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Episode 195 — Infinitely Acceptable

Episode 195 — Infinitely Acceptable

Winter is gone. The Sky is clearing. Birds are singing. Bees are buzzing. Temperatures are warming. Discussions are getting heated.

Welcome to the latest installment of As the Cardboard Turns.

JABS:

00:29:36 — Lots: A Game of Weights and Measures (friendly game announcement)
00:33:45 — Little Bits: Dominant Species Marine (initial take)
00:42:58 — Merv (Joe’s take)
00:50:40 — Blackout: Hong Kong (Joe again)
00:58:15 — The Magnificent (forgotten short take)
01:11:30 — Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India (no take)
01:16:38 — It’s a Wonderful World : Corruption and Ascension (in-depth)
01:20:38 — Stellar Horizons (in-depth session)
01:59:15 — Rusty Brown, by Chris Ware
02:08:22 — Pagan Virtues, by Stephen Dunn

Episode 194 — Four Chords, Rearranged

Episode 194 — Four Chords, Rearranged

Another show emerges from the stasis. We cover several games, new and old. We discuss some vital music and a page-turner of a book. We carry on as that’s really all there is to do.

CARNAGE:

00:14:28 — Newton (finally)
00:34:33 — Lorenzo Il Magnifico (revisited)
00:52:59 — Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road (in-depth)
01:42:28 — Tunes (Nick Cave, The The)
02:03:35 — Blacktop Wasteland, by S.A. Cosby

Episode 192 — Wax On

Episode 192 — Wax On

Three games and four albums discussed.

This should be easier.

SELECTIONS:

00:14:05 — The Online Boardgaming Space and Acquiescence
00:19:01 — Res Arcana (revisited — Joe’s thoughts)
00:39:34 — Praga Capvt Regni (in-depth)
01:23:28 — Carnegie (first take, session)
02:20:02 — Tunes: Goat Girl, Arlo Parks, Transatlantic, The Notwist

Episode 190 — All Our Windmills are Tilted

Episode 190 — All Our Windmills are Tilted

This is a pretty rough and raw episode. We’re fighting off the depths of despair, the height of a Pandemic, and an attack on our way of life from the people who are sworn to protect it. Can a two-mile high frog be the hero we need to get us through this episode. Tune in and find out.

DESPERATE MEASURES:

00:03:02 — Polis, Fight for the Hegemony, 2nd edition
00:10:26 — Siena
00:25:05 — Angola (session report)
01:00:15 — Cosmic Frog (in-depth)
02:07:25 — Resolutions
02:09:05 — Call to Post is a Dead Parrot
02:27:48 — No More Windmills

 

 

Episode 184 — I Think You Gotta Be Bigger

Episode 184 — I Think You Gotta Be Bigger

One. Two Three. Four.

We front load this episode with four games discussed in detail, included are forays into adjacent concepts in gaming. After two hours of that nonsense we delve into some music and television that’s enlightening our minds and enriching our lives.

Please enjoy.

VIEWING SCHEDULE:

00:04:25 — Alma Mater
00:48:57 — Worker Placement: Offensive???
00:55:55 — Babylonia
01:14:45 — Marvel Champions with a Side of Legendary
01:42:11 — Let’s Pour Another Round: Midsummer’s Night Dram and Festbier
01:47:50 — Spirit Island
02:11:57 — Big Music Discussion (Pineapple Thief, Pattern Seeking Animals, Airbag, Drive-by Truckers)
02:43:43 — Don’t Forget the Driver: TV Off the Beaten Path

 

Episode 183 — A Dull Throb of Dissatisfaction

Episode 183 — A Dull Throb of Dissatisfaction

To hell with the experts, if just for one day. Travel happened. Games were played. Most importantly, human contact was regained, if just for 9 days.

ITINERARY:

00:17:00 — I Did a Bad Thing
00:54:30 — The Games
01:03:21 — The Capitals
01:15:20 — Die Handler
01:23:33 — Joe’s Confession
01:25:05 — Founding Fathers (2007 ed.) and Gandhi
01:40:22 — Overcooked (video game)
01:42:53 — Call to Post

Episode 182 — Tuna Jerky for Everybody

Episode 182 — Tuna Jerky for Everybody

It was a lovely evening away from the maddening crowd so we decided to do a show. Just like the 181 times before, we gathered with some microphones and chatted about board games and other things. Even our special guest, Chip, the cricket, seemed to approve.

CHIRPS:

00:09:49 — Celebrity Boardgame Deathmatch
00:12:47 — The view from 30,000 feet
00:25:46 — Cooper Island (in-depth first impression)
00:59:23 — High Rise (in-depth first impression)
02:07:12 — Clonakilty Bordeaux Cask Edition
02:13:21 — Jim Goes to the Record Shop

 

Episode 179 — Cuttin’ All The Frills

Episode 179 — Cuttin’ All The Frills

Well, you caught us on a nice summer evening, sitting outside, sippin’ whisky, and talkin’ board games. It’s the best we can do in this paranoid pandemic times. Maybe the closest we’ve come to the old days in a while. The most human the interaction has been. Whatever the case, we think we did alright with this one.

FIELD RECORDINGS:

00:07:19 — The Taverns of Tiefenthal (in-depth) with a side of Nusfjord
00:51:50 — It’s a Wonderful World (short take)
00:56:13 — In the Hall of the Mountain King (in-depth)
01:18:42 — Is this the Real Life?
01:22:03 — Coal Country (short take)
01:28:48 — Gaming Refresh
01:45:30 — Literature vs. the World
02:00:45 — Glen Scotia Single Malt
02:09:25 — The Gloaming
02:12:00 — Stillwater: encores

Episode 177 — Vape Spasms

Episode 177 — Vape Spasms

With Joe still on the road, two of the masterminds behind the upcoming Spielworxx game The Cost, Armando Canales and Lyndon Martin,  join Jim in a wide-ranging discussion of games, game-states and playing manners.

In addition, Jim finds out just how wrong he’s been all these episodes.

INCORRECTIONS:

00:06:00 — A differing opinion on Tank Duel
00:17:50 — Group Losing
00:26:54 — Trick Taking Responsibilities
00:42:43 — Player Manipulation
00:49:08 — Hate Drafting
00:53:48 — Takin’ it Back
01:01:03 — Pulling Levers: Math vs. Art
01:15:46 — The Cost (designer insight)

 

Two Passings for the End of the World, Part 6

Two Passings for the End of the World, Part 6

It’s been a hard couple of weeks here, so for those of you tuning in, we thank you. It really does mean something to us.

This is a solo effort as Joe is off burying his mother and attending to all that accompanies a person’s passing. Our broken hearts are with him.

And we are all devastated by the murder of George Floyd as well as the continued beatdown we’re all taking from the Coronavirus pandemic. Hard times come again no more indeed.

So I muse on all of the above and close with discussion of 3 Playstation titles that are keeping me out of my own head late at night. No wisdom, just ramblings.

Take care. Be kind. Love. Peace. Understanding.

Black Lives Matter!