Punching Cardboard

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.

THE TIMES:

07:25 -- Gaming Frustrations and Public Spaces (Viewer Mail Cont.)
37:35 -- Doin' the Work
40:12 -- The Bestest Games Ever
59:39 -- The Not Top Ten

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1:06:39 -- Food Chain Magnate
1:09:10 -- 18XX (1854 at the moment)
1:11:36 -- Strat-o-Matic Baseball
1:18:05 -- Nippon
1:22:54 -- Three Kingdoms Redux
1:26:40 -- Yedo
1:31:02 -- Magic, The Gathering
1:35:58 -- Tash-Kalar
1:38:49 -- Trickerion
1:42:04 -- Galaxy Trucker
1:48:46 -- Sekigahara
1:51:48 -- Kanban
1:59:29 -- ZhanGuo
2:11:04 -- Keyflower
2:17:18 -- 1714: The Case of the Catalans
2:21:06 -- The Great Zimbabwe
2:25:02 -- Arkwright
2:30:03 -- Through the Ages
2:33:03 -- Terra Mystica

Direct download: Punching_Cardboard_-_PCP_110.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:18pm PST

How about a short introduction. Episode 109. Anachrony. Viewer mail. 'nuff said.

Enjoy.

ANOMALIES:

04:30 -- Viewer Mail
30:00 -- Anachrony (in-depth)

Direct download: Punching_Cardboard_-_PCP_109.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:51pm PST

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.

SCHEDULE:

02:20 -- Business & Scheduling
13:12 -- Trick of the Rails
32:18 -- New Pornographers, Deep Purple, Chuck Prophet, Vagabond, Hurray for the Riff Raff. Jesca Hoop
43:52 -- The Father John Misty Throwdown
59:00 -- The Quiet Man 8 Year Old Single Malt
63:15 -- Things Went Bad (Tramways Edition)
70:50 -- Tramways (in-depth)
113:05 -- Unbelievable (or is it?)

Direct download: PCP_108_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:15pm PST

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.

STATIONS:

06:47 -- To 18XX or not to 18XX
16:43 -- 1846
54:38 -- 1854

Direct download: PCP_107_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:12pm PST

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.

SESSIONS:

15:40 -- The Wayback Machine
16:54 -- Baseball Highlights:2045, Super Motherload, Argent
27:19 -- Getting Games Back to the Table (Part 1)
32:17 -- Dominant Species, Wir Sind Das Volk, In the Year of the Dragon, Metropolys, Florenza
40:29 -- Getting Games Back to the Table (Part 2)
53:21 -- The Music Segment
61:33 -- Edward as Navigator, a True Adventure.
62:55 -- The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire (Session Report)
75:51 -- Shogun (Session Report)
94:13 -- Thunder Alley (Session Report)
109:37 -- Captains of the Gulf: A Friend gets his due.

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Direct download: PCP_106_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:34pm 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

Direct download: PCP_105_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19am PST

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.

ORDERS:

03:06 -- Arkwright (revisited, with additions)
43:10 -- Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition Irish Whiskey
46:01 -- Whiskey 101-1 -- Types and Grains
53:02 -- 1846:The Race for the Midwest (First Take)
58:20 -- Fields of Despair: France 1914-1918 (First Take)
68:10 -- Jump Drive (First Take)
74:15 -- Merli
76:36 -- Japandroids, Near to the Wild Heart of Life
84:05 -- Bruxelles 1893 (revisited, in-depth)

Direct download: PCP_104_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm PST

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.

CAPTAIN'S LOG:

06:20 -- Recently on Eric's Table (The Colonists, Ora et Labora, Days of Ire, First Class)
21:45 -- Recently on Jim's Table (Bios: Genesis, Wing Leader, Age of Thieves)
30:15 -- Viewer Mail
53:12 -- Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, The Classic Laddie
63:21 -- The Year Ahead: Questioning the Gaming Hobby.

Direct download: PCP_103_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:24pm PST

Welcome to our annual ranking of the good stuff. Within you will find us telling you about all the drams, tunes and games we really connected with this past year, all organized, categorized, ranked and presented with tidy little bows. This is the whole big cake of goodness, and you might want to cut and ingest a few slices at a time.

Then again . . . we know you guys. Just forget the forks and plates and dive right in. It’ll all be okay in the morning. Right?

LISTS

05:40 — Games 15 down to 11
28:49 — Whisk(e)y of the Year
49:19 — Games 10 down to 6
98:54 — Albums of the Year
131:29 — Games 5 down to 1

Direct download: PCP_102_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:33pm PST

Just like John Ford filming a classic western, we brave the elements to bring you episode 101 in all it's Technicolor, widescreen glory. Winter may be wicked outside, but we're moseying down the trail, single malt in hand, and we're delivering the low down on a chuck wagon full of games, followed by a full dissection of what life's like on The Great Western Trail. Get 'em up.

CATTLE CALL:

01:37 -- Shirts & Other Business
06:06 -- The Lightning Trail Begins
06:44 -- Forged in Steel (Quick take)
08:35 -- Lorenzo Il Magnifico (Quick Take)
12:29 -- Inis (Quick Take)
20:13 -- Solarius Mission (Quick Take)
34:04 -- Kepler 3042 (Quick Take)
42:21 -- The BIOS:Genesis Rulebook (AARRRGGGHHHHH!)
45:28 -- Oracle of Delphi (Quick Take)
47:33 -- Guild Ball (Quick Take) - Last entry on the Lightning Trail
51:00 -- Bleeding Heart Pigeons - Is
55:09 -- Other spins (The Stones, Leonard Cohen, Thank You Scientist, Car Seat Headrest, L.A. Salami)
61:10 -- Clynelish 14 year old
70:24 -- The Great Western Trail (In-Depth)
133:35 -- The Crazy World of Lego Robotics

Direct download: PCP_101_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:11pm PST