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Episode 201 — Sisyphus Strikes Again

Episode 201 — Sisyphus Strikes Again

The rock came rolling back down and crushed us for a good part of the Summer. We got some levers and some rails and we’ve managed to push it back up the hill far enough to breathe a little. So, here we be, talking about life and games again.

LIBATIONS:

00:00:23 — Last Call
00:34:14 — Coffee Traders (quick take)
00:45:37 — Great Conversations and Good Buzzes
01:03:34 — Oath (in-depth session)
01:35:19 — The King’s Dilemma (in-depth session)

Episode 200 — Once More, With Feeling

Episode 200 — Once More, With Feeling

We call this one “The Epic.” Press play and enjoy the ride.

HEROIC TALES:

00:04:22 — Cloudspire (in depth session)
01:03:27 — BenRiach 21yo Single Malt
01:07:11 — SpaceCorp: Ventures (sessions)
01:31:10 — Tawantinsuyu: The Incan Empire (preview)
01:34:52 — Revisiting, and purchasing, Le Havre
01:40:19 — When Things Went Well: Lorenzo Il Magnifico
01:49:06 — 2021 in Music so far.

Episode 199 — Matching Our Ambition

Episode 199 — Matching Our Ambition

Maladies, Mortgages and other assorted obstacles successfully conquered, we finally present to you episode 199 of the ‘cast. Chock-full of stories about games and games about travel and travelling stories.

It’s all in there.

And the book club returns.

Enjoy.

TALES OF WOE:

00:21:02 — Apex Legends
00:34:06 — Another Trip, Another Story, or Three
00:59:56 — Da Games
01:01:25 — Are You Dexterous? (Cubiko, Carreau, Bamboleo, Hamsterrolle)
01:20:55 — Knife Tank: Why???
01:28:15 — Praga Capvt Regni (revisited)
01:41:16 — Two-Player Showdown (BH: 2045, Wir Sind Das Volk, Space Corp)
01:53:30 — Die Handler, a Year Later
01:56:34 — Kaivai
02:03:36 — Wizard
02:08:00 —The Dwellings of Everdale
02:23:08 — The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene

Episode 198 — There is No Crime in Melody

Episode 198 — There is No Crime in Melody

Chirping birds. Barking Dogs. Screaming Children.

Yes, we’re back outside to record this episode. The pops and clicks of the previous effort replaced by the flora and fauna of mid-Spring. We weave in and out of various topics, creating some loose connections and trying to show that nothing occurs in a vacuum.

MELODIES:

00:10:20 — Libation Time
00:13:40 — Technical Issues and Memory Loss, and Some Stuff In-between
00:33:25 — Kicking and Screaming: Getting People to Play Games, Food Chain Magnate Edition
00:46:58 — A Few Words on Board Game Aesthetics
00:49:53 — The Journey of 1822
00:57:10 — Stickering Games
00:59:12 — Detour: Music on Our Minds
01:27:30 — Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles
01:35:30 — Brotherhood & Untiy
01:47:09 — Better than Board Games: Trials of Fire, Monster Train, Nowhere Prophet
02:19:13 — 18XX Online and Other Infractions.

 

Episode 197 — Rumors and Intrigue

Episode 197 — Rumors and Intrigue

Sometimes you just can’t get things right. You find a ghost in the signal chain and try to fix it only to find you’ve made things worse. Apologies in advance for all the pops and clicks.

Among the noisy abberations you will find a fair amount of game discussion and enough salt and vinegar to properly dress your chips.

POPS & CLICKS:

00:09:49 — Drinkin’ and Vaxxin’
00:20:06 — The Long and Winding Railroad
00:35:05 — Kickstarting, Streaming, and Video Gaming
00:52:13 — Freedom: The Underground Railroad
01:00:07 — Last Will
01:04:03 — The Sands of Time (Joe’s visit)
01:22:15 — Apocalypse Road
01:42:55 — The Red Cathedral
01:57:36 — Nidavellir
02:27:53 — Of Golden Eagles and T-Shirts

 

Episode 195 — Infinitely Acceptable

Episode 195 — Infinitely Acceptable

Winter is gone. The Sky is clearing. Birds are singing. Bees are buzzing. Temperatures are warming. Discussions are getting heated.

