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The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast
75 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Lords of the Dungeon 55: GM Prep, Spooky Adventures and Roleplaying Fear
In episode 55, The gang starts out by having Aaron reveal his purchases at Origins Game Fair 2021 and then jump into a listener submitted question about how the Lords prepare for campaigns as Game Masters. And finally, the Lords discuss roleplaying fear, game mechanisms that promote fear in players and running spooky adventures for the Halloween season.
188 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Episode 240: Clash of Cultures and The Unwritten Rules
The Cabal is back for another dose of insubordinate nonsense! Today the gang talks about some great games including Magic the Gathering, Khora: Rise of an Empire, Immortals, Scooby Doo: Escape from the Haunted Mansion, Run Cowboy Run and Intrepid. Then Don and Jamie feature review Clash of Cultures Monumental Edition from designer Christian Marcussen and Wiz-Kids. Then Tony T pulls out the news articles if runs down all the most important things happening in the tabletop gaming world. Then finally the Founders discuss Unwritten Rules in board gaming. Clash of Cultures Overview 01:01:28, Clash of Cultures Review 01:06:22, News with Tony T 01:29:51, The Unwritten Rules 02:30:57
99 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Battletome Vol 4: Star Wars Legion
Enter, Ye Gods of War! In Volume four of Battletome, a podcast about the miniatures gaming hobby, Bender, Aaron and Jamie discuss all the games and hobby project they've been getting into lately including Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40k, Don't Look Back, Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats, Myth and Goal, and Aeronautica Imperialis Wrath of Angels. Then Aaron and Jamie dive into a feature review of Star Wars Legion published by Fantasy Flight Games and Atomic Mass Games!
69 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Express 76: Are Board Game Conventions Still Relevant? Featuring Rodney Smith and Joel Eddy
Don and Jamie are so happy to be joined by Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Games and Rodney Smith of Watch It Played to talk about gaming conventions. We discuss the question, are Board Game Conventions still as relevant as they once were to the gaming industry - both publishers and convent creators.
209 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 239: Through The Ages and a Short Topic Extravaganza
Awww yeah, the gang is back in action for another bananas episode of The Secret Cabal! Today the Founders chat about the games they've been playing including DinoGenics: Controlled Chaos, Paleo, Soldiers in Postmen’s Uniforms, Ankh: Gods of Egypt, Seastead and Chronicles of Crime 1400. Then Don and Jamie dive into a feature review of the classic Vlaada Chvátil game, Through The Ages: A New Story of Civilization from CGE. Then Tony T, as always, wows us with the best gaming news there is to hear, and the gang wraps up the show with another Short Topic Extravaganza with topics including is it okay to turn down designers when they ask you to playtest? Do you like long turns with few rounds or fast turns with tons of rounds? And do we believe in bigfoot and UFOs? Through The Ages Overview 01:12:13, Through The Ages Review 01:16:31, News with Tony T S 01:46:34, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:48:21
65 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Lords of the Dungeon 54: Creating and Running Villains and Gaming Group Styles
In episode 54, The gang starts out by talking about their recent roleplaying game battery recharging hiatus and their meeting to discuss what we're going to play next included - Fallout, Shadowrun, Pulp Cthulhu and Star Wars. Then the Lords take a question from Cabalist Brett regarding creating and running dastardly villains and how to do it without feeling like a dirtbag. Then finally the group talks about all kinds of gaming group styles, look at their own gaming style and discuss the impact style has on enjoyment.
193 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Episode 238: Descent Legends of the Dark and Does Size Matter
Oh Yeah! Tony and Chris are back in action in episode 238 of The Secret Cabal! Today we start off by hearing a little about Tony's journey across the country and then dive into the games we've been playing over the past 2 weeks including The Shores of Tripoli, Vanuatu, Dark Domains, Meadow, Karuba, Steve's mobile escape rooms experience, and Coyote. Then Don and Jamie dive into an in-depth review of Descent Legends of the Dark from Fantasy Flight Games. Tony T takes back the reigns of the news segment and gives us a tour of all the stuff going on around the industry. Then finally the gang discusses whether size matters in board gaming - box size, card size, table presence, etc. Descent Legends of the Dark Overview 01:04:57, Descent Legends of the Dark Review 01:09:34, News with Tony T S 01:47:47, Does Size Matter 02:38:35
58 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Express 75: Challenges in Board Games
Hey Now Cabalists! In today's episode of The Secret Cabal Express, Don and Jamie start out by talking about the new Descent Legends of the Dark and transition into talking about the challenges that make up the board games we love and why those challenges enhance the enjoyment.
