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Episode 115 — The Dynamic Range of Human Disaster

Episode 115 — The Dynamic Range of Human Disaster

Okay kids, I think this is a good one. A little giddiness, a little edginess. Three game session reports that press our buttons and invite some good critical analysis. Add in two albums that we’ve been waiting to sink our teeth into and it’s easy for us to raise this discussion to 11. Enjoy the show.

DECIBELS:

00:14:15 — Sidereal Confluence (First Take – Session Report)
00:54:12 — The Godfather (First Take)
01:10:30 — Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
01:13:15 — Music (Steven Wilson – To The Bone; The War on Drugs — A Deeper Understanding)
01:47:39 — Mythotopia (The Showdown)

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Episode 114 — Sidewinder Motives

Episode 114 — Sidewinder Motives

Jules Verne published Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in 1870. Dan Quisenberry lead the American League in Saves five times. Nemo, the main character in Verne’s novel, was the captain of the Nautilus, a submarine. The Nautilus exercise equipment company was founded in 1986. Quisenberry, a submarine style relief pitcher, won a World Series in 1985, and may have used a Nautilus machine for strength training later in his career. Somehow, neither Verne or Quisenberry are with us today.

Coincidence?

Well, we can’t be sure, but we do know that this episode covers board games based on material from both men’s careers. Maybe you can solve the mystery, or at least enjoy the episode.

EVENTS:

00:08:25 — Nemo’s War (in depth)
00:48:48 — Baseball Roundup
00:52:20 — Baseball Highlights 2045
00:59:55 — Clutch Baseball
01:16:45 — Strat-O-Matic Baseball
01:34:48 — Out of the Park Baseball

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Episode 113 — This Guy, That Guy, and the Other

Episode 113 — This Guy, That Guy, and the Other

It’s a hot August night, and a cloud of smoke has descending into the Willamette Valley as wildfires rage throughout the region. We may not be able to breath freely for a few more days, and cool air is just a dream at the moment, but we decided to brave the elements to bring you tales from the rebuilding of Lisbon after a devastating earthquake in 1755. We have made a good many attempts at reconstruction, and we hope you enjoy these tales as we discuss the merits of Vital Lacerda’s Lisboa.  Stay cool and breathe free.

BLUEPRINTS:

06:33 — Poll Wars
13:47 — New Music: Peter Perrett, The Only Ones, Manchester Orchestra
24:45 — Lisboa (in-depth)

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Episode 112 — Trading Fours

Episode 112 — Trading Fours

It’s time for Punching Cardboard, The Musical! Well, not really, but we are going to have a long outro discussing a good many recently released albums. But before that extended jam hits we’ll chat about some recent boardgame expansions and German Whisky. We’ll even toss in a story about mirrors in Detroit to round out a full episode. We hope you enjoy.

REFLECTIONS:

00:11:03 — Another Amazing Travel Story
00:23:58 — Barony: Sorcery
00:32:28 — Automobiles: Racing Season
00:43:15 — Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley Expansion
01:05:30 — 1844 (Short Session)
01:09:48 — Call to Post, Coming Soon-ish
01:16:57 — The Music: New albums by Jason Isbell, The Mountain Goats, Slowdive, Ride, Big Thief and many more.

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Episode 111 — Lipstick and Burnt Oak

Episode 111 — Lipstick and Burnt Oak

Time passes quickly, leaving in its wake a trail of unanswered questions.

What was Heavy Con really like? Are the people of  Denver as fragile as the Wicked Witch of the West? Are auteurs better at making games? Has Unfair received fair treatment? Can Whiskey be made in a castle. Why do we continue to enjoy Splotter games?

Well, have no fear about the unknown. We’re here to try and sort this mess out. Feel free to play along at home.

QUANDARIES:

00:04:46 — Heavy Con
00:19:15 — A Very Opulent Palace
00:20:28 — Colorado Rain
00:25:58 — Knappogue Castle 12yo Irish Single Malt
00:36:44 — Unfair (first take & rant)
01:07:14 — Q&A #1: HiFi
01:14:22 — Q&A #2: The Auteur vs. the Committee
01:35:16 — Splotter Games, an Overview

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Episode 110 – Keeping the PWM at a Constant Duty Cycle

Episode 110 – Keeping the PWM at a Constant Duty Cycle

After four years of gaming together we decided to finally offer up our top ten game lists. Due to the weight of the chaos of our worlds, this is a measured affair, with a more carefully considered discussion of the games listed. We promise to return to our fisticuffs next time around.

