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

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.

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English


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Episode 156 -- Random Teeth and Paperwork

7/11/2019
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Here we present a nice little boardgame stew peppered with a bit of digression and topped off with morally ambiguous book. A hearty Summer meal, kinda like a pasty in Phoenix in the middle of July, except it's games. Made sense to me when I wrote it. Enjoy. COMMODITIES: 00:13:24 -- Homestretch with Middle-Schoolers 00:22:02 -- Customer Service: The 7th Continent Replacement Cards 00:26:04 -- Less Stranger Things, More Patriot Please 00:31:17 -- PCBA and other Computer Games 00:38:31...

Duration:02:40:17

Episode 155 -- The Siren's Call

6/25/2019
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Everything old is new again. We spend a couple hours discussing games that are maybe a bit long in the tooth. Do they hold up? Are their technologies still viable in this modern world? We also talk about some new old music and old new whiskey. MECHANICS: 00:09:47 -- Caylus or Doing Taxes (Joe's choice) 00:14:37 -- Two Versions of Pax Pamir 00:23:25 -- A Little Glen More off the Shelf 00:26:30 -- Yinzi (first take) 00:40:36 -- Q&A and Whiskey 01:11:05 -- The Quiet of Night and High...

Duration:02:31:43

Episode 154 -- I Got a Lot of Problems With You People

6/5/2019
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Not you people. Not you, the listeners. But when you put 9 people in a house for a week things can get lively. I wonder why they've never made a TV show about this. So here's what we recall of our annual trip to Colorado, at least the games portion of it. Lots of games CHAPTERS: 00:03:46 -- A Festivus of Thank Yous 00:17:25 -- Safe Travels 00:24:56 -- Condottiere (session strategies) 00:34:47 -- Carolvs Magnvs (first take) 00:43:20 -- El Grande (in-depth) 01:03:23 -- Roll For the...

Duration:02:51:12

Episode 153 -- Rocks, Rocks, Rocks

5/15/2019
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A pretty full show. We cover three Euro games of various weights, several albums that have found their way into rotation and a dram of fine Scotch. Also, a heated discussion about the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones. Now, who needs more rocks? PLOT POINTS: 00:11:12 -- Game of Thrones, Penultimate edition (SPOILERS!!!!), Now With More Mandalorian 00:44:55 -- Concordia Venus (session) 01:00:30 -- Agra Again (another session report) 01:15:06 -- The Macallan Edition #2 01:24:24 --...

Duration:02:40:09

Episode 152 -- No Lack of Fatalism or Jolly Ranchers

5/2/2019
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I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. We played Escape Plan. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. Enjoyed a dram of the BenRiach Horizons. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. Not Leet. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. DELAYS: 00:07:42 -- Are You Watching Game of Thrones (Spoilers) 00:20:25 -- Last Ditch Effort (Games on the...

Duration:02:57:01

Episode 151 -- Light Quiet Minds

4/15/2019
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Sometimes, after recording, I'm uncertain as to whether the episode is worth releasing. Sometimes we go into the recording session thinking we have very little to say. Episode 151 met both of those conditions. Yet, in the editing, all seemed well, and in fact, it felt as though much good was accomplished. Whether you agree or not is another matter completely. MEDITATIONS: 00:15:45 -- 10 Days of Silence 00:32:02 -- Culling the Social Media Some More 00:35:43 -- The Games People Play...

Duration:02:43:58

Episode 150 -- For Example, to Exemplify

3/27/2019
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Welcome to our 150th episode extravaganza! And by extravaganza we mean the same ol' same ol'. A few games, an album, a book, some banter, a disagreement or two. Parades and fireworks not included. MILESTONES: 00:12:44 -- Great Western Trail: Rails to the North (in-depth) 00:40:46 -- Lowenherz (session) 00:59:43 -- Mercury Rev, Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited 01:14:20 -- Quartermaster General: The Cold War (in-depth session) 01:48:00 -- Spoonbenders, Daryl...

