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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)

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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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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.

Episode 6 — Caverna: You’ll Take What Your Given and Like It

Episode 6 — Caverna: You’ll Take What Your Given and Like It

CavernaYou run a family of discs.

You send your farmer discs out to the fields to plant crops and tend to the sheep, and you send your interior designer discs into the cave to create the dwelling of your dreams.  You can send your more nomadic discs off on wild adventures.  Some discs will sneak off and then bring back baby discs, which gives you more discs to do your bidding.

In the end, if your discs do your bidding well, you reap the rewards.  Oh, and there are dogs too.  And they chase your sheep.  And donkeys.  Yes donkeys.

It has come to my attention that the term discs should read dwarves; however, I am too lazy to go back and change it, so you can use your imagination to correct the text above, you know, like when sending your discs on an adventure.

P.S.  We really do like this game.  I think.

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Episode 5 — 10 Times 10 Plus 1 Equals 22

Episode 5 — 10 Times 10 Plus 1 Equals 22

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It’s that time of year.  Top 10 lists abound.  People pontificate. This is better than that and that is nowhere near as good as the other, all in order, from 1 – 10.

We decide that we too can count to ten, and make lists, but we like to be different.

So, our New Year’s Eve episode sees us taking on BGG contributor Sarah Reed’s challenge of playing 10 games 10 times each in 2014. We make individual lists (because it’s a list episode, and well, it’s just the thing to do) and then compare them in an utterly thrilling manner.

Unable to leave well enough alone, we add a special Punching Cardboard rule to the madness and count to 11. It all results in a what seems to be a very logical commitment: we decide to play our games.

Find our lists on our 10 x 10 page.  Feel Free to post your own 10 x 10 list in the comments section, and add a game from any other list for your plus one.

Here’s  the link to Sarah Reed’s Challenge on Board Game Geek:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/166160/2014-challenge-play-10-games-10-times-each

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