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Five old friends of more than 20 years come together to produce a high quality, bi-weekly podcast about tabletop gaming of all kinds: board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing games and much more. In each episode you can expect board game reviews, gaming industry news and round-table discuss…

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    • Feb 8, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
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    Lords of the Dungeon 59: ChatGPT and Managing Player Abilities

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2023 62:10


    Today the Lords open the show by talking about the hottest new toy in the tech world, ChatGPT and Jamie's experience solo role playing with it. Then the gang dives into a mega-discussion about Jess' new DnD campaign and managing player abilities that become problematic within the group.

    Episode 266: Encyclopedia and The X Factor of Popular Board Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2023 205:15


    The Founders are back for another jam-packed episode starting out with a bit of tv show talk and leading into and a bunch of games we've been playing including The Thing: The Boardgame, QE, Wonderland's War, Heroes of Land Air and Sea, Scout and a feature review of Encyclopedia. Then Tony T gives us the greatest tabletop gaming news in the world of tabletop gaming as the rest of the gang quacks in the background. And finally, the boys discuss that special magic that games certain board games explode in popularity. Encyclopedia Review 01:01:22, Founders Update 01:29:03, News with Tony T 01:33:12, X-Factor of Popular Board Games 02:46:21

    Express 81: The Best of 2022 and Lookback

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023 74:16


    Welcome Cabalists to the first annual Best of 2022 and Lookback Special in which we look back at the past year and discuss the games played and reviewed. The gang will list their individual top 5 games that The Cabal reviewed in 2022, the top 5 games the guys individually played but did not review and the top 5 games they missed in 2022.

    Episode 265: Starship Captains and A Short Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 193:07


    Hey Now Cabalists! It's time for your weekly dose of Cabal nonsense! Today the gang takes a look at a bunch of awesome games including The Shivers, Autobahn, Raiders of the North Sea Digital, Fall of the Mountain King, Cat in the Box and Don and Jamie feature Starship Captains designed by Peter B. Hoffgaard and published by CGE. Then Tony T gives you all the relevant news from around the gaming verse. And finally, the Founders host another Short Topic Extravaganza with topics like how factors game for a great game session, who are some of our favorite content creators and do you think it's okay to have multiple game with the same style or theme. Starship Captains Review 00:49:11, Founders Update 01:20:21, News with Tony T 01:23:32, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:30:45

    Lords of the Dungeon 58: Catching Up with the Lords

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 64:07


    The Lords of the Dungeon are back in action and ready to get busy with some roleplaying! The gang dives back in by discussing a ton of great books and games including The Expanse, The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book, Alien Destroyer of Worlds, Lancer, Vampire the Masquerade, Blades in the Dark and Call of Cthulhu. Enjoy!

    Episode 264: Lacrimosa and Keeping Your Gaming Life Fresh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 168:22


    Oh baby, it's the first show of the year and after a little holiday break the Founders are back for some crazy Cabal antics! Today the gang gets into some of the games they've been playing including Forest of Radgost, Creature Comforts, Merchants of the Dark Road, Marvel Snap, Mindbug and features Lacrimosa designed by Gerard Ascensi and Ferran Renalias and published by Devir. After Tony T knocks your socks off with another bombastic tabletop gaming news segment the boys get into a discussion about keeping their gaming lives fresh. Lacrimosa Review 00:53:02, Founders Update 01:15:08, News with Tony T 01:18:23, Keeping Your Gaming Life Fresh 02:07:04

    Episode 263: Ahoy and The Games of Christmas Past Present and Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 193:48


    Ho Ho Ho Cabalists! It's the 2022 Secret Cabal Holiday Special! Today the Don and Jamie talk about their time at PAX Unplugged and a bunch of games they've played including Obsession, Fire and Stone Siege of Vienna 1683, Clank! Catacombs, Wicked and Wise and Ready, Set Bet and a feature review of Ahoy by Greg Loring-Albright and Leder Games. Then between all the Secret Cabal Christmas tunes, Tony T kicks out the best damned tabletop gaming news segment in the history of tabletop gaming podcasts and the gang talks about games from the past, present and future that bring them joy. Ahoy Review 00:51:33, Founders Update 01:19:44, News with Tony T 01:25:56, Games of Christmas Past Present and Future 02:13:04

    Express 80: Helping Santa Gift Games To Gamers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 64:49


    In this, the first Express Episode in a full year, Don, Chris and Jamie are joined by their very good friend The Secret Cabal Christmas Elf to help Santa out with gifting games to gamers. The boys go through a series of categories including games for game enthusiasts, party games, stocking stuffers, budget games and more.

