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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

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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

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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 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 9 — Tash-Kalar: Brain Breaking Wizardy Chess

Episode 9 — Tash-Kalar: Brain Breaking Wizardy Chess

TashKalar_0012Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized bone catapults or one bone-catapult-shaped duck?

Or, as an alternative to dying either way, would you rather listen to this podcast?   “Just look at those bones in the middle there.”

All in All a very difficult decision, one similar to the decisions that will break your brain in Vlaada Chvatil’s latest invention.  All of this is discussed within.

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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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