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THE MARY and TOM SHOW

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Mary And Tom, Episode 26

00:01 Introduction; 00:06 A tree falls in Dearborn; 01:07 Museumfest; 01:25 Tom's sense of direction; 02:20 The return trip; 03:35 "Where am I?"; 04:25 ASL; 05:05 Time scale; 05:45 In which we discuss several sitcoms; 07:00 The joke is always on whatever the woman's name was; 07:45 Tom can't tell how old people are; 08:25 Comparing Table Battles to an introductory hex-and-counter game; 09:10 Playing Battles on the Ice with a kid; 10:00 Tom hates children, apparently; 10:40 Playing draughts with a kid; 12:20 Supply Lines cubes are like Hot Pockets; 13:45 Feeling blessed.

Mary And Tom, Episode 25
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 The number twenty-five; 00:19 A shocking twist; 00:45 Table Battles did okay; 01:00 Spoiler alert: they did arrive; 01:20 Tom is a dweeb; 02:00 Table Battles as a filler game; 02:30 Mary's opinion of odds-based CRTs; 02:45 Charlemagne release plans; 02:55 Differences between Charlemagne and Agricola; 03:15 Time scale and turn structure of Charlemagne vs. Agricola; 04:55 Things that sap VP and wealth in Charlemagne; 05:35 Minimum military strength; 06:15 Winning conditions for Charlemagne; 06:50 How to become Holy Roman Emperor; 07:30 Replay value of Charlemagne vs. Agricola; 08:27 Difficulty level; 09:20 Battles in Charlemagne; 11:43 Suppression and Siegecraft; 13:00 The next Shields & Swords II game; 14:10 Shields & Swords Ancients; 15:25 Number five; 15:38 Holiday sale plans; 16:48 Freebie game for the holiday sale; 17:22 Roll-and-move game with a deterministic odds-based CRT.

Mary And Tom, Episode 24
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 Running late; 00:25 Company business stuff; 00:39 Our seveneighteenth release; 01:00 Dang that mail lady; 01:35 Table Battles play example available; 02:10 For-Ex update; 02:50 The reddit; 03:20 For-Ex rules; 05:05 The broader audience for super-niche games; 06:08 A shocking twist; 07:13 Quote-unquote normal; 08:18 Blood & Guts Games, LLC; 08:40 We can't go to Essen unless you smuggle us in your luggage; 09:15 Bitskrieg cover; 09:40 Baby tank; 10:00 The dual audiences for Bitskrieg; 10:38 Our first (only?) game with a mounted board.

Mary And Tom, Episode 23
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 How the anniversary sale went; 00:50 "We" (or Tom) made a mistake; 01:49 Mary has the best laugh; 02:20 Sales predictions; 04:25 Claws, don't chew on that bag; 04:57 Table Battles info; 05:25 Shortage on Table Battles; 07:40 For-Ex and its audience; 07:59 Mary likes For-Ex; 08:43 For-Ex has a lot of cards; 10:24 Cranbrook is pretty nice; 11:00 Mary is unflappable; 11:17 Tom is risk-adverse; 11:46 The best environment for panicking.

Mary And Tom, Episode 22
00:01 We live in a fly zone; 00:17 Introduction; 00:23 Altercation at the cinema; 01:45 We could have saved the day; 02:53 The worst part about seeing movies in the theater; 03:45 That time we saw The VVitch; 05:03 The absolute worst; 05:37 We continue to pay our mortgage; 06:18 Convincing people not to buy our games; 07:58 Trying to get ahead; 08:22 Traffic Living Rules update; 09:28 Mr. Green; 10:20 Difficulty getting some games on the table.

Mary And Tom, Episode 21
00:01 Introduction; 00:07 An anniversary; 00:24 Mary disagrees; 00:34 Another anniversary; 00:45 How time works; 00:56 Mary changes her mind; 01:05 Sale announcement; 02:21 Updates on upcoming games; 03:16 Canadians are usually pretty good people; 03:45 A serious discussion of tank counter art; 05:40 An ode to Mary; 05:52 Playtesting Wars of Marcus Aurelius; 07:13 A running gag; 07:25 "I don't do words good, Mary"; 07:42 Claws wants to go outside.

