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Episode 196 — A Caution of Overabundance

Episode 196 — A Caution of Overabundance

This is us, as you might find us should you wander into a watering hole where we might be holding court at the bar.

This could very well be a prime example of the conversation you might stumble upon.

This conversation spirals around, over and through the games and topics, so timestamps have been kept to a minimum for your safety.

ROUNDS:

00:00:25 — Baseball, Disease Maintenance and a Word About Home Improvement
00:31:29 — Rampant Game Talk and Misdemeanors
01:35:29 — Random Game Talk (Q&A)
02:25:09 — That Old Country Music, by Kevin Barry

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 193 — Cramps and Calluses

Episode 193 — Cramps and Calluses

Hey kids, it’s No-fun February, 2021 edition. And this February has been the most No-fun in years.

We’ve got your ice storms and power outages and never-ending pandemics and Criminal Orange-men still on the loose. All that and so much more.

However, rebels that we are, we try and make something out of this mess and talk some games, both video and board. We discuss some music and get back on track with the books. And yeah, yeah, we also gripe about and question everything else under the pandemic soaked sun. We are who we are after all.

Welcome to the fun-house! Enjoy all the mirrors.

ATTRACTIONS:

00:31:15 — A Destiny 2 Session to Die for (over and over and over again)
00:52:23 — Antike II
01:00:20 — Race for the Chinese Zodiac
01:22:05 — Slay the Spire
01:26:37 — Some Renewed Energy, Baseball Draft Style
01:40:33 — Not Too Long for Whatever it is
01:53:59 — Tunes: Shame, The Besnard Lakes and Transatlantic Revisited
02:17:12 — Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk

Episode 189 — Good Things in a Very Bad Year

Episode 189 — Good Things in a Very Bad Year

It’s almost over, this . . . year.

Nothing much to do other than gather up some lists of the things that got us through. We hope you dig it.

COUNTDOWN:

00:05:14 — Best Games we played for the first time.
01:48:20 — Whiskies of the Year
01:58:32 — Best of the Book Club
02:06:37 — Cat Intermission
02:08:15 — The Music That Got Us Through the Year

 

Episode 187 — You Gotta Butter Up That Bread

Episode 187 — You Gotta Butter Up That Bread

This episode marks the beginning of our 8th year ranting and raving about games (and books (and music (and life))).

We kick it into gear with some heavy discussions of almost all of the above. Pretty much, if it ain’t broke. . . . or, if it is broke, lean into it.

TOAST:

00:19:09 — Whiskies
00:22:48 — Giving Thanks
00:26:36 — Our Once and Future Books
00:33:13 — On Listening
00:44:24 — The Crack of Destiny
00:58:03 — Hallertau Almost Got Me
01:02:10 — Viscounts of the West Kingdom (in-depth)
01:46:33 — The Cost (in-depth)
02:24:23 — Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman

 

Episode 185 — Drinkin’ the Dram You Think I’m Drinkin’

Episode 185 — Drinkin’ the Dram You Think I’m Drinkin’

We’re keeping it simple as we’re back to remote recording. One Game. One book. One in-depth discussion.

Still over two hours of quality goodness. Enjoy.

CHAPTERS:

00:05:39 — Tekhenu (in-depth)
01:21:39 — Short takes: Smartphone Inc. expansion and Pax Porfiriana
01:32:51 — Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Episode 181 — Catchy Jazz Misfire

Episode 181 — Catchy Jazz Misfire

Shambolic: adjective —┬áchaotic, disorganize, confused.

Could we use that definition to describe this episode? Sure.
Will we? Sure.
Will You? Possibly.
Does that make it bad? Possibly.
Is it here anyway? Yup.
Is it a misfire or just some catchy jazz? You tell us.

CATCHY SOLOS:

00:02:12 — Navigating This Covid Life
00:26:21 — The Lackluster Side of Gaming
00:35:40 — Should it Stay or Should it Go: Russian Railroads
00:46:51 — Kogge
00:50:31 — The Q&A (Gloomhaven, Fae)
01:22:55 — Sleepers???????
01:49:20 — Tomatin 14 yo Port Cask.
01:52:42 — The Music We’re Hearing
02:06:50 — The Given Day, Dennis Lehane

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 178 — Keep Prattling and Drag On

Episode 178 — Keep Prattling and Drag On

And on and on and on.

Joe returns from his long, strange trip and we slowly get back into the socially distanced swing of things.

PRATTLES:

00:03:07 — Life During Wartime
00:38:57 — That’s a T-Shirt!
00:45:00 — Clonakilty Irish Whiskey & Loch Lomond 18yo Scotch
00:55:15 — The Ramshackle Game Parade
00:56:04 — The Gaia Project
01:12:10 — 18XX Family Time
01:29:12 — Memoir ’44
01:36:10 — Madeira
01:39:00 — Antiquity
01:44:08 — Baseball Highlights 2045
01:45:29 — Guildhall
02:00:35 — Upcoming Games
02:09:53 — Gabriel Bump’s Everywhere You Don’t Belong