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Episode 202 -- And Other Things
2:38:54If you want some takes on what's new in the board gaming hobby, this is not the episode you're looking for. However, if you want to hear some tales of adventure in the gloaming of the pandemic, and a discussion about the state of the hobby as we see it (Told through Arkwright eyes), then come on in. YARNS: 00:11:50 -- A Brave New Musical Journey (Live at the Pat Metheny Show) 00:37:22 -- 40 Minutes of Joy: The Horses and the Hounds, by James McMurtry 00:45:25 -- The Last Great TV Show: Mr. In-Between 00:52:07 -- School's In? And Rocking? 01:12:37 -- Arkwright Revisited and a Hobby Gone Wrong 01:47:40 -- Peak Gaming with a Controller 02:19:36 -- A Door Cracked and Unlocked?
Episode 201 -- Sisyphus Strikes Again
2:36:48The rock came rolling back down and crushed us for a good part of the Summer. We got some levers and some rails and we've managed to push it back up the hill far enough to breathe a little. So, here we be, talking about life and games again. LIBATIONS: 00:00:23 -- Last Call 00:34:14 -- Coffee Traders (quick take) 00:45:37 -- Great Conversations and Good Buzzes 01:03:34 -- Oath (in-depth session) 01:35:19 -- The King's Dilemma (in-depth session)
Episode 200 -- Once More, With Feeling
2:33:20We call this one "The Epic." Press play and enjoy the ride. HEROIC TALES: 00:04:22 -- Cloudspire (in depth session) 01:03:27 -- BenRiach 21yo Single Malt 01:07:11 -- SpaceCorp: Ventures (sessions) 01:31:10 -- Tawantinsuyu: The Incan Empire (preview) 01:34:52 -- Revisiting, and purchasing, Le Havre 01:40:19 -- When Things Went Well: Lorenzo Il Magnifico 01:49:06 -- 2021 in Music so far.
Episode 199 -- Matching Our Ambition
2:47:01Maladies, Mortgages and other assorted obstacles successfully conquered, we finally present to you episode 199 of the 'cast. Chock-full of stories about games and games about travel and travelling stories. It's all in there. And the book club returns. Enjoy. TALES OF WOE: 00:21:02 -- Apex Legends 00:34:06 -- Another Trip, Another Story, or Three 00:59:56 -- Da Games 01:01:25 -- Are You Dexterous? (Cubiko, Carreau, Bamboleo, Hamsterrolle) 01:20:55 -- Knife Tank: Why??? 01:28:15 -- Praga Capvt Regni (revisited) 01:41:16 -- Two-Player Showdown (BH: 2045, Wir Sind Das Volk, Space Corp) 01:53:30 -- Die Handler, a Year Later 01:56:34 -- Kaivai 02:03:36 -- Wizard 02:08:00 --The Dwellings of Everdale 02:23:08 -- The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene
Episode 198 -- There is No Crime in Melody
2:49:26Chirping birds. Barking Dogs. Screaming Children. Yes, we're back outside to record this episode. The pops and clicks of the previous effort replaced by the flora and fauna of mid-Spring. We weave in and out of various topics, creating some loose connections and trying to show that nothing occurs in a vacuum. MELODIES: 00:10:20 -- Libation Time 00:13:40 -- Technical Issues and Memory Loss, and Some Stuff In-between 00:33:25 -- Kicking and Screaming: Getting People to Play Games, Food Chain Magnate Edition 00:46:58 -- A Few Words on Board Game Aesthetics 00:49:53 -- The Journey of 1822 00:57:10 -- Stickering Games 00:59:12 -- Detour: Music on Our Minds 01:27:30 -- Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles 01:35:30 -- Brotherhood & Untiy 01:47:09 -- Better than Board Games: Trials of Fire, Monster Train, Nowhere Prophet 02:19:13 -- 18XX Online and Other Infractions.
Episode 197 -- Rumors and Intrigue
2:43:18Sometimes you just can't get things right. You find a ghost in the signal chain and try to fix it only to find you've made things worse. Apologies in advance for all the pops and clicks. Among the noisy abberations you will find a fair amount of game discussion and enough salt and vinegar to properly dress your chips. POPS & CLICKS: 00:09:49 -- Drinkin' and Vaxxin' 00:20:06 -- The Long and Winding Railroad 00:35:05 -- Kickstarting, Streaming, and Video Gaming 00:52:13 -- Freedom: The Underground Railroad 01:00:07 -- Last Will 01:04:03 -- The Sands of Time (Joe's visit) 01:22:15 -- Apocalypse Road 01:42:55 -- The Red Cathedral 01:57:36 -- Nidavellir 02:27:53 -- Of Golden Eagles and T-Shirts
Episode 196 -- A Caution of Overabundance
3:05:24This is us, as you might find us should you wander into a watering hole where we might be holding court at the bar. This could very well be a prime example of the conversation you might stumble upon. The nature of this conversation spirals around, over and through the games and topics, so timestamps have been kept to a minimum. ROUNDS: 00:00:25 -- Baseball, Disease Maintenance and a Word About Home Improvement 00:31:29 -- Rampant Game Talk and Misdemeanors 01:35:29 -- Random Game Talk (Q&A) 02:25:09 -- That Old Country Music, by Kevin Barry
Episode 195 -- Infinitely Acceptable
2:44:51Winter is gone. The Sky is clearing. Birds are singing. Bees are buzzing. Temperatures are warming. Discussions are getting heated. Welcome to the latest installment of As the Cardboard Turns. JABS: 00:29:36 -- Lots: A Game of Weights and Measures (friendly game announcement) 00:33:45 -- Little Bits: Dominant Species Marine (initial take) 00:42:58 -- Merv (Joe's take) 00:50:40 -- Blackout: Hong Kong (Joe again) 00:58:15 -- The Magnificent (forgotten short take) 01:11:30 -- Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India (no take) 01:16:38 -- It's a Wonderful World : Corruption and Ascension (in-depth) 01:20:38 -- Stellar Horizons (in-depth session) 01:59:15 -- Rusty Brown, by Chris Ware 02:08:22 -- Pagan Virtues, by Stephen Dunn
Episode 194 -- Four Chords, Rearranged
2:44:49Another show emerges from the stasis. We cover several games, new and old. We discuss some vital music and a page-turner of a book. We carry on as that's really all there is to do. CARNAGE: 00:14:28 -- Newton (finally) 00:34:33 -- Lorenzo Il Magnifico (revisited) 00:52:59 -- Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road (in-depth) 01:42:28 -- Tunes (Nick Cave, The The) 02:03:35 -- Blacktop Wasteland, by S.A. Cosby
Episode 193 -- Cramps and Calluses
2:53:23Hey kids, it's No-fun February, 2021 edition. And this February has been the most No-fun in years. We've got your ice storms and power outages and never-ending pandemics and Criminal Orange-men still on the loose. All that and so much more. However, rebels that we are, we try and make something out of this mess and talk some games, both video and board. We discuss some music and get back on track with the books. And yeah, yeah, we also gripe about and question everything else under the pandemic soaked sun. We are who we are after all. Welcome to the fun-house! Enjoy all the mirrors. ATTRACTIONS: 00:31:15 -- A Destiny 2 Session to Die for (over and over and over again) 00:52:23 -- Antike II 01:00:20 -- Race for the Chinese Zodiac 01:22:05 -- Slay the Spire 01:26:37 -- Some Renewed Energy, Baseball Draft Style 01:40:33 -- Not Too Long for Whatever it is 01:53:59 -- Tunes: Shame, The Besnard Lakes and Transatlantic Revisited 02:17:12 -- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk