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Episode 180 — The 18th Century Shuffle

Episode 180 — The 18th Century Shuffle

Once in a century Pandemic.
Once in a generation civil upheaval.
Once in a decade game?

We take a 90 minute journey through the 18th Century world of Imperial Struggle, throwing a little pandemic, protest and pot-luck life discussion in at the end of the show. We hope you enjoy the ride.

CONFLICT POINTS:

00:18:33 — A Prelude to Digression
00:31:08 — Imperial Struggle (in-depth)
02:01:50 — The Wind-down

Episode 179 — Cuttin’ All The Frills

Episode 179 — Cuttin’ All The Frills

Well, you caught us on a nice summer evening, sitting outside, sippin’ whisky, and talkin’ board games. It’s the best we can do in this paranoid pandemic times. Maybe the closest we’ve come to the old days in a while. The most human the interaction has been. Whatever the case, we think we did alright with this one.

FIELD RECORDINGS:

00:07:19 — The Taverns of Tiefenthal (in-depth) with a side of Nusfjord
00:51:50 — It’s a Wonderful World (short take)
00:56:13 — In the Hall of the Mountain King (in-depth)
01:18:42 — Is this the Real Life?
01:22:03 — Coal Country (short take)
01:28:48 — Gaming Refresh
01:45:30 — Literature vs. the World
02:00:45 — Glen Scotia Single Malt
02:09:25 — The Gloaming
02:12:00 — Stillwater: encores

Episode 178 — Keep Prattling and Drag On

Episode 178 — Keep Prattling and Drag On

And on and on and on.

Joe returns from his long, strange trip and we slowly get back into the socially distanced swing of things.

PRATTLES:

00:03:07 — Life During Wartime
00:38:57 — That’s a T-Shirt!
00:45:00 — Clonakilty Irish Whiskey & Loch Lomond 18yo Scotch
00:55:15 — The Ramshackle Game Parade
00:56:04 — The Gaia Project
01:12:10 — 18XX Family Time
01:29:12 — Memoir ’44
01:36:10 — Madeira
01:39:00 — Antiquity
01:44:08 — Baseball Highlights 2045
01:45:29 — Guildhall
02:00:35 — Upcoming Games
02:09:53 — Gabriel Bump’s Everywhere You Don’t Belong

 

Episode 175 — Flip Scripting

Episode 175 — Flip Scripting

Wasting no time, we dive into the main game we played the past few weeks. A handful of games follow.

Still, all the content you expect, just in a different order.

Enjoy.

THE SCRIPT:

00:01:24 — Hansa Teutonica (in-depth, session)
00:45:29 — The Albums of 1975
00:57:54 — Memory Failure: Did We Already Discuss the family Hellas Session?
00:59:18 — Triumph & Tragedy (session)
01:15:25 — Santa Maria (first take)
01:35:50 — Captains of Industry (session)
01:56:00 — Books, the Surreal Life and Other Miseries

 

Episode 174 — The Netplay Simulator Lockdown Blues

Episode 174 — The Netplay Simulator Lockdown Blues

Here we are in the new world order, or rather, the chaotic world order.

We’re just trying to survive and maybe discuss a few games and other things of cultural import. Just trying to raise our spirits.

It’s a journey. Thanks for your company on the ride.

TICKETS:

00:20:11 — Surprising Lack of Games on the Table during Lockdown
00:26:57 — Netplay, Strat-O-Matic Style
00:39:55 — Tabletop Simulator (yes, it works!)
00:52:49 — Pax Transhumanity (update)
01:00:41 — Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of Artisans (in-depth sessions)
01:12:23 — The Appreciation Level of Others
01:24:44 — 1974
01:32:52 — New Music (Bill Frisell, Melt Yourself Down)
01:42:54 — Illicit Maneuvers
01:46:05 — The Cactus League, by Emily Nemens

Episode 173 — Raw Nerves, Live Wires

Episode 173 — Raw Nerves, Live Wires

Live from Portland, the 173rd stop on our world tour, presented in it’s entirety without cuts or overdubs, our latest show in all its glory.

Will there be technical difficulties? Yes.

Will we stumble trying to answer tough questions? Possibly.

Will it be good? Sure?

SETLIST:

00:11:31 — Freedom of Thought or Just an Illusion
00:28:40 — Unhelpful Billionaires
00:31:12 — Bruxelles 1897
00:41:13 — Ora et Labora for Two?
00:44:59 — Table Top Simulator
00:47:20 — Barrage: The Leeghwater Expansion
00:58:59 — A Daily Dose of Metheny, Shakaba and the Ancestors
01:09:13 — Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
01:12:39 — Top 5 Mechanisms, sort of.
01:24:20 — Top 5 GMT Games
01:33:02 — Watch Outnumbered.

 

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 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