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 from

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


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: 2015-04-15
Last Login: 2015-04-26
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   174
For Trade   5
Want In Trade   15
Want To Buy   2
Want To Play   0
Preordered   4
Wishlist   38
Commented   402
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   604
Board Game Expansion
Owned   120
Previously Owned   72
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   0
Preordered   1
Wishlist   5
Commented   93
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   225
Board Game 13
Board Game Implementation 3
For Sale 6
Sold 82
Rating 43
Board Game Plays 2144 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 457
Average Rating 6.58
10 2   (0.4%)
9 11   (2.4%)
8 138   (30.2%)
7 156   (34.1%)
6 104   (22.8%)
5 34   (7.4%)
4 6   (1.3%)
3 3   (0.7%)
2 3   (0.7%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 131
Average Rating 6.79
10 0   (0.0%)
9 2   (1.5%)
8 39   (29.8%)
7 57   (43.5%)
6 29   (22.1%)
5 4   (3.1%)
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: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
#5: StarCraft: The Board Game
#6: Cave Evil
#7: Wiz-War (eighth edition)
#8: Cosmic Encounter
#9: Chaos in the Old World
#10: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
Hot 10
#1: Fief: France 1429
#2: Fallen
#3: Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice
#4: Shiv
#5: Neuroshima Hex!
#6: Dreamblade
#7: Colt Express
#8: A Fistful of Dinero
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