Sun, 16 July 2017
It's time for Punching Cardboard, The Musical! Well, not really, but we are going to have a long outro discussing a good many recently released albums. But before that extended jam hits we'll chat about some recent boardgame expansions and German Whisky. We'll even toss in a story about mirrors in Detroit to round out a full episode. We hope you enjoy.
00:11:03 -- Another Amazing Travel Story
Sat, 17 June 2017
Time passes quickly, leaving in its wake a trail of unanswered questions.
What was Heavy Con really like? Are the people of Denver as fragile as the Wicked Witch of the West? Are auteurs better at making games? Has Unfair received fair treatment? Can Whiskey be made in a castle. Why do we continue to enjoy Splotter games?
Well, have no fear about the unknown. We're here to try and sort this mess out. Feel free to play along at home.
00:04:46 -- Heavy Con
Fri, 19 May 2017
After four years of gaming together we decided to finally offer up our top ten game lists. Due to the weight of the chaos of our worlds, this is a measured affair, with a more carefully considered discussion of the games listed. We promise to return to our fisticuffs next time around.
07:25 -- Gaming Frustrations and Public Spaces (Viewer Mail Cont.)
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1:06:39 -- Food Chain Magnate
Thu, 4 May 2017
How about a short introduction. Episode 109. Anachrony. Viewer mail. 'nuff said.
04:30 -- Viewer Mail
Wed, 19 April 2017
Eric returns from his travels for a classic PCP episode and we get down to doing what we do best. We have Tramways in-depth. We have rants. We have disagreements. We have things that went bad.
Add in some raves, some whisky and a meaty trick-taking card game and I believe all the boxes have been ticked. Much fun was had. No animals were hurt. It's a win-win. Enjoy.
02:20 -- Business & Scheduling
Tue, 4 April 2017
It's finally here. Our first 18XX extravaganza. After 40-plus hours of 18XX gaming, and with the help of guest hosts Joe Sturgis and Tony KR, plus cold medicine, tea and lozenges, the PCP finally goes deep on this train crazy phenomenon. Run those routes and split those stocks!
Coming at this from a new player's perspective, we take you on a ride from the casual ease of 1846 to the intense pressure of 1854. And by "casual ease" we mean pretty damn hard, but with a friendlier learning curve. Anyway, it's pretty much all 18XX this time around, and the main drama is whether Jim's voice will hold out for the entire episode. Enjoy.
06:47 -- To 18XX or not to 18XX
Tue, 14 March 2017
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.
15:40 -- The Wayback Machine
Thu, 2 March 2017
It's three in the morning and I'm trying to raise the spirit of a Chicago radio host not nearly forgotten. We'll see if it works as I'm on my own in this one. This show about conversation. This show of lively banter. And here, today, this episode, conjuring past techniques, offering up monologue.
Well, monologue and music. A solo diatribe exploring the ins and outs of two recent Kickstarter deliveries, Anachrony and Gloomhaven. And a little indugence in the creative side with a couple of homemade tracks, an experiment, and a reward for those who've been paying attention and diggin' the surprise musical endings.
We'll see who are friends are now.
02:00 -- The Jay Andres Effect
Fri, 3 February 2017
In this episode we try to honor February, that month in which we unsuccessfully try to play games already played and on our shelves. After opening with an in-depth look at all Arkwright still has to offer, we dust off Bruxelles 1893, a 2013 title that has just been reprinted and can be found once again sitting on store shelves, beckoning all newcomers.
In-between we also discuss 1846, Fields of Despair and Jump Drive, all of which have been getting some serious play here in the land of punched cardboard.
We pepper all this game talk with a little whiskey and music because, well, whiskey and music. Art, architecture, trench warfare, railroads, stock markets, distilled grains, space, fuzzy guitars, Catalonian TV: Where else are you gonna get such disparate elements in one show? Have at it folks, and play nice.
03:06 -- Arkwright (revisited, with additions)
Fri, 20 January 2017
Your mission should you choose . . . wait. Umm, in a Galaxy far, far . . . no, not that (please, not that). Space, the final . . . uh-uh. Can anyone hear you scream in space? Who is Zarathustra, and why did he Also sprach? I think I'm running out of references here.
Anyway, here be episode 103 replete with an in-depth conversation about Spielworxx's latest, Solarius Mission. We also get into what the future holds for our gaming lives, answer viewer mail, discuss what hit our tables during Portland's snowpocalypse and drink some Bruichladdich classic whisky. Get your steak knives out.
06:20 -- Recently on Eric's Table (The Colonists, Ora et Labora, Days of Ire, First Class)