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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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Episode 34: Stronghold, Our Acquisition Disorder Triggers, and Favorite RPG Settings

In episode 34 the founders dig the classic game Stronghold out of the library to bring you a walkthrough and review. Chris, yes, you heard me right, Chris does his best to emulate Tony's award winning news style. We follow that up with discussions on what triggers our acquisition disorder and our favorite role-playing game settings.

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Episode 33: Space Cadets, A Look Back at 2012 and our 2013 Resolutions

In episode 33 we break open The Dice Tower's Most Innovative Game of 2012 Space Cadets by Geoff, Brian, and Sydney Engelstein to give you a walkthrough and review. We look back at last years review of Elder Sign and The Legend of Drizzt. Tony digs up the best of the post holiday news. Then the founders review the last year of gaming, how their play styles and gaming experiences have changed. Then we look forward to 2013 and talk about all things gaming related we'd like to do over the course of the upcoming year.

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Episode 32: Mice and Mystics and Our Christmas Wishlists

In episode 32 we delve into a narrative tale with a dash of dungeon crawler, breaking out Mice and Mystics for a review and walkthrough. Tony covers the massive amount of holiday Kickstarters and a whole lot more in the news. To finish out the year, we host the Second Annual Secret Cabal Christmas, where we talk about the games we want and why we want them, then unveil this years Secret Cabal Santa gifts! Join us in the unwrapping as we prepare for the onslaught of new games we'll all have around our game tables and the wonderful time we'll have to share with friends and family playing our new games over the holidays.

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Episode 31: Android: Netrunner, Gateway Games, and Pacing in RPG's

In episode 31, we delve into the cyberpunk world of Android: Netrunner to bring you a walkthrough and review. Then Tony digs up news about upcoming releases that are topping peoples Christmas lists. We follow the news up with a discussion on Gateway games to break your friends and family in during holiday vacations. We wrap up the episode sharing how good and bad pacing makes or breaks a tabletop session.

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Episode 30: Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery, No Game Left Behind and RPG Encounter Design

In episode 30, we're happy to announce that we're now sponsored by Myriad Games and Game Salute! Jamie breaks Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery out of the library for a walk-through and review. Tony digs up the juiciest gaming news for us to drool over. Jamie hosts a discussion called No Game Left Behind where the founders discuss ways to revitalize older games. To wrap things up Brian hosts the bi-weekly tabletop discussion on encounter design.

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Episode 29: Fury of Dracula, Horror Board Games and Dungeon Master Cheating

In episode 29, the Halloween special the founders review the Fantasy Flight published board game, Fury of Dracula. Tony T brings you all the gaming news while the rest of the gang gives their thoughts. For the discussion segments, the founders tackle Horror themed Board Games and then ask the question, is it Dungeon Master Cheating or making the game better?

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Episode 28: Bootleggers, Honorary Founder Stephen Buonocore and Board Game Components

In episode 28, honorary founder Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold games joins the gang to give you a walkthrough and review of the prohibition era mafia game, Bootleggers and then go back a year and look at their very first review of Carson City! Then, as usual, Tony give you the low down on everything going on in the gaming scene. Then to wrap up the show, the founders discuss board game components.

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Episode 27: Glory to Rome Black Box Edition, Story Games and Building Better NPCs

Episode 27: Glory to Rome Black Box Edition, Story Games and Building Better NPCs In episode 27, the founders give you an overview and review of the recently Kickstarted version of Glory to Rome! Tony cuts through the nonsense and gives you the coolest sounding news from the gaming world and the gang gives their thoughts. Chris' favorite kinds of board games are story games and we discuss what makes them fun. Lastly, the founders have a round table discussion of building better NPCs to help make your roleplaying games more exciting.

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Episode 26: Milestones, Our One Year Retrospective and Building Better PCs Part 2

In episode 26, the founders give you an overview and review of the new Stronghold Games release, Milestones. Tony rounds up the interesting gaming news and the gang tells you what they think. The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast turns one and we talk about our first year and give you a behind the scenes look at what we do, where we came from and where we're going. And lastly the founders continue their discussion about building better Player Characters in role-playing games focusing on developing morality and a value system for your character.

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Episode 25: Descent 2e, The Acquisition Disorder and Designing Better PCs

In episode 25, the founders give you an overview and review of the new Fantasy Flight edition of Descent Journeys in the Dark. Tony collects and presents the most interesting gaming news and the gang gives their thoughts. The founders admit they have a problem and get some help with their Acquisition Disorder and then hold court on how they design Player Character in role-playing games.

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Episode 24: Le Havre, World Board Game Championships and Living & Collectible Card Games

In episode 24, the founders talk about their experiences at the World Board Gaming Championship in Lancaster, PA. Then from the Secret Cabal Library they break out Brian's favorite game, the well known classic eurogame Le Havre, to give you a walkthrough and review. Tony gathers the best of gaming news from the past two weeks and then heads up a conversation on collectible and living card games, sharing exactly what draws him to Magic: The Gathering. The rest of the gang fill in with their varied play experiences from the casual to the heavy tournament goer.

