Episode 27 — Terra Mystica and the Age Old Debate: Zeppelin vs. Metallica

Episode 27 — Terra Mystica and the Age Old Debate: Zeppelin vs. Metallica

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This is a long one, but we start off having a really good time before we get down to the dissection. A really good time. Very amusing.

So once we get to our real topic, Eric rates Terra Mystica a 10, and he says it’s the top game he’s ever played. Can we talk him down from the mountain?

And because no one has ever wanted to know, we ask the question: Led Zeppelin or Metallica? Post your allegiance in our comments section here or on any of our BGG pages. 

Hint: Zep is the correct answer.

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Episode 26 — Pushing Wood in the 15th Century

Episode 26 — Pushing Wood in the 15th Century

Madeira_0011On tour again, back in the power trio format! We ship ourselves to the Portuguese colony of Madeira, where we encounter wild grapes, free range wheat and unprocessed sugar. And lots of wood.

Yep, it’s a Euro game and we have punched the cardboard and pushed the wood.  Is Madeira the best of the 2013 Essen crop?  Listen on.

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Episode 24 — A Spare Chair at the Doctor’s Office Will Suffice

Episode 24 — A Spare Chair at the Doctor’s Office Will Suffice

MageKnight_0014Everything old is new again as Eric makes his triumphant return to the podcast.  In this episode we take a long look at playing with our . . . by, by ourselves, and we talk about some of the games that lend themselves well to this endeavor.

Mainly we discuss what everyone in the know already knows about Mage Knight, but we do it in a charming and entertaining fashion.  Just go with it.

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Episode 23 — Live at Budokan: The Solo Album

Episode 23 — Live at Budokan: The Solo Album

Sekigahara_0008I am a Samurai warrior, going it alone for episode 23.  One must do what one has to in order to keep to schedule, and I must talk to myself for 30 minutes (I can’t believe I went on for 30 Minutes).

Anyway, what follows is a fairly comprehensive review of Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan. Enjoy.

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Episode 22 — The Key to so Many Textile Crafts is Ironing

Episode 22 — The Key to so Many Textile Crafts is Ironing

Bruxelles_0002Hello and welcome to cross-stitching 101.

Okay, not really, but we are going off into the world of the Arts with today’s podcast arguing (and we mean arguing) over the qualities of a little game called Bruxelles 1893.

Listen in to find out what we think about schmoozing patrons at the theater and building fancy works of art. Hint: we disagree.

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Episode 21 — Rant! Coffee! Tournament!

Episode 21 — Rant! Coffee! Tournament!

UPWA special Friday posting to get the blood flowing. Here, after a very heartfelt and reasoned coffee discussion, we delve into round two of our Game of Tournaments and take a side trip on the Tokaido road.

With new rules in place in this ever morphing contest we hope to get you, dear listener, involved in the action. We will posting the second round match-ups over the next few days. Please head over to our BGG blog and partake in the adventure that is the Game of Tournaments.

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Episode 20 — Your Deluxe Collectors’ Edition, Free Shower and Deodorant Included

Episode 20 — Your Deluxe Collectors’ Edition, Free Shower and Deodorant Included

_DSC3206We answer viewer mail in this episode.  Well, we respond to a question posed by one of our listeners.  Same thing, really.  No?

Okay, fine, so we have no viewers, but we do ramble on a little about viewing bad TV game shows, so something somewhere has been viewed.

Anyway (and I say this too many times in this episode), after quite a bit of banter to open the show we decide to address the question of whether collectible editions are good for the hobby. Are they?

And, oh yeah, those are old school Netrunner cards in that photo.

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Episode 19 — Dreams of Baltic Aristocrats

Episode 19 — Dreams of Baltic Aristocrats

PCP019_0001Seeing as Russia has taken over the world’s headlines (and not yet the world) we decide to get all topical up in this house and revisit the new version of an old game that we played a while ago.  The game is set in a Russia’s second city, which is how we get all topical.

We also give The Agents another shout out and then because we like you we cut this episode short and leave you with more time in your day to find something fun to do.  You’re welcome.

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And So It Begins: The 2014 Game of Tournaments

And So It Begins: The 2014 Game of Tournaments

unplacedworker0010It’s here.  Time to find out which game will win the Unplaced Worker in Punching Cardboard’s 2014 Game of Tournaments.  While there has been interest, we did not have enough offers to judge the games from real live humans, so we will assign each game to a playoff bound NHL team and let them decide the fate of board gaming as we know it.

After a lot of complex algorithms and random number rolls we have a final listing of games and the NHL teams that will represent them.  Here are the pairings:

A SEEDS:

MaderiaAnaheim Ducks
Robinson CrusoeColorado Avalanche
Caverna: The Cave FarmersPittsburgh Penguins
Pathfinder: Adventure Card GameBoston Bruins

B SEEDS

NationsSan Jose Sharks
Russian Railroads New Your Rangers
Bruxelles 1893St. Louis Blues
Tash-KalarTampa Bay Lightning

C SEEDS:

TrainsPhiladelphia Flyers
BrugesMontreal Canadiens
Francis DrakeLos Angeles Kings
1775: The RebellionChicago Blackhawks

D SEEDS

Euphoria: Build a Better DystopiaDetroit Red Wings
RampageDallas Stars
YedoColumbus Blue Jackets
Freedom: The Underground RailroadMinnesota Wild

Match-up analysis to follow.