The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast

By The Secret Cabal Founders

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Steve
 Nov 24, 2018
Lots of fun and very informative!

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Five old friends of more than 20 years come together to produce a high quality, bi-weekly podcast about tabletop gaming of all kinds: board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing games and much more. In each episode you can expect board game reviews, gaming industry news and round-table discussions. The Founders, Jamie, Tony, Chris, Steve and Brian, each have varying tastes in gaming to provide a variety of viewpoints. Since 2011, over 100 full length episodes and now more with our new additional show, The Secret Cabal Express, The Secret Cabal has grown to one of the most successful tabletop gaming podcasts in the community. The Founders continue striving to offer irreverent entertainment, thoughtful commentary and enthusiasm about a hobby we love. Topics include discussion of games from publishers such as Asmodee, Cool Mini or Not, Fantasy Fight Games, Wizards of the Coast, Z-Man Games, Days of Wonder, Games Workshop, Plaid Hat Games and more.

Episode Date
Lords of the Dungeon 40: Aaron's First Time GMing and Theater of the Mind
01:03:27
In episode 40, Bender starts out by talking about a new RPG he played called Blades in the Dark and the gang discusses campaigns in which all players play the same class. Then the Lords chat about the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. Aaron talks about his first time taking over as Game Master for our Star Trek Adventures campaign. Then finally the group discusses theater of the mind, setting the scene, and integrating more description in their games.
Jul 08, 2020
Episode 210: Spirit Island and Gaming Etiquette and The Social Contract
02:59:16
Hey Now Cabalists! Episode 210 starts out with a little bit of a bummer as we discuss how sad we are the Origins Game Fair won’t be happening this year but before too long, we jump into talking about some great games we've been playing including; Wingspan, Bumuntu, Fields of Green, Tapestry, Lockup: A Roll Player Tale, Claustrophobia 1643 and Small World. Then Don and Jamie jump into a feature review of Spirit Island from Greater Than Games and designed by R. Eric Reuss. Tony T collects and delivers a bonkers series of news articles and currently running Kickstarter projects while the gang chirps in the background. Then finally the Founders discuss various elements of gaming etiquette and the social contract with playing board games. Spirit Island Overview 00:57:26, Spirit Island 01:03:00, News with Tony T 01:31:53, Gaming Etiquette and The Social Contract Discussion 02:13:45
Jul 01, 2020
Express 61: Euro Games vs Ameritrash Games
01:00:39
In episode 61 Jamie, Steve, Don and Aaron from Lords of the Dungeon start off by talking about retail therapy and their growing collection of video games. Then the gang jumps into a discussion about Euro Games and Ameritrash games and what we like and dislike about both.
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 209: Escape Plan, Lord of the Rings Journeys In Middle-Earth and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:23:51
Hey Now Cabalists! Today the gang starts out with a bit of celebration as we achieved all three of our Kickstarter Goals and The Cabal will go on! The the Founders get into some of the games they've been playing including The Shining, Pan Am The Game, Escape Room: The Game, Healthy Heart Hospital, Ghost Stories, and Arcadia Quest. Then the gang features Vital Lacerda's Escape Plan and look back at Lord of the Rings Journeys In Middle-Earth from Fantasy Flight Games. Tony T goes overboard with some crazy news stories (including the weirdest sex themed board game you've ever seen) and finally a short topic extravaganza including topics about Cthulhu in Kemet, What our other hobbies are and underrated game designers. Escape Plan Overview 01:11:19, Quacks of Escape Plan 01:17:08, Lord of the Rings Look Back 01:48:24, News with Tony T 01:54:29, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:43:28
Jun 17, 2020
Lords of the Dungeon 39: Take-Backs and First Time GM Jitters
01:05:25
In episode 39, the Lords start out by discussing Bender and Jess' new 1829 golden age of piracy Ravenloft campaign using the Dungeons and Dragons system. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding players asking to take back their action after committing. Finally, in the main discussion, the Lords talk about AC preparing for his first-time game mastering and the feelings he has, his preparation and some tips for handling first time GM jitters.
Jun 10, 2020
Episode 208: Quacks of Quedlinburg, Space Gate Odyssey and Developing and Cultivating Strategy
03:21:03
It's the last day of the Kickstarter! If you haven't checked it out and you would like to support the show, check it out at www.TheSecretCabal.com/Kickstarter. Today the gang starts out by discussing the games we've been playing including Century: Golem Edition – Eastern Mountains, REEF, The Pursuit of Happiness, Detective City of Angels, Tichu, and Jurassic Park: Danger! Then we give a feature review of Quacks of Quedlinburg and look back at Space Gate Odyssey. Then, after Tony T's news segment the Founder's discuss building a strategy in a board game and cultivating that strategy long term. Quacks of Quedlinburg Overview 01:00:35, Quacks of Quedlinburg Review 01:05:49, Space Gate Odyssey Look Back 01:26:20, News with Tony T 01:31:34, Developing and Cultivating Strategy Discussion 02:37:25
Jun 03, 2020
Express 60: The Golden Age of Intellectual Properties in Board Games
01:13:11
In episode 60, Chris, Steve, Don, Tony and Jamie sit down to talk about what seems to be the golden age of intellectual properties in board games. Games using movies, tv shows, video games, books and more are becoming more and more thoughtful and well developed and many publishers are thriving from developing quality hobby minded board games developing games in this space. The Founders discuss this and pitch some ideas for IP board games that they would love to see happen.
May 27, 2020
Episode 207: Charterstone, Star Wars Outer Rim and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:09:22
The Secret Cabal's 2020 Fundraiser is live on Kickstarter right now! Jump over to Kickstarter and search The Secret Cabal 2020 now or head over to www.thesecretcabal.com and click the banner! In today's episode the Founders start out by talking about some games they've been playing including: Star Trek Conflick in the Neutral Zone, Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Review, On Mars, Chrono-Trek, Star Realms, and Among the Stars. Then Tony, Aaron and Jamie jump right into a feature review of Charterstone, specifically the Steam digital edition designed by Jamey Stegmier and published by Stonemier Games and look back at Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars Outer Rim. Then Tony T goes ape with some important news from all around the gaming industry while the gang chatters in the background. Then the Founders end the episode with another Short Topic Extravaganza including discussion about Expansions, Dungeon Crawl Games and who would play us in the movies. Charterstone Overview 00:48:18, Charterstone Non-Spoiler Section Review 00:53:18, Charterstone Spoiler Section Review 01:16:20, Charterstone Non-Spoiler Final Thoughts 01:25:05, Star Wars Outer Rim Look Back 01:30:47, News with Tony T 01:36:27, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:27:00
May 20, 2020
Lords of the Dungeon 38: Online Gaming and Star Trek Adventures
00:52:09
In episode 38, the Lords finally return for a new episode! The gang managed to get at least some recording ability at their homes, and we hope that all of you will bear with us as we figure out this new style of recording. We start off the episode by discussing what we've been doing over the past few months and how we've been gaming. We've started a new Star Trek Adventures and are doing it online first the first time. Then we go into our thoughts of Star Trek Adventures from Modiphius.
May 13, 2020
Episode 206: Star Trek Ascendency and The Founders Feud with Rodney Smith
03:09:22
The Secret Cabal's 2020 Fundraiser is live on Kickstarter right now! Jump over to Kickstarter and search The Secret Cabal 2020 now! In other news, today the founder's welcome Rodney Smith of Watch It Played to talk about some board games including Labyrinth Adventures, Evolution, Oceans, Cloudspire, Codenames, The Grizzled Armistice and Lasers and Feelings! Then Don, Jamie and Aaron give you a feature review of Star Trek Ascendency and a look back at Kingsport Festival. Then after Tony T runs down the most important news in all of the tabletop gaming world, Rodney joins the Founders for the 4th installment of their world famous game show, The Founder's Feud! Star Trek Ascendency Overview 01:02:28, Star Trek Ascendency Review 01:08:30, Kingsport Festival Look Back 01:32:48, News with Tony T 01:36:29, The Founder's Feud 02:15:19
May 06, 2020
Express 59: Influential Game Mechanisms
01:04:02
In episode 59, Don and Jamie sit down to talk about a series of essential and influential board game mechanisms that were game changers of our hobby. Mechanisms that, when first arriving on the scene, shook up the way games were designed and added a new tool to the game design toolbox.
Apr 29, 2020
Bonus Episode 02: Our Love of Video Games with Matt Evans of Board Game Replay
01:06:01
Today Steve, Don, Aaron and Jamie sit down with Honorary Founder Matt Evans of Board Game Replay to talk about all the video games they've been playing during the quarentine and go back in time and discuss some of their favorite video games and video game memories of the past.
Apr 23, 2020
Episode 205: Chimera Station, Wingspan and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:23:07
The gang is back again for another episode of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast and today we talk about Steve's encounter with a backyard snake, Tony's standing desk, and take a look at a slew of games we've played including: Brook City, Street Masters, Dinogenics, The Liberation of Rietburg, Archmage, Clinic, Kitchen Rush, Race for the Galaxy and Star Trek Panic. Then we throw down a feature review of Chimera Station from Tasty Minstrel Games and a look back at Wingspan from Stonemaier Games. And finally, After Tony T's award-winning news segment, we host a short topic extravaganza including questions about games with new rounds, if we'd play games even though we're cursed to lose and the awkward moments after a game ends. Chimera Station Overview 01:07:13, Chimera Station Review 01:12:30, Wingspan Look Back 01:36:54, News with Tony T 01:41:19, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:43:10
Apr 15, 2020
Bonus Episode 01: Hanging Out With The Founders
01:00:56
Today was supposed to be a Lords of the Dungeon day but due to Social Distancing and the lack of remote recording abilities, Jamie, Steve, Don and Chris do an impromptu recording talking about whatever comes to mind. No plan. No notes. We just hit the record button and talked chase the rabbit down it's hole. We hit topics including TV shows, Movies, Grocery Stores, The Lack of Toilet Paper and How They're Handling The Quarantine.
Apr 08, 2020
Episode 204: Viticulture, Vindication, Shadows of Brimstone, Wendake and Living without a Game Group
03:07:01
The Founders are sheltered in place, but the Secret Cabal will go on! Today we talk about some awesome games including Everdell Pearlbrook, Doctor Who Time of the Daleks, Europe Divided, Arkham Noir, Funkoverse, Monumental and Chronicles of Crime: Noir. Then we give you a feature review of Viticulture Essentials Edition from Stonemaier Games and look back at Vindication, Shadows of Brimstone and Wendake. Then after Tony T enlightens you with all the most important news items from around the board gaming world, we host a discussion about how to continue gaming even though you're stuck in your house during quarantine. Viticulture Overview 00:57:41, Viticulture Review 01:00:43, Vindication Look Back 01:29:25, Shadows of Brimstone Look Back 01:33:25, Wendake Look Back 01:39:11, News with Tony T 01:44:29, Living without a Game Group 02:29:09
Apr 01, 2020
Express 58: Questions, Misconceptions and WTFs of Board Game Publishing with Stephen Buonocore
01:12:13
In episode 58, We start out today's episode with a special message to the Cabalists and then right into the episode proper. Today the Chris, Don and Jamie are joined by their very good friend Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to discuss the board game publishing industry. Stephen answers all of our and the Cabalists questions about what it takes to publish a board game in today's industry. If you want to hear more about publishing, check out Stephen's podcast called Board Games Insider at BoardGamesInsider.com and all the wonderful games he publishes at StrongholdGames.com
Mar 25, 2020
Express 58: Questions, Misconceptions and WTFs of Board Game Publishing with Stephen Buonocore
01:12:13
In episode 58, We start out today's episode with a special message to the Cabalists and then right into the episode proper. Today the Chris, Don and Jamie are joined by their very good friend Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to discuss the board game publishing industry. Stephen answers all of our and the Cabalists questions about what it takes to publish a board game in today's industry. If you want to hear more about publishing, check out Stephen's podcast called Board Games Insider at BoardGamesInsider.com and all the wonderful games he publishes at StrongholdGames.com
Mar 25, 2020
Episode 203: Underwater City and Win Loss Attribution
03:17:34
Hey Now Cabalists! Today we open but announcing the date of our next Kickstarter which will be May 1st, 2020. Then we jump into talking about a bunch of games we've been playing including On Mars, CO2: Second Chance, Feudum, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Fast Sloths, Bruges and Terror in Meeple City. Then we jump into a feature review of Underwater City designed by Vladimír Suchý and published by Rio Grande Games. Then after Tony T gives us his wild and crazy News segment, we discuss Win/Loss Attribution in board gaming. Underwater City Overview 01:14:39, Underwater City Review 01:18:49, News with Tony T 01:42:53, Win/Loss Attribution Discussion 02:31:08
Mar 18, 2020
Episode 203: Underwater City and Win Loss Attribution
03:17:34
Hey Now Cabalists! Today we open but announcing the date of our next Kickstarter which will be May 1st, 2020. Then we jump into talking about a bunch of games we've been playing including On Mars, CO2: Second Chance, Feudum, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Fast Sloths, Bruges and Terror in Meeple City. Then we jump into a feature review of Underwater City designed by Vladimír Suchý and published by Rio Grande Games. Then after Tony T gives us his wild and crazy News segment, we discuss Win/Loss Attribution in board gaming. Underwater City Overview 01:14:39, Underwater City Review 01:18:49, News with Tony T 01:42:53, Win/Loss Attribution Discussion 02:31:08
Mar 18, 2020
Lords of the Dungeon 37: Puzzles, Letting your DM Down Easy and Playing Religious Characters in Fantasy Games
01:15:50
In episode 37, the lords begin by discussing a recent encounter from their own game involving a puzzle that was a bit too hard for them to figure out and how they feel about puzzles as encounters. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding how to talk to your dungeon master about a game in which the players aren't having fun. How do you let them down easy? And finally, the Lords jump the main discussion about clerics and other religious characters and the ins and outs of playing a person who believes and service the greater gods.
Mar 11, 2020
Lords of the Dungeon 37: Puzzles, Letting your DM Down Easy and Playing Religious Characters in Fantasy Games
01:15:50
In episode 37, the lords begin by discussing a recent encounter from their own game involving a puzzle that was a bit too hard for them to figure out and how they feel about puzzles as encounters. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding how to talk to your dungeon master about a game in which the players aren't having fun. How do you let them down easy? And finally, the Lords jump the main discussion about clerics and other religious characters and the ins and outs of playing a person who believes and service the greater gods.
Mar 11, 2020
Episode 202: Clinic: Deluxe Edition and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:44:04
Alrighty Cabalists! It's time for another jam-packed episode of The Secret Cabal starting off with a new Chris Movie Review this time featuring the new Lovecraft adaptation of Color Out of Space. Then we jump into the games we've been playing including: Undaunted, Charterstone, Aftershock San Francisco and Venice, Cooper Island, Terraforming Mars, Ettin, Last Will and Castles of Burgundy. Then the gang gets into a feature review of Clinic: Deluxe Edition designed by Alban Viard, published by AVStudioGames and featuring artwork by the great Ian O'Toole. Tony T gives us his ever-popular news segment filled with gaming related nonsense and the rest of the gang gives their valuable commentary. And finally, the Founders talk about buzzkill gamers, making noises during the game, are mats better than boards and the annoying things about Kickstarter projects in our Short Topic Extravaganza. Clinic Overview 01:23:27, Clinic Review 01:28:47, News with Tony T 01:57:10, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:49:38
Mar 04, 2020
Episode 202: Clinic: Deluxe Edition and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:44:04
Alrighty Cabalists! It's time for another jam-packed episode of The Secret Cabal starting off with a new Chris Movie Review this time featuring the new Lovecraft adaptation of Color Out of Space. Then we jump into the games we've been playing including: Undaunted, Charterstone, Aftershock San Francisco and Venice, Cooper Island, Terraforming Mars, Ettin, Last Will and Castles of Burgundy. Then the gang gets into a feature review of Clinic: Deluxe Edition designed by Alban Viard, published by AVStudioGames and featuring artwork by the great Ian O'Toole. Tony T gives us his ever-popular news segment filled with gaming related nonsense and the rest of the gang gives their valuable commentary. And finally, the Founders talk about buzzkill gamers, making noises during the game, are mats better than boards and the annoying things about Kickstarter projects in our Short Topic Extravaganza. Clinic Overview 01:23:27, Clinic Review 01:28:47, News with Tony T 01:57:10, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:49:38
Mar 04, 2020
Express 57: Replayability with Honorary Founder Dan King The Game Boy Geek
01:10:38
In episode 57, Jamie, Steve and Don welcome longtime friend and Honorary Founder, Dan King, The Game Boy Geek. Dan starts out by giving Jamie some recommendations for great casual games to take back to his family and then we talk about Dan's currently running Kickstarter to fun his YouTube review channel. Then the gang goes deep into a discussion about replayability and lists some games that they feel are extremely replayable.
Feb 26, 2020
Express 57: Replayability with Honorary Founder Dan King The Game Boy Geek
01:10:38
In episode 57, Jamie, Steve and Don welcome longtime friend and Honorary Founder, Dan King, The Game Boy Geek. Dan starts out by giving Jamie some recommendations for great casual games to take back to his family and then we talk about Dan's currently running Kickstarter to fun his YouTube review channel. Then the gang goes deep into a discussion about replayability and lists some games that they feel are extremely replayable.
Feb 26, 2020
Episode 201: Chronicles of Crime, Dinogenics and The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun
02:50:42
Hey Now Cabalists! In episode 201 the gang gets back to basics after our raucous 200th episode celebration. Today we talk about all sorts of great games including Empires of the Void 2, Barrage, Sorcerer City, Underwater Cities, Bunny Kingdom, Backgammon, Celestia, Blood Rage and Caylus 1303. Then Don, Steve and Jamie throw a feature review of Chronicles of Crime from Lucky Duck Games at you, followed up by a look back at DinoGenics from Ninth Haven Games. Then after Tony T's legendary news segment featuring many off the rails conversations, the guys discuss the effect of complexity on your fun when playing board games. Chronicles of Crime Overview 01:03:30, Chronicles of Crime Review 01:08:00, Dinogenics Look Back 01:33:13, News with Tony T 01:37:10, The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun 02:11:20
Feb 19, 2020
Episode 201: Chronicles of Crime, Dinogenics and The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun
02:50:42
Hey Now Cabalists! In episode 201 the gang gets back to basics after our raucous 200th episode celebration. Today we talk about all sorts of great games including Empires of the Void 2, Barrage, Sorcerer City, Underwater Cities, Bunny Kingdom, Backgammon, Celestia, Blood Rage and Caylus 1303. Then Don, Steve and Jamie throw a feature review of Chronicles of Crime from Lucky Duck Games at you, followed up by a look back at DinoGenics from Ninth Haven Games. Then after Tony T's legendary news segment featuring many off the rails conversations, the guys discuss the effect of complexity on your fun when playing board games. Chronicles of Crime Overview 01:03:30, Chronicles of Crime Review 01:08:00, Dinogenics Look Back 01:33:13, News with Tony T 01:37:10, The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun 02:11:20
Feb 19, 2020
Lords of the Dungeon 36: Altered Carbon and High vs Low Level Campaigns
01:13:57
In episode 36, the Lords start out by talking about trying a new game for a few months and discuss the new Altered Carbon RPG raising funds on Kickstarter now. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding if magic were real. Then finally the Lords talks about playing in high and low level campaigns and how to make them fun.
Feb 12, 2020
Lords of the Dungeon 36: Altered Carbon and High vs Low Level Campaigns
01:13:57
In episode 36, the Lords start out by talking about trying a new game for a few months and discuss the new Altered Cardon RPG raising funds on Kickstarter now. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding if magic were real. Then finally the Lords talks about playing in high and low level campaigns and how to make them fun.
Feb 12, 2020
Episode 200: Puerto Rico, Our Favorite Games We've Reviewed and A Look Back at the Past 8 Years
03:43:03
Today the Founders celebrate their 200th episode anniversary by going over the past 8 years and each giving two of their favorite games they've ever reviewed - think of it like a giant-sized Games of Yesteryear mixed with 10 Look Back segments. Then Don, Tony and Jamie go back to review a legendary board game that defined a genre, Puerto Rico. Then after Tony T's news segment, the guys take a look back at the past 8 years of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast and discuss what they've build and retell some of their favorite moments throughout the life of the show. AND the Founders are visited by some old friends throughout the show too! Puerto Rico Overview 01:24:05, Puerto Rico Review 01:27:12, News with Tony T 01:52:04, A Look Back of the Past 8 Years 02:48:52
Feb 05, 2020
Episode 200: Puerto Rico, Our Favorite Games We've Reviewed and A Look Back at the Past 8 Years
03:43:03
Today the Founders celebrate their 200th episode anniversary by going over the past 8 years and each giving two of their favorite games they've ever reviewed - think of it like a giant-sized Games of Yesteryear mixed with 10 Look Back segments. Then Don, Tony and Jamie go back to review a legendary board game that defined a genre, Puerto Rico. Then after Tony T's news segment, the guys take a look back at the past 8 years of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast and discuss what they've build and retell some of their favorite moments throughout the life of the show. AND the Founders are visited by some old friends throughout the show too! Puerto Rico Overview 01:24:05, Puerto Rico Review 01:27:12, News with Tony T 01:52:04, A Look Back of the Past 8 Years 02:48:52
Feb 05, 2020
Express 56: Our Early Days of Gaming and the Top 5 Games that Shaped us as Board Gamers
01:11:18
In episode 56, Chris and Jamie start out by talking about their early days of gaming. The games and friends they experienced that made them hobbyists. Then they list the top 5 board games that shaped them and turned them into the serious hobby board games they are today.
Jan 29, 2020
Express 56: Our Early Days of Gaming and the Top 5 Games that Shaped us as Board Gamers
01:11:18
In episode 56, Chris and Jamie start out by talking about their early days of gaming. The games and friends they experienced that made them hobbyists. Then they list the top 5 board games that shaped them and turned them into the serious hobby board games they are today.
