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Episode 114 -- Sidewinder Motives

Jules Verne published Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea in 1870. Dan Quisenberry lead the American League in Saves five times. Nemo, the main character in Verne's novel, was the captain of the Nautilus, a submarine. The Nautilus exercise equipment company was founded in 1986. Quisenberry, a submarine style relief pitcher, won a World Series in 1985, and may have used a Nautilus machine for strength training later in his career. Somehow, neither Verne or Quisenberry are with us today. Coincidence? Well, we can't be sure, but we do know that this episode covers board games based on material from both men's careers. Maybe you can solve the mystery, or at least enjoy the episode. EVENTS: 00:08:25 -- Nemo's War (in depth) 00:48:48 -- Baseball Roundup 00:52:20 -- Baseball Highlights 2045 00:59:55 -- Clutch Baseball 01:16:45 -- Strat-O-Matic Baseball 01:34:48 -- Out of the Park Baseball

1hr 45mins

24 Aug 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 109 -- One Apocalypse After Another

How about a short introduction. Episode 109. Anachrony. Viewer mail. 'nuff said. Enjoy. ANOMALIES: 04:30 -- Viewer Mail 30:00 -- Anachrony (in-depth)

1hr 47mins

4 May 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 130 -- Roasted and Charred

Using our trusty mobile recording device, we gather at a secret location (Joe's) and leave our comfort zone to lay down the riffs that comprise episode 130. Some games covered, some stout imbibed and some stories related. This is a loose episode. The information is fractured. Our thought train, a bit derailed. Still, it all comes out fine in the end. And no gorillas were harmed in the making. Enjoy. WOODLAND FACTIONS: 00:09:28 -- How to Avoid Gaming 00:22:53 -- A Con Job? 00:30:07 -- Terra Mystica After a while (Special Appearance by The Gaia Project) 00:37:09 -- Root (Initial Impressions & a $400 clutch) 00:49:52 -- The Stumbler Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. 00:57:20 -- A Sloan Experience 01:08:30 -- The 7th Continent (Special Appearance by Gloomhaven)

1hr 59mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 133 -- Everything, Just 20 Minutes Away

We serve up something a little different in this episode. On tap is a play by play, blow by blow, and drink by drink recap of our trip to Denver for Heavy Con and its impromptu satellite cons. Did we have fun? Did we play enough games? You be the judge. Welcome aboard the Punching Cardboard World Tour 2018. ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES: 00:09:12 -- A John Company Pre-Post-Production Contest 00:20:05 -- Day 1: On the Road; Old Men Tempting Altitude; Bison; Comfort Sleep 00:34:10 -- Day 2: 1000 to 1 odds in Dynasty League; Imposters; The Tower of Ginkgopolis 00:54:56 -- Day 3: Ridin' the Rails in 1830; Kings Forged in Steel; John Company negotiations 01:21:29 -- Day 4: Uber Heat; Pax Renaissance Tournament; Wings & Beer; K is for Killed 01:31:42 -- The Whisky Break 01:51:06 -- Day 5: 1714 Works No Matter the Rules; A Pax Ren Finale 02:02:22 -- Day 6: BBQs and Hail Storms 02:04:10 -- Day 7: Denver International Airport Wins Again

2hr 25mins

7 Jun 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 120 -- Misfits

It's a long way from Portland to Dallas, but Jim makes the journey and Punching Cardboard represents at 2017's edition of BGG CON. The people, the games, the whisky, the food, the triumphs, the mishaps: It's all here for your listening pleasure.  SCHEDULE: 00:13:08 -- In 'n' Out Burger, huh, What is it Good For? 00:15:29 -- BGG CON Overview Begins 00:34:10 -- It's Not Rocket Science, Jim. 00:53:45 -- Meetup Oblivion 01:03:44 -- Ratchet Soul 01:15:30 -- Joe's Non-Con Begins 01:15:50 -- Clans of Caledonia (Joe's Take) 01:29:20 -- Calimala (In-Depth)