    Episode 262: Sabotage and Revisiting Crowdfunding

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 150:48


    Hey now! It's time for another healthy dose of Cabal nonsense! Today the gang gets into some of the games they've been playing including Star Trek Ascendency, Weather Machine, Mechs vs Minions, Paperback Adventures, San Francisco, and features Sabotage by Tim Fowers. Then Tony T gives the most wonderful tabletop gaming roundup any newsman has every provided. Finally, the Founders take a look at crowdfunding and how their habits have changed over the years and how they may be changing in the future. Sabotage Review 00:47:54, Founders Update 01:09:01, News with Tony T 01:14:31, Revisiting Crowdfunding 01:55:02

    Episode 261: Alma Mater and What We're Thankful For In Gaming

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 165:24


    Gobble Gobble Gobble, Cabalists! It's coming up on that holiday where we eat way too much take naps on the couch (or that would be a typical day at my house). The gang dives in with some games they've been playing including Planted, Horrified Universal Monsters, Monster Slaughter, Oak, Ark Nova and our feature review Alma Mater from Eggertspiele. Tony Topper does what a Tony Topper does best and enlightens us with all the best tabletop gaming news out there. And finally, the founders list some things that really stick in their craw and what games they're thankful for that fix those issues. Alma Mater Review 00:50:44, News with Tony T 01:19:33, What We're Thankful For In Gaming 02:08:29

    Episode 260: Endless Winter Paleoamericans and a Short Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 172:24


    Hey Now Cabalists! Alabama White Thing? Alabama Booger Monster? Turkey Man Steve? The mysterious primates are everywhere! Today the gang talks about a bunch of great games they've been getting into including Valaria: Card, Mosaic, Don't Go In There, Flamecraft, Campaign Trail and a feature review of Endless Winter: Paleoamericans from Stan Kordonskiy Fantasia Games. Then after Tony T gives you an on fleek tabletop gaming news roundup the gang gets into some short topics including rare and out of print games, the complexity to fun ratio and what game could you beat Death at to not go to hell? Endless Winter Paleoamericans Review 00:54:27, News with Tony T 01:13:00, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:19:22

    Episode 259: Night of the Living Dead and What To Watch This Halloween

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 174:43


    Happy Halloween Cabalists! It's that time of year when the Founders are visited by Wolfman Steve and The Gatekeeper for some spooky fun and games! First the gang talks about their very own cryptid that lives in the forests near their home. Then the gaming ghoulies jump into some games they've been playing including Finding Sasquatch, Cult of the Deep, Bloody Inn, Feed the Kraken, Campy Creatures, and our feature review, Night of the Living Dead A Zombicide Game. Then Tony T gives us the creepiest, most hair-raising haunted new segments in all of Halloween Town. Then finally the Founders give board games a break and talk about the TV shows and movies we're watching this October! Night of the Living Dead Review 00:54:27, News with Tony T 01:13:00, What To Watch This Halloween 02:19:22

    Episode 258: Witchstone and a Short Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 193:36


    The Founders are back with another jam-packed episode and this one has some crazy stuff going on so BEWARE! The gang starts out by talking about some awesome games including Oathsworn: Into the Deepwood, Glow, Exit: The Sinister Mansion, Lunar Rush, Cry Havoc, Agricola and My Father's Work. Then Don, Steve and Jamie jump into a feature review of Witchstone. Tony T goes bananas with his news segment, and this is where all the insanity starts due to a controversy in the Chess world. Then finally the gang talks about beer and pretzel games, games we would have loved when we were in 7th grade, and things that turn us off about games in our Short Topic Extravaganza. Overview 01:13:47, Witchstone Review 01:17:19, News with Tony T 01:40:01, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:33:42

    Episode 257: Furnace and Matters of Complexity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 193:36


