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Episode 114 — Sidewinder Motives

Episode 114 — Sidewinder Motives

Jules Verne published Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in 1870. Dan Quisenberry lead the American League in Saves five times. Nemo, the main character in Verne’s novel, was the captain of the Nautilus, a submarine. The Nautilus exercise equipment company was founded in 1986. Quisenberry, a submarine style relief pitcher, won a World Series in 1985, and may have used a Nautilus machine for strength training later in his career. Somehow, neither Verne or Quisenberry are with us today.

Coincidence?

Well, we can’t be sure, but we do know that this episode covers board games based on material from both men’s careers. Maybe you can solve the mystery, or at least enjoy the episode.

EVENTS:

00:08:25 — Nemo’s War (in depth)
00:48:48 — Baseball Roundup
00:52:20 — Baseball Highlights 2045
00:59:55 — Clutch Baseball
01:16:45 — Strat-O-Matic Baseball
01:34:48 — Out of the Park Baseball

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Episode 113 — This Guy, That Guy, and the Other

Episode 113 — This Guy, That Guy, and the Other

It’s a hot August night, and a cloud of smoke has descending into the Willamette Valley as wildfires rage throughout the region. We may not be able to breath freely for a few more days, and cool air is just a dream at the moment, but we decided to brave the elements to bring you tales from the rebuilding of Lisbon after a devastating earthquake in 1755. We have made a good many attempts at reconstruction, and we hope you enjoy these tales as we discuss the merits of Vital Lacerda’s Lisboa.  Stay cool and breathe free.

BLUEPRINTS:

06:33 — Poll Wars
13:47 — New Music: Peter Perrett, The Only Ones, Manchester Orchestra
24:45 — Lisboa (in-depth)

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Episode 112 — Trading Fours

Episode 112 — Trading Fours

It’s time for Punching Cardboard, The Musical! Well, not really, but we are going to have a long outro discussing a good many recently released albums. But before that extended jam hits we’ll chat about some recent boardgame expansions and German Whisky. We’ll even toss in a story about mirrors in Detroit to round out a full episode. We hope you enjoy.

REFLECTIONS:

00:11:03 — Another Amazing Travel Story
00:23:58 — Barony: Sorcery
00:32:28 — Automobiles: Racing Season
00:43:15 — Haspelknecht: The Ruhr Valley Expansion
01:05:30 — 1844 (Short Session)
01:09:48 — Call to Post, Coming Soon-ish
01:16:57 — The Music: New albums by Jason Isbell, The Mountain Goats, Slowdive, Ride, Big Thief and many more.

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Episode 111 — Lipstick and Burnt Oak

Episode 111 — Lipstick and Burnt Oak

Time passes quickly, leaving in its wake a trail of unanswered questions.

What was Heavy Con really like? Are the people of  Denver as fragile as the Wicked Witch of the West? Are auteurs better at making games? Has Unfair received fair treatment? Can Whiskey be made in a castle. Why do we continue to enjoy Splotter games?

Well, have no fear about the unknown. We’re here to try and sort this mess out. Feel free to play along at home.

QUANDARIES:

00:04:46 — Heavy Con
00:19:15 — A Very Opulent Palace
00:20:28 — Colorado Rain
00:25:58 — Knappogue Castle 12yo Irish Single Malt
00:36:44 — Unfair (first take & rant)
01:07:14 — Q&A #1: HiFi
01:14:22 — Q&A #2: The Auteur vs. the Committee
01:35:16 — Splotter Games, an Overview

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Episode 108 — Stress Reduction Strategies & Space Viruses

Episode 108 — Stress Reduction Strategies & Space Viruses

Eric returns from his travels for a classic PCP episode and we get down to doing what we do best. We have Tramways in-depth. We have rants. We have disagreements. We have things that went bad.

Add in some raves, some whisky and a meaty trick-taking card game and I believe all the boxes have been ticked. Much fun was had. No animals were hurt. It’s a win-win. Enjoy.

SCHEDULE:

02:20 — Business & Scheduling
13:12 — Trick of the Rails
32:18 — New Pornographers, Deep Purple, Chuck Prophet, Vagabond, Hurray for the Riff Raff. Jesca Hoop
43:52 — The Father John Misty Throwdown
59:00 — The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt
63:15 — Things Went Bad (Tramways Edition)
70:50 — Tramways (in-depth)
113:05 — Unbelievable (or is it?)

