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A lively discussion of modern board games. Strategies and reviews included free of charge.

Latest Episodes

Episode 162 -- Exploring the Cross-Stitch

Often postponed, but never defeated, this new episode transforms from a pile of scraps into a glorious quilt of gaming discourse. Other stuff as well. Enjoy PATTERNS: 00:10:24 -- High Frontier 00:19:44 -- Living Rules, Collections, Rules Again, and So Forth . . . . 00:41:57 -- To Play or Not to Play? 00:54:24 -- Hannibal and Hamilcar (1st Take) 01:03:28 -- Polis 01:05:37 -- More Hannibal 01:08:18 -- Back to Polis 01:15:06 -- New Games?? 01:18:42 -- Ardbeg AN OA Single Malt 01:33:10 -- Music (Sturgill Simpson, Mikal Cronin, Mark Lanegan, Anna Meridith, Guided by Voices) 02:03:32 -- War Room (1st Take)

159 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 162 -- Exploring the Cross-Stitch

Episode 161 -- To Be Fair

Consider a concert set list. The band comes out and opens with a couple of deep cuts, a bit slow-tempo, really a nod to the fans. But then they kick it in, building tension, generating release, mixing cuts from all their albums, back and forth across the years. For the encore, a few more deep cuts for the die-hards who haven't rushed out to beat the traffic. We'll just say that this episode is like that show. CUTS: 00:16:08 -- Player Usage and the Art of Making Out 00:21:46 -- Guild Usage and the Art of Restaurant Patronage 00:23:59 -- T-Shirt usage and the Art of Support 00:27:52 -- City of the Big Shoulders and the Art of Declaration 00:31:18 -- Creating Music and the Art of Distribution 00:35:21 -- High Frontier 4 All and the Art of Paying What's Due 00:39:10 -- The Long and Winding Road (A Games Journey) 01:36:25 -- Right Here, Right Now: Top 5 Euro Games 01:53:04 -- Undaunted: Normandy (in-depth) 02:27:21 -- Snap, by Belinda Bauer

175 MINOCT 4
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Episode 161 -- To Be Fair

Episode 160 -- Fatal Flaws

We start slow, as cool ambient music on a rainy Autumn evening, but by the halfway point we warm to the task and heat the discussion up to a boil. Some games just get you that way. TEMPS: 00:06:01 -- Tournament Losses (Wir Sind das Volk) 00:17:11 -- Innovation & Shogun (sessions) 00:28:25 -- Five-Player Games, now! 00:40:57 -- Spiderman on PS4 00:52:35 -- Endless Legend 01:00:45 -- City of the Big Shoulders (in-depth) 01:43:50 -- Vindication (preview) 01:54:57 -- Oban Little Bay 01:58:32 -- Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

149 MINSEP 19
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Episode 160 -- Fatal Flaws

Episode 159 -- A Tight Ten

Games, Games, Game. Now that Summer is ended, or at least Summer vacation has, we're getting back into a routine that promises to result in the playing of more games. As a result, despite a brief interlude where we express a bit of weariness with the state of the world, we're diving deep into a few games currently hitting our table. Get your wet suit on and join us. ROUTINES: 00:09:18 -- Wir Sind das Volk (tournament sessions) 00:33:49 -- Sekigahara (Session) 00:45:20 -- Weary and Filled with Despair 00:55:45 -- The City of the Big Shoulders (preview session) 01:19:27 -- Lords of Hellas (in-depth)

146 MINSEP 6
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Episode 159 -- A Tight Ten

Episode 158 -- Wind Shear on the Tarmac

It's been a pretty lazy Summer here in the Pacific Northwest; hence, we are pretty lazy at the moment. We find ourselves without a deep take on a game here, so we wander lazily around a number of game sessions and offer up some first impressions. This one's really pretty much about playing games. Cheers. LAZY AFTERNOONS: 00:16:35 -- Joe's Light Game Roundup 00:25:41 -- Play it Now! Games with 2 Players 00:36:49 -- Food Chain Magnate (session) 00:45:22 -- Too Light & Too Long: SpaceCorp? 00:50:17 -- Pipeline (first take) 00:56:43 -- Lords of Hellas (first take) 01:11:10 -- Agra & Lowenherz (on the table again) 01:13:41 -- Crusader Kings (first take) 01:23:16 -- Outpost (first take) 01:28:48 -- Star Wars: Outer Rim (first take) 01:41:20 -- Call to Post (session) 01:49:10 -- Not 2:18 (was something cut?)

