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Episode 198 — There is No Crime in Melody

Episode 198 — There is No Crime in Melody

Chirping birds. Barking Dogs. Screaming Children.

Yes, we’re back outside to record this episode. The pops and clicks of the previous effort replaced by the flora and fauna of mid-Spring. We weave in and out of various topics, creating some loose connections and trying to show that nothing occurs in a vacuum.

MELODIES:

00:10:20 — Libation Time
00:13:40 — Technical Issues and Memory Loss, and Some Stuff In-between
00:33:25 — Kicking and Screaming: Getting People to Play Games, Food Chain Magnate Edition
00:46:58 — A Few Words on Board Game Aesthetics
00:49:53 — The Journey of 1822
00:57:10 — Stickering Games
00:59:12 — Detour: Music on Our Minds
01:27:30 — Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles
01:35:30 — Brotherhood & Untiy
01:47:09 — Better than Board Games: Trials of Fire, Monster Train, Nowhere Prophet
02:19:13 — 18XX Online and Other Infractions.

 

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 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 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 188 — Oops! We Did it Again!

Episode 188 — Oops! We Did it Again!

It took us two tries to get this one right. Well, right might be too strong of a word. Lets swap that for recorded. Yeah, we finally got the episode recorded. I mean, right, ha, probably more like wrong, but you know how it is.

Anyway, on with the show.

ATTEMPTS:

00:15:35 — The Listening Rooom (The Jesse Green Test)
01:12:10 — Joe’s Magical Gaming Experience (Abandon Ship!)
01:59:56 — Destiny 2, The Ghost of Tsushima and many violent ends.

Episode 173 — Raw Nerves, Live Wires

Episode 173 — Raw Nerves, Live Wires

Live from Portland, the 173rd stop on our world tour, presented in it’s entirety without cuts or overdubs, our latest show in all its glory.

Will there be technical difficulties? Yes.

Will we stumble trying to answer tough questions? Possibly.

Will it be good? Sure?

SETLIST:

00:11:31 — Freedom of Thought or Just an Illusion
00:28:40 — Unhelpful Billionaires
00:31:12 — Bruxelles 1897
00:41:13 — Ora et Labora for Two?
00:44:59 — Table Top Simulator
00:47:20 — Barrage: The Leeghwater Expansion
00:58:59 — A Daily Dose of Metheny, Shakaba and the Ancestors
01:09:13 — Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
01:12:39 — Top 5 Mechanisms, sort of.
01:24:20 — Top 5 GMT Games
01:33:02 — Watch Outnumbered.

 

Episode 172 — Exploits in Group Dynamics

Episode 172 — Exploits in Group Dynamics

There are times when you need to make something out of nothing. Entering the studio for episode 172 was one of those times. I mean, we had next to nothing. A game session, a new dram, a couple albums.

But we pulled it together, rambled into other territories, consolidated some stray ideas, and in the end lasted for the marathon. Yea us!?

PATHS:

00:04:17 — The 2020 PCBA Baseball Season: Last Call
00:08:00 — Couch, Whiskey, & Digression
00:35:09 — Bingo Time
00:43:11 — Back in Good Graces: Time of Crisis
00:47:50 — I’ve Never Played Automobile
00:56:45 — Divinity 2: Orifginial Sin (Group Dynamics A)
01:16:11 — Bull Run American Whiskey Aged in Pinot Noir Casks
01:25:23 — Music: Drive By Truckers
01:30:40 — Memory: Pat Metheny and the best album of 2020
01:51:14 — Kohle & Kolonie (Group Dynamics B)