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 30 — Helios: Long-eared, Humanoid, Dwarf People Praying to the Sun

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For some reason we've reached episode 30. Yay!

In this episode we take a look at Helios, a game that wasn't high on our radar (except for Eric) and one that didn't arrive with a great deal of buzz. We were surprised to find out how much we liked it.

There's also a short overview of The Star Wars: X-Wing game, which leads me to believe there may be an full episode in the offing.

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Tue Jul 8, 2014 7:04 pm
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Episode 29 — Whole Lotta Love

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It’s one episode before 30 (will there be a 30?) and we’ve decided to give some underplayed and undervalued games some love.

This is a long episode, which starts with a discussion about reviewing games and gives a little insight on how we approach this podcast. For our discussion proper we each choose 3 games and reveal them in order.

Here’s a rough idea of when we actually get to the games:

Number 3 choices — @ 20 minute mark
Number 2 choices — @ 43 minute mark
Number 1 choices — @ 65 minute mark

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Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:21 am
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Episode 28 — A Taj Mahal for Egypt

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You have a bazillion different cards that can hit the board and 8 rounds to create a civilization. What will yours look like? It’s episode 28 and we’re talking Nations!

And we . . . will . . . not . . . compare . . . aaahhhh! Who’re we kiddin’, there’s no self control in this group.

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Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:40 pm
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Episode 27 — Terra Mystica and the Age Old Debate: Zeppelin vs. Metallica

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This is a long one, but we start off having a really good time before we get down to the dissection. A really good time. Very amusing.

So once we get to our real topic, Eric rates Terra Mystica a 10, and he says it’s the top game he’s ever played. Can we talk him down from the mountain?

And because no one has ever wanted to know, we ask the question: Led Zeppelin or Metallica? Post your allegiance in our comments section here or on any of our BGG pages.

Hint: Zep is the correct answer.

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Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:32 am
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Episode 26 — Pushing Wood in the 15th Century

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On tour again, back in the power trio format! We ship ourselves to the Portuguese colony of Madeira, where we encounter wild grapes, free range wheat and unprocessed sugar. And lots of wood.

Yep, it’s a Euro game and we have punched the cardboard and pushed the wood. Is Madeira the best of the 2013 Essen crop? Listen on.

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Tue Jun 3, 2014 11:12 pm
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Episode 25 — The Timed Depth of Simple Complexity

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What creates depth in a board game? Is it a complexity of mechanics? A heavy coat of theme? Level 10 armor? Cows? A fair amount to drink?

Listen in and see if we can figure it out as we discuss some recent releases that are simple to play but offer more than meets the eye, or brain.

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Tue May 27, 2014 10:40 pm
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Episode 24 — A Spare Chair at the Doctor’s Office Will Suffice

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Everything old is new again as Eric makes his triumphant return to the podcast. In this episode we take a long look at playing with our . . . by, by ourselves, and we talk about some of the games that lend themselves well to this endeavor.

Mainly we discuss what everyone in the know already knows about Mage Knight, but we do it in a charming and entertaining fashion. Just go with it.

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Thu May 22, 2014 1:39 am
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Episode 21 -- Rant! Coffee! Tournament!

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A special Friday posting to get the blood flowing. Here, after a very heartfelt and reasoned coffee discussion, we delve into round two of our Game of Tournaments and take a side trip on the Tokaido road.

With new rules in place in this ever morphing contest we hope to get you, dear listener, involved in the action. We will posting the second round match-ups over the next few days. Please head over to our BGG blog and partake in the adventure that is the Game of Tournaments.

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Episode 20 — Your Deluxe Collectors’ Edition, Free Shower and Deodorant Included

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We answer viewer mail in this episode. Well, we respond to a question posed by one of our listeners. Same thing, really. No?

Okay, fine, so we have no viewers, but we do ramble on a little about viewing bad TV game shows, so something somewhere has been viewed.

Anyway (and I say this too many times in this episode), after quite a bit of banter to open the show we decide to address the question of whether collectible editions are good for the hobby. Are they?

And, oh yeah, those are old school Netrunner cards in that photo.

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Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:56 pm
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Episode 19 — Dreams of Baltic Aristocrats

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Seeing as Russia has taken over the world’s headlines (and not yet the world) we decide to get all topical up in this house and revisit the new version of an old game that we played a while ago. The game is set in a Russia’s second city, which is how we get all topical.

We also give The Agents another shout out and then because we like you we cut this episode short and leave you with more time in your day to find something fun to do. You’re welcome.

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