Browsed by
Tag: Kanban

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

———– SPOILERS ———-
————————–
—————-
——–

 

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

Play
Episode 92 — This Endless Whack-a-Mole

Episode 92 — This Endless Whack-a-Mole

Strat_0001How many games is too many? 200? 100? 50? 11? Which games would you eliminate if your significant other decided that the shelves in your house could be put to better use. We look at this question by deciding which ten games we would keep if we had to reduce our collections. Feel free to play along.

ITEMS:

05:32 — Old Pulteney Navigator
11:55 — Viewer Mail, Scheduling, and Other Bits-o-Buisiness
15:41 — Kickstarter Hype, Bookshelf Games and Life Expectancy (Guildhall, Yokohama & others, in brief)
44:17 — Are You Listening?
53:57 — Speaking of Radiohead
64:22 — Nina & Pinta (teaser)
67:50 — Reducing Our Collection to 10 Games

Play
Episode 63 — Peaty Spells and Slapping Applesauce.

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).

Play
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)

Play
Episode 53 — The First Time Ever I Saw Your Meeple

Episode 53 — The First Time Ever I Saw Your Meeple

2014-12-21 16.33.55Well, it’s that time of year, the time when everyone climbs all over everyone else to get their Top 10 lists up and running. We’re no different here at the PCP, so we have some lists for you too. However, we are different enough to put a little spin on the exercise. So,  mainly because we’ve yet to play all the major 2014 releases, here are the top games we played for the first time in 2014.

Yeah, bet you didn’t see that coming.

Of course, rather than keep it simple, we throw other lists at you first: Disappointments, games that need to be played more, honorable mentions. In other words, we talk about a lot of games in this one. Help you somebody!

GENERAL TIMELINESS:

08:20 — What We’re Doing
09:00 — Friendless Stats
10:48 — Disappointments
26:27 — Need More Plays
44:35 — Honorable Mentions
64:17 — The Top 10 Games We Played For the First Time in 2014

Play
Episode 50 — Just Doing Our Jobs

Episode 50 — Just Doing Our Jobs

La_Granja_0001Episode 50! A Milestone. We’ve got special guests and previews of secret upcoming games by all-star designers and marching bands and . . . well, none of that really. Just Jim and Eric pontificating about some games they’ve played. But that’s what you came for, right? Right? Hello?

THE TIMES (ARE A CHANGIN’)

01:35 — What to put under the tree
07:30 — How could we forget Imperial Settlers?
08:35 — Meh (Five Tribes)
13:12 — Meh 2 (La Isla)
19:49 — And fill the stockings too
21:25 — La Granja (full review)

Play
Episode 49 — Whale Blubber and Automotive Upgrades

Episode 49 — Whale Blubber and Automotive Upgrades

kanban_0005You do not mess around with Sandra. If she wants something, she wants it now, and you hop to. And don’t try impressing here with your fifth upgraded part when she’s only interested in the first three. She doesn’t have time. Just make sure you’re working enough shifts and pushing those cars through in a timely order to facilitate the Automotive Revolution.

But if you want an escape you can always go to Greenland. In 1200 AD. Find yourself a fine Norse woman and settle down a while. Watch out for sharks.

TIMELINE:

01:23 — Auchentoshan
03:38 — Productive Gaming & the Sheriff of Nottingham
10:43 — More Castles for the Mad King
14:40 — Twilight Imperium III forever, and ever, and ever. . . .
18:20 — A Word about Streamlining
19:40 — Kanban: Automotive Revolution (review)
38:26 — Greenland (review)

Play
Episode 45 — All The Pretty Shiny Things

Episode 45 — All The Pretty Shiny Things

ArkwrightWith Essen 2014 in the rear view mirror we take a look at the games we will be pursuing. Two lists, five items on each, 10 games that at least one of us will own even if home equity lines of credit are needed.

And then there are all the games that didn’t make our lists that we’re just not gonna buy. Nope, no way, no chance, only in an emergency, only if they look really great, or good, or at least appear in some physical form at our friendly local game store. But truly, other than that . . . .

TIMESTAMP:

2:18 — Lagoon 1st Impression
5:30 — Essen post-view
6:40 — Deus
12:00 — Wir Sind Das Volk (We are the People)
15:45 — Samurai Spirit
20:25 — Kanban: Automotive Revolution
26:28 — Aquasphere
32:15 — Arkwright
39:09 — Mythotopia
44:20 — Colt Express
51:20 — Greenland
64:32 — The Castles of Mad King Ludwig
68:58 — Notables from our long lists

Play