Episode 160 — Fatal Flaws

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 Bay
01:58:32 — Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

 

Episode 159 — A Tight Ten

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 Filled with Despair
00:55:45 — The City of the Big Shoulders (preview session)
01:19:27 — Lords of Hellas (in-depth)

Episode 158 — Wind Shear on the Tarmac

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: SpaceCorp?
00:50:17 — Pipeline (first take)
00:56:43 — Lords of Hellas (first take)
01:11:10 — Agra & Lowenherz (on the table again)
01:13:41 — Crusader Kings (first take)
01:23:16 — Outpost (first take)
01:28:48 — Star Wars: Outer Rim (first take)
01:41:20 — Call to Post (session)
01:49:10 — Not 2:18 (was something cut?)

 

Episode 157 — Free, Easy, and Error Prone

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 update
00:29:43 — The Gen Con Non-Preview Segment featuring Pusher Joe. We’re Sorry.
00:58:24 — Birthday Gaming: Escape Plan (a five-player revelation)
01:17:48 — Aberlour 16 year old
01:25:38 — Downfall: Mistakes Were Made (in-depth, kinda)
02:12:00 — Retro Spins #1: Beth Orton’s Central Reservation
02:16:31 — Dark & Money Heist (sexy)

 

 

 

Episode 156 — Random Teeth and Paperwork

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 — The Teeth of Dominant Species and the Paperwork of 18XX
00:57:23 — A Session of Pax Pamir, 2nd Edition
01:20:00 — Yinzi: The Shining Ming Dynasty (in-depth)
01:59:57 — The Painter, by Peter Heller

Episode 155 — The Siren’s Call

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 Lonesome Recollections: Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen
01:33:07 — Agricola (in-depth)
01:52:20 — Agricola: Farmers of the Moor (in-depth)

 

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

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 Galaxay: Rivalry (first take)
01:16:07 — Macallan Edition 3
01:24:20 — The Dream Syndicate, These Times
01:31:54 — Sidereal Confluence (in-depth)
02:02:36 — Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe

 

Episode 153 — Rocks, Rocks, Rocks

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 — King Gizzard, Trapper Schoep, Fontaines D.C., Little Steven, Craig Finn (new albums)
01:32:33 — Glen Hansard, The Wild Willing and the idea of album sequencing
01:47:44 — Architects of the West Kingdom (in-depth)
02:22:13 — The Marx Brothers Meet Salvador Dali (next book selection??)

Episode 152 — No Lack of Fatalism or Jolly Ranchers

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 Stack)
00:24:41 — The Journey of a Lifetime (Jim vs. the Airlines Round 2)
01:21:03 — Escape Plan (in-depth)
02:08:20 — Episode X: A False Hope (Call to Post Edition)
02:15:52 — The BenRiach Horizons 12yo Single Malt (Nutty Lemons)
02:22:50 — Tigerman, by Nick Harkaway

Episode 151 — Light Quiet Minds

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 (Part 1)
00:38:15 — World’s Fair 1893 (in-depth revisited)
00:59:49 — Snow Tails (in-depth)
01:16:16 — It’s Okay to Lighten Up
01:24:30 — Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
01:36:49 — The Games People Play (Part 2: Electronic Ramble Edition)
02:22:26 — Not Suffering
02:27:07 — No Rants