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Bonus Episode 01: Hanging Out With The Founders

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.

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Episode 204: Viticulture, Vindication, Shadows of Brimstone, Wendake and Living without a Game Group

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.

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Express 58: Questions, Misconceptions and WTFs of Board Game Publishing with Stephen Buonocore

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

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Episode 203: Underwater City and Win Loss Attribution

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.

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Lords of the Dungeon 37: Puzzles, Letting your DM Down Easy and Playing Religious Characters in Fantasy Games

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.

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Episode 202: Clinic: Deluxe Edition and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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.

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Express 57: Replayability with Honorary Founder Dan King The Game Boy Geek

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.

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Episode 201: Chronicles of Crime, Dinogenics and The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun

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.

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Episode 200: Puerto Rico, Our Favorite Games We've Reviewed and A Look Back at the Past 8 Years

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! 

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Episode 199: Flotilla, Nemesis, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time and The Death of the Acquisition Disorder

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.

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Lords of the Dungeon 35: Campaign Settings of the Past and Wizards in Role Playing Games

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.

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Episode 198: Maracaibo and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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.

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Episode 197: Sanctum, Auztralia and Our Christmas Wishlists

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.

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Lords of the Dungeon 34: Atlas, Using Board Game Minis for RPGs and One-Shot RPGs

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.

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Episode 196: Cthulhu Death May Die, Cerebria and Loss Aversion in Board Games

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.

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Episode 195: Batman Gotham City Chronicles and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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.

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Lords of the Dungeon 33: Tremulus, Collaborative Story Telling, When to Goof Off and Writing Backstories

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.

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Episode 194: Coloma and Game Terms, Buzzwords and The Way We Talk About Games

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.

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Express 53: H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos

In episode 53 of the Secret Cabal Express, Steve, Jamie and Chris talk about H.P. Lovecraft and The Cthulhu Mythos! We discuss the history 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.

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Episode 193: Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein, Eschaton and a Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza

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!

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Lords of the Dungeon 32: Feast of Legends, Mothership, Microtransactions and Dice Mechanisms

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.

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