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.
- Eclipse: 00:35
- Settlers of America Trails to Rails: 00:40
- Abaddon: 00:46
- Zpocalypse: 00:49
- Dungeon Run: 00:55
- Flash Point: Fire Rescue: 00:60
- Core Worlds: 01:08
- Cosmic Encounters: 01:13
Gaming News with Tony Topper: 01:21
The Panic Station Challenge: 01:55
Battlemap or Not in RPG Combats: 02:20
- The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast is now a part of the Dice Tower Network! We’re very proud to be part of an excellent group of podcasters who are just as passionate about games as we are.
- Recording Day Technical Difficulties: We had the sound card we use for recording go out on us during the recording session. We apologize if the sound quality isn’t up to par with what we typically put out. We picked up a USB 4 channel replacement to use as a backup or use when we’re at conventions. Let us know what you think of the sound quality during the discussion segments.
- We had some questions regarding our release schedule. Last month we did the first, third, and fifth Wednesday of the month, though our usual schedule is just the first and third. We had the episode recorded and edited so we decided to release early. We’ll let people know when we have these variations so you guys will know when to expect an episode release.
Opening Banter Topics:
- Origins deals were crazy this year! Anyone who was there will remember the “Free high fives with every sale!” at the Dominion castle who drove prices down to ridiculous levels.
- Origins sponsors dictating prices at the show?
- Box O’ Rocks at Origins was a hit! Er…well at least everyone talked about it.
- Jamie really wanted the Black Box of Glory to Rome, but they wouldn’t give it out due to some Kickstarter concerns.
- Mage Wars was everywhere at Origins. Stickers on the floor, hotel keycards, Mage Wars tournaments.
- Felicia Day and Will Wheaton were at Origins! Tabletop on Geek and Sundry was being heavily promoted. Chris explains the Will Wheaton effect.
- Tony and Aaron (a gamer friend of ours) insult Felicia Day. Feel free to send them hate mail.
- Chris played Tentacle Bento, which is basically Gin Rummy.
- Jamie demo’d Abaddon designed by Richard Borg and shares his experience meeting him.
- Brian shares how awesome the gaming community at Origins was.
- The founders met up with Stephen Buonocore, more on that in the discussion!
- The D&D Next Playtest Session was a tad underwhelming.
- Lords of Waterdeep D&Deeples are available! Check out this thread on Board Game Geek for more information.
Instead of the usual walk-through and review we’re doing a segment we’re calling the Roundup. This is something we’ll be doing in the future whenever we attend a convention will consist of a series of rapid fire summaries and mini reviews of the games played throughout the event. Enough with the segment description. On to the gaming goodness!
Gaming News with Tony Topper
- The Boyscouts are now offering a Game Design merit badge! Why couldn’t they have done this 25 years ago?
- Z-Man Games takes over publishing for Hanns Gluk from Rio Grande Games.
- Wizards of the Coast announces the D&D Next Playtest Hotline. Expect a lot of “that isn’t implemented yet.” answers to your questions.
Product Announcements / Releases
|More to come…|
Kickstarter Projects Ending Soon (and Ulule.com)
Alien Frontiers: Aurora is up for backing on Ulule.com (a site similar to Kickstarter). Aurora is a language translation project that plans to deliver Alien Frontiers to folks who would like to have the game available to them in their native language.
Written by Alessio Cavatore, Kings of War is an easy-to-learn fantasy battle wargame that is tactical, simple and innovative. Currently over 3000% funded, with only a little time left to back this project!
Contests and Conventions
- More to come…
The Panic Station Challenge
The founders issued a challenge to Stephen Buonocor of Stronghold Games, wherein we issued a review of Panic Station back in December and didn’t find the game enjoyable for a myriad of reasons. The challenge was to play a game of Panic Station with us and prove to us it was a good game. He accepted the challenge and graciously took time out of his very busy schedule to meet up with us. In the end, we walked away from the table laughing and retelling the tale of events, moment by moment, as one player infected another and the remaining human players realized they were doomed. We were happy to admit that our assessment of Panic Station was off.
This lead to us having an in depth discussion about the way we approach games, whether it’s us being close minded about the games we like, being hypercritical of every aspect of a game, or just having expectations that are off when we sit down at the table.
To use a Battlemap or not in RPG’s?
At Origins several of the founders had an opportunity to play in the D&D Next Playtest where they experienced combat both with and without a battlemap. Afterwards, we discussed why we decided to switch to a battlemap, what we liked about not using one, and the problems that were resolved and introduced when we started using a battlemap. The group is split between those who want to use a battlemap and those who don’t. The predominant reason for using a battlemap is consistently the resolution of misunderstandings about the scenes playing out, what character is where, the distance between characters, etc. Those in favor of not using one share that players having the perfect top down view with total awareness of everything occurring in combat breaks immersion. After looking back with rose colored glasses at the topic, Tony presents an idea to appease both camps.
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