Episode 66 — It’s Kinda Like The Jeffersons

1714_0010While we considered continuing the remote podcasting with a trip on Route 66, we decided to return to the studio instead and get back to some normalcy. A little Whisky, a little music, a lot of games, and a new challenge await you in this magical land. We hope you enjoy your visit.

ROADMAP:

02:58 — Some Thank Yous
08:01 — Balvenie Doublewood
11:27 — The Baseball Project
16:08 — Kick (starting) the Spring Lull
18:35 — Lord of the Rings LCG
27:07 — Lords Of Xidit
40:36 — The 3×3 Challenge
77:07 — ZhanGuo Will Have to Wait

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Episode 65 — A Mighty Wind (Our Gamestorm Finale)

gamestormOur second and final installment from our live Gamestorm sessions. Recorded first on the day, but a very difficult edit deems it airs last. A number of creative people grace the microphones, and we are joined by Jason Hancock of The Docking Bay 94: The Game Reviewers podcast in this joint effort. Film, fiction and gaming all feature here, with a special discussion of the new game March of the Ants.

For those who’re looking for our regular programming, we hope you enjoy this diversion. And never fear, our regularly scheduled programming will return in Episode 66.

TIMES:

07:08 — J. R. Ralls (Citizen George) & Robert LaCosse
12:48 — Knob Creek
19:00 — Rhiannon Louve
25:16 — Michael Mindes (TMG Games)
35:44 — “Lindsey Stirling is so awesome!”
45:38 — Dave Howell (Penny Gems)
55:30 — Tim Eisner & Ryan Sisher (March of the Ants), Special Interviewer: Kate Reid
70:50 — The Mindes Returns

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Episode 64 — The Two Mikes, Live From Gamestorm

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Welcome to our first remote broadcast, recorded live at Gamestorm in Vancouver Washington, Saturday, the 21st of March. This is a loose affair featuring two very witty guests, Mike Selinker (Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, and many others) and Michael Mindes (Owner of Tasty Minstrel Games).

After a false start, we get the buttons pushed correctly and the levels set as best we can, and we settle in to a lively conversation of many things board games and some things not. There’s a fair bit of chatter in the background as this was recorded in the midst of a reception, but if you pretend you pulled up a bar stool and were eavesdropping on a fun exchange, then all will be well. We hope you can all hear how much fun we are having. This was a blast.

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Episode 63 — Peaty Spells and Slapping Applesauce.

20150227_165914We’re smoking peat, greasing wheels, shooting sparks, and slapping applesauce in episode 63. We begin slowly and end with a beginning, all out-takes included. The whisky’s a little smoky and the language a little salty, but we get our kicks in this one. All that and some serious examination of a couple of heavyweight games. Please enjoy responsibly.

SPELLS:

02:00 — Peat Monster!
10:30 — Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Steven Wilson)
17:25 — Bono Feld
19:05 — Kanban (revisited in full)
51:15 — Oh So Heavy???
58:00 — A Baseball Highlights Afternoon Special.
61:30 — Argent: The Consortium (pre-review. to be revisited)
104:50 — To Begin at the Beginning (Schedules, Gamestorm, Brian DePalma, Minecraft, Requests, Pics, and etc).

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Episode 62 — A New Game That I Didn’t Put on the Table

SuperMotherload_0001Welcome to the quiet little village of Episode 62. Here, at the local pub you can enjoy a fine dram of single malt whisky, prepared with loving care by the town vicar, whilst listening to the locals spin tales of their mining exploits on Mars. What more could you ask for?

DRILLING SCHEDULE:

01:15 — Cthulhu Approved Whisky: HP, Dark Origins
09:50 — Old Fun February: Fail
23:02 — Evil Tower of Cubes
31:12 — Super Motherload (review)
58:55 — Gamestorm Plans?????

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Episode 61 — Does it Sing When it Scales

plyrCounts_0002You want a game you can bring home to your spouse and play on a cold snowy evening, just the two of you, a nice fire going, a little wine. When things go good, shall we say.

