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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.




Episode 190 -- All Our Windmills are Tilted

This is a pretty rough and raw episode. We're fighting off the depths of despair, the height of a Pandemic, and an attack on our way of life from the people who are sworn to protect it. Can a two-mile high frog be the hero we need to get us through this episode. Tune in and find out. DESPERATE MEASURES: 00:03:02 -- Polis, Fight for the Hegemony, 2nd edition 00:10:26 -- Siena 00:25:05 -- Angola (session report) 01:00:15 -- Cosmic Frog (in-depth) 02:07:25 -- Resolutions 02:09:05 --...


Episode 189 -- Good Things in a Very Bad Year

It's almost over. This . . . year. Nothing much to do other than gather up some lists of the things that got us through. We hope you dig it. COUNTDOWN: 00:05:14 -- Best Games we played for the first time. 01:48:20 -- Whiskies of the Year 01:58:32 -- Best of the Book Club 02:06:37 -- Cat Intermission 02:08:15 -- The Music That Got Us Through the Year


Episode 188 -- Oops! We Did it Again!

It took us two tries to get this one right. Well, right might be too strong of a word. Lets swap that for recorded. Yeah, we finally got the episode recorded. I mean, right, ha, probably more like wrong, but you know how it is. Anyway, on with the show. ATTEMPTS: 00:15:35 -- The Listening Rooom (The Jesse Green Test) 01:12:10 -- Joe's Magical Gaming Experience (Abandon Ship!) 01:59:56 -- Destiny 2, The Ghost of Tsushima and many violent ends.


Episode 187 -- You Gotta Butter Up That Bread

This episode marks the beginning of our 8th year ranting and raving about games (and books (and music (and life))). We kick it into gear with some heavy discussions of almost all of the above. Pretty much, if it ain't broke. . . . or, if it is broke, lean into it. TOAST: 00:19:09 -- Whiskies 00:22:48 -- Giving Thanks 00:26:36 -- Our Once and Future Books 00:33:13 -- On Listening 00:44:24 -- The Crack of Destiny 00:58:03 -- Hallertau Almost Got Me 01:02:10 -- Viscounts of the West...


Episode 186 -- Saffron on Your Eggs

Favorite mechanics? Nah. How about a discussion of a bunch of games and the one thing each of them offers to stand out from the crowd? One thing in one game! Yeah, we can get into that. Follow along, if you please. THINGS (Not just One and Two): 00:04:22 -- The Election of the Century 00:26:45 -- A Brief Musical Interlude (technical difficulties) 00:28:39 -- Argent: The Consortium (a session) 00:32:20 -- Game news?? Terra Mystica Adjacent 00:38:09 -- One Thing in One Game (a list)


Episode 185 -- Drinkin' the Dram You Think I'm Drinkin'

We're keeping it simple as we're back to remote recording. One Game. One book. One in-depth discussion. Still over two hours of quality goodness. Enjoy. CHAPTERS: 00:05:39 -- Tekhenu (in-depth) 01:21:39 -- Short takes: Smartphone Inc. expansion and Pax Porfiriana 01:32:51 -- Deacon King Kong by James McBride


Episode 184 -- I Think You Gotta Be Bigger

One. Two Three. Four. We front load this episode with four games discussed in detail, included are forays into adjacent concepts in gaming. After two hours of that nonsense we delve into some music and television that's enlightening our minds and enriching our lives. Please enjoy. VIEWING SCHEDULE: 00:04:25 -- Alma Mater 00:48:57 -- Worker Placement: Offensive??? 00:55:55 -- Babylonia 01:14:45 -- Marvel Champions with a Side of Legendary 01:42:11 -- Let's Pour Another Round:...


Episode 183 -- A Dull Throb of Dissatisfaction

To hell with the experts, if just for one day. Travel happened. Games were played. Most importantly, human contact was regained, if just for 9 days. ITINERARY: 00:17:00 -- I Did a Bad Thing 00:54:30 -- The Games 01:03:21 -- The Capitals 01:15:20 -- Die Handler 01:23:33 -- Joe's Confession 01:25:05 -- Founding Fathers (2007 ed.) and Gandhi 01:40:22 -- Overcooked (video game) 01:42:53 -- Call to Post


Episode 182 -- Tuna Jerky for Everybody

It was a lovely evening away from the maddening crowd so we decided to do a show. Just like the 181 times before, we gathered with some microphones and chatted about board games and other things. Even our special guest, Chip, the cricket, seemed to approve. CHIRPS: 00:09:49 -- Celebrity Boardgame Deathmatch 00:12:47 -- The view from 30,000 feet 00:25:46 -- Cooper Island (in-depth first impression) 00:59:23 -- High Rise (in-depth first impression) 02:07:12 -- Clonakilty Bordeaux Cask...


Episode 181 -- Catchy Jazz Misfire

Shambolic: adjective -- chaotic, disorganize, confused. Could we use that definition to describe this episode? Sure. Will we? Sure. Will You? Possibly. Does that make it bad? Possibly. Is it here anyway? Yup. Is it a misfire or just some catchy jazz? You tell us. CATCHY SOLOS: 00:02:12 -- Navigating This Covid Life 00:26:21 -- The Lackluster Side of Gaming 00:35:40 -- Should it Stay or Should it Go: Russian Railroads 00:46:51 -- Kogge 00:50:31 -- The Q&A (Gloomhaven,...


