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Gen Con 2016 is rapidly becoming a distant memory, but many of the games that we saw and played at the show didn’t hit store shelves until after the show was over. Such is the case for Thief’s Market by Dave Chalker and Tasty Minstrel Games. We played a quick round of the game at Gen Con, and it struck a note with me. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the game and dig in with my regular gaming group. I’m happy to say that once I did, my expectations for the game were easily met.

From our review:

Thief’s Market is a great game to play with a group of friends who like to mess with and play off of each other. It’s tricky to find the balance between taking the share of loot that you want, versus taking a share that the other players will let you keep. The option to take from other players is fun, and the diminishing returns on stealing from other players is a great mechanic that stops the game from spiraling into a constant back and forth, and makes the decision to steal from another player a strategic one. Thief’s Market encourages a constant, rolling, light-hearted banter between the players as they try to convince each other that their share is just the right size, while simultaneously trying to keep their next move, and card purchase, from being so obvious that the other players want to block them. Since each player is playing off of the other players as much as playing the game, the replay value in Thief’s Market is very high, and the moderate play time means that it is easy to get to the table.

I really enjoy Thief’s Market, but if you are the type of person who prefers to see a game in action, rather than read about it, check out the videos that we filmed during Gen Con below.

Have you played Thief’s Market? If so, what did you think? What has been your favorite game from Gen Con 2016 so far? Let us know in the comments below.


Travis Williams

Tabletop Editor

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