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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 discussions. The Founders, Jamie, Tony, Chris, Steve and Brian, each have varying tastes in gaming to provide a variety of viewpoints. Since 2011, over 100 full length episodes and now more with our new additional show, The Secret Cabal Express, The Secret Cabal has grown to one of the most successful tabletop gaming podcasts in the community. The Founders continue striving to offer irreverent entertainment, thoughtful commentary and enthusiasm about a hobby we love. Topics include discussion of games from publishers such as Asmodee, Cool Mini or Not, Fantasy Fight Games, Wizards of the Coast, Z-Man Games, Days of Wonder, Games Workshop, Plaid Hat Games and more.

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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 discussions. The Founders, Jamie, Tony, Chris, Steve and Brian, each have varying tastes in gaming to provide a variety of viewpoints. Since 2011, over 100 full length episodes and now more with our new additional show, The Secret Cabal Express, The Secret Cabal has grown to one of the most successful tabletop gaming podcasts in the community. The Founders continue striving to offer irreverent entertainment, thoughtful commentary and enthusiasm about a hobby we love. Topics include discussion of games from publishers such as Asmodee, Cool Mini or Not, Fantasy Fight Games, Wizards of the Coast, Z-Man Games, Days of Wonder, Games Workshop, Plaid Hat Games and more.

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I found a quarter while I was listening to Secret Cabal so it just makes cents.

Great Hosts!

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I've been listening to this one since waaaaay back. It's the best!!

iTunes Ratings

613 Ratings
Average Ratings
547
29
12
9
16

Funner

By HoboCop - Mar 18 2020
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I found a quarter while I was listening to Secret Cabal so it just makes cents.

Great Hosts!

By Gaming Conqueror - Oct 07 2019
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I've been listening to this one since waaaaay back. It's the best!!
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The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast

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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 discussions. The Founders, Jamie, Tony, Chris, Steve and Brian, each have varying tastes in gaming to provide a variety of viewpoints. Since 2011, over 100 full length episodes and now more with our new additional show, The Secret Cabal Express, The Secret Cabal has grown to one of the most successful tabletop gaming podcasts in the community. The Founders continue striving to offer irreverent entertainment, thoughtful commentary and enthusiasm about a hobby we love. Topics include discussion of games from publishers such as Asmodee, Cool Mini or Not, Fantasy Fight Games, Wizards of the Coast, Z-Man Games, Days of Wonder, Games Workshop, Plaid Hat Games and more.

Rank #1: Episode 204: Viticulture, Vindication, Shadows of Brimstone, Wendake and Living without a Game Group

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The Founders are sheltered in place, but the Secret Cabal will go on! Today we talk about some awesome games including Everdell Pearlbrook, Doctor Who Time of the Daleks, Europe Divided, Arkham Noir, Funkoverse, Monumental and Chronicles of Crime: Noir. Then we give you a feature review of Viticulture Essentials Edition from Stonemaier Games and look back at Vindication, Shadows of Brimstone and Wendake. Then after Tony T enlightens you with all the most important news items from around the board gaming world, we host a discussion about how to continue gaming even though you're stuck in your house during quarantine. Viticulture Overview 00:57:41, Viticulture Review 01:00:43, Vindication Look Back 01:29:25, Shadows of Brimstone Look Back 01:33:25, Wendake Look Back 01:39:11, News with Tony T 01:44:29, Living without a Game Group 02:29:09

Apr 01 2020

3hr 7mins

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Rank #2: Episode 195: Batman Gotham City Chronicles and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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The Founders are back for another episode chocked full of crazy gaming nonsense! Today the gang takes a look at Batman Gotham City Chronicles from Monolith Editions. Tony T goes ape hooking you up with the best gaming news in the biz while the rest of guy monkey around in teh background. Then finally the founders discuss the golden age of gaming, what games they would stock in a game store and Master Classes for board game design. Batman Gotham City Chronicles Overview 01:05:28, Batman Gotham City Chronicles Review 01:09:55, News with Tony T 01:44:41, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:29:06

Nov 20 2019

3hr 12mins

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Rank #3: Express 58: Questions, Misconceptions and WTFs of Board Game Publishing with Stephen Buonocore