    Hey Now Cabalists! In episode 257 the gang gets back to talk about some great games including Resist!, City of Iron, Thunderstone Quest, Trudvang Legends, Cat in the Box and Get on Board. Then Don and Jamie throw a feature review of Furnace from AEG at you, followed by the great Tony T and his legendary news segment featuring many off the rails conversations. And finally, the Founders get busy with a discussion called Matters of Complexity! Furnace Overview 01:13:47, Furnace Review 01:17:19, News with Tony T 01:40:01, Matters of Complexity 02:33:42

    Episode 256: Sniper Elite and A Short Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 197:05


    In episode 256, Steve digs into his mail bag and definitely is NOT paid by Cabalists to provide shout outs on the air. Then the Founders get busy talking about the games they've been playing including Dead Reckoning, USPS The Great American Mail Race, Dorf Romantik, Conquest of Planet Earth, My Father's Work, Suburbia Collector's Edition and Everdell Digital. Then, of course, Tony T give the audience with the best damned tabletop gaming news segment that has ever been provided to a podcast audience. And finally, the gang hosts a Short Topic Extravaganza with topics including the Founder's superpowers, what Dungeons and Dragons characters would the Founders be, how many plays does it take to say a game is bad and are there any Kickstarter the founders regret backing and not backing. Sniper Elite Overview 01:07:43, Sniper Elite Review 01:10:20, The News with Tony T 01:38:19, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:42:50

    Battletome Vol 5: Battletech

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 103:35


    Enter, Ye Gods of War! In Volume five of Battletome, a podcast about the miniatures gaming hobby, Bender, Aaron and Jamie welcomes a new filthy casual to the roster of Cabal hosts, Mike! The gang talks about their hobby projects including Warcry, Frostgrave, Marvel Crisis Protocol, Star Wars Legion, Warhammer 40,000 and Moonbreaker. Then the guys get down and dirty with the classic miniatures wargame Battletech from Catalyst Game Labs.

    Episode 255: The Great Wall and Revisiting Replayability

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 201:44


    In episode 255, The gang starts out with a story from back in high school and dive right into the games we've been playing including Catan Starfarers, Age of Atlantis, The Crew: Mission Deep Sea, Nidavellir, Marvel Dice Throne, Kitty Paw and Star Trek Missions. Then the Founders jump into a deep dive review of The Great Wall from Awaken Realms. Then after Tony T gives us a rundown of all the most important news items from around the tabletop gaming world, the game returns to a discussion topic from the past regarding Replaybility and how it impacts our enjoyment, our perception of value and how it affects our reviews. The Great Wall Overview 01:09:15, The Great Wall Review 01:13:42, The News with Tony T 01:46:17, Revisiting Replaybility 02:42:53

    Episode 254: Final Girl and a Short Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 193:47


    In episode 254 the Founders start the show by talking about Tony's trip back to Pennsylvania and move into the games we've been playing including Tapestry with the Plots and Ploys expansion and the Arts and Architecture expansion, Shogun, A.D.E.L.E., Murder of Crows and Bumuntu. Then Tony T pins the wild meter in the red with his tabletop gaming news segment. And finally, we give you another Short Topic Extravaganza including Ghosts and hauntings, the player who hosts and preps the game night and is it okay to meta-game a board game. Final Girl Overview 01:02:00, Final Girl Review 01:06:57, The News with Tony T 01:33:09, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:13:57

    Episode 253: Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and The Cabalists Court with Judge Topper

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 170:02


    Good morning and happy Wednesday to all of you wonderful Cabalists out there! Today we dive into talking about the games we've been playing including Rising Sun, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Ashes Reborn: Rise of the Phoenixborn, Thunderstone Quest, Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape, and Star Wars Outer Rim Unfinished Business. Don, Jamie and Steve hook you up with a feature review of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window from the Prospero Hall design team and Funko Games. Then Tony T managed to pique our interests with a bunch of great news stories and Kickstarters from across the gaming verse. And finally, court is in session and Judge Topper presides over The Cabalist's Court! Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window Overview 01:02:00, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window Review 01:06:57, News with Tony T 01:33:09, The Cabalists Court with Judge Topper 02:13:57

    Episode 252: The Snallygaster Situation and The Production, Gameplay and Cost of Board Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 170:02


