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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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Episode 12: Wiz-War, Pre-Fab vs Homebrew Campaign Settings and What Makes Board Games Fun

In episode #12, the gang gives you a walkthrough and review of the new Fantasy Flight re-imagining of the Tom Jolly Ameri-Trash classic, Wiz-War. Then they have a round table discussion of the pros and cons of per-fabricated and homebrew campaign settings in role playing games. And finally the founders wrap up the show with a discussion about what makes board games fun.

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Episode 11: Dungeon Lords and The Secret Cabal Playlists

In episode #11, Jamie explains what a euro and ameri-trash games are and then the founders bring you a walkthrough and review of the new fantasy euro classic, Dungeon Lords designed by Vlaada Chvátil. Then as usual, Tony breaks out his news and gives some a glimpse into whats happening in the gaming world. Lastly, the founders introduce a new segment called...

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Episode 10: Kingdom Builder, The Next Edition of Dungeons & Dragons and Randomness vs. Skill in Board Games

In episode #10, the founders bust out the new Donald X Vaccarino game, Kingdom Builder and give you their thoughts.  Then Tony T brings you all the hot and juicy news items that he's collected for the last two weeks ending with the biggest news, Wizards of the Coast announced development of the next edition of Dungeons and Dragons and we have a round table...

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Episode 9: Elder Sign, The Legend of Drizzt, Analysis Paralysis, and the Management of Minutiae

In episode #9, the first episode of the new year, the founders go into the Secret Cabal library and break out Elder Sign and Dungeons and Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt. In Elder Sign players cooperatively explore a museum and try to stop the return of an Ancient One, an old god. In The Legend of Drizzt, players play varying scenarios in a dungeon crawl style board game. The adventures can be cooperative or competitive, with players taking the role of characters specific to the...

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Episode 8: Panic Station and our Christmas Wishlists!

In today's episode we're full of joy and goodwill as we review the Stronghold Game's release "Panic Station.  Panic Station is the perfect Christmas game as players cooperate to eradicate a pesky alien species from a dark and creepy sci-fi installation - but look out, the players are quickly becoming infected and are turning on each other.  Then Tony rounds up a mess of news stories from the gaming industry and we give our two cents.  We polish off...

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Episode 7: At the Gates of Loyang and RPG Mechanics

In episode #7, the founders go into the Secret Cabal library and break out At the Gates of Loyang to give you a walkthrough and a review. In At the Gates of Loyang players compete as farmers, growing goods to meet their customers demands. Players utilize helpers, extra fields, markets, and create contracts with customers to try to generate the most wealth. At the end of each round players can invest their revenue in the scoring track, with the winner of the game being the one with...

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Episode 6: Merchants and Marauders and Bringing Back 'Roleplaying' in Role Playing Games

In episode #6, the founders go into the Secret Cabal library and break out Merchants and Marauders  to give you a walkthrough and a review. In Merchants and Marauders the players compete as pirates or merchants, collecting gold and other booty, following up on rumors, completing missions, and engaging in naval combat to earn victory points! Following the review Tony brings us the gaming news from the past two weeks. Then the founders have a round table discussion about how...

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Episode 5: The Halloween Special! Betrayal at House on the Hill and Horror in RPGs

In episode #5, the founders go into the Secret Cabal board game graveyard and unearth Betrayal at House on the Hill to give you a ghoulish walkthrough and a review. In Betrayal, the players cooperate to explore a haunted house, but look out! When the haunt begins, one of the players will become the traitor who will try and stop the players from achieving victory! Following the review Tony brings us the gaming news from the past two weeks. Then the founders have a round table...

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Episode 4: Cargo Noir Review and What Makes a Game Fun for Players

In episode #4, the founders go into the Secret Cabal Library and break out Cargo Noir to give you a walkthrough and a review. Cargo Noir is a competitive game where players take the role of a smuggling organization. Players buy their way into ports, bidding out other players, in order to get access to the goods located in that port. Following the review Tony brings us the gaming news from the past two weeks. Then the founders have a round table discussion about what makes a role...

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Episode 3: Pandemic and Forbidden Island Reviews and Making of an Amazing Campaign

In episode #3, the founders go into the Secret Cabal Library and break out Pandemic and Forbidden Island. Pandemic is a co-op game where players race to cure plague outbreaks around the world. Forbidden Island is another co-op game but the same designer, Matt Leacock, where players race to recover hidden treasures as the mystical island sinks around them. For each we give you a walkthrough and review. Tony, once again, brings us gaming news from around the internet. Then the founders...

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Episode 2: 7 Wonders and Character Creation, Backgrounds and Party Cohesion

In episode #2, the founders go into the Secret Cabal Library and break out 7 Wonders, the city building, resource management card game to give you a walkthrough and review. Tony brings us gaming news coming from Spiel previews being held in Essen Germany in October. Then the founders spend time discussing character creation, character backgrounds, and creating a cohesive party.

Episode Timeline:

  • 7 Wonders Walkthrough: 00:32...

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Episode 1: Carson City & Our Thoughts of RPGs

In episode #1, the founders go into the Secret Cabal Library and crack open Carson City, the gun slingin' wild west city building and worker placement game, and give you a walkthrough and review. I hope you guys like it as much as we do. Tony's been hot on the trail of some hot stories for his news segment and then we sit down to have a veritable potpourri of role playing game stuff including D&D 4 vs previous editions, The Masquerade vs Requiem, Dragonlance when it was good vs...

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