But you also want that game to shine when you have company, when you slap it on the table, when you show your friends just who’s daddy you are. Yep, you want a game that covers the range of players indicated on it’s enticing linen box, a game that does more than sit on your shelf, taunting you over the money you spent, knowing that . . . um . . . um, yeah.

Well, we discuss scalability and let you know about 19 games that fit the bill. Listen forth.?

TIPPING THE SCALES

02:47 — Ardbeg Again
05:30 — Music Reviews (Cracker and Blue Rodeo)
13:40 — Playing New Games in Old Fun February — Super Motherload
17:40 — Railroads and Peppers
20:25 — ZhanGuo
24:30 — Eric Won’t Play Dungeon Petz!
27:50 — Scales Defined
30:00 — Up the Scale
46:48 — Down the Scale
60:45 — Working Across the Player Count (Games listed in the Tags)

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Episode 60 — The Obfuscation of Feigned Complexity

Aquasphere_0001You asked for it, and you got it. We take a deep look at Deus in this episode, a game that has divided our opinions like no other before it and quite possibly none that will come after. And then we go deeper, exploring the depths of Stefan Feld’s oceanic research labs in Aquasphere, because we all live in some sort of colorful submarine. With robots. And Crystals. And a laser barrier between us and our point salad.

TIMES:

06:45 Deus (review)
42:25 Aquasphere (review / impressions)

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Episode 59 — Dice and Pills Will Save the World

pandemic_0001Welcome to this week’s episode of Punching Health Care. We get all medical in this bad boy, finding cures for what ails you with Bad Medicine and saving the world (not) in Pandemic: the Cure. We also toss in some musical cures for KatyPerryItis that will have Kanye West’s head spinning (there’s probably a cure for that too). It’s all about theme, baby!

APPOINTMENTS:

06:50 — Bad Medicine (preview)
37:08 — January’s Music Selections
41:45 — Pandemic: The Cure (review)
58:00 — Co-ops and Difficulty

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Episode 58 — And We Forgot to Mention the Cool Names

BH2045_0001Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks but Baseball Highlights: 2045 reported to Punching Cardboard yesterday, so we’re getting a jump on the action. We’ve got cyborgs, we’ve got robots, we’ve got naturals, and we’ve got a card game with a fairly unique take on the sport of baseball that should allow access for anyone with even a passing interest.

We also discuss (ahem!) the avalanche of games either hitting the table or pending, and whether this is a good thing or not (Eric: Yes! – Jim: NO!). All this and a short preview of 1714: The Case of the Catalans lie ahead. Tread carefully (except with the Baseball part because that is a gentile, pastoral sport).

INNINGS:

00:42 — Powers, John’s Lane Release
05:18 — They Were Just There Not to Get Fined
14:49 — Too Many Games (Argue: Fight)!
31:09 — New Dice For Quantum
33:45 — Game Weight. 1714: The Case of the Catalans (preview)
39:16 — Baseball Highlights: 2045 (review)
75:42 — The Two Stories of Kickstarter

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Episode 57 — Mythical Creatures Eat Our Lunch.

scoville_0100We spend a lovely day out on the farm, wandering the fields and picking packs of yellow, red, blue, green orange, black, white, brown, some clear glittery, and (I won’t alliterate anymore) peppers. We’re in Scoville, USA and we’re making chili.

We also talk the best music from 2014, our Kickstarter habits, game addiction, and upcoming cons. Uh-oh, Eric’s eyes are watering. He must have forgotten to wash his hands after handling his peppers.

TIMING:

06:18 — Big Box Mania
07:35 — Ardbeg: Build Your Collection
08:14 — Technology Moves Ahead
10:06 — Top 5 Albums of 2014
20:49 — Gen Con and Other Possibilities
24:40 — Eric Does Orleans
26:30 — Addiction Trumps Virus
29:20 — All Our Kickstarters
34:46 — Scoville (review)

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