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Episode 195 — Infinitely Acceptable

Episode 195 — Infinitely Acceptable

Winter is gone. The Sky is clearing. Birds are singing. Bees are buzzing. Temperatures are warming. Discussions are getting heated.

Welcome to the latest installment of As the Cardboard Turns.

JABS:

00:29:36 — Lots: A Game of Weights and Measures (friendly game announcement)
00:33:45 — Little Bits: Dominant Species Marine (initial take)
00:42:58 — Merv (Joe’s take)
00:50:40 — Blackout: Hong Kong (Joe again)
00:58:15 — The Magnificent (forgotten short take)
01:11:30 — Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India (no take)
01:16:38 — It’s a Wonderful World : Corruption and Ascension (in-depth)
01:20:38 — Stellar Horizons (in-depth session)
01:59:15 — Rusty Brown, by Chris Ware
02:08:22 — Pagan Virtues, by Stephen Dunn

Episode 194 — Four Chords, Rearranged

Episode 194 — Four Chords, Rearranged

Another show emerges from the stasis. We cover several games, new and old. We discuss some vital music and a page-turner of a book. We carry on as that’s really all there is to do.

CARNAGE:

00:14:28 — Newton (finally)
00:34:33 — Lorenzo Il Magnifico (revisited)
00:52:59 — Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road (in-depth)
01:42:28 — Tunes (Nick Cave, The The)
02:03:35 — Blacktop Wasteland, by S.A. Cosby

Episode 191 — The Brilliant Broken

Episode 191 — The Brilliant Broken

As 2021 seems an awful lot like 2020 we are still finding the time and energy to get some games to tables, both virtual and physical. And these games are surprising, entertaining and frustrating us in the ways they always do. Here are some stories about those games.

Some things change (someday) and the rest stays the same.

CHAPTERS:

00:29:07 — Wir Sind das Volk: 2+2 (in-depth session)
01:01:41 — Res Arcana and Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae (in-depth)
01:31:32 — Dos Rios (in-depth)
01:47:10 — Those Golden Moments
01:49:39 — Tunes: Old School and New
02:10:16 — Still-life Talking
02:37:24 — Book Selections for January and February

Episode 190 — All Our Windmills are Tilted

Episode 190 — All Our Windmills are Tilted

This is a pretty rough and raw episode. We’re fighting off the depths of despair, the height of a Pandemic, and an attack on our way of life from the people who are sworn to protect it. Can a two-mile high frog be the hero we need to get us through this episode. Tune in and find out.

DESPERATE MEASURES:

00:03:02 — Polis, Fight for the Hegemony, 2nd edition
00:10:26 — Siena
00:25:05 — Angola (session report)
01:00:15 — Cosmic Frog (in-depth)
02:07:25 — Resolutions
02:09:05 — Call to Post is a Dead Parrot
02:27:48 — No More Windmills

 

 

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 184 — I Think You Gotta Be Bigger

Episode 184 — I Think You Gotta Be Bigger

One. Two Three. Four.

We front load this episode with four games discussed in detail, included are forays into adjacent concepts in gaming. After two hours of that nonsense we delve into some music and television that’s enlightening our minds and enriching our lives.

Please enjoy.

VIEWING SCHEDULE:

00:04:25 — Alma Mater
00:48:57 — Worker Placement: Offensive???
00:55:55 — Babylonia
01:14:45 — Marvel Champions with a Side of Legendary
01:42:11 — Let’s Pour Another Round: Midsummer’s Night Dram and Festbier
01:47:50 — Spirit Island
02:11:57 — Big Music Discussion (Pineapple Thief, Pattern Seeking Animals, Airbag, Drive-by Truckers)
02:43:43 — Don’t Forget the Driver: TV Off the Beaten Path

 

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 175 — Flip Scripting

Episode 175 — Flip Scripting

Wasting no time, we dive into the main game we played the past few weeks. A handful of games follow.

Still, all the content you expect, just in a different order.

Enjoy.

THE SCRIPT:

00:01:24 — Hansa Teutonica (in-depth, session)
00:45:29 — The Albums of 1975
00:57:54 — Memory Failure: Did We Already Discuss the family Hellas Session?
00:59:18 — Triumph & Tragedy (session)
01:15:25 — Santa Maria (first take)
01:35:50 — Captains of Industry (session)
01:56:00 — Books, the Surreal Life and Other Miseries

 

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