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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

Episode 121 — A Procession of Excited Dogs

Episode 121 — A Procession of Excited Dogs

Here we are in the heart of the holiday season, starting to work off all that late November food while trying to navigate the December gifting maze. So, of course, let’s talk about some games.

We kick things off with an inconclusive discussion of An Infamous Traffic before moving forward to counteract the hustle of the season with session reports that further explore some of the games that have already graced this show. Add in a little bourbon and music and this cocktail might just be the cocktail you were looking for.

INGREDIENTS:

00:02:03 — Here Be Dragons
00:11:35 — The Baseball Association?
00:15:43 — Who Wants Card Holders?
00:26:40 — An Infamous Traffic (Incongruous Thoughts)
00:53:45 — Weller’s Special Reserve Bourbon
01:00:30 — (Gaming Sessions)
01:02:48 — Calimala
01:09:43 — Mini Rails
01:15:10 — Lignum
01:23:52 — Game of Thrones (1st Edition (9 Players))
01:34:57 — Arkwright
01:37:42 — The Lego Robotics Tournament
01:43:12 — Music (The Euge Organ Trio, John Murry, Joe Henry, Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene)

Episode 120 — Misfits

Episode 120 — Misfits

It’s a long way from Portland to Dallas, but Jim makes the journey and Punching Cardboard represents at 2017’s edition of BGG CON. The people, the games, the whisky, the food, the triumphs, the mishaps: It’s all here for your listening pleasure.

SCHEDULE:

00:13:08 — In ‘n’ Out Burger, huh, What is it Good For?
00:15:29 — BGG CON Overview Begins
00:34:10 — It’s Not Rocket Science, Jim.
00:53:45 — Meetup Oblivion
01:03:44 — Ratchet Soul
01:15:30 — Joe’s Non-Con Begins
01:15:50 — Clans of Caledonia (Joe’s Take)
01:29:20 — Calimala (In-Depth)

Episode 110 – Keeping the PWM at a Constant Duty Cycle

Episode 110 – Keeping the PWM at a Constant Duty Cycle

After four years of gaming together we decided to finally offer up our top ten game lists. Due to the weight of the chaos of our worlds, this is a measured affair, with a more carefully considered discussion of the games listed. We promise to return to our fisticuffs next time around.

THE TIMES:

07:25 — Gaming Frustrations and Public Spaces (Viewer Mail Cont.)
37:35 — Doin’ the Work
40:12 — The Bestest Games Ever
59:39 — The Not Top Ten

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1:06:39 — Food Chain Magnate
1:09:10 — 18XX (1854 at the moment)
1:11:36 — Strat-o-Matic Baseball
1:18:05 — Nippon
1:22:54 — Three Kingdoms Redux
1:26:40 — Yedo
1:31:02 — Magic, The Gathering
1:35:58 — Tash-Kalar
1:38:49 — Trickerion
1:42:04 — Galaxy Trucker
1:48:46 — Sekigahara
1:51:48 — Kanban
1:59:29 — ZhanGuo
2:11:04 — Keyflower
2:17:18 — 1714: The Case of the Catalans
2:21:06 — The Great Zimbabwe
2:25:02 — Arkwright
2:30:03 — Through the Ages
2:33:03 — Terra Mystica

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)

Episode 93 — Ongoing, In Perpetuity

Episode 93 — Ongoing, In Perpetuity

Scythe_0001Join us as we take a ride on that old Kickstarter highway, down to the alt-Euro land of Scythe in the years after the Great War. And this is the big one, Elizabeth! Filled to the brim with deluxe goodness and leaving a vapor trail of buzz and hype.

Fair play, too, as Stonemaier Games offer up the safest bets in the crowdfunding arena. You’re gonna get your game on time and it’s gonna be pretty. Really pretty. But does the game play safe or does it’s soul rise to the level of it’s blinged out exterior. We discuss, very much in-depth, right here in episode 93. Enjoy.

ACTIONS:

02:22 — That Arkwright Thingy
12:41 — Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game (in-depth)
32:08 — Kilchoman, Machir Bay
39:25 — Mystic Vale (1st impressions)
46:15 — Scythe (really in-depth)

Episode 91 — Box Head’s Spectacular Endgame Devastation

Episode 91 — Box Head’s Spectacular Endgame Devastation

MillBladesHello and welcome to another packed episode designed to keep you company on your long commutes. Eric returns to the mic and we discuss Radiohead, John Doe, Princes of the Renaissance & Arkwright giveaways, and HeavyCon 2016 before launching into our dissection of Level 99’s Millennium Blades. Packed, I said.

This one was interesting to edit. As I listened to our in-depth discussion about Millennium Blades I kept thinking of more things to say about the game itself. And though we gave it about an hour of exposure, I felt we left something on the table. Still, you should get a good idea about this unique, fascinating, maddening, and fun game. Enjoy.

BOOSTER PACKS:

04:43 — Princes of the Renaissance Giveaway Update
06:22 — Arkwright Giveaway Teaser
12:23 — Revisiting the Euro question
21:43 — Virtuosity: The Soulless Euro of Music
25:31 — John Doe & The Only Song About Relationships You’ll Ever Need.
29:23 — Radiohead Adoration
45:45 — HeavyCon 2016
52:28 — Shameless Prototype Plug
63:33 — Millennium Blades (in-depth)

Episode 83 — All Ramshackle and Worry Free

Episode 83 — All Ramshackle and Worry Free

2015gamesJust because it’s a thing you do, we  offer up our 2nd annual discussion and ranking of the games we encountered for the first time this year, along with the best whisky and music enjoyed whilst playing.

You’ll hear thrilling descriptions of game from two lists, each 17 games long. Why 17? We don’t ask “why” here at the PCP, we merely forge ahead and trounce the Goblins. We also add in top fives (or more) in whisky and music. We suggest you sample the wares and create your own pairings.

Also, since this is a spoiler free time of year, individual games will not be listed in the times below. However, in the next few days we will post our lists in our BGG Guild (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/1805) which you will be able to peruse at your leisure.

SECTORS:

05:57 — Games 11-17 (or so), and disappoinments
40:48 — Whiskies of the Year
52:01 — Games 6-10 (or thereabouts)
90:16 — The Albums You Need to Hear
110:05 — Games 1-5 (exactly)

Episode 61 — Does it Sing When it Scales

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)

Episode 55 — A 100 Pound Dog Draggin’ Us Down the Street

Episode 55 — A 100 Pound Dog Draggin’ Us Down the Street

Arkwright_0002Welcome to Episode 55, the Director’s cut. Yup, this is a long one. To be fair, We are covering the mammoth known as Arkwright, and we devote well over an hour to this beast alone. We also drink a little Jameson and sew a few quilts just to keep ourselves honest. Might be a rant in there too (just a little one).

TIMER:

02:40 — Jameson
05:10 — You mean there’s more football!?
08:53 — Patchwork (review)
20:32 — Refusing to buy Star Realms expansion
25:20 — Arkwright (review)