Jan 29, 2020
Episode 199: Flotilla, Nemesis, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time and The Death of the Acquisition Disorder
03:34:12
The Founders are back for a another game packed episode starting out with Chris and his grasshopper taco and a bunch of games we've been playing including; Taverns of Tiefenthal, Wavelength, Cryptid, Blitzkrieg!, The Grizzled, Crystal Palace, Caverna: The Cave Farmers and Dream Phone. Then after we review Flotilla and look back at Nemesis and Professor Eveil, Tony T, as always, gives us the greatest tabletop gaming news in the entire world of gaming while the rest of us quack in the background. Then we wrap up the episode with discussion about the state of the industry, the state of came consumers and ask the question, is the Acquisition Disorder a thing of the past. Flotilla Overview 01:22:23, Flotilla Review 01:25:06, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time Look back 01:55:28, Nemesis Look Back 01:57:57, News with Tony T 02:01:14, The Death of the Acquisition Disorder Discussion 02:50:49
Jan 22, 2020
Episode 199: Flotilla, Nemesis, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time and The Death of the Acquisition Disorder
03:34:12
The Founders are back for a another game packed episode starting out with Chris and his grasshopper taco and a bunch of games we've been playing including; Taverns of Tiefenthal, Wavelength, Cryptid, Blitzkrieg!, The Grizzled, Crystal Palace, Caverna: The Cave Farmers and Dream Phone. Then after we review Flotilla and look back at Nemesis and Professor Eveil, Tony T, as always, gives us the greatest tabletop gaming news in the entire world of gaming while the rest of us quack in the background. Then we wrap up the episode with discussion about the state of the industry, the state of came consumers and ask the question, is the Acquisition Disorder a thing of the past. Flotilla Overview 01:22:23, Flotilla Review 01:25:06, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time Look back 01:55:28, Nemesis Look Back 01:57:57, News with Tony T 02:01:14, The Death of the Acquisition Disorder Discussion 02:50:49
Jan 22, 2020
Lords of the Dungeon 35: Campaign Settings of the Past and Wizards in Role Playing Games
01:15:28
In episode 35, Jesko talks about his first time Dungeon Mastering a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Jamie talks about his Christmas Presents, we take questions from listeners regarding Eberron and campaign settings from the past they would like to see make a return and finish the episode by talking about Wizards and magic, roleplaying wizards and their favorite magic users from movies, TV, comics and books.
Jan 15, 2020
Lords of the Dungeon 35: Campaign Settings of the Past and Wizards in Role Playing Games
01:15:28
In episode 35, Jesko talks about his first time Dungeon Mastering a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Jamie talks about his Christmas Presents, we take questions from listeners regarding Eberron and campaign settings from the past they would like to see make a return and finish the episode by talking about Wizards and magic, roleplaying wizards and their favorite magic users from movies, TV, comics and books.
Jan 15, 2020
Episode 198: Maracaibo and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:04:40
Hey Now Cabalists and Happy New Year! First, we start off with a challenge from a Cabalist on our forums and then get busy with some games we've been playing including: Flotilla, Era: Medieval Age, Fast Sloths, Tapestry, Istanbul The Dice Game, The Others and Cthulhu Death May Die! Then we announce a new series of T-Shirts featuring Steve's artwork. Then we get busy with a feature review of Maracaibo from Alexander Pfister and Capstone Games. Then after Tony T throws some tabletop gaming news at us, we host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring Steve's Jokes, how games have changed over the years and dealing with a gaming group with varying tastes. Maracaibo Overview 01:00:19, Maracaibo Review 01:04:36, News with Tony T 01:30:30, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:22:00
Jan 08, 2020
Episode 198: Maracaibo and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:04:40
Hey Now Cabalists and Happy New Year! First, we start off with a challenge from a Cabalist on our forums and then get busy with some games we've been playing including: Flotilla, Era: Medieval Age, Fast Sloths, Tapestry, Istanbul The Dice Game, The Others and Cthulhu Death May Die! Then we announce a new series of T-Shirts featuring Steve's artwork. Then we get busy with a feature review of Maracaibo from Alexander Pfister and Capstone Games. Then after Tony T throws some tabletop gaming news at us, we host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring Steve's Jokes, how games have changed over the years and dealing with a gaming group with varying tastes. Maracaibo Overview 01:00:19, Maracaibo Review 01:04:36, News with Tony T 01:30:30, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:22:00
Jan 08, 2020
Episode 197: Sanctum, Auztralia and Our Christmas Wishlists
03:32:33
Happy Holidays, Cabalists! In episode 197 the whole games here for our special Christmas episode and we celebrate by returning to an older tradition by debuting a new Christmas song parody called The Inattentive Grinch. Then the we take a look at the newest game from Filip Neduk, Sanctum from Czech Games Edition and look back at Martin Wallace's Auztralia from Stronghold Games. Then after Tony T give us a good dose of tabletop gaming news, the gang presents their Christmas Wishlists. The Inattentive Grinch 00:59:44, Sanctum Overview 01:07:11, Sanctum Review 01:12:03, Auztralia Looks Back 01:38:30, News with Tony T 01:46:36, Christmas Wishlists 02:35:54, The Founders Secret Santa 03:18:16
Dec 18, 2019
Episode 197: Sanctum, Auztralia and Our Christmas Wishlists
03:32:33
Happy Holidays, Cabalists! In episode 197 the whole games here for our special Christmas episode and we celebrate by returning to an older tradition by debuting a new Christmas song parody called The Inattentive Grinch. Then the we take a look at the newest game from Filip Neduk, Sanctum from Czech Games Edition and look back at Martin Wallace's Auztralia from Stronghold Games. Then after Tony T give us a good dose of tabletop gaming news, the gang presents their Christmas Wishlists. The Inattentive Grinch 00:59:44, Sanctum Overview 01:07:11, Sanctum Review 01:12:03, Auztralia Looks Back 01:38:30, News with Tony T 01:46:36, Christmas Wishlists 02:35:54, The Founders Secret Santa 03:18:16
Dec 18, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 34: Atlas, Using Board Game Minis for RPGs and One-Shot RPGs
00:58:09
In episode 34, Jess and Bender start us out by talking about their experience playing the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, Atlas on an RP server with a social contact. Then we take a question from a lister regarding using board game miniatures in our roleplaying games. Then we finish off the show by talking about our recent experiences with playing one-shots.
Dec 11, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 34: Atlas, Using Board Game Minis for RPGs and One-Shot RPGs
00:58:09
In episode 34, Jess and Bender start us out by talking about their experience playing the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, Atlas on an RP server with a social contact. Then we take a question from a lister regarding using board game miniatures in our roleplaying games. Then we finish off the show by talking about our recent experiences with playing one-shots.
Dec 11, 2019
Episode 196: Cthulhu Death May Die, Cerebria and Loss Aversion in Board Games
02:55:33
Hey Now Cabalists! In episode 196 the gang starts out by discussing Chris' brand new hair color and Jamie's time at BGGcon in Dallas Texas. Then the Founders get busying reviewing Cthulhu Death May Die designed by Rob Daviau and Eric Lang and published by CMON and look back at Arkham Horror 3rd Edition, Blood Bowl and Cerebria. Then, since Tony T is traveling for Thanksgiving, Steve takes over the news duties while the rest of us goof around in the background. Then finally we discuss the concept of Loss Aversion in board gaming. Cthulhu Death May Die Overview 01:00:42, Cthulhu Death May Die Review 01:05:09, Cerebria, Blood Bowl and Arkham Horror Looks Backs 01:28:45, News with Tony T 01:38:40, Loss Aversion in Board Games 02:23:47
Dec 04, 2019
Episode 196: Cthulhu Death May Die, Cerebria and Loss Aversion in Board Games
02:55:33
Hey Now Cabalists! In episode 196 the gang starts out by discussing Chris' brand new hair color and Jamie's time at BGGcon in Dallas Texas. Then the Founders get busying reviewing Cthulhu Death May Die designed by Rob Daviau and Eric Lang and published by CMON and look back at Arkham Horror 3rd Edition, Blood Bowl and Cerebria. Then, since Tony T is traveling for Thanksgiving, Steve takes over the news duties while the rest of us goof around in the background. Then finally we discuss the concept of Loss Aversion in board gaming. Cthulhu Death May Die Overview 01:00:42, Cthulhu Death May Die Review 01:05:09, Cerebria, Blood Bowl and Arkham Horror Looks Backs 01:28:45, News with Tony T 01:38:40, Loss Aversion in Board Games 02:23:47
Dec 04, 2019
Express 55: What We're Thankful For
00:52:41
In episode 55, Chris and Jamie talk about a bunch of things that we're thankful for this Thanksgiving
Nov 28, 2019
Express 55: What We're Thankful For
00:52:41
In episode 55, Chris and Jamie talk about a bunch of things that we're thankful for this Thanksgiving
Nov 28, 2019
Episode 195: Batman Gotham City Chronicles and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:12:09
The Founders are back for another episode chocked full of crazy gaming nonsense! Today the gang takes a look at Batman Gotham City Chronicles from Monolith Editions. Tony T goes ape hooking you up with the best gaming news in the biz while the rest of guy monkey around in teh background. Then finally the founders discuss the golden age of gaming, what games they would stock in a game store and Master Classes for board game design. Batman Gotham City Chronicles Overview 01:05:28, Batman Gotham City Chronicles Review 01:09:55, News with Tony T 01:44:41, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:29:06
Nov 20, 2019
Episode 195: Batman Gotham City Chronicles and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:12:09
The Founders are back for another episode chocked full of crazy gaming nonsense! Today the gang takes a look at Batman Gotham City Chronicles from Monolith Editions. Tony T goes ape hooking you up with the best gaming news in the biz while the rest of guy monkey around in teh background. Then finally the founders discuss the golden age of gaming, what games they would stock in a game store and Master Classes for board game design. Batman Gotham City Chronicles Overview 01:05:28, Batman Gotham City Chronicles Review 01:09:55, News with Tony T 01:44:41, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:29:06
Nov 20, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 33: Tremulus, Collaborative Story Telling, When to Goof Off and Writing Backstories
01:15:14
In episode 33, The lords start by discussing Tremulus, a story telling role playing game of Lovecratian inspired horror and transition into collaborative story telling in modern RPGs. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding when it's okay to goof off and when it's time to get down to business. And lastly, the Lords talk about creating a back story for their character, the ways they go about it and what's important to them.
Nov 13, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 33: Tremulus, Collaborative Story Telling, When to Goof Off and Writing Backstories
01:15:14
In episode 33, The lords start by discussing Tremulus, a story telling role playing game of Lovecratian inspired horror and transition into collaborative story telling in modern RPGs. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding when it's okay to goof off and when it's time to get down to business. And lastly, the Lords talk about creating a back story for their character, the ways they go about it and what's important to them.
Nov 13, 2019
Episode 194: Coloma and Game Terms, Buzzwords and The Way We Talk About Games
03:22:58
In episode 194, The gang starts out by discussing Jamie's new hobby of Resin 3D printing and jump into a bunch of games we've been playing including Clank! Legacy Acquisition Incorporated, Crown of Emara, Deep Blue, Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, Ecos: The First Continent and Awkward Guests and a few games of yesteryear including Ethnos and Pursuit of Happiness. Then Don and Jamie give a feature review of the newest game from Jonny Pac Cantin, Coloma! Then Tony T throws out a full rundown of the most important tabletop gaming news of the day while the peanut gallery quacks in the background. Then finally the Founders discuss Game Terms, buzzwords and other nonsensical ways that we all talk about the games we play. Coloma Overview 01:16:10, Coloma Review 01:20:23, News with Tony T 01:52:06, Game Terms and Buzzwords Discussion 02:44:15
Nov 06, 2019
Episode 194: Coloma and Game Terms, Buzzwords and The Way We Talk About Games
03:22:58
In episode 194, The gang starts out by discussing Jamie's new hobby of Resin 3D printing and jump into a bunch of games we've been playing including Clank! Legacy Acquisition Incorporated, Crown of Emara, Deep Blue, Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, Ecos: The First Continent and Awkward Guests and a few games of yesteryear including Ethnos and Pursuit of Happiness. Then Don and Jamie give a feature review of the newest game from Jonny Pac Cantin, Coloma! Then Tony T throws out a full rundown of the most important tabletop gaming news of the day while the peanut gallery quacks in the background. Then finally the Founders discuss Game Terms, buzzwords and other nonsensical ways that we all talk about the games we play. Coloma Overview 01:16:10, Coloma Review 01:20:23, News with Tony T 01:52:06, Game Terms and Buzzwords Discussion 02:44:15
Nov 06, 2019
Express 54: The Midnite Spook Show Halloween Horror Movie Monster Party
00:54:10
In episode 54, a special fifth Wednesday edition of The Secret Cabal Express, Steve, Jesko and Jamie celebrate Halloween by geeking out over the horror movies they love! And we meet a new member of the Secret Cabal monster squad, The Creeper!
Oct 30, 2019
Express 54: The Midnite Spook Show Halloween Horror Movie Monster Party
00:54:10
In episode 54, a special fifth Wednesday edition of The Secret Cabal Express, Steve, Jesko and Jamie celebrate Halloween by geeking out over the horror movies they love! And we meet a new member of the Secret Cabal monster squad, The Creeper!
Oct 30, 2019
Express 53: H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos
00:49:49
In episode 53 of the Secret Cabal Express, Steve, Jamie and Chris talk about H.P. Lovecraft and The Cthulhu Mythos! We discuss the hiustory of Lovecraft and the creation of the Mythos and then talk all about our favorite the stories, games, movies, TV shows and comics inspired by Lovecraft's work.
Oct 23, 2019
Express 53: H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos
00:49:49
In episode 53 of the Secret Cabal Express, Steve, Jamie and Chris talk about H.P. Lovecraft and The Cthulhu Mythos! We discuss the hiustory of Lovecraft and the creation of the Mythos and then talk all about our favorite the stories, games, movies, TV shows and comics inspired by Lovecraft's work.
Oct 23, 2019
Episode 193: Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein, Eschaton and a Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza
03:19:49
In episode 193, The Founders celebrate Halloween talking about Halloween Games and more! Today we jump into a deep dive review of Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein from Plaid Hat Games and look back at Eschaton from Archon Games one year later. Tony T wakes up to host another amazing tabletop gaming news segment. And then the gang ends with a spine chilling Halloween themed Short Topic Extravaganza! Abomination Overview 01:10:55, Abomination Review 01:15:38, Eschaton Look Back 01:44:17, News with Tony T 01:54:43, Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza 02:29:47
Oct 16, 2019
Episode 193: Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein, Eschaton and a Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza
03:19:49
In episode 193, The Founders celebrate Halloween talking about Halloween Games and more! Today we jump into a deep dive review of Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein from Plaid Hat Games and look back at Eschaton from Archon Games one year later. Tony T wakes up to host another amazing tabletop gaming news segment. And then the gang ends with a spine chilling Halloween themed Short Topic Extravaganza! Abomination Overview 01:10:55, Abomination Review 01:15:38, Eschaton Look Back 01:44:17, News with Tony T 01:54:43, Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza 02:29:47
Oct 16, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 32: Feast of Legends, Mothership, Microtransactions and Dice Mechanisms
01:23:54
In episode 32, the gang starts off by talking about the new tabletop role playing game designed and released by Wendy's, Feast of Legends. Then we discuss a new trend in local game stores regarding microtransaction gumball machines providing players with in-game bonuses for their pay to play Dungeons and Dragons games. Then we talk about Mothership, a Sci-Fi Horror Roleplaying Games from Tuesday Night Games. Finally we talk about dice mechanisms and whether or not the impede upon immersion.
Oct 09, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 32: Feast of Legends, Mothership, Microtransactions and Dice Mechanisms
01:23:54
In episode 32, the gang starts off by talking about the new tabletop role playing game designed and released by Wendy's, Feast of Legends. Then we discuss a new trend in local game stores regarding microtransaction gumball machines providing players with in-game bonuses for their pay to play Dungeons and Dragons games. Then we talk about Mothership, a Sci-Fi Horror Roleplaying Games from Tuesday Night Games. Finally we talk about dice mechanisms and whether or not the impede upon immersion.
Oct 09, 2019
Episode 192: Everdell, Too Many Bones, War Chest and Board Game Expansions
03:10:32
In episode 192, The gang starts out by going back to some of the Short Topics from the last episode and updating with some new information followed up by something of the games we've been getting into lately. Then we jump into a deep dive review of Everdell from Chip Theory Games and look back at both Too Many Bones from Chip Theory Games and War Chest from AEG. Then after Tony T gives us a rundown of all the most important news items from around the tabletop gaming world, we have a roundtable discussion about Board Games Expansions. Everdell Overview 01:02:12, Everdell Review 01:06:46, Too Many Bones Look Back 01:32:52, War Chest Look Back 01:37:27, News with Tony T 01:41:49, Board Game Expansions Discussion 02:31:22
Oct 02, 2019
Episode 192: Everdell, Too Many Bones, War Chest and Board Game Expansions
03:10:32
In episode 192, The gang starts out by going back to some of the Short Topics from the last episode and updating with some new information followed up by something of the games we've been getting into lately. Then we jump into a deep dive review of Everdell from Chip Theory Games and look back at both Too Many Bones from Chip Theory Games and War Chest from AEG. Then after Tony T gives us a rundown of all the most important news items from around the tabletop gaming world, we have a roundtable discussion about Board Games Expansions. Everdell Overview 01:02:12, Everdell Review 01:06:46, Too Many Bones Look Back 01:32:52, War Chest Look Back 01:37:27, News with Tony T 01:41:49, Board Game Expansions Discussion 02:31:22
Oct 02, 2019
Express 52: Aeronautica Imperialis Miniatures Games
01:02:40
In episode Jamie and Aaron give an in-depth look at the new dogflight miniatures Games from Games Workshop, Aeronautica Imperialis: Wings of Vengence
Sep 25, 2019
Express 52: Aeronautica Imperialis Miniatures Games
01:02:40
In episode Jamie and Aaron give an in-depth look at the new dogflight miniatures Games from Games Workshop, Aeronautica Imperialis: Wings of Vengence
Sep 25, 2019
Episode 191: Tzolkin The Mayan Calendar and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:07:42
In episode 191 we start out by hearing about Chris' business trip to Atlantic City and talk about a bunch of games we've been playing. Then we jump right into an overview and feature review of Tzolkin The Mayan Calendar by Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini and published by Czech Games Edition. Then Tony T pins the wild meter in the red with his tabletop gaming news segment. And finally, we give you another Short Topic Extravaganza including discussion about if point salads are a bad thing, what we wanted to do when we grew up and end on what games make us the most competitive. Tzolkin The Mayan Calendar Overview 01:25:54, Tzolkin The Mayan Calendar Review 01:29:48, News with Tony T 02:02:50, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:35:26
Sep 18, 2019
Episode 191: Tzolkin The Mayan Calendar and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:07:42
In episode 191 we start out by hearing about Chris' business trip to Atlantic City and talk about a bunch of games we've been playing. Then we jump right into an overview and feature review of Tzolkin The Mayan Calendar by Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini and published by Czech Games Edition. Then Tony T pins the wild meter in the red with his tabletop gaming news segment. And finally, we give you another Short Topic Extravaganza including discussion about if point salads are a bad thing, what we wanted to do when we grew up and end on what games make us the most competitive. Tzolkin The Mayan Calendar Overview 01:25:54, Tzolkin The Mayan Calendar Review 01:29:48, News with Tony T 02:02:50, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:35:26
Sep 18, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 31: A Campaign Reborn, The End of the World and Warriors in Role Playing Games
01:29:12
The gang decides it's time for a RPG campaign change but this time we're going back to a campaign we played over 4 years ago and discuss how it is getting back into it after such a long hiatus. Then the gang talks about their one shot session of the End of the World role playing game published by Fantasy Flight Games. Then finally the Lords discuss the warrior role, roleplaying and discuss some of their favorite warriors in films and TV.
Sep 11, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 31: A Campaign Reborn, The End of the World and Warriors in Role Playing Games
01:29:12
The gang decides it's time for a RPG campaign change but this time we're going back to a campaign we played over 4 years ago and discuss how it is getting back into it after such a long hiatus. Then the gang talks about their one shot session of the End of the World role playing game published by Fantasy Flight Games. Then finally the Lords discuss the warrior role, roleplaying and discuss some of their favorite warriors in films and TV.
Sep 11, 2019
Episode 190: Cthulhu A Deck Building Game, Root and Approachability in Board Games
03:21:27
Today we explode into the episode covering a bunch of leftover games from our Gen Con trip! Then we jump feet first into Cthulhu: A Deck Building Game and the standalone expansion, Cthulhu: Horrors in Dunwich by Wyvern Gaming and Look back at one of the best games from last year, Root from Leder Games. Tony T, as always, gives the Cabalists the best damned tabletop gaming news segment in the history of gaming. And finally the gang leaves you with a roundtable discussion about Approachability in board gaming. Cthulhu: A Deck Building Games Overview 01:13:09, Cthulhu: A Deck Building Games Review 01:17:31, Root Look Back 01:48:20, News with Tony T 01:53:38, Approachability Discussion 02:38:31
Sep 04, 2019
Episode 190: Cthulhu A Deck Building Game, Root and Approachability in Board Games
03:21:27
Today we explode into the episode covering a bunch of leftover games from our Gen Con trip! Then we jump feet first into Cthulhu: A Deck Building Game and the standalone expansion, Cthulhu: Horrors in Dunwich by Wyvern Gaming and Look back at one of the best games from last year, Root from Leder Games. Tony T, as always, gives the Cabalists the best damned tabletop gaming news segment in the history of gaming. And finally the gang leaves you with a roundtable discussion about Approachability in board gaming. Cthulhu: A Deck Building Games Overview 01:13:09, Cthulhu: A Deck Building Games Review 01:17:31, Root Look Back 01:48:20, News with Tony T 01:53:38, Approachability Discussion 02:38:31
Sep 04, 2019
Express 51: We Are Collectors
01:02:03
Chris and Jamie get together to talk about all of their collections today and what they collected when they are kids. They go from Funko Pops, to model cars, guitars, toys, statues and more.
Aug 28, 2019
Express 51: We Are Collectors
01:02:03
Chris and Jamie get together to talk about all of their collections today and what they collected when they are kids. They go from Funko Pops, to model cars, guitars, toys, statues and more.