206 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Episode 237: SpaceCorp 2025-2300AD and The Shelf of Shame
Hey Now Cabalists! It’s time for another wild, crazy, bananas, brilliant, bombastic, and meshugenah episode of The Secret Cabal Today it's only Don, Steve and Jamie as the others are off doing whatever they do and the gang dives into the games they've been playing including Ankh, Robinhood and his Merry Men, Descent: Legends of the Dark, Vast Mysterious Manor, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, Terraforming Mars with upgrades and Kill Team Octarius. Then Don and Jamie hook the Cabalists up with a feature review of SpaceCorp 2025-2300AD plus the Spacecorp Ventures expansion from GMT Games. Steve S takes over the news chair while Tony T is driving across country and does a bang-up job! Then finally Don and Jamie talk about their shelves of shame. SpaceCorp 2025-2300AD Overview 01:08:54, SpaceCorp 2025-2300AD Review 01:15:31, News with Steve S 01:48:32, The Shelf of Shame 02:43:00
63 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Lords of the Dungeon 53: Alien RPG, Cyberpunk Red vs Shadowrun and The Tone of the Campaign
In episode 53, The Lords begin by talking about their recent cinematic Alien Role Playing Game session and discuss the system and boxed adventure structure. Then the gang takes a question from a listener asking which we like better, pure Cyberpunk like Cyberpunk Red or Shadowrun with magic and fantasy races in the mix. Finally, Jamie, Bender, Jess and Jesko discuss the tone of a campaign and how that can affect the mood and enjoyment of the players.
196 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Episode 236: Beyond the Sun, Lookback at 2020 Part 1 and Its Not My Jam
The Cabal is back for another jam-packed episode! Today the gang welcomes Tony to the Cabal studios and we hear a little bit about his trip across the country. Then the gang goes into some of the games they've been playing including Underwater Cities, Lords of Vegas, Chinatown, Torres, Oath and Nanty Narking. Then Don and Jamie feature Beyond the Sun and look back at the games reviewed in the first 6 months of 2020. Then Tony T hooks us up with this news segment and the Founders finish off the show by discussing games and game styles they just don’t enjoy. Beyond the Sun Overview 01:02:00, Beyond the Sun Review 01:06:03, Look Back at 2020 Part 1 01:35:03, News with Steve S 02:05:41, Its Not My Jam 02:37:40
175 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Episode 235: Mind MGMT and Nailing a Board Game Theme
Hey Now Gang and welcome back to another wild and crazy episode of The Secret Cabal! Today the gang flies into action talking about a bunch of great games they've been playing including The Goonies: Never Say Die, Paranormal Detectives, Crimes in History: H.H. Holmes Murder Castle, Juicy Fruits, Azul and Zoinx! Then For the first time in 235 episodes, Jamie IS NOT included in the review segment, and we get Don and Steve taking a look at Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage Game by Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim. The, because Tony T is galivanting across the United States on a month-long road trip, Steve takes control of the news desk and gives us every bit of great tabletop gaming news he can. Then the gang talks about board games that really nail their theme! Mind MGMT Overview 00:57:17, Mind MGMT Review 01:00:36, News with Steve S 01:26:40, Nailing a Board Game Theme 02:14:38
68 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Lords of the Dungeon 52: High vs Low Complexity Roleplaying Games
In episode 52, the gang starts out be discussing what they're going to do during the summer months with vacations and other travel interferes with the gaming schedule. Then the Lords take a couple of questions from listeners including running games with little knowledge of the setting and what RPGs would NOT like to run or play in. Then the group rounds out the episode by talking about high vs low complexity role playing game systems.
