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Episode 58: Eldritch Horror, Board Game Expansions and The Pasted-On Theme

Episode 58 is a jam packed show, filled with gaming fun! In this one the Founders review FFG's newest installment in their Cthulhu line, Eldritch Horror.  Then they take a look back at Space Cadets.  Tony works his magic during hte news segment and they go off on many side tangents - Chris wants to have invisibility super powers so he can go into women's locker rooms? Wow.  Then the gang talks about board game expansions and how we feel about them. Lastly the guys...

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Episode 57: Terra Mystica and the Wax and Wane of our Gaming Habits

It's Episode 57 and it's time for a new year of insubordinate nonsense from the Secret Cabal Founders.  Today we rip open the Terra Mystica box and go hog wild with another walkthrough and review. Then Tony delivers the gaming news like the news profession it is at heart while the rest of us crack jokes. Then the episode comes to a close with a lengthy discussion about how our gaming habits have changed over the years.

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Episode 56: Robinson Crusoe, Mystery RPGs and Christmas Hyjinks

Episode 56 and its Christmas time! Once again we present to you an original Christmas song written by a listener and performed by us - and get give a whole bunch of games in the process. Then we get down to business reviewing Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island. Tony wrangles the best gaming news from his RSS feeds and lets you know what’s what. Then we discuss writing and running mystery adventures in your role playing games. Then we top off the episode with our own...

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Episode 55: A Touch of Evil and Our Christmas Wish Lists

In Episode 55 Steve, Jamie and Chris give you a detailed review of the horror Ameritrash classic, A Touch of Evil!  Then the whole gang jumps in and looks back at Spartacus A Game of Blood and Treachery.  Tony gives you the news from around the gaming world.  Then the founders give you a mega discussion listing all the games on their Christmas wishlists.

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Episode 54: Bruges, The Game Outside the Game and Spotlight Cyberpunk

In episode 54, the gang takes a look at the Stefan Feld's newest game, Bruges.  Then they take a look back at a game they reviewed 1 year ago, Bootleggers.  Tony gives you the skinny on all the newest games coming out and community events.  They the guys talk about games that require preparation and is the preparation part of the fun?  Lastly the founders take a look at the cyberpunk genre.

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Episode 53: Letters from Whitechapel and Horror Movies Translated into RPG Adventures

In episode 53, the gang takes a look at the Jack the Ripper themed, hidden movement game, Letters from Whitechapel.  The founders then take a look back at our Halloween game review from last year, Fury of Dracula.  Tony gives you the skinny on all the newest games coming out and community events.  The show is finished out as the guys geek out over their favorite horror movies and how you can use them to make RPG adventures. 

 



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Episode 52: Spyrium Review and Designing a Badass Villain in a Roleplaying Game

In episode 52, the gang is light as Brian and Steve couldn't make it, but Tony makes up for it by waking up and talking. First they give you a walkthrough and review of William Attia's new design, Spyrium.  Then Tony digs through the RSS feeds for all the best news items about gaming. Then the guys round off the show with a good old fashioned round table about designing a badass villain for your roleplaying game. 



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Episode 50: Agricola, Our Juicy Golden Anniversary and the Top 50 Games on Board Game Geek Part 1

In episode 50, the founders rejoice as they've made it all the way to 50 episodes! Then after 2 years of begging, we finally give in to Tony and review his favorite game of all time, Agricola.  Tony gives you his thoughts on all the of the coolest gaming news from the 'verse.  Then the gang begins their 2 part discussion of the top 50 ranked games on Board Game Geek.

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Episode 49: Manhattan Project, Gen Con 2013 Post Show and Getting Started with Role Playing Games

In episode 48, the gang is back from Gen Con 2013 and have tons of stories to share about what happened and what games they played. Then the founders get back to business as usual and throw down a review of Manhattan Project from Minion Games. Tony T is frothing at the mouth to give you all the juicy tidbits he picked up at Gen Con with his gaming news segment. Then the guys tackle a question they always get asked - how to get started playing role playing games.

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Episode 48: Merchant of Venus, Deluxe Editions of Board Games and Technology in RPGs

In episode 48, the founders jump right in with a walkthrough and review of the Fantasy Flight Games release of Merchant of Venus (Standard Edition). We thank our wonderful sponsors Stronghold Games, Game Salute and MiniatureMarket.com and all the other great publishers for donating games to our GenCon cabalist meet up. We then present the Dice Tower Network contest - if you want to win a $50 gift certificate to CoolStuffInc.com, head over to the BoardGameGeek Guild and post your discussion topic suggestion to enter. Then Tony rattles off all the gaming news that passed over the news desk while we chime in. The gang then talks about deluxe editions of board games and how much lust they generate in our lives. We round out the show with a round table discussion about technology in role playing games and how we handle it (or have failed in the past).

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Gen Con 2013 Preview Part 1 - featuring Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer

Since it will be the first year that Tony, Chris and Jamie are attending Gen Con, the gang grills Tom and Eric all about the experience. We cover the crowds, the best time to get to the con, the special events, open gaming and even the bathroom situation. If you want to hear about Gen Con from the point of new of a first timer, you get the whole skinny here.