Aug 28, 2019
Episode 189: Era Medieval Age, The Reckoners, Gen Con 2019 and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:28:47
In episode 189 we start out with a big announcement that will take the show to a new level of awesome! Then we go through our Gen Con 2019 retrospective featuring Steve's first impressions, scooters, sunlight killing mold and bacteria, and more. Then we dive deep into Matt Leacock's newest design, Era: Medieval Age. Then we have a double feature look back of both Thunderstone Quest and The Reckoners. Then Tony T gives us a tour through all of the board game media news while we chirp in the background. And finally, we host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring the waning of our gaming enthusiasm, gaming with fictional and historical characters and gaming with designer commentary. Era Medieval Age Overview 01:34:43, Era Medieval Age Review 01:39:09, Thunderstone Quest Look Back 01:59:58, The Reckoners Look Back 02:07:30, News with Tony T 02:11:36, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:45:49
Aug 21, 2019
Episode 189: Era Medieval Age, The Reckoners, Gen Con 2019 and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:28:47
In episode 189 we start out with a big announcement that will take the show to a new level of awesome! Then we go through our Gen Con 2019 retrospective featuring Steve's first impressions, scooters, sunlight killing mold and bacteria, and more. Then we dive deep into Matt Leacock's newest design, Era: Medieval Age. Then we have a double feature look back of both Thunderstone Quest and The Reckoners. Then Tony T gives us a tour through all of the board game media news while we chirp in the background. And finally, we host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring the waning of our gaming enthusiasm, gaming with fictional and historical characters and gaming with designer commentary. Era Medieval Age Overview 01:34:43, Era Medieval Age Review 01:39:09, Thunderstone Quest Look Back 01:59:58, The Reckoners Look Back 02:07:30, News with Tony T 02:11:36, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:45:49
Aug 21, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 30: What New Dungeons and Dragons Class We'd Create and First Time Game Master Tips
01:13:20
The summer flu strikes again and Jesko is out of commission but the rest of the game sallies forth! First we talk about out first attempt at going back to a campaign we played 3 years ago. Then we take a question from a listener asking us what new Dungeons and Dragons class we would create. And finally in our discuss first time game masters and some tips that will help get you started on the right foot!
Aug 14, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 30: What New Dungeons and Dragons Class We'd Create and First Time Game Master Tips
01:13:20
The summer flu strikes again and Jesko is out of commission but the rest of the game sallies forth! First we talk about out first attempt at going back to a campaign we played 3 years ago. Then we take a question from a listener asking us what new Dungeons and Dragons class we would create. And finally in our discuss first time game masters and some tips that will help get you started on the right foot!
Aug 14, 2019
Episode 188: Carnival of Monsters and Emergent Narrative in Board Games
03:14:36
Hey Now Everyone! In today's episode Chris has some family things to take care of but we have Don sitting in for the show! We talk about some great games we've been playing and give you a feature review of Carnival of Monsters from the legendary designer Richard Garfield. Then Tony T takes over the mics to give you all the most important tabletop gaming news stories out there while the rest of us chirp in the background. And finally we discuss emergent narratives in board games. Carnival of Monsters Overview 01:07:31, Carnival of Monsters Review 01:12:22, Founders Update 01:39:03, News with Tony T 01:40:38, Emergent Narrative in Board Games Discussion 02:41:46
Aug 07, 2019
Episode 188: Carnival of Monsters and Emergent Narrative in Board Games
03:14:36
Hey Now Everyone! In today's episode Chris has some family things to take care of but we have Don sitting in for the show! We talk about some great games we've been playing and give you a feature review of Carnival of Monsters from the legendary designer Richard Garfield. Then Tony T takes over the mics to give you all the most important tabletop gaming news stories out there while the rest of us chirp in the background. And finally we discuss emergent narratives in board games. Carnival of Monsters Overview 01:07:31, Carnival of Monsters Review 01:12:22, Founders Update 01:39:03, News with Tony T 01:40:38, Emergent Narrative in Board Games Discussion 02:41:46
Aug 07, 2019
Express 50: The Gen Con 2019 Preview Special
01:36:50
In the 50th episode of The Secret Cabal Express, the whole gang, Jamie, Tony, Chris, Steve and Don, who are rolling out to Gen Con 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana get together to discuss the shenanigans they plan on getting into at the convention, talk about Steve's first time going to Gen Con and what to expect, some advice to new convention attendees and then talk about a giant list of games releasing that they're excited about.
Jul 24, 2019
Express 50: The Gen Con 2019 Preview Special
01:36:50
In the 50th episode of The Secret Cabal Express, the whole gang, Jamie, Tony, Chris, Steve and Don, who are rolling out to Gen Con 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana get together to discuss the shenanigans they plan on getting into at the convention, talk about Steve's first time going to Gen Con and what to expect, some advice to new convention attendees and then talk about a giant list of games releasing that they're excited about.
Jul 24, 2019
Episode 187: Heroes of Land Air and Sea, Gaia Project and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:00:58
It's Wednesday again and the gang is back for more Cabal nonsense. Unfortunately, Jamie is still under the weather with a not so great voice but that doesn't stop the Cabal from rolling. Steve takes over the announcer role today so I hope you enjoy the temporary change. In today's episode we give feature review to Heroes of Land Air and Sea from Gamelyn Games featuring two special guest reviewer, Don and AC. Then we look back at one of our favorite games, Gaia Project from Z-Man games. After Tony T finally gets his audio equipment back up and running, give throws some wild news your way followed by another Short Topic Extravaganza including Kickstarter projects with flaws, teaching your kids to game and Love, Death + Robots. Heroes of Land Air and Sea Overview 00:55:55, Heroes of Land Air and Sea Review 01:01:01, Gaia Project Look Back 01:34:07, News with Tony T 01:43:43, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:21:25
Jul 17, 2019
Episode 187: Heroes of Land Air and Sea, Gaia Project and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:00:58
It's Wednesday again and the gang is back for more Cabal nonsense. Unfortunetly, Jamie is still under the weather with a not so great voice but that doesnt stop the Cabal from rolling. Steve takes over the announcer role today so I hope you enjoy the temporary change. In today's episode we give feature review to Heroes of Land Air and Sea from Gamelyn Games featuring two special guest reviewer, Don and AC. Thenm we look back at one of our favorite games, Gaia Project from Z-Man games. After Tony T finally gets his audio equipment back up and running, give throws some wild news your way followed by another Short Topic Extravaganza including Kickstarter projects with flaws, teaching your kids to game and Love, Death + Robots. Heroes of Land Air and Sea Overview 00:55:55, Heroes of Land Air and Sea Review 01:01:01, Gaia Project Look Back 01:34:07, News with Tony T 01:43:43, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:21:25
Jul 17, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 29: Cyberpunk Red, AC's Dice, Balanced Parties and Campaign Goals
01:13:20
The gang starts out by talking about the brand new announcement of Cyberpunk Red, the companion tabletop RPG top the hot upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077 that will be coming out at Gen Con. Then AC tells us all about his purchases at Origins and how they're going to turn his life around. The Lords take a question from a listener regarding the need to create balanced adventuring parties and finally do a roundtable discussion about the need for player goals in your campaigns to keep players motivated.
Jul 10, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 29: Cyberpunk Red, AC's Dice, Balanced Parties and Campaign Goals
01:13:20
The gang starts out by talking about the brand new announcement of Cyberpunk Red, the companion tabletop RPG top the hot upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077 that will be coming out at Gen Con. Then AC tells us all about his purchases at Origins and how they're going to turn his life around. The Lords take a question from a listener regarding the need to create balanced adventuring parties and finally do a roundtable discussion about the need for player goals in your campaigns to keep players motivated.
Jul 10, 2019
Episode 186: Pipeline, Dinosaur Island, A Feast for Odin and The Cabalists Court with Judge Topper
03:13:24
The Founders are back in full force with a new episode of The Secret Cabal! Today the Chris, Jamie and Don take a look at Capstone Games' new economic euro, Pipeline. Then the gang gives you a double feature look back of Dinosaur Island and A Feast for Odin one year later. The latter half of the show is Tony T solid with his wildly popular tabletop gaming news segment and then Tony puts on his robes and breaks out his gavel see justice done in the Cabalist's Court where we hear the complains, argue the points and Tony T passes judgment. Pipeline Overview 01:01:00, Pipeline Review 01:5:27, Dinosaur Island 01:33:36, A Feast for Odin 01:42:06, A Message from Chris and Jamie 01:45:38, News with Tony T 01:58:44, The Cabalist's Court 02:37:55
Jul 03, 2019
Episode 186: Pipeline, Dinosaur Island, A Feast for Odin and The Cabalists Court with Judge Topper
03:13:24
The Founders are back in full force with a new episode of The Secret Cabal! Today the Chris, Jamie and Don take a look at Capstone Games' new economic euro, Pipeline. Then the gang gives you a double feature look back of Dinosaur Island and A Feast for Odin one year later. The latter half of the show is Tony T solid with his wildly popular tabletop gaming news segment and then Tony puts on his robes and breaks out his gavel see justice done in the Cabalist's Court where we hear the complains, argue the points and Tony T passes judgment. Pipeline Overview 01:01:00, Pipeline Review 01:5:27, Dinosaur Island 01:33:36, A Feast for Odin 01:42:06, A Message from Chris and Jamie 01:45:38, News with Tony T 01:58:44, The Cabalist's Court 02:37:55
Jul 03, 2019
Episode 185: Origins Game Fair, Clans of Caledonia and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:34:04
The plague patients are joined by Aaron from Lords of the Dungeon and our good buddy Don to about Origins Game Fair froggy voices and all. Then we go back in time two weeks to join the rest of the founders and discuss what games we've been playing. The Origins gang then returns to do a feature review of Clans of Caledonia from Karma Games. Tony T storms back onto the show to give us the best damn tabletop gaming news segment of all time and the show ends with another Short Topic Extravaganza including game recommendations for high theme, high depth and low complexity, what board games would make blockbuster movies and finally what are some of the hidden gem board games we've discovered. The Founders Games Played: 00:41:32, Clans of Caledonia Overview 01:26:45, Clans of Caledonia Review 01:30:20, Founders Update 01:56:30, News with Tony T 01:59:23, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:53:09
Jun 26, 2019
Episode 185: Origins Game Fair, Clans of Caledonia and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:34:04
The plague patients are joined by Aaron from Lords of the Dungeon and our good buddy Don to about Origins Game Fair froggy voices and all. Then we go back in time two weeks to join the rest of the founders and discuss what games we've been playing. The Origins gang then returns to do a feature review of Clans of Caledonia from Karma Games. Tony T storms back onto the show to give us the best damn tabletop gaming news segment of all time and the show ends with another Short Topic Extravaganza including game recommendations for high theme, high depth and low complexity, what board games would make blockbuster movies and finally what are some of the hidden gem board games we've discovered. The Founders Games Played: 00:41:32, Clans of Caledonia Overview 01:26:45, Clans of Caledonia Review 01:30:20, Founders Update 01:56:30, News with Tony T 01:59:23, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:53:09
Jun 26, 2019
Announcement: Jamie Sick, Podcast Rescheduled
00:03:52
On the last day of Origins I took ill. I was in bed all night with a bad fever and was taken to the hospital Sunday night. Everything's undercontrol now and I'm getting better but the podcast scheduled to be released this week has to be pushed to next week. The Express episode scheduled for next week will be made up in July.
Jun 18, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 28: Board Gamifying RPGs, Homebrew Settings and Campaign Settings We Want To Try
01:07:30
In today's episode the Lords start out by talking about the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon and the Brazilian car commercial recreating it in live action. Then the gang talks about the new Alien role playing game and the trend of RPGs being board gamifyied with cards, tokens and player boards. Then the Lords take a question from a listener asking if we prefer preexisting published campaign settings or homebrewing. Then finally the group lists many of the campaign settings that they would like to try one of these days.
Jun 12, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 28: Board Gamifying RPGs, Homebrew Settings and Campaign Settings We Want To Try
01:07:30
In today's episode the Lords start out by talking about the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon and the Brazilian car commercial recreating it in live action. Then the gang talks about the new Alien role playing game and the trend of RPGs being board gamifyied with cards, tokens and player boards. Then the Lords take a question from a listener asking if we prefer preexisting published campaign settings or homebrewing. Then finally the group lists many of the campaign settings that they would like to try one of these days.
Jun 12, 2019
Episode 184: Lord of the Rings Journeys in Middle Earth, Big Trouble in Little China and Replayability
03:04:32
In episode 184 the gang is back for a jam packed episode! Today we review Fantasy Flight's newest app driven board game, Lord of the Rings Journeys in Middle Earth and look back at Big Trouble in Little China one year later. Then Tony T gets down and dirty with the best damn tabletop gaming news segment in all of gaming media while the rest of us quack in the background. Then finally we have an in depth discussion about replayability in board games and what it means to us. Lord of the Rings Journeys in Middle Earth Overview 00:55:51, Lord of the Rings Journeys in Middle Earth Odyssey Review 01:00:27, Big Trouble in Little China Look Back 01:26:25, News with Tony T 01:36:40, Replayability Discussion 02:23:20
Jun 05, 2019
Episode 184: Lord of the Rings Journeys in Middle Earth, Big Trouble in Little China and Replayability
03:04:32
In episode 184 the gang is back for a jam packed episode! Today we review Fantasy Flight's newest app driven board game, Lord of the Rings Journeys in Middle Earth and look back at Big Trouble in Little China one year later. Then Tony T gets down and dirty with the best damn tabletop gaming news segment in all of gaming media while the rest of us quack in the background. Then finally we have an indepth discussion about replayability in board games and what it means to us. Lord of the Rings Journeys in Middle Earth Overview 00:55:51, Lord of the Rings Journeys in Middle Earth Odyssey Review 01:00:27, Big Trouble in Little China Look Back 01:26:25, News with Tony T 01:36:40, Replayability Discussion 02:23:20
Jun 05, 2019
Express 49: The Three Amigos Discuss Origins 2019 and Go Fandom Wild
01:12:07
In episode 49 of the Secret Cabal Express, Jamie welcomes Honorary Founders Rodnedy Smith of Watch It Played and Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names to talk about Origins Game Fair 2019 in Columbus Ohio, the shenanigans they plan to get into and the food and games they're looking forward to. Then The Three Amigos discuss fandom (spoiler free) including Game Conventions, board games, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Twin Peaks, Lord of the Rings, Games Workshop, Privateer Press and more. Please check out Rodney's channel, Watch It Played at https://www.youtube.com/watchitplayed and Marty's podcast at https://www.rolldicetakenames.com/ and also the Rolling Dice and Taking Names fundraiser at https://www.podpledge.com/project/458/Rolling-Dice-Taking-Names-19-20/home.
May 22, 2019
Express 49: The Three Amigos Discuss Origins 2019 and Go Fandom Wild
01:12:07
In episode 49 of the Secret Cabal Express, Jamie welcomes Honorary Founders Rodnedy Smith of Watch It Played and Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names to talk about Origins Game Fair 2019 in Columbus Ohio, the shenanigans they plan to get into and the food and games they're looking forward to. Then The Three Amigos discuss fandom (spoiler free) including Game Conventions, board games, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Twin Peaks, Lord of the Rings, Games Workshop, Privateer Press and more. Please check out Rodney's channel, Watch It Played at https://www.youtube.com/watchitplayed and Marty's podcast at https://www.rolldicetakenames.com/ and also the Rolling Dice and Taking Names fundraiser at https://www.podpledge.com/project/458/Rolling-Dice-Taking-Names-19-20/home.
May 22, 2019
Episode 183: Space Gate Odyssey, Lords of Helas and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:14:14
In episode 183 the Founders start out by announcing the dates of the Origins and Gen Con meetups, Chris talks about his trip to Michigan and a wardrobe mishap and then we chat about a bunch of the games they've been playing. Then the gang jumps into an overview and review of Space Gate Odyssey from Ludonaute and a look back at Lords of Helas from Awaken Realms with the Cabalists thoughts thrown in. Then Tony T joins the party to give us the best damn tabletop gaming new segment of all time while the rest of the founders chatter in the background. Then finally Steve, Chris and Jamie host a Short Topic Extravaganza featuring games still in shrink, our favorite dragons, gaming with our wives and the music and bands we love and the history of Steve and Jamie's punk rock band, Slow Andy. Then after the episode ends, Jamie gives us a bonus segment playing some Slow Andy tunes with a little talk up between each. Space Gate Odyssey Overview 01:05:44, Space Gate Odyssey Review 01:10:43, Lords of Helas Look Back 01:30:05, News with Tony T 01:39:08, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:21:45, The Music of Slow Andy 02:56:35
May 15, 2019
Episode 183: Space Gate Odyssey, Lords of Helas and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:14:14
In episode 183 the Founders start out by announcing the dates of the Origins and Gen Con meetups, Chris talks about his trip to Michigan and a wardrobe mishap and then we chat about a bunch of the games they've been playing. Then the gang jumps into an overview and review of Space Gate Odyssey from Ludonaute and a look back at Lords of Helas from Awaken Realms with the Cabalists thoughts thrown in. Then Tony T joins the party to give us the best damn tabletop gaming new segment of all time while the rest of the founders chatter in the background. Then finally Steve, Chris and Jamie host a Short Topic Extravaganza featuring games still in shrink, our favorite dragons, gaming with our wives and the music and bands we love and the history of Steve and Jamie's punk rock band, Slow Andy. Then after the episode ends, Jamie gives us a bonus segment playing some Slow Andy tunes with a little talk up between each. Space Gate Odyssey Overview 01:05:44, Space Gate Odyssey Review 01:10:43, Lords of Helas Look Back 01:30:05, News with Tony T 01:39:08, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:21:45, The Music of Slow Andy 02:56:35
May 15, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 27: Upcoming RPGs We're Excited About, ACs Luck and Communicating What You Want in Your Games
01:11:57
We start the episode by talking about Jesko's first game of the End of the World roleplaying game published by Fantasy Flight Games and transition into talking about Aaron's continuing bad luck with rolling dice. Then we talk about a couple of announcements from this week including Alien The Roleplaying Game and Shadowrun 6th Edition. Then finally we have a discussion about what we want out of roleplaying games and the importance of communicating with your group so that everyone's needs are addressed.
May 08, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 27: Upcoming RPGs We're Excited About, ACs Luck and Communicating What You Want in Your Games
01:11:57
We start the episode by talking about Jesko's first game of the End of the World roleplaying game published by Fantasy Flight Games and transition into talking about Aaron's continuing bad luck with rolling dice. Then we talk about a couple of announcements from this week including Alien The Roleplaying Game and Shadowrun 6th Edition. Then finally we have a discussion about what we want out of roleplaying games and the importance of communicating with your group so that everyone's needs are addressed.
May 08, 2019
Episode 182: Star Wars Outer Rim, Thanos Rising and That Junkie Feeling We Feel
03:10:04
You have 3 more days to get in on our 2019 Kickstarter to help the Cabal continue for another year! Jump over the Kickstarter now to support! First off we talk about the Great Chicken Wing Scandal, cow manure interrupting a game day and the $160 miniature presentation. Then we give a feature review of Fantasy Flights newest game, Star Wars Outer Rim and look back at Thanos Rising one year later. After Tony T blasts the tabletop gaming news all over us, we get down and dirty with That Junkie Feeling We Feel including why we love games, what makes us back Kickstarters, collectible card games, miniatures games, and all sorts of wacky junkie rituals we do. Star Wars Outer Rim Overview 01:02:37, Star Wars Outer Rim Review 01:07:35, Thanos Rising Look Back 01:32:35, News with Tony T 01:41:02, That Junkie Feeling We Feel 02:26:21
May 01, 2019
Episode 182: Star Wars Outer Rim, Thanos Rising and That Junkie Feeling We Feel
03:10:04
You have 3 more days to get in on our 2019 Kickstarter to help the Cabal continue for another year! Jump over the Kickstarter now to support! First off we talk about the Great Chicken Wing Scandal, cow manure interrupting a game day and the $160 miniature presentation. Then we give a feature review of Fantasy Flights newest game, Star Wars Outer Rim and look back at Thanos Rising one year later. After Tony T blasts the tabletop gaming news all over us, we get down and dirty with That Junkie Feeling We Feel including why we love games, what makes us back Kickstarters, collectible card games, miniatures games, and all sorts of wacky junkie rituals we do. Star Wars Outer Rim Overview 01:02:37, Star Wars Outer Rim Review 01:07:35, Thanos Rising Look Back 01:32:35, News with Tony T 01:41:02, That Junkie Feeling We Feel 02:26:21
May 01, 2019
Express 48: Quantic Foundry Board Games Motivation Profile
00:56:34
In episode 48 of the Secret Cabal Express, Tony and Jamie dig into Quantic Foundry's new Board Game Motivation Profile tool meant to collect market research data on the motivations of board gamers found at https://apps.quanticfoundry.com.
Apr 24, 2019
Express 48: Quantic Foundry Board Games Motivation Profile
00:56:34
In episode 48 of the Secret Cabal Express, Tony and Jamie dig into Quantic Foundry's new Board Game Motivation Profile tool meant to collect market research data on the motivations of board gamers found at https://apps.quanticfoundry.com.
Apr 24, 2019
Episode 181: Kingsport Festival, Civilization A New Dawn and A Short Topic Extravaganza
02:51:57
Alrighty Cabalists, Wednesday is back with another episode of The Secret Cabal and today we go back 5 years to take a look at a reimplimentation of the classic dice allocation game in H.P. Lovecraft's Kingsport Festival from Passport Game Studios. Then we take a look back at Civilization A New Dawn, the streamlined tabletop port of the popular Civilization video game series from Fantasy Flight Games. After Tony T hooks us up with a damn fine tabletop gaming news segment, the gang hosts a short topic extravaganza including discussion on gaming awards, games we'd love to explore deeper and popular YouTuber hand hygiene. Kingsport Festival Overview 01:00:06, Kingsport Festival Review 01:04:03, Civilization A New Dawn Look Back 01:27:15, News with Tony T 01:31:07, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:16:47
Apr 17, 2019
Episode 181: Kingsport Festival, Civilization A New Dawn and A Short Topic Extravaganza
02:51:57
Alrighty Cabalists, Wednesday is back with another episode of The Secret Cabal and today we go back 5 years to take a look at a reimplimentation of the classic dice allocation game in H.P. Lovecraft's Kingsport Festival from Passport Game Studios. Then we take a look back at Civilization A New Dawn, the streamlined tabletop port of the popular Civilization video game series from Fantasy Flight Games. After Tony T hooks us up with a damn fine tabletop gaming news segment, the gang hosts a short topic extravaganza including discussion on gaming awards, games we'd love to explore deeper and popular YouTuber hand hygiene. Kingsport Festival Overview 01:00:06, Kingsport Festival Review 01:04:03, Civilization A New Dawn Look Back 01:27:15, News with Tony T 01:31:07, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:16:47
Apr 17, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 26: Mutants and Masterminds, Fallout and Using Discord for our Campaign
01:05:11
Bender is starting a new campaign with some friends using the Mutants and Masterminds ruleset and he talks about his character and learning the new system. Then the gang discuses the new Fallout roleplaying game based on the popular video game franchise. Finally we discuss using the voice and text chat software, Discord, as a supplement to their role playing campaigns. The group us split on how we should be using it and we come to an agreement that works for everyone.