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In episode 58, We start out today's episode with a special message to the Cabalists and then right into the episode proper. Today the Chris, Don and Jamie are joined by their very good friend Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to discuss the board game publishing industry. Stephen answers all of our and the Cabalists questions about what it takes to publish a board game in today's industry. If you want to hear more about publishing, check out Stephen's podcast called Board Games Insider at BoardGamesInsider.com and all the wonderful games he publishes at StrongholdGames.com

Mar 25 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #4: Bonus Episode 01: Hanging Out With The Founders

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Today was supposed to be a Lords of the Dungeon day but due to Social Distancing and the lack of remote recording abilities, Jamie, Steve, Don and Chris do an impromptu recording talking about whatever comes to mind. No plan. No notes. We just hit the record button and talked chase the rabbit down it's hole. We hit topics including TV shows, Movies, Grocery Stores, The Lack of Toilet Paper and How They're Handling The Quarantine.

Apr 08 2020

1hr

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Rank #5: Episode 203: Underwater City and Win Loss Attribution

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Hey Now Cabalists! Today we open but announcing the date of our next Kickstarter which will be May 1st, 2020. Then we jump into talking about a bunch of games we've been playing including On Mars, CO2: Second Chance, Feudum, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Fast Sloths, Bruges and Terror in Meeple City. Then we jump into a feature review of Underwater City designed by Vladimír Suchý and published by Rio Grande Games. Then after Tony T gives us his wild and crazy News segment, we discuss Win/Loss Attribution in board gaming. Underwater City Overview 01:14:39, Underwater City Review 01:18:49, News with Tony T 01:42:53, Win/Loss Attribution Discussion 02:31:08

Mar 18 2020

3hr 17mins

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Rank #6: Episode 202: Clinic: Deluxe Edition and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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Alrighty Cabalists! It's time for another jam-packed episode of The Secret Cabal starting off with a new Chris Movie Review this time featuring the new Lovecraft adaptation of Color Out of Space. Then we jump into the games we've been playing including: Undaunted, Charterstone, Aftershock San Francisco and Venice, Cooper Island, Terraforming Mars, Ettin, Last Will and Castles of Burgundy. Then the gang gets into a feature review of Clinic: Deluxe Edition designed by Alban Viard, published by AVStudioGames and featuring artwork by the great Ian O'Toole. Tony T gives us his ever-popular news segment filled with gaming related nonsense and the rest of the gang gives their valuable commentary. And finally, the Founders talk about buzzkill gamers, making noises during the game, are mats better than boards and the annoying things about Kickstarter projects in our Short Topic Extravaganza. Clinic Overview 01:23:27, Clinic Review 01:28:47, News with Tony T 01:57:10, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:49:38

Mar 04 2020

3hr 44mins

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Rank #7: Express 57: Replayability with Honorary Founder Dan King The Game Boy Geek

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In episode 57, Jamie, Steve and Don welcome longtime friend and Honorary Founder, Dan King, The Game Boy Geek. Dan starts out by giving Jamie some recommendations for great casual games to take back to his family and then we talk about Dan's currently running Kickstarter to fun his YouTube review channel. Then the gang goes deep into a discussion about replayability and lists some games that they feel are extremely replayable.

Feb 26 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #8: Episode 201: Chronicles of Crime, Dinogenics and The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun

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Hey Now Cabalists! In episode 201 the gang gets back to basics after our raucous 200th episode celebration. Today we talk about all sorts of great games including Empires of the Void 2, Barrage, Sorcerer City, Underwater Cities, Bunny Kingdom, Backgammon, Celestia, Blood Rage and Caylus 1303. Then Don, Steve and Jamie throw a feature review of Chronicles of Crime from Lucky Duck Games at you, followed up by a look back at DinoGenics from Ninth Haven Games. Then after Tony T's legendary news segment featuring many off the rails conversations, the guys discuss the effect of complexity on your fun when playing board games. Chronicles of Crime Overview 01:03:30, Chronicles of Crime Review 01:08:00, Dinogenics Look Back 01:33:13, News with Tony T 01:37:10, The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun 02:11:20

Feb 19 2020

2hr 50mins

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Rank #9: Lords of the Dungeon 36: Altered Carbon and High vs Low Level Campaigns

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In episode 36, the Lords start out by talking about trying a new game for a few months and discuss the new Altered Carbon RPG raising funds on Kickstarter now. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding if magic were real. Then finally the Lords talks about playing in high and low level campaigns and how to make them fun.

