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A lively discussion of modern board games. Strategies and reviews included free of charge.

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A lively discussion of modern board games. Strategies and reviews included free of charge.




Episode 136 -- All The Moogs

It's Summertime! Here's something for a long drive in a rented car or a lazy afternoon at the beach. MILEAGE: 00:09:57 -- Dusting Off The Shelves: Argent: The Consortium (Session) 00:27:47 -- Quartermaster General: 1914 00:33:54 -- Tigres & Euphrates 00:39:47 -- A Midsummer Night's Questions 01:06:27 -- Music: Rolling Blackouts CF, Gaz Coombes, Kamasi Washington 01:39:58 -- GLOW 01:42:21 -- A Little Light Non-fiction: Apollo8, Seabiscuit, Ben Franklin 01:43:57 -- Bios Megafauna,...


Episode 135 -- Dusting Off The Shelves

As Summer settles in we look to take it a little easy. Some shelves are dusted off, and a couple titles come back to the table after resting a few years. Also, a rare abstract finds it's way into our rotation. We also recount a few sessions and some trips to some gigs. Easy Breezy, as Joe might say. PARTICLES: 00:11:13 -- Bruges & The City on the Zwin 00:17:23 -- Innovation & Echoes 00:28:52 -- Automobile 00:35:03 -- Portland 18XX Con 00:40:57 -- What is it With 18XX? 00:46:55 --...


Episode 134 -- I Have My Moments and Other Times

Hey there. We discuss a sprawling, big Euro game, a compact, tense Euro game and five albums that should be filling your ears. All that and a debate on the state of the hobby in episode 134 of the 'cast. Please enjoy. MOMENTS: 00:10:49 -- The John and Company Not Monopoly Contest Results 00:18:40 -- A Trade to Make? (Tash Kalar & Terra Mystica for 18CZ) 00:21:10 -- Joe plays Feudum (multiple sessions) 00:49:42 -- The Burning Question: Sturgeon's Law and Board Games 01:21:35 -- This...


Episode 133 -- Everything, Just 20 Minutes Away

We serve up something a little different in this episode. On tap is a play by play, blow by blow, and drink by drink recap of our trip to Denver for Heavy Con and its impromptu satellite cons. Did we have fun? Did we play enough games? You be the judge. Welcome aboard the Punching Cardboard World Tour 2018. ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES: 00:09:12 -- A John Company Pre-Post-Production Contest 00:20:05 -- Day 1: On the Road; Old Men Tempting Altitude; Bison; Comfort Sleep 00:34:10 -- Day 2:...


Episode 132 -- Watercolors in the Rain

When you most expect it, and pretty much the way you like it. Episode 132. A handful of games, a little whiskey and a few good tunes. All of it, wrapped up into a semi-coherent conversation. Enjoy. COLORS: 00:07:36 -- Heaven & Ale (quick take) 00:14:38 -- The Trouble With Mombasa?(quick take) 00:26:58 -- Isle of Skye: Journeyman Expansion (quick take) 00:38:17 -- Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon 00:41:28 -- Music (Dr. Dog, Al Stewart) 00:48:57 -- The Year of the...


Episode 131 -- Jackie's Porch, Every Tuesday Night

Bruce may be dropping the needle and saying a prayer over at ol' Mary's place, and Frank's ghost sure as hell is still jammin' over at Joe's garage, but there's a cool breeze on a warm evening over here on Jackie's porch. We've got a little bourbon neat, a few slices of pie and some fancy cards; it's a juxtaposition of thinkiness and relaxation. Come on over and join the band. SOUNDS: 00:02:07 -- No Con For You! 00:08:16 -- A Burning Question #1: Why Portland? 00:25:38 -- Joe's first...


Episode 130 -- Roasted and Charred

Using our trusty mobile recording device, we gather at a secret location (Joe's) and leave our comfort zone to lay down the riffs that comprise episode 130. Some games covered, some stout imbibed and some stories related. This is a loose episode. The information is fractured. Our thought train, a bit derailed. Still, it all comes out fine in the end. And no gorillas were harmed in the making. Enjoy. WOODLAND FACTIONS: 00:09:28 -- How to Avoid Gaming 00:22:53 -- A Con Job? 00:30:07 --...


Episode 129 -- A Glimmer of Hope

Episode 129 is here. We discuss a few chunky, meaty games. We examine a new musical release from a well respected indie duo. And we imbibe a couple of weighty bourbons. Won't you join us on this magical journey of hope and glory? SCHEDULE: 00:12:55 -- Will There Ever be a Punching Con? 00:21:15 -- Broken Spirits & Resurrections (Through the Ages & Shogun) 00:48:13 -- Wye Oak, The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs 01:01:22 -- A Tale of Two Bourbons (Bad Guy vs. Elijah Craig Barrel...


Episode 128 -- Everything is Temperamental at Best

Chaos. Uncertainty. Disloyalty. Keywords of the day. But we can handle it. We can fling Loyalty challenges across the table with the best of them. We can arrange a Renaissance marriages and take over religions and funnel coins from one bank to the next like it's water flowing through pipes. Oh, yes we can. And then we can turn it all up to 11 and list the Euros that should remain on our shelves. Yep, that's all happening here in episode 128. DECREES: 00:14:18 -- It Was a Time (some recent...


