User Profile for charlest
Charlie Theel
United States
St. Louis
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I currently write for Geek & Sundry, Miniature Market's The Review Corner, and Fortress Ameritrash.

Check out a list of all of my reviews at this Geeklist.

I'm the co-founder and lead writer for MiniatureMarket.com's Review Corner feature so please check that out. I believe we have a top shelf team.

My first completed design, A Fistful of Dinero, is now available at MiniatureMarket.com and Amazon.

I have multiple designs I'm currently prototyping and will be looking to get a game or two signed in 2016.

In 2015 I started up a podcast with Rafael Cordero called Ding & Dent. We talk board games, card games, and even some miniature games. We try to keep things pretty tight and to the point, with minimal side chatter and tend to clock in around 60 minutes.

Check us out on Boardgamegeek and participate in discussion at our Guild.

My top 10 are my top games of all time, and shift very infrequently. My Hot 10 changes somewhat often and is made up of games I'm very eager to get to the table or that have been occupying my mind lately. Both of these lists are kept up to date and are accurate.

A little bit about myself:

I'm a 31 year old gamer who has been involved in tabletop gaming for the vast majority of my life. I have many years of RPG experience but have focused on board games the past 10 years. I dig miniature games as well but limit my involvement to only a couple of games and stay away from GW.

I'm currently a Software Developer for a large company in St. Louis. My wife is an Elementary school teacher and our daughter just turned 2 in November (2015).

I started writing reviews mid 2013 because I love to write and I also felt like I had something interesting to say with a somewhat unique style. I dislike dry reviews that expound primarily on the rules of a game - I aim to convey how a game "feels" and how well it delivers on its promise. My writing background comes from reviewing music, Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, for a number of years. My reviews appeared online at http://www.metal-observer.com and in the West Coast magazine Modern Fix.

I spend way too much time on BGG and am always happy to chat. If you want to talk about my reviews, thoughts on the industry, or just bullshit about gaming in general then send me a Geekmail. I seriously love seeing the Geekmail message indicator light up, it's kind of like receiving a package with a stellar game inside.

My rating scale for games tends to be stingier than most. I consider 5-6 average and anything 7 or above as quite good. 7.5 and up is great.

I try to log plays but am very spotty. Don't trust my listed games played stats.

My recent plays:
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User Details for charlest
Registration Date: 2007-01-15
Last Profile Update: 2016-04-15
Last Login: 2016-04-29
Country: flag United States
State: Missouri
Town/City: St. Louis
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Collection Summary for charlest
Board Game
Owned   243
Previously Owned   277
For Trade   13
Want In Trade   22
Want To Buy   3
Want To Play   0
Preordered   4
Wishlist   27
Commented   550
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   815
Board Game Expansion
Owned   136
Previously Owned   124
For Trade   2
Want In Trade   1
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   2
Commented   129
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   306
Board Game 16
Board Game Implementation 3
For Sale 7
Sold 134
Rating 71
Board Game Plays 2668 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 19 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (4) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 616
Average Rating 6.63
10 3   (0.5%)
9 26   (4.2%)
8 206   (33.4%)
7 183   (29.7%)
6 132   (21.4%)
5 43   (7.0%)
4 13   (2.1%)
3 7   (1.1%)
2 3   (0.5%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 179
Average Rating 6.94
10 0   (0.0%)
9 6   (3.4%)
8 72   (40.2%)
7 64   (35.8%)
6 32   (17.9%)
5 4   (2.2%)
4 1   (0.6%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Top 10
#1: Earth Reborn
#2: Eclipse
#3: Claustrophobia
#4: Cave Evil
#5: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
#6: Wiz-War (eighth edition)
#7: StarCraft: The Board Game
#8: Blood Rage
#9: Cosmic Encounter
#10: Kingdom Death: Monster
Hot 10
#1: Millennium Blades
#2: Heroes of Normandie
#3: Kodama: The Tree Spirits
#4: Star Wars: Rebellion
#5: Kingdom Death: Monster
#6: Cockroach Poker
#7: Techno Bowl: Arcade Football Unplugged
#8: Ferox
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