User Profile for charlest
Charlie Theel
United States
St. Louis
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My first completed design, A Fistful of Dinero, is now available at and Amazon.

I have multiple designs I'm currently prototyping and will be looking to get a game or two signed in 2015.

In addition to my written reviews appearing on and, I'm the co-founder and lead writer for's Review Corner feature.

I copy a portion of my reviews to BGG after a delayed period of time.

You can check out a Geeklist containing all of my work here


I recently started up a podcast with Rafael Cordero called Ding & Dent. We'll be talking board games, card games, and even some miniature games.

Check us out here.


My top 10 are my top games of all time, and shifts 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 these lists are kept up to date and are accurate.


A little bit about myself:

I'm a 30 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 9 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 1 in November (2014).

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 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: 2015-09-08
Last Login: 2015-10-04
Country: flag United States
State: Missouri
Town/City: St. Louis
GeekMail: mail Send Private Message to charlest
Collection Summary for charlest
Board Game
Owned   201
Previously Owned   238
For Trade   9
Want In Trade   29
Want To Buy   3
Want To Play   0
Preordered   2
Wishlist   42
Commented   464
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   720
Board Game Expansion
Owned   107
Previously Owned   112
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   5
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   0
Preordered   1
Wishlist   2
Commented   101
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   261
Board Game 15
Board Game Implementation 3
For Sale 10
Sold 106
Rating 61
Board Game Plays 2386 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 16 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (4) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 529
Average Rating 6.56
10 2   (0.4%)
9 19   (3.6%)
8 164   (31.0%)
7 165   (31.2%)
6 116   (21.9%)
5 42   (7.9%)
4 11   (2.1%)
3 7   (1.3%)
2 3   (0.6%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 148
Average Rating 6.86
10 0   (0.0%)
9 4   (2.7%)
8 50   (33.8%)
7 59   (39.9%)
6 30   (20.3%)
5 5   (3.4%)
4 0   (0.0%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Top 10
#1: Earth Reborn
#2: Eclipse
#3: Claustrophobia
#4: StarCraft: The Board Game
#5: Cave Evil
#6: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
#7: Wiz-War (eighth edition)
#8: Cosmic Encounter
#9: Blood Rage
#10: Aetherium
Hot 10
#1: Blood Rage
#2: WWE Superstar Showdown
#3: Don't Turn Your Back
#4: Rum & Bones
#5: Space Cadets: Away Missions
#6: Apocalypse Chaos
#7: Ultimate Warriorz
#8: Mafia de Cuba
#9: A Fistful of Dinero
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