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




Episode 161 -- To Be Fair

Consider a concert set list. The band comes out and opens with a couple of deep cuts, a bit slow-tempo, really a nod to the fans. But then they kick it in, building tension, generating release, mixing cuts from all their albums, back and forth across the years. For the encore, a few more deep cuts for the die-hards who haven't rushed out to beat the traffic. We'll just say that this episode is like that show. CUTS: 00:16:08 -- Player Usage and the Art of Making Out 00:21:46 -- Guild...


Episode 160 -- Fatal Flaws

We start slow, as cool ambient music on a rainy Autumn evening, but by the halfway point we warm to the task and heat the discussion up to a boil. Some games just get you that way. TEMPS: 00:06:01 -- Tournament Losses (Wir Sind das Volk) 00:17:11 -- Innovation & Shogun (sessions) 00:28:25 -- Five-Player Games, now! 00:40:57 -- Spiderman on PS4 00:52:35 -- Endless Legend 01:00:45 -- City of the Big Shoulders (in-depth) 01:43:50 -- Vindication (preview) 01:54:57 -- Oban Little...


Episode 159 -- A Tight Ten

Games, Games, Game. Now that Summer is ended, or at least Summer vacation has, we're getting back into a routine that promises to result in the playing of more games. As a result, despite a brief interlude where we express a bit of weariness with the state of the world, we're diving deep into a few games currently hitting our table. Get your wet suit on and join us. ROUTINES: 00:09:18 -- Wir Sind das Volk (tournament sessions) 00:33:49 -- Sekigahara (Session) 00:45:20 -- Weary and...


Episode 158 -- Wind Shear on the Tarmac

It's been a pretty lazy Summer here in the Pacific Northwest; hence, we are pretty lazy at the moment. We find ourselves without a deep take on a game here, so we wander lazily around a number of game sessions and offer up some first impressions. This one's really pretty much about playing games. Cheers. LAZY AFTERNOONS: 00:16:35 -- Joe's Light Game Roundup 00:25:41 -- Play it Now! Games with 2 Players 00:36:49 -- Food Chain Magnate (session) 00:45:22 -- Too Light & Too Long:...


Episode 157 -- Free, Easy, and Error Prone

There is no particular order to the order in which we talk about games in this episode. We have a free-wheelin' conversation covering several games to kick things off and then go off on tangents for awhile before a couple deeper dives, including all the mistakes we made. I mean, come on, who presents their mistakes as a feature of a game conversation? That's just how we do I guess. Enjoy. CRITICAL ERRORS: 00:04:26 -- Freewheelin' Game Chatter 00:24:08 -- A Wir Sind Das Volk Tournament...


Episode 156 -- Random Teeth and Paperwork

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...


Episode 155 -- The Siren's Call

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...


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

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...


Episode 153 -- Rocks, Rocks, Rocks

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...


Episode 152 -- No Lack of Fatalism or Jolly Ranchers

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...


Episode 151 -- Light Quiet Minds

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...


Episode 150 -- For Example, to Exemplify

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...


Episode 149 -- Stupid and Doomed

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...


Episode 148 -- Enmity Crystals

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


Episode 147 -- A Tale of Three Games

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 --...


Episode 146 -- A Sideways Look in the Rearview Mirror

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...


Episode 145 -- Space Flow

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...


Episode 144 -- Mully Ully Gue Gets a Train

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...


Episode 143 -- Those Old Technologies

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...


Episode 142 -- Pleasure and Instruction

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...