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Lords of the Dungeon 20: DnD Beyond Look Back, Our Favorite Monsters and The GM and Player Arms Race

In Episode 20 the Lords take a couple of questions from the listeners and discuss our thoughts and opinions of DnD Beyond after using it for 6 months. Then we talk about our favorite monsters to go up against and ones Bender and Jamie like to pit against their players. Then we discuss some of the issues with players getting to high levels and the problems that can arise when preparing a game for higher level characters.

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Episode 168: Too Many Bones, Viral and Weight, Complexity, Brainburn and Stress

Hey Now! Today the gang talks about Village Attacks, Everdell, Dwar7s Winter, Coimbra, The Island of El Dorado, Festival of 1000 cats, Blood Rage and Court of Medici. Then the gang reviews Too Many Bones from Chip Theory Games and Looks back at Viral from Arcane Wonders. And of course Tony T goes bananas with all the news coming from around the gaming industry. Then the Founders finish off the game by discussing Weight, Complexity, Brainburn and Stress in board gaming.

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Dungeon Masters Ludus 07: Creating A Moment

Today Bender and Jamie talk about developing moments in your campaign. Moments that will provide players with memorable situations that will enrich your campaigns. Empowering players and making them feel badass, creating the pivotal moments when they may be set down a path of character evolution and putting players into situations when they have to make a choice. Sometimes a moral choice and others a sadistic choice.

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Episode 167: War Chest, Massive Darkness and A Short Topic Extravaganza

Tony was visiting home for a week and we got to have a big game day in which we played tons of games and Chris and Tony get into a tussle over explaining rules. Then Tony, Steve and Jamie give an overview and review of War Chest from AEG and Look back at Massive Darkness from CMON one year later. Then Tony T gives us the rundown of all the hot gaming news from around the industry. Then we wrap up with a short topic extravaganza in which we further discuss Unique Games and hear two sides of the argument, how we feel about overproduction and where we buy our games.

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Lords of the Dungeon 19: Our Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Update and Player Meta

In Episode 19 the Lords give and update on their current Dungeons and Dragons campaign and all the stuff their characters are getting into. And then based on some things that happened in our most recent gaming session, discuss Player Meta and how we separate doing what's best from a game standpoint and doing whats best from a role playing standpoint.

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Episode 166: Root and The Secret Cabal Playlists

Today we start the episode off by talking about Steve's Lovecraft Pizza Party and the games he played. Then the game takes a look at the new hotness that everyone's talking about. The cute and cuddly furry creatures that murder each other over forest clearing, ROOT! Then we jump right to Tony T's new segment including all of the most important gaming news items on planet Earth and beyond because we're a bunch of boneheads and totally forgot to record the lookback. The finally we wrap up the show with our summer ending tradition of talking about games we love, are excited about, want to buy or whatever flies into our minds in the moment with The Secret Cabal Playlists.

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Episode 165: The Reckoners, The Godfather and a Short Topic Extravaganza

Today the gang presents their new show, The Chris, Jamie and Steve Show over on YouTube and Tony and Jamie talk about their adventures at Gen Con. Then fter talking about a whole mess of games, Steve and Jamie review the new game based on Brandon Sanderson's book series, The Reckoners and look back at The Godfather: Corleone's Empire. And finally after Tony T gives you all of the more important news around the gaming world, the Founders do another Short Topic Extravaganza in which they talk about solo games and best two player games to play with your spouse.

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Episode 164: Thunderstone Quest, Nemo's War and a Short Topic Extravaganza

Jamie and Tony are on the way to Gen Con but the show must go on! Today the gang gives the feature review treatment to Thunderstone Quest and looks back at Nemo's War one year later. then Tony T gives us a rousing news segment in which we talk about the Overturn Kickstarter mess. Then in our Short Topic Extravaganza we talk about Kickstarters that go bad, Anime movies and Uwe Rosenberg games and how they've changed over the years.

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Episode 163: Gaia Project, Near and Far and The State of Board Gaming Today

Jamie and Chris are back from Dice Tower Con and have a bunch of new experiences and games to talk about. Then the gang presents their brand new segment called "Games of Yester-year" in which they talk about and review older titles from years past. Then of course, the Founders give you another feature review, this time Gaia Project and look back at Near and Far one year later. Tony T gives you the best damned tabletop gaming new segment in the history of gaming and then the guys have a short discussion about the state of tabletop gaming and how they've seen things change over the years.

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Lords of the Dungeon 17: Knowing What Your Players Can Do and Experience

The Lords are back from Origins and the gang discusses about how great gaming conventions are. Then Jess talks about her Shadowrun Games at Origins. We take a question from a listener regarding collecting information from about and knowing everything your players can do. Then we round out the episode with a discussion about giving experience to your players.

