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Episode 199 — Matching Our Ambition

Episode 199 — Matching Our Ambition

Maladies, Mortgages and other assorted obstacles successfully conquered, we finally present to you episode 199 of the ‘cast. Chock-full of stories about games and games about travel and travelling stories.

It’s all in there.

And the book club returns.

Enjoy.

TALES OF WOE:

00:21:02 — Apex Legends
00:34:06 — Another Trip, Another Story, or Three
00:59:56 — Da Games
01:01:25 — Are You Dexterous? (Cubiko, Carreau, Bamboleo, Hamsterrolle)
01:20:55 — Knife Tank: Why???
01:28:15 — Praga Capvt Regni (revisited)
01:41:16 — Two-Player Showdown (BH: 2045, Wir Sind Das Volk, Space Corp)
01:53:30 — Die Handler, a Year Later
01:56:34 — Kaivai
02:03:36 — Wizard
02:08:00 —The Dwellings of Everdale
02:23:08 — The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene

Episode 191 — The Brilliant Broken

Episode 191 — The Brilliant Broken

As 2021 seems an awful lot like 2020 we are still finding the time and energy to get some games to tables, both virtual and physical. And these games are surprising, entertaining and frustrating us in the ways they always do. Here are some stories about those games.

Some things change (someday) and the rest stays the same.

CHAPTERS:

00:29:07 — Wir Sind das Volk: 2+2 (in-depth session)
01:01:41 — Res Arcana and Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae (in-depth)
01:31:32 — Dos Rios (in-depth)
01:47:10 — Those Golden Moments
01:49:39 — Tunes: Old School and New
02:10:16 — Still-life Talking
02:37:24 — Book Selections for January and February

Episode 186 — Saffron on Your Eggs

Episode 186 — Saffron on Your Eggs

Favorite mechanics? Nah.

How about a discussion of a bunch of games and the one thing each of them offers to stand out from the crowd?

One thing in one game!

Yeah, we can get into that. Follow along, if you please.

THINGS (Not just One and Two):

00:04:22 — The Election of the Century
00:26:45 — A Brief Musical Interlude (technical difficulties)
00:28:39 — Argent: The Consortium (a session)
00:32:20 — Game news?? Terra Mystica Adjacent
00:38:09 — One Thing in One Game (a list)

 

Episode 164 — Out of Tune Song

Episode 164 — Out of Tune Song

This episode marks six years on the air. We take some time, at Joe’s behest, to consider this and where the show might go from here. Also, we revisit a a game that was featured on the second episode, and preview a new release.

Have fun.

THE YEARS:

00:05:15 — Tournamentville
00:09:35 — Apologies and Better Angels
00:16:33 — What I Appreciates
00:22:32 — Making Bad Better and Good Worse
00:30:19 — 6 Years Down the Road
01:00:10 — Tank Duel (first take)
01:25:23 — Yedo (revisited in-depth)

Episode 160 — Fatal Flaws

Episode 160 — Fatal Flaws

We start slow, as cool ambient music on a rainy Autumn evening, but by the halfway point we warm to the task and heat the discussion up to a boil.

Some games just get you that way.

TEMPS:

00:06:01 — Tournament Losses (Wir Sind das Volk)
00:17:11 — Innovation & Shogun (sessions)
00:28:25 — Five-Player Games, now!
00:40:57 — Spiderman on PS4
00:52:35 — Endless Legend
01:00:45 — City of the Big Shoulders (in-depth)
01:43:50 — Vindication (preview)
01:54:57 — Oban Little Bay
01:58:32 — Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

 

Episode 159 — A Tight Ten

Episode 159 — A Tight Ten

Games, Games, Game. Now that Summer is ended, or at least Summer vacation has, we’re getting back into a routine that promises to result in the playing of more games.

As a result, despite a brief interlude where we express a bit of weariness with the state of the world, we’re diving deep into a few games currently hitting our table. Get your wet suit on and join us.

ROUTINES:

00:09:18 — Wir Sind das Volk (tournament sessions)
00:33:49 — Sekigahara (Session)
00:45:20 — Weary and Filled with Despair
00:55:45 — The City of the Big Shoulders (preview session)
01:19:27 — Lords of Hellas (in-depth)

Episode 157 — Free, Easy, and Error Prone

Episode 157 — Free, Easy, and Error Prone

There is no particular order to the order in which we talk about games in this episode.