Feb 12 2020

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: Episode 200: Puerto Rico, Our Favorite Games We've Reviewed and A Look Back at the Past 8 Years

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Today the Founders celebrate their 200th episode anniversary by going over the past 8 years and each giving two of their favorite games they've ever reviewed - think of it like a giant-sized Games of Yesteryear mixed with 10 Look Back segments. Then Don, Tony and Jamie go back to review a legendary board game that defined a genre, Puerto Rico. Then after Tony T's news segment, the guys take a look back at the past 8 years of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast and discuss what they've build and retell some of their favorite moments throughout the life of the show. AND the Founders are visited by some old friends throughout the show too! Puerto Rico Overview 01:24:05, Puerto Rico Review 01:27:12, News with Tony T 01:52:04, A Look Back of the Past 8 Years 02:48:52

Feb 05 2020

3hr 43mins

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Rank #11: Express 56: Our Early Days of Gaming and the Top 5 Games that Shaped us as Board Gamers

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In episode 56, Chris and Jamie start out by talking about their early days of gaming. The games and friends they experienced that made them hobbyists. Then they list the top 5 board games that shaped them and turned them into the serious hobby board games they are today.

Jan 29 2020

1hr 11mins

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Rank #12: Episode 198: Maracaibo and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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Hey Now Cabalists and Happy New Year! First, we start off with a challenge from a Cabalist on our forums and then get busy with some games we've been playing including: Flotilla, Era: Medieval Age, Fast Sloths, Tapestry, Istanbul The Dice Game, The Others and Cthulhu Death May Die! Then we announce a new series of T-Shirts featuring Steve's artwork. Then we get busy with a feature review of Maracaibo from Alexander Pfister and Capstone Games. Then after Tony T throws some tabletop gaming news at us, we host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring Steve's Jokes, how games have changed over the years and dealing with a gaming group with varying tastes. Maracaibo Overview 01:00:19, Maracaibo Review 01:04:36, News with Tony T 01:30:30, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:22:00

Jan 08 2020

3hr 4mins

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Rank #13: Episode 197: Sanctum, Auztralia and Our Christmas Wishlists

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Happy Holidays, Cabalists! In episode 197 the whole games here for our special Christmas episode and we celebrate by returning to an older tradition by debuting a new Christmas song parody called The Inattentive Grinch. Then the we take a look at the newest game from Filip Neduk, Sanctum from Czech Games Edition and look back at Martin Wallace's Auztralia from Stronghold Games. Then after Tony T give us a good dose of tabletop gaming news, the gang presents their Christmas Wishlists. The Inattentive Grinch 00:59:44, Sanctum Overview 01:07:11, Sanctum Review 01:12:03, Auztralia Looks Back 01:38:30, News with Tony T 01:46:36, Christmas Wishlists 02:35:54, The Founders Secret Santa 03:18:16

Dec 18 2019

3hr 32mins

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Rank #14: Lords of the Dungeon 34: Atlas, Using Board Game Minis for RPGs and One-Shot RPGs

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In episode 34, Jess and Bender start us out by talking about their experience playing the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, Atlas on an RP server with a social contact. Then we take a question from a lister regarding using board game miniatures in our roleplaying games. Then we finish off the show by talking about our recent experiences with playing one-shots.