119 MINAUG 16
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Episode 158 -- Wind Shear on the Tarmac

Episode 157 -- Free, Easy, and Error Prone

There is no particular order to the order in which we talk about games in this episode. We have a free-wheelin' conversation covering several games to kick things off and then go off on tangents for awhile before a couple deeper dives, including all the mistakes we made. I mean, come on, who presents their mistakes as a feature of a game conversation? That's just how we do I guess. Enjoy. CRITICAL ERRORS: 00:04:26 -- Freewheelin' Game Chatter 00:24:08 -- A Wir Sind Das Volk Tournament update 00:29:43 -- The Gen Con Non-Preview Segment featuring Pusher Joe. We're Sorry. 00:58:24 -- Birthday Gaming: Escape Plan (a five-player revelation) 01:17:48 -- Aberlour 16 year old 01:25:38 -- Downfall: Mistakes Were Made (in-depth, kinda) 02:12:00 -- Retro Spins #1: Beth Orton's Central Reservation 02:16:31 -- Dark & Money Heist (sexy)

149 MINJUL 26
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Episode 157 -- Free, Easy, and Error Prone

Episode 156 -- Random Teeth and Paperwork

Here we present a nice little boardgame stew peppered with a bit of digression and topped off with morally ambiguous book. A hearty Summer meal, kinda like a pasty in Phoenix in the middle of July, except it's games. Made sense to me when I wrote it. Enjoy. COMMODITIES: 00:13:24 -- Homestretch with Middle-Schoolers 00:22:02 -- Customer Service: The 7th Continent Replacement Cards 00:26:04 -- Less Stranger Things, More Patriot Please 00:31:17 -- PCBA and other Computer Games 00:38:31 -- The Teeth of Dominant Species and the Paperwork of 18XX 00:57:23 -- A Session of Pax Pamir, 2nd Edition 01:20:00 -- Yinzi: The Shining Ming Dynasty (in-depth) 01:59:57 -- The Painter, by Peter Heller

160 MINJUL 12
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Episode 156 -- Random Teeth and Paperwork

Episode 155 -- The Siren's Call

Everything old is new again. We spend a couple hours discussing games that are maybe a bit long in the tooth. Do they hold up? Are their technologies still viable in this modern world? We also talk about some new old music and old new whiskey. MECHANICS: 00:09:47 -- Caylus or Doing Taxes (Joe's choice) 00:14:37 -- Two Versions of Pax Pamir 00:23:25 -- A Little Glen More off the Shelf 00:26:30 -- Yinzi (first take) 00:40:36 -- Q&A and Whiskey 01:11:05 -- The Quiet of Night and High Lonesome Recollections: Western Stars 01:33:07 -- Agricola (in-depth) 01:52:20 -- Agricola: Farmers of the Moor (in-depth)

151 MINJUN 26
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Episode 155 -- The Siren's Call

Episode 154 -- I Got a Lot of Problems With You People

Not you people. Not you, the listeners. But when you put 9 people in a house for a week things can get lively. I wonder why they've never made a TV show about this. So here's what we recall of our annual trip to Colorado, at least the games portion of it. Lots of games CHAPTERS: 00:03:46 -- A Festivus of Thank Yous 00:17:25 -- Safe Travels 00:24:56 -- Condottiere (session strategies) 00:34:47 -- Carolvs Magnvs (first take) 00:43:20 -- El Grande (in-depth) 01:03:23 -- Roll For the Galaxay: Rivalry (first take) 01:16:07 -- Macallan Edition 3 01:24:20 -- The Dream Syndicate, These Times 01:31:54 -- Sidereal Confluence (in-depth) 02:02:36 -- Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe

171 MINJUN 6
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Episode 154 -- I Got a Lot of Problems With You People

Episode 153 -- Rocks, Rocks, Rocks

A pretty full show. We cover three Euro games of various weights, several albums that have found their way into rotation and a dram of fine Scotch. Also, a heated discussion about the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones. Now, who needs more rocks? PLOT POINTS: 00:11:12 -- Game of Thrones, Penultimate edition (SPOILERS!!!!), Now With More Mandalorian 00:44:55 -- Concordia Venus (session) 01:00:30 -- Agra Again (another session report) 01:15:06 -- The Macallan Edition #2 01:24:24 -- King Gizzard, Trapper Schoep, Fontaines D.C., Little Steven, Craig Finn (new albums) 01:32:33 -- Glen Hansard, The Wild Willing and the idea of album sequencing 01:47:44 -- Architects of the West Kingdom (in-depth) 02:22:13 -- The Marx Brothers Meet Salvador Dali (next book selection??)