Apr 10, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 26: Mutants and Masterminds, Fallout and Using Discord for our Campaign
01:05:11
Bender is starting a new campaign with some friends using the Mutants and Masterminds ruleset and he talks about his character and learning the new system. Then the gang discuses the new Fallout roleplaying game based on the popular video game franchise. Finally we discuss using the voice and text chat software, Discord, as a supplement to their role playing campaigns. The group us split on how we should be using it and we come to an agreement that works for everyone.
Apr 10, 2019
Episode 180: Wingspan, The Pursuit of Happiness and Our Favorite Game Designers
03:08:36
Hey Now Cabalists! Today is the big day, our 2019 Kickstarter is live! First, stop the podcast, jump over to Kickstarter and support the Cabal for another year of podcasts and video goodies. Now that you did that, press play again. Today the gang talks about Wingspan and how crazy expensive this game is right now. Then after we go though a bunch of the games we've been playing we take a deep dive look at Wingspan and look back at The Pursuit of Happiness one year later. Tony T picks all the best news stories and presents them to you as the rest of the Founders chirp in the background. Then finally the guys talk about each of their favorite game designers, why they like them and some of their favorite games by the designer. Wingspan Overview 01:01:26, Wingspan Review 01:06:05, The Pursuit of Happiness Look Back 01:27:45, News with Tony T 01:33:38, Our Favorite Game Designers 02:26:37
Apr 03, 2019
Episode 180: Wingspan, The Pursuit of Happiness and Our Favorite Game Designers
03:08:36
Hey Now Cabalists! Today is the big day, our 2019 Kickstarter is live! First, stop the podcast, jump over to Kickstarter and support the Cabal for another year of podcasts and video goodies. Now that you did that, press play again. Today the gang talks about Wingspan and how crazy expensive this game is right now. Then after we go though a bunch of the games we've been playing we take a deep dive look at Wingspan and look back at The Pursuit of Happiness one year later. Tony T picks all the best news stories and presents them to you as the rest of the Founders chirp in the background. Then finally the guys talk about each of their favorite game designers, why they like them and some of their favorite games by the designer. Wingspan Overview 01:01:26, Wingspan Review 01:06:05, The Pursuit of Happiness Look Back 01:27:45, News with Tony T 01:33:38, Our Favorite Game Designers 02:26:37
Apr 03, 2019
Express 47: Finding the Fun in a Game That's Not So Great
00:49:45
In episode 47 of the Secret Cabal Express, Jamie, Chris and Steve start off by talking about making Top 50 list videos and our upcoming Kickstarter. Then we jump into a story about a game we recently played that wasn't so good but how we managed to have fun anyway. We discuss some other games that even though they aren't the best designed games of all time, we still manage to like them.
Mar 27, 2019
Express 47: Finding the Fun in a Game That's Not So Great
00:49:45
In episode 47 of the Secret Cabal Express, Jamie, Chris and Steve start off by talking about making Top 50 list videos and our upcoming Kickstarter. Then we jump into a story about a game we recently played that wasn't so good but how we managed to have fun anyway. We discuss some other games that even though they aren't the best designed games of all time, we still manage to like them.
Mar 27, 2019
Episode 179: Vindication, Rising Sun and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:12:21
Hey Now Cabalists! Today we dive right in with some conversation about Shadows of Brimstone, Funko Pops and get into some the games we've been playing over the past couple of weeks. Then we hook you up with a feature review of a game everyone is going bananas for, Vindication and look back at Rising Sun one year later. After Tony T brings you his award winning news segment with the gang chirping in the background, we host another short topic extravaganza featuring topics about which one of us wins and loses the most, sore winners and losers, mechanisms we're tired of and which games we'd gamble our lives playing. Vindication Overview 01:06:12, Vindication Review 01:11:03, Rising Sun Look Back 01:34:26, Founders Update 01:44:14, News with Tony T 01:46:45, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:43:40
Mar 20, 2019
Episode 179: Vindication, Rising Sun and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:12:21
Hey Now Cabalists! Today we dive right in with some conversation about Shadows of Brimstone, Funko Pops and get into some the games we've been playing over the past couple of weeks. Then we hook you up with a feature review of a game everyone is going bananas for, Vindication and look back at Rising Sun one year later. After Tony T brings you his award winning news segment with the gang chirping in the background, we host another short topic extravaganza featuring topics about which one of us wins and loses the most, sore winners and losers, mechanisms we're tired of and which games we'd gamble our lives playing. Vindication Overview 01:06:12, Vindication Review 01:11:03, Rising Sun Look Back 01:34:26, Founders Update 01:44:14, News with Tony T 01:46:45, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:43:40
Mar 20, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 25: Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Update and The Opening Announce Game Show
01:03:59
Today the Lords start the episode by revealing the winners of the Art and Arcana books and then go into a campaign update for their current Dungeons and Dragons game. Then we announce a new contest for two cabalists who entered the Art and Arcana contest, we play the Opening Announce Game Show in which Jamie sees if the other Lords can figure out what settings the locations from the previous 24 episode's announces come from.
Mar 13, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 25: Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Update and The Opening Announce Game Show
01:03:59
Today the Lords start the episode by revealing the winners of the Art and Arcana books and then go into a campaign update for their current Dungeons and Dragons game. Then we announce a new contest for two cabalists who entered the Art and Arcana contest, we play the Opening Announce Game Show in which Jamie sees if the other Lords can figure out what settings the locations from the previous 24 episode's announces come from.
Mar 13, 2019
Episode 178: Shadows of Brimstone, Empires of the Void 2 and A Short Topic Extravaganza
02:35:58
Alrighty Cabalists, the Founders are back for another wild and crazy episode of The Cabal! Today the gang talks about Chris' Top 50 games of all time and runs down a bunch of games they've been playing. Then we have a feature overview and review of Shadows of Brimstone from Flying Frog and a look back at Empires of the Void 2 from Red Raven Games. Then Tony T goes ape delivering the best damn gaming news segment of all time while the peanut gallery quack in the background. Then finally the gang hosts another short topic extravaganza featuring the golden age of entertainment and what would a Secret Cabal board game be like. Shadows of Brimstone Overview 00:46:46, Shadows of Brimstone Review 00:52:17, Empires of the Void 2 Look Back 01:18:43, News with Tony T 01:21:35, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:04:42
Mar 06, 2019
Episode 178: Shadows of Brimstone, Empires of the Void 2 and A Short Topic Extravaganza
02:35:58
Alrighty Cabalists, the Founders are back for another wild and crazy episode of The Cabal! Today the gang talks about Chris' Top 50 games of all time and runs down a bunch of games they've been playing. Then we have a feature overview and review of Shadows of Brimstone from Flying Frog and a look back at Empires of the Void 2 from Red Raven Games. Then Tony T goes ape delivering the best damn gaming news segment of all time while the peanut gallery quack in the background. Then finally the gang hosts another short topic extravaganza featuring the golden age of entertainment and what would a Secret Cabal board game be like. Shadows of Brimstone Overview 00:46:46, Shadows of Brimstone Review 00:52:17, Empires of the Void 2 Look Back 01:18:43, News with Tony T 01:21:35, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:04:42
Mar 06, 2019
Express 46: Board Game X-Factor with Dan King The Game Boy Geek
00:58:53
In episode 46 of the Secret Cabal Express, Jamie welcomes Honorary Founder Dan King, The Game Boy Geek, to discuss what traits and qualities games can have that will get us fired up, frothing at the mouth, jumpin out of our pants and wild to buy, play and keep a game in our collections - We're discussing what makes up a board game's X-Factor.
Feb 27, 2019
Express 46: Board Game X-Factor with Dan King The Game Boy Geek
00:58:53
In episode 46 of the Secret Cabal Express, Jamie welcomes Honorary Founder Dan King, The Game Boy Geek, to discuss what traits and qualities games can have that will get us fired up, frothing at the mouth, jumpin out of our pants and wild to buy, play and keep a game in our collections - We're discussing what makes up a board game's X-Factor.
Feb 27, 2019
Episode 177: Wendake, Gaslands and Player Interaction
03:08:08
Hey Now! It's time for some more Secret Cabal Nonsense! Today we chat about some games and hobby junk we've been getting into including: Shadows of Brimstone, Nemesis, Discover Lands Unknown, Hand of Fate Ordeals, Hand of Fate on Steam, Architects of the West Kingdom, Auztralia, Chronicles of Crime, Villainous, Magic the Gathering: Arena, and Evolution Digital on Steam. Then we get into an overview and review of Wendake from Renegade Games and a look back at Gaslands from Osprey Publishing. After Tony T goes through all the most important news items in the entire world, we get into a discussion about player interaction and goes off the rails as usual. Wendake Overview 01:14:14, Wendake Review 01:18:56, Gaslands Look Back 01:47:30, News with Tony T 01:50:50, Player Interaction Discussion 02:28:10
Feb 20, 2019
Episode 177: Wendake, Gaslands and Player Interaction
03:08:08
Hey Now! It's time for some more Secret Cabal Nonsense! Today we chat about some games and hobby junk we've been getting into including: Shadows of Brimstone, Nemesis, Discover Lands Unknown, Hand of Fate Ordeals, Hand of Fate on Steam, Architects of the West Kingdom, Auztralia, Chronicles of Crime, Villainous, Magic the Gathering: Arena, and Evolution Digital on Steam. Then we get into an overview and review of Wendake from Renegade Games and a look back at Gaslands from Osprey Publishing. After Tony T goes through all the most important news items in the entire world, we get into a discussion about player interaction and goes off the rails as usual. Wendake Overview 01:14:14, Wendake Review 01:18:56, Gaslands Look Back 01:47:30, News with Tony T 01:50:50, Player Interaction Discussion 02:28:10
Feb 20, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 24: Art and Arcana, Scheduling, Online Roleplaying and Murder Hobos
01:05:01
Hey Now Cabalists! Today the lords start out by reviewing the recently released book called Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History and present a contest to win a copy of the book. Then the gang takes a question from a listener wondering how we manage getting in gaming while life continues to get in the way which transitions into playing role playing games online via video conferencing. Then the main topic of the show regards playing characters with humanity and understanding the ramifications of your actions and how your characters would actually feel doing what they're doing.
Feb 13, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 24: Art and Arcana, Scheduling, Online Roleplaying and Murder Hobos
01:05:01
Hey Now Cabalists! Today the lords start out by reviewing the recently released book called Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History and present a contest to win a copy of the book. Then the gang takes a question from a listener wondering how we manage getting in gaming while life continues to get in the way which transitions into playing role playing games online via video conferencing. Then the main topic of the show regards playing characters with humanity and understanding the ramifications of your actions and how your characters would actually feel doing what they're doing.
Feb 13, 2019
Episode 176: Dinogenics, Merlin and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:02:32
Today the founders go bananas with a feature review of the newest dinosaur park management game, Dinogenics from Ninth Haven Games and designed by Richard Keene. Then the gang takes a look back at Stefan Feld's Merlin on year later. Since Tony T is traveling this week, Steve fills in as the news host giving a rundown of all the happenings around the tabletop gaming world. Then finally the founders host another Short Topic Extravaganza including games we used to love but don't want to play, pirate themed games, asymmetry in games and what characters we would be in games. Dinogenics Overview 01:04:52, Dinogenics Review 01:09:46, Merlin Look Back 01:32:50, News with Steve S 01:39:15, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:23:05
Feb 06, 2019
Episode 176: Dinogenics, Merlin and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:02:32
Today the founders go bananas with a feature review of the newest dinosaur park management game, Dinogenics from Ninth Haven Games and designed by Richard Keene. Then the gang takes a look back at Stefan Feld's Merlin on year later. Since Tony T is traveling this week, Steve fills in as the news host giving a rundown of all the happenings around the tabletop gaming world. Then finally the founders host another Short Topic Extravaganza including games we used to love but don't want to play, pirate themed games, asymmetry in games and what characters we would be in games. Dinogenics Overview 01:04:52, Dinogenics Review 01:09:46, Merlin Look Back 01:32:50, News with Steve S 01:39:15, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:23:05
Feb 06, 2019
The State of the Cabal Address 2019
00:49:45
It's the fifth Wednesday of the month and the normal podcasts have a week off so Jamie takes the opportunity to give The State of the Cabal Address. In this podcast Jamie discusses the podcasts, the video production, side projects, fundraising and how the money is used, sponsorship, reviewing and other behind the scenes aspects of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast.
Jan 30, 2019
The State of the Cabal Address 2019
00:49:45
It's the fifth Wednesday of the month and the normal podcasts have a week off so Jamie takes the opportunity to give The State of the Cabal Address. In this podcast Jamie discusses the podcasts, the video production, side projects, fundraising and how the money is used, sponsorship, reviewing and other behind the scenes aspects of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast.
Jan 30, 2019
Express 45: Movies and TV Shows We're Excited About
00:55:16
In episode 45 of the Secret Cabal, Steve and Jamie take a break from talking about games to discuss some of the movies and TV shows they're excited about coming up in 2019!
Jan 23, 2019
Express 45: Movies and TV Shows We're Excited About
00:55:16
In episode 45 of the Secret Cabal, Steve and Jamie take a break from talking about games to discuss some of the movies and TV shows they're excited about coming up in 2019!
Jan 23, 2019
Episode 175: Nemesis, The Expanse and Our Hopes and Predictions for 2019
03:09:54
Today the founders get busy with a review of the newest game from Awaken Realms, Nemesis and talk a look back at The Expanse one year later. After Tony T busts out the greatest news roundup in the history of tabletop gaming media the gang talks about their hopes and predictions for the new year. Nemesis Overview 01:07:53, Nemesis Review 01:13:24, The Expanse Look Back 01:43:33, News with Tony T 01:49:30, Hopes and Predictions for 2019 02:19:10
Jan 16, 2019
Episode 175: Nemesis, The Expanse and Our Hopes and Predictions for 2019
03:09:54
Today the founders get busy with a review of the newest game from Awaken Realms, Nemesis and talk a look back at The Expanse one year later. After Tony T busts out the greatest news roundup in the history of tabletop gaming media the gang talks about their hopes and predictions for the new year. Nemesis Overview 01:07:53, Nemesis Review 01:13:24, The Expanse Look Back 01:43:33, News with Tony T 01:49:30, Hopes and Predictions for 2019 02:19:10
Jan 16, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 23: Feel Bad Moments and Flaws and Hindrances in Your Character
01:01:33
The gang is back together to kick off 2019 with a listener submitted question about disruptive and mischievous behavior in role playing games. Then end the episode with a full discussion about giving your characters flaws and hindrances to make them a more well rounded and realistic character.
Jan 09, 2019
Lords of the Dungeon 23: Feel Bad Moments and Flaws and Hindrances in Your Character
01:01:33
The gang is back together to kick off 2019 with a listener submitted question about disruptive and mischievous behavior in role playing games. Then end the episode with a full discussion about giving your characters flaws and hindrances to make them a more well rounded and realistic character.
Jan 09, 2019
Express 44: The Joy of the Miniatures Hobby
01:07:18
In episode 44 of The Secret Cabal Express Bender, Aaron and Jamie talk about the joy the find in the miniatures hobby. They discuss the tools you'll need, assembly, priming, painting, basing, and a bunch of techniques they've learned to use over the years.
Jan 04, 2019
Express 44: The Joy of the Miniatures Hobby
01:07:18
In episode 44 of The Secret Cabal Express Bender, Aaron and Jamie talk about the joy the find in the miniatures hobby. They discuss the tools you'll need, assembly, priming, painting, basing, and a bunch of techniques they've learned to use over the years.
Jan 04, 2019
Episode 174: Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Defenders of the Realm and our Favorites of 2018 and upcoming in 2019
02:51:00
It's a new year and the Founders are back to give a year chocked full of gaming nonsense! Today we give you an overview and review of Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time and a look back at Defenders of the Realm one year later. Then Tony T goes bananas with his news segment while the peanut gallery quacks in the background. Then finally the gang talks about their favorite games released in 2018, their favorite game they reviewed in 2018 and finally talks about their most anticipated games coming in 2019. Games Played 00:01:21, Games of Yesteryear 00:31:40, Professor Evil Overview 00:41:20, Professor Evil Review 00:44:52, Defenders of the Realm Look Back 01:01:53, Founder's Update 01:04:17, News with Tony T 01:09:10, Discussion Topic 01:59:20
Jan 02, 2019
Episode 174: Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Defenders of the Realm and our Favorites of 2018 and upcoming in 2019
02:51:00
It's a new year and the Founders are back to give a year chocked full of gaming nonsense! Today we give you an overview and review of Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time and a look back at Defenders of the Realm one year later. Then Tony T goes bananas with his news segment while the peanut gallery quacks in the background. Then finally the gang talks about their favorite games released in 2018, their favorite game they reviewed in 2018 and finally talks about their most anticipated games coming in 2019. Games Played 00:01:21, Games of Yesteryear 00:31:40, Professor Evil Overview 00:41:20, Professor Evil Review 00:44:52, Defenders of the Realm Look Back 01:01:53, Founder's Update 01:04:17, News with Tony T 01:09:10, Discussion Topic 01:59:20
Jan 02, 2019
Episode 173: Auztralia, Aristeia and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:31:39
Happy Holidays Cabalists, It's our Christmas Extravaganza! Today the gang celebrates the holidays by reviewing Martin Wallace's newest game Auztralia from Stronghold Games and looking back at the arena combat sports game from Corvus Belli, Aristeia. Tony T spins up the news feeds to out together the best damn news segment in all of tabletop gaming. Then the Founders give you another short topic extravaganza with topics including Stretch Goals, liking games you guy vs ones you didn't buy, starter miniatures games and our favorite comic book series. And sprinkled throughout the episode we give you a ton of holiday songs written by the Cabalists and sung by the Founders.Games Played 00:15:17, Games of Yesteryear 00:43:30, Playin Games While Sittin On The Can 01:02:00, Auztralia Overview 01:03:55, Auztralia Review 01:08:40, Aristeia Look Back 01:40:20, The Founder's 12 Days of, Christmas 01:46:35, Founder's Update 01:50:18, News with Tony T 01:52:05, Analysis Paralysis Christmas 02:39:55, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:40:40, Secret Santa 03:20:55
Dec 19, 2018
Episode 173: Auztralia, Aristeia and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:31:39
Happy Holidays Cabalists, It's our Christmas Extravaganza! Today the gang celebrates the holidays by reviewing Martin Wallace's newest game Auztralia from Stronghold Games and looking back at the arena combat sports game from Corvus Belli, Aristeia. Tony T spins up the news feeds to out together the best damn news segment in all of tabletop gaming. Then the Founders give you another short topic extravaganza with topics including Stretch Goals, liking games you guy vs ones you didn't buy, starter miniatures games and our favorite comic book series. And sprinkled throughout the episode we give you a ton of holiday songs written by the Cabalists and sung by the Founders.Games Played 00:15:17, Games of Yesteryear 00:43:30, Playin Games While Sittin On The Can 01:02:00, Auztralia Overview 01:03:55, Auztralia Review 01:08:40, Aristeia Look Back 01:40:20, The Founder's 12 Days of, Christmas 01:46:35, Founder's Update 01:50:18, News with Tony T 01:52:05, Analysis Paralysis Christmas 02:39:55, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:40:40, Secret Santa 03:20:55
Dec 19, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 22: Shadowrun Special Edition
01:07:21
In episode 22 of Lords of the Dungeon Bender, Jess and Jamie give you a special edition spotlight on Shadowrun, the classic cyberpunk and fantasy mashup role playing game published by Catalyst Game Lab. We begin by talking about the setting and lore of the Sixth World and move into the depth and complexities of the game mechanisms.
Dec 12, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 22: Shadowrun Special Edition
01:07:21
In episode 22 of Lords of the Dungeon Bender, Jess and Jamie give you a special edition spotlight on Shadowrun, the classic cyberpunk and fantasy mashup role playing game published by Catalyst Game Lab. We begin by talking about the setting and lore of the Sixth World and move into the depth and complexities of the game mechanisms.
Dec 12, 2018
Episode 172: Arkham Horror 3rd Edition, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate and The Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right
03:29:14
Chris and Jamie are back from BGGcon and have played a ton of great games they want to tell you about. Then the gang gives an overview and review of Arkham Horror 3rd Edition from Fantasy Flight Games and look back at Betrayal at Baldur's Gate one year later. Tony T throws the best damn news segment ever at your while the rest of the Founders quack in the background. And finally, the guys present the Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right in which they talk about what kind of opponents they like to play against and some stuff that makes them crazy. TIMECODES: Arkham Horror Overview 00:50:22, Arkham Horror Review: 00:57:10, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate: 01:28:15, Founders Update: 01:35:25, The News with Tony T: 01:37:50, The Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right: 02:31:10
Dec 05, 2018
Episode 172: Arkham Horror 3rd Edition, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate and The Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right
03:29:14
Chris and Jamie are back from BGGcon and have played a ton of great games they want to tell you about. Then the gang gives an overview and review of Arkham Horror 3rd Edition from Fantasy Flight Games and look back at Betrayal at Baldur's Gate one year later. Tony T throws the best damn news segment ever at your while the rest of the Founders quack in the background. And finally, the guys present the Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right in which they talk about what kind of opponents they like to play against and some stuff that makes them crazy. TIMECODES: Arkham Horror Overview 00:50:22, Arkham Horror Review: 00:57:10, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate: 01:28:15, Founders Update: 01:35:25, The News with Tony T: 01:37:50, The Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right: 02:31:10
Dec 05, 2018
Express 43: BGGcon 2018 and DIY Tabletop Gaming Accessories
01:12:52
Jamie and Chris just got back from BGGcon and give the rundown of what they thought after their first visit to this smaller, gaming focused convention and rank each convention they've been to from worst to best. Jamie also gives a review of his experience at The Warhammer Citadel, the world's first and only Games Workshop cafe and gaming center. Then the guys run down some of the do it yourself upgrades and accessories that they've made for their tabletop games. TIMECODES: Warhammer Citadel 00:20:00, Convention Rankings: 00:25:00, DYI Accessories: 00:34:38
Nov 28, 2018
Express 43: BGGcon 2018 and DIY Tabletop Gaming Accessories
01:12:52
Jamie and Chris just got back from BGGcon and give the rundown of what they thought after their first visit to this smaller, gaming focused convention and rank each convention they've been to from worst to best. Jamie also gives a review of his experience at The Warhammer Citadel, the world's first and only Games Workshop cafe and gaming center. Then the guys run down some of the do it yourself upgrades and accessories that they've made for their tabletop games. TIMECODES: Warhammer Citadel 00:20:00, Convention Rankings: 00:25:00, DYI Accessories: 00:34:38
Nov 28, 2018
Episode 171: Cerebria The Inside World, Yokohama and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:02:03
Chris is back from his trip the UK and talks about his games he played with our English Cabalists. Then we feature the newest Mind Clash game, Cerebria The Inside World. Then we take a look back at Yokohama from TMG one year later. After Tony T gives us the greatest news segment in all of board gaming, the gang hosts another short topic extravaganza in which we talk about our shelf of shame and getting better at board games. TIME STAMPS - Games Played: 7:08, Games of Yesteryear: 37:29, Cerebria Overview: 53:40, Cerebria Review: 58:30, Lookback of Yokohama: 1:30:37, The News with Tony T: 1:39:00, Short Topic Extravaganza: 2:18:50
Nov 21, 2018
Episode 171: Cerebria The Inside World, Yokohama and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:02:03
Chris is back from his trip the UK and talks about his games he played with our English Cabalists. Then we feature the newest Mind Clash game, Cerebria The Inside World. Then we take a look back at Yokohama from TMG one year later. After Tony T gives us the greatest news segment in all of board gaming, the gang hosts another short topic extravaganza in which we talk about our shelf of shame and getting better at board games. TIME STAMPS - Games Played: 7:08, Games of Yesteryear: 37:29, Cerebria Overview: 53:40, Cerebria Review: 58:30, Lookback of Yokohama: 1:30:37, The News with Tony T: 1:39:00, Short Topic Extravaganza: 2:18:50
Nov 21, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 21: RPG Sports, GM vs Player Description and Playing Your Alignment
01:01:36
In episode 21 the Lords talk about Bender and Jess' new massively multiplayer online tabletop Shadowrun campaign they're about to start. Then the gang talks about a new role playing game sports tournament that will be streamed on Twitch. The Lords take a questions from a listener regarding how out GMs and players tend to describe the actions their taking. Then finally we have a discussion about alignment, what it means and how we use it in game.
