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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 171 -- Kinda Like Jimmie Vaughn

If you're only here for our in-depth, main game discussion, then skip the first two hours of the show. If you want to know a little about a lot of game related things, then tuck in at the beginning and enjoy the ride. ANSWERS: 00:07:01 -- Book List 00:14:10 -- Bingo Begins 00:19:52 -- The Q&A Session Starts Here 00:26:01 -- Fatigued? 00:33:57 -- Will We Attend Any Conventions? 00:41:55 -- To Deluxify or Not to Deluxify? 00:44:26 -- Taking Tricks 00:48:32 -- Of Trains and...


Episode 170 -- Jury Duty Mishaps

The water flows. The oil moves. The beat goes on. A new era begins, same as the old era. We continue on. Enjoy. RATES: 00:05:00 -- The State of the Podcast 00:19:19 -- An Adjacent Thought or Two 00:28:45 -- Teasing Terra Mystica's New Expansion 00:34:00 -- Bingo Rules 00:39:27 -- Strat-O-Matic Baseball (of dice and the 2019 PCBA World Series) 00:53:44 -- The Christradamus Predictions 00:55:20 -- Wildcatters (session) 01:09:31 -- Barrage (in-depth)


Episode 168 -- Station Placement Intricacies

Route building. Colony building. Future building. Restaurant building. We turned a lot of resources into a lot of structures these past few weeks. We also bought and sold shares of stock and grilled some burgers. A little of everything, really, resulting in a lot of game talk. STATIONS: 00:17:52 -- On Joe's Table: Xenon Profiteer & The Arrival 00:22:42 -- On Jim's Table: Food Chain Magnate: Ketchup and Other Mechanisms Expansion 00:41:35 -- Stephenson's Rocket (first take) 00:57:10 --...


Episode 167 -- We Got Smiles

Missiles are raining down in Iraq, but ain't we got smiles. Yeah, I guess. With 2020 already looking doomed already, we steady ourselves and take a look at some of the good things we encountered over the Winter break. We have hope. We will forge ahead. There are games to be played.


Episode 166 -- Checking it Twice

Another Year gone by and it's time for the lists to come out. These are the things that moved us in 2019. How do your experiences compare? Grab a holiday cocktail, relax, and enjoy. LISTS: 00:09:41 -- TV & Visual Entertainment (Spoilers and Rants) 00:25:36 -- Video / Computer Games 00:30:56 -- Board Games 01:32:23 -- Music 02:52:50 -- Whiskey & Whisky 02:57:50 -- Books


Episode 165 -- Bludgeon Forward

We go heavy on the games in this year's penultimate episode. Almost two hours taken to cover three games. We expect you'll have a good Idea on whether these are for you. Enjoy. PROCEEDINGS: 00:00:00 -- Straight Into Some Music (Delines, Clutch, Joe Henry, Perpetual Grace, Ltd.) 00:32:18 -- Symphony (first take) 00:57:44 -- Bios: Origins 2 (in-depth) 01:38:30 -- Circadians: First Light (in-depth)


Episode 164 -- Out of Tune Song

This episode marks six years on the air. We take some time, at Joe's behest, to consider this and where the show might go from here. Also, we revisit a a game that was featured on the second episode, and preview a new release. Have fun. THE YEARS: 00:05:15 -- Tournamentville 00:09:35 -- Apologies and Better Angels 00:16:33 -- What I Appreciates 00:22:32 -- Making Bad Better and Good Worse 00:30:19 -- 6 Years Down the Road 01:00:10 -- Tank Duel (first take) 01:25:23 -- Yedo...


Episode 163 -- Sniffles and Whiffles

Fighting a cold and the off-season blues, we power though this episode to bring you some pretty heavy game discussion on entries old and new. Whisky, music and a book round out the proceedings. CARGO: 00:14:26 -- Panamax (revisited, in-depth) 00:58:36 -- Paladins of the West Kingdom (in depth) 01:45:27 -- Tearraforming Mars: No Need to Draft 01:58:04 -- Kavalan ex-Bourbon Cask Whisky 02:04:15 -- Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen 02:10:58 -- Lanny, by Max Porter


Episode 162 -- Exploring the Cross-Stitch

Often postponed, but never defeated, this new episode transforms from a pile of scraps into a glorious quilt of gaming discourse. Other stuff as well. Enjoy PATTERNS: 00:10:24 -- High Frontier 00:19:44 -- Living Rules, Collections, Rules Again, and So Forth . . . . 00:41:57 -- To Play or Not to Play? 00:54:24 -- Hannibal and Hamilcar (1st Take) 01:03:28 -- Polis 01:05:37 -- More Hannibal 01:08:18 -- Back to Polis 01:15:06 -- New Games?? 01:18:42 -- Ardbeg AN OA Single...


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...