160 MINMAY 16
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Episode 153 -- Rocks, Rocks, Rocks

Latest Episodes

Episode 162 -- Exploring the Cross-Stitch

Often postponed, but never defeated, this new episode transforms from a pile of scraps into a glorious quilt of gaming discourse. Other stuff as well. Enjoy PATTERNS: 00:10:24 -- High Frontier 00:19:44 -- Living Rules, Collections, Rules Again, and So Forth . . . . 00:41:57 -- To Play or Not to Play? 00:54:24 -- Hannibal and Hamilcar (1st Take) 01:03:28 -- Polis 01:05:37 -- More Hannibal 01:08:18 -- Back to Polis 01:15:06 -- New Games?? 01:18:42 -- Ardbeg AN OA Single Malt 01:33:10 -- Music (Sturgill Simpson, Mikal Cronin, Mark Lanegan, Anna Meridith, Guided by Voices) 02:03:32 -- War Room (1st Take)

159 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 162 -- Exploring the Cross-Stitch

Episode 161 -- To Be Fair

Consider a concert set list. The band comes out and opens with a couple of deep cuts, a bit slow-tempo, really a nod to the fans. But then they kick it in, building tension, generating release, mixing cuts from all their albums, back and forth across the years. For the encore, a few more deep cuts for the die-hards who haven't rushed out to beat the traffic. We'll just say that this episode is like that show. CUTS: 00:16:08 -- Player Usage and the Art of Making Out 00:21:46 -- Guild Usage and the Art of Restaurant Patronage 00:23:59 -- T-Shirt usage and the Art of Support 00:27:52 -- City of the Big Shoulders and the Art of Declaration 00:31:18 -- Creating Music and the Art of Distribution 00:35:21 -- High Frontier 4 All and the Art of Paying What's Due 00:39:10 -- The Long and Winding Road (A Games Journey) 01:36:25 -- Right Here, Right Now: Top 5 Euro Games 01:53:04 -- Undaunted: Normandy (in-depth) 02:27:21 -- Snap, by Belinda Bauer

175 MINOCT 4
Comments
Episode 161 -- To Be Fair

Episode 160 -- Fatal Flaws

We start slow, as cool ambient music on a rainy Autumn evening, but by the halfway point we warm to the task and heat the discussion up to a boil. Some games just get you that way. TEMPS: 00:06:01 -- Tournament Losses (Wir Sind das Volk) 00:17:11 -- Innovation & Shogun (sessions) 00:28:25 -- Five-Player Games, now! 00:40:57 -- Spiderman on PS4 00:52:35 -- Endless Legend 01:00:45 -- City of the Big Shoulders (in-depth) 01:43:50 -- Vindication (preview) 01:54:57 -- Oban Little Bay 01:58:32 -- Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

149 MINSEP 19
Comments
Episode 160 -- Fatal Flaws

Episode 159 -- A Tight Ten

Games, Games, Game. Now that Summer is ended, or at least Summer vacation has, we're getting back into a routine that promises to result in the playing of more games. As a result, despite a brief interlude where we express a bit of weariness with the state of the world, we're diving deep into a few games currently hitting our table. Get your wet suit on and join us. ROUTINES: 00:09:18 -- Wir Sind das Volk (tournament sessions) 00:33:49 -- Sekigahara (Session) 00:45:20 -- Weary and Filled with Despair 00:55:45 -- The City of the Big Shoulders (preview session) 01:19:27 -- Lords of Hellas (in-depth)

146 MINSEP 6
Comments
Episode 159 -- A Tight Ten

Episode 158 -- Wind Shear on the Tarmac

It's been a pretty lazy Summer here in the Pacific Northwest; hence, we are pretty lazy at the moment. We find ourselves without a deep take on a game here, so we wander lazily around a number of game sessions and offer up some first impressions. This one's really pretty much about playing games. Cheers. LAZY AFTERNOONS: 00:16:35 -- Joe's Light Game Roundup 00:25:41 -- Play it Now! Games with 2 Players 00:36:49 -- Food Chain Magnate (session) 00:45:22 -- Too Light & Too Long: SpaceCorp? 00:50:17 -- Pipeline (first take) 00:56:43 -- Lords of Hellas (first take) 01:11:10 -- Agra & Lowenherz (on the table again) 01:13:41 -- Crusader Kings (first take) 01:23:16 -- Outpost (first take) 01:28:48 -- Star Wars: Outer Rim (first take) 01:41:20 -- Call to Post (session) 01:49:10 -- Not 2:18 (was something cut?)

