Punching Cardboard (podcast)

I'm sick, and it's difficult to come up with a clever paragraph or two to introduce our 85th episode, so I'll just lay it out in a simple fashion.

On this podcast you will hear our interview with Mercury Games' Richard Diosi, who will be giving you the lowdown on the reprint of Princes of the Renaissance. You will hear a lot of game talk, including an in-depth examination of Pax Pamir. And of course, we have a dram and a little fun along the way. Please excuse the coughing and enjoy.

TIMETABLE

08:52 -- Princes of the Renaissance (interview and specifics)
36:24 -- Park Safely (rant)
40:15 -- Games and our Dynamic Ratings?
57:55 -- Can a Game be too Heavy?
68:46 -- Connemara Peated Single Malt
76:06 -- Pax Pamir (in-depth)

Direct download: PCP_085_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:42pm PDT

Welcome to our first episode in 2016. We seem to have settled into a pattern of releasing a show just about once a month. We can sustain this, I think. And maybe add a few more into the mix when time allows. So consider this the first of about 15 for 2016

In this episode we take on a couple of your questions and answer them with a fairly lengthy discussion, trying to turn over every stone in the sandbox. We also take an in-depth look at The Gallerist, including an amazing two-minute drill from Eric (He got the ball all the way to the twelve yard line before the clock ran out).

We throw in a little talk of whisky and philosophy, but games come under a great deal of scrutiny in this one.

ATTRACTIONS:

04:04 -- A Question of Questions
07:04 -- A Question of Balance and Weenies
31:30 -- A Sandbox named Absurd
46:40 -- Horrible Bosses
51:55 -- Oban, Distillers Edition: Distilled 1999, Bottled 2014
61:03 -- No Fun February
62:55 -- Kickstarter Dos (Millennium Blades) & don'ts (Thrash 'n' Roll)
71:56 -- The Gallerist (in-depth)
131:38 -- Russian Railroads: German Railroads (a quick word)
135:50 -- Secret Question

Direct download: PCP_084_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:28pm PDT

Just because it's a thing you do, we  offer up our 2nd annual discussion and ranking of the games we encountered for the first time this year, along with the best whisky and music enjoyed whilst playing.

You'll hear thrilling descriptions of game from two lists, each 17 games long. Why 17? We don't ask "why" here at the PCP, we merely forge ahead and trounce the Goblins. We also add in top fives (or more) in whisky and music. We suggest you sample the wares and create your own pairings.

Also, since this is a spoiler free time of year, individual games will not be listed in the times below. However, in the next few days we will post our lists in our BGG Guild (https://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/1805) which you will be able to peruse at your lesiure.

SECTORS:

05:57 -- Games 11-17 (or so), and disappoinments
40:48 -- Whiskies of the Year
52:01 -- Games 6-10 (or thereabouts)
90:16 -- The Albums You Need to Hear
110:05 -- Games 1-5 (exactly)

Direct download: PCP_083.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:06am PDT

It's Splotter time on the old podcast. We've been spending quite a bit of time organizing and reorganizing our fledgling food empires and we're taking a little coffee break so we can tell you how it's all going. Join us and find out if schlepping drinks and flipping burgers is more fun than you remember.

MENU:

07:47 -- 2015 World Whiskey of the Year: Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
17:43 -- Neanderthal, et al.
21:10 -- Food Chain Magnate (in-depth review)
77:03 -- Music (Samantha Crain, City and Colour, Joanna Newsom)
85:40 -- The Gallerist Postponed (we need another hour on this one)

Direct download: PCP_082_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm PDT

And as promised, part two of our Essen games extravaganza; AKA, the good stuff. Nothing more to say than listen in and hold on to your wallets.

INGREDIENTS

01:03 -- The Bloody Inn
08:05 -- Grand Austria Hotel
16:53 -- 504
21:28 -- Shakespeare
31:33 -- Food Chain Magnate
45:42 -- Bretagne
60:55 -- Lignum
80:18 -- Nippon

Direct download: PCP_081_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:34pm PDT

Despite the prospect of ever orbiting schedules we have somehow collided for a long moment to record another installment of As the Podcast Turns, Essen edition. Yea us! In fact, what we recorded was so long that this will be the first of two concurrent releases today. And yeah, we know you know how to use the pause button, but it actually makes the editing job easier.