Duration:02:45:00

Episode 149 -- Stupid and Doomed

2/27/2019
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We execute all the plans we never had. Rather, we have no plan and decide to abandon the plan we don't have. In other words, this one is just a loose conversation touching on a slew of games, a couple artful albums, and a damn fine dram of whisky. Enjoy. GAME PLAN: 00:15:08 -- Sessions (Game of Thrones, Aquasphere, Calimala, Thunder Alley, Agra) 00:35:05 -- Destiny 2 00:36:50 --Civ Games 00:53:51 -- Kilchoman 2008 Single Malt 01:02:16 -- Music (Dan Mangan, Charles Lloyd, Lucinda...

Duration:02:25:25

Episode 148 -- Enmity Crystals

2/6/2019
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Some Games. A Dram. A good book. Need More? Thought not. INDULGENCES: 00:16:11 -- Feudum Revisited 00:30:11 -- The Return of the Video Game (Civ 6, Endless Space 2, Destiny 2) 00:53:34 -- The Glendronach 15 yo Single Malt 01:02:17 -- New Frontiers (First Take) 01:13:26 -- Smartphone Inc. (In-Depth) 01:56:40 -- The Relic Hunter

Duration:02:44:28

Episode 147 -- A Tale of Three Games

1/23/2019
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It was the best of games. It was the worst of games. Yeah, we got wisdom, and foolishness, and whatever else this old fat world throws at us. Welcome to the 147. The people of the 147 are in a bit of a mood and and the discussion is a bit gritty, but there is much to explore in this one. The folk here aren't interested in the black and white of things, but instead revel in the shades of gray embedded throughout. Don't be outraged, be engaged. TONAL VARIATIONS: 00:18:27 --...

Duration:02:39:28

Episode 146 -- A Sideways Look in the Rearview Mirror

1/9/2019
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Here it be. Our annual look back. Our listaganza. The episode where we talk all about the best games, whiskies, and albums we encountered the previous year. You ask for it and we provide it. Or, maybe you don't ask for it, but here it is anyway. So take a listen and see if we are remotely close to where last year took you. REMEMBRANCES: 00:02:30 -- January's Book 00:12:43 -- The Music Lists 01:07:47 -- The Games Lists 01:58:40 -- The Games Honorable Mentions 02:05:45 -- The Whisk(e)y...

Duration:02:35:11

Episode 145 -- Space Flow

12/27/2018
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Welcome to the final episode of 2018. In contrast to the happenings of the real world, we close out the year on a high note, talking about some recent plays and recent releases that have us excited to sit down at the table again. Enjoy. LAGRANGE POINTS: 00:10:40 -- Thank Yous 00:13:27 -- Resolutions and our Giveaway 00:26:07 -- Managers Wanted 00:29:21 -- Martian Rails (Session) 00:52:52 -- KeyForge Throwdown (Session) 01:06:07 -- The Dalmore 15 yo Single Malt 01:10:00 -- The...

Duration:02:08:35

Episode 144 -- Mully Ully Gue Gets a Train

12/11/2018
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With the December chill in full swing we need to get down with something hot, so we're talking a couple new releases that were highly anticipated here in the dungeon. Could they live up to our expectations? Do they play? Do they have legs? Will our travels be rewarded? The answers to those questions and much more can be heard in our latest episode. Have fun. TIMETABLES: 00:09:20 -- Blood on the Ohio contest 00:13:03 -- The Good, The Disappointing and the Frustrating 00:31:42 -- The...

