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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 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 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 181 — Catchy Jazz Misfire

Episode 181 — Catchy Jazz Misfire

Shambolic: adjective —¬†chaotic, 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 180 — The 18th Century Shuffle

Episode 180 — The 18th Century Shuffle

Once in a century Pandemic.
Once in a generation civil upheaval.
Once in a decade game?

We take a 90 minute journey through the 18th Century world of Imperial Struggle, throwing a little pandemic, protest and pot-luck life discussion in at the end of the show. We hope you enjoy the ride.

CONFLICT POINTS:

00:18:33 — A Prelude to Digression
00:31:08 — Imperial Struggle (in-depth)
02:01:50 — The Wind-down

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!

Episode 175 — Flip Scripting

Episode 175 — Flip Scripting

Wasting no time, we dive into the main game we played the past few weeks. A handful of games follow.

Still, all the content you expect, just in a different order.

Enjoy.

THE SCRIPT:

00:01:24 — Hansa Teutonica (in-depth, session)
00:45:29 — The Albums of 1975
00:57:54 — Memory Failure: Did We Already Discuss the family Hellas Session?
00:59:18 — Triumph & Tragedy (session)
01:15:25 — Santa Maria (first take)
01:35:50 — Captains of Industry (session)
01:56:00 — Books, the Surreal Life and Other Miseries