Punching Cardboard (general)

It's a hot August night, and a cloud of smoke has descending into the Willamette Valley as wildfires rage throughout the region. We may not be able to breath freely for a few more days, and cool air is just a dream at the moment, but we decided to brave the elements to bring you tales from the rebuilding of Lisbon after a devastating earthquake in 1755. We have made a good many attempts at reconstruction, and we hope you enjoy these tales as we discuss the merits of Vital Lacerda's Lisboa.  Stay cool and breathe free.

BLUEPRINTS:

06:33 -- Poll Wars
13:47 -- Peter Perrett, The Only Ones, Manchester Orchestra
24:45 -- Lisboa

Direct download: PCP_113_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45am PST

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.

TIMELINE:

02:00 -- The Jay Andres Effect
06:14 -- Thanks for the Nomination
08:52 -- Anachrony (first take)
32:24 -- Old 97's, Graveyard Whistling
47:33 -- Until Dawn
53:52 -- Gloomhaven (in-depth)
90:45 -- Punching Cardboard, the Full Track

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:19am PST

Despite this week's title our episode is so Germanic that we might have been better off sipping some hefe-weizen rather than our drams of 18 year old Aberlour.

We open with an examination of a fan created copy of the German-only Kashgar and close with a look at making German autos with Kraftwagen. Many hard consonants and guttural utterings can be found in between, including talk about something called Kickstarter.

Wir Sind Das Podcast!!!

01:50 -- Kashgar: Händler der Seidenstraße
28:22 -- 3x1 results
34:30 -- Kickstarter Follies
45:30 -- Aberlour 18 year old
50:35 -- Last week's Secret Q: Our Response
65:00 -- Secret Question #4
67:37 -- Kamasi Washington, The Epic
72:45 -- Kraftwagen

Direct download: PCP_073_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:25pm PST

We are undeterred. We are punk and grunge and garage. We are sweating and drinking and fumbling about in the studio for show notes. We are tired but persistent. We are Rune Age and Noir. We are Heatstroke, coming to a venue near you and turning it up to 11.

All that and a long discussion of a new classic, Keyflower.

ON THE DIALS:

04:14 -- I'm Playing Baseball.
07:00 -- Noir: Black Box Edition (review, sorta)
20:45 -- Laphroaig, 18 years old.
28:09 -- Use a Nice Glass, Please
29:35 -- To Spark the Interest
38:04 -- Audiophile Corner (The Phantom Band, Mikal Cronin, Torres (MacKenzie Scott), Phosphorescent)
47:00 -- The Secret Question
52:30 -- 3x1: The Geeklist and Update
55:25 -- Keyflower (review)
99:15 -- Input Randomness

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm PST

You've got 3 corps, 22 cards, air support at the ready, some gas, ammo and food, and there's absolutely no way you're ever getting across the Rhine. No Way! None. Keiner!

And so what. Who needs to beat a game to win it, or enjoy it. You just need to beat the person you're playing with, and that can be done. Oh yeah!  

So this is our story of 1944: Race to the Rhine. Listen in and maybe you can find the way to get across the Rhine in time. Enjoy the journey.

Direct download: PCP_033_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14am PST

This episode finds us doing our first preview, this for Chris Handy's Pack-O-Game. These games come in boxes that resemble your old-fashioned Wrigley's pack of gum; however, it's pretty certain that the flavor contained within lasts longer.

We also take a look at the deck builder Valley of the Kings, a game that lets you plan for your own afterlife.

All this, and a special appearance by Lemmy.

Direct download: PCP_032_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17pm PST

Who could blame you if you thought this episode was about the Star Wars: X-Wing miniatures game?  I mean, we head down that road until abruptly switching gears into a review of Helios. To be fair, that was our intention from the beginning.

Mmmmm, pie.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:51am PST

A special Friday posting to get the blood flowing. Here, after a very heartfelt and reasoned coffee discussion, we delve into round two of our Game of Tournamentsand take a side trip on the Tokaido road.

With new rules in place in this ever morphing contest we hope to get you, dear listener, involved in the action. We will posting the second round match-ups over the next few days. Please head over to our BGG blog and partake in the adventure that is the Game of Tournaments.

Direct download: PCP_021_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm PST

Let me just say this: It's just not nice to kill somebody's dragon before he's had any time to get to know that dragon.  Giants, go for it, but leave the poor dragon alone.

We play a couple rounds of Rune Wars and a few other American style games, and we survive to tell the tale.  Unfortunately someone didn't let Ralph live long enough to tell any tales.  Mean. Just plain mean.

Direct download: PCP_018_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am PST

Firstly, we really like this episode and feel we were actually good this time out.  B, we apologize for the length as we were so busy being good that we ignored the timer we set to constrain ourselves. Well, not so much ignored as spat in the face of the timer.

In our longest episode to date (and hopefully ever) we announce our Game of Tournaments, review The Agents, and dissect the Kickstarter experience. We do a lot of dissection here.

So please enjoy our novel length show and watch for our Game of Tournaments post announcing the 16 games that will be competing for the Unplaced Worker award.

Direct download: PCP_016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am PST