Episode 127 -- Stout Rusted Trains

No one's going to accuse us of following the cult of the new in this one. We talk about a couple older games that have hit the tables around here while shaming ourselves about a good number of titles collecting dust on our shelves. Our whiskey's been nicely aged as well (Unfortunately, the fine salted caramel stout decided to collide with some rusted trains). So, tip your servers and enjoy the session, and please, please, please, don't spill your beer. RELICS: 00:04:38 -- The Best Damn...


Episode 126 -- Aliens Land On Tissue Mountain

As the supernova known as February fades we are able to conquer the light years and arrive on a fairly sane planet. It is here where we attempt to answer your questions and guide you through the Gaia Project. Then, after our usual efforts, we wade into uncharted territory with a serious discussion on a very serious topic. Passengers will be warned and given a chance to depart beforehand, but we do recommend taking the entire journey. Will we succeed, or will a horde of alien races destroy...


Episode 125 -- We're Just Not Here Tonight

Here be episode a buck and a quarter. We're doin' the usual. You're doin' the usual. It's like we all get along or something. Enjoy. ITEMS: 00:21:50 -- Iberian Rails (in-depth) 00:51:53 -- Westland American Oak Single Malt 01:02:49 -- Albums by Jeff Rosenstock and Will Johnson 01:28:11 -- Wildcatters (in-depth)


Episode 124 -- Throat Frogs & Turmeric

On Episode 124 of As the Cardboard Turns: Joe continues to show off his quick thinking with his ability to jab and dance and commentate. In addition, we a treated to a stellar performance of the word turmeric. Meanwhile, right in front of your ears, Jim loses his battle to a nasty cold. Will the headhunters come calling to offer Joe a better gig on a more prestigious show? Will Jim’s battle against the evil Mucus be for naught? Will the dog notice that Timmy has fallen into the well? Well,...


Episode 123 -- Don't Co-opt My Rant!

Welcome to the first show of 2018. It's a good show. It's a fun show. It's a show containing discussions of games new and old. And it's it's chock full of the stuff that makes Punching Cardboard great. (Wait, Punching Cardboard is great??? (Sure is, just roll with it before someone notices.)) So kick back, pour a wee dram, and enjoy the lively banter and thoughtful analysis. RESOLUTIONS: 00:07:14 -- The Christmas Joy and Space Truckin' 00:15:13 -- Joe's First Airport Rant 00:25:13 --...


Episode 122 -- Inventory Replays

We made it. 2017 is heading out the door. We're battered and beaten and bruised and bewitched and bespoke and bee-stung and help me off this ride. Phew! But before we go, here's a bunch of stuff we dug in 2017. We're talkin' games and whiskey and whisky and tunes and food and beer and a whole lot of other things in this episode. We take a swipe at a few things, but we mostly go for the good stuff as we sneak off to 2018, hoping that if it doesn't hear us we can find a little more peace and...


Episode 121 -- A Procession of Excited Dogs

Here we are in the heart of the holiday season, starting to work off all that late November food while trying to navigate the December gifting maze. So, of course, let's talk about some games. We kick things off with an inconclusive discussion of An Infamous Traffic before moving forward to counteract the hustle of the season with session reports that further explore some of the games that have already graced this show. Add in a little bourbon and music and this cocktail might just be the...


Episode 120 -- Misfits

It's a long way from Portland to Dallas, but Jim makes the journey and Punching Cardboard represents at 2017's edition of BGG CON. The people, the games, the whisky, the food, the triumphs, the mishaps: It's all here for your listening pleasure. SCHEDULE: 00:13:08 -- In 'n' Out Burger, huh, What is it Good For? 00:15:29 -- BGG CON Overview Begins 00:34:10 -- It's Not Rocket Science, Jim. 00:53:45 -- Meetup Oblivion 01:03:44 -- Ratchet Soul 01:15:30 -- Joe's Non-Con Begins 01:15:50 --...


Episode 119 -- Opaque Glasses and Muddled Microphones

If you like to convert resources into goods and then use those goods to build structures and make technological advances while saving your money for conversion to other currencies (phew!), then you have come to the right place. Here in Episode 119 we look at shipping coal, goods conversions, and making money through buying money from other countries. Econ 101? Probably not, but at least as much fun. EXCHANGE RATES: 00:01:52 -- Shirts, Finally 00:15:33 -- For Ex (Session...


Episode 118 -- The Ranch of Failed Sessions

They say time flies when you're having fun, so I can certainly say we had fun while recording this one. Our bad. But for those of you who enjoy long, rambling discussions peppered with brilliant insights, you just might find this one to your liking. Enjoy. THE PATH AHEAD: 00:05:12 -- 2017 T-Shirts 00:12:40 -- Gaming on Ye Olde Ranch 00:21:18 -- The Ruhr (First Take) 00:27:15 -- Card City XL (First Take) 00:30:50 -- Mini Rails (First Take) 00:33:27 -- Clans of Caledonia (First...


Episode 117 -- The Neverending Rock 'n' Roll Couch Tour

Never say never. Be prepared for anything. The show must go on. Choose your cliche and join us for episode 117 of the unbroken Punching Cardboard podcast. In this episode we bid farewell to Eric, a difficult thing to do as he has been crucial to this show's success. But for us, this is Rock 'n' Roll, or the closest thing we can manage. Band albums, solo albums, a rotating cast of musicians, and someone always wants to keep playin'. So welcome new Punching Cardboard co-host Joe to the stage...