Nov 14, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 21: RPG Sports, GM vs Player Description and Playing Your Alignment
01:01:36
In episode 21 the Lords talk about Bender and Jess' new massively multiplayer online tabletop Shadowrun campaign they're about to start. Then the gang talks about a new role playing game sports tournament that will be streamed on Twitch. The Lords take a questions from a listener regarding how out GMs and players tend to describe the actions their taking. Then finally we have a discussion about alignment, what it means and how we use it in game.
Nov 14, 2018
Episode 170: Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl Comparison, The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 and Gimmicks in Board Games
03:09:29
With Chris on vacation in the UK, Aaron from the Lords of the Dungeon sits in to make some jokes and trade barbs with Steve. Then Steve and Jamie compare and review Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl from Games Workshop. Then they take a look back at The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 one year later. After Tony Topper gives you the best damn gaming news segment in all of tabletop gaming the gang discusses gimmicks in board games!
Nov 07, 2018
Episode 170: Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl Comparison, The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 and Gimmicks in Board Games
03:09:29
With Chris on vacation in the UK, Aaron from the Lords of the Dungeon sits in to make some jokes and trade barbs with Steve. Then Steve and Jamie compare and review Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl from Games Workshop. Then they take a look back at The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 one year later. After Tony Topper gives you the best damn gaming news segment in all of tabletop gaming the gang discusses gimmicks in board games!
Nov 07, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 08: Running Horror Adventures
00:55:27
Roleplaying games are about telling stories, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and more... but one of our favorite kinds of stories here at The Secret Cabal is the genre of horror. Today Bender and Jamie talk about how they run horror themed games and how you can celebrate Halloween by giving your players a good scare.
Nov 02, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 08: Running Horror Adventures
00:55:27
Roleplaying games are about telling stories, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and more... but one of our favorite kinds of stories here at The Secret Cabal is the genre of horror. Today Bender and Jamie talk about how they run horror themed games and how you can celebrate Halloween by giving your players a good scare.
Nov 02, 2018
Express 42: Essen SPIEL 2018 Preview with Stephen Buonocore
01:23:46
Jamie and Tony welcomes Honorary Founder Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to talk about the Stronghold Games and Indie Board Game Cards merger then Tony T hosts a preview of some of the games we're excited about debuting at one of the largest gaming conventions in the world Essen SPIEL!
Oct 24, 2018
Express 42: Essen SPIEL 2018 Preview with Stephen Buonocore
01:23:46
Jamie and Tony welcomes Honorary Founder Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to talk about the Stronghold Games and Indie Board Game Cards merger then Tony T hosts a preview of some of the games we're excited about debuting at one of the largest gaming conventions in the world Essen SPIEL!
Oct 24, 2018
Episode 169: Eschaton, Folklore the Affliction and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:18:28
It's Halloween time and the founders celebrate by talking about a ton of spooky board game! Then they feature the grim themed Eschaton from Archon Games and look back at the creepy adventure Folklore the Affliction from Greenbrier Games. After Tony T scares the wits out of you with his dreaded new segment and the ghoulish gang quacks in the background they host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring a problem player, underused themed in board games and how to make territory control unique!
Oct 17, 2018
Episode 169: Eschaton, Folklore the Affliction and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:18:28
It's Halloween time and the founders celebrate by talking about a ton of spooky board game! Then they feature the grim themed Eschaton from Archon Games and look back at the creepy adventure Folklore the Affliction from Greenbrier Games. After Tony T scares the wits out of you with his dreaded new segment and the ghoulish gang quacks in the background they host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring a problem player, underused themed in board games and how to make territory control unique!
Oct 17, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 20: DnD Beyond Look Back, Our Favorite Monsters and The GM and Player Arms Race
01:07:08
In Episode 20 the Lords take a couple of questions from the listeners and discuses out thoughts and opinions on DnD Beyond after using it for 6 months. Then we talk about our favorite monsters to go up against and ones Bender and Jamie like to pit against their players. Then we discuss some of the issues with players getting to high levels and the issues that can arise when preparing a game.
Oct 10, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 20: DnD Beyond Look Back, Our Favorite Monsters and The GM and Player Arms Race
01:07:08
In Episode 20 the Lords take a couple of questions from the listeners and discuses out thoughts and opinions on DnD Beyond after using it for 6 months. Then we talk about our favorite monsters to go up against and ones Bender and Jamie like to pit against their players. Then we discuss some of the issues with players getting to high levels and the issues that can arise when preparing a game.
Oct 10, 2018
Episode 168: Too Many Bones, Viral and Weight, Complexity, Brainburn and Stress
03:18:53
Hey Now! Today the gang talks about Village Attacks, Everdell, Dwar7s Winter, Coimbra, The Island of El Dorado, Festival of 1000 cats, Blood Rage and Court of Medici. Then the gang reviews Too Many Bones from Chip Theory Games and Looks back at Viral from Arcane Wonders. And of course Tony T goes bananas with all the news coming from around the gaming industry. Then the Founders finish off the game by discussing Weight, Complexity, Brainburn and Stress in board gaming.
Oct 03, 2018
Episode 168: Too Many Bones, Viral and Weight, Complexity, Brainburn and Stress
03:18:53
Hey Now! Today the gang talks about Village Attacks, Everdell, Dwar7s Winter, Coimbra, The Island of El Dorado, Festival of 1000 cats, Blood Rage and Court of Medici. Then the gang reviews Too Many Bones from Chip Theory Games and Looks back at Viral from Arcane Wonders. And of course Tony T goes bananas with all the news coming from around the gaming industry. Then the Founders finish off the game by discussing Weight, Complexity, Brainburn and Stress in board gaming.
Oct 03, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 07: Creating A Moment
00:48:20
Today Bender and Jamie talk about developing moments in your campaign. Moments that will provide players with memorable situations that will enrich your campaigns. Empowering players and making them feel badass, creating the pivotal moments when they may be set down a path of character evolution and putting players into situations when they have to make a choice. Sometimes a moral choice and others a sadistic choice.
Sep 28, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 07: Creating A Moment
00:48:20
Today Bender and Jamie talk about developing moments in your campaign. Moments that will provide players with memorable situations that will enrich your campaigns. Empowering players and making them feel badass, creating the pivotal moments when they may be set down a path of character evolution and putting players into situations when they have to make a choice. Sometimes a moral choice and others a sadistic choice.
Sep 28, 2018
Episode 167: War Chest, Massive Darkness and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:17:49
Tony was visiting home for a week and we got to have a big game day in which we played tons of games and Chris and Tony get into a tussle over explaining rules. Then Tony, Steve and Jamie give an overview and review of War Chest from AEG and Look back at Massive Darkness from CMON one year later. Then Tony T gives us the rundown of all the hot gaming news from around the industry. Then we wrap up with a short topic extravaganza in which we further discuss Unique Games and hear two sides of the argument, how we feel about overproduction and where we buy our games.
Sep 19, 2018
Episode 167: War Chest, Massive Darkness and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:17:49
Tony was visiting home for a week and we got to have a big game day in which we played tons of games and Chris and Tony get into a tussle over explaining rules. Then Tony, Steve and Jamie give an overview and review of War Chest from AEG and Look back at Massive Darkness from CMON one year later. Then Tony T gives us the rundown of all the hot gaming news from around the industry. Then we wrap up with a short topic extravaganza in which we further discuss Unique Games and hear two sides of the argument, how we feel about overproduction and where we buy our games.
Sep 19, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 19: Our Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Update and Player Meta
01:07:48
In Episode 19 the Lords give and update on their current Dungeons and Dragons campaign and all the stuff their characters are getting into. And then based on some things that happened in our most recent gaming session, discuss Player Meta and how we separate doing what's best from a game standpoint and doing whats best from a role playing standpoint.
Sep 12, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 19: Our Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Update and Player Meta
01:07:48
In Episode 19 the Lords give and update on their current Dungeons and Dragons campaign and all the stuff their characters are getting into. And then based on some things that happened in our most recent gaming session, discuss Player Meta and how we separate doing what's best from a game standpoint and doing whats best from a role playing standpoint.
Sep 12, 2018
Episode 166: Root and The Secret Cabal Playlists
03:00:52
Today we start the episode off by talking about Steve's Lovecraft Pizza Party and the games he played. Then the game takes a look at the new hotness that everyone's talking about. The cute and cuddly furry creatures that murder each other over forest clearing, ROOT! Then we jump right to Tony T's new segment including all of the most important gaming news items on planet Earth and beyond because we're a bunch of boneheads and totally forgot to record the lookback. The finally we wrap up the show with our summer ending tradition of talking about games we love, are excited about, want to buy or whatever flies into our minds in the moment with The Secret Cabal Playlists.
Sep 05, 2018
Episode 166: Root and The Secret Cabal Playlists
03:00:52
Today we start the episode off by talking about Steve's Lovecraft Pizza Party and the games he played. Then the game takes a look at the new hotness that everyone's talking about. The cute and cuddly furry creatures that murder each other over forest clearing, ROOT! Then we jump right to Tony T's new segment including all of the most important gaming news items on planet Earth and beyond because we're a bunch of boneheads and totally forgot to record the lookback. The finally we wrap up the show with our summer ending tradition of talking about games we love, are excited about, want to buy or whatever flies into our minds in the moment with The Secret Cabal Playlists.
Sep 05, 2018
Express 41: Game Rooms and Storage and Organization of Your Collection
01:02:02
Jamie and Tony talk about the miniatures hobby, their gaming space, their gaming tables, the shelves they like to use and how they store and organize their games and miniatures.
Aug 29, 2018
Express 41: Game Rooms and Storage and Organization of Your Collection
01:02:02
Jamie and Tony talk about the miniatures hobby, their gaming space, their gaming tables, the shelves they like to use and how they store and organize their games and miniatures.
Aug 29, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 06: Game Master Meta, Cheating and Thinking on Your Feet
00:44:42
Today Bender and Jamie talk about Game Master Meta. Where's the line between cheating, fudging and rebalancing? Then the guys talk about thinking on yout feet and evoling your story.
Aug 22, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 06: Game Master Meta, Cheating and Thinking on Your Feet
00:44:42
Today Bender and Jamie talk about Game Master Meta. Where's the line between cheating, fudging and rebalancing? Then the guys talk about thinking on yout feet and evoling your story.
Aug 22, 2018
Episode 165: The Reckoners, The Godfather and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:32:07
Today the gang presents their new show, The Chris, Jamie and Steve Show over on YouTube and Tony and Jamie talk about their adventures at Gen Con. Then fter talking about a whole mess of games, Steve and Jamie review the new game based on Brandon Sanderson's book series, The Reckoners and look back at The Godfather: Corleone's Empire. And finally after Tony T gives you all of the more important news around the gaming world, the Founders do another Short Topic Extravaganza in which they talk about solo games and best two player games to play with your spouse.
Aug 15, 2018
Episode 165: The Reckoners, The Godfather and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:32:07
Today the gang presents their new show, The Chris, Jamie and Steve Show over on YouTube and Tony and Jamie talk about their adventures at Gen Con. Then fter talking about a whole mess of games, Steve and Jamie review the new game based on Brandon Sanderson's book series, The Reckoners and look back at The Godfather: Corleone's Empire. And finally after Tony T gives you all of the more important news around the gaming world, the Founders do another Short Topic Extravaganza in which they talk about solo games and best two player games to play with your spouse.
Aug 15, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 18: Betrayal in the Party and Creating Ambiance in your Sessions
01:11:37
In Episode 18 the Lords talk about Fantasy Flight Games' 30th Anniversary Rerelease of the original West End Star Wars Roleplaying Game, the Critical Role character death controversy, When characters betray one another in your gaming sessions and creating ambiance in your gaming sessions.
Aug 08, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 18: Betrayal in the Party and Creating Ambiance in your Sessions
01:11:37
In Episode 18 the Lords talk about Fantasy Flight Games' 30th Anniversary Rerelease of the original West End Star Wars Roleplaying Game, the Critical Role character death controversy, When characters betray one another in your gaming sessions and creating ambiance in your gaming sessions.
Aug 08, 2018
Episode 164: Thunderstone Quest, Nemo's War and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:35:06
Jamie and Tony are on the way to Gen Con but the show must go on! Today the gang gives the feature review treatment to Thunderstone Quest and looks back at Nemo's War one year later. then Tony T gives us a rousing news segment in which we talk about the Overturn Kickstarter mess. Then in our Short Topic Extravaganza we talk about Kickstarters that go bad, Anime movies and Uwe Rosenberg games and how they've changed over the years.
Aug 01, 2018
Episode 164: Thunderstone Quest, Nemo's War and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:35:06
Jamie and Tony are on the way to Gen Con but the show must go on! Today the gang gives the feature review treatment to Thunderstone Quest and looks back at Nemo's War one year later. then Tony T gives us a rousing news segment in which we talk about the Overturn Kickstarter mess. Then in our Short Topic Extravaganza we talk about Kickstarters that go bad, Anime movies and Uwe Rosenberg games and how they've changed over the years.
Aug 01, 2018
Express 40: Gen Con 2018 Preview and Gen Con 2017 Look Back
00:55:26
Gen Con 2018 is in a week from today so Jamie and Tony get together to take a look at the BGG game release list and talk about the games that will bring you to full froth! As well, they take a look at Gen Con 2017's BGG list and talk about how some of the hot games from last year fared over the past year.
Jul 25, 2018
Express 40: Gen Con 2018 Preview and Gen Con 2017 Look Back
00:55:26
Gen Con 2018 is in a week from today so Jamie and Tony get together to take a look at the BGG game release list and talk about the games that will bring you to full froth! As well, they take a look at Gen Con 2017's BGG list and talk about how some of the hot games from last year fared over the past year.
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 163: Gaia Project, Near and Far and The State of Board Gaming Today
03:44:39
Jamie and Chris are back from Dice Tower Con and have a bunch of new experiences and games to talk about. Then the gang presents their brand new segment called "Games of Yester-year" in which they talk about and review older titles from years past. Then of course, the Founders give you another feature review, this time Gaia Project and look back at Near and Far one year later. Tony T gives you the best damned tabletop gaming new segment in the history of gaming and then the guys have a short discussion about the state of tabletop gaming and how they've seen things change over the years.
Jul 18, 2018
Episode 163: Gaia Project, Near and Far and The State of Board Gaming Today
03:44:39
Jamie and Chris are back from Dice Tower Con and have a bunch of new experiences and games to talk about. Then the gang presents their brand new segment called "Games of Yester-year" in which they talk about and review older titles from years past. Then of course, the Founders give you another feature review, this time Gaia Project and look back at Near and Far one year later. Tony T gives you the best damned tabletop gaming new segment in the history of gaming and then the guys have a short discussion about the state of tabletop gaming and how they've seen things change over the years.
Jul 18, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 17: Knowing What Your Players Can Do and Experience
01:01:08
The Lords are back from Origins and the gang discusses about how great gaming conventions are. Then Jess talks about her Shadowrun Games at Origins. We take a question from a listener regarding collecting information from about and knowing everything your players can do. Then we round out the episode with a discussion about giving experience to your players.
Jul 11, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 17: Knowing What Your Players Can Do and Experience
01:01:08
The Lords are back from Origins and the gang discusses about how great gaming conventions are. Then Jess talks about her Shadowrun Games at Origins. We take a question from a listener regarding collecting information from about and knowing everything your players can do. Then we round out the episode with a discussion about giving experience to your players.
Jul 11, 2018
Episode 162: Dinosaur Island, Age of Thieves and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:37:26
We're back from Origins and have a few tales of gaming and shenanigans to tell plus all the games we played while in Columbus Ohio for nearly a week. Then we do a feature review of Dinosaur Island and a look back at Age of Thieves. Tony T gives us the rundown of all the important news from the tabletop gaming universe while the rest of us quack in the background. Then finally we host another short topic extravaganza in which we talk about the price of boards games, how the Satanic Panic affected gaming and whether board games artwork is actually artwork or not.
Jul 04, 2018
Episode 162: Dinosaur Island, Age of Thieves and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:37:26
We're back from Origins and have a few tales of gaming and shenanigans to tell plus all the games we played while in Columbus Ohio for nearly a week. Then we do a feature review of Dinosaur Island and a look back at Age of Thieves. Tony T gives us the rundown of all the important news from the tabletop gaming universe while the rest of us quack in the background. Then finally we host another short topic extravaganza in which we talk about the price of boards games, how the Satanic Panic affected gaming and whether board games artwork is actually artwork or not.
Jul 04, 2018
Express 39: Age of Sigmar Second Edition Discussion and First Impressions
00:59:54
Age of Sigmar Second Edition is coming out this week so Jamie and Aaron from Lords of the Dungeon talk about miniatures gaming, the lore and history of Age of Sigmar and finally give you there first impressions of the new Soul Wars starter set!
Jun 27, 2018
Express 39: Age of Sigmar Second Edition Discussion and First Impressions
00:59:54
Age of Sigmar Second Edition is coming out this week so Jamie and Aaron from Lords of the Dungeon talk about miniatures gaming, the lore and history of Age of Sigmar and finally give you there first impressions of the new Soul Wars starter set!
Jun 27, 2018
Episode 161: A Feast for Odin, Railroad Revolution and The Fear of Missing Out
03:08:55
Tony T is back from Europe and talks about some of the crazy things he's gotten into, the gang talks about a bunch of older games they've been getting into lately. Then the Founders review A Feast for Odin and look back at Railroad Revolution. The Tony T is back in the new anchor chair and the gang chatters in the background. The finally, the guys discuss FOMO, The Fear of Missing Out.
Jun 20, 2018
Episode 161: A Feast for Odin, Railroad Revolution and The Fear of Missing Out
03:08:55
Tony T is back from Europe and talks about some of the crazy things he's gotten into, the gang talks about a bunch of older games they've been getting into lately. Then the Founders review A Feast for Odin and look back at Railroad Revolution. The Tony T is back in the new anchor chair and the gang chatters in the background. The finally, the guys discuss FOMO, The Fear of Missing Out.
Jun 20, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 16: Players Knowing More than the GM and Things We Could Improve Upon in Our Roleplaying
01:11:28
The Gang is on the way to Origins Game Fair but the show must go on! Today we talk about our new Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign and the characters we'll be playing. Then we take a question from a listener who asks how we handle players knowing more about a setting than the Game Master. Finally the Lords have a round table table discussion about things they could improve upon in their own roleplaying and game mastering.
Jun 13, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 16: Players Knowing More than the GM and Things We Could Improve Upon in Our Roleplaying
01:11:28
The Gang is on the way to Origins Game Fair but the show must go on! Today we talk about our new Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign and the characters we'll be playing. Then we take a question from a listener who asks how we handle players knowing more about a setting than the Game Master. Finally the Lords have a round table table discussion about things they could improve upon in their own roleplaying and game mastering.
Jun 13, 2018
Episode 160: Big Trouble in Little China, Watson and Holmes and Our Favorite Gaming Memories
03:20:31
So Tony T is marauding around Europe so we have a guest sitting in, Aaron from Lords of the Dungeon! First Chris and Jamie review the Dungeons and Dragons themed movie Mazes and Monsters starring Tom Hanks. Then after the Founders run down all the games they've been playing they talk a little but about Origins and give some details about their event. Then the gang takes a look at the new Big Trouble in Little China board game and give you their review and a look back at Watson and Holmes one year later. Steve takes the reigns for the news segment today and we crack wise while learning about what's going on in the gaming world. Then finally the guys talk about some of their favorite memories of gaming past.
Jun 06, 2018
Episode 160: Big Trouble in Little China, Watson and Holmes and Our Favorite Gaming Memories
03:20:31
So Tony T is marauding around Europe so we have a guest sitting in, Aaron from Lords of the Dungeon! First Chris and Jamie review the Dungeons and Dragons themed movie Mazes and Monsters starring Tom Hanks. Then after the Founders run down all the games they've been playing they talk a little but about Origins and give some details about their event. Then the gang takes a look at the new Big Trouble in Little China board game and give you their review and a look back at Watson and Holmes one year later. Steve takes the reigns for the news segment today and we crack wise while learning about what's going on in the gaming world. Then finally the guys talk about some of their favorite memories of gaming past.
Jun 06, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 05: Game Master Styles
00:57:46
Today Bender and Jamie talk about the mentality of one versus many and the philosophy of actually cooperating with your players to make a great RPG. Then they talk about game master styles. How does it feel to play in and Bender game and a Jamie game. We talk about some GMs we've gamed with in the past and how everyone's own signature style is different.
Jun 01, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 05: Game Master Styles
00:57:46
Today Bender and Jamie talk about the mentality of one versus many and the philosophy of actually cooperating with your players to make a great RPG. Then they talk about game master styles. How does it feel to play in and Bender game and a Jamie game. We talk about some GMs we've gamed with in the past and how everyone's own signature style is different.