Mary And Tom, Episode 20
00:01 Introduction; 00:28 Updates; 00:55 Mary is great; 02:20 Mary gives constructive criticism; 03:00 Tom proposes a new holiday; 03:25 Errata; 05:10 Re-layouts are not Mary's favorite thing; 06:52 Working with an "editor"; 07:38 Working with an editor; 08:44 The glue factory rule; 09:32 Mary learns about a lie told to children; 11:28 Mary's cat; 12:10 The basenji; 13:24 Lance loved to get in the car; 14:00 Research for Supply Lines 2; 14:17 "Oh my God, not the bugs".

Mary And Tom, Episode 19
00:01 Introduction; 00:06 Announcing Wars of Marcus Aurelius; 00:18 Claws says hello; 00:19 Decision space in solitaire games; 01:13 Reasons to say yes; 02:57 Thirteen-hundred cards is still too many cards; 04:30 Trying to shuffle eight-hundred cards; 06:07 Marcus Aurelius cover; 06:28 First draft cover for Seven Pines; 07:34 Optimates et Populares display sheets; 09:43 Here you can start hearing what we assume is either a wasp building a nest or a some kind of swamp mammal in the background for the next two minutes; 10:44 Seven Pines release date.

Mary And Tom, Episode 18
00:01 Introduction; 00:06 It's been very hot; 00:30 Mystery of the Missing AC Unit; 01:00 Effects of heat on productivity; 02:13 Mary says something gross; 02:50 The summer with no AC in the car; 03:31 RIP, Mary's car, 2001-2016; 04:04 Meet-cute; 04:35 Working at a library; 06:10 No reading in the library; 06:58 On being a manager; 08:40 Comparing development to management; 09:08 Mary is super-cool; 09:34 Tom gets mushy; 09:50 Remembering Tom and Mary's first date.

Mary And Tom, Episode 17
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 Conversations with Heavy Cardboard; 01:08 Problems of articulation; 01:40 Competitive versus experiential designs; 03:12 Reiner Knizia is not Mary's Favorite Designer; 05:00 Deck-building games; 06:17 Tom and World War II games; 07:25 Hollandspiele's 2017 release slate; 07:47 Dynasty; 08:31 Seven Pines; or, Fair Oaks; 08:50 Table Battles; 09:20 The goofball niche; 10:16 Objective Shreveport!; 10:55 For-Ex; 11:15 Bitskrieg; 12:15 Charlemagne, Master of Europe; 12:42 Things we can't talk about yet.

Mary And Tom, Episode 16
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 New microphone; 00:28 Tom is cheap, apparently; 00:40 Full-size map upgrades now available; 01:45 Why our maps aren't mounted; 04:15 Methods of risk mitigation; 05:13 Turn-around times for crowdfunding; 06:10 Why crowdfunding is a bad fit; 06:57 What we're interested in, and not; 08:03 Structuring unstructured time; 09:28 The secret origin of Monster's name; 10:11 Dynasty coming out soon; 11:02 Announcing "Bitskrieg"; 11:30 Tom's native language.

Mary And Tom, Episode 15
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 Operation Unthinkable; 02:45 Tom's "Annual" Sausage Fest; 04:30 Expensive sausages; 05:00 Duration in games; 05:30 The 18XX; 06:28 Monster games; 07:10 Long video games; 08:28 That sci-fi film where the guy is sad for four hours; 09:50 Richard Berg's Dynasty; 10:40 The elusive crossover market.

Mary And Tom, Episode 14
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 Best laid plans, etc., etc.; 00:30 It's really warm; 01:03 Tom allegedly does yard work; 01:33 Don't let trees fall on you; 01:42 Columbuses and Parises; 02:35 Origins; 02:55 People who need to take remedial walking classes; 03:28 Aquaman; 05:08 The wrong shoes; 05:25 Namedropping; 06:18 We've never played games at cons; 06:53 Bad news for European customers; 09:04 Good news for all customers.