    Alrighty Cabalists, it's time for yet another major dose of Secret Cabal insubordinate, irreverence and meshugenah nonsense! Today the gang dives into the games they've been getting into including Circadians: First Light, Buck Rogers Battle for 25th Century, Lost Ruins of Arnak, Bretwalda, Wild Serengeti, Dutch Blitz and Rising Sun. Then Don, Jamie and Chris get busy with a review of Renegade Games' The Snallygaster Situation: Kids on Bikes Board Game. And of course, as usual, Tony T gives us what hell of a roller coaster ride through the world of tabletop gaming in his bananas news segment. The show is then closed out with the discussion about board game production and how that may affect the fun positively and negatively. The Snallygaster Situation Overview 00:58:17, The Snallygaster Situation Review 01:03:18, News with Tony T 01:28:44, The Production, Gameplay and Cost of Board Games 02:13:03

    Episode 251: Dice Realms and The Top 1000 Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 155:42


    Today the absolutely amazing and wonderful board game content creator, Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise and Watch It Played gives us a pro announce that couldn't be matched! Then the gang goes from wonderful to disgusting as Chris describes his dootie basement. When the founders get tired of hearing about toilet water shooting into the basement, they get busy with some games they've been playing including Big City, Carnegie, Space Station Phoenix, Cuphead, and Blank Slate. Then Don and Jamie jump into a feature review of the new Tom Lehmann came Dice Realms. Tony T wows the audience with his amazing newsman skills and finally the game discusses the Top 1000 Club in which they talk about games that have been relegated to the ranking of 1000 on Board Game Geek. Dice Realms Overview 00:51:28, Dice Realms Review 00:56:00, News with Tony T 01:18:10, The Top 1000 Club 02:02:51

    Episode 250: Golem and a Short Off-Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 195:36


    Today the legendary board and miniatures game reviewer, Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Games, opens the show with a guest announce and we couldn't ask for better! Jamie and Don dive into a feature review of Golem from Cranio Creations. Tony T, wows the audience with his new man prowess in his world famous tabletop gaming news segment. And finally, the gang closes out the show with a Short Off-Topic Extravaganza in which they DO NOT talk about tabletop gaming but rather random off topic questions submitted by listeners include our favorite beer and cocktails, what we'd do with a time machine and how Tony prepares his final words of wisdom. Golem Overview 01:15:29, Golem Review 01:19:58, News with Tony T 01:28:48, Short Off-Topic Extravaganza 02:33:08

    Episode 249: Boonlake and The Evolution of Game Designs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 190:14


    Today we have our great friend Rodney Smith of Watch It Played kicking off the show with a guest announce, and I gotta say, he goes an amazing job! Then the Founders confront Don about his sleeving mental issues and continue with a dive into a mess of games they've been getting into including Horrified American Monsters, Foundations of Rome, Cuphead The Fast Rolling Dice Game, Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age, Era: Medieval Age, Gaia Project, and Cryptid: Urban Legends. After Jamie gives a little health update, he and Don crack open Boonlake from Alexander Pfister and Capstone Games for a feature review. Tony T, once again, wows the people with his fine upstanding journalism skill and news delivery skills. Then finally the gang talks about games designs that have gone through an evolutionary period over time. Boonlake Overview 01:10:22, Boonlake Review 01:14:06, News with Tony T 01:42:58, Evolution of Game Designs 02:36:12

    Episode 248: Ark Nova and a Short Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 197:41


    Dan King The Game Boy Geek stars as our guest announcer today and goes the extra mile to give us some saxophone serenading! Today the Founders dive right into a conversation about a beautiful thing a group of Cabalsts did for Jamie by getting some of his favorite Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica character to wish him good health. Check out the show notes on www.thesecretcabal.com for links to the videos. Then the gang runs down some of games they've been playing including Stardew Valley, Caylus, Hunt a Killer, Nemesis, Great Wall, Brian Boru High King of Ireland, and Res Arcana. Don and Jamie throw down a feature review of Ark Nova from Capstone Games, Tony T delivers the hottest gaming news segment this side of the Mississippi and finally the gang takes questions from the listeners including where our gaming retirement home would be, what minimalist games do we recommend and what's our second favorite game from our favorite game designer. Ark Nova Overview 01:06:14, Ark Nova Review 01:10:35, News with Tony T 01:38:01, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:35:05