Jun 01, 2018
Express 37: Origins 2018 Pre-Show Fiesta with Rodney Smith and Marty Connell
01:06:51
Today the Three Amigos are back together for an Origins Game Fair Fiesta! Jamie welcomes honorary Founders Rodney Smith from Watch It Played and Marty Connell from Rolling Dice and Taking Names to talk about whats going on at Origins this year. First we talk about Cobra Kai the new YouTube Red series based on The Karate Kid (which has absolutely nothing to do with Origins but whatever). Then we talk about when we're arriving, our savage hole arrangements and the big things we're excited about. Then the Amigos talk about some of the games demoing and releasing at the convention and the ones they're most excited about. Onward to Origins!
May 23, 2018
Express 37: Origins 2018 Pre-Show Fiesta with Rodney Smith and Marty Connell
01:06:51
Today the Three Amigos are back together for an Origins Game Fair Fiesta! Jamie welcomes honorary Founders Rodney Smith from Watch It Played and Marty Connell from Rolling Dice and Taking Names to talk about whats going on at Origins this year. First we talk about Cobra Kai the new YouTube Red series based on The Karate Kid (which has absolutely nothing to do with Origins but whatever). Then we talk about when we're arriving, our savage hole arrangements and the big things we're excited about. Then the Amigos talk about some of the games demoing and releasing at the convention and the ones they're most excited about. Onward to Origins!
May 23, 2018
Episode 159: Lords of Hellas, Clank! and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:43:24
Episode 159 will from now on be referred to as "The Cursed Episode" as schedules, technical problems and other issues have cause more havoc than ever before BUT The Cabal rages forth none the less. Today the a look at Lords of Hellas from Awaken Realms and look back at Clank! from Renegade Games. Then After Tony T blasts out the best news segment in all of gaming media the Founders host another short topic extravaganza including discussions about using characters and actors in miniatures games seemingly without permission, our favorite fantasy, sci-fi and comic book series and how we like to learn and teach games. Then after the episode is over Jamie talks about the Kickstarter and what the plans are going forward for The Cabal.
May 16, 2018
Episode 159: Lords of Hellas, Clank! and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:43:24
Episode 159 will from now on be referred to as "The Cursed Episode" as schedules, technical problems and other issues have cause more havoc than ever before BUT The Cabal rages forth none the less. Today the a look at Lords of Hellas from Awaken Realms and look back at Clank! from Renegade Games. Then After Tony T blasts out the best news segment in all of gaming media the Founders host another short topic extravaganza including discussions about using characters and actors in miniatures games seemingly without permission, our favorite fantasy, sci-fi and comic book series and how we like to learn and teach games. Then after the episode is over Jamie talks about the Kickstarter and what the plans are going forward for The Cabal.
May 16, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 15: Good and Evil Mixed Parties and The Economy of Loot
01:10:36
In episode 15 the Lords take a question from a Cabalist regarding how their group handles mixing good and evil player characters in the same adventuring party. Then they discuss loot and rewards in role playing games and how it's important to balance the economy in your games.
May 09, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 15: Good and Evil Mixed Parties and The Economy of Loot
01:10:36
In episode 15 the Lords take a question from a Cabalist regarding how their group handles mixing good and evil player characters in the same adventuring party. Then they discuss loot and rewards in role playing games and how it's important to balance the economy in your games.
May 09, 2018
Episode 158: Thanos Rising, 51st State and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:09:53
We got three days left on the Kickstarter! Head over there if you're like to support the Secret Cabal for another year. Today the gang takes a look at the brand new Avengers Infinity War tie in game, Thanos Rising! And then the founders look back at 51st State the Master Set one year later. Tony T gives you a news segment filled with deceit and treachery while the rest of that chimes in. Then finally a short topic extravaganza including the most popular games the year we were born, games we'd love to explore deeply, should games punish you for making poor choices and our favorite and least favorite end game triggers.
May 02, 2018
Episode 158: Thanos Rising, 51st State and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:09:53
We got three days left on the Kickstarter! Head over there if you're like to support the Secret Cabal for another year. Today the gang takes a look at the brand new Avengers Infinity War tie in game, Thanos Rising! And then the founders look back at 51st State the Master Set one year later. Tony T gives you a news segment filled with deceit and treachery while the rest of that chimes in. Then finally a short topic extravaganza including the most popular games the year we were born, games we'd love to explore deeply, should games punish you for making poor choices and our favorite and least favorite end game triggers.
May 02, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 04: Just Starting Out As A Game Master
00:47:43
Today Bender and Jame focus in on an email sent by a Cabalist who is just getting started as a Game Master and has a series of questions that we address. We talk about what your first adventure might look like, should you pre-gen characters or have the players make their own? Should you start with a pre-designed adventure module or write your own? And more.
Apr 27, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 04: Just Starting Out As A Game Master
00:47:43
Today Bender and Jame focus in on an email sent by a Cabalist who is just getting started as a Game Master and has a series of questions that we address. We talk about what your first adventure might look like, should you pre-gen characters or have the players make their own? Should you start with a pre-designed adventure module or write your own? And more.
Apr 27, 2018
Express 37: Having and Managing a Game Collection
00:59:16
Today Chris and Jamie talk about having and managing a game collection ranging from how they go about selecting what games to buy, how they store their games, how they catagorize their games and how they cull games out of their collection.
Apr 25, 2018
Express 37: Having and Managing a Game Collection
00:59:16
Today Chris and Jamie talk about having and managing a game collection ranging from how they go about selecting what games to buy, how they store their games, how they catagorize their games and how they cull games out of their collection.
Apr 25, 2018
Episode 157: Civilization A New Dawn, Onward to Venus, Anachrony and Immersion in Board Games
03:15:58
In today's episode we talk about our Fireball Island Party at Beer Mongers and Steve's Film Debut. Then the gang takes a look at Civilization A New Dawn and look back at both Onward to Venus and Anachrony. Then after Tony T provides a deep look at all of the most important tabletop gaming headlines while the rest of the gang cracks wise, the founders talk about immersion on board gaming.
Apr 18, 2018
Episode 157: Civilization A New Dawn, Onward to Venus, Anachrony and Immersion in Board Games
03:15:58
In today's episode we talk about our Fireball Island Party at Beer Mongers and Steve's Film Debut. Then the gang takes a look at Civilization A New Dawn and look back at both Onward to Venus and Anachrony. Then after Tony T provides a deep look at all of the most important tabletop gaming headlines while the rest of the gang cracks wise, the founders talk about immersion on board gaming.
Apr 18, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 14: End of the World Followup, GMs Playing Characters and Great Villains in RPGs
01:14:23
Today the Lords start with a followup to Bender's End of the World Zombie Apocalypse one shot session. Then the gang transitions to talking about Game Masters running a character within their own games. Then they finish the show by talking about great villains in RPG campaigns.
Apr 11, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 14: End of the World Followup, GMs Playing Characters and Great Villains in RPGs
01:14:23
Today the Lords start with a followup to Bender's End of the World Zombie Apocalypse one shot session. Then the gang transitions to talking about Game Masters running a character within their own games. Then they finish the show by talking about great villains in RPG campaigns.
Apr 11, 2018
Episode 156: The Pursuit of Happiness and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:07:43
It's the big day! The 2018 kickstarter has launched! Pop over to www.thesecretcabal.com and click on the Kickstarter banner to check it out. Bender and Jamie just got back from RobbCon with Blue Peg Pink Peg and Chris has an epic tale of why he didn't make it this year. Then Chris and Jamie take a look at The Pursuit of Happiness from Stronghold Games. Tony T goes ape giving you the worlds best gaming news awhile the rest of us quack in the background. Then finally we round out the show with a Short Topic Extravaganza in which we talk about Fireball Island fervor, board game expansions, and why Chris has an intellectual properties board game phobia.
Apr 04, 2018
Episode 156: The Pursuit of Happiness and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:07:43
It's the big day! The 2018 kickstarter has launched! Pop over to www.thesecretcabal.com and click on the Kickstarter banner to check it out. Bender and Jamie just got back from RobbCon with Blue Peg Pink Peg and Chris has an epic tale of why he didn't make it this year. Then Chris and Jamie take a look at The Pursuit of Happiness from Stronghold Games. Tony T goes ape giving you the worlds best gaming news awhile the rest of us quack in the background. Then finally we round out the show with a Short Topic Extravaganza in which we talk about Fireball Island fervor, board game expansions, and why Chris has an intellectual properties board game phobia.
Apr 04, 2018
Express 36: Movies and Board Games with Similar Themes
00:59:26
Today Chris and Jamie talk about movies and TV shows that have similar themes. If you like this movie, this board game might be right up your allow and vice versa. Then they discuss some movies they'd like to see turned into board games and board games they'd like to see movies or TV shows based on.
Mar 30, 2018
Express 36: Movies and Board Games with Similar Themes
00:59:26
Today Chris and Jamie talk about movies and TV shows that have similar themes. If you like this movie, this board game might be right up your allow and vice versa. Then they discuss some movies they'd like to see turned into board games and board games they'd like to see movies or TV shows based on.
Mar 30, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 03: When You Screw Up and Building Memorable NPCs
00:50:30
Today in the Ludus Bender wants to talk about when Dungeon Master's screw up and how you handle a bad situation. The guys talk a little bit about when game master's cheat, when it's okay and when it's not and finally they discuss building memorable NPCs in your role playing games.
Mar 28, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 03: When You Screw Up and Building Memorable NPCs
00:50:30
Today in the Ludus Bender wants to talk about when Dungeon Master's screw up and how you handle a bad situation. The guys talk a little bit about when game master's cheat, when it's okay and when it's not and finally they discuss building memorable NPCs in your role playing games.
Mar 28, 2018
Episode 155: Rising Sun, Assault of the Giants and The Founders Feud 3: The Grudge Match
03:16:15
Hey Now Cabalists! Today is the big day! The day in which The Overdeer Family (Steve and Tony) take on the Limb Family (Chris and Brian) to see how is the greatest Founder duo in history in The Founders Feud 3: The Grudge Match! But first, Chris gives us another Gaming Movie Review, this time he takes a look at Zero Charisma. Then Tony, Steve and Jamie give you a feature review of Rising Sun followed by a look back at Assault of the Giants, the Dungeons and Dragons board game based on the Storm King's Thunder campaign. As always Tony T gives us the best damned gaming news rundown in the history of gaming news rundowns. And then, the royal rumble... It's time for The Founders Feud!
Mar 21, 2018
Episode 155: Rising Sun, Assault of the Giants and The Founders Feud 3: The Grudge Match
03:16:15
Hey Now Cabalists! Today is the big day! The day in which The Overdeer Family (Steve and Tony) take on the Limb Family (Chris and Brian) to see how is the greatest Founder duo in history in The Founders Feud 3: The Grudge Match! But first, Chris gives us another Gaming Movie Review, this time he takes a look at Zero Charisma. Then Tony, Steve and Jamie give you a feature review of Rising Sun followed by a look back at Assault of the Giants, the Dungeons and Dragons board game based on the Storm King's Thunder campaign. As always Tony T gives us the best damned gaming news rundown in the history of gaming news rundowns. And then, the royal rumble... It's time for The Founders Feud!
Mar 21, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 13: Bender's End of the World Game, Repairing a Fractured RPG Group and Dark Earth 1899 Update
00:56:36
Today the Lords talk about Bender's first attempt with the End of the World role playing game and digress into all sorts of nonsense. Then they announce the winner of the Dungeons and Dragons starter kit contest. They the gang talks about how they're fixing a couple of issues with their game group. Finally they give you an update on their Dark Earth 1899 campaign.
Mar 14, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 13: Bender's End of the World Game, Repairing a Fractured RPG Group and Dark Earth 1899 Update
00:56:36
Today the Lords talk about Bender's first attempt with the End of the World role playing game and digress into all sorts of nonsense. Then they announce the winner of the Dungeons and Dragons starter kit contest. They the gang talks about how they're fixing a couple of issues with their game group. Finally they give you an update on their Dark Earth 1899 campaign.
Mar 14, 2018
Episode 154: Empires of the Void II, Colosseum and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:20:03
Alrighty Cabalists! In today's episode we announce a bunch of the Kickstarter rewards coming up in next month's campaign. Then we give a feature review of Empires of hte Void II and a look back of Colosseum. Then Tony T goes bananas giving us a rundown of all the awesome news from around the board gaming world plus some cool looking new things announced at the New York Toy Fair. Then finally we host another short topic extravaganzain in which we discuss thinking about games when you're not playing games and can a game be overproduced?
Mar 07, 2018
Episode 154: Empires of the Void II, Colosseum and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:20:03
Alrighty Cabalists! In today's episode we announce a bunch of the Kickstarter rewards coming up in next month's campaign. Then we give a feature review of Empires of hte Void II and a look back of Colosseum. Then Tony T goes bananas giving us a rundown of all the awesome news from around the board gaming world plus some cool looking new things announced at the New York Toy Fair. Then finally we host another short topic extravaganzain in which we discuss thinking about games when you're not playing games and can a game be overproduced?
Mar 07, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 02: Making a Great First Adventure in your new RPG Campaign
01:06:02
In today's Dungeon Master's Ludus Bender and Jamie talk about the Prime Directive of starting a new role playing game and now to make the first adventure of your new campaign amazing.
Mar 02, 2018
Dungeon Masters Ludus 02: Making a Great First Adventure in your new RPG Campaign
01:06:02
In today's Dungeon Master's Ludus Bender and Jamie talk about the Prime Directive of starting a new role playing game and now to make the first adventure of your new campaign amazing.
Mar 02, 2018
Express 35: Casual Games with Honorary Founder Dan King
00:52:21
Today Steve and Jamie are joined by Honorary Founder, Dan King, The Game Boy Geek to talk about his current Kickstarter fundraiser, being a full time media creator and casual and family games and some recommendations of games you might want to play with your friends and family!
Feb 28, 2018
Express 35: Casual Games with Honorary Founder Dan King
00:52:21
Today Steve and Jamie are joined by Honorary Founder, Dan King, The Game Boy Geek to talk about his current Kickstarter fundraiser, being a full time media creator and casual and family games and some recommendations of games you might want to play with your friends and family!
Feb 28, 2018
Episode 153: Gaslands, Masmorra, and Hidden Movement and Hidden Roles
02:56:02
Hey Now Cabalists! In today's episode Steve and I review the post apocalyptic vehicular combat game, Gaslands! Then we look back at Masmorra one year later. Then after Tony T gives you one of the greatest news rundowns in the history of news rundowns, the gang will do a round table discussion about hidden role and hidden movement games.
Feb 21, 2018
Episode 153: Gaslands, Masmorra, and Hidden Movement and Hidden Roles
02:56:02
Hey Now Cabalists! In today's episode Steve and I review the post apocalyptic vehicular combat game, Gaslands! Then we look back at Masmorra one year later. Then after Tony T gives you one of the greatest news rundowns in the history of news rundowns, the gang will do a round table discussion about hidden role and hidden movement games.
Feb 21, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 12: Using Combat Descriptions and Planned Character Evolution
01:15:19
The gang's got Dungeons and Dragons fever again! We're still sticking with our Dark Earth 1899 campaign, but Dungeons and Dragons always keep creeping back into their minds. After they get that out of their systems the Lords talk about using combat descriptions and how it enhances the experience for the group. They announce a new contest in which you could with a Dungeons and Dragons starter kit. And finally they talk about planned character evolution.
Feb 14, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 12: Using Combat Descriptions and Planned Character Evolution
01:15:19
The gang's got Dungeons and Dragons fever again! We're still sticking with our Dark Earth 1899 campaign, but Dungeons and Dragons always keep creeping back into their minds. After they get that out of their systems the Lords talk about using combat descriptions and how it enhances the experience for the group. They announce a new contest in which you could with a Dungeons and Dragons starter kit. And finally they talk about planned character evolution.
Feb 14, 2018
Episode 152: Merlin, City of Iron, DOOM and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:33:17
Wow, it's been three weeks since our last full episode and we're making up for it by giving you an oversized, mega jammed packed show! First off Chris gives you another gaming movie review, we announce a new contest and run down all the games we've been playing. Then we do a deep dive discussion of Merlin by Stefan Feld. Since we were dumb and missed the look back last time, we're giving you a Look Back doubleheader, City of Iron Second Edition and DOOM! Then after Tony T goes bananas hooking you up with all the news of the past three weeks, we do another sport topic extravaganza including why we pick the Kickstarters we do, how many add-ons are too many add-ons, what are our gamer pet peeves and what party games we like to break out with our adult friends.
Feb 07, 2018
Episode 152: Merlin, City of Iron, DOOM and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:33:17
Wow, it's been three weeks since our last full episode and we're making up for it by giving you an oversized, mega jammed packed show! First off Chris gives you another gaming movie review, we announce a new contest and run down all the games we've been playing. Then we do a deep dive discussion of Merlin by Stefan Feld. Since we were dumb and missed the look back last time, we're giving you a Look Back doubleheader, City of Iron Second Edition and DOOM! Then after Tony T goes bananas hooking you up with all the news of the past three weeks, we do another sport topic extravaganza including why we pick the Kickstarters we do, how many add-ons are too many add-ons, what are our gamer pet peeves and what party games we like to break out with our adult friends.
Feb 07, 2018
Dungeon Master's Ludus 01: The First Steps in Creating a Great RPG Campaign
01:01:53
In this special series from the Lords of the dungeon, Bender and Jamie will discuss their process for running role playing game campaigns.In the first episode we discuss the clean slate - where do you get started creating a campaign for your RPG group?
Jan 31, 2018
Dungeon Master's Ludus 01: The First Steps in Creating a Great RPG Campaign
01:01:53
In this special series from the Lords of the dungeon, Bender and Jamie will discuss their process for running role playing game campaigns.In the first episode we discuss the clean slate - where do you get started creating a campaign for your RPG group?
Jan 31, 2018
Express 34: Euro Games, Some We Love and Some We'd Love To Play
00:59:22
Today Chris and Jamie talk about euro games, what they are, what we like about them, the kinds that we like and what it's all about. Then we each list 3 games we love and 2 games we'd love to play that we havent played before.
Jan 24, 2018
Express 34: Euro Games, Some We Love and Some We'd Love To Play
00:59:22
Today Chris and Jamie talk about euro games, what they are, what we like about them, the kinds that we like and what it's all about. Then we each list 3 games we love and 2 games we'd love to play that we havent played before.
Jan 24, 2018
Episode 151: The Expanse and Randomness in Gaming
03:09:04
Hey now eveyrone and welcome to episode 151 of The Secret Cabal! Today we talk about fullfilling all our Kickstarter Goodies, Chris reviews a movie about a game that makes people insane murders, we discuss out big Beer Mongers New Years game day and all the games we've been playing. Then we review The Expanse from Wizkids. After Tony gives you the skinny on all the important gaming news, we discuss randomness in gaming!
Jan 17, 2018
Episode 151: The Expanse and Randomness in Gaming
03:09:04
Hey now eveyrone and welcome to episode 151 of The Secret Cabal! Today we talk about fullfilling all our Kickstarter Goodies, Chris reviews a movie about a game that makes people insane murders, we discuss out big Beer Mongers New Years game day and all the games we've been playing. Then we review The Expanse from Wizkids. After Tony gives you the skinny on all the important gaming news, we discuss randomness in gaming!
Jan 17, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 11: How Long RPG Campaigns Should Last and Dark Earth 1899
00:58:01
In episode 11 we talk about our decision to switch from Fate Core to World of Darkness and a little but about the new Genesys system. Then we take a topic from a listener about how long should RPG campaigns take to complete. Then finally we talk about our current Dark Earth 1899 campaign.
Jan 10, 2018
Lords of the Dungeon 11: How Long RPG Campaigns Should Last and Dark Earth 1899
00:58:01
In episode 11 we talk about our decision to switch from Fate Core to World of Darkness and a little but about the new Genesys system. Then we take a topic from a listener about how long should RPG campaigns take to complete. Then finally we talk about our current Dark Earth 1899 campaign.
Jan 10, 2018
Episode 150: Defenders of the Realm, Great Western Trail and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:58:07
It's the first episode of the year and it's a milestone episode at 150 and we're doing the same old stuff again! Today we actually go back in time and look at a game from 8 years ago, Defenders of the Realm. Then we look back at Great Western Trail one year later. After Tony T gives you the news for the past couple weeks we hook you up with another Short Topic Extravaganza!
Jan 03, 2018
Episode 150: Defenders of the Realm, Great Western Trail and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:58:07
It's the first episode of the year and it's a milestone episode at 150 and we're doing the same old stuff again! Today we actually go back in time and look at a game from 8 years ago, Defenders of the Realm. Then we look back at Great Western Trail one year later. After Tony T gives you the news for the past couple weeks we hook you up with another Short Topic Extravaganza!
Jan 03, 2018
Episode 149: Aristeia, Inis, 2017 Year in Review and our Favorite Games of 2017
03:02:30
Merry Christmas, Cabalist! Today in the annual Christmas extravaganza the gang takes a look at Aristeia from Corvus Belli and looks back at Inis one year later. Then Tony T runs down the most important news items from the past 2 week while the rest of us chirp in the background. The founders then talk about 2017 and all the fun events and productions they've done and round out the year in review with their favorite games released this year. Oh yeah, and you'll also get our famous Christmas carols throughout the episode as well!
Dec 20, 2017
Episode 149: Aristeia, Inis, 2017 Year in Review and our Favorite Games of 2017
03:02:30
Merry Christmas, Cabalist! Today in the annual Christmas extravaganza the gang takes a look at Aristeia from Corvus Belli and looks back at Inis one year later. Then Tony T runs down the most important news items from the past 2 week while the rest of us chirp in the background. The founders then talk about 2017 and all the fun events and productions they've done and round out the year in review with their favorite games released this year. Oh yeah, and you'll also get our famous Christmas carols throughout the episode as well!
Dec 20, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 10: Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Fate Core's Fate and Making Combat Fun For Everyone
01:09:43
The gang comes together for another discussion about role playing games! In today's episode Jess has got ants in her pants about Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Then the Lords talk about Fate Core and if they think it's really going to cut the mustard for their Dark Earth 1899 campaign - it's got one more chance. Then they close out with a discussion topic about combat in games and making it fun for everyone and as usual, everything gets derailed!
Dec 13, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 10: Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Fate Core's Fate and Making Combat Fun For Everyone
01:09:43
The gang comes together for another discussion about role playing games! In today's episode Jess has got ants in her pants about Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Then the Lords talk about Fate Core and if they think it's really going to cut the mustard for their Dark Earth 1899 campaign - it's got one more chance. Then they close out with a discussion topic about combat in games and making it fun for everyone and as usual, everything gets derailed!
