette smoke when I was young; the sense of void

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Reddit AMA March 14th!

Hello, everyone–exciting news. To commemorate the 1 year anniversary of The Thoughtful Gamer I’ll be doing an AMA (“ask me anything”) on r/boardgames on the

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Reviews

Captain Sonar Review SUBterfuge

The sales pitch for Captain Sonar is ridiculously compelling. A real time game about battling submarine crews? Sold. Who doesn’t want to play that? Submarine

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Reviews

Harvest Review

Once, in the Ancient Times of board games (about 10 years ago), from the exotic lands of Germany, a game called Agricola was made. It

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Looking At 2018

Hello, faithful readers. I’ve posted a quick review of 2017 and some goals for 2018 over on my Patreon page. I think 2017 has been a

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Reviews

Dominion Review Classic

This week at The Thoughtful Gamer we’re celebrating what I would say is unequivocally a modern classic in board gaming–Dominion. Below is my review of

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