Punching Cardboard (podcast)

Oh man, did we pack this show. We threw everything at this one. I even think I saw a kitchen sink fly by.

We give you a little something to drink, a little something to listen to, something to watch, a couple things to play, stuff that went bad, annoying stuff, some oil, water, vinegar: Everything you like or hate about us is in this one.

Forgive us for we know not what we do.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN:

01:37 -- 3x3 Challenge Update (play along)
05:38 -- We Don't Just Go Along With the Crowd
07:48 -- Aberlour A'Bunadh
15:10 -- Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think . . . 
25:18 -- Everybody Plays!!!
29:45 -- The Proper Use of Facebook
30:33 -- Daredevil
34:45 -- Arboretum (review)
55:55 -- When Things Went Bad (music edition)
58:10 -- ZhanGuo (review)

Direct download: PCP_067_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:16am PST

While we considered continuing the remote podcasting with a trip on Route 66, we decided to return to the studio instead and get back to some normalcy. A little Whisky, a little music, a lot of games, and a new challenge await you in this magical land. We hope you enjoy your visit.

ROADMAP:

02:58 -- Some Thank Yous
08:01 -- Balvenie Doublewood
11:27 -- The Baseball Project
16:08 -- Kick (starting) the Spring Lull
18:35 -- Lord of the Rings LCG
27:07 -- Lords Of Xidit
40:36 -- The 3x3 Challenge
77:07 -- ZhanGuo Will Have to Wait

Direct download: PCP_066_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:52pm PST

Our second and final installment from our live Gamestorm sessions. Recorded first on the day, but a very difficult edit deems it airs last. A number of creative people grace the microphones, and we are joined by Jason Hancock of The Docking Bay 94: The Game Reviewers podcast in this joint effort. Film, fiction and gaming all feature here, with a special discussion of the new game March of the Ants

For those who're looking for our regular programming, we hope you enjoy this diversion. And never fear, our regularly scheduled programming will return in Episode 66.

TIMES:

07:08 -- J. R. Ralls (Citizen George) & Robert LaCosse
12:48 -- Knob Creek
19:00 -- Rhiannon Louve
25:16 -- Michael Mindes (TMG Games)
35:44 -- "Lindsey Stirling is so awesome!"
45:38 -- Dave Howell (Penny Gems)
55:30 -- Tim Eisner & Ryan Sisher (March of the Ants), Special Interviewer: Kate Reid
70:50 -- The Mindes Returns

Direct download: PCP_065_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:50pm PST

Welcome to our first remote broadcast, recorded live at Gamestorm in Vancouver Washington, Saturday, the 21st of March. This is a loose affair featuring two very witty guests, Mike Selinker (Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, and many others) and Michael Mindes (Owner of Tasty Minstrel Games).

After a false start, we get the buttons pushed correctly and the levels set as best we can, and we settle in to a lively conversation of many things board games and some things not. There's a fair bit of chatter in the background as this was recorded in the midst of a reception, but if you pretend you pulled up a bar stool and were eavesdropping on a fun exchange, then all will be well? We enjoyed this immensely and we hope you do as well.

Direct download: PCP_064_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:36pm PST

We're smoking peat, greasing wheels, shooting sparks, and slapping applesauce in episode 63. We begin slowly and end with a beginning, all out-takes included. The whisky's a little smoky and the language a little salty, but we get our kicks in this one. All that and some serious examination of a couple of heavyweight games. Please enjoy responsibly.

SPELLS:

02:00 -- Peat Monster!
10:30 -- Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Steven Wilson)
17:25 -- Bono Feld
19:05 -- Kanban (revisited in full)
51:15 -- Oh So Heavy???
58:00 -- A Baseball Highlights Afternoon Special.
61:30 -- Argent: The Consortium (pre-review. to be revisited)
104:50 -- To Begin at the Beginning (Schedules, Gamestorm, Brian DePalma, Minecraft, Requests, Pics, and etc).

Direct download: PCP_063_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:27am PST

Welcome to the quiet little village of Episode 62. Here, at the local pub you can enjoy a fine dram of single malt whisky, prepared with loving care by the town vicar, whilst listening to the locals spin tales of their mining exploits on Mars. What more could you ask for?

DRILLING SCHEDULE:

01:15 -- Cthulhu Approved Whisky: HP, Dark Origins
09:50 -- Old Fun February: Fail
23:02 -- Evil Tower of Cubes
31:12 -- Super Motherload (review)
58:55 -- Gamestorm Plans?????

Direct download: PCP_062_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:49pm PST

You want a game you can bring home to your spouse and play on a cold snowy evening, just the two of you, a nice fire going, a little wine. When things go good, shall we say.

But you also want that game to shine when you have company, when you slap it on the table, when you show your friends just who's daddy you are. Yep, you want a game that covers the range of players indicated on it's enticing linen box, a game that does more than sit on your shelf, taunting you over the money you spent, knowing that . . . um . . . um, yeah.

Well, we discuss scalability and let you know about 19 games that fit the bill. Listen forth.?

TIPPING THE SCALES

02:47 -- Ardbeg Again
05:30 -- Music Reviews (Cracker and Blue Rodeo)
13:40 -- Playing New Games in Old Fun February -- Super Motherload
17:40 -- Railroads and Peppers
20:25 -- ZhanGuo
24:30 -- Eric Won't Play Dungeon Petz!
27:50 -- Scales Defined
30:00 -- Up the Scale
46:48 -- Down the Scale
60:45 -- Working Across the Player Count (Games listed in the Tags)

Direct download: PCP_061_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:26am PST

You asked for it, and you got it. We take a deep look at Deus in this episode, a game that has divided our opinions like no other before it and quite possibly none that will come after. And then we go deeper, exploring the depths of Stefan Feld's oceanic research labs in Aquasphere, because we all live in some sort of colorful submarine. With robots. And Crystals. And a laser barrier between us and our point salad.

TIMES:

06:45 Deus (review)
42:25 Aquasphere (review / impressions)

Direct download: PCP_060_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:42am PST

Welcome to this week's episode of Punching Health Care. We get all medical in this bad boy, finding cures for what ails you with Bad Medicine and saving the world (not) in Pandemic: the Cure. We also toss in some musical cures for KatyPerryItis that will have Kanye West's head spinning (there's probably a cure for that too). It's all about theme, baby!

APPOINTMENTS:

06:50 -- Bad Medicine (preview)
37:08 -- January's Music Selections
41:45 -- Pandemic: The Cure (review)
58:00 -- Co-ops and Difficulty

Direct download: PCP_059_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:42am PST

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks but Baseball Highlights: 2045 reported to Punching Cardboard yesterday, so we're getting a jump on the action. We've got cyborgs, we've got robots, we've got naturals, and we've got a card game with a fairly unique take on the sport of baseball that should allow access for anyone with even a passing interest.

We also discuss (ahem!) the avalanche of games either hitting the table or pending, and whether this is a good thing or not (Eric: Yes! - Jim: NO!). All this and a short preview of 1714: The Case of the Catalans lie ahead. Tread carefully (except with the Baseball part because that is a gentile, pastoral sport).

INNINGS:

00:42 -- Powers, John's Lane Release
05:18 -- They Were Just There Not to Get Fined
14:49 -- Too Many Games (Argue: Fight)!
31:09 -- New Dice For Quantum
33:45 -- Game Weight. 1714: The Case of the Catalans (preview)
39:16 -- Baseball Highlights: 2045 (review)
75:42 -- The Two Stories of Kickstarter

Direct download: PCP_058_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:45pm PST