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Episode 107 — Through a Crack in the Slats

Episode 107 — Through a Crack in the Slats

It’s finally here. Our first 18XX extravaganza. After 40-plus hours of 18XX gaming, and with the help of guest hosts Joe Sturgis and Tony KR, plus cold medicine, tea and lozenges, the PCP finally goes deep on this train crazy phenomenon. Run those routes and split those stocks!

Coming at this from a new player’s perspective, we take you on a ride from the casual ease of 1846 to the intense pressure of 1854. And by “casual ease” we mean pretty damn hard, but with a friendlier learning curve. Anyway, it’s pretty much all 18XX this time around, and the main drama is whether Jim’s voice will hold out for the entire episode. Enjoy.

STATIONS:

06:47 — To 18XX or not to 18XX
16:43 — 1846
54:38 — 1854

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Episode 105 — The Jay Andres Project

Episode 105 — The Jay Andres Project

It’s three in the morning and I’m trying to raise the spirit of a Chicago radio host not nearly forgotten. We’ll see if it works as I’m on my own in this one. This show about conversation. This show of lively banter. And here, today, this episode, conjuring past techniques, offering up monologue.

Well, monologue and music. A solo diatribe exploring the ins and outs of two recent Kickstarter deliveries, Anachrony and Gloomhaven. And a little indugence in the creative side with a couple of homemade tracks. An experiment. Possibly a reward for those who’ve been paying attention and diggin’ the surprise musical endings.

We’ll see who are friends are now.

TIMELINE:

02:00 — The Jay Andres Effect
06:14 — Thanks for the Nomination
08:52 — Anachrony (first take)
32:24 — Old 97’s, Graveyard Whistling
47:33 — Until Dawn
53:52 — Gloomhaven (in-depth)
90:45 — Punching Cardboard, the Full Track

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Episode 104 — I Landed on the Dog

Episode 104 — I Landed on the Dog

In this episode we try to honor February, that month in which we unsuccessfully try to play games already played and on our shelves. After opening with an in-depth look at all Arkwright still has to offer, we dust off Bruxelles 1893, a 2013 title that has just been reprinted and can be found once again sitting on store shelves, beckoning all newcomers.

In-between we also discuss 1846, Fields of Despair and Jump Drive, all of which have been getting some serious play here in the land of punched cardboard.

We pepper all this game talk with a little whiskey and music because, well, whiskey and music. Art, architecture, trench warfare, railroads, stock markets, distilled grains, space, fuzzy guitars, Catalonian TV: Where else are you gonna get such disparate elements in one show? Have at it folks, and play nice.

ORDERS:

03:06 — Arkwright (revisited, with additions)
43:10 — Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Whiskey
46:01 — Whiskey 101-1 — Types and Grains
53:02 — 1846:The Race for the Midwest (First Take)
58:20 — Fields of Despair: France 1914-1918 (First Take)
68:10 — Jump Drive (First Take)
74:15 — Merli
76:36 — Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Life
84:05 — Bruxelles 1893 (revisited, in-depth)

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Episode 103 — Whisky, Pips and Pancakes

Episode 103 — Whisky, Pips and Pancakes

Your mission should you choose . . . wait. Umm, in a Galaxy far, far . . . no, not that (please, not that). Space, the final . . . uh-uh. Can anyone hear you scream in space? Who is Zarathustra, and why did he Also sprach? I think I’m running out of references here.

Anyway, here be episode 103 replete with an in-depth conversation about Spielworxx’s latest, Solarius Mission. We also get into what the future holds for our gaming lives, answer viewer mail, discuss what hit our tables during Portland’s snowpocalypse and drink some Bruichladdich classic whisky. Get your steak knives out.

CAPTAIN’S LOG:

06:20 — Recently on Eric’s Table (The Colonists, Ora et Labora, Days of Ire, First Class)
21:45 — Recently on Jim’s Table (Bios: Genesis, Wing Leader, Age of Thieves)
30:15 — Viewer Mail
53:12 — Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, The Classic Laddie
63:21 — The Year Ahead: Questioning the Gaming Hobby.
89:42 — Solarius Mission (in-depth)

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