    Episode 247: The Hunger and Games We Would Add to the BGG Top 100

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 178:13


    Tony McRee of Rolling Dice and Taking Names blasts us into a new episode of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast! Today the gang talks about some of the games they've been playing including Oltree, Dune Imperium, Merchants of the Dark Road, DinoGenics, Dice Throne, Camel Up and Last Light. Then Don, Steve and Jamie throw down a review of Richard Garfield's The Hunger from Renegade Games. Tony T, as always, wows the audience with this vast knowledge of all things gaming industry in his award-winning news segment. And finally, the Founders dive into a discussion about what games they would like to see in the BoardGameGeek top 100 ranking. The Hunger Overview 00:48:13, The Hunger World Review 00:51:17, News with Tony T 01:16:08, Games We Would Add to the BGG Top 100 02:17:33

    Episode 246: We're Back and Catching Up with the Founders!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 130:00


    Hey Now Cabalists! After a 3-month hiatus, the Secret Cabal Founders are back in action. Today we jump right back into the swing of things bustin' balls, crackin' wise and yammering on about the games they love to play. Then Tony T doesn't even miss a beat jumping back into this newsman shoes and gives us the best damned tabletop gaming news roundup you've ever seen. Then finally the gang talks about what they've been up to for the past 3 months while Jamie was "laying around" as Steve puts it. News with Tony T 01:53:00, Catchin Up With The Founders 01:31:03

    Health Update and What's Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 15:21


    Hey Now Cabalists! This audio is an update regarding my (Jamie) health and recovery, when the podcasts may return, the 2021 Kickstarter pledge manager, and a few stories of great things that happened during the past few months. Too Long, Didn't Listen? Here's the short version. My recovery is coming along. Still seeing doctors about some issues I'm having but we're optimistic that we can get the issues cleared up soon. We'll know in May if the treatment was completely successful, and the cancer is gone, or we need to do more work. We have a Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast recording sessions scheduled for this weekend and hope to begin releases the show again at the beginning of April. I'm easing back in and hope that I can make it work. Crossing fingers. Lords, Battletome and Express to come in the coming months. The 2021 Kickstarter Pledge Manager will be opening this week. Please keep an eye on your email for the link so you can close your pledge, select add-ons, make donations and Late Pledge. It's Bill Shatner's 91st birthday today and he had a small part in my cancer recovery (it was mostly my wife Melanie though).

    Important Message from the Founders

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 8:07


    Express 79: The Island of Misfit Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 62:30


    Don and Jamie open the show discussing a topic from the forums regarding our favorite Holiday movies and transition into our main topic - The Island of Misfit Games. Just like in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer in which Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon Cornelius discover the Island of Misfit Toys, Don and Jamie visit a different island at which strange, broken, or unattractive - yet fun to play - games reside. Can we find homes for these misfit games?

    Episode 245: Sleeping Gods and The Newlywed Game Founders Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 198:15


    Ho Ho Ho and Happy Holidays Cabalists! It's time for the Secret Cabal's 2021 Christmas Special! Today we start out with the weirdest Chris story you'll ever hear so get ready. And then of course we dive into some games we've been playing including Kokopelli, Ghostbusters Men In Black Ecto-Terrestrial Invasion, Sub Terra, Heads Up, Trophies, Just One Online, Unsettled, Brick and Mortar, Betrayal Legacy and Betrayal Widows Walk. Don, Jamie and Chris slide into a feature review of the amazing Sleeping Gods from Ryan Laukat. Then Tony T crushes it with the last gaming new segment for 2021 while the rest of us yammer on in the background. Then we roll right into an irreverent version of The Newlywed Game where the founders find out how well they know each other. And of course, like all Christmas special you'll get a bunch of great Cabal Christmas songs and our annual Secret Santa tradition. Sleeping Gods Overview 01:07:46, Sleeping Gods World Review 01:11:59, News with Tony T 01:42:09, The Newlywed Game Founders Edition 02:25:59

    Lords of the Dungeon 57: Heirs to Heresy, Fallout and Our Tabletop RPG Pet Peeves

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 60:37


    In episode 57 Bender starts out by talking about his recent game of Heirs to Heresy: The Fall of the Knights Templar from Osprey Games. Then the gang talks about their first foray into the Fallout RPG from Modiphius. Then the Lords round out the episode with a discussion about the things in RPG that they hate - their tabletop roleplaying game pet peeves.

