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Episode 178 — Keep Prattling and Drag On

Episode 178 — Keep Prattling and Drag On

And on and on and on.

Joe returns from his long, strange trip and we slowly get back into the socially distanced swing of things.

PRATTLES:

00:03:07 — Life During Wartime
00:38:57 — That’s a T-Shirt!
00:45:00 — Clonakilty Irish Whiskey & Loch Lomond 18yo Scotch
00:55:15 — The Ramshackle Game Parade
00:56:04 — The Gaia Project
01:12:10 — 18XX Family Time
01:29:12 — Memoir ’44
01:36:10 — Madeira
01:39:00 — Antiquity
01:44:08 — Baseball Highlights 2045
01:45:29 — Guildhall
02:00:35 — Upcoming Games
02:09:53 — Gabriel Bump’s Everywhere You Don’t Belong

 

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.

TICKETS:

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 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.

ANSWERS:

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.

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 167 — We Got Smiles

Episode 167 — We Got Smiles

Missiles are raining down in Iraq, but ain’t we got smiles.

Yeah, I guess. With 2020 already looking doomed already, we steady ourselves and take a look at some of the good things we encountered over the Winter break.

We have hope. We will forge ahead. There are games to be played.

OPTIMISMS:

00:10:46 — 2020 Challenge
00:19:43 — Jetsetting Joe (Learning Pax: Emancipation)
00:41:46 — Mellow Break (Cryptid, Element)
00:50:10 — Food Chain Magnate (base game revisited)
00:57:16 — Viewing: Godless, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
01:04:29 — Detroit: Become Human (overview – some spoilers)
01:18:37 — Kilchoman STR 2019 Single Malt (tips for new sippers)
01:37:33 — Bios: Origins 2 (session)
02:22:46 — The Sellout, by Paul Beatty

 

 

Episode 163 — Sniffles and Whiffles

Episode 163 — Sniffles and Whiffles

Fighting a cold and the off-season blues, we power though this episode to bring you some pretty heavy game discussion on entries old and new.

Whisky, music and a book round out the proceedings.

CARGO:

00:14:26 — Panamax (revisited, in-depth)
00:58:36 — Paladins of the West Kingdom (in depth)
01:45:27 — Tearraforming Mars: No Need to Draft
01:58:04 — Kavalan ex-Bourbon Cask Whisky
02:04:15 — Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen
02:10:58 — Lanny, by Max Porter

Episode 161 — To Be Fair

Episode 161 — To Be Fair

Consider a concert set list. The band comes out and opens with a couple of deep cuts, a bit slow-tempo, really a nod to the fans. But then they kick it in, building tension, generating release, mixing cuts from all their albums, back and forth across the years. For the encore, a few more deep cuts for the die-hards who haven’t rushed out to beat the traffic.

We’ll just say that this episode is like that show.

CUTS:

00:16:08 — Player Usage and the Art of Making Out
00:21:46 — Guild Usage and the Art of Restaurant Patronage
00:23:59 — T-Shirt usage and the Art of Support
00:27:52 — City of the Big Shoulders and the Art of Declaration
00:31:18 — Creating Music and the Art of Distribution
00:35:21 — High Frontier 4 All and the Art of Paying What’s Due
00:39:10 — The Long and Winding Road (A Games Journey)
01:36:25 — Right Here, Right Now: Top 5 Euro Games
01:53:04 — Undaunted: Normandy (in-depth)
02:27:21 — Snap, by Belinda Bauer

Episode 160 — Fatal Flaws

Episode 160 — Fatal Flaws

We start slow, as cool ambient music on a rainy Autumn evening, but by the halfway point we warm to the task and heat the discussion up to a boil.

Some games just get you that way.

TEMPS:

00:06:01 — Tournament Losses (Wir Sind das Volk)
00:17:11 — Innovation & Shogun (sessions)
00:28:25 — Five-Player Games, now!
00:40:57 — Spiderman on PS4
00:52:35 — Endless Legend
01:00:45 — City of the Big Shoulders (in-depth)
01:43:50 — Vindication (preview)
01:54:57 — Oban Little Bay
01:58:32 — Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

 

Episode 156 — Random Teeth and Paperwork

Episode 156 — Random Teeth and Paperwork

Here we present a nice little boardgame stew peppered with a bit of digression and topped off with morally ambiguous book. A hearty Summer meal, kinda like a pasty in Phoenix in the middle of July, except it’s games.

Made sense to me when I wrote it. Enjoy.

COMMODITIES:

00:13:24 — Homestretch with Middle-Schoolers
00:22:02 — Customer Service: The 7th Continent Replacement Cards
00:26:04 — Less Stranger Things, More Patriot Please
00:31:17 — PCBA and other Computer Games
00:38:31 — The Teeth of Dominant Species and the Paperwork of 18XX
00:57:23 — A Session of Pax Pamir, 2nd Edition
01:20:00 — Yinzi: The Shining Ming Dynasty (in-depth)
01:59:57 — The Painter, by Peter Heller