Punching Cardboard Podcast

After gaming together regularly for several months we found we had almost as much fun discussing games after we played. Finding the conversations amusing, we decided to commit some to tape and create a podcast. We hope you enjoy them as well!

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Episode 77 — The Nuance of Taste and Things Forgotten

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Someone recently commented that our podcasts are almost as long as Wagner’s operas. Well, seeing as we take that as a challenge, this one’s epic! Sweeping! Cinematic! In 70 mm Technicolor!

After some short reviews and music talk, and spin-offs of Eric’s “When Things Went Bad” segments, we launch into our annual Essen preview. These are the games we’re hoping will take some money out of our pockets. Do we play it safe? Can we find something unique, something off the radar? And how many of these games will even be available to us?

Gotta say, this is a long one, but I sure enjoyed the listen while editing.

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LISTS:

3:05 — Starfighter (review), with thematic musical score
23:49 — Secret Question #8
24:17 — Tides of Time (review)
30:20 — Bountytown
52:05 — Music: Destroyer, Matt Pond PA, Joe Henry
64:50 — Essen Preview, How We Do
67:10 — A Wife’s Wisdom and When Things are Forgotten
69:40 — Shout Out Louisville
71:40 — More Wisdom?
75:45 — List Making & Expansion Desires
78:57 — Essen & Beyond, 5th Choices
86:10 — 4th Choices
95:17 — 3rd Choices
105:00 — 2nd Choices
112:40 — 1st Choices
121:26 — Honorable Mentions


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Episode 76 — A Kiss, A Caress, a Punch in the Face

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Guess what kids? We’ve been playing games. Lots of games. New games, old games, good games, bad games, even unpublished games (like Gil Hova’s upcoming charmer, The Networks). Yea games!

And now, through the miracle of the Internet, you can follow along and listen to what we think of all these games we’ve played. It’s kinda like a sing-a-long, with that bouncy ball hopping around above the words, except we don’t have video, so it’s really not like that at all.

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FOLLOW THE BALL:

01:50 — Six Degrees of Aggravation
07:16 — The Networks (Review)
53:35 — Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey
60:54 — We played Gen Con games at Sasquatch
63:05 — Starfighter
69:00 — Codenames
72:11 — Spyfall
75:58 — Discoveries
77:00 — Secret Question #7
79:15 — Viceroy
80:50 — Isle of Skye
82:14 — New York, 1901
86:15 — Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot
94:33 — Ty Con 2015 (the Seconding)
97:37 — Kohle & Kolonie (mini-review)


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Episode 75 – The Baron of Abstraction, The King of Contraband

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Here at Punching Cardboard headquarters there is always the difference between what plans are made and what plans are realized. Here it is, our 75th show. The plan was to record something a little out of the ordinary for episode 75; the realization is our typical fare with some humor, conversation and opinions on games, whisky and music.

Still, we think that’s pretty good. After all, we wouldn’t have made it to episode 75 if we didn’t feel we were doing good things, and we wouldn’t have kept going if you all weren’t listening (Yep, we’re throwing you guys under the bus).

So if you’ve been around for a good while, thanks for putting our ‘cast into your rotation. And if you’re just coming to the party, welcome. We hope you’ll all stay on board for this ride. We may not record too many special episodes over the next 75, but we’ll probably realize 75 more episodes. Just imagine, Episode 150 — Caverna 2: the Agricola Field Recordings! (remastered edition). You know you want it. So do we. Let’s have fun together.

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TRACK LISTING:

01:50 — Tame Impala / Jason Isbell
07:16 – – (Upcoming Games)
07:47 — We Give Phil Eklund All Our Money
12:14 — “Kingdom Builder? This About Kingdom Builder?”
14:00 — Thanks for the games
17:38 — (What We’ve Been Playing / Buying)
17:45 — Trambahn
22:20 — Mage Knight Expansion Troubles?
25:14 — King of New York / Sheriff of Nottingham / Citadels
29:16 — The BenRiach Septendecim, 17 year old Peated
34:13 — Barony
66:13 — Secret Question #6


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Episode 74 — Tapping Away on an Old Typewriter

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Welcome to episode 74. Inside you will find a lengthy discussion about games that we have played more than any others, a tasting report on a new single malt, and a few new music recommendations.

But to top it off Jim spends about a half hour talking to Richard “Doc” Diosi of Mercury Games about their upcoming reprint of Princes of the Renaissance.

So sit back and pour a wee dram and enjoy.

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HEADLINES

03:45 — Madeira Revisited
16:32 — Interview with Richard “Doc” Diosi (Mercury Games)
27:23 — Princes of the Renaissance
50:36 — anCnoc 12 year old single malt
58:45 — Tame Impala, Jason Isbell, Little Steven
68;33 — Defend Your Ten (Our top ten most played games)
117:20 — True Confessions
119:00 — The Secret Q (we almost forgot)


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Episode 73 — The Chicago Manual of Voting

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Despite this week’s title our episode is so Germanic that we might have been better off sipping some hefe-weizen rather than our drams of 18 year old Aberlour.

