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Episode 139 — Lost in the Woodwork

Episode 139 — Lost in the Woodwork

Sometimes you can’t fit all the information that’s fit to say about a game in one episode. Such was the case with our discussion of Pendragon in Episode 138. In response, we’ve created a new segment, The Follow-Up. And it debuts here as we attempt to add to our in-depth coverage of heavy games and game systems.

Also, how concerts are and how they should be, a beer and a dram, and a short look at a new abstract. Cheers.

SETLIST:

00:10:03 — Pendragon (follow-up)
00:44:05 — A Beer and a Dram (Blanton’s Single Barrel & Crux Play Wave Pale)
00:51:09 — Rockin’ All Over Town
01:13:16 — 43 Minutes (Trapper Schoepp – Run Engine Run)
01:16:28 — All You Need is 43 Minutes (Paul McCartney – Egypt Station)
01:19:29 — War Chest (First Take)

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Episode 138 — A Game of Knots

Episode 138 — A Game of Knots

Whosoever pulleth this sword from this rock shall, um, I don’t know, do some stuff, vanquish some folks, and then become king of someplace. Right? 4th Century A.D., 5th?

We’re talking Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain here in episode 138. That, and a bit of list nonsense, and little dram of something nice as well.

No pillaging allowed!

RAIDS:

00:02:55 — Scooters From Hell
00:16:36 — Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain (in-depth)
01:23:29 — Oban 18 yo Ltd. Ed.
01:32:17 — The Best Games at Each Player Count (from 1-6)

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Episode 137 — If At First

Episode 137 — If At First

Here ya go kids, all the way from the lands of Antiquity, episdoe 137, take 2. We sewed all the parts together and shocked it into being. Because we care.

Sincerely,
Dr. Frankenstein

PARTS:

00:15:03 — What We Did on Our Summer Vacation
00:35:11 — Condottiere
00:41:04 — Legend of the Five Rings — Casual Decks Need Not Apply??
00:44:38 — Sessions: Lisboa, Shogun, Age of Steam
00:51:17 — Lost Valley
00:55:22 — Root
01:06:16 — The Music of Our Lives
01:32:15 — A Dram and a Beer (Sexton Irish Single Malt / Saint Archer Mandarina Pale)
01:38:59 — Emily Post and Gaming
01:54:53 — Antiquity (in-depth)

P.S. — We still forgot the scooters!!!

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Episode 136 — All The Moogs

Episode 136 — All The Moogs

It’s Summertime! Here’s something for a long drive in a rented car or a lazy afternoon at the beach.

MILEAGE:

00:09:57 — Dusting Off The Shelves: Argent: The Consortium (Session)
00:27:47 — Quartermaster General: 1914
00:33:54 — Tigres & Euphrates
00:39:47 — A Midsummer Night’s Questions
01:06:27 — Music: Rolling Blackouts CF, Gaz Coombes, Kamasi Washington
01:39:58 — GLOW
01:42:21 — A Little Light Non-fiction: Apollo8, Seabiscuit, Ben Franklin
01:43:57 — Bios Megafauna, 2nd Edition (in-depth)

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Episode 135 — Dusting Off The Shelves

Episode 135 — Dusting Off The Shelves

As Summer settles in we look to take it a little easy. Some shelves are dusted off, and a couple titles come back to the table after resting a few years. Also, a rare abstract finds it’s way into our rotation.

We also recount a few sessions and some trips to some gigs. Easy Breezy, as Joe might say.

PARTICLES:

00:11:13 — Bruges & The City on the Zwin
00:17:23 — Innovation & Echoes
00:28:52 — Automobile
00:35:03 — Portland 18XX Con
00:40:57 — What is it With 18XX?
00:46:55 — Going to the Shows (Starebaby, Robert Plant)
01:15:28 — Bob Dylan Makes Whiskey
01:29:19 — Azul (in-depth)

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Episode 134 — I Have My Moments and Other Times

Episode 134 — I Have My Moments and Other Times

Hey there.

We discuss a sprawling, big Euro game, a compact, tense Euro game and five albums that should be filling your ears. All that and a debate on the state of the hobby in episode 134 of the ‘cast.

Please enjoy.