Duration:02:30:01

Episode 143 -- Those Old Technologies

11/28/2018
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The boys are back in town and doing well, and all is right with the world. In this episode, the BGG CON experience and a smattering of games, both old and new. Enjoy. SCHEDULE: 00:09:20 -- Another Year? 00:12:06 -- December's Book Selection 00:22:26 -- The BGG CON Experience 00:31:25 -- Crayon Rails (Martian Rails, Iron Dragon) 00:43:15 -- Lowenherz 00:48:02 -- Web of Power 01:05:01 -- Random Shout-outs 01:08:47 -- The Mayor of Eurotown 01:14:13 -- Hockey Game Hijinks 01:29:19...

Duration:02:27:34

Episode 142 -- Pleasure and Instruction

11/6/2018
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Welcome to a lively episode. In this one we dip our toes back into the Eurogame-o-sphere, and we are fairly excited about the waters. Also, the first installment of the Punching Cardboard Book Club, which results in a heady and exhilarating discussion. As they say in sportsball, we left it all on the field in this one. CHAPTERS: 00:18:52 -- Wilderness War 00:30:55 -- Francis Drake 01:04:12 -- The Estates 01:19:45 -- Westward American Single Malt 01:30:07 -- TV Diversions: Daredevil...

Duration:02:56:28

Episode 141 -- When Did You Stop Caring?

10/23/2018
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It's that time, and we roll the dice and lay out the games that have caught our attention in this year's Essen preview show. First we cover 10 games nominated by our guild using a complex and patented formula. Then we each take a shot at adding five games of our own discovery. Throw in some expansion discussion, and you have a show of partially educated guessing that is sure to wow even the most cynical gamer. SPOILERS: ***** **** *** ** * 00:14:49 -- The Guild 10 plus 00:16:03 --...

Duration:02:22:33

Episode 140 -- The Weary Game Playin' Blues

10/5/2018
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Ramshackle. I like the word ramshackle. Ramshackle Day Parade is a great Joe Strummer song. Streetcore. Track five. And it's a bit the way we're feeling here in episode 140. Run down. Beat up. We wander through this episode and take on a series of topics pertaining to the state of the hobby, or pertaining to where we exist in it. We go a bit low key, somewhat reflective, and we let the conversation lead us. Hopefully you can dig it. It's all a little ramshackle. VERSES: 00:07:38 --...

Duration:02:34:32

Episode 139 -- Lost in the Woodwork

9/12/2018
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Sometimes you can't fit all the information that's fit to say about a game in one episode. Such was the case with our discussion of Pendragon in Episode 138. In response, we've created a new segment, The Follow-Up. And it debuts here as we attempt to add to our in-depth coverage of heavy games and game systems. Also, how concerts are and how they should be, a beer and a dram, and a short look at a new abstract. Cheers. SETLIST: 00:10:03 -- Pendragon (follow-up) 00:44:05 -- A Beer and a...

Duration:01:46:12

Episode 138 -- A Game of Knots

8/29/2018
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Whosoever pulleth this sword from this rock shall, um, I don't know, do some stuff, vanquish some folks, and then become king of someplace. Right? 4th Century A.D., 5th? We're talking Pendargon: The Fall of Roman Britain here in episode 138. That, and a bit of list nonsense, and little dram of something nice as well. No pillaging allowed! RAIDS: 00:02:55 -- Scooters From Hell 00:16:36 -- Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain (in-depth) 01:23:29 -- Oban 18 yo Ltd. Ed. 01:32:17 -- The...

Duration:02:16:45

Episode 137 -- If At First

8/17/2018
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Here ya go kids, all the way from the lands of Antiquity, episdoe 137, take 2. We sewed all the parts together and shocked it into being. Because we care. Sincerely, Dr. Frankenstein PARTS: 00:15:03 -- What We Did on Our Summer Vacation 00:35:11 -- Condottiere 00:41:04 -- Legend of the Five Rings -- Casual Decks Need Not Apply?? 00:44:38 -- Sessions: Lisboa, Shogun, Age of Steam 00:51:17 -- Lost Valley 00:55:22 -- Root 01:06:16 -- The Music of Our Lives 01:32:15 -- A Dram and a...

Duration:02:40:29