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Episode 203 — Bathroom Art

Episode 203 — Bathroom Art

It’s October. The rains have returned. The World is still in flux. And we played some games. Discussions contained herein.

FRONTS:

00:13:35 — State of the Podcast (and life)
00:48:15 — Blitzkrieg! (session, short take)
01:02:43 — Rift Force (session, short take)
01:18:34 — Anno 1800 (session, in-depth)
02:17:34 — Music (bang for your buck)

Episode 201 — Sisyphus Strikes Again

Episode 201 — Sisyphus Strikes Again

The rock came rolling back down and crushed us for a good part of the Summer. We got some levers and some rails and we’ve managed to push it back up the hill far enough to breathe a little. So, here we be, talking about life and games again.

LIBATIONS:

00:00:23 — Last Call
00:34:14 — Coffee Traders (quick take)
00:45:37 — Great Conversations and Good Buzzes
01:03:34 — Oath (in-depth session)
01:35:19 — The King’s Dilemma (in-depth session)

Episode 200 — Once More, With Feeling

Episode 200 — Once More, With Feeling

We call this one “The Epic.” Press play and enjoy the ride.

HEROIC TALES:

00:04:22 — Cloudspire (in depth session)
01:03:27 — BenRiach 21yo Single Malt
01:07:11 — SpaceCorp: Ventures (sessions)
01:31:10 — Tawantinsuyu: The Incan Empire (preview)
01:34:52 — Revisiting, and purchasing, Le Havre
01:40:19 — When Things Went Well: Lorenzo Il Magnifico
01:49:06 — 2021 in Music so far.

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 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 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