We open with an examination of a fan created copy of the German-only Kashgar and close with a look at making German autos with Kraftwagen. Many hard consonants and guttural utterings can be found in between, including talk about something called Kickstarter.

Wir Sind Das Podcast!!!

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01:50 — Kashgar: Händler der Seidenstraße
28:22 — 3×1 results
34:30 — Kickstarter Follies
45:30 — Aberlour 18 year old
50:35 — Last week’s Secret Q: Our Response
65:00 — Secret Question #4
67:37 — Kamasi Washington, The Epic
72:45 — Kraftwagen


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Episode 72 — An Entourage of Swift Canoes

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You want a discussion about a lot of board games? You’ve come to the right place. We make good on our promise to catch up on what we’ve been playing, which results in some “near” reviews of several games.

Plenty of cardboard related talk in this one. And a Green Spot toast to some deserving new champions who have a very large cup to carry around all Summer.

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BOXSCORE:

00:30 — Captain Serious and the Showtime Kid (Duncan Keith too.)
04:19 — Business
09:55 — Bring on the Cavalcade of Games
10:15 — Oh No, It’s the Watch Patrol!
18:00 — Rune Age
22:03 — Chimera
37:24 — Lewis & Clark
50:56 — Depth to Length, a Litany
62:25 — The Secret Question (#3)
64:54 — Dungeon Lords (You Will Play This Game)


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Episode 71 — We Are Heatstroke!

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We are undeterred. We are punk and grunge and garage. We are sweating and drinking and fumbling about in the studio for show notes. We are tired but persistent. We are Rune Age and Noir. We are Heatstroke, coming to a venue near you and turning it up to 11.

All that and a long discussion of a new classic, Keyflower.

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ON THE DIALS:

04:14 — I’m Playing Baseball.
07:00 — Noir: Black Box Edition (review, sorta)
20:45 — Laphroaig, 18 years old.
28:09 — Use a Nice Glass, Please
29:35 — To Spark the Interest
38:04 — Audiophile Corner (The Phantom Band, Mikal Cronin, Torres (MacKenzie Scott), Phosphorescent)
47:00 — The Secret Question
52:30 — 3×1: The Geeklist and Update
55:25 — Keyflower (review)
99:15 — Input Randomness


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Episode 70 — Time to Get the Blower Out

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Well, this one certainly got away from us, didn’t it? Our docket looked thin with a new idea, a few apologies, a clarification of mission, and a few game summaries, but somehow we reached the two hour mark.

I guess we didn’t expect our summaries to become full blown reviews, and we also forgot to factor in the fun we were having. I imagine not recording in three weeks played a role as well. Just more of us to love, I guess.

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THE DOCKET:

02:05 — Sylvion (review)
33:30 — All Apologies
40:00 — Ardbeg Corryvreckkan
52:11 — Secret Question #1
59:55 — The Hitchhikers Guide to Punching Cardboard (Mission Statement)
72:55 — Future Scheduling
74:57 — Asgard (unexpected review)


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Episode 69 — They Don’t Matter, They Do Matter

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The interesting thing about our show is that the vast majority of the time we are in agreeance about most everything we cover. Yet, we are sometimes defined by the very few feisty arguments that have graced this program (and you can’t see the smiles on our faces when we record these).

Will this be a defining episode? Quite possibly, as we do come down on very opposite sides of one of our 3×3 entrants. Rest assured, no podcasters we’re injured in the making of this episode (We quite enjoyed ourselves), and we put Mayweather and Pacquiao to shame.

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ROUNDS:

01:09 — Green Spot
09:39 — No Business
11:25 — Future Spins
18:05 — Trains: Rising Sun and Other Deck Builders
22:43 — First Things Went Bad, Then Good (Lords of Scotland, Onirim)
29:50 — Love Letter Batman Bar Etiquette
31:41 — Whiskey and Pancakes
32:40 — How is That 3×3 Coming Along?
40:15 — 1714: The Case of the Catalans (Impressions, Main Event)
95:20 — MTG and Little League


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Episode 68 — Get to Zero and End in Shame

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Today we head back in time, and without the help of a TARDIS.

We drink some finely aged Scotch and discuss a finely aged band, and then we dart back to the beginning of the 20th Century and explore the great age of yellow journalism. But it all still seems so modern, so we head for the way way back machine and go play with a couple of ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean.

It’s just all so historical. Maybe more than we can fathom, but we go anyway, because it’s what we do. Come along for the ride.

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HISTORIES:

05:20 — Ardbeg Uigeadail
12:03 — The Waterboys, Modern Blues
19:36 — Baseball Highlights Expansion News
22:37 — Penny Press (impressions)
45:20 — Polis: Fight for the Hegemony (in-depth)
107:10 — Fight the Power!!


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