MOMENTS:

00:10:49 — The John and Company Not Monopoly Contest Results
00:18:40 — A Trade to Make? (Tash Kalar & Terra Mystica for 18CZ)
00:21:10 — Joe plays Feudum (multiple sessions)
00:49:42 — The Burning Question: Sturgeon’s Law and Board Games
01:21:35 — This Week in Spins (Neko Case, The Magic Numbers, The Pineapple Thief and more)
01:42:18 — Carthago (in-depth)
02:16:33 — It is all just a Tire Fire, Lusty or Not.

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Episode 133 — Everything, Just 20 Minutes Away

Episode 133 — Everything, Just 20 Minutes Away

We serve up something a little different in this episode. On tap is a play by play, blow by blow, and drink by drink recap of our trip to Denver for Heavy Con and its impromptu satellite cons. Did we have fun? Did we play enough games? You be the judge.

Welcome aboard the Punching Cardboard World Tour 2018.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES:

00:09:12 — A John Company Pre-Post-Production Contest
00:20:05 — Day 1: On the Road; Old Men Tempting Altitude; Bison; Comfort Sleep
00:34:10 — Day 2: 1000 to 1 odds in Dynasty League; Imposters; The Tower of Ginkgopolis
00:54:56 — Day 3: Ridin’ the Rails in 1830; Kings Forged in Steel; John Company negotiations
01:21:29 — Day 4: Uber Heat; Pax Renaissance Tournament; Wings & Beer; K is for Killed
01:31:42 — The Whisky Break
01:51:06 — Day 5: 1714 Works No Matter the Rules; A Pax Ren Finale
02:02:22 — Day 6: BBQs and Hail Storms
02:04:10 — Day 7: Denver International Airport Wins Again

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Episode 132 — Watercolors in the Rain

Episode 132 — Watercolors in the Rain

When you most expect it, and pretty much the way you like it. Episode 132. A handful of games, a little whiskey and a few good tunes. All of it, wrapped up into a semi-coherent conversation. Enjoy.

COLORS:

00:07:36 — Heaven & Ale (quick take)
00:14:38 — The Trouble With Mombasa?(quick take)
00:26:58 — Isle of Skye: Journeyman Expansion (quick take)
00:38:17 — Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon
00:41:28 — Music (Dr. Dog, Al Stewart)
00:48:57 — The Year of the Cat
00:54:16 — Lost in Vegas, Free Thinker Shoutout
00:56:46 — Legend of the Five Rings (in-depth)

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Episode 131 — Jackie’s Porch, Every Tuesday Night

Episode 131 — Jackie’s Porch, Every Tuesday Night

Bruce may be dropping the needle and saying a prayer over at ol’ Mary’s place, and Frank’s ghost sure as hell is still jammin’ over at Joe’s garage, but there’s a cool breeze on a warm evening over here on Jackie’s porch.

We’ve got a little bourbon neat, a few slices of pie and some fancy cards; it’s a juxtaposition of thinkiness and relaxation. Come on over and join the band.

SOUNDS:

00:02:07 — No Con For You!
00:08:16 — A Burning Question #1: Why Portland?
00:25:38 — Joe’s first Magic experience
00:42:18 — The Fail Us of Caylus
00:46:17 — Knob Creek 9 yo Small Batch
00:52:05 –Thinky Music: Dan Weiss’ Starebaby, Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense, Giraffes? Giraffes!
01:08:31 — The Notness: Conquest of Paradise (in-Depth & Session)

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Episode 130 — Roasted and Charred

Episode 130 — Roasted and Charred

Using our trusty mobile recording device, we gather at a secret location (Joe’s) and leave our comfort zone to lay down the riffs that comprise episode 130. Some games covered, some stout imbibed and some stories related. This is a loose episode. The information is fractured. Our thought train, a bit derailed. Still, it all comes out fine in the end.

And no gorillas were harmed in the making.

Enjoy.

WOODLAND FACTIONS:

00:09:28 — How to Avoid Gaming
00:22:53 — A Con Job?
00:30:07 — Terra Mystica After a while (Special Appearance by The Gaia Project)
00:37:09 — Root (Initial Impressions & a $400 clutch)
00:49:52 — The Stumbler Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout.
00:57:20 — A Sloan Experience
01:08:30 — The 7th Continent (Special Appearance by Gloomhaven)

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