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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

 

 

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

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