Welcome to the latest installment of As the Cardboard Turns.

JABS:

00:29:36 — Lots: A Game of Weights and Measures (friendly game announcement)
00:33:45 — Little Bits: Dominant Species Marine (initial take)
00:42:58 — Merv (Joe’s take)
00:50:40 — Blackout: Hong Kong (Joe again)
00:58:15 — The Magnificent (forgotten short take)
01:11:30 — Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India (no take)
01:16:38 — It’s a Wonderful World : Corruption and Ascension (in-depth)
01:20:38 — Stellar Horizons (in-depth session)
01:59:15 — Rusty Brown, by Chris Ware
02:08:22 — Pagan Virtues, by Stephen Dunn

Episode 193 — Cramps and Calluses

Episode 193 — Cramps and Calluses

Hey kids, it’s No-fun February, 2021 edition. And this February has been the most No-fun in years.

We’ve got your ice storms and power outages and never-ending pandemics and Criminal Orange-men still on the loose. All that and so much more.

However, rebels that we are, we try and make something out of this mess and talk some games, both video and board. We discuss some music and get back on track with the books. And yeah, yeah, we also gripe about and question everything else under the pandemic soaked sun. We are who we are after all.

Welcome to the fun-house! Enjoy all the mirrors.

ATTRACTIONS:

00:31:15 — A Destiny 2 Session to Die for (over and over and over again)
00:52:23 — Antike II
01:00:20 — Race for the Chinese Zodiac
01:22:05 — Slay the Spire
01:26:37 — Some Renewed Energy, Baseball Draft Style
01:40:33 — Not Too Long for Whatever it is
01:53:59 — Tunes: Shame, The Besnard Lakes and Transatlantic Revisited
02:17:12 — Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk

Episode 191 — The Brilliant Broken

Episode 191 — The Brilliant Broken

As 2021 seems an awful lot like 2020 we are still finding the time and energy to get some games to tables, both virtual and physical. And these games are surprising, entertaining and frustrating us in the ways they always do. Here are some stories about those games.

Some things change (someday) and the rest stays the same.

CHAPTERS:

00:29:07 — Wir Sind das Volk: 2+2 (in-depth session)
01:01:41 — Res Arcana and Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae (in-depth)
01:31:32 — Dos Rios (in-depth)
01:47:10 — Those Golden Moments
01:49:39 — Tunes: Old School and New
02:10:16 — Still-life Talking
02:37:24 — Book Selections for January and February

Episode 190 — All Our Windmills are Tilted

Episode 190 — All Our Windmills are Tilted

This is a pretty rough and raw episode. We’re fighting off the depths of despair, the height of a Pandemic, and an attack on our way of life from the people who are sworn to protect it. Can a two-mile high frog be the hero we need to get us through this episode. Tune in and find out.

DESPERATE MEASURES:

00:03:02 — Polis, Fight for the Hegemony, 2nd edition
00:10:26 — Siena
00:25:05 — Angola (session report)
01:00:15 — Cosmic Frog (in-depth)
02:07:25 — Resolutions
02:09:05 — Call to Post is a Dead Parrot
02:27:48 — No More Windmills

 

 

Episode 188 — Oops! We Did it Again!

Episode 188 — Oops! We Did it Again!

It took us two tries to get this one right. Well, right might be too strong of a word. Lets swap that for recorded. Yeah, we finally got the episode recorded. I mean, right, ha, probably more like wrong, but you know how it is.

Anyway, on with the show.

ATTEMPTS:

00:15:35 — The Listening Rooom (The Jesse Green Test)
01:12:10 — Joe’s Magical Gaming Experience (Abandon Ship!)
01:59:56 — Destiny 2, The Ghost of Tsushima and many violent ends.