Mary And Tom, Episode 13
00:00 Introduction; 00:08 June's a good month; 00:30 Monster is an effective cat; 01:00 More Aggressive Attitudes; 01:24 Operation Unthinkable; 01:42 theplayersaid; 02:04 July usually comes after June; 02:14 Seven Pines; or, Fair Oaks; 02:36 Dynasty: The Era of the Five Dynasties; 03:10 Crossover appeal; 03:32 Announcing Objective Shreveport!; 04:07 Announcing Table Battles; 04:52 Musical interlude; 05:10 W1815; 06:13 Using dice to make decisions; 07:20 Christmas at White Mountain; 08:14 Foregrounding "Tempo"; 09:53 Origins.

Mary And Tom, Episode 12
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 Ow, my back, part two; 01:27 Tentative Origins plans; 01:45 An awful folio game Tom bought; 02:48 A possibly completely wrong short history of Origins; 03:16 Layouts for our July releases; 03:47 Scheduling goals; 04:25 Marketing; 04:42 Doing more videos; 05:30 Charlemagne update; 06:50 Modeling medieval military power.

Mary And Tom, Episode 11
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 We can't go to CSW, sadface; 00:51 What's that movie, Mary?; 01:29 Tom used to be invulnerable; 02:03 Signs on ladders; 02:38 Fear of heights; 02:46 Fear of public speaking; 02:57 Jellyfish are scary terrifying monsters; 03:19 Chevy Chase; 04:36 Battles on the Ice; 05:04 Dead Ringers; 05:33 Next month's releases; 06:08 Anguished sigh; 06:10 Dynasty Update.

Mary And Tom, Episode 10
00:01 Introduction; 00:05 The Fifth Element; 00:50 "Maybe it's too French"; 01:05 Mary is hard to surprise; 01:35 Mary's Multipass; 02:46 Tom's Uncle's Alibis; 04:20 Art budgets; 05:25 Star Wars; 06:45 The cowboy in Hail Caesar; 07:15 Flat characters; 08:08 Hokey music cues; 08:25 The Last Man on Earth; 09:30 PNP sales

Mary And Tom, Episode 9
00:00 Introduction; 00:08 Horse & Musket out now; 00:20 How we price our games; 03:30 The Golden Age of Wargames; 04:30 "Movies now are terrible"; 05:30 Dinner with a part-time flea market chiropractor; 10:55 Nostalgia is the worst; 11:21 Mary likes science fiction; 13:12 In praise of our artists; 15:12 Forex announced.

Mary and Tom, Episode 8
00:00 Introduction; 00:07 Mail time; 01:18 Prices for wood bits; 02:00 Playing Horse & Musket for three days straight; 03:16 Tom remembers an article from "The General"; 04:17 Tom's Grandpa's Birthday; 04:33 International Tabletop Day; 04:45 The promise of barbeque, unfulfilled; 05:28 Mary wants an expansion for a game we don't own; 06:08 Immune to the lure of Ticket to Ride; 06:25 The airplane one with the stocks; 07:03 Our Dominion habit; 08:05 "Ehhh, but I love you"; 09:10 Playing games for fun; 09:30 Evolution: Climate; 09:53 Sekigahara; 10:13 Mary likes block games quite a bit; 10:46 At All Costs! announced; 11:18 The Gracie Allen Joke.

Mary and Tom, Episode 7
00:00 Introduction; 00:07 Geographic Tongue; 01:42 An Infamous Traffic Golden Elephant Nomination; 02:17 The Eternal Question; 03:15 Teaching video; 04:36 Optimates et Populares; 05:34 Origins of World War II; 6:00 Why Isn't Opt-Pop 3-4 Players?; 07:44 Charlie-man; 08:09 Roman Numerals; 08:45 Mary's Dracula Voice; 09:20 Blind-Testing for Charlemagne; 10:06 Tom Gets Melancholy.