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Episode 47: City of Horror, The Cult of the New and What We Love About Tabletop Miniatures Games

In episode 47 of the Secret Cabal Gang pulls out the wheeling and dealing zombie game, City of Horror for the full walkthrough and review treatment and take a look back at Thunderstone Advance and give their thoughts one year later. Tony T hooks you up with tons of gaming news from around the 'verse while the rest of us interrupt him every 2 minutes. Then the founders talk about "The Cult of the New" and how it affects the gaming group. The show is rounded off with a round table discussion about what they love about tabletop miniatures games

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Episode 46: Belfort, Board Game Themes and Meet the GM: Brian

In episode 45 we go on and on about the worker placement and area majority game Belfort. As always, Tony gives you the low down on all the new stuff happening in the world of gaming while the rest of us heckle him. Then we have a discussion about board game themes - what makes a good one, what makes a bad one and some of our favorite thematic games. Then we introduce a brand new style of discussion - Meet the GM: Brian in which we talk to Brian about his specific brand of Game Mastering.

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Episode 45: Battlestar Galactica, Origins Game Fair and Coffee Shop Games Part 2

In episode 45 the gang is sad that their back to the real world and reminisce about how great Origins Game Fair was this year. Then they go back into the vaults and give you a review of the Fantasy Flight Games release of Battlestar Galactica. Tony delivers the most professional newscast you'll ever hear while the rest of the guys ruin it for him. Then to round off the show, they bring back the Coffee Shop games discussion.

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Episode 44: Runewars, Wheeling and Dealing and The Character Creation Rut

In episode 44 the founders are jumping outta their pants to get to Origins, but they take time out to give you a review of the Fantasy Flight epic fantasy game, Runewars.  Tony brings you the gaming news - west coast style and we berate him for his lack of Star Trek expertise.  Then the gang talks about wheeling and dealing in board games and rounds out the episode discussing how they can do a better job of making characters for RPGs.

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Episode 43: Castles of Burgundy, Potpourri of Questions Part 2, and When Plans Go Awry in RPGs

In episode 43 we hop on Boiteajeux.com to bring you a walk-through and review of Feld's creation: Castles of Burgundy. Tony Topper is back and he shows Chris exactly how the news should be done! Honorary Founder Rodney Smith from Watch It Played is back to carry on with part 2 of our Potpourri of Questions. We round out the episode with an RPG segment on what to do when tabletop gaming plans go awry!

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Episode 42: Kemet, Ameritrash Games and Game Master Preparation

In episode 42, the founders review the Egyptian themed War-game Kemet. The Secret Cabal Gaming POdcast is proud to welcome new sponsor Stronghold Games to the show and present a new content! Tony is still missing in action but Chris takes up the mantle providing you with the gaming news. Then the gang discusses their love of Ameritrash Games and round off the show with a discussion about how they prepare for rolepleaying games when they game master.

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Episode 41: Village, Honorary Founder Rodney Smith, Remote Gaming and a Potpourri of Questions

In episode 41 we hop on our webcams to play remote games of Village with the honorary Founder Rodney Smith. We do our best to work our family members to death to ensure they're noted in the Chronicle in preparation for bringing you a walk-through and review of the 2012 Kennerspiel des Jahres. Tony is busy moving to California but Chris steps up to the plate to cover all the gaming goodness of the past few weeks. Then we host a discussion on our recent remote gaming experiences and...

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Episode 40: Archipelago, Spotlight Vlaada Chvátil and Cinematic RPG Campaigns

In episode 40, the gangs all here and they dig into the beautifully meaty 3x euro game, Archipelago and give you a walkthrough and review. Then Tony cracks open his RSS reader to feed the news to your ears. Then the founders spotlight one of their favorite game designers, Vlaada Chvátil and argue about the meaning of Cinematic RPG Campaigns.

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Episode 39: Legends of Andor, Coffee Shop Games and Roleplaying with New Players

In episode 39, the founders welcome a new member to the gang, Steve! The guys kick back and dig into the new Fantasy Flight fantasy co-op, Legends of Andor. Tony mispronounces all of the gaming news as the crew chimes in.  Then we head to the coffee shop for some games best played in the aforementioned setting. Lastly Brian talks about his experiences playing RPGs with new gamers.

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Episode 37: Suburbia and The Secret Cabal Playlists

In episode 37, the founders find a little game that really has been a hit with the group, Suburbia and gives you a walkthrough and review. Also, the guys look back at Wiz-War, reviewed one year ago and give you their opinions after some time has passed. As you may have expected, Tony T feeds the gaming news directly to you while the others chatter on behind him. Lastly, the gang presents the third semi-annual Secret Cabal Playlists where they discuss their favorite games at this point in time...

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Episode 36: Shadowrift and Breaching the Barrier to Miniatures Games

In episode 36, the founder breakout the small box that packs a big wallop, Shadowrift for a walkthrough and review.  Then, as usual, Tony tells it like it is in his ever popular news segment while the peanut gallery gives their thoughts.  Then the show is rounded off with a long discussion about where to start when getting into the miniatures gaming hobby.

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