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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 122 — Inventory Replays

Episode 122 — Inventory Replays

We made it. 2017 is heading out the door. We’re battered and beaten and bruised and bewitched and bespoke and bee-stung and help me off this ride. Phew!

But before we go, here’s a bunch of stuff we dug in 2017. We’re talkin’ games and whiskey and whisky and tunes and food and beer and a whole lot of other things in this episode. We take a swipe at a few things, but we mostly go for the good stuff as we sneak off to 2018, hoping that if it doesn’t hear us we can find a little more peace and joy in that neck of the woods. Anyway, please enjoy our year-end extravaganza. We’ll see you on the other side.

IN THE BOOTH:

00:08:28 — Card Tray Giveaway
00:16:09 — Games (10 down to 6)
00:51:41 — Top 5 Train Games (Joe)
00:54:03 — Top 5 Reasons to Hate Sports (Jim, an audible)
01:00:05 — Best Music of 2017
01:23:22 — Top 5 IPAs (Joe)
01:27:47 — Top 5 Foods (Jim)
01:35:44 — Whisky Tasting Results
01:41:32 — Games (5 down to 1)
02:17:45 — Disappointments and Other Odds & Ends

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 118 — The Ranch of Failed Sessions

Episode 118 — The Ranch of Failed Sessions

They say time flies when you’re having fun, so I can certainly say we had fun while recording this one. Our bad. But for those of you who enjoy long, rambling discussions peppered with brilliant insights, you just might find this one to your liking. Enjoy.

THE PATH AHEAD:

00:05:12 — 2017 T-Shirts
00:12:40 — Gaming on Ye Olde Ranch
00:21:18 — The Ruhr (First Take)
00:27:15 — Card City XL (First Take)
00:30:50 — Mini Rails (First Take)
00:33:27 — Clans of Caledonia (First Take)
00:42:33 — Chicago Express
00:53:16 — Redbreast 15yo & Children at Play
01:04:50 — Viewer Mail
01:38:25 — Music Roundup (Ben Allison, Kamasi Washington, Mike Stern, Queens of the Stone Age, Destroyer)
01:55:22 — Lignum (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 81 — Eating Cake in Bellevue (Part B, the Second)

Episode 81 — Eating Cake in Bellevue (Part B, the Second)

Nippon_0001And as promised, part two of our Essen games extravaganza; AKA, the good stuff. Nothing more to say than listen in and hold on to your wallets.

INGREDIENTS

01:03 — The Bloody Inn
08:05 — Grand Austria Hotel
16:53 — 504
21:28 — Shakespeare
31:33 — Food Chain Magnate
45:42 — Bretagne
60:55 — Lignum
80:18 — Nippon

Episode 77 — The Nuance of Taste and Things Forgotten

Episode 77 — The Nuance of Taste and Things Forgotten

Bountytown_0001Someone recently commented that our podcasts are almost as long as Wagner’s operas. Well, seeing as we take that as a challenge, this one’s epic! Sweeping! Cinematic! In 70 mm Technicolor!

After some short reviews and music talk, and  spin-offs of Eric’s “When Things Went Bad” segments, we launch into our annual Essen preview. These are the games we’re hoping will take some money out of our pockets. Do we play it safe? Can we find something unique, something off the radar? And how many of these games will even be available to us?

Gotta say, this is a long one, but I sure enjoyed the listen while editing.

LISTS:

03:05 — Starfighter (review)
23:49 — Secret Question #8
24:17 — Tides of Time (review)
30:20 — Bountytown
52:05 — Music: Destroyer, Matt Pond PA, Joe Henry
64:50 — Essen Preview, How We Do
67:10 — A Wife’s Wisdom and When Things are Forgotten
69:40 — Shout Out Louisville
71:40 — More Wisdom?
75:45 — List Making & Expansion Desires
78:57 — Essen & Beyond, 5th Choices
86:10 — 4th Choices
95:17 — 3rd Choices
105:00 — 2nd Choices
112:40 — 1st Choices
121:26 — Honorable Mentions