Punching Cardboard

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

We spend a lovely day out on the farm, wandering the fields and picking packs of yellow, red, blue, green orange, black, white, brown, some clear glittery, and (I won't alliterate anymore) peppers. We're in Scoville, USA and we're making chili.

We also talk the best music from 2014, our Kickstarter habits, game addiction, and upcoming cons. Uh-oh, Eric's eyes are watering. He must have forgotten to wash his hands after handling his peppers.

TIMING:

06:18 -- Big Box Mania
07:35 -- Ardbeg: Build Your Collection
08:14 -- Technology Moves Ahead
10:06 -- Top 5 Albums of 2014
20:49 -- Gen Con and Other Possibilities
24:40 -- Eric Does Orleans
26:30 -- Addiction Trumps Virus
29:20 -- All Our Kickstarters
34:46 -- Scoville (review)

Direct download: PCP_057_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:56am PST

Takin' the heavy down a notch or four from last week, we're controlling areas in Londonderry and rollin' bones in space for episode 56. Still, there's plenty of meat in these titles, and plenty of flavor bringing us back for more.

Thank you, sir, may I have another.

TIMELINESS:

02:22 -- GlenDronach, The Original 12 Year-old
05:50 -- Bidness
09:45 -- Playing From The Shelf Challenge
12:53 -- The Punchies!
15:25 -- GameStorm & Other Possible Appearances
19:43 -- The Walled City: Londonderry & Borderlands (review)
53:10 -- Roll for the Galaxy (review)

Direct download: PCP_056_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:13am PST

Welcome to Episode 55, the Director's cut. Yup, this is a long one. To be fair, We are covering the mammoth known as Arkwright, and we devote well over an hour to this beast alone. We also drink a little Jameson and sew a few quilts just to keep ourselves honest. Might be a rant in there too (just a little one).

TIMER:

02:40 -- Jameson
05:10 -- You mean there's more football!?
08:53 -- Patchwork (review)
20:32 -- Refusing to buy Star Realms expansion
25:20 -- Arkwright (review)

Direct download: PCP_055_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:27pm PST

Hello and welcome to 2015, Punching Cardboard style! Well, an approximation of our style as we are admittedly a little off our game after this holiday break. I mean, we're hustling all over the place, trying to make the plays, but it's like the balls taking funny hops or something.

Anyway, forgive the extra long rules explanations as we delve into a couple of mid-weight, short-playing games: Akrotiri and Lagoon: Land of Druids.

TIMES:

02:40 -- Redbreast 15 Year-old Irish Pure Pot Still
08:48 -- Game Trayz
18:00 -- Akrotiri (review)
53:00 -- We Will Play Kill Shakespeare and Other Tales
59:35 -- Lagoon: Land of Druids (review)

Direct download: PCP_054_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:45am PST

Well, it's that time of year, the time when everyone climbs all over everyone else to get their Top 10 lists up and running. We're no different here at the PCP, so we have some lists for you too. However, we are different enough to put a little spin on the exercise. So,  mainly because we've yet to play all the major 2014 releases, here are the top games we played for the first time in 2014.

Yeah, bet you didn't see that coming.

Of course, rather than keep it simple, we throw other lists at you first: Disappointments, games that need to be played more, honorable mentions. In other words, we talk about a lot of games in this one. Help you somebody!

GENERAL TIMELINESS:

08:20 -- What We're Doing
09:00 -- Friendless Stats
10:48 -- Disappointments
26:27 -- Need More Plays
44:35 -- Honorable Mentions
64:17 -- The Top 10 Games We Played For the First Time in 2014

Direct download: PCP_053_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:09pm PST

Over two long play sessions we've decided the fate of post-war Germany five times over, and we've survived to tell the tale. Just how good is Histogame's Wir Sind Das Volk!, and can it rise above GMT's cold war competition? Can these game designers take the ridiculous and make it sublime? Will we come to grips with the whisky is rated? Why is the sky blue?

Join us on this magical journey back to the middle of the 20th Century and find out. Mostly.

SHOWTIMES:

00:42 -- BenRiach 10 Year-old Curiositas
02:57 -- Ratings: Theirs, Ours and Everyone's
09:30 -- Wir Sind Das Volk! (very full review)

Direct download: PCP_052_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:47am PST

We're a little low-key early on in this one, but there's nothing like Feld mechanics to raise the temperature of a discussion. Come along to a quiet little city on the Zwin. Or even better, join us for some Dim Sum in 1960s New York City.

TIMESCAPES

03:05 -- When Things Go Bad #2
06:50 -- Jim plays Uwe, WHA????
21:38 -- Temporum, a brief note
24:45 -- Setup? This is about setup???
28:45 -- The Feld Throwdown begins
30:30 -- Featuring the Bruges Expansion (review)
53:05 -- Expansions?
60:45 -- Chinatown (review)
76:10 -- Age of Steam
83:00 -- Lethargy Incorporated

Direct download: PCP_051_final.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:56am PST