Dec 11 2019

58mins

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Rank #15: Episode 196: Cthulhu Death May Die, Cerebria and Loss Aversion in Board Games

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Hey Now Cabalists! In episode 196 the gang starts out by discussing Chris' brand new hair color and Jamie's time at BGGcon in Dallas Texas. Then the Founders get busying reviewing Cthulhu Death May Die designed by Rob Daviau and Eric Lang and published by CMON and look back at Arkham Horror 3rd Edition, Blood Bowl and Cerebria. Then, since Tony T is traveling for Thanksgiving, Steve takes over the news duties while the rest of us goof around in the background. Then finally we discuss the concept of Loss Aversion in board gaming. Cthulhu Death May Die Overview 01:00:42, Cthulhu Death May Die Review 01:05:09, Cerebria, Blood Bowl and Arkham Horror Looks Backs 01:28:45, News with Tony T 01:38:40, Loss Aversion in Board Games 02:23:47

Dec 04 2019

2hr 55mins

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Rank #16: Episode 194: Coloma and Game Terms, Buzzwords and The Way We Talk About Games

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In episode 194, The gang starts out by discussing Jamie's new hobby of Resin 3D printing and jump into a bunch of games we've been playing including Clank! Legacy Acquisition Incorporated, Crown of Emara, Deep Blue, Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, Ecos: The First Continent and Awkward Guests and a few games of yesteryear including Ethnos and Pursuit of Happiness. Then Don and Jamie give a feature review of the newest game from Jonny Pac Cantin, Coloma! Then Tony T throws out a full rundown of the most important tabletop gaming news of the day while the peanut gallery quacks in the background. Then finally the Founders discuss Game Terms, buzzwords and other nonsensical ways that we all talk about the games we play. Coloma Overview 01:16:10, Coloma Review 01:20:23, News with Tony T 01:52:06, Game Terms and Buzzwords Discussion 02:44:15

Nov 06 2019

3hr 22mins

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Rank #17: Express 54: The Midnite Spook Show Halloween Horror Movie Monster Party

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In episode 54, a special fifth Wednesday edition of The Secret Cabal Express, Steve, Jesko and Jamie celebrate Halloween by geeking out over the horror movies they love! And we meet a new member of the Secret Cabal monster squad, The Creeper!

Oct 30 2019

54mins

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Rank #18: Express 53: H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos

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In episode 53 of the Secret Cabal Express, Steve, Jamie and Chris talk about H.P. Lovecraft and The Cthulhu Mythos! We discuss the hiustory of Lovecraft and the creation of the Mythos and then talk all about our favorite the stories, games, movies, TV shows and comics inspired by Lovecraft's work.

Oct 23 2019

49mins

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Rank #19: Episode 193: Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein, Eschaton and a Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza

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In episode 193, The Founders celebrate Halloween talking about Halloween Games and more! Today we jump into a deep dive review of Abomination The Heir of Frankenstein from Plaid Hat Games and look back at Eschaton from Archon Games one year later. Tony T wakes up to host another amazing tabletop gaming news segment. And then the gang ends with a spine chilling Halloween themed Short Topic Extravaganza! Abomination Overview 01:10:55, Abomination Review 01:15:38, Eschaton Look Back 01:44:17, News with Tony T 01:54:43, Spooky Short Topic Extravaganza 02:29:47

Oct 16 2019

3hr 19mins

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Rank #20: Episode 192: Everdell, Too Many Bones, War Chest and Board Game Expansions

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In episode 192, The gang starts out by going back to some of the Short Topics from the last episode and updating with some new information followed up by something of the games we've been getting into lately. Then we jump into a deep dive review of Everdell from Chip Theory Games and look back at both Too Many Bones from Chip Theory Games and War Chest from AEG. Then after Tony T gives us a rundown of all the most important news items from around the tabletop gaming world, we have a roundtable discussion about Board Games Expansions. Everdell Overview 01:02:12, Everdell Review 01:06:46, Too Many Bones Look Back 01:32:52, War Chest Look Back 01:37:27, News with Tony T 01:41:49, Board Game Expansions Discussion 02:31:22

Oct 02 2019

3hr 10mins

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Express 60: The Golden Age of Intellectual Properties in Board Games

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In episode 60, Chris, Steve, Don, Tony and Jamie sit down to talk about what seems to be the golden age of intellectual properties in board games. Games using movies, tv shows, video games, books and more are becoming more and more thoughtful and well developed and many publishers are thriving from developing quality hobby minded board games developing games in this space. The Founders discuss this and pitch some ideas for IP board games that they would love to see happen.