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 148: Betrayal at Baldur's Gate, Defenders of the Last Stand and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:05:02
We're closing in on the end of the year and in this episode the gang reveals their gigantic Christmas Contest! Then Steve and Jamie take a look at Betrayal at Baldur's Gate and look back at Defenders of the Last Stand. Then Tony T blasts our the best news segment in the history of board game news segments. Finally the guys take topics from the listeners including Loot Boxes and gambling, talking out your turn while playing and people who like to disparage games by saying they aren't a game.
Dec 06, 2017
Episode 148: Betrayal at Baldur's Gate, Defenders of the Last Stand and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:05:02
We're closing in on the end of the year and in this episode the gang reveals their gigantic Christmas Contest! Then Steve and Jamie take a look at Betrayal at Baldur's Gate and look back at Defenders of the Last Stand. Then Tony T blasts our the best news segment in the history of board game news segments. Finally the guys take topics from the listeners including Loot Boxes and gambling, talking out your turn while playing and people who like to disparage games by saying they aren't a game.
Dec 06, 2017
Express 33: Mystery Television Series
00:57:41
Today Chris and Jamie talk about what makes a good mystery, what they love about them and talk about a whole slew of their favorite mystery television series.
Nov 29, 2017
Express 33: Mystery Television Series
00:57:41
Today Chris and Jamie talk about what makes a good mystery, what they love about them and talk about a whole slew of their favorite mystery television series.
Nov 29, 2017
Episode 147: The Thing Infection at Outpost 31, Conan and Second Chance Board Games
02:36:21
The Founders are back for some tabletop gaming goodness! First we give an overview and review to The Thing Infection at Outpost 31! Then we look back at Conan one year later. Tony T gives you the best tabletop gaming news coverage in the entire universe and the rest of the gang causes trouble in the background. Then finally the guys talk about games that they think deserve a second chance.
Nov 15, 2017
Episode 147: The Thing Infection at Outpost 31, Conan and Second Chance Board Games
02:36:21
The Founders are back for some tabletop gaming goodness! First we give an overview and review to The Thing Infection at Outpost 31! Then we look back at Conan one year later. Tony T gives you the best tabletop gaming news coverage in the entire universe and the rest of the gang causes trouble in the background. Then finally the guys talk about games that they think deserve a second chance.
Nov 15, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 9: Super Villain Campaigns and Getting Players Invested
01:04:54
In episode 9 the Lords talk about Dungeons and Dragons Beyond and it's new subscription and marketplace pay model, is it worth the investment? Then they take a question from the listeners about how to run a super villains campaign. Finally the gang discusses techniques for getting your players invested in both their characters and the campaign you're running.
Nov 08, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 9: Super Villain Campaigns and Getting Players Invested
01:04:54
In episode 9 the Lords talk about Dungeons and Dragons Beyond and it's new subscription and marketplace pay model, is it worth the investment? Then they take a question from the listeners about how to run a super villains campaign. Finally the gang discusses techniques for getting your players invested in both their characters and the campaign you're running.
Nov 08, 2017
Episode 146: Folklore The Affliction, Mythos Tales and A Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza
02:51:58
It's Halloween so the Founders are fired up to talk about spooky, creepy and horrific stuff. Today the gang takes a look at Folklore: The Affliction and looks back at Mythos Takes one year later. Then after Tony T hooks you up with all the important news from about the board game industry the guys give you a Halloween themed Short Topic Extravaganza!
Nov 01, 2017
Episode 146: Folklore The Affliction, Mythos Tales and A Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza
02:51:58
It's Halloween so the Founders are fired up to talk about spooky, creepy and horrific stuff. Today the gang takes a look at Folklore: The Affliction and looks back at Mythos Takes one year later. Then after Tony T hooks you up with all the important news from about the board game industry the guys give you a Halloween themed Short Topic Extravaganza!
Nov 01, 2017
Tales from Beyond the Grave Vol 3: Herbert West Reanimator
00:46:54
The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast presents Tales from Beyond the Grave: Herbert West - Reanimator an audio drama based on the story written by H.P. Lovecraft and adapted for audio by Jamie Keagy, The part of Herbert West is played by Patrick Kelly of Blue Peg Pink Peg along with voice talent contributed by Robb and Christina Rouse, Marty Connell and Tony McRee of Rolling Dice and Taking Names, Kris Jesko, Brian Bender, Aaron Croasmun and Jess Brown of Lords of the Dungeon, Rodney Smith of Watch It Played, Matt Evans of Board Game Replay, Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise, Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Review and Steve Span and Jamie Keagy of The Secret Cabal.
Oct 31, 2017
Tales from Beyond the Grave Vol 3: Herbert West Reanimator
00:46:54
The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast presents Tales from Beyond the Grave: Herbert West - Reanimator an audio drama based on the story written by H.P. Lovecraft and adapted for audio by Jamie Keagy, The part of Herbert West is played by Patrick Kelly of Blue Peg Pink Peg along with voice talent contributed by Robb and Christina Rouse, Marty Connell and Tony McRee of Rolling Dice and Taking Names, Kris Jesko, Brian Bender, Aaron Croasmun and Jess Brown of Lords of the Dungeon, Rodney Smith of Watch It Played, Matt Evans of Board Game Replay, Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise, Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Review and Steve Span and Jamie Keagy of The Secret Cabal.
Oct 31, 2017
Express 32: Hosting a Halloween Game Night
00:41:58
Today Chris, Steve and Jamie discuss hosting a Halloween themed game night including what party games to choose other than Werewolf and how you set the mood when playing traditional gamee type games.
Oct 25, 2017
Express 32: Hosting a Halloween Game Night
00:41:58
Today Chris, Steve and Jamie discuss hosting a Halloween themed game night including what party games to choose other than Werewolf and how you set the mood when playing traditional gamee type games.
Oct 25, 2017
Episode 145: Yokohama, Terraforming Mars and Games That Fired Other Games
03:04:32
In 145 the gang talks about Chris taking more jerky and beers than he was owed and he backed a game we didn't expect (or did we?). Then the Founders give a feature review of Yokohama from TMG and a look back to Terraforming Mars from Stronghold Games. And Finally, after Tony T cracks out the news feeds and press releases for the greatest gaming news segment in the universe, we throw back to an old discussion topic, Games that Fired Other Games.
Oct 18, 2017
Episode 145: Yokohama, Terraforming Mars and Games That Fired Other Games
03:04:32
In 145 the gang talks about Chris taking more jerky and beers than he was owed and he backed a game we didn't expect (or did we?). Then the Founders give a feature review of Yokohama from TMG and a look back to Terraforming Mars from Stronghold Games. And Finally, after Tony T cracks out the news feeds and press releases for the greatest gaming news segment in the universe, we throw back to an old discussion topic, Games that Fired Other Games.
Oct 18, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 8: Select an Appropriate RPG System and The Fate Core System
01:27:11
Today Bender and Jess talk about their Ravenloft Masque of the Red Death Pirate Campaign and their upcoming Song of Ice and Fire campaign. We take a topic from the listeners regarding applying existing intellectual properties to RPG game systems. And finally talk about their upcoming Dark Earth 1899 campaign and discuss their initial thoughts and experiences with Fate Core System.
Oct 11, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 8: Select an Appropriate RPG System and The Fate Core System
01:27:11
Today Bender and Jess talk about their Ravenloft Masque of the Red Death Pirate Campaign and their upcoming Song of Ice and Fire campaign. We take a topic from the listeners regarding applying existing intellectual properties to RPG game systems. And finally talk about their upcoming Dark Earth 1899 campaign and discuss their initial thoughts and experiences with Fate Core System.
Oct 11, 2017
Episode 144: Viral, Trickarion and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:02:59
Today the founders give you a feature review of Viral from Arcane Wonders and look back at Trickarion from Mind Clash Games. Tony T goes bananas giving you the best news roundup in the business, and we finish with short topics regarding ‘What is fun?’, Asymmetry and Collectability.
Oct 04, 2017
Episode 144: Viral, Trickarion and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:02:59
Today the founders give you a feature review of Viral from Arcane Wonders and look back at Trickarion from Mind Clash Games. Tony T goes bananas giving you the best news roundup in the business, and we finish with short topics regarding ‘What is fun?’, Asymmetry and Collectability.
Oct 04, 2017
Express 31: The Joy of Warhammer 40,000
01:07:08
Jamie is joined by Bender from Lords of the Dungeon to discuss Games Workshop's 8th edition of Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game. The battle brothers discuss a little about the history, the warring factions and how to get started in the hobby from two guys getting into it themselves.
Sep 27, 2017
Express 31: The Joy of Warhammer 40,000
01:07:08
Jamie is joined by Bender from Lords of the Dungeon to discuss Games Workshop's 8th edition of Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game. The battle brothers discuss a little about the history, the warring factions and how to get started in the hobby from two guys getting into it themselves.
Sep 27, 2017
Episode 143: Massive Darkness, Mansions of Madness Second Edition and Nostalgia in Board Games
02:45:54
Today the Founders take a look at the newest CMON game, Massive Darkness and look back at Mansions of Madness Second Edition. Then after Tony T gives us another fun filled tour through all of the news from the gaming industry the gang talks about nostalgia in board gaming.
Sep 20, 2017
Episode 143: Massive Darkness, Mansions of Madness Second Edition and Nostalgia in Board Games
02:45:54
Today the Founders take a look at the newest CMON game, Massive Darkness and look back at Mansions of Madness Second Edition. Then after Tony T gives us another fun filled tour through all of the news from the gaming industry the gang talks about nostalgia in board gaming.
Sep 20, 2017
Express 30: The Further Evolving Board Game Industry and Community with Rodney Smith
01:06:28
Today Jamie welcomes Rodney Smith of Watch It Played to do a followup discussion on the ever evolving tabletop gaming scene - how it's changed, how it is changing and what we might see in the future. And then at the end we talk about Twin Peaks The Return for 10 minutes.
Sep 13, 2017
Express 30: The Further Evolving Board Game Industry and Community with Rodney Smith
01:06:28
Today Jamie welcomes Rodney Smith of Watch It Played to do a followup discussion on the ever evolving tabletop gaming scene - how it's changed, how it is changing and what we might see in the future. And then at the end we talk about Twin Peaks The Return for 10 minutes.
Sep 13, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 7: Overcoming GM Anxiety
01:00:13
Today the Lords start off by talking a little bit about their experiences at Gen Con 2017 then discuss overcoming the anxiety that can come along with running a role playing game for your friends. Then Bender recounts the finale of the Star Wars Dark Times campaign and we tease our upcoming campaign and the characters we'll be playing.
Sep 06, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 7: Overcoming GM Anxiety
01:00:13
Today the Lords start off by talking a little bit about their experiences at Gen Con 2017 then discuss overcoming the anxiety that can come along with running a role playing game for your friends. Then Bender recounts the finale of the Star Wars Dark Times campaign and we tease our upcoming campaign and the characters we'll be playing.
Sep 06, 2017
Episode 142: Fate of the Elder Gods, Cry Havoc, Gen Con 2017 Post-Show and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:16:22
The gang is back from Gen Con and has a ton of stories for you from Indy! The Founders welcome Jess and Bender from Lords of the Dungeon to talk all the nonsense they got into at Gen Con. Then Steve and Jamie review Fate of the Elder Gods and the gang looks back at Cry Havoc. After Tony T runs down the news for the week, the guys give you another Short Topic Extravaganza.
Aug 30, 2017
Episode 142: Fate of the Elder Gods, Cry Havoc, Gen Con 2017 Post-Show and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:16:22
The gang is back from Gen Con and has a ton of stories for you from Indy! The Founders welcome Jess and Bender from Lords of the Dungeon to talk all the nonsense they got into at Gen Con. Then Steve and Jamie review Fate of the Elder Gods and the gang looks back at Cry Havoc. After Tony T runs down the news for the week, the guys give you another Short Topic Extravaganza.
Aug 30, 2017
Express 29: Our Favorite Things and Games That Do Them Well
00:51:23
Steve and Jamie get together to talk a little bit about Gen Con and a couple of games they've played in the past few weeks and then list a bunch of their favorite things and board games that do them well.
Aug 23, 2017
Express 29: Our Favorite Things and Games That Do Them Well
00:51:23
Steve and Jamie get together to talk a little bit about Gen Con and a couple of games they've played in the past few weeks and then list a bunch of their favorite things and board games that do them well.
Aug 23, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 6: Power Gaming and Min-Maxing
01:16:02
Today the Lords talk about the advances in Dungeons and Dragons Beyond, Star Trek Adventures RPG, How to select a new RPG system for you campaign, What's happening the in Star Wars Dark Times camapign, AC 1 of the week, and dealing with Power Gaming and Min-Maxing.
Aug 09, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 6: Power Gaming and Min-Maxing
01:16:02
Today the Lords talk about the advances in Dungeons and Dragons Beyond, Star Trek Adventures RPG, How to select a new RPG system for you campaign, What's happening the in Star Wars Dark Times camapign, AC 1 of the week, and dealing with Power Gaming and Min-Maxing.
Aug 09, 2017
The Gen Con 2017 Pre-Show Spectacular
02:51:30
Today the Founders welcome a slew of great board game media creators to discuss Gen Con 2017! First Tony, Jamie and Chris warm up the audience with discussion about the big Gen Con meetup happening at The Tow Yard on Saturday August 19th at 8pm. Then Jamie and Chris welcome the Blue Peg Pink Peg cast to discuss food and drink in Indianapolis - and it devolves into nonsense. Then The Lords of the Dungeon crew talk about first time attendees and planning events. Tony T presents a special edition of his news segment talking about a selection of great games releasing at the convention this year. Then Jamie is joined by Tom and Eric of The Dice Tower to discuss exhibiting, the Dice Tower live show and Family at Gen Con. And finally, Rodney Smith of Watch It Played, Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names, Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise, Matt Evans of Board Game Replay and Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Review join Jamie to talk about Fantasy Flight Games predictions, Marty's Gen Con meetup, and more.
Aug 07, 2017
The Gen Con 2017 Pre-Show Spectacular
02:51:30
Today the Founders welcome a slew of great board game media creators to discuss Gen Con 2017! First Tony, Jamie and Chris warm up the audience with discussion about the big Gen Con meetup happening at The Tow Yard on Saturday August 19th at 8pm. Then Jamie and Chris welcome the Blue Peg Pink Peg cast to discuss food and drink in Indianapolis - and it devolves into nonsense. Then The Lords of the Dungeon crew talk about first time attendees and planning events. Tony T presents a special edition of his news segment talking about a selection of great games releasing at the convention this year. Then Jamie is joined by Tom and Eric of The Dice Tower to discuss exhibiting, the Dice Tower live show and Family at Gen Con. And finally, Rodney Smith of Watch It Played, Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names, Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise, Matt Evans of Board Game Replay and Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Review join Jamie to talk about Fantasy Flight Games predictions, Marty's Gen Con meetup, and more.
Aug 07, 2017
Episode 140: The Godfather Corleone's Empire, Mare Nostrum Empires and The Secret Cabal Playlists
03:00:31
This week the founders crack out the new Eric Lang game from CMON, THe Godfather: Coreleone's Empire for the feature overview and review. Then we take a look back at Mare Nostrum Empires one year later. And of course, after Tony T pins the wild meter in the red with his award winning news segment, the Founders give their go back to an old segment that we havent dont in awhile, The Secret Cabal Playlists in which we talk about games that are currently on our minds for whatever reason.
Aug 02, 2017
Episode 140: The Godfather Corleone's Empire, Mare Nostrum Empires and The Secret Cabal Playlists
03:00:31
This week the founders crack out the new Eric Lang game from CMON, THe Godfather: Coreleone's Empire for the feature overview and review. Then we take a look back at Mare Nostrum Empires one year later. And of course, after Tony T pins the wild meter in the red with his award winning news segment, the Founders give their go back to an old segment that we havent dont in awhile, The Secret Cabal Playlists in which we talk about games that are currently on our minds for whatever reason.
Aug 02, 2017
Express 28: Ask Steve Anything!
00:38:21
Steve takes your questions from Twitter, Facebook and Board Game Geek!
Jul 26, 2017
Express 28: Ask Steve Anything!
00:38:21
Steve takes your questions from Twitter, Facebook and Board Game Geek!
Jul 26, 2017
Episode 139: Nemo's War, Warhammer Quest Silver Tower and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:23:42
Gen Con is right around the corner which means our meetup is also right around the corner and today the Founders are joined by Honorary Founder Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to name their beer! Then the gang reviews their first solo game, Nemo's War and look back at Warhammer Quest Silver Tower one year later. And after Tony T goes bananas with a news roundup the guys host another Short Topic Extravaganza including teaching board game rules, how important is replayability and more.
Jul 19, 2017
Episode 139: Nemo's War, Warhammer Quest Silver Tower and a Short Topic Extravaganza
03:23:42
Gen Con is right around the corner which means our meetup is also right around the corner and today the Founders are joined by Honorary Founder Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to name their beer! Then the gang reviews their first solo game, Nemo's War and look back at Warhammer Quest Silver Tower one year later. And after Tony T goes bananas with a news roundup the guys host another Short Topic Extravaganza including teaching board game rules, how important is replayability and more.
Jul 19, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 5: Death and Consequences
01:04:17
The gang talks Origins 2017, Indiana Jones, The Genesys Core system, When Real Life Gets in the way of gaming and why death and consequences are important in your role playing campaigns.
Jul 12, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 5: Death and Consequences
01:04:17
The gang talks Origins 2017, Indiana Jones, The Genesys Core system, When Real Life Gets in the way of gaming and why death and consequences are important in your role playing campaigns.
Jul 12, 2017
Episode 138: Near and Far, My Village, Origins 2017 and Technology in Tabletop Gaming
03:20:19
The Founders are back from Origins and give you a recap of the weekend and the games we played. Then we give Near and Far the feature review treatment and a look back at My Village one year later. After Tony T gives his professional news broadcast the gang discuses technology and the future of tabletop gaming.
Jul 05, 2017
Episode 138: Near and Far, My Village, Origins 2017 and Technology in Tabletop Gaming
03:20:19
The Founders are back from Origins and give you a recap of the weekend and the games we played. Then we give Near and Far the feature review treatment and a look back at My Village one year later. After Tony T gives his professional news broadcast the gang discuses technology and the future of tabletop gaming.
Jul 05, 2017
Express 27: 10 Games that Don't Hit The Table... But Should.
00:57:48
Chris and Jamie made their list of 10 games that for whatever reason never seem to hit the table even though they're awesome games.
Jun 28, 2017
Express 27: 10 Games that Don't Hit The Table... But Should.
00:57:48
Chris and Jamie made their list of 10 games that for whatever reason never seem to hit the table even though they're awesome games.
Jun 28, 2017
Episode 137: Age of Thieves, Moonga Invaders and A Short Topic Extravaganza
02:58:33
In episode 137 Steve and Jamie take a look at a super fun game about stealing the emperor's jewel, Age of Thieves! Then they look back at Moonga Invaders one year later. Steve steps in for Tony as the newsman while Tony is galavanting off to a Tool concert and finally the Founders take four more short topics from the listeners.
Jun 22, 2017
Episode 137: Age of Thieves, Moonga Invaders and A Short Topic Extravaganza
02:58:33
In episode 137 Steve and Jamie take a look at a super fun game about stealing the emperor's jewel, Age of Thieves! Then they look back at Moonga Invaders one year later. Steve steps in for Tony as the newsman while Tony is galavanting off to a Tool concert and finally the Founders take four more short topics from the listeners.
Jun 22, 2017
Express 26: The Lords of the Dungeon talk Board Games, CCGs, Miniatures and LARPing
01:07:51
The Lords of the Dungeon is our role playing game podcast but in today's express episode the Lords discuss Board Games, Collectible Cards Games, Miniatures Games and Live Action Roleplaying - and of course reminise about the old days of gaming when they were young.
Jun 14, 2017
Express 26: The Lords of the Dungeon talk Board Games, CCGs, Miniatures and LARPing
01:07:51
The Lords of the Dungeon is our role playing game podcast but in today's express episode the Lords discuss Board Games, Collectible Cards Games, Miniatures Games and Live Action Roleplaying - and of course reminise about the old days of gaming when they were young.
Jun 14, 2017
Episode 136: Railroad Revolution, Railways of the World and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:38:07
What better way to kick off summer than with another episode of The Secret Cabal? I cant think of a single way. Today we have a railroad double headers as we review Railroad Revolution from What's Your Game and then look back at one of our favorite games, Railways of the World. Then after Tony regales us with this amazing newscast, we host yet another short topic extravaganza!
Jun 07, 2017
Episode 136: Railroad Revolution, Railways of the World and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:38:07
What better way to kick off summer than with another episode of The Secret Cabal? I cant think of a single way. Today we have a railroad double headers as we review Railroad Revolution from What's Your Game and then look back at one of our favorite games, Railways of the World. Then after Tony regales us with this amazing newscast, we host yet another short topic extravaganza!
Jun 07, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 4: Uncomfortable Situations
01:12:46
Today Bender and Jess talk about their Masque of the Red Death Pirate campaign and Jamie continues to lament how jealous he is. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding homebrew vs established campaign settings. After we check back in on the Dark Times Star War campign, we dive into a heavy discussion about dealing with uncomfortable situations in your games.
May 24, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 4: Uncomfortable Situations
01:12:46
Today Bender and Jess talk about their Masque of the Red Death Pirate campaign and Jamie continues to lament how jealous he is. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding homebrew vs established campaign settings. After we check back in on the Dark Times Star War campign, we dive into a heavy discussion about dealing with uncomfortable situations in your games.
May 24, 2017
Episode 135: Watson and Holmes, Star Wars Rebellion and Playing to Your Potential
02:46:07
This week the gang gives you a deep dive review of the mystery deduction game Watson and Holmes and a look back at Star Wars Rebellion one year later. We give you a little update on whats going on around the Secret Cabal studios post Kickstarter. Tony T goes through all the big news from around the gaming industry. Then finally, we discuss playing games to your potential.
May 17, 2017
Episode 135: Watson and Holmes, Star Wars Rebellion and Playing to Your Potential
02:46:07
This week the gang gives you a deep dive review of the mystery deduction game Watson and Holmes and a look back at Star Wars Rebellion one year later. We give you a little update on whats going on around the Secret Cabal studios post Kickstarter. Tony T goes through all the big news from around the gaming industry. Then finally, we discuss playing games to your potential.
