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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 195 -- Infinitely Acceptable

Winter is gone. The Sky is clearing. Birds are singing. Bees are buzzing. Temperatures are warming. Discussions are getting heated. Welcome to the latest installment of As the Cardboard Turns. JABS: 00:29:36 -- Lots: A Game of Weights and Measures (friendly game announcement) 00:33:45 -- Little Bits: Dominant Species Marine (initial take) 00:42:58 -- Merv (Joe's take) 00:50:40 -- Blackout: Hong Kong (Joe again) 00:58:15 -- The Magnificent (forgotten short take) 01:11:30 -- Maharaja:...


Episode 194 -- Four Chords, Rearranged

Another show emerges from the stasis. We cover several games, new and old. We discuss some vital music and a page-turner of a book. We carry on as that's really all there is to do. CARNAGE: 00:14:28 -- Newton (finally) 00:34:33 -- Lorenzo Il Magnifico (revisited) 00:52:59 -- Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road (in-depth) 01:42:28 -- Tunes (Nick Cave, The The) 02:03:35 -- Blacktop Wasteland, by S.A. Cosby


Episode 193 -- Cramps and Calluses

Hey kids, it's No-fun February, 2021 edition. And this February has been the most No-fun in years. We've got your ice storms and power outages and never-ending pandemics and Criminal Orange-men still on the loose. All that and so much more. However, rebels that we are, we try and make something out of this mess and talk some games, both video and board. We discuss some music and get back on track with the books. And yeah, yeah, we also gripe about and question everything else under the...


Episode 192 -- Wax On

Three games and four albums discussed. This should be easier. SELECTIONS: 00:14:05 -- The Online Boardgaming Space and Acquiescence 00:19:01 -- Res Arcana (revisited -- Joe's thoughts) 00:39:34 -- Praga Capvt Regni (in-depth) 01:23:28 -- Carnegie (first take, session) 02:20:02 -- Tunes: Goat Girl, Arlo Parks, Transatlantic, The Notwist


Episode 191 -- The Brilliant Broken

As 2021 seems an awful lot like 2020 we are still finding the time and energy to get some games to tables, both virtual and physical. And these games are surprising, entertaining and frustrating us in the ways they always do. Here are some stories about those games. Some things change (someday) and the rest stays the same. CHAPTERS: 00:29:07 -- Wir Sind das Volk: 2+2 (in-depth session) 01:01:41 -- Res Arcana and Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae (in-depth) 01:31:32 -- Dos Rios...


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...