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Episode 123 — Don’t Co-opt My Rant!

Episode 123 — Don’t Co-opt My Rant!

Welcome to the first show of 2018. It’s a good show. It’s a fun show. It’s a show containing discussions of games new and old. And it’s it’s chock full of the stuff that makes Punching Cardboard great.

(Wait, Punching Cardboard is great??? (Sure is, just roll with it before someone notices.))

So kick back, pour a wee dram, and enjoy the lively banter and thoughtful analysis.

RESOLUTIONS:

00:07:14 — The Christmas Joy and Space Truckin’
00:15:13 — Joe’s First Airport Rant
00:25:13 — Brackets! This about Brackets?
00:27:04 — Help a Brother Out, aka Another Dinger’s Thingers Giveaway
00:30:32 — Warriors of Jogu: Feint (Quick Take)
00:48:33 — 1960: The Making of the President (In-depth)
01:19:03 — Transatlantic (First Take)
01:30:34 — Laphroaig Triple Wood
01:34:49 — Keyper (In-depth)

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Episode 121 — A Procession of Excited Dogs

Episode 121 — A Procession of Excited Dogs

Here we are in the heart of the holiday season, starting to work off all that late November food while trying to navigate the December gifting maze. So, of course, let’s talk about some games.

We kick things off with an inconclusive discussion of An Infamous Traffic before moving forward to counteract the hustle of the season with session reports that further explore some of the games that have already graced this show. Add in a little bourbon and music and this cocktail might just be the cocktail you were looking for.

INGREDIENTS:

00:02:03 — Here Be Dragons
00:11:35 — The Baseball Association?
00:15:43 — Who Wants Card Holders?
00:26:40 — An Infamous Traffic (Incongruous Thoughts)
00:53:45 — Weller’s Special Reserve Bourbon
01:00:30 — (Gaming Sessions)
01:02:48 — Calimala
01:09:43 — Mini Rails
01:15:10 — Lignum
01:23:52 — Game of Thrones (1st Edition (9 Players))
01:34:57 — Arkwright
01:37:42 — The Lego Robotics Tournament
01:43:12 — Music (The Euge Organ Trio, John Murry, Joe Henry, Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene)

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Episode 119 — Opaque Glasses and Muddled Microphones

Episode 119 — Opaque Glasses and Muddled Microphones

If you like to convert resources into goods and then use those goods to build structures and make technological advances while saving your money for conversion to other currencies (phew!), then you have come to the right place.

Here in Episode 119 we look at shipping coal, goods conversions, and making money through buying money from other countries. Econ 101? Probably not, but at least as much fun.

EXCHANGE RATES:

00:01:52 — Shirts, Finally
00:15:33 — For Ex (Session Report)
00:45:27 — Oh My Goods! (Quick Take)
01:00:40 — Clynelish 14yo
01:08:44 — Music (Ben Allison, Louis Sclavis, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, And So I Watch You From Afar)
01:28:58 — The Ruhr: A Story of Coal Trade (In-Depth)

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Episode 118 — The Ranch of Failed Sessions

Episode 118 — The Ranch of Failed Sessions

They say time flies when you’re having fun, so I can certainly say we had fun while recording this one. Our bad. But for those of you who enjoy long, rambling discussions peppered with brilliant insights, you just might find this one to your liking. Enjoy.

THE PATH AHEAD:

00:05:12 — 2017 T-Shirts
00:12:40 — Gaming on Ye Olde Ranch
00:21:18 — The Ruhr (First Take)
00:27:15 — Card City XL (First Take)
00:30:50 — Mini Rails (First Take)
00:33:27 — Clans of Caledonia (First Take)
00:42:33 — Chicago Express
00:53:16 — Redbreast 15yo & Children at Play
01:04:50 — Viewer Mail
01:38:25 — Music Roundup (Ben Allison, Kamasi Washington, Mike Stern, Queens of the Stone Age, Destroyer)
01:55:22 — Lignum (In-depth)

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Episode 117 — The Neverending Rock ‘n’ Roll Couch Tour

Episode 117 — The Neverending Rock ‘n’ Roll Couch Tour

Never say never. Be prepared for anything. The show must go on. Choose your cliche and join us for episode 117 of the unbroken Punching Cardboard podcast.

In this episode we bid farewell to Eric, a difficult thing to do as he has been crucial to this show’s success. But for us, this is Rock ‘n’ Roll, or the closest thing we can manage. Band albums, solo albums, a rotating cast of musicians, and someone always wants to keep playin’. So welcome new Punching Cardboard co-host Joe to the stage as we intend to rock on. Of course we have some new material in the form of some Time of Crisis riffs and Gentes melodies.

Meet the new show, same as the old show.