Episode 180 -- The 18th Century Shuffle

Once in a century Pandemic. Once in a generation civil upheaval. Once in a decade game? We take a 90 minute journey through the 18th Century world of Imperial Struggle, throwing a little pandemic, protest and pot-luck life discussion in at the end of the show. We hope you enjoy the ride. CONFLICT POINTS: 00:18:33 -- A Prelude to Digression 00:31:08 -- Imperial Struggle (in-depth) 02:01:50 -- The Wind-down


Episode 179 -- Cuttin' All The Frills

Well, you caught us on a nice summer evening, sitting outside, sippin' whisky, and talkin' board games. It's the best we can do in this paranoid pandemic times. Maybe the closest we've come to the old days in a while. The most human the interaction has been. Whatever the case, we think we did alright with this one. FIELD RECORDINGS: 00:07:19 -- The Taverns of Tiefenthal (in-depth) with a side of Nusfjord 00:51:50 -- It's a Wonderful World (short take) 00:56:13 -- In the Hall of the...


Episode 178 -- Keep Prattling and Drag On

And on and on and on. Joe returns from his long, strange trip and we slowly get back into the socially distanced swing of things. PRATTLES: 00:03:07 -- Life During Wartime 00:38:57 -- That's a T-Shirt! 00:45:00 -- Clonakilty Irish Whiskey & Loch Lomond 18yo Scotch 00:55:15 -- The Ramshackle Game Parade 00:56:04 -- The Gaia Project 01:12:10 -- 18XX Family Time 01:29:12 -- Memoir '44 01:36:10 -- Madeira 01:39:00 -- Antiquity 01:44:08 -- Baseball Highlights 2045 01:45:29 --...


Episode 177 -- Vape Spasms

With Joe still on the road two of the masterminds behind the upcoming Spielworxx game The Cost, Armando Canales and Lyndon Martin, join Jim in a wide-ranging discussion of games, game-states and playing manners. In addition, Jim finds out just how wrong he's been all these episodes. INCORRECTIONS: 00:06:00 -- A differing opinion on Tank Duel 00:17:50 -- Group Losing 00:26:54 -- Trick Taking Responsibilities 00:42:43 -- Player Manipulation 00:49:08 -- Hate Drafting 00:53:48 -- Takin'...


Two Passings for the End of the World, Part 6

It's been a hard couple of weeks here, so for those of you tuning in, we thank you. It really does mean something to us. This is a solo effort as Joe is off burying his mother and attending to all that accompanies a person's passing. Our broken hearts are with him. And we are all devastated by the murder of George Floyd as well as the continued beatdown we're all taking from the Coronavirus pandemic. Hard times come again no more indeed. So I muse on all of the above and close with...


Episode 176 -- The Preoccupation Ending

Have you really played all the games? Probably not. And we've all probably got a couple on our list that folks might consider classics, or required games. We talk about those glaring oversights here in the latest episode of As the Lockdown Turns. Many other items covered as well. You know, a typical show. Enjoy. SCRUTINIES: 00:02:47 -- Because We're Livin' It! 00:18:47 -- Libations 00:23:55 -- The Board Gaming Glaring Oversight Committee 01:10:20 -- Gugong (in depth), and a side...


Episode 175 -- Flip Scripting

Wasting no time, we dive into the main game we played the past few weeks. A handful of games follow. Still, all the content you expect, just in a different order. Enjoy. THE SCRIPT: 00:01:24 -- Hansa Teutonica (in-depth, session) 00:45:29 -- The Albums of 1975 00:57:54 -- Memory Failure: Did We Already Discuss the family Hellas Session? 00:59:18 -- Triumph & Tragedy (session) 01:15:25 -- Santa Maria (first take) 01:35:50 -- Captains of Industry (session) 01:56:00 -- Books, the...


Episode 174 -- The Netplay Simulator Lockdown Blues

Here we are in the new world order, or rather, the chaotic world order. We're just trying to survive and maybe discuss a few games and other things of cultural import. Just trying to raise our spirits. It's a journey. Thanks for your company on the ride. TICKETS: 00:20:11 -- Surprising Lack of Games on the Table during Lockdown 00:26:57 -- Netplay, Strat-O-Matic Style 00:39:55 -- Tabletop Simulator (yes, it works!) 00:52:49 -- Pax Transhumanity (update) 01:00:41 -- Architects of the...


A Whiskey for the End of the Worm, Part 5

Struggling for sanity, we put together another installment of our virus lockdown series. In this one we answer the question, which five non-GMT titles should’ve been developed and published by GMT? There might be something about someone getting drunk as well. Hopefully this will distract you for a little while.


Episode 173 -- Raw Nerves, Live Wires

Live from Portland, the 173rd stop on our world tour, presented in it's entirety without cuts or overdubs, our latest show in all its glory. Will there be technical difficulties? Yes. Will we stumble trying to answer tough questions? Possibly. Will it be good? Sure? SETLIST: 00:11:31 -- Freedom of Thought or Just an Illusion 00:28:40 -- Unhelpful Billionaires 00:31:12 -- Bruxelles 1897 00:41:13 -- Ora et Labora for Two? 00:44:59 -- Table Top Simulator 00:47:20 -- Barrage: The...