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Episode 23: Nuns on the Run, The Secret Cabal Playlist and The RPG Characters We Like To Play

In episode 23, the founders pull out a game they picked up at Origins this year, Nuns on the Run from Mayfair Games and give you a walkthrough and review. Then Tony gives you all the news from around the gaming world and the others throw in their two cents. The gang then presents their second semi-annual Secret Cabal Playlist which is their favorite games right now or the ones we want to play most. Rounding off episode 23, the founders talk about their favorite RPG characters to play.

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Episode 22: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin, Crowd Funding Board Games, and Roleplaying in RPG Combats

In episode 22, the founders return from Origins with AEG's Thunderstone Advance to bring you a walkthrough and review. Then Tony brings us the best of the past 2 weeks gaming news. After the news we have a follow up discussion on crowd funding, what it is, what our experiences are with it, where we expect it to go in the future. For our RPG discussion we address a listener's question, how to make a tabletop rpg combat feel different than a miniature wargame.

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Episode 21: Star Trek Fleet Captains, Character Advancement in RPGs and Board Games that Fired Other Board Games

In episode 21, the founders break out Star Trek: Fleet Captains and brush the cobwebs off from sitting on Chris' shelf to bring you a walk-through and review. Then Tony scours the net to bring you this weeks gaming news. We follow that up with a discussion on games that fired other games, except Tony who brings his own unique perspective to the discussion. Then we conclude the episode with a discussion on reward systems in tabletop role playing games.

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Episode 20: Origins Roundup, The Panic Station Challenge and Battlemap or not in RPG Combats

In episode 20, the founders give you a slew of reviews in rapid fire succession regarding the games they played at Origins Game Fair this year.  Then Tony brings you all the juicy news from the gaming world.  The gang played Panic Station with Stephen Buonocore and reflects on their previous impression of the game.  In the RPG realm, the guys talk about whether or not a battle map is the best way to run combats.

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Episode 19: Lords of Waterdeep, Pathfinder MMO, Business Board Games, and Character Death

In episode 19, the founders dig into the recent Wizards of the Coast hit Lords of Waterdeep to bring you a walkthrough and review. Tony delivers to us news from the gaming world and we have a debate about the Pathfinder MMO technology demo project on Kickstarter. Then we tackle the topic of business board games suggested by one of our listeners. We cover the basics of what elements define a business board game, what makes a good business board game, and what business board games we are and...

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Episode 18: Galaxy Trucker, Our Gaming Pet Peeves, Technology to Enhance Gaming

In episode 18, the founders break out Galaxy Trucker, the game that was purchased twice for our X-Mas gift sharing, to bring you a walkthrough and review. Tony does his duty and brings us the best of gaming news. Then we follow that up with a lighthearted discussion about our gaming pet peeves. To conclude we give you some insight into how we enhance our gameplay with tech. We discuss phone aps, web sites, and a variety of applications we use daily in our gameplay sessions.

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Episode 17: Malifaux, Playing the Table and Mechanics that Enhance Replayability

In episode 17, the founders enter the steampunk, gothic horror, and weird west world of Wyrd Miniature's Malifaux and bring you an overview and review. Tony digs up juicy gaming news from across the web. Then continuing the series of listener submitted discussions the founders tackle playing the table as opposed to playing the game and a discussion on mechanics that enhance replayability.

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Episode 16: Eminent Domain, Group Think in Gaming and Getting Started in Hobby Gaming

In episode 16, the founders check out the deckbuilding, imperial science fiction card game, Eminent Domain from Tasty Minstrel Games.  Tony brings you all the juicy news stories from the gaming industry. Then the founders begin their series including listener submitted topics.  Today's giveaway winners suggested we discuss GroupThink and how it affects gaming groups and how to get started in hobby gaming.

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Episode 15: Zong Shi, Intellectual Properties in Gaming and Games to other Media

In episode 15 the founders announce the winners of the Steve Jackson's Munchkin giveaway. Chris received his copy of Zong Shi, a recently released Kickstarter game, which we play through and give you a walkthrough and review. Tony scours the web to bring you the latest in gaming news. The founders then discuss why we instinctively shy away from IP games and conclude with a lighthearted conversation about what games we'd love to see turned into other media, whether it be movies or...

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Episode 14: Civilization the Board Game, Underrepresented Games and Our Thoughts on Savage Worlds

In episode 14, the gang sits down to have a discussion and review of  the Fantasy Flight edition of Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game. Then they answer a listener's question about playing an RPG with only a GM and single player.  Tony brings you all the juicy news from the gaming world.  The founders have a conversation about the different kinds of games that are underrepresented in the gaming industry and what they'd like to see. Jamie gives a quick...

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Episode 13: Ora et Labora, Getting Started in Miniatures Wargaming and Gamer Stereotypes

In episode #13, finally, after waiting and waiting for it to come in the mail and then toiling over scheduling, the founders sit down  to two plays of the latest Uwe Rosenburg eurogame, Ora Et Labora and give you a walkthrough and review.  Then, as you would expect, Tony mines the internet for gaming news and gives you the inside scoop.  Then Jamie and Tony profess their love for the miniatures game hobby and try to get Chris and Brian interested (and we...

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