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Episode 148 — Enmity Crystals

Episode 148 — Enmity Crystals

Some Games. A Dram. A good book.

Need More? Thought not.

INDULGENCES:

00:16:11 — Feudum Revisited
00:30:11 — The Return of the Video Game (Civ 6, Endless Space 2, Destiny 2)
00:53:34 — The Glendronach 15 yo Single Malt
01:02:17 — New Frontiers (First Take)
01:13:26 — Smartphone Inc. (In-Depth)
01:56:40 — The Relic Hunter

Episode 147 — A Tale of Three Games

Episode 147 — A Tale of Three Games

It was the best of games. It was the worst of games. Yeah, we got wisdom, and foolishness, and whatever else this old fat world throws at us.

Welcome to the 147.

The people of the 147 are in a bit of a mood and and the discussion is a bit gritty, but there is much to explore in this one. The folk here aren’t interested in the black and white of things, but instead revel in the shades of gray embedded throughout.

Don’t be outraged, be engaged.

TONAL VARIATIONS:

00:18:27 — 18Ireland
00:40:57 — SpaceCorp (in-depth)
01:08:57 — Glendalough 13 yo Irish Single Malt
01:21:20 — Captains of the Gulf (in-depth)
01:39:33 — Love & Hip-Hop???
01:53:17 — Dodgers (Bill Beverly)
02:32:40 — No-Fun February

Episode 146 — A Sideways Look in the Rearview Mirror

Episode 146 — A Sideways Look in the Rearview Mirror

Here it be.

Our annual look back. Our listaganza. The episode where we talk all about the best games, whiskies, and albums we encountered the previous year. You ask for it and we provide it. Or, maybe you don’t ask for it, but here it is anyway.

So take a listen and see if we are remotely close to where last year took you.

REMEMBRANCES:

00:02:30 — January’s Book
00:12:43 — The Music Lists
01:07:47 — The Games Lists
01:58:40 — The Games Honorable Mentions
02:05:45 — The Whisk(e)y Lists
02:23:25 — Outro: Odds, Ends and Deliberations

Episode 145 — Space Flow

Episode 145 — Space Flow

Welcome to the final episode of 2018.

In contrast to the happenings of the real world, we close out the year on a high note, talking about some recent plays and recent releases that have us excited to sit down at the table again.

Enjoy.

LAGRANGE POINTS:

00:10:40 — Thank Yous
00:13:27 — Resolutions and our Giveaway
00:26:07 — Managers Wanted
00:29:21 — Martian Rails (Session)
00:52:52 — KeyForge Throwdown (Session)
01:06:07 — The Dalmore 15 yo Single Malt
01:10:00 — The Flow of History (First Take)
01:24:39 — SpaceCorp (In-depth First Take)

Episode 144 — Mully Ully Gue Gets a Train

Episode 144 — Mully Ully Gue Gets a Train

With the December chill in full swing we need to get down with something hot, so we’re talking a couple new releases that were highly anticipated here in the dungeon. Could they live up to our expectations? Do they play? Do they have legs? Will our travels be rewarded?

The answers to those questions and much more can be heard in our latest episode. Have fun.

TIMETABLES:

00:09:20 — Blood on the Ohio contest
00:13:03 — The Good, The Disappointing and the Frustrating
00:31:42 — The Republic of Rome
00:41:08 — 18Lilliput
01:08:39 — KeyForge
01:43:44 — Book Club #2: Beartown, by Frederik Backman

Episode 143 — Those Old Technologies

Episode 143 — Those Old Technologies

The boys are back in town and doing well, and all is right with the world. In this episode, the BGG CON experience and a smattering of games, both old and new.

Enjoy.

SCHEDULE:

00:09:20 — Another Year?
00:12:06 — December’s Book Selection
00:22:26 — The BGG CON Experience
00:31:25 — Crayon Rails (Martian Rails, Iron Dragon)
00:43:15 — Lowenherz
00:48:02 — Web of Power
01:05:01 — Random Shout-outs
01:08:47 — The Mayor of Eurotown
01:14:13 — Hockey Game Hijinks
01:29:19 — Underwater Cities
01:47:02 — Blackout: Hong Kong

Episode 142 — Pleasure and Instruction

Episode 142 — Pleasure and Instruction

Welcome to a lively episode. In this one we dip our toes back into the Eurogame-o-sphere, and we are fairly excited about the waters.

Also, the first installment of the Punching Cardboard Book Club, which results in a heady and exhilarating discussion. As they say in sportsball, we left it all on the field in this one.

CHAPTERS:

00:18:52 — Wilderness War
00:30:55 — Francis Drake
01:04:12 — The Estates
01:19:45 — Westward American Single Malt
01:30:07 — TV Diversions: Daredevil Season 3, Patriot
01:36:10 — Coimbra
01:59:39 — Book Club #1: Transatlantic, by Colum McCann

Episode 141 — When Did You Stop Caring?

Episode 141 — When Did You Stop Caring?

It’s that time, and we roll the dice and lay out the games that have caught our attention in this year’s Essen preview show.

First we cover 10 games nominated by our guild using a complex and patented formula. Then we each take a shot at adding five games of our own discovery. Throw in some expansion discussion, and you have a show of partially educated guessing that is sure to wow even the most cynical gamer.

SPOILERS:

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00:14:49 — The Guild 10 plus
00:16:03 — Tramways Workbook
00:17:58 — Barrage
00:2303 — 18Lilliput
0026:37 — SpaceCorp
00:30:45 — City of the Big Shoulders
00:34:20 — Reykholt
00:37:43 — Pipeline
00:44:06 — Teotihuacan
00:49:05 — Captains of the Gulf
00:56:20 — Pax Emancipation
01:03:42 — Blackout: Hong Kong
01:12:30 — Our Fives
01:15:05 — Architects of the West Kingdom (Jim #5)
01:18:56 — Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea (Jim #4)
01:20:20 — Underwater Cities (Jim #3)
01:22:04 — Europa Universalis (Joe #5)
01:24:09 — Pandoria (Joe#4)
01:25:22 — Dominant Species: Marine (Joe #3)
01:28:06 — Imaginarium (Joe #2)
01:30:37 — Expedition Zetta (Jim #2)
01:34:02 — War Room (Jim #1)
01:37:20 — Newton (Joe #1)
01:44:11 — Expansions and Other Riff Raff

Episode 140 — The Weary Game Playin’ Blues

Episode 140 — The Weary Game Playin’ Blues

Ramshackle. I like the word ramshackle. Ramshackle Day Parade is a great Joe Strummer song. Streetcore. Track five.

And it’s a bit the way we’re feeling here in episode 140. Run down. Beat up. We wander through this episode and take on a series of topics pertaining to the state of the hobby, or pertaining to where we exist in it. We go a bit low key, somewhat reflective, and we let the conversation lead us. Hopefully you can dig it.

It’s all a little ramshackle.

VERSES:

00:07:38 — Shirts, Essen Lists, & Other Monkey Biz
00:18:04 — First Plays With Friends
00:33:35 — Looking toward 2019
00:49:38 — Advice to Our Younger Gaming Selves
00:52:49 — The Social Media Inter-connectedness Blues
01:13:25 — Book Club!?
00:19:45 — No Collaboration
01:22:43 — Wolfburn Single Malt
01:35:39 — Beak music
01:42:33 — Failure to Connect (Caylus, Yellow & Yangtze, Sands of Time)

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)