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Episode 176: Dinogenics, Merlin and a Short Topic Extravaganza

Today the founders go bananas with a feature review of the newest dinosaur park management game, Dinogenics from Ninth Haven Games and designed by Richard Keene. Then the gang takes a look back at Stefan Feld's Merlin on year later. Since Tony T is traveling this week, Steve fills in as the news host giving a rundown of all the happenings around the tabletop gaming world. Then finally the founders host another Short Topic Extravaganza including games we used to love but don't want to play, pirate themed games, asymmetry in games and what characters we would be in games.

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The State of the Cabal Address 2019

It's the fifth Wednesday of the month and the normal podcasts have a week off so Jamie takes the opportunity to give The State of the Cabal Address. In this podcast Jamie discusses the podcasts, the video production, side projects, fundraising and how the money is used, sponsorship, reviewing and other behind the scenes aspects of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast.

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Episode 174: Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Defenders of the Realm and our Favorites of 2018 and upcoming in 2019

It's a new year and the Founders are back to give a year chocked full of gaming nonsense! Today we give you an overview and review of Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time and a look back at Defenders of the Realm one year later. Then Tony T goes bananas with his news segment while the peanut gallery quacks in the background. Then finally the gang talks about their favorite games released in 2018, their favorite game they reviewed in 2018 and finally talks about their most anticipated games coming in 2019.

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Episode 173: Auztralia, Aristeia and a Short Topic Extravaganza

Happy Holidays Cabalists, It's our Christmas Extravaganza! Today the gang celebrates the holidays by reviewing Martin Wallace's newest game Auztralia from Stronghold Games and looking back at the arena combat sports game from Corvus Belli, Aristeia. Tony T spins up the news feeds to out together the best damn news segment in all of tabletop gaming. Then the Founders give you another short topic extravaganza with topics including Stretch Goals, liking games you guy vs ones you didn't buy, starter miniatures games and our favorite comic book series. And sprinkled throughout the episode we give you a ton of holiday songs written by the Cabalists and sung by the Founders.

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Lords of the Dungeon 22: Shadowrun Special Edition

In episode 22 of Lords of the Dungeon Bender, Jess and Jamie give you a special edition spotlight on Shadowrun, the classic cyberpunk and fantasy mashup role playing game published by Catalyst Game Lab. We begin by talking about the setting and lore of the Sixth World and move into the depth and complexities of the game mechanisms.

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Episode 172: Arkham Horror 3rd Edition, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate and The Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right

Chris and Jamie are back from BGGcon and have played a ton of great games they want to tell you about. Then the gang gives an overview and review of Arkham Horror 3rd Edition from Fantasy Flight Games and look back at Betrayal at Baldur's Gate one year later. Tony T throws the best damn news segment ever at your while the rest of the Founders quack in the background. And finally, the guys present the Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right in which they talk about what kind of opponents they like to play against and some stuff that makes them crazy. TIMECODES: Arkham Horror Overview 00:50:22, Arkham Horror Review: 00:57:10, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate: 01:28:15, Founders Update: 01:35:25, The News with Tony T: 01:37:50, The Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right: 02:31:10

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Express 43: BGGcon 2018 and DIY Tabletop Gaming Accessories

Jamie and Chris just got back from BGGcon and give the rundown of what they thought after their first visit to this smaller, gaming focused convention and rank each convention they've been to from worst to best. Jamie also gives a review of his experience at The Warhammer Citadel, the world's first and only Games Workshop cafe and gaming center. Then the guys run down some of the do it yourself upgrades and accessories that they've made for their tabletop games. 

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Episode 171: Cerebria The Inside World, Yokohama and a Short Topic Extravaganza

Chris is back from his trip the UK and talks about his games he played with our English Cabalists. Then we feature the newest Mind Clash game, Cerebria The Inside World. Then we take a look back at Yokohama from TMG one year later. After Tony T gives us the greatest news segment in all of board gaming, the gang hosts another short topic extravaganza in which we talk about our shelf of shame and getting better at board games.

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Lords of the Dungeon 21: RPG Sports, GM vs Player Description and Playing Your Alignment

In episode 21 the Lords talk about Bender and Jess' new massively multiplayer online tabletop Shadowrun campaign they're about to start. Then the gang talks about a new role playing game sports tournament that will be streamed on Twitch. The Lords take a questions from a listener regarding how out GMs and players tend to describe the actions their taking. Then finally we have a discussion about alignment, what it means and how we use it in game.

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Episode 170: Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl Comparison, The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 and Gimmicks in Board Games

With Chris on vacation in the UK, Aaron from the Lords of the Dungeon sits in to make some jokes and trade barbs with Steve. Then Steve and Jamie compare and review Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl from Games Workshop. Then they take a look back at The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 one year later. After Tony Topper gives you the best damn gaming news segment in all of tabletop gaming the gang discusses gimmicks in board games!

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Dungeon Masters Ludus 08: Running Horror Adventures

Roleplaying games are about telling stories, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and more... but one of our favorite kinds of stories here at The Secret Cabal is the genre of horror. Today Bender and Jamie talk about how they run horror themed games and how you can celebrate Halloween by giving your players a good scare

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Episode 169: Eschaton, Folklore the Affliction and a Short Topic Extravaganza

It's Halloween time and the founders celebrate by talking about a ton of spooky board game! Then they feature the grim themed Eschaton from Archon Games and look back at the creepy adventure Folklore the Affliction from Greenbrier Games. After Tony T scares the wits out of you with his dreaded new segment and the ghoulish gang quacks in the background they host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring a problem player, underused themed in board games and how to make territory control unique!

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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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