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Episode 177 — Vape Spasms

Episode 177 — Vape Spasms

With Joe still on the road, two of the masterminds behind the upcoming Spielworxx game The Cost, Armando Canales and Lyndon Martin,  join Jim in a wide-ranging discussion of games, game-states and playing manners.

In addition, Jim finds out just how wrong he’s been all these episodes.


00:06:00 — A differing opinion on Tank Duel
00:17:50 — Group Losing
00:26:54 — Trick Taking Responsibilities
00:42:43 — Player Manipulation
00:49:08 — Hate Drafting
00:53:48 — Takin’ it Back
01:01:03 — Pulling Levers: Math vs. Art
01:15:46 — The Cost (designer insight)


Two Passings for the End of the World, Part 6

Two Passings for the End of the World, Part 6

It’s been a hard couple of weeks here, so for those of you tuning in, we thank you. It really does mean something to us.

This is a solo effort as Joe is off burying his mother and attending to all that accompanies a person’s passing. Our broken hearts are with him.

And we are all devastated by the murder of George Floyd as well as the continued beatdown we’re all taking from the Coronavirus pandemic. Hard times come again no more indeed.

So I muse on all of the above and close with discussion of 3 Playstation titles that are keeping me out of my own head late at night. No wisdom, just ramblings.

Take care. Be kind. Love. Peace. Understanding.

Black Lives Matter!

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.


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?


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 171 — Kinda Like Jimmie Vaughn

Episode 171 — Kinda Like Jimmie Vaughn

If you’re only here for our in-depth, main game discussion, then skip the first two hours of the show. If you want to know a little about a lot of game related things, then tuck in at the beginning and enjoy the ride.


00:07:01 — Book List
00:14:10 — Bingo Begins
00:19:52 — The Q&A Session Starts Here
00:26:01 — Fatigued?
00:33:57 — Will We Attend Any Conventions?
00:41:55 — To Deluxify or Not to Deluxify?
00:44:26 — Taking Tricks
00:48:32 — Of Trains and Wars
00:52:29 — Feedback in Games
01:04:28 — Pax Alluring.
01:33:29 — The Greatness
01:39:09 — Terra Mystica: Merchants of the Seas (first take)
01:49:47 — Port Charlotte 10-yo Heavily Peated
01:57:20 — Music (The Flower Kings, Tame Impala, Spanish Love Songs, The Jayhawks)
02:07:41 — Flotilla (in-depth)
02:42:44 — The Night Tiger, by Yangsze Choo

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.


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 165 — Bludgeon Forward

Episode 165 — Bludgeon Forward

We go heavy on the games in this year’s penultimate episode. Almost two hours taken to cover three games. We expect you’ll have a good Idea on whether these are for you.



00:00:00 —  Straight Into Some Music (Delines, Clutch, Joe Henry, Perpetual Grace, Ltd.)
00:32:18 — Symphony (first take)
00:57:44 — Bios: Origins 2 (in-depth)
01:38:30 — Circadians: First Light (in-depth)


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.


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 162 — Exploring the Cross-Stitch

Episode 162 — Exploring the Cross-Stitch

Often postponed, but never defeated, this new episode transforms from a pile of scraps into a glorious quilt of gaming discourse.

Other stuff as well.



00:10:24 — High Frontier
00:19:44 — Living Rules, Collections, Rules Again, and So Forth . . . .
00:41:57 — To Play or Not to Play?
00:54:24 — Hannibal and Hamilcar (1st Take)
01:03:28 — Polis
01:05:37 — More Hannibal
01:08:18 — Back to Polis
01:15:06 — New Games??
01:18:42 — Ardbeg AN OA Single Malt
01:33:10 — Music (Sturgill Simpson, Mikal Cronin, Mark Lanegan, Anna Meridith, Guided by Voices)
02:03:32 — War Room (1st Take)


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.



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?)