184 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Episode 234: Oath Chronicles of Empire and Exile and a Short Topic Extravaganza
Awwww yeah, the Founders are back and celebrating the success of their 2021 Kickstarter campaign! The gang starts the show by talking about some of the games they've been playing including Canvas, Marvel Champions, Cryo, Tapestry, Unmatched, Labyrinthos and Cartographers. Then Don and Jamie get deep into a feature review of Oath Chronicles of Empire and Exile by Cole Wehrle. Then, as usual, Tony T collects and presents the best of the best tabletop gaming news you'll ever heard. Then the gang ends the show with a Short Topic Extravaganza including questions from listeners regarding using chess clocks, getting deeper into the theme of a game and losing your cook at the table. Oath Chronicles of Empire and Exile Overview 01:00:52, Oath Chronicles of Empire and Exile Review 01:05:20, News with Tony T 01:36:10, A Short Topic Extravaganza 02:21:37
103 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Battletome Vol 3: Age of Sigmar 3rd Edition with Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Games
Enter, Ye Gods of War! In Volume Three of Battletome, a podcast about the miniatures gaming hobby, Bender, Aaron and Jamie discuss all the games and hobby project they've been getting into lately including Warcry, Oak and Iron and Reign of Hell. Then Aaron and Jamie are joined by our great friend Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Games to dig deep into Age of Sigmar 3rd Edition. We discuss the brand new Domination boxed set and all the changes coming to this new edition of Game Workshop’s fantasy version of Warhammer!
58 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Express 74: The Psychology of a Gaming Junkie
The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast's 2021 Fundraiser currently running on Kickstarter is in its final week! The campaign ends on Friday, June 25th at 5pm ET. If you would like to support our 100 hours of yearly podcast content and other additional event programs and videos, please considering donating to the Cabal and getting some awesome rewards to boot. You can find us on Kickstarter at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/secretcabaljamie/the-secret-cabal-gaming-podcast-2021-10th-year-extravaganza. In episode 74 Tony, Don and Jamie pull out our armchair psychologist cards and talk about the psychology of a gaming junkie and what tricks and tactics marketers use to suck us in and part with our money.
172 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Episode 233: Titans and Is Kickstarter Killing Board Game Expansions Reaction
Hey Now Cabalists! Remember, our Fundraiser is live on Kickstarter right now and ends on Friday, June 25th at 5pm Eastern time. If you would like to support our content, please check it out on Kickstarter! Today the founder jump into discussion about Tony returning home to Pennsylvania for a visit and then we discuss some games we might play with him including Hadrian’s Wall, Shiver Me Timbers, 7 Wonders, Knit Wit, Donning the Purple and Blood Rage. Then Steve and Jamie go wild with a feature review of Titans from Go On Board! Tony T is ready to throw every great news story in his news sport hopper at you while the rest of the gang chirps in the background. And finally, the gang discusses a recent opinion article on Polygon.com entitled "Is Kickstarter killing board game expansions?" Titans Overview 01:01:41, Titans Review 01:05:16, News with Tony T 01:30:55, Is Kickstarter Killing Board Game Expansions Reaction 02:19:02
58 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Lords of the Dungeon 51: Three Pillars of a Strong Party
In episode 51, the Lords start out with Bender raving about his Star Trek Adventures campaign and then the gang discusses three pillars of building a strong role-playing adventuring party - building strong relationships, discussing player character ideals and developing shared long and short term goals.
190 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Episode 232: Monumental and Analysis Paralysis and Downtime
The Secret Cabal's 2021 Fundraiser is live on Kickstarter right now! In today's episode the Founders jump into talking about a bunch of great games we've been playing including Imperium: Classics, Destinies, Stay Cool, The Initiative, Sagrada, and Dungeon Twister. Then Jamie, Chris, Steve and Don dive into a feature review of Monumental designed by Matthew Dunstan and published by Funforge. Tony T, as always, rounded up a list of the most important tabletop gaming news stories you'll find while the rest of the guys chatter away with their thoughts. Then finally the boys discuss Analysis Paralysis and Downtime and how it affects gameplay. Monumental Overview 01:02:24, Monumental Review 01:07:16, News with Tony T 01:41:09, Analysis Paralysis and Downtime 02:26:14
60 minutes | May 26, 2021
Express 73: Tabletop Trends and Gaming Guts
In episode 73 Tony, Don and Jamie jump into a discussion about the Pokemon and Trading Card frenzy going on at Wal-Mart. They discuss a video featuring a swarm of savages descending upon the trading card section and causing a scene. Then the gang discusses Tabletop Trends and Gaming Guts - when a good thing because a fad in the gaming community and when that fad turns into an all-out gut.
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