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Episode 74 — Tapping Away on an Old Typewriter

Episode 74 — Tapping Away on an Old Typewriter

PCP Facebook_0009-2Welcome to episode 74. Inside you will find a lengthy discussion about games that we have played more than any others, a tasting report on a new single malt, and a few new music recommendations.

But to top it off Jim spends about a half hour talking to Richard “Doc” Diosi of Mercury Games about their upcoming reprint of Princes of the Renaissance.

So sit back and pour a wee dram and enjoy.

HEADLINES

03:45 — Madeira Revisited
16:32 — Interview with Richard “Doc” Diosi (Mercury Games)
27:23 — Princes of the Renaissance
50:36 — anCnoc 12 year old single malt
58:45 — Tame Impala, Jason Isbell, Little Steven
68;33 — Defend Your Ten (Our top ten most played games)
117:20 — True Confessions
119:00 — The Secret Q (we almost forgot)

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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 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

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Episode 26 — Pushing Wood in the 15th Century

Episode 26 — Pushing Wood in the 15th Century

Madeira_0011On tour again, back in the power trio format! We ship ourselves to the Portuguese colony of Madeira, where we encounter wild grapes, free range wheat and unprocessed sugar. And lots of wood.

Yep, it’s a Euro game and we have punched the cardboard and pushed the wood.  Is Madeira the best of the 2013 Essen crop?  Listen on.

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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.