Episode 184 — I Think You Gotta Be Bigger

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: Midsummer’s Night Dram and Festbier
01:47:50 — Spirit Island
02:11:57 — Big Music Discussion (Pineapple Thief, Pattern Seeking Animals, Airbag, Drive-by Truckers)
02:43:43 — Don’t Forget the Driver: TV Off the Beaten Path

 

Episode 183 — A Dull Throb of Dissatisfaction

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

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 Edition
02:13:21 — Jim Goes to the Record Shop

 

Episode 181 — Catchy Jazz Misfire

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, Fae)
01:22:55 — Sleepers???????
01:49:20 — Tomatin 14 yo Port Cask.
01:52:42 — The Music We’re Hearing
02:06:50 — The Given Day, Dennis Lehane

Episode 180 — The 18th Century Shuffle

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

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 Mountain King (in-depth)
01:18:42 — Is this the Real Life?
01:22:03 — Coal Country (short take)
01:28:48 — Gaming Refresh
01:45:30 — Literature vs. the World
02:00:45 — Glen Scotia Single Malt
02:09:25 — The Gloaming
02:12:00 — Stillwater: encores

Episode 178 — Keep Prattling and Drag On

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 — Guildhall
02:00:35 — Upcoming Games
02:09:53 — Gabriel Bump’s Everywhere You Don’t Belong

 

Episode 177 — Vape Spasms

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’ it Back
01:01:03 — Pulling Levers: Math vs. Art
01:15:46 — The Cost (designer insight)

 

Two Passings for the End of the World, Part 6

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 discussion of 3 Playstation titles that are keeping me out of my own head late at night. No wisdom, just ramblings.

Take care. Be kind. Love. Peace. Understanding.

Black Lives Matter!

Episode 176 — The Preoccupation Ending

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 of Ginkgopolis
01:15:51 — New Music (Willie Nile, Jason Isebell)
02:09:07 — Apeirogon, by Colum McCann
02:32:55 — The top Albums of 1976