    Episode 244: It's a Wonderful World and Designer Bodies of Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 199:00


    Awwwww yeah, It's Cabal Time! Today the Founders talk about the Rock Apes and Tony's new career as a Rock Ape Hunter and a bunch of games they've been playing including Cleopatra and the Society of Architects, Savannah Park, Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein, That Time You Killed Me, Galaxy Hunters and Radlands. Then Don and Jamie jump into a feature review of It's a Wonderful World from designer Frédéric Guérard. Then Tony T wows the crowd with the greatest tabletop gaming news segment in the known universe. And finally, the gang takes a look at 5 game designers including Ryan Laukat, Uwe Rosenberg, Corey Konieczka, Martin Wallace and Stefan Feld and discusses their body of work. It's a Wonderful World Overview 01:11:06, It's a Wonderful World Review 01:14:48, News with Tony T 01:37:35, Designer Bodies of Work 02:26:45

    Express 78: Brilliant Game Mechanisms in Board Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 62:16


    Chris, Don and Jamie dive into a discussion about games that have a single standout mechanism that elevates its game to something special. Each of the gang lists three games that they feel include one of these brilliant mechanisms.

    Episode 243: Anno 1800 and Second Chance Board Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 196:51


    Hey Now! It's time for some irreverent Cabal shenanigans! Today the gang chats about some games and hobby junk we've been getting into including Imperial Steam, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, Mouse Cheese Cat Cucumber, Dinosaur World, Furnace, and Elfenland. Then Jamie and Don get into an overview and review of Anno 1800 from Kosmos and designed by Martin Wallace. After Tony T goes through all the most important news items in the entire world, the Founders get into a discussion about giving potentially great board games a second chance. Anno 1800 Overview 00:59:59, Anno 1800 Review 01:06:10, News with Tony T 01:37:49, Second Chance Board Games 02:36:29

    Lords of the Dungeon 56: Fallout, Story Arc or Character Arc and Video Games That Make Great RPGs

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 60:01


    Today the Lords start out episode 56 by discussing their new campaign using the Fallout RPG from Modiphius. Jesko explains the setting and the rest of the gang details the characters they'll be playing. Then the group takes a question from a listener asking which we more value, campaign story arcs or our own personal character's story arc. And finally, the Lords each give one pick of a video game that they think would make a great tabletop RPG.

    Episode 242: Struggle of Empires and a Short Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 188:27


    Hey Now Cabalists! Episode 242 starts with an announcement regarding Don playing a game of Europe Divided with the designer of A Gest of Robin Hood and Red Flag over Paris, Fred Serval. The match will also have running commentary by its designer Dave Thompson! The match will be held on November 13th, 11am PST (2pm EST). Check out https://tabletop.events/conventions/sdhist-con-2021 for more details. Then the gang jumps into talking about some great games we've been playing including Isle of Skye, Scythe, Tapestry: Plans and Ploys, Empire of the Stars, Box One, Northern Pacific, and Juicy Fruits. Then Don and Jamie jump into a feature review of Martin Wallace's Struggle of Empires from Eagle-Gryphon Games. Tony T collects and delivers a bonkers series of news articles and currently running Kickstarter projects while the gang chirps in the background. Then finally the Founders jump into a Short Topic Extravaganza including discussion about too many Kicsktarters, how hard should a co-op game be and do the BGG rankings really reflect how good games are. Struggle of Empires Overview 00:56:28, Struggle of Empires 01:00:50, News with Tony T 01:31:28, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:28:47

    Express 77: The Return of Horror Video Games with Matt Evans of Board Game Replay

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 67:05


    Don and Jamie welcome Honorary Founder Matt Evans of Board Game Replay to celebrate Halloween with some spooky, creepy and super fun horror video games! Most of the games discussed in this episode are by indie developers but are inexpensive giving you a good bang for your buck - or scare for your buck in some cases. Please check out https://www.thesecretcabal.com/express-77-horror-video-games for a full list of the games discussed. Also check out https://www.youtube.com/boardgamereplay for all of Matt's amazing videos.