May 17, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 3: On Rails vs Sandbox Campaigns
01:12:00
Today the gang has an update on Wizards of the Coast's new digital toolset, DnD Beyond and takes a question from our forum; What is a great system to start getting into RPGs (and some that arent so great). Then we present a new segment called, AC's 1 of the Week. Finally we discuss On Rails versus Sandbox adventures and campaigns.
May 10, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 3: On Rails vs Sandbox Campaigns
01:12:00
Today the gang has an update on Wizards of the Coast's new digital toolset, DnD Beyond and takes a question from our forum; What is a great system to start getting into RPGs (and some that arent so great). Then we present a new segment called, AC's 1 of the Week. Finally we discuss On Rails versus Sandbox adventures and campaigns.
May 10, 2017
Episode 134: Clank, A Game of Thrones and a Short Topic Extravaganza Founders Edition
03:01:04
It's the last week for the Kickstarter so get out there and check it out if you havent already! But today the gang reviews the Mensa Select winning deck building board game, Clank! And then we take a look back at A Game of Thrones one year later. Then after Tony T gives us fantastic news round-up, we present another Short Topic Extravaganza only this time it is the Founder's Edition in which we pick topics that have been on our minds.
May 03, 2017
Episode 134: Clank, A Game of Thrones and a Short Topic Extravaganza Founders Edition
03:01:04
It's the last week for the Kickstarter so get out there and check it out if you havent already! But today the gang reviews the Mensa Select winning deck building board game, Clank! And then we take a look back at A Game of Thrones one year later. Then after Tony T gives us fantastic news round-up, we present another Short Topic Extravaganza only this time it is the Founder's Edition in which we pick topics that have been on our minds.
May 03, 2017
Express 25: The Three Amigos play The This or That Game
01:07:40
After far too long, Rodney Smith of Watch It Played and Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names are back on the show! The Three Amigos are together again and this time they geek out about Origins for awhile and then play a little game called The This or That Game
Apr 26, 2017
Express 25: The Three Amigos play The This or That Game
01:07:40
After far too long, Rodney Smith of Watch It Played and Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names are back on the show! The Three Amigos are together again and this time they geek out about Origins for awhile and then play a little game called The This or That Game
Apr 26, 2017
Episode 133: 51st State, Mombasa and So Many Favorites
02:40:49
We're in the mood for celebration! Our Kickstarter is a resounding success and the founders are going bananas! Today we take a look at the new edition of 51st State the Master Set and give it a in depth review. Then we take a look back at Mombasa one year later. Tony T hooks us up with all the important gaming news while the rest of the gang heckles him. Then finally the founders discuss their favorite things within a series of categories.
Apr 19, 2017
Episode 133: 51st State, Mombasa and So Many Favorites
02:40:49
We're in the mood for celebration! Our Kickstarter is a resounding success and the founders are going bananas! Today we take a look at the new edition of 51st State the Master Set and give it a in depth review. Then we take a look back at Mombasa one year later. Tony T hooks us up with all the important gaming news while the rest of the gang heckles him. Then finally the founders discuss their favorite things within a series of categories.
Apr 19, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 2: The Technology Level in Your Game
01:07:59
Hey now! IN today's episode with discuss Dungeons and Dragons Beyond, Talk about our favorite roleplaying campaign settings and then discuss technology in role playing game settings.
Apr 12, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 2: The Technology Level in Your Game
01:07:59
Hey now! IN today's episode with discuss Dungeons and Dragons Beyond, Talk about our favorite roleplaying campaign settings and then discuss technology in role playing game settings.
Apr 12, 2017
Episode 132: Anachrony, Nippon and A Short Topic Extravaganza
02:50:49
Today is the biggest day in the 5 year history of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast because today we have launched out very first Kickstarter fundraising initiative and we could be happier and more excited! But yet, the show still must go on! Today the Founders feature one of the coolest euros we've played in a long, long time, Anachrony from Mindclash Games. Then we look back at a fantastic euro one year later, Nippon from What's Your Game. After Tony T hooks us up with the best gaming news in the business, we host another Short Topic Extravaganza including our "blindspot games", our favorite board game artists and RPG style board and card games.
Apr 05, 2017
Episode 132: Anachrony, Nippon and A Short Topic Extravaganza
02:50:49
Today is the biggest day in the 5 year history of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast because today we have launched out very first Kickstarter fundraising initiative and we could be happier and more excited! But yet, the show still must go on! Today the Founders feature one of the coolest euros we've played in a long, long time, Anachrony from Mindclash Games. Then we look back at a fantastic euro one year later, Nippon from What's Your Game. After Tony T hooks us up with the best gaming news in the business, we host another Short Topic Extravaganza including our "blindspot games", our favorite board game artists and RPG style board and card games.
Apr 05, 2017
The Future of The Secret Cabal
00:29:22
Today happens to be the fifth Wed of the month and normally we would have a week off but today Jamie sits down at the mic and discusses the future of The Secret Cabal and what Cabalists can expect from our Kickstarter project launching on April 5th.
Mar 29, 2017
The Future of The Secret Cabal
00:29:22
Today happens to be the fifth Wed of the month and normally we would have a week off but today Jamie sits down at the mic and discusses the future of The Secret Cabal and what Cabalists can expect from our Kickstarter project launching on April 5th.
Mar 29, 2017
Express 24: Alternate Reality Games
01:11:28
Chris and Jamie have been going bananas with Alternate Reality Games for the past 3 months as we plan Agents of the Cabal so it's time for them to do a brain dump of all of their findings. Alternate Reality Games are a fantastic and very unique gaming experience. 
Mar 22, 2017
Express 24: Alternate Reality Games
01:11:28
Chris and Jamie have been going bananas with Alternate Reality Games for the past 3 months as we plan Agents of the Cabal so it's time for them to do a brain dump of all of their findings. Alternate Reality Games are a fantastic and very unique gaming experience. 
Mar 22, 2017
Episode 131: Onward to Venus, Broom Service and Board Games that Tell Stories
03:10:49
Today the gang decides to go back into the collection and review a game that flew under the radar that they think needs some love, Onward to Venus by Martin Wallace. Then they take a look back at Broom Service one year later. Then Tony T gets frustrated as the guys keep interupting him during the news segment with nonsense. Finally the Founders discuss board games that tell stories and how a game can be designed to pull the emotions out of players.
Mar 15, 2017
Episode 131: Onward to Venus, Broom Service and Board Games that Tell Stories
03:10:49
Today the gang decides to go back into the collection and review a game that flew under the radar that they think needs some love, Onward to Venus by Martin Wallace. Then they take a look back at Broom Service one year later. Then Tony T gets frustrated as the guys keep interupting him during the news segment with nonsense. Finally the Founders discuss board games that tell stories and how a game can be designed to pull the emotions out of players.
Mar 15, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 0: Meet The New Cast!
00:53:24
Welcome to the Dungeon, Cabalists! We are so happy to introduce our brand new podcast, Lords of the Dungeon. In this, our first episode, we essentially talk about ourselves so you can get the new the brand new cast of hosts. Along with Jamie, we have people you've heard about since the very beginning, Jesko, AC, Jess and Bender. We also get into out tastes and interests in role playing games and we discuss various editions of Dungeons and Dragons.
Mar 08, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 1: Building a Better Party
00:57:34
Welcome to the Dungeon, Cabalists! In episode #1, the Lords discuss their new Star Wars Saga Edition campaign. The gang has completed character creation and gives you a synopsis of both the characters and the setup for the new campaign. Then they list tips for collaboratively creating characters to build loyalty, bonds and immersion in the adventuring party.
Mar 08, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 0: Meet The New Cast!
00:53:24
Welcome to the Dungeon, Cabalists! We are so happy to introduce our brand new podcast, Lords of the Dungeon. In this, our first episode, we essentially talk about ourselves so you can get the new the brand new cast of hosts. Along with Jamie, we have people you've heard about since the very beginning, Jesko, AC, Jess and Bender. We also get into out tastes and interests in role playing games and we discuss various editions of Dungeons and Dragons.
Mar 08, 2017
Lords of the Dungeon 1: Building a Better Party
00:57:34
Welcome to the Dungeon, Cabalists! In episode #1, the Lords discuss their new Star Wars Saga Edition campaign. The gang has completed character creation and gives you a synopsis of both the characters and the setup for the new campaign. Then they list tips for collaboratively creating characters to build loyalty, bonds and immersion in the adventuring party.
Mar 08, 2017
Episode 130: Assault of the Giants, Raiders of the North Sea and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:07:54
Hey Now Cabalists! It's time for another hog wild episode of The Secret Cabal! Today we review the new Wiz-Kids games, Assault of the Giants! ,Then we look back at Raiders of the North Sea one year later while Tony takes a nap. ,Then when Tony wakes up he gives you a monstrous news roundup while the rest of us make crude jokes that'll probably get us in trouble. The ,finally we host another Short Topic Extravaganza in which we discuss old games we right like now, a bunch of movies we think are cool and what publishers we think are up and coming.
Mar 01, 2017
Episode 130: Assault of the Giants, Raiders of the North Sea and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:07:54
Hey Now Cabalists! It's time for another hog wild episode of The Secret Cabal! Today we review the new Wiz-Kids games, Assault of the Giants! ,Then we look back at Raiders of the North Sea one year later while Tony takes a nap. ,Then when Tony wakes up he gives you a monstrous news roundup while the rest of us make crude jokes that'll probably get us in trouble. The ,finally we host another Short Topic Extravaganza in which we discuss old games we right like now, a bunch of movies we think are cool and what publishers we think are up and coming.
Mar 01, 2017
Express 23: Euro Games for Ameritrash Gamers Featuring Dan King
00:57:24
Jamie, Steve and Dan discuss Euro Games for Ameritrash Gamers and give you recommendations for your diverse game group.
Feb 22, 2017
Express 23: Euro Games for Ameritrash Gamers Featuring Dan King
00:57:24
Jamie, Steve and Dan discuss Euro Games for Ameritrash Gamers and give you recommendations for your diverse game group.
Feb 22, 2017
Episode 129: Colosseum, Imperial Assault, Four Big Announcments and The Cost and Value of Board Games
03:22:32
Hey Now Cabalists! This is a giagantic show for us becasue in episode 129 we unvail our big plans for 2017. Then we give a deep dice review to TMG's new edition of Colosseum. Then we look back at Star Wars Imperial Assault one year later. Then after Tony T gives you the wild and crazy news from all over the baord game 'verse, we discuss The Cost and Value of Board Games.
Feb 15, 2017
Episode 129: Colosseum, Imperial Assault, Four Big Announcments and The Cost and Value of Board Games
03:22:32
Hey Now Cabalists! This is a giagantic show for us becasue in episode 129 we unvail our big plans for 2017. Then we give a deep dice review to TMG's new edition of Colosseum. Then we look back at Star Wars Imperial Assault one year later. Then after Tony T gives you the wild and crazy news from all over the baord game 'verse, we discuss The Cost and Value of Board Games.
Feb 15, 2017
Episode 128: Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia, Porta Nigra and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:10:40
The Founders are back for another episode chocked full of crazy gaming nonsense! Today the gang takes a look at Masmorra Dungeons and Arcadia from CMON Games. Then they take a look back at a very different game, Porta Nigra designed by legendary designers, Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling. After Tony T hooks you up with the best gaming news in the biz, the founders discuss what to do when you got a dirtbag in your gaming group, the music we listen to and Steve and Jamie's punk rock band days and we match up our dream designer and publisher combos.
Feb 01, 2017
Episode 128: Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia, Porta Nigra and A Short Topic Extravaganza
03:10:40
The Founders are back for another episode chocked full of crazy gaming nonsense! Today the gang takes a look at Masmorra Dungeons and Arcadia from CMON Games. Then they take a look back at a very different game, Porta Nigra designed by legendary designers, Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling. After Tony T hooks you up with the best gaming news in the biz, the founders discuss what to do when you got a dirtbag in your gaming group, the music we listen to and Steve and Jamie's punk rock band days and we match up our dream designer and publisher combos.
Feb 01, 2017
Express 22: 27 Games We're Frothing at the Mouth for in 2017
01:07:14
Now that 2017 is off and running we decided it's time to talk about all the games that got us chomping at the bits to get at this year.  Newsman Tony presents our list of 27 games that we're frothering at the mouth for in the coming year. 
Jan 25, 2017
Express 22: 27 Games We're Frothing at the Mouth for in 2017
01:07:14
Now that 2017 is off and running we decided it's time to talk about all the games that got us chomping at the bits to get at this year.  Newsman Tony presents our list of 27 games that we're frothering at the mouth for in the coming year. 
Jan 25, 2017
Episode 127: DOOM, Runebound and The Gamers Dictionary: Elegance
02:52:46
Alright Alright alright! The day has come for another Secret Cabal Episode! In today's show the gang takes a look at FFG's new tactical combat game, DOOM. Then they take a look back at another FFG game from one year ago, Runebound Third Edition. Then, get ready Cabalists becasue the Founders are going to have a disagreement on the proper way to define the word elegance in regards to a board game.
Jan 18, 2017
Episode 127: DOOM, Runebound and The Gamers Dictionary: Elegance
02:52:46
Alright Alright alright! The day has come for another Secret Cabal Episode! In today's show the gang takes a look at FFG's new tactical combat game, DOOM. Then they take a look back at another FFG game from one year ago, Runebound Third Edition. Then, get ready Cabalists becasue the Founders are going to have a disagreement on the proper way to define the word elegance in regards to a board game.
Jan 18, 2017
Episode 126: City of Iron 2nd Edition, Blood Rage, Our Favorites of 2016 and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:52:46
Hey now! It's the first show of 2017 and we're ready to go! Today we take a look at the second edition of a great game by Ryan Laukat, City of Iron. And this time we give you a double header look back, first one of Tony's favorites, Blood Rage and then a look back at our favorite games of 2016. Then we host another Short Topic Extravaganza.
Jan 04, 2017
Episode 126: City of Iron 2nd Edition, Blood Rage, Our Favorites of 2016 and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:52:46
Hey now! It's the first show of 2017 and we're ready to go! Today we take a look at the second edition of a great game by Ryan Laukat, City of Iron. And this time we give you a double header look back, first one of Tony's favorites, Blood Rage and then a look back at our favorite games of 2016. Then we host another Short Topic Extravaganza.
Jan 04, 2017
Episode 125: Great Western Trail, Above and Below and Board Games Past, Present and Future
02:34:14
This year's Christmas Special is bonkers! First the founders talk about all the great games they've been playing and announce the winners of the big Christmas Contest. Then we Great Western Trail the deep dive review treatment. We checkout what Above and Below has been doing at our table over the past year. Tony T gives us an amazing news round up and then, Scrooge Tony is visited by 3 spirits bent on teaching him about great games of the past, present and future. And sprinkled in throughout, our famous Christmas Songs of the past.
Dec 21, 2016
Episode 125: Great Western Trail, Above and Below and Board Games Past, Present and Future
02:34:14
This year's Christmas Special is bonkers! First the founders talk about all the great games they've been playing and announce the winners of the big Christmas Contest. Then we Great Western Trail the deep dive review treatment. We checkout what Above and Below has been doing at our table over the past year. Tony T gives us an amazing news round up and then, Scrooge Tony is visited by 3 spirits bent on teaching him about great games of the past, present and future. And sprinkled in throughout, our famous Christmas Songs of the past.
Dec 21, 2016
Express 21: Great Gift Ideas for the Gamer in Your Life with Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games
01:11:55
In episode 21 of the Secret Cabal Express Chris and Jamie are joined by honorary Founder, Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to present to you a slew of great Christmas gift ideas for the gamer in your life
Dec 14, 2016
Express 21: Great Gift Ideas for the Gamer in Your Life with Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games
01:11:55
In episode 21 of the Secret Cabal Express Chris and Jamie are joined by honorary Founder, Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to present to you a slew of great Christmas gift ideas for the gamer in your life
Dec 14, 2016
Episode 124: Inis, Rum and Bones and Standing the Test of Time
03:02:00
In episode 124, the founders announce their big Christmas Contest! Anyone who wants to get in on it, check out www.thesecretcabal.com/contest to enter. Then the guys take a look at the territory control game Inis. After a year from the original review, the gang takes a look back at Rum and Bones and talks about if they've played it at all over the past year. Then Tony T, of course, gives you the best gaming news in the business. Finally the show is rounded off with a discussion about games that stand the test of time.
Dec 07, 2016
Episode 124: Inis, Rum and Bones and Standing the Test of Time
03:02:00
In episode 124, the founders announce their big Christmas Contest! Anyone who wants to get in on it, check out www.thesecretcabal.com/contest to enter. Then the guys take a look at the territory control game Inis. After a year from the original review, the gang takes a look back at Rum and Bones and talks about if they've played it at all over the past year. Then Tony T, of course, gives you the best gaming news in the business. Finally the show is rounded off with a discussion about games that stand the test of time.
Dec 07, 2016
Express 20: Ten Games That Consistently Hit the Table
01:11:55
In Express 20, Chris and Jamie list Ten Games That Consistently Hit the Table
Nov 30, 2016
Express 20: Ten Games That Consistently Hit the Table
01:11:55
In Express 20, Chris and Jamie list Ten Games That Consistently Hit the Table
Nov 30, 2016
Episode 123: Conan, TIME Stories and a Miniatures Games Roundtable
02:34:00
After a two and a half year wait, we finish have it in our hands and we give a full feature review of Conan! Then we take a look back at one of our favorite story telling mystery board games TIME stories. After Tony T goes through the news rundown, we host a miniatures games round table.
Nov 16, 2016
Episode 123: Conan, TIME Stories and a Miniatures Games Roundtable
02:34:00
After a two and a half year wait, we finish have it in our hands and we give a full feature review of Conan! Then we take a look back at one of our favorite story telling mystery board games TIME stories. After Tony T goes through the news rundown, we host a miniatures games round table.
Nov 16, 2016
Episode 122: Defenders of the Last Stand and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:45:01
Hey now! It's time for a new episode of The Secret Cabal! Today we take a look at Defenders of the Realm, the post-apocalyptic cooperative game of killing and mayhem. Tony T goes bananas give you the best gaming news in the entire world and then we wrap up the show the short topics including, do you take it easy on players new to a game? What books are on our night stands? And What games are on our shelf of shame?
Nov 02, 2016
Episode 122: Defenders of the Last Stand and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:45:01
Hey now! It's time for a new episode of The Secret Cabal! Today we take a look at Defenders of the Realm, the post-apocalyptic cooperative game of killing and mayhem. Tony T goes bananas give you the best gaming news in the entire world and then we wrap up the show the short topics including, do you take it easy on players new to a game? What books are on our night stands? And What games are on our shelf of shame?
Nov 02, 2016
Tales from Beyond the Grave Vol 2: The Dunwich Horror
00:34:10
The Secret Cabal Presents Tales from Beyond the Grave: The Dunwich Horror is an audio drama written, directed and produced by Jamie Keagy, founder and host of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast adapted from the work of H.P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror and inspired by Suspense Radio Drama (1945). Featuring performances by Jamie Keagy as Dr. Henry Armitage, Chris Miller as Dr. Warren Rice, Steve Spang as Wilbur Whateley, Patrick Kelly as Wizard Whateley, Rodney Smith as Dr. Houton, Robb Rouse as Lem Brown and Tony McRee and Marty Connell as the two old coots at the general store.
Oct 26, 2016
Tales from Beyond the Grave Vol 2: The Dunwich Horror
00:34:10
The Secret Cabal Presents Tales from Beyond the Grave: The Dunwich Horror is an audio drama written, directed and produced by Jamie Keagy, founder and host of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast adapted from the work of H.P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror and inspired by Suspense Radio Drama (1945). Featuring performances by Jamie Keagy as Dr. Henry Armitage, Chris Miller as Dr. Warren Rice, Steve Spang as Wilbur Whateley, Patrick Kelly as Wizard Whateley, Rodney Smith as Dr. Houton, Robb Rouse as Lem Brown and Tony McRee and Marty Connell as the two old coots at the general store.
Oct 26, 2016
Episode 121: Mythos Tales, Far Space Foundry and Horror Films turned Board Game
02:56:05
It's Halloween time and we got a spooooooky episode for you. First we take a look at the Lovecraft investigation game, Mythos Tales. Then we look back at Far Space Foundry one year later. Tony T horrifies you with all the crazy board game news going on around the world. Then finally, each of the founders takes a horror film they love and pitches a board game version of it.
Oct 19, 2016
Episode 121: Mythos Tales, Far Space Foundry and Horror Films turned Board Game
02:56:05
It's Halloween time and we got a spooooooky episode for you. First we take a look at the Lovecraft investigation game, Mythos Tales. Then we look back at Far Space Foundry one year later. Tony T horrifies you with all the crazy board game news going on around the world. Then finally, each of the founders takes a horror film they love and pitches a board game version of it.
Oct 19, 2016
Episode 120: Terraforming Mars, La Granja and The Hype Machine
03:09:59
Today the gang trys the science fiction euro game Terraforming Mars and gives it the indepth review. Then they look back at La Granja one year later. After Tony T gives you the gaming news rundown for the past two weeks, we discuss hype, the goods and the bads.
Oct 05, 2016
Episode 120: Terraforming Mars, La Granja and The Hype Machine
03:09:59
Today the gang trys the science fiction euro game Terraforming Mars and gives it the indepth review. Then they look back at La Granja one year later. After Tony T gives you the gaming news rundown for the past two weeks, we discuss hype, the goods and the bads.
Oct 05, 2016
Episode 119: Trickerion Legends of Illusion, Warbands Against the Darkness and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:53:35
WHOOO! Today is a special episode becasue not only did the Cabal launch it's YouTube channel, but the guys also get to discuss the big news, Riot Games announcing their first board game, Mechs vs Minsions. Then the gang goes on to review Trickerion: Legends of Illusion and look back at Warbands: Against the Darkness. After Tony gives us all the gaming news, the show is wrapped up with another installment of the Short Topic Extravaganza.
Sep 21, 2016
Episode 119: Trickerion Legends of Illusion, Warbands Against the Darkness and a Short Topic Extravaganza
02:53:35
WHOOO! Today is a special episode becasue not only did the Cabal launch it's YouTube channel, but the guys also get to discuss the big news, Riot Games announcing their first board game, Mechs vs Minsions. Then the gang goes on to review Trickerion: Legends of Illusion and look back at Warbands: Against the Darkness. After Tony gives us all the gaming news, the show is wrapped up with another installment of the Short Topic Extravaganza.
Sep 21, 2016
Express 18: Mech vs Minions interview with Chris Cantrell of Riot Games
01:11:55