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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 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 150 — For Example, to Exemplify

Episode 150 — For Example, to Exemplify

Welcome to our 150th episode extravaganza! And by extravaganza we mean the same ol’ same ol’. A few games, an album, a book, some banter, a disagreement or two.

Parades and fireworks not included.

MILESTONES:

00:12:44 — Great Western Trail: Rails to the North (in-depth)
00:40:46 — Lowenherz (session)
00:59:43 — Mercury Rev, Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited
01:14:20 — Quartermaster General: The Cold War (in-depth session)
01:48:00 — Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory
02:20:25 — The State of the Podcast
02:39:22 — Loss

Episode 149 — Stupid and Doomed

Episode 149 — Stupid and Doomed

We execute all the plans we never had. Rather, we have no plan and decide to abandon the plan we don’t have. In other words, this one is just a loose conversation touching on a slew of games, a couple artful albums, and a damn fine dram of whisky.

Enjoy.

GAME PLAN:

00:15:08 — Sessions (Game of Thrones, Aquasphere, Calimala, Thunder Alley, Agra)
00:35:05 — Destiny 2 00:36:50 –Civ Games
00:53:51 — Kilchoman 2008 Single Malt
01:02:16 — Music (Dan Mangan, Charles Lloyd, Lucinda Williams)
01:20:18 — Q&A

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