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Episode 139 — Lost in the Woodwork

Episode 139 — Lost in the Woodwork

Sometimes you can’t fit all the information that’s fit to say about a game in one episode. Such was the case with our discussion of Pendragon in Episode 138. In response, we’ve created a new segment, The Follow-Up. And it debuts here as we attempt to add to our in-depth coverage of heavy games and game systems.

Also, how concerts are and how they should be, a beer and a dram, and a short look at a new abstract. Cheers.

SETLIST:

00:10:03 — Pendragon (follow-up)
00:44:05 — A Beer and a Dram (Blanton’s Single Barrel & Crux Play Wave Pale)
00:51:09 — Rockin’ All Over Town
01:13:16 — 43 Minutes (Trapper Schoepp – Run Engine Run)
01:16:28 — All You Need is 43 Minutes (Paul McCartney – Egypt Station)
01:19:29 — War Chest (First Take)

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Episode 136 — All The Moogs

Episode 136 — All The Moogs

It’s Summertime! Here’s something for a long drive in a rented car or a lazy afternoon at the beach.

MILEAGE:

00:09:57 — Dusting Off The Shelves: Argent: The Consortium (Session)
00:27:47 — Quartermaster General: 1914
00:33:54 — Tigres & Euphrates
00:39:47 — A Midsummer Night’s Questions
01:06:27 — Music: Rolling Blackouts CF, Gaz Coombes, Kamasi Washington
01:39:58 — GLOW
01:42:21 — A Little Light Non-fiction: Apollo8, Seabiscuit, Ben Franklin
01:43:57 — Bios Megafauna, 2nd Edition (in-depth)

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Episode 134 — I Have My Moments and Other Times

Episode 134 — I Have My Moments and Other Times

Hey there.

We discuss a sprawling, big Euro game, a compact, tense Euro game and five albums that should be filling your ears. All that and a debate on the state of the hobby in episode 134 of the ‘cast.

Please enjoy.

MOMENTS:

00:10:49 — The John and Company Not Monopoly Contest Results
00:18:40 — A Trade to Make? (Tash Kalar & Terra Mystica for 18CZ)
00:21:10 — Joe plays Feudum (multiple sessions)
00:49:42 — The Burning Question: Sturgeon’s Law and Board Games
01:21:35 — This Week in Spins (Neko Case, The Magic Numbers, The Pineapple Thief and more)
01:42:18 — Carthago (in-depth)
02:16:33 — It is all just a Tire Fire, Lusty or Not.

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Episode 132 — Watercolors in the Rain

Episode 132 — Watercolors in the Rain

When you most expect it, and pretty much the way you like it. Episode 132. A handful of games, a little whiskey and a few good tunes. All of it, wrapped up into a semi-coherent conversation. Enjoy.

COLORS:

00:07:36 — Heaven & Ale (quick take)
00:14:38 — The Trouble With Mombasa?(quick take)
00:26:58 — Isle of Skye: Journeyman Expansion (quick take)
00:38:17 — Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon
00:41:28 — Music (Dr. Dog, Al Stewart)
00:48:57 — The Year of the Cat
00:54:16 — Lost in Vegas, Free Thinker Shoutout
00:56:46 — Legend of the Five Rings (in-depth)

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Episode 124 — Throat Frogs & Turmeric

Episode 124 — Throat Frogs & Turmeric

On Episode 124 of As the Cardboard Turns: Joe continues to show off his quick thinking with his ability to jab and dance and commentate. In addition, we a treated to a stellar performance of the word turmeric. Meanwhile, right in front of your ears, Jim loses his battle to a nasty cold.

Will the headhunters come calling to offer Joe a better gig on a more prestigious show? Will Jim’s battle against the evil Mucus be for naught? Will the dog notice that Timmy has fallen into the well? Well, we’ll just have to wait for the next episode for those answers. Until then, enjoy this week’s descent into board game madness.

PROGRAMS:

00:05:55 — Helping a Brother Out
00:16:05 — Rajas of the Ganges and other Tomfoolery (Short Take)
00:34:29 — A Mini Rails flaw?
00:38:01 — 18CZ: The Railway Comes to Czech LandsĀ (Session Report)
01:28:15 — 57 Channels and Something On (Featuring The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
01:43:50 — Agra (In-Depth)

 

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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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