2hr 3mins

22 Nov 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 117 -- The Neverending Rock 'n' Roll Couch Tour

Never say never. Be prepared for anything. The show must go on. Choose your cliche and join us for episode 117 of the unbroken Punching Cardboard podcast. In this episode we bid farewell to Eric, a difficult thing to do as he has been crucial to this show's success. But for us, this is Rock 'n' Roll, or the closest thing we can manage. Band albums, solo albums, a rotating cast of musicians, and someone always wants to keep playin'. So welcome new Punching Cardboard co-host Joe to the stage as we intend to rock on. Of course we have some new material in the form of some Time of Crisis riffs and Gentes melodies. Meet the new show, same as the old show. TUNES: 00:00:43 -- A Farewell to Eric 00:05:37 -- Oh, Hello Joe 00:17:52 -- Subwoofer Goes Poof! 00:28:45 -- Time of Crisis (First Take) 01:02:25 -- Gentes

1hr 52mins

10 Oct 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 166 -- Checking it Twice

Another Year gone by and it's time for the lists to come out. These are the things that moved us in 2019. How do your experiences compare? Grab a holiday cocktail, relax, and enjoy. LISTS: 00:09:41 -- TV & Visual Entertainment (Spoilers and Rants) 00:25:36 -- Video / Computer Games 00:30:56 -- Board Games 01:32:23 -- Music 02:52:50 -- Whiskey & Whisky 02:57:50 -- Books

3hr 6mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 138 -- A Game of Knots

Whosoever pulleth this sword from this rock shall, um, I don't know, do some stuff, vanquish some folks, and then become king of someplace. Right? 4th Century A.D., 5th? We're talking Pendargon: The Fall of Roman Britain here in episode 138. That, and a bit of list nonsense, and little dram of something nice as well. No pillaging allowed! RAIDS: 00:02:55 -- Scooters From Hell 00:16:36 -- Pendragon: The Fall of Roman Britain (in-depth) 01:23:29 -- Oban 18 yo Ltd. Ed. 01:32:17 -- The Best Games at Each Player Count (from 1-6)

2hr 16mins

29 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 146 -- A Sideways Look in the Rearview Mirror

Here it be. Our annual look back. Our listaganza. The episode where we talk all about the best games, whiskies, and albums we encountered the previous year. You ask for it and we provide it. Or, maybe you don't ask for it, but here it is anyway. So take a listen and see if we are remotely close to where last year took you. REMEMBRANCES: 00:02:30 -- January's Book 00:12:43 -- The Music Lists 01:07:47 -- The Games Lists 01:58:40 -- The Games Honorable Mentions 02:05:45 -- The Whisk(e)y Lists 02:23:25 -- Outro: Odds, Ends and Deliberations

2hr 35mins

10 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 148 -- Enmity Crystals

Some Games. A Dram. A good book. Need More? Thought not. INDULGENCES: 00:16:11 -- Feudum Revisited 00:30:11 -- The Return of the Video Game (Civ 6, Endless Space 2, Destiny 2) 00:53:34 -- The Glendronach 15 yo Single Malt 01:02:17 -- New Frontiers (First Take) 01:13:26 -- Smartphone Inc. (In-Depth) 01:56:40 -- The Relic Hunter

2hr 44mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 129 -- A Glimmer of Hope

Episode 129 is here. We discuss a few chunky, meaty games. We examine a new musical release from a well respected indie duo. And we imbibe a couple of weighty bourbons. Won't you join us on this magical journey of hope and glory? SCHEDULE: 00:12:55 -- Will There Ever be a Punching Con? 00:21:15 -- Broken Spirits & Resurrections (Through the Ages & Shogun) 00:48:13 -- Wye Oak, The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs 01:01:22 -- A Tale of Two Bourbons (Bad Guy vs. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof) 01:14:57 -- Crisis (In-Depth)

2hr 26mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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Episode 122 -- Inventory Replays

