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Episode 95: La Granja, A Study in Emerald and Creating Engaging Characters in RPGs

Scheduling issues be damned! WE’RE BACK IN BUSINESS, BABY! Today we take a look at a fantastic farming euro, La Granja and look back at Martin Wallace’s masterpiece, A Study in Emerald. Then Tony T does his typical bang-up job giving the the best in gaming news while we interrupt the whole time. Finally we reboot the RPG discussion segment with our Character Creation Series #1: Creating an Engaging Character.

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Episode 94: Warband: Against the Darkness, The Founders Feud, Scoring Methods

Things are getting back to normal for the founders after convention season and we're back to playing games like crazy. Today we review a newly released euro game called Warband: Against the Darkness. Then we look back at Chaos in the Old World one year later. Tony T gives you the best gaming news in the business while the rest of the gang chatters in the background. The guys then get into one of our favorite segments of all time, The Founders Feud! Finally the gang discusses scoring methods in gaming.

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Episode 93: Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers, GenCon 2015 and a Short Topic Extravaganza!

We are totally exhausted from all the wild revelry we got into at GenCon 2015 but the show must go on! Today the Founders spin the yarns of the aforementioned trip to GenCon. Then they review the new game from Wizards of the Coast, Magic the Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers. Then the gang looks back at Blood Bowl Team Manager. Tony T runs down all the news in the manner you've come to expect while we complain and poke fun. Finally the show is capped off with a Short Topic Extravaganza!

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Express 06: 2015 GenCon Preview Special Part 1 with Honorary Founders Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer

GenCon is finally upon us and it's time to get all fired up for all the nonsense we're going to get into in Indianapolis this year. Tony, Jamie, Tom and Eric talk about the crowds, the exhibition hall, the artwork and everything else that goes along with a trip the GenCon. Then Tom runs down an exhaustive list of games releasing at GenCon this year.

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Episode 92: Forbidden Stars, Yedo, Warhammer Age of Sigmar and A Short Topic Extravaganza

GenCon is right around the corner and we're excited to get there, but the show must go on! Today the founders review Forbidden Stars from Fantasy Flight Games and Look Back at Yedo. Then Tony T gives you the longest new segment in the history of the Secret Cabal and we wrap it up by discussing Warhammer Age of Sigmar. Then the gang finished off the show with a short topic extravaganza.

 

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Episode 91: Arcadia Quest, Zombicide, Depth vs Complexity and Storytelling in Roleplaying Games

It's time for another episode of the Secret Cabal! Today the gang reviews Arcadia Quest and looks back at Zombicide one year later. The Tony T goes bananas give you the best board game news segment in the podcast business. The founders discuss depths versus complexity and have no expectations of coming to a conclusion. Finally the discuss story telling in roleplaying games.

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Episode 90: KanBan Automotive Revolution, Lewis and Clark, Origins 2015 Recap and a Short Topic Extravaganza.

WOW! Get ready for a long one this time cabalists, this episode is clocking in at over 4 hours! We needed the time to properly spin the yarns of our adventures at Origins 2015. There were some ups and downs, trials and tribulations and it was a complete blast the entire time. After you hear about our trip to Columbus we review KanBan Automotive Revolution and look back at Lewis and Clark. Tony T rattles of the best gaming news in the biz and finally we host a mega-sized short topic extravaganza.

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Episode 89: Alchemists, What's He Building in There and 4X and Civilization Board Games

The gang is on the road to Origins Game Fair as this episode releases but you can’t stop the signal! In episode 89 the Founders review the worker placement euro with app integration, Alchemists. Then the guys look back at their review of What’s He Building in There one year later. Tony T reads the news like the professional news man he is while the rest interrupt with nonsense. Finally the Founders discuss theme, mechanics and complexity in 4X and Civilization board game.

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Express 04: Origins Game Fair 2015!

I gotta be honest with you Cabalists, this episode is purely a selfish recording session. Rodney, Chris and I just wanted to sit down and completely geek out about the awesome time we're going to have at the upcoming Origins Game Fair. It's the founder's 9th time in attendance in 10 years and Rodney's first time joining us. We talk about the food, the beer, the events and all the debauchery that we plan to get into at Origins...

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Episode 87: The Ancient World, Euphoria, Board Game Hooks and Making The First RPG Session Great

In episode 87 the gang gets down and dirty with a great worker placement game called The Ancient World! Then they take a look back at Euphoria one year later. Tony I gives his gaming news roundup while the rabble gives their two cents. We talk about board game hooks, innovation and gimmicks. The show ends off with a discussion about an age old problem that always plagues RPGers, how to make your first session great for the players.

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Express 03: Assassinorum Execution Force, Chris' Secret Cabal Playlist and 3D Printing

In Express 03 the founders and their good friend Rodney Smith from Watch It Played speculate about the new Games Workshop board game Assassinorum Execution Force coming soon. Then Chris gives his top five favorite games that he's excited about right now and Tony then chomps at the bits for 3D printing and we talk about it's impact on the future of gaming

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Episode 86: Mythotopia, Russian Railroads Lookback and a Short Topic Extravaganza!