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Episode 162: Dinosaur Island, Age of Thieves and a Short Topic Extravaganza

We're back from Origins and have a few tales of gaming and shenanigans to tell plus all the games we played while in Columbus Ohio for nearly a week. Then we do a feature review of Dinosaur Island and a look back at Age of Thieves. Tony T gives us the rundown of all the important news from the tabletop gaming universe while the rest of us quack in the background. Then finally we host another short topic extravaganza in which we talk about the price of boards games, how the Satanic Panic affected gaming and whether board games artwork is actually artwork or not.

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Episode 161: A Feast for Odin, Railroad Revolution and The Fear of Missing Out

Tony T is back from Europe and talks about some of the crazy things he's gotten into, the gang talks about a bunch of older games they've been getting into lately. Then the Founders review A Feast for Odin and look back at Railroad Revolution. The Tony T is back in the new anchor chair and the gang chatters in the background. The finally, the guys discuss FOMO, The Fear of Missing Out.

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Lords of the Dungeon 16: Players Knowing More than the GM and Things We Could Improve Upon in Our Roleplaying

The Gang is on the way to Origins Game Fair but the show must go on!  Today we talk about our new Dungeons and Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign and the characters we'll be playing. Then we take a question from a listener who asks how we handle players knowing more about a setting than the Game Master. Finally the Lords have a round table table discussion about things they could improve upon in their own roleplaying and game mastering. 

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Episode 160: Big Trouble in Little China, Watson and Holmes and Our Favorite Gaming Memories

So Tony T is marauding around Europe so we have a guest sitting in, Aaron from Lords of the Dungeon! First Chris and Jamie review the Dungeons and Dragons themed movie Mazes and Monsters starring Tom Hanks. Then after the Founders run down all the games they've been playing they talk a little but about Origins and give some details about their event. Then the gang takes a look at the new Big Trouble in Little China board game and give you their review and a look back at Watson and Holmes one year later. Steve takes the reigns for the news segment today and we crack wise while learning about what's going on in the gaming world. Then finally the guys talk about some of their favorite memories of gaming past.

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Dungeon Masters Ludus 05: Game Master Styles

Today Bender and Jamie talk about the mentality of one versus many and the philosophy of actually cooperating with your players to make a great RPG. Then they talk about game master styles. How does it feel to play in and Bender game and a Jamie game. We talk about some GMs we've gamed with in the past and how everyone's own signature style is different.

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Express 37: Origins 2018 Pre-Show Fiesta with Rodney Smith and Marty Connell

Today the Three Amigos are back together for an Origins Game Fair Fiesta! Jamie welcomes honorary Founders Rodney Smith from Watch It Played and Marty Connell from Rolling Dice and Taking Names to talk about whats going on at Origins this year. First we talk about Cobra Kai the new YouTube Red series based on The Karate Kid (which has absolutely nothing to do with Origins but whatever). Then we talk about when we're arriving, our savage hole arrangements and the big things we're excited about. Then the Amigos talk about some of the games demoing and releasing at the convention and the ones they're most excited about. Onward to Origins!

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Episode 159: Lords of Hellas, Clank! and A Short Topic Extravaganza

Episode 159 will from now on be referred to as "The Cursed Episode" as schedules, technical problems and other issues have cause more havoc than ever before BUT The Cabal rages forth none the less. Today the a look at Lords of Hellas from Awaken Realms and look back at Clank! from Renegade Games. Then After Tony T blasts out the best news segment in all of gaming media the Founders host another short topic extravaganza including discussions about using characters and actors in miniatures games seemingly without permission, our favorite fantasy, sci-fi and comic book series and how we like to learn and teach games. Then after the episode is over Jamie talks about the Kickstarter and what the plans are going forward for The Cabal.

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Episode 158: Thanos Rising, 51st State and a Short Topic Extravaganza

We got three days left on the Kickstarter! Head over there if you're like to support the Secret Cabal for another year. Today the gang takes a look at the brand new Avengers Infinity War tie in game, Thanos Rising! And then the founders look back at 51st State the Master Set one year later. Tony T gives you a news segment filled with deceit and treachery while the rest of that chimes in. Then finally a short topic extravaganza including the most popular games the year we were born, games we'd love to explore deeply, should games punish you for making poor choices and our favorite and least favorite end game triggers.

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Dungeon Masters Ludus 04: Just Starting Out As A Game Master

Today Bender and Jamie focus in on an email sent by a Cabalist who is just getting started as a Game Master and has a series of questions that we address. We talk about what your first adventure might look like, should you pre-gen characters or have the players make their own? Should you start with a pre-designed adventure module or write your own? And more.

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