Last week we attended a small con in Bellevue that focuses on getting the most recent Essen releases to the table. A couple hundred folks attend and there seems to be at least one copy of each Essen title available to play. Much cheaper and more intimate than a trip to Germany

Between us we put in over 80 hours playing our most anticipated games. We then rushed home through a torrential downpour to tell you about it (or was it to get soaked taking our kids out Halloween night?). Anyway, sit back and enjoy the first half of our Essen game coverage. Maybe grab some strudel while you're at it.

Direct download: PCP_080_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:09pm PDT

We have come to the crossroads here at the 'cast. The external forces of life, real and imagined, have conspired against us. We are against the ropes and down on one knee, a significant cut upon the brow, bloodied, the referee close to the end of his count.  We're not sure there's anywhere to go from here and you can listen in as we consider our options.

We also get to a good selection of games, getting in depth on a few, but quick and concise overall, back in the land of reasonable show lengths

TIMES:

02:15 -- The Hard Stuff: Down for the Count???
23:30 -- Furniture for Games
27:28 -- Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
32:58 -- Istanbul
42:20 -- Roads & Boats
48:25 -- Clinic
54:25 -- The Voyages of Marco Polo
58:19 -- Murano
62:37 -- Gold West
67:40 -- Steampunk Rally
75:23 -- The Secret Question
77:30 -- Kickstarter Grumbles

Direct download: PCP_079_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:36pm PDT

Three Kingdoms Redux is currently the 2156th ranked game on Board Game Geek. It's a game we've been playing this month, one that's been on our radar for quite a while, and in this episode we're going to do our longest single game review telling you why that ranking is approximately 2150 places off.

Also, we've discovered another fine game about to hit Kickstarter, World's Fair 1893. This one has demanded to be on our table more than we expected, and we could see it garnering some silverware in 2016.

Add to this a bottle of Whisky and a handful of light games played just before recording and you have our longest episode yet (On a side note, we plan to reverse this length trend as we slouch on toward episode 100).

ATTRACTIONS:

04:44 -- Sixes &Sevens: Light Game Deathmatch (Discoveries, Mottainai, Flip City, Welcome to the Dungeon, Traders of Osaka)
19:30 -- Practicing Guitar
21:00 -- World's Fair 1893 (in-depth KS preview)
59:17 -- The Bottle of Guilt: Ardbeg Auriverdes
70:22 -- Transition
71:21 -- Three Kingdoms Redux (in-depth review)

Direct download: PCP_078_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:13pm PDT

Someone recently commented that our podcasts are almost as long as Wagner's operas. Well, seeing as we take that as a challenge, this one's epic! Sweeping! Cinematic! In 70 mm Technicolor!

After some short reviews and music talk, and  spin-offs of Eric's "When Things Went Bad" segments, we launch into our annual Essen preview. These are the games we're hoping will take some money out of our pockets. Do we play it safe? Can we find something unique, something off the radar? And how many of these games will even be available to us?

Gotta say, this is a long one, but I sure enjoyed the listen while editing.

LISTS:

03:05 -- Starfighter (review)
23:49 -- Secret Question #8
24:17 -- Tides of Time (review)
30:20 -- Bountytown
52:05 -- Music: Destroyer, Matt Pond PA, Joe Henry
64:50 -- Essen Preview, How We Do
67:10 -- A Wife's Wisdom and When Things are Forgotten
69:40 -- Shout Out Louisville
71:40 -- More Wisdom?
75:45 -- List Making & Expansion Desires
78:57 -- Essen & Beyond, 5th Choices
86:10 -- 4th Choices
95:17 -- 3rd Choices
105:00 -- 2nd Choices
112:40 -- 1st Choices
121:26 -- Honorable Mentions

Direct download: PCP_077_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:19am PDT

Guess what kids? We've been playing games. Lots of games. New games, old games, good games, bad games, even unpublished games (like Gil Hova's upcoming charmer, The Networks). Yea games!

And now, through the miracle of the Interent, you can follow along and listen to what we think of all these games we've played. It's kinda like a sing-a-long, with that bouncy ball hopping around above the words, except we don't have video, so it's really not like that at all.

FOLLOW THE BALL:

01:50 -- Six Degrees of Aggravation
07:16 -- The Networks (Review)
53:35 -- Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey
60:54 -- We played Gen Con games at Sasquatch
63:05 -- Starfighter
69:00 -- Codenames
72:11 -- Spyfall
75:58 -- Discoveries
77:00 -- Secret Question #7
79:15 -- Viceroy
80:50 -- Isle of Skye
82:14 -- New York, 1901
86:15 -- Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot
94:33 -- Ty Con 2015 (the Seconding)
97:37 -- Kohle & Kolonie (mini-review)

Direct download: PCP_076_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:15am PDT