Episode 86 the gang decides to review a game that is flying under the radar and should, Mythotopia by Martin Wallace! Then they take a look back at Russian Railroads one year later. Tony T goes wild with the gaming industry news as always. Then the founders finish off the show talking about how they're enjoyment of games changed after becoming reviewers, games that regularly hit the table, organizing public gaming and getting started in CCGs and...

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Episode 85: Deus, Nations Lookback, Video Games that should be Board Games and The Founders Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Episode 85 is chocked full of awesome! Today the founders review the civ building euro game, Deus! Then they take a look back at Nations one year later. Tony T pins the wild meter at 11 giving you the best gaming new roundup in the business. The gang lists their picks for video game to board game ports and finally they present The Founders Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Express 02: The GAMA Trade Show with Honorary Founder Rodney Smith

In the second installment of the Secret Cabal Express, Chris and Jamie sit down with honorary founder Rodney Smith who just returned from Las Vegas to discuss his adventures at the GAMA Trade Show. Also you'll get a bit of discussion on Gaming Cafes, Organized Play, publishers who name games poorly, the comedy stylings of Steve Spang and the Ancient Wisdom of Tony Topper.

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Episode 84: Heroes of Normandie, Battlelore Lookback, Short Topic Roundup and Flaw and Hindrances in RPGs

In episode 84 the founders go wild and crazy for some cinematic World War II action with Heroes of Normandie! Then they take a look back at another battle game, Battlelore Second Edition. Tony T puts on his newsman hat and alerts you to all the hottest gaming news. The gang is still fired up to do Short Topic Roundups so they throw another one your way. They finish off the show with a discussion about Flaw and Hindrances in in role playing...

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Episode 83: Concordia, Eldritch Horror Lookback and Intellectual Properties in Games

In episode 83 the gang reviews a game that they ignored for over a year and are sorry they did, Concordia! Then they take a look back at Eldritch Horror one year later, do they still have the same feelings about it? Then Tony T pins the wild meter to 11 with the best gaming news in the business. The show is rounded off with a long discussion about Intellectual Properties in board games.

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Episode 82: XCOM The Board Game with Rodney Smith, Terra Mystica and Topics from Twitter

It's another first Wednesday of the month and that means more Secret Cabal insubordinate nonsense! Today the founder review a long awaited Cthulhu Wars! Then they take a look back at Robinson Crusoe one year later. They the gang tackles three topics in the short topic roundup, Why are your favorite games your favorite games, How do you handle Erratas and finally how do you select a miniatures game faction.

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Episode 81: Cthulhu Wars, Robinson Crusoe and The Short Topic Roundup

It's another first Wednesday of the month and that means more Secret Cabal insubordinate nonsense! Today the founder review a long awaited Cthulhu Wars! Then they take a look back at Robinson Crusoe one year later. They the gang tackles three topics in the short topic roundup, Why are your favorite games your favorite games, How do you handle Erratas and finally how do you select a miniatures game faction.

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Episode 80: Aquasphere, A Touch of Evil, Onward to 2015 and Let's Build a Dungeon!

Hey Now! It's 2015 and the founders are back with their first full episode of the Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast. Today the gang takes a look at the newest release from Stefan Feld, Aquashpere. Then they take a look back at A Touch of Evil one year after the original review. Tony T hooks your up with the best quality gaming news in the universe and the peanut gallery comments. Then the founders take a look forward to 2015 with the games and events...

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Express 01: Geoff Engelstein's Game Day, What's On Our Gaming Radar, Our RPG Sales Pitches

The seeds of your fundraising commitments are already yielding fruit! It's the Secret Cabal Express! The Express is a shorter version of the main show but with some content that wouldn’t normally fit into a full length episode. The founders just returned from Geoff Engelstein's Game Day and we discuss the games we played and why Buonocore now owns a pair of purple socks. Then the gang talks about what’s on their gaming radar....

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Episode 79: The Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Gaming with Our Families and Combat and Health in RPGs

HO HO HO! It's Christmas and the founders are in rare form! Today we present our 2014 Christmas song and give you a walkthrough and review of The Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Then the guys look back at Bruges one year later. Tony T presents Tom Vasel’s favorite part of the show, the News! Then the gang talks about the successes and failures of gaming with their families. The show ends with a rousing discussion about combat and health...

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Episode 78: Xia Legends of a Drift System, The Founders Feud and Our Christmas Wishlists

It's almost Christmas time and the founders are at full froth. Today they take a look at a new game, Xia Legends of a Drift System and look back at Letters from Whitechapel one year later. Then Tony goes nuts giving you all the gaming news he can muster. And then after a long way, the gang presents The Founders Feud! Then we get back into the Christmas spirit and give our Christmas Wishlists.

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