    Episode 241: Unfathomable and Our Spooky Board Game Rethemes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 183:09


    It's Halloween and the Founders are back to scare your pants off! First the gang talks about their recent trip to Columbus Ohio for Origins Game Fair. Then they get into some games they've been playing including Return to Dark Tower, DC Deck Building Game, Lost Ones, Bitoku, Seasons and Voidfall. Then Chris, Don and Jamie jump into a feature review the Battlestar Galactica retheme, Unfathomable from Fantasy Flight Games. Then Tony T throws runs down all the tabletop gaming news that matters to you, the Cabalist. And finally, to honor our feature review, we pitch some horror movie board game rethemes that we'd love to see made. Oh, and throughout the entire episode the gang is visited by the Gatekeeper from the old Nightmare board game to give us some Halloween pop quizzes. Unfathomable Overview 01:08:55, Unfathomable Review 01:13:28, News with Tony T 01:40:49, Spooky Rethemes 02:28:13

    Lords of the Dungeon 55: GM Prep, Spooky Adventures and Roleplaying Fear

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 74:56


    In episode 55, The gang starts out by having Aaron reveal his purchases at Origins Game Fair 2021 and then jump into a listener submitted question about how the Lords prepare for campaigns as Game Masters. And finally, the Lords discuss roleplaying fear, game mechanisms that promote fear in players and running spooky adventures for the Halloween season.

    Episode 240: Clash of Cultures and The Unwritten Rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 188:07


    The Cabal is back for another dose of insubordinate nonsense! Today the gang talks about some great games including Magic the Gathering, Khora: Rise of an Empire, Immortals, Scooby Doo: Escape from the Haunted Mansion, Run Cowboy Run and Intrepid. Then Don and Jamie feature review Clash of Cultures Monumental Edition from designer Christian Marcussen and Wiz-Kids. Then Tony T pulls out the news articles if runs down all the most important things happening in the tabletop gaming world. Then finally the Founders discuss Unwritten Rules in board gaming. Clash of Cultures Overview 01:01:28, Clash of Cultures Review 01:06:22, News with Tony T 01:29:51, The Unwritten Rules 02:30:57

    Battletome Vol 4: Star Wars Legion

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 99:11


    Enter, Ye Gods of War! In Volume four of Battletome, a podcast about the miniatures gaming hobby, Bender, Aaron and Jamie discuss all the games and hobby project they've been getting into lately including Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40k, Don't Look Back, Duncan Rhodes Two Thin Coats, Myth and Goal, and Aeronautica Imperialis Wrath of Angels. Then Aaron and Jamie dive into a feature review of Star Wars Legion published by Fantasy Flight Games and Atomic Mass Games!

    Express 76: Are Board Game Conventions Still Relevant? Featuring Rodney Smith and Joel Eddy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 68:53


    Don and Jamie are so happy to be joined by Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Games and Rodney Smith of Watch It Played to talk about gaming conventions. We discuss the question, are Board Game Conventions still as relevant as they once were to the gaming industry - both publishers and convent creators.

    Episode 239: Through The Ages and a Short Topic Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 209:01


    Awww yeah, the gang is back in action for another bananas episode of The Secret Cabal! Today the Founders chat about the games they've been playing including DinoGenics: Controlled Chaos, Paleo, Soldiers in Postmen's Uniforms, Ankh: Gods of Egypt, Seastead and Chronicles of Crime 1400. Then Don and Jamie dive into a feature review of the classic Vlaada Chvátil game, Through The Ages: A New Story of Civilization from CGE. Then Tony T, as always, wows us with the best gaming news there is to hear, and the gang wraps up the show with another Short Topic Extravaganza with topics including is it okay to turn down designers when they ask you to playtest? Do you like long turns with few rounds or fast turns with tons of rounds? And do we believe in bigfoot and UFOs? Through The Ages Overview 01:12:13, Through The Ages Review 01:16:31, News with Tony T S 01:46:34, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:48:21

    Lords of the Dungeon 54: Creating and Running Villains and Gaming Group Styles

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 64:51


    In episode 54, The gang starts out by talking about their recent roleplaying game battery recharging hiatus and their meeting to discuss what we're going to play next included - Fallout, Shadowrun, Pulp Cthulhu and Star Wars. Then the Lords take a question from Cabalist Brett regarding creating and running dastardly villains and how to do it without feeling like a dirtbag. Then finally the group talks about all kinds of gaming group styles, look at their own gaming style and discuss the impact style has on enjoyment.