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Episode 137 — If At First

Episode 137 — If At First

Here ya go kids, all the way from the lands of Antiquity, episdoe 137, take 2. We sewed all the parts together and shocked it into being. Because we care.

Sincerely,
Dr. Frankenstein

PARTS:

00:15:03 — What We Did on Our Summer Vacation
00:35:11 — Condottiere
00:41:04 — Legend of the Five Rings — Casual Decks Need Not Apply??
00:44:38 — Sessions: Lisboa, Shogun, Age of Steam
00:51:17 — Lost Valley
00:55:22 — Root
01:06:16 — The Music of Our Lives
01:32:15 — A Dram and a Beer (Sexton Irish Single Malt / Saint Archer Mandarina Pale)
01:38:59 — Emily Post and Gaming
01:54:53 — Antiquity (in-depth)

P.S. — We still forgot the scooters!!!

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Episode 136 — All The Moogs

Episode 136 — All The Moogs

It’s Summertime! Here’s something for a long drive in a rented car or a lazy afternoon at the beach.

MILEAGE:

00:09:57 — Dusting Off The Shelves: Argent: The Consortium (Session)
00:27:47 — Quartermaster General: 1914
00:33:54 — Tigres & Euphrates
00:39:47 — A Midsummer Night’s Questions
01:06:27 — Music: Rolling Blackouts CF, Gaz Coombes, Kamasi Washington
01:39:58 — GLOW
01:42:21 — A Little Light Non-fiction: Apollo8, Seabiscuit, Ben Franklin
01:43:57 — Bios Megafauna, 2nd Edition (in-depth)

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Episode 135 — Dusting Off The Shelves

Episode 135 — Dusting Off The Shelves

As Summer settles in we look to take it a little easy. Some shelves are dusted off, and a couple titles come back to the table after resting a few years. Also, a rare abstract finds it’s way into our rotation.

We also recount a few sessions and some trips to some gigs. Easy Breezy, as Joe might say.

PARTICLES:

00:11:13 — Bruges & The City on the Zwin
00:17:23 — Innovation & Echoes
00:28:52 — Automobile
00:35:03 — Portland 18XX Con
00:40:57 — What is it With 18XX?
00:46:55 — Going to the Shows (Starebaby, Robert Plant)
01:15:28 — Bob Dylan Makes Whiskey
01:29:19 — Azul (in-depth)

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Episode 134 — I Have My Moments and Other Times

Episode 134 — I Have My Moments and Other Times

Hey there.

We discuss a sprawling, big Euro game, a compact, tense Euro game and five albums that should be filling your ears. All that and a debate on the state of the hobby in episode 134 of the ‘cast.

Please enjoy.

MOMENTS:

00:10:49 — The John and Company Not Monopoly Contest Results
00:18:40 — A Trade to Make? (Tash Kalar & Terra Mystica for 18CZ)
00:21:10 — Joe plays Feudum (multiple sessions)
00:49:42 — The Burning Question: Sturgeon’s Law and Board Games
01:21:35 — This Week in Spins (Neko Case, The Magic Numbers, The Pineapple Thief and more)
01:42:18 — Carthago (in-depth)
02:16:33 — It is all just a Tire Fire, Lusty or Not.

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Episode 132 — Watercolors in the Rain

Episode 132 — Watercolors in the Rain

When you most expect it, and pretty much the way you like it. Episode 132. A handful of games, a little whiskey and a few good tunes. All of it, wrapped up into a semi-coherent conversation. Enjoy.

COLORS:

00:07:36 — Heaven & Ale (quick take)
00:14:38 — The Trouble With Mombasa?(quick take)
00:26:58 — Isle of Skye: Journeyman Expansion (quick take)
00:38:17 — Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon
00:41:28 — Music (Dr. Dog, Al Stewart)
00:48:57 — The Year of the Cat
00:54:16 — Lost in Vegas, Free Thinker Shoutout
00:56:46 — Legend of the Five Rings (in-depth)

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Episode 131 — Jackie’s Porch, Every Tuesday Night

Episode 131 — Jackie’s Porch, Every Tuesday Night

Bruce may be dropping the needle and saying a prayer over at ol’ Mary’s place, and Frank’s ghost sure as hell is still jammin’ over at Joe’s garage, but there’s a cool breeze on a warm evening over here on Jackie’s porch.

We’ve got a little bourbon neat, a few slices of pie and some fancy cards; it’s a juxtaposition of thinkiness and relaxation. Come on over and join the band.

