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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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We Have Reached Episode 40, So Why Not Build a Doomsday Machine?

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It's hard to believe that we've put nearly a work-week's worth of content on the internet and people have actually listened to what we've had to say. But it's true. Here we are at episode 40 and the only reason we've stuck it out is that folks are actually tuning in. So thank you, folks! We hope it's been worth your time, and we hope you join us for the next 40.

This week we're talking about a game that's probably well off most people's radar -- What's He Building in There? We found it on the discount table at our FLGS and we were pleasantly surprised.

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We're Talkin' Battle Merchants in Episode 39.

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It's always good when a game meets or exceeds expectations. Battle Merchants is such a game for us. We've put this light economic/area control game through it's paces several times and we're still coming back for more.

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We're Talkin' Imperial Settlers in Episode 38 of the Podcast

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The imperials are here, and they are settling!

Portal Games has gotten copies of Imperial Settlers to market, to stores, to shelves, and more importantly, to us. Yes! Imperial Settlers is ours, and we’re playing the something out of it.

It seems like you have to wait forever to access games that debut at the big cons (Panamax anyone?), but this GenCon release landed in the Pacific Northwest just days after its debut in Indianapolis, so we’re here to tell you about it.

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Episode 37 -- Tile Laying in a Galaxy, Far, Far Away

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This episode finds us doing a rare preview for a game yet to see publication: Galaxy of Trian. We put the basic game of this lovely galaxy through it's paces and teleport back to tell you what we think.

Bear in mind, we are working with a prototype of the final game and things may change. Galaxy of Trian is currently funding on Kickstarter.

Since we are doing a preview/review we should also say our stance regarding previews is simple: (spoilers) If someone sends us a demo or prototype and asks us to give it a review, we will play it and if we like it we may do a show about it. If we don't, we won't. And when we say "like it," we mean we would put it into rotation with the published games we are playing at that time. Phew.

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Potato Man, Port Royal, and Gem Rush Discussed in Episode 36 of the Podcast

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Yes, little games are people too. Or sometimes you just want to play a bunch of short, satisfyingly simple games.

So we get down with some quick, light fillers, two of which are not yet available in the U.S., but we do have an international audience, so we talk about them anyway. And did we say Potato Man!

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It's Innovation vs. Impulse in Episode 35 of the Podcast

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We're talkin' Carl Chudyk this week, namely Innovation and Impulse. These are games that bring their own unique aesthetic to the table. They're really hard to categorize other than they're card games. You have some hand management, and some tableaus, and some strategies that will have to be adjusted as the game world comes into shape.

To be sure there is a random aspect to these games. We can't tell you how many times some "gamer" has walked by our table as we play Innovation and muttered "ooh look, an exercise in randomness." That said, we feel that these games offer a lot of depth and strategy to anyone willing to accept a little chaos.

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We Talk about Thunder Alley in Episode 34 of our podcast

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Sometimes a game gets some buzz, and even though you're not interested in the subject matter you give it a try and discover a gem that you otherwise would have passed by. We here at the PCP could care less about stock car racing and we are having a blast with Thunder Alley, which for us is surely a contender for year end top 10 lists.

We go pretty in depth on the game on the podcast. Enjoy

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Episode 33 — Racing Tanks Like it’s 1944

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You’ve got 3 corps, 22 cards, air support at the ready, some gas, ammo and food, and there’s absolutely no way you’re ever getting across the Rhine. No Way! None. Keiner!

And so what. Who needs to beat a game to win it, or enjoy it. You just need to beat the person you’re playing with, and that can be done. Oh yeah!

So this is our story of 1944: Race to the Rhine. Listen in and maybe you can find the way to get across the Rhine in time. Enjoy the journey.

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Episode 32 — Gum-sized Games and Ancient Tombs

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This episode finds us doing our first preview, this for Chris Handy’s Pack-O-Game. These games come in boxes that resemble your old-fashioned Wrigley’s pack of gum; however, it’s pretty certain that the flavor contained within lasts longer.

We also take a look at the deck builder Valley of the Kings, a game that lets you plan for your own afterlife.

All this, and a special appearance by Lemmy.

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Episode 31 — Send Your Complaints to Brian Williams c/o NBC News

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This is the episode in which we tell you, dear listener, what games you can get to the table when gaming with your casual or non-gamer wife.

Though we specify “wife”, we would expect that the strategies contained herein would also work with non-gamer husbands and partners, but as the only married people on this podcast are men, we only have experience with wives, hence the specificity of . . . ah hell, just apply these ideas to anyone you know and if it doesn’t work, see title above.

What are you tips for getting your significant others to play good board games?

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