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Episode 151 — Light Quiet Minds

Episode 151 — Light Quiet Minds

Sometimes, after recording, I’m uncertain as to whether the episode is worth releasing.

Sometimes we go into the recording session thinking we have very little to say.

Episode 151 met both of those conditions. Yet, in the editing, all seemed well, and in fact, it felt as though much good was accomplished. Whether you agree or not is another matter completely.

MEDITATIONS:

00:15:45 — 10 Days of Silence
00:32:02 — Culling the Social Media Some More
00:35:43 — The Games People Play (Part 1)
00:38:15 — World’s Fair 1893 (in-depth revisited)
00:59:49 — Snow Tails (in-depth)
01:16:16 — It’s Okay to Lighten Up
01:24:30 — Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
01:36:49 — The Games People Play (Part 2: Electronic Ramble Edition)
02:22:26 — Not Suffering
02:27:07 — No Rants

Episode 150 — For Example, to Exemplify

Episode 150 — For Example, to Exemplify

Welcome to our 150th episode extravaganza! And by extravaganza we mean the same ol’ same ol’. A few games, an album, a book, some banter, a disagreement or two.

Parades and fireworks not included.

MILESTONES:

00:12:44 — Great Western Trail: Rails to the North (in-depth)
00:40:46 — Lowenherz (session)
00:59:43 — Mercury Rev, Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited
01:14:20 — Quartermaster General: The Cold War (in-depth session)
01:48:00 — Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory
02:20:25 — The State of the Podcast
02:39:22 — Loss

Episode 149 — Stupid and Doomed

Episode 149 — Stupid and Doomed

We execute all the plans we never had. Rather, we have no plan and decide to abandon the plan we don’t have. In other words, this one is just a loose conversation touching on a slew of games, a couple artful albums, and a damn fine dram of whisky.

Enjoy.

GAME PLAN:

00:15:08 — Sessions (Game of Thrones, Aquasphere, Calimala, Thunder Alley, Agra)
00:35:05 — Destiny 2 00:36:50 –Civ Games
00:53:51 — Kilchoman 2008 Single Malt
01:02:16 — Music (Dan Mangan, Charles Lloyd, Lucinda Williams)
01:20:18 — Q&A

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

Episode 146 — A Sideways Look in the Rearview Mirror

Episode 146 — A Sideways Look in the Rearview Mirror

Here it be.

Our annual look back. Our listaganza. The episode where we talk all about the best games, whiskies, and albums we encountered the previous year. You ask for it and we provide it. Or, maybe you don’t ask for it, but here it is anyway.

So take a listen and see if we are remotely close to where last year took you.

REMEMBRANCES:

00:02:30 — January’s Book
00:12:43 — The Music Lists
01:07:47 — The Games Lists
01:58:40 — The Games Honorable Mentions
02:05:45 — The Whisk(e)y Lists
02:23:25 — Outro: Odds, Ends and Deliberations

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 144 — Mully Ully Gue Gets a Train

Episode 144 — Mully Ully Gue Gets a Train

With the December chill in full swing we need to get down with something hot, so we’re talking a couple new releases that were highly anticipated here in the dungeon. Could they live up to our expectations? Do they play? Do they have legs? Will our travels be rewarded?

The answers to those questions and much more can be heard in our latest episode. Have fun.

TIMETABLES:

00:09:20 — Blood on the Ohio contest
00:13:03 — The Good, The Disappointing and the Frustrating
00:31:42 — The Republic of Rome
00:41:08 — 18Lilliput
01:08:39 — KeyForge
01:43:44 — Book Club #2: Beartown, by Frederik Backman

Episode 143 — Those Old Technologies

Episode 143 — Those Old Technologies

The boys are back in town and doing well, and all is right with the world. In this episode, the BGG CON experience and a smattering of games, both old and new.

Enjoy.

SCHEDULE:

00:09:20 — Another Year?
00:12:06 — December’s Book Selection
00:22:26 — The BGG CON Experience
00:31:25 — Crayon Rails (Martian Rails, Iron Dragon)
00:43:15 — Lowenherz
00:48:02 — Web of Power
01:05:01 — Random Shout-outs
01:08:47 — The Mayor of Eurotown
01:14:13 — Hockey Game Hijinks
01:29:19 — Underwater Cities
01:47:02 — Blackout: Hong Kong

Episode 142 — Pleasure and Instruction

Episode 142 — Pleasure and Instruction

Welcome to a lively episode. In this one we dip our toes back into the Eurogame-o-sphere, and we are fairly excited about the waters.

Also, the first installment of the Punching Cardboard Book Club, which results in a heady and exhilarating discussion. As they say in sportsball, we left it all on the field in this one.

CHAPTERS:

00:18:52 — Wilderness War
00:30:55 — Francis Drake
01:04:12 — The Estates
01:19:45 — Westward American Single Malt
01:30:07 — TV Diversions: Daredevil Season 3, Patriot
01:36:10 — Coimbra
01:59:39 — Book Club #1: Transatlantic, by Colum McCann

Episode 141 — When Did You Stop Caring?

Episode 141 — When Did You Stop Caring?

It’s that time, and we roll the dice and lay out the games that have caught our attention in this year’s Essen preview show.

First we cover 10 games nominated by our guild using a complex and patented formula. Then we each take a shot at adding five games of our own discovery. Throw in some expansion discussion, and you have a show of partially educated guessing that is sure to wow even the most cynical gamer.

SPOILERS:

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00:14:49 — The Guild 10 plus
00:16:03 — Tramways Workbook
00:17:58 — Barrage
00:2303 — 18Lilliput
0026:37 — SpaceCorp
00:30:45 — City of the Big Shoulders
00:34:20 — Reykholt
00:37:43 — Pipeline
00:44:06 — Teotihuacan
00:49:05 — Captains of the Gulf
00:56:20 — Pax Emancipation
01:03:42 — Blackout: Hong Kong
01:12:30 — Our Fives
01:15:05 — Architects of the West Kingdom (Jim #5)
01:18:56 — Ancient Civilizations of the Inner Sea (Jim #4)
01:20:20 — Underwater Cities (Jim #3)
01:22:04 — Europa Universalis (Joe #5)
01:24:09 — Pandoria (Joe#4)
01:25:22 — Dominant Species: Marine (Joe #3)
01:28:06 — Imaginarium (Joe #2)
01:30:37 — Expedition Zetta (Jim #2)
01:34:02 — War Room (Jim #1)
01:37:20 — Newton (Joe #1)
01:44:11 — Expansions and Other Riff Raff