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Episode 189 — Good Things in a Very Bad Year

Episode 189 — Good Things in a Very Bad Year

It’s almost over, this . . . year.

Nothing much to do other than gather up some lists of the things that got us through. We hope you dig it.

COUNTDOWN:

00:05:14 — Best Games we played for the first time.
01:48:20 — Whiskies of the Year
01:58:32 — Best of the Book Club
02:06:37 — Cat Intermission
02:08:15 — The Music That Got Us Through the Year

 

Episode 187 — You Gotta Butter Up That Bread

Episode 187 — You Gotta Butter Up That Bread

This episode marks the beginning of our 8th year ranting and raving about games (and books (and music (and life))).

We kick it into gear with some heavy discussions of almost all of the above. Pretty much, if it ain’t broke. . . . or, if it is broke, lean into it.

TOAST:

00:19:09 — Whiskies
00:22:48 — Giving Thanks
00:26:36 — Our Once and Future Books
00:33:13 — On Listening
00:44:24 — The Crack of Destiny
00:58:03 — Hallertau Almost Got Me
01:02:10 — Viscounts of the West Kingdom (in-depth)
01:46:33 — The Cost (in-depth)
02:24:23 — Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman

 

Episode 185 — Drinkin’ the Dram You Think I’m Drinkin’

Episode 185 — Drinkin’ the Dram You Think I’m Drinkin’

We’re keeping it simple as we’re back to remote recording. One Game. One book. One in-depth discussion.

Still over two hours of quality goodness. Enjoy.

CHAPTERS:

00:05:39 — Tekhenu (in-depth)
01:21:39 — Short takes: Smartphone Inc. expansion and Pax Porfiriana
01:32:51 — Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Episode 181 — Catchy Jazz Misfire

Episode 181 — Catchy Jazz Misfire

Shambolic: adjective —┬áchaotic, disorganize, confused.

Could we use that definition to describe this episode? Sure.
Will we? Sure.
Will You? Possibly.
Does that make it bad? Possibly.
Is it here anyway? Yup.
Is it a misfire or just some catchy jazz? You tell us.

CATCHY SOLOS:

00:02:12 — Navigating This Covid Life
00:26:21 — The Lackluster Side of Gaming
00:35:40 — Should it Stay or Should it Go: Russian Railroads
00:46:51 — Kogge
00:50:31 — The Q&A (Gloomhaven, Fae)
01:22:55 — Sleepers???????
01:49:20 — Tomatin 14 yo Port Cask.
01:52:42 — The Music We’re Hearing
02:06:50 — The Given Day, Dennis Lehane

Episode 179 — Cuttin’ All The Frills

Episode 179 — Cuttin’ All The Frills

Well, you caught us on a nice summer evening, sitting outside, sippin’ whisky, and talkin’ board games. It’s the best we can do in this paranoid pandemic times. Maybe the closest we’ve come to the old days in a while. The most human the interaction has been. Whatever the case, we think we did alright with this one.

FIELD RECORDINGS:

00:07:19 — The Taverns of Tiefenthal (in-depth) with a side of Nusfjord
00:51:50 — It’s a Wonderful World (short take)
00:56:13 — In the Hall of the Mountain King (in-depth)
01:18:42 — Is this the Real Life?
01:22:03 — Coal Country (short take)
01:28:48 — Gaming Refresh
01:45:30 — Literature vs. the World
02:00:45 — Glen Scotia Single Malt
02:09:25 — The Gloaming
02:12:00 — Stillwater: encores

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