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In addition to a solid writing background, Charlie Theel is a game designer and heavily involved in the hobby. He enjoys talking trash and ridiculing members of his game group despite the fact that he can't win a game to save his life. Besides gaming, he enjoys hockey, film, and heavy metal.

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13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis, or, Twilight Struggle in 45 minutes
 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated January 31, 2019 7156   0

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"If the sun comes up tomorrow, it is only because of men of good will. And that's - that's all there is between us and the devil." - Kenny O'Donnell, or rather, Kevin Costner
Techno Bowl - A Game I Didn't Think I Needed
 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated February 04, 2019 7158   0

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A look at the upcoming Techno Bowl from Bombshell Games.
Sorry, Charlie: Drama, the Lifeblood of Ameritrash
Articles C charlest Updated June 24, 2015 3989   0
A discussion on drama, tension and why I still love this hobby. The definitions of Ameritrash, thematic, and narrative driven gaming all seem to blend together and coalesce into an obscure creed that is more about espousing a particular attitude than any specific mechanics or structure. Limiting the scope of these terms and trying to box them into discrete informative descriptors is a monumental waste of time in the fusion menu of the current scene. I'm no prophet or...
Sorry, Charlie - A Post Apocalyptic Ballet Of Carnage; A Look At Neuroshima Hex!
 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated January 31, 2019 5703   0

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An abstract that stirs emotion and gets the blood pumping. 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated September 23, 2016 3941   0
Back from the dead?  Discussion of Pictomania, Homeland, Titans, and Imperial Assault.
Sheriff Of Nottingham Board Game Review
 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated February 06, 2019 7937   0

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A face to face look at 2014's biggest bluffing game.
Two Helpings Of Martin Wallace And A Touch Of Warfighter
 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated January 28, 2015 4624   0
Discussion of Onward To Venus, Mythotopia, and the Warfighter expansions.  Also some game of the year discussion for 2013 and 2014.
Tiny Epic Kingdoms - Farming In A Land Of Oxymorons
 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated February 06, 2019 5157   0

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A critical look at Gamelyn Games' Tiny Epic Kingdoms.  Can a 4X fantasy game really thrive in a 30 minute playtime and pint-sized package?
The Battle Of Five Armies Review
 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated February 06, 2019 5148   0

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“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”  
Of Xia and Brimstone
 
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Board Game Reviews C charlest Updated February 06, 2019 4365   0
Xia: Legends of a Drift System is a game that I kind of enjoyed upon my first play but definitely didn’t love.  The inherent chaos and randomness was irksome and the length combined with the opportunity for prolific downtime detracted from the space-faring hearty adventure at its core.  The central mechanisms and overall experience definitely spoke to me and grasped that elusive quality of adventure that isn’t featured too often nowadays but it was buried under a husk that was keeping me from finding the juicy nectar.  
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