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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Opening Banter

The Secret Cabal International Tabletop Day Event!

The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast is hosting their International Tabletop Day board gaming events at War and Pieces Gamer’s General Store and Lounge in Lancaster Pennsylvania.  The event will run from opening to closing, 10am to 10pm, Saturday April 5th, 2014. We’ll also be holding game raffles throughout the day thanks to our sponsors Stronghold Games and Game Salute and a number of other publishers. Bring your games and your friends out and have a party with Chris and Jamie from the Secret Cabal!  The store isn’t the largest, but it has good space for gaming and is operated by some great people. It’s inside the mall on the second floor with a parking lot in the rear.  Also, the Lancaster Dispensing Company is less than half a block up away, so there will be beer breaks!

Checkout the event info here.

Russian Railroads

In Russian Railroads, players compete in an exciting race to build the largest and most advanced railway network. In order to do so, the players appoint their workers to various important tasks. The development of simple tracks will quickly bring the players to important places, while the modernization of their railway network will improve the efficiency of their machinery. Newer locomotives cover greater distances and factories churn out improved technology. Engineers, when used effectively, can be the extra boost that an empire needs to race past the competition.


Haven Town is facing total annihilation at the hands (and teeth) of a horde of monsters from beyond the Shadowrift. You the heroes must band together to drive them back. To do this, you will need powerful spells, skills, attacks and loot. When the game begins, you are a basic hero; you can explore and fight. Lucky for you, this is a deckbuilding game! You can buy new cards to add to your deck - cards which will define you as an adventurer and complement the strengths of your fellow heroes.

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Game Salute
Area 1851. You are one of the area’s top five Tinkerers and you’re looking to prove your grit to the citizens of this Wild West town. Each turn players will have to deal with and negotiate random events in the area, then continue the turn under those circumstances, by drawing Tinker cards to fill their hand up to five cards, then rolling dice to determine their resources for that turn. Players then spend those resources to build new Gadgets or augment their existing Gadgets with Modifications. These Gadgets and Modifications can then be Delivered to the townsfolk for Reputation. In addition players can choose to scrap cards from their hand, and pull them out of circulation.

Stronghold Games
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