Mary and Tom, Episode 6
00:00 Introduction; 00:05 Horse & Musket update; 01:45 Tom attempts to make a casserole; 02:10 Water with vegetables in it; 02:30 White Castle; 03:20 Questions from our listeners; 03:37 How much time do you spend a week running Hollandspiele?; 04:04 Walking the cat; 04:25 Tom's old job; 05:34 Playtesting; 06:48 What are you looking for in a design?; 07:35 Tactical games; 08:35 Tom likes Combat Commander; 09:13 Hammer of the Scots; 10:00 How to Pronounce "Scots"; 10:30 Mary wins; 11:13 C&C Napoleonics (Mary wins); 11:41 Cribbage (Mary wins); 12:17 Scrabble (Mary wins); 12:58 Something Dana Lombardy told Tom; 13:39 The Most-Asked Questions; 14:46 Distribution; 15:41 Overseas; 16:30 Now on Twitter.

Mary and Tom, Episode 5
00:00 Meow; 00:01 Introduction; 00:21 Mary's Computer; 01:02 Carrots; 01:32 Recipe for Carrots with Shallots; 02:33 Unsolicited Advertisement for Vernors Ginger Ale; 03:25 Mary Tells a Vernors Story; 04:35 Tom Tells a Vernors Story; 06:00 My Friend the Knife Salesman; 06:30 You Should Watch Rantasmo; 07:15 You Should Listen to Inter-Party Conflict; 07:30 Mary's Computer Issues Solved (Sort of); 09:10 Mary Laughs for Approximately Thirty Seconds; 09:41Working on Charts; 10:30 Tom Slightly Injured His Ulnar Nerve, and It's About As Much Fun As It Sounds; 12:10 Optimates et Populares; 13:20 Forex, The Currency Trading Game; 14:59 Panzer-Pushing.

Mary and Tom, Episode 4
00:00 Introduction; 00:10 Mary is amazing at driving; 00:30 Root Canals - Not That Bad, Actually; 01:00 Supply Lines out now; 01:32 New titles for old games; 03:07 Horse and Musket update; 03:53 Mary's Eye; 04:16 Games we're playtesting.

Mary and Tom, Episode 3
00:00 Introduction; 00:10 Cheese-Tasting "Event"; 01:45 Richard Berg's Question, Answered; 03:00 Limburger and Durians; 03:24 Cats and Their Toys; 04:03 Horse & Musket Update; 04:20 Playtest Counters; 05:14 Charlemagne, Master of Europe; 07:45 Supply Lines of the American Revolution: The Northern Theater, 1775-1777: The Title; 08:50 Historicity and Scale/Intent; 10:20 The Road That Wasn't; 11:30 Mary Plays "The Good Guys"; 12:15 The Saga of Mary's Picket.

Mary and Tom, Episode 2
00:00 Introduction; 00:30 Power Outage; 02:24 Electricity is Great; 03:15 Cubes & Cards; 04:10 Ukrainian Crisis & The Little War Releasing This Week; 04:48 More Aggressive Attitudes, Dynasty, and Operational Unthinkable; 05:24 Battles on the Ice; 06:30 Who's the Director, Mary?; 07:16 Another Battle Whose Name Escapes Me (Karuse); 07:40 Charlemagne; 08:54 The Spanish Ulcer; 09:30 The Glorious First of June; 10:57 "Master and Commander" is Great.

Mary and Tom, Episode 1
00:00 Introduction; 00:45 Ukrainian Crisis & The Little War; 02:05 Unhappy Mail Lady; 03:25 German vs. Domestic Wood Bits; 05:20 Romans with Zero Noses; 06:54 Reasonably Smart and Cool on Average; 07:45 Horse & Musket; 09:22 Tom Can't Pronounce Jalapeno; 10:45 Pricing and Marketability for Obscure Battles; 14:15 Tom Gets Into Trouble.