We made it. 2017 is heading out the door. We're battered and beaten and bruised and bewitched and bespoke and bee-stung and help me off this ride. Phew! But before we go, here's a bunch of stuff we dug in 2017. We're talkin' games and whiskey and whisky and tunes and food and beer and a whole lot of other things in this episode. We take a swipe at a few things, but we mostly go for the good stuff as we sneak off to 2018, hoping that if it doesn't hear us we can find a little more peace and joy in that neck of the woods. Anyway, please enjoy our year-end extravaganza. We'll see you on the other side. IN THE BOOTH: 00:08:28 -- Card Tray Giveaway 00:16:09 -- Games (10 down to 6) 00:51:41 -- Top 5 Train Games (Joe) 00:54:03 -- Top 5 Reasons to Hate Sports (Jim, an audible) 01:00:05 -- Best Music of 2017 01:23:22 -- Top 5 IPAs (Joe) 01:27:47 -- Top 5 Foods (Jim) 01:35:44 -- Whisky Tasting Results 01:41:32 -- Games (5 down to 1) 02:17:45 -- Disappointments and Other Odds & Ends

2hr 33mins

21 Dec 2017

Rank #12

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Episode 128 -- Everything is Temperamental at Best

Chaos. Uncertainty. Disloyalty. Keywords of the day. But we can handle it. We can fling Loyalty challenges across the table with the best of them. We can arrange a Renaissance marriages and take over religions and funnel coins from one bank to the next like it's water flowing through pipes. Oh, yes we can. And then we can turn it all up to 11 and list the Euros that should remain on our shelves. Yep, that's all happening here in episode 128. DECREES: 00:14:18 -- It Was a Time (some recent plays) 00:21:36 -- Pax Renaissance (the Eklund Experience) 00:46:57 -- Sekigahara (Session Report) 01:07:55 -- Yellow Stone Ltd. Ed. 2015 01:16:55 -- A Little Light Music (Superchunk & Will Johnson Redux) 01:27:08 -- 11 Euros that cans stay on each of our shelves.

2hr 42mins

27 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 124 -- Throat Frogs & Turmeric

On Episode 124 of As the Cardboard Turns: Joe continues to show off his quick thinking with his ability to jab and dance and commentate. In addition, we a treated to a stellar performance of the word turmeric. Meanwhile, right in front of your ears, Jim loses his battle to a nasty cold. Will the headhunters come calling to offer Joe a better gig on a more prestigious show? Will Jim’s battle against the evil Mucus be for naught? Will the dog notice that Timmy has fallen into the well? Well, we’ll just have to wait for the next episode for those answers. Until then, enjoy this week’s descent into board game madness. PROGRAMS: 00:05:55 — Helping a Brother Out 00:16:05 — Rajas of the Ganges and other Tomfoolery (Short Take) 00:34:29 — A Mini Rails flaw? 00:38:01 — 18CZ: The Railway Comes to Czech Lands (Session Report) 01:28:15 — 57 Channels and Something On (Featuring The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) 01:43:50 — Agra (In-Depth)

2hr 43mins

25 Jan 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 167 -- We Got Smiles

Missiles are raining down in Iraq, but ain't we got smiles. Yeah, I guess. With 2020 already looking doomed already, we steady ourselves and take a look at some of the good things we encountered over the Winter break. We have hope. We will forge ahead. There are games to be played.

2hr 58mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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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??)

2hr 40mins

15 May 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 147 -- A Tale of Three Games

It was the best of games. It was the worst of games. Yeah, we got wisdom, and foolishness, and whatever else this old fat world throws at us. Welcome to the 147. The people of the 147 are in a bit of a mood and and the discussion is a bit gritty, but there is much to explore in this one. The folk here aren't interested in the black and white of things, but instead revel in the shades of gray embedded throughout. Don't be outraged, be engaged. TONAL VARIATIONS: 00:18:27 -- 18Ireland 00:40:57 -- SpaceCorp (in-depth) 01:08:57 -- Glendalough 13 yo Irish Single Malt 01:21:20 -- Captains of the Gulf (in-depth) 01:39:33 -- Love & Hip-Hop??? 01:53:17 -- Dodgers (Bill Beverly) 02:32:40 -- No-Fun February

2hr 39mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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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)

2hr 39mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 125 -- We're Just Not Here Tonight

Here be episode a buck and a quarter. We're doin' the usual. You're doin' the usual. It's like we all get along or something. Enjoy. ITEMS: 00:21:50 -- Iberian Rails (in-depth) 00:51:53 -- Westland American Oak Single Malt 01:02:49 -- Albums by Jeff Rosenstock and Will Johnson 01:28:11 -- Wildcatters (in-depth)

2hr 35mins

8 Feb 2018

Rank #19