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A Whiskey for the End of the World, Part 1

A Whiskey for the End of the World, Part 1

Hey all.

The Punching Cardboard team is in Isolation. Isolation sucks. It’s lonely. It’s unnerving. It’s stopping us from playing games and talking about them.

But we still have voices, and we think just maybe you’d like our voices to visit the wilderness of your own isolation. You know, to counteract the ones in your brain urging you to scream and never stop.

So, for now, while this disruption lasts, we’re gonna send you this series. Our way of talking through the absurdity that is life, especially now that it’s truly absurd. These episodes will be shorter and much more frequent (because what the hell else do we have to do) and probably much more free of form and topical, not like we do the PCP any other way.

We hope you dig it.

Episode 172 — Exploits in Group Dynamics

Episode 172 — Exploits in Group Dynamics

There are times when you need to make something out of nothing. Entering the studio for episode 172 was one of those times. I mean, we had next to nothing. A game session, a new dram, a couple albums.

But we pulled it together, rambled into other territories, consolidated some stray ideas, and in the end lasted for the marathon. Yea us!?

PATHS:

00:04:17 — The 2020 PCBA Baseball Season: Last Call
00:08:00 — Couch, Whiskey, & Digression
00:35:09 — Bingo Time
00:43:11 — Back in Good Graces: Time of Crisis
00:47:50 — I’ve Never Played Automobile
00:56:45 — Divinity 2: Orifginial Sin (Group Dynamics A)
01:16:11 — Bull Run American Whiskey Aged in Pinot Noir Casks
01:25:23 — Music: Drive By Truckers
01:30:40 — Memory: Pat Metheny and the best album of 2020
01:51:14 — Kohle & Kolonie (Group Dynamics B)

Episode 171 — Kinda Like Jimmie Vaughn

Episode 171 — Kinda Like Jimmie Vaughn

If you’re only here for our in-depth, main game discussion, then skip the first two hours of the show. If you want to know a little about a lot of game related things, then tuck in at the beginning and enjoy the ride.

ANSWERS:

00:07:01 — Book List
00:14:10 — Bingo Begins
00:19:52 — The Q&A Session Starts Here
00:26:01 — Fatigued?
00:33:57 — Will We Attend Any Conventions?
00:41:55 — To Deluxify or Not to Deluxify?
00:44:26 — Taking Tricks
00:48:32 — Of Trains and Wars
00:52:29 — Feedback in Games
01:04:28 — Pax Alluring.
01:33:29 — The Greatness
01:39:09 — Terra Mystica: Merchants of the Seas (first take)
01:49:47 — Port Charlotte 10-yo Heavily Peated
01:57:20 — Music (The Flower Kings, Tame Impala, Spanish Love Songs, The Jayhawks)
02:07:41 — Flotilla (in-depth)
02:42:44 — The Night Tiger, by Yangsze Choo

Episode 170 — Jury Duty Mishaps

Episode 170 — Jury Duty Mishaps

The water flows. The oil moves. The beat goes on. A new era begins, same as the old era. We continue on. Enjoy.

RATES:

00:05:00 — The State of the Podcast
00:19:19 — An Adjacent Thought or Two
00:28:45 — Teasing Terra Mystica’s New Expansion
00:34:00 — Bingo Rules
00:39:27 — Strat-O-Matic Baseball (of dice and the 2019 PCBA World Series)
00:53:44 — The Christradamus Predictions
00:55:20 — Wildcatters (session)
01:09:31 — Barrage (in-depth)

Episode 168 — Station Placement Intricacies

Episode 168 — Station Placement Intricacies

Route building. Colony building. Future building. Restaurant building.

We turned a lot of resources into a lot of structures these past few weeks. We also bought and sold shares of stock and grilled some burgers. A little of everything, really, resulting in a lot of game talk.

STATIONS:

00:17:52 — On Joe’s Table: Xenon Profiteer & The Arrival
00:22:42 — On Jim’s Table: Food Chain Magnate: Ketchup and Other Mechanisms Expansion
00:41:35 — Stephenson’s Rocket (first take)
00:57:10 — Pax Transhumanity (first take)
01:15:26 — High West Campfire
01:27:22 — On Mars (first take, in-depth)
02:11:14 — Night Boat to Tangier, by Kevin Barry

Episode 167 — We Got Smiles

Episode 167 — We Got Smiles

Missiles are raining down in Iraq, but ain’t we got smiles.

Yeah, I guess. With 2020 already looking doomed already, we steady ourselves and take a look at some of the good things we encountered over the Winter break.

We have hope. We will forge ahead. There are games to be played.

OPTIMISMS:

00:10:46 — 2020 Challenge
00:19:43 — Jetsetting Joe (Learning Pax: Emancipation)
00:41:46 — Mellow Break (Cryptid, Element)
00:50:10 — Food Chain Magnate (base game revisited)
00:57:16 — Viewing: Godless, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
01:04:29 — Detroit: Become Human (overview – some spoilers)
01:18:37 — Kilchoman STR 2019 Single Malt (tips for new sippers)
01:37:33 — Bios: Origins 2 (session)
02:22:46 — The Sellout, by Paul Beatty

 

 

Episode 166 — Checking it Twice

Episode 166 — Checking it Twice

Another Year gone by and it’s time for the lists to come out. These are the things that moved us in 2019. How do your experiences compare?

Grab a holiday cocktail, relax, and enjoy.

LISTS:

00:09:41 — TV & Visual Entertainment (Spoilers and Rants)
00:25:36 — Video / Computer Games
00:30:56 — Board Games
01:32:23 — Music
02:52:50 — Whiskey & Whisky
02:57:50 — Books

 

 

Episode 165 — Bludgeon Forward

Episode 165 — Bludgeon Forward

We go heavy on the games in this year’s penultimate episode. Almost two hours taken to cover three games. We expect you’ll have a good Idea on whether these are for you.

Enjoy.

PROCEEDINGS:

00:00:00 —  Straight Into Some Music (Delines, Clutch, Joe Henry, Perpetual Grace, Ltd.)
00:32:18 — Symphony (first take)
00:57:44 — Bios: Origins 2 (in-depth)
01:38:30 — Circadians: First Light (in-depth)

 

Episode 164 — Out of Tune Song

Episode 164 — Out of Tune Song

This episode marks six years on the air. We take some time, at Joe’s behest, to consider this and where the show might go from here. Also, we revisit a a game that was featured on the second episode, and preview a new release.

Have fun.

THE YEARS:

00:05:15 — Tournamentville
00:09:35 — Apologies and Better Angels
00:16:33 — What I Appreciates
00:22:32 — Making Bad Better and Good Worse
00:30:19 — 6 Years Down the Road
01:00:10 — Tank Duel (first take)
01:25:23 — Yedo (revisited in-depth)

Episode 163 — Sniffles and Whiffles

Episode 163 — Sniffles and Whiffles

Fighting a cold and the off-season blues, we power though this episode to bring you some pretty heavy game discussion on entries old and new.

Whisky, music and a book round out the proceedings.

CARGO:

00:14:26 — Panamax (revisited, in-depth)
00:58:36 — Paladins of the West Kingdom (in depth)
01:45:27 — Tearraforming Mars: No Need to Draft
01:58:04 — Kavalan ex-Bourbon Cask Whisky
02:04:15 — Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen
02:10:58 — Lanny, by Max Porter