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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 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

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 152 — No Lack of Fatalism or Jolly Ranchers

Episode 152 — No Lack of Fatalism or Jolly Ranchers

I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again.  We played Escape Plan. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. I will never fly again. Enjoyed a dram of the BenRiach Horizons. I will never fly again.  I will never fly again. Not Leet. I will never fly again. I will never fly again.

DELAYS:

00:07:42 — Are You Watching Game of Thrones (Spoilers)
00:20:25 — Last Ditch Effort (Games on the Stack)
00:24:41 — The Journey of a Lifetime (Jim vs. the Airlines Round 2)
01:21:03 — Escape Plan (in-depth)
02:08:20 — Episode X: A False Hope (Call to Post Edition)
02:15:52 — The BenRiach Horizons 12yo Single Malt (Nutty Lemons)
02:22:50 — Tigerman, by Nick Harkaway

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 147 — A Tale of Three Games

Episode 147 — A Tale of Three Games

It was the best of games. It was the worst of games. Yeah, we got wisdom, and foolishness, and whatever else this old fat world throws at us.

Welcome to the 147.

The people of the 147 are in a bit of a mood and and the discussion is a bit gritty, but there is much to explore in this one. The folk here aren’t interested in the black and white of things, but instead revel in the shades of gray embedded throughout.

Don’t be outraged, be engaged.

TONAL VARIATIONS:

00:18:27 — 18Ireland
00:40:57 — SpaceCorp (in-depth)
01:08:57 — Glendalough 13 yo Irish Single Malt
01:21:20 — Captains of the Gulf (in-depth)
01:39:33 — Love & Hip-Hop???
01:53:17 — Dodgers (Bill Beverly)
02:32:40 — No-Fun February