SOUNDS:

00:02:07 — No Con For You!
00:08:16 — A Burning Question #1: Why Portland?
00:25:38 — Joe’s first Magic experience
00:42:18 — The Fail Us of Caylus
00:46:17 — Knob Creek 9 yo Small Batch
00:52:05 –Thinky Music: Dan Weiss’ Starebaby, Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense, Giraffes? Giraffes!
01:08:31 — The Notness: Conquest of Paradise (in-Depth & Session)

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Episode 129 — A Glimmer of Hope

Episode 129 — A Glimmer of Hope

Episode 129 is here. We discuss a few chunky, meaty games. We examine a new musical release from a well respected indie duo. And we imbibe a couple of dark, weighty bourbons.

Won’t you join us on this magical journey of hope and glory?

SCHEDULE:

00:12:55 — Will There Ever be a Punching Con?
00:21:15 — Broken Spirits & Resurrections (Through the Ages & Shogun)
00:48:13 — Wye Oak, The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs
01:01:22 — A Tale of Two Bourbons (Bad Guy vs. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof)
01:14:57 — Crisis (In-Depth)

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Episode 128 — Everything is Temperamental at Best

Episode 128 — Everything is Temperamental at Best

Chaos. Uncertainty. Disloyalty. Keywords of the day. But we can handle it. We can fling Loyalty challenges across the table with the best of them. We can arrange a Renaissance marriages and take over religions and funnel coins from one bank to the next like it’s water flowing through pipes. Oh, yes we can. And then we can turn it all up to 11 and list the Euros that should remain on our shelves.

Yep, that’s all happening here in episode 128.

DECREES:

00:14:18 — It Was a Time (some recent plays)
00:21:36 — Pax Renaissance (the Eklund Experience)
00:46:57 — Sekigahara (Session Report)
01:07:55 — Yellow Stone Ltd. Ed. 2015
01:16:55 — A Little Light Music (Superchunk & Will Johnson Redux)
01:27:08 — The 11 Euros That Remain

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Episode 127 — Stout Rusted Trains

Episode 127 — Stout Rusted Trains

No one’s going to accuse us of following the cult of the new in this one. We talk about a couple older games that have hit the tables around here while shaming ourselves about a good number of titles collecting dust on our shelves. Our whiskey’s been nicely aged as well (Unfortunately, the fine salted caramel stout decided to collide with some rusted trains).

So, tip your servers and enjoy the session, and please, please, please, don’t spill your beer.

RELICS:

00:04:38 — The Best Damn Guild on BGG.
00:08:45 — The Punching Cardboard Baseball Association
00:15:04 — Our Shelves of Shame
00:37:48 — On Gaming Clubs for Middle/High Schoolers
00:56:24 — And the Winner Is . . . (Gamesurplus.com Agra Giveaway)
01:04:56 — Willett Pot Still Reserve
01:10:20 — Bruxelles 1893 (Revisited)
01:29:27 — Story vs. Form in Film
01:46:05 — 1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties (In-depth)

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Episode 126 — Aliens Land On Tissue Mountain

Episode 126 — Aliens Land On Tissue Mountain

As the supernova known as February fades we are able to conquer the light years and arrive on a fairly sane planet. It is here where we attempt to answer your questions and guide you through the Gaia Project.

Then, after our usual efforts, we wade into uncharted territory with a serious discussion on a very serious topic. Passengers will be warned and given a chance to depart beforehand, but we do recommend taking the entire journey.

Will we succeed, or will a horde of alien races destroy our babbling civilization?

MISSIONS:

00:12:27 — Joe visits Board Game Blitz Con
00:23:09 — The Q&A Begins
00:26:14 — Maintaining Interest in Medium Weight Euros (Steampunk Rally embed part I)
00:44:42 — If We Only Had a Normal Deck of Cards
00:56:33 — If We Were Olympians
01:03:10 — Top 5 Older Games
01:12:37 — Some Game Mechanics That We Don’t Dig (Steampunk Rally embed part II)
01:25:12 — Getting Jim in Trouble (USA Womens’ Hockey vs. USA Mens’ Hockey)
01:35:05 — The Agra Giveaway
01:38:40 — The Q&A Ends
01:38:53 — The Ardmore Legacy
01:43:53 — Gaia Project (in-depth)
02:25:50 — #NeverAgain (This Needs to be Said)

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