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The purpose of this Geeklist is to organize a central list of reviews and articles I have written spanning multiple places.

My written work can be seen at Geek & Sundry, Ars Technica, Wargamer, Dicebreaker, Tabletop Gaming Magazine, and Player Elimination.

You can also follow me on twitter - @CharlieTheel

If you have any comments on my work I'd love to hear it. Also, if you're a publisher/designer and have a game you would like me to review then please Geekmail me.
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1. Board Game: JAB: Realtime Boxing [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:3434]
Board Game: JAB: Realtime Boxing
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A great 2-player realtime card game with a furious pace and a plethora of heart pounding moments.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/04/jab-realtime-boxing-a-written-rev...

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2. Board Game: The Battle for Hill 218 [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1840]
Board Game: The Battle for Hill 218
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Superb 2-player filler with an abstract feel.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/04/the-battle-for-hill-218-a-written...

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3. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:79] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases
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The most unique deduction game on the market.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/04/sherlock-holmes-consulting-detect...

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4. Board Game: Race to Adventure: The Spirit of the Century Exploration Game [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:6635]
Board Game: Race to Adventure: The Spirit of the Century Exploration Game
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Solid little game that is light enough for the family to enjoy yet still contains a measure of strategy.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/06/race-to-adventure-a-spirit-of-the...

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5. Board Game: Legend of the Cipher: The Game of Hip-Hop [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Legend of the Cipher: The Game of Hip-Hop
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Nothing like it - rapping and deckbuilding fused together at the hip. It's as crazy and memorable as it sounds.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/07/legend-of-the-cipher-the-game-of-...

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6. Board Game: Road/Kill Ultimate Car Combat [Average Rating:6.47 Unranked]
Board Game: Road/Kill Ultimate Car Combat
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An absolutely stellar miniature car combat game that has the depth of Car Wars but half the complexity.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/08/roadkill-ultimate-car-combat-kick...

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7. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:513]
Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii
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A great little euro that is easy to learn but offers many strategic options. Plus you get to throw dudes into a volcano.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/09/the-downfall-of-pompeii-2d6-exclu...

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8. Board Game: Mascarade [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1065]
Board Game: Mascarade
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Phenomenal hidden role game with a huge twist - you do not get to freely look at your role card.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/10/mascarade-a-written-review-2d6-ex...

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9. Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:834]
Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom
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Best social deduction game in existence? Does a bear shit in the woods?

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/10/two-rooms-and-a-boom-kickstarter-...

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10. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:506]
Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple
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Great fun with an unparalleled realtime intensity.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/10/escape-the-curse-of-the-temple-2d...

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11. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:573]
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Top notch worker placement game that bleeds theme.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/11/yedo-2d6-exclusive-content/

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12. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:350]
Board Game: Hanabi
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An ingenious game with a questionable lifespan.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/11/hanabi-2d6-exclusive-content/

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13. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:110]
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Bipolar strategy game which relies heavily on negotiation and cunning while delivering juicy moments of exhilaration as well as painful moments of frustration.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/11/a-game-of-thrones-the-board-game-...

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14. Board Game: Blood Bound [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2170]
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Really digging this team based hidden role game with some unique elements. Definitely in my top 10 of 2013.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/11/blood-bound-2d6-exclusive-content...

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15. Board Game: Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1856] [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked]
Board Game: Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game
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Fantastic filler that's enjoyable as hell but can be somewhat random and light. Great feel.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/12/boss-monster-master-of-the-dungeo...

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16. Board Game: Skidrow A Go-Go [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Many gamers possess a healthy disdain for specific categories of game mechanic. Yet, every genre of game has at least 1 gem which defies its classification and may appeal to those who would otherwise throw a cold shoulder.

Skid Row, mediocrity, and headless decapitation.

BGG article: http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/25401/youth-gone-wild-game...
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17. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:307]
Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue
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A straightforward design in the vein of Pandemic, yet trumping its competition in every area of comparison. One of my favorite Coops and captures the intensity of Firefighting superbly.

2d6.org Review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/12/flash-point-fire-rescue-2d6-exclu...

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18. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:112]
Board Game: Chaos in the Old World
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Obscenely gratifying Thematic Euro hybrid with tight mechanics and engaging asymmetry.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2013/12/chaos-in-the-old-world-a-written-...

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19. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:367]
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A solo filler that shoots fire from its dick and lightning bolts from its eyes.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2014/01/friday-a-written-review-2d6-exclu...

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20. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:467]
Board Game: Coup
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A razor sharp bluffing game that shoves its core mechanic in your face like a cheap stripper delivering the goods.

The only Coup review you will find that references Guns 'n Roses, James Cameron, Duke Nukem, Rush, Daniel Day Lewis, and Spinal Tap - guaranteed.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2014/01/coup-a-written-review-2d6-exclusi...

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21. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:368] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf
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The prodigal son overshadows its Werewolf predecessors like Goliath hulking above David.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2014/01/one-night-ultimate-werewolf-a-wri...

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22. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:366]
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A thought provoking, mechanically unique coop that stands alone.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2014/02/freedom-the-underground-railroad-...

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23. Board Game: Cave Evil [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:2649] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
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Cave Evil. It's mysterious, quirky, and won't get out of my skull. It's also clawed its way onto my top 10.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2014/04/cave-evil-a-written-review/

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24. Board Game: The Rules With No Name [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:9883]
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Article about the thought and philosophy behind naming games. As I spend more time focusing on designing lately, I find myself dwelling on topics such as this which aren't often breached in popular discussion.

BGG blog post: http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/29700/tigers-die-and-leave...

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25. Board Game: Rogue Agent [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:10509]
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Rogue Agent is a tense Ameritrash/Euro hybrid that has some clever mechanisms, including a bomb defusal mini-game that nails the feel perfectly.

2d6.org review: http://www.2d6.org/2014/05/rogue-agent-a-written-review/

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