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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 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.

Enjoy.

PROCEEDINGS:

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.

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 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.

Enjoy

PATTERNS:

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.

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)