We have a free-wheelin’ conversation covering several games to kick things off and then go off on tangents for awhile before a couple deeper dives, including all the mistakes we made.

I mean, come on, who presents their mistakes as a feature of a game conversation? That’s just how we do I guess. Enjoy.

CRITICAL ERRORS:

00:04:26 — Freewheelin’ Game Chatter
00:24:08 — A Wir Sind Das Volk Tournament update
00:29:43 — The Gen Con Non-Preview Segment featuring Pusher Joe. We’re Sorry.
00:58:24 — Birthday Gaming: Escape Plan (a five-player revelation)
01:17:48 — Aberlour 16 year old
01:25:38 — Downfall: Mistakes Were Made (in-depth, kinda)
02:12:00 — Retro Spins #1: Beth Orton’s Central Reservation
02:16:31 — Dark & Money Heist (sexy)

 

 

 

Episode 127 — Stout Rusted Trains

Episode 127 — Stout Rusted Trains

No one’s going to accuse us of following the cult of the new in this one. We talk about a couple older games that have hit the tables around here while shaming ourselves about a good number of titles collecting dust on our shelves. Our whiskey’s been nicely aged as well (Unfortunately, the fine salted caramel stout decided to collide with some rusted trains).

So, tip your servers and enjoy the session, and please, please, please, don’t spill your beer.

RELICS:

00:04:38 — The Best Damn Guild on BGG.
00:08:45 — The Punching Cardboard Baseball Association
00:15:04 — Our Shelves of Shame
00:37:48 — On Gaming Clubs for Middle/High Schoolers
00:56:24 — And the Winner Is . . . (Gamesurplus.com Agra Giveaway)
01:04:56 — Willett Pot Still Reserve
01:10:20 — Bruxelles 1893 (Revisited)
01:29:27 — Story vs. Form in Film
01:46:05 — 1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties (In-depth)

Episode 106 — Reggie and Emily’s Excellent Adventure

Episode 106 — Reggie and Emily’s Excellent Adventure

Welcome to an episode filled with old games and some special guests. Edward and Amanda from Heavy Cardboard join in as we discuss how to get old games back to the table. And after a day of gaming here at Punching Cardboard headquarters, we unleash a session report covering the three underrated titles that ended up on our table. To be honest, we weren’t even planning to play these games.

In this episode we leave the cult of the new outside in the rain and rediscover (or discover) some titles that should be getting a little more love. We hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did making it.

SESSIONS:

15:40 — The Wayback Machine
16:54 — Baseball Highlights:2045, Super Motherload, Argent
27:19 — Getting Games Back to the Table (Part 1)
32:17 — Dominant Species, Wir Sind Das Volk, In the Year of the Dragon, Metropolys, Florenza
40:29 — Getting Games Back to the Table (Part 2)
53:21 — The Music Segment
61:33 — Edward as Navigator, a True Adventure.
62:55 — The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire (Session Report)
75:51 — Shogun (Session Report)
94:13 — Thunder Alley (Session Report)
109:37 — Captains of the Gulf: A Friend gets his due.

Episode 53 — The First Time Ever I Saw Your Meeple

Episode 53 — The First Time Ever I Saw Your Meeple

2014-12-21 16.33.55Well, it’s that time of year, the time when everyone climbs all over everyone else to get their Top 10 lists up and running. We’re no different here at the PCP, so we have some lists for you too. However, we are different enough to put a little spin on the exercise. So,  mainly because we’ve yet to play all the major 2014 releases, here are the top games we played for the first time in 2014.

Yeah, bet you didn’t see that coming.

Of course, rather than keep it simple, we throw other lists at you first: Disappointments, games that need to be played more, honorable mentions. In other words, we talk about a lot of games in this one. Help you somebody!

GENERAL TIMELINESS:

08:20 — What We’re Doing
09:00 — Friendless Stats
10:48 — Disappointments
26:27 — Need More Plays
44:35 — Honorable Mentions
64:17 — The Top 10 Games We Played For the First Time in 2014