THE TIMES:

07:25 — Gaming Frustrations and Public Spaces (Viewer Mail Cont.)
37:35 — Doin’ the Work
40:12 — The Bestest Games Ever
59:39 — The Not Top Ten

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1:06:39 — Food Chain Magnate
1:09:10 — 18XX (1854 at the moment)
1:11:36 — Strat-o-Matic Baseball
1:18:05 — Nippon
1:22:54 — Three Kingdoms Redux
1:26:40 — Yedo
1:31:02 — Magic, The Gathering
1:35:58 — Tash-Kalar
1:38:49 — Trickerion
1:42:04 — Galaxy Trucker
1:48:46 — Sekigahara
1:51:48 — Kanban
1:59:29 — ZhanGuo
2:11:04 — Keyflower
2:17:18 — 1714: The Case of the Catalans
2:21:06 — The Great Zimbabwe
2:25:02 — Arkwright
2:30:03 — Through the Ages
2:33:03 — Terra Mystica

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Episode 108 — Stress Reduction Strategies & Space Viruses

Episode 108 — Stress Reduction Strategies & Space Viruses

Eric returns from his travels for a classic PCP episode and we get down to doing what we do best. We have Tramways in-depth. We have rants. We have disagreements. We have things that went bad.

Add in some raves, some whisky and a meaty trick-taking card game and I believe all the boxes have been ticked. Much fun was had. No animals were hurt. It’s a win-win. Enjoy.

SCHEDULE:

02:20 — Business & Scheduling
13:12 — Trick of the Rails
32:18 — New Pornographers, Deep Purple, Chuck Prophet, Vagabond, Hurray for the Riff Raff. Jesca Hoop
43:52 — The Father John Misty Throwdown
59:00 — The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt
63:15 — Things Went Bad (Tramways Edition)
70:50 — Tramways (in-depth)
113:05 — Unbelievable (or is it?)

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Episode 107 — Through a Crack in the Slats

Episode 107 — Through a Crack in the Slats

It’s finally here. Our first 18XX extravaganza. After 40-plus hours of 18XX gaming, and with the help of guest hosts Joe Sturgis and Tony KR, plus cold medicine, tea and lozenges, the PCP finally goes deep on this train crazy phenomenon. Run those routes and split those stocks!

Coming at this from a new player’s perspective, we take you on a ride from the casual ease of 1846 to the intense pressure of 1854. And by “casual ease” we mean pretty damn hard, but with a friendlier learning curve. Anyway, it’s pretty much all 18XX this time around, and the main drama is whether Jim’s voice will hold out for the entire episode. Enjoy.

STATIONS:

06:47 — To 18XX or not to 18XX
16:43 — 1846
54:38 — 1854

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Episode 106 — Reggie and Emily’s Excellent Adventure

Episode 106 — Reggie and Emily’s Excellent Adventure

Welcome to an episode filled with old games and some special guests. Edward and Amanda from Heavy Cardboard join in as we discuss how to get old games back to the table. And after a day of gaming here at Punching Cardboard headquarters, we unleash a session report covering the three underrated titles that ended up on our table. To be honest, we weren’t even planning to play these games.

In this episode we leave the cult of the new outside in the rain and rediscover (or discover) some titles that should be getting a little more love. We hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did making it.

SESSIONS:

15:40 — The Wayback Machine
16:54 — Baseball Highlights:2045, Super Motherload, Argent
27:19 — Getting Games Back to the Table (Part 1)
32:17 — Dominant Species, Wir Sind Das Volk, In the Year of the Dragon, Metropolys, Florenza
40:29 — Getting Games Back to the Table (Part 2)
53:21 — The Music Segment
61:33 — Edward as Navigator, a True Adventure.
62:55 — The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire (Session Report)
75:51 — Shogun (Session Report)
94:13 — Thunder Alley (Session Report)
109:37 — Captains of the Gulf: A Friend gets his due.

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