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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 31 — Send Your Complaints to Brian Williams c/o NBC News

Episode 31 — Send Your Complaints to Brian Williams c/o NBC News

wood (1 of 1)This is the episode in which we tell you, dear listener, what games you can get to the table when gaming with your casual or non-gamer wife.

Though we specify “wife”, we would expect that the strategies contained herein would also work with non-gamer husbands and partners, but as the only married people on this podcast are men, we only have experience with wives, hence the specificity of . . . ah hell, just apply these ideas to anyone you know and if it doesn’t work, see title above.

Thank you for your support.

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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 3 – Trains vs. Bruges: Oh It’s On!

Episode 3 – Trains vs. Bruges: Oh It’s On!

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Do you like deck builders or point salad games?

We take a look at two of this year’s filler games that have a little more fullness than a filler.  As the argument develops as to which of these games is deserving of your time and money, we also try to determine whether or not each of these games should be classified as filler.

We might even come up with a new term while we’re at it.

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