TUNES:

00:00:43 — A Farewell to Eric
00:05:37 — Oh, Hello Joe
00:17:52 — Subwoofer Goes Poof!
00:28:45 — Time of Crisis (First Take)
01:02:25 — Gentes

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Episode 115 — The Dynamic Range of Human Disaster

Episode 115 — The Dynamic Range of Human Disaster

Okay kids, I think this is a good one. A little giddiness, a little edginess. Three game session reports that press our buttons and invite some good critical analysis. Add in two albums that we’ve been waiting to sink our teeth into and it’s easy for us to raise this discussion to 11. Enjoy the show.

DECIBELS:

00:14:15 — Sidereal Confluence (First Take – Session Report)
00:54:12 — The Godfather (First Take)
01:10:30 — Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey
01:13:15 — Music (Steven Wilson – To The Bone; The War on Drugs — A Deeper Understanding)
01:47:39 — Mythotopia (The Showdown)

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Episode 111 — Lipstick and Burnt Oak

Episode 111 — Lipstick and Burnt Oak

Time passes quickly, leaving in its wake a trail of unanswered questions.

What was Heavy Con really like? Are the people of  Denver as fragile as the Wicked Witch of the West? Are auteurs better at making games? Has Unfair received fair treatment? Can Whiskey be made in a castle. Why do we continue to enjoy Splotter games?

Well, have no fear about the unknown. We’re here to try and sort this mess out. Feel free to play along at home.

QUANDARIES:

00:04:46 — Heavy Con
00:19:15 — A Very Opulent Palace
00:20:28 — Colorado Rain
00:25:58 — Knappogue Castle 12yo Irish Single Malt
00:36:44 — Unfair (first take & rant)
01:07:14 — Q&A #1: HiFi
01:14:22 — Q&A #2: The Auteur vs. the Committee
01:35:16 — Splotter Games, an Overview

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Episode 106 — Reggie and Emily’s Excellent Adventure

Episode 106 — Reggie and Emily’s Excellent Adventure

Welcome to an episode filled with old games and some special guests. Edward and Amanda from Heavy Cardboard join in as we discuss how to get old games back to the table. And after a day of gaming here at Punching Cardboard headquarters, we unleash a session report covering the three underrated titles that ended up on our table. To be honest, we weren’t even planning to play these games.

In this episode we leave the cult of the new outside in the rain and rediscover (or discover) some titles that should be getting a little more love. We hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did making it.

SESSIONS:

15:40 — The Wayback Machine
16:54 — Baseball Highlights:2045, Super Motherload, Argent
27:19 — Getting Games Back to the Table (Part 1)
32:17 — Dominant Species, Wir Sind Das Volk, In the Year of the Dragon, Metropolys, Florenza
40:29 — Getting Games Back to the Table (Part 2)
53:21 — The Music Segment
61:33 — Edward as Navigator, a True Adventure.
62:55 — The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire (Session Report)
75:51 — Shogun (Session Report)
94:13 — Thunder Alley (Session Report)
109:37 — Captains of the Gulf: A Friend gets his due.

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Episode 105 — The Jay Andres Project

Episode 105 — The Jay Andres Project

It’s three in the morning and I’m trying to raise the spirit of a Chicago radio host not nearly forgotten. We’ll see if it works as I’m on my own in this one. This show about conversation. This show of lively banter. And here, today, this episode, conjuring past techniques, offering up monologue.

Well, monologue and music. A solo diatribe exploring the ins and outs of two recent Kickstarter deliveries, Anachrony and Gloomhaven. And a little indugence in the creative side with a couple of homemade tracks. An experiment. Possibly a reward for those who’ve been paying attention and diggin’ the surprise musical endings.

We’ll see who are friends are now.

TIMELINE:

02:00 — The Jay Andres Effect
06:14 — Thanks for the Nomination
08:52 — Anachrony (first take)
32:24 — Old 97’s, Graveyard Whistling
47:33 — Until Dawn
53:52 — Gloomhaven (in-depth)
90:45 — Punching Cardboard, the Full Track

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Episode 104 — I Landed on the Dog

Episode 104 — I Landed on the Dog

In this episode we try to honor February, that month in which we unsuccessfully try to play games already played and on our shelves. After opening with an in-depth look at all Arkwright still has to offer, we dust off Bruxelles 1893, a 2013 title that has just been reprinted and can be found once again sitting on store shelves, beckoning all newcomers.

In-between we also discuss 1846, Fields of Despair and Jump Drive, all of which have been getting some serious play here in the land of punched cardboard.

We pepper all this game talk with a little whiskey and music because, well, whiskey and music. Art, architecture, trench warfare, railroads, stock markets, distilled grains, space, fuzzy guitars, Catalonian TV: Where else are you gonna get such disparate elements in one show? Have at it folks, and play nice.

ORDERS:

03:06 — Arkwright (revisited, with additions)
43:10 — Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Whiskey
46:01 — Whiskey 101-1 — Types and Grains
53:02 — 1846:The Race for the Midwest (First Take)
58:20 — Fields of Despair: France 1914-1918 (First Take)
68:10 — Jump Drive (First Take)
74:15 — Merli
76:36 — Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Life
84:05 — Bruxelles 1893 (revisited, in-depth)

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