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Episode 69: Chaos in the Old World, Runewars, Dice Tower Convention and Fiddly Games

It's another Wednesday and that means it's time for the Founders to throw some gaming fun your way. Today the gang reviews Chaos in the Old World and looks back at Runewars. Brian just got back from the Dice Tower Convention and gives us a report. As always, Tony T gives you the best in gaming news while the rest of the founders take the trains off the tracks. The show is rounded out by a rousing discussion about the word Fiddly and how it's used (or misused) in the gaming...

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Episode 68: Origins Game Fair, Cool Mini or Not Expo, Blood Bowl Team Manager, Crowd Funding Board games with Honorary Founder, Rodney Smith

Hey now! The boys are back from Origins and are ready blab all the gory details of their trip! The gang is joined today by honorary Founder and personal friend, Rodney Smith of Watch It Played who tells his tales of CoolMiniOrNot Expo. The guys pull out an old favorite, Blood Bowl Team Manager to give you a review of this cult classic card game. Castles of Burgundy is the look back for this episode and the Founders give their thoughts one year later. Chris fills in for Tony in the...

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Episode 67: Yedo, Kemet Look Back, Cooperative Games and Problematic Behavior in RPGs

Today the founders pull Yedo off the shelf and give you a detailed review with many comparisons to Lords of Waterdeep. Then they take a look back at Kemet one year later. Tony Topper hooks you up with the best in gaming news while the rest give their opinions. The gang then takes a look at cooperative games and gives you their good and bad thoughts of the style. The show is rounded off with a discussion about problematic behavior in role playing games.

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Episode 66: Zombicide and The Toxic City Mall, Origins PreGame and Getting Into New RPGs

It's Origins time again and we're jumping out of our pants to get to the convention! But first the founders give you a walkthrough and review of Zombicide and Zombicide: Toxic City Mall. Then they look back at Village. Tony Topper runs down all the gaming industry news and the peanut gallery comments. Then it's back to the topic of Origins. The guys talk about Origins past and their plans for this year. Then Brian, Tony and Jamie talk about getting into a new RPG.

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Episode 65: Lewis and Clark, Random Forum Topics and The Impact of Artwork

Today the founders to back to the age of American exploration and give you a walkthrough and review of Lewis and Clark! Then the founders take a look back at Archipelago. Tony rounds up and presents the best of the gaming news from around the internet. Then the founders talk about some topics from our forums: What games do they own that no one will play, Is Magic the Gathering really a game? And which games in their collections have they played the most. Then the show is wrapped up...

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Episode 64: What's He Building In There and The Secret Cabal Playlists

The episode 64, the founders dig into the Kickstarter game pile and give you a walkthrough and review of a game about building a doomsday device, What's He Building In There. Then they take a look back at the year old review of Legends of Andor. Finally the gang discusses the games that they're most interested in playing right now in The Secret Cabal Playlists

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Episode 63: Amerigo, Games That Fired Other Games 2 and The Role of the Players in RPGs

It's time for another episode of the award winning gaming podcast, The Secret Cabal!  Today the guys review Stefan Feld's Amerigo and take a look back at C02.  Then Tony Topper gets behind the news desk and educates you on the ins and outs of the gaming world. Then the founders pull an old discussion out of the moth balls, Games that fired other games where they talk about games that have been retired because other games fulfill the same need. And the show is...

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Episode 62: Euphoria, Spotlight Cthulhu Mythos and Meet the GM: Jamie.

The gang is back in front of the mics and ready to give you a review of Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia and to look back at Suburbia. Then Tony rounds up the hot news and lays it out there for you while the rest of the guys give their two cents. Then we take a look at a hot phenomenon known as The Cthulhu Mythos. The show ends with another round of Meet The GM, Jamie edition.

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Episode 61: Russian Railroads, Our Miniatures Games Factions and Immersion in RPGs

It's time for episode 61 and the founders are back to give you a review of Russian Railroads from Z-Man Games. Then they take a look back at the co-op fantasy card game, Shadowrift. Tony Topper wakes up long enough to give you all the gaming industry news while the rest of the founders comment from the peanut gallery.  Then the gang delves into the miniatures gaming realm and talk about the factions they play and why they chose them.  WE round off the show with a...

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Episode 60: Nations, How We Judge a Game and The Origins of The Egyptian Avengers

The gang is back for another game filled episode of the Secret Cabal! In episode 60 the founders talk about the civilization building euro game, Nations! Then they take a look back at The Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures game and discuss if it's still hitting the table. Professional anchorman, Tony Topper, brings you all the gaming news worth hearing. Then the founders discuss what criteria they look for in a game. The show is finished with a tangent filled discussion about superhero RPGs...

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Episode 59: Battlelore Second Edition, One Step Beyond the Gateway and The Role of the GM

It's time for some more crazy antics from the Secret Cabal Founders. In episode 59, the gang can't wait to get down to business reviewing Battlelore Second Edition and also presents an opportunity for you to win a copy!  Then, we look back at Jamie's #2 game of all time, Stronghold. Tony, as always, gives you the the the gaming news in a serious manner while the the rest of the guys comment.  The founders then talk about the next step after gateway games. The show is...

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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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