119 MINAUG 16
Comments
Episode 158 -- Wind Shear on the Tarmac

Episode 157 -- Free, Easy, and Error Prone

There is no particular order to the order in which we talk about games in this episode. We have a free-wheelin' conversation covering several games to kick things off and then go off on tangents for awhile before a couple deeper dives, including all the mistakes we made. I mean, come on, who presents their mistakes as a feature of a game conversation? That's just how we do I guess. Enjoy. CRITICAL ERRORS: 00:04:26 -- Freewheelin' Game Chatter 00:24:08 -- A Wir Sind Das Volk Tournament update 00:29:43 -- The Gen Con Non-Preview Segment featuring Pusher Joe. We're Sorry. 00:58:24 -- Birthday Gaming: Escape Plan (a five-player revelation) 01:17:48 -- Aberlour 16 year old 01:25:38 -- Downfall: Mistakes Were Made (in-depth, kinda) 02:12:00 -- Retro Spins #1: Beth Orton's Central Reservation 02:16:31 -- Dark & Money Heist (sexy)

149 MINJUL 26
Comments
Episode 157 -- Free, Easy, and Error Prone

Episode 156 -- Random Teeth and Paperwork

Here we present a nice little boardgame stew peppered with a bit of digression and topped off with morally ambiguous book. A hearty Summer meal, kinda like a pasty in Phoenix in the middle of July, except it's games. Made sense to me when I wrote it. Enjoy. COMMODITIES: 00:13:24 -- Homestretch with Middle-Schoolers 00:22:02 -- Customer Service: The 7th Continent Replacement Cards 00:26:04 -- Less Stranger Things, More Patriot Please 00:31:17 -- PCBA and other Computer Games 00:38:31 -- The Teeth of Dominant Species and the Paperwork of 18XX 00:57:23 -- A Session of Pax Pamir, 2nd Edition 01:20:00 -- Yinzi: The Shining Ming Dynasty (in-depth) 01:59:57 -- The Painter, by Peter Heller

160 MINJUL 12
Comments
Episode 156 -- Random Teeth and Paperwork

Episode 155 -- The Siren's Call

Everything old is new again. We spend a couple hours discussing games that are maybe a bit long in the tooth. Do they hold up? Are their technologies still viable in this modern world? We also talk about some new old music and old new whiskey. MECHANICS: 00:09:47 -- Caylus or Doing Taxes (Joe's choice) 00:14:37 -- Two Versions of Pax Pamir 00:23:25 -- A Little Glen More off the Shelf 00:26:30 -- Yinzi (first take) 00:40:36 -- Q&A and Whiskey 01:11:05 -- The Quiet of Night and High Lonesome Recollections: Western Stars 01:33:07 -- Agricola (in-depth) 01:52:20 -- Agricola: Farmers of the Moor (in-depth)

151 MINJUN 26
Comments
Episode 155 -- The Siren's Call

Episode 154 -- I Got a Lot of Problems With You People

Not you people. Not you, the listeners. But when you put 9 people in a house for a week things can get lively. I wonder why they've never made a TV show about this. So here's what we recall of our annual trip to Colorado, at least the games portion of it. Lots of games CHAPTERS: 00:03:46 -- A Festivus of Thank Yous 00:17:25 -- Safe Travels 00:24:56 -- Condottiere (session strategies) 00:34:47 -- Carolvs Magnvs (first take) 00:43:20 -- El Grande (in-depth) 01:03:23 -- Roll For the Galaxay: Rivalry (first take) 01:16:07 -- Macallan Edition 3 01:24:20 -- The Dream Syndicate, These Times 01:31:54 -- Sidereal Confluence (in-depth) 02:02:36 -- Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe

171 MINJUN 6
Comments
Episode 154 -- I Got a Lot of Problems With You People

Episode 153 -- Rocks, Rocks, Rocks

A pretty full show. We cover three Euro games of various weights, several albums that have found their way into rotation and a dram of fine Scotch. Also, a heated discussion about the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones. Now, who needs more rocks? PLOT POINTS: 00:11:12 -- Game of Thrones, Penultimate edition (SPOILERS!!!!), Now With More Mandalorian 00:44:55 -- Concordia Venus (session) 01:00:30 -- Agra Again (another session report) 01:15:06 -- The Macallan Edition #2 01:24:24 -- King Gizzard, Trapper Schoep, Fontaines D.C., Little Steven, Craig Finn (new albums) 01:32:33 -- Glen Hansard, The Wild Willing and the idea of album sequencing 01:47:44 -- Architects of the West Kingdom (in-depth) 02:22:13 -- The Marx Brothers Meet Salvador Dali (next book selection??)

160 MINMAY 16
Comments
Episode 153 -- Rocks, Rocks, Rocks
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