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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 155 — The Siren’s Call

Episode 155 — The Siren’s Call

Everything old is new again.

We spend a couple hours discussing games that are maybe a bit long in the tooth. Do they hold up? Are their technologies still viable in this modern world?

We also talk about some new old music and old new whiskey.

MECHANICS:

00:09:47 — Caylus or Doing Taxes (Joe’s choice)
00:14:37 — Two Versions of Pax Pamir
00:23:25 — A Little Glen More off the Shelf
00:26:30 — Yinzi (first take)
00:40:36 — Q&A and Whiskey
01:11:05 — The Quiet of Night and High Lonesome Recollections: Western Stars, Bruce Springsteen
01:33:07 — Agricola (in-depth)
01:52:20 — Agricola: Farmers of the Moor (in-depth)

 

Episode 154 — I Got a Lot of Problems With You People

Episode 154 — I Got a Lot of Problems With You People

Not you people. Not you, the listeners. But when you put 9 people in a house for a week things can get lively. I wonder why they’ve never made a TV show about this.

So here’s what we recall of our annual trip to Colorado, at least the games portion of it. Lots of games

CHAPTERS:

00:03:46 — A Festivus of Thank Yous
00:17:25 — Safe Travels
00:24:56 — Condottiere (session strategies)
00:34:47 — Carolvs Magnvs (first take)
00:43:20 — El Grande (in-depth)
01:03:23 — Roll For the Galaxay: Rivalry (first take)
01:16:07 — Macallan Edition 3
01:24:20 — The Dream Syndicate, These Times
01:31:54 — Sidereal Confluence (in-depth)
02:02:36 — Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe

 

Episode 148 — Enmity Crystals

Episode 148 — Enmity Crystals

Some Games. A Dram. A good book.

Need More? Thought not.

INDULGENCES:

00:16:11 — Feudum Revisited
00:30:11 — The Return of the Video Game (Civ 6, Endless Space 2, Destiny 2)
00:53:34 — The Glendronach 15 yo Single Malt
01:02:17 — New Frontiers (First Take)
01:13:26 — Smartphone Inc. (In-Depth)
01:56:40 — The Relic Hunter

Episode 145 — Space Flow

Episode 145 — Space Flow

Welcome to the final episode of 2018.

In contrast to the happenings of the real world, we close out the year on a high note, talking about some recent plays and recent releases that have us excited to sit down at the table again.

Enjoy.

LAGRANGE POINTS:

00:10:40 — Thank Yous
00:13:27 — Resolutions and our Giveaway
00:26:07 — Managers Wanted
00:29:21 — Martian Rails (Session)
00:52:52 — KeyForge Throwdown (Session)
01:06:07 — The Dalmore 15 yo Single Malt
01:10:00 — The Flow of History (First Take)
01:24:39 — SpaceCorp (In-depth First Take)

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)

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)

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.

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)

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)