May 27 2020

1hr 13mins

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Episode 207: Charterstone, Star Wars Outer Rim and A Short Topic Extravaganza

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The Secret Cabal's 2020 Fundraiser is live on Kickstarter right now! Jump over to Kickstarter and search The Secret Cabal 2020 now or head over to www.thesecretcabal.com and click the banner! In today's episode the Founders start out by talking about some games they've been playing including: Star Trek Conflick in the Neutral Zone, Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Review, On Mars, Chrono-Trek, Star Realms, and Among the Stars. Then Tony, Aaron and Jamie jump right into a feature review of Charterstone, specifically the Steam digital edition designed by Jamey Stegmier and published by Stonemier Games and look back at Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars Outer Rim. Then Tony T goes ape with some important news from all around the gaming industry while the gang chatters in the background. Then the Founders end the episode with another Short Topic Extravaganza including discussion about Expansions, Dungeon Crawl Games and who would play us in the movies. Charterstone Overview 00:48:18, Charterstone Non-Spoiler Section Review 00:53:18, Charterstone Spoiler Section Review 01:16:20, Charterstone Non-Spoiler Final Thoughts 01:25:05, Star Wars Outer Rim Look Back 01:30:47, News with Tony T 01:36:27, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:27:00

May 20 2020

3hr 9mins

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Lords of the Dungeon 38: Online Gaming and Star Trek Adventures

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In episode 38, the Lords finally return for a new episode! The gang managed to get at least some recording ability at their homes, and we hope that all of you will bear with us as we figure out this new style of recording. We start off the episode by discussing what we've been doing over the past few months and how we've been gaming. We've started a new Star Trek Adventures and are doing it online first the first time. Then we go into our thoughts of Star Trek Adventures from Modiphius.

May 13 2020

52mins

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Episode 206: Star Trek Ascendency and The Founders Feud with Rodney Smith

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The Secret Cabal's 2020 Fundraiser is live on Kickstarter right now! Jump over to Kickstarter and search The Secret Cabal 2020 now! In other news, today the founder's welcome Rodney Smith of Watch It Played to talk about some board games including Labyrinth Adventures, Evolution, Oceans, Cloudspire, Codenames, The Grizzled Armistice and Lasers and Feelings! Then Don, Jamie and Aaron give you a feature review of Star Trek Ascendency and a look back at Kingsport Festival. Then after Tony T runs down the most important news in all of the tabletop gaming world, Rodney joins the Founders for the 4th installment of their world famous game show, The Founder's Feud! Star Trek Ascendency Overview 01:02:28, Star Trek Ascendency Review 01:08:30, Kingsport Festival Look Back 01:32:48, News with Tony T 01:36:29, The Founder's Feud 02:15:19

May 06 2020

3hr 9mins

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Express 59: Influential Game Mechanisms

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In episode 59, Don and Jamie sit down to talk about a series of essential and influential board game mechanisms that were game changers of our hobby. Mechanisms that, when first arriving on the scene, shook up the way games were designed and added a new tool to the game design toolbox.

Apr 29 2020

1hr 4mins

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Bonus Episode 02: Our Love of Video Games with Matt Evans of Board Game Replay

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Today Steve, Don, Aaron and Jamie sit down with Honorary Founder Matt Evans of Board Game Replay to talk about all the video games they've been playing during the quarentine and go back in time and discuss some of their favorite video games and video game memories of the past.

Apr 23 2020

1hr 6mins

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Episode 205: Chimera Station, Wingspan and A Short Topic Extravaganza

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The gang is back again for another episode of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast and today we talk about Steve's encounter with a backyard snake, Tony's standing desk, and take a look at a slew of games we've played including: Brook City, Street Masters, Dinogenics, The Liberation of Rietburg, Archmage, Clinic, Kitchen Rush, Race for the Galaxy and Star Trek Panic. Then we throw down a feature review of Chimera Station from Tasty Minstrel Games and a look back at Wingspan from Stonemaier Games. And finally, After Tony T's award-winning news segment, we host a short topic extravaganza including questions about games with new rounds, if we'd play games even though we're cursed to lose and the awkward moments after a game ends. Chimera Station Overview 01:07:13, Chimera Station Review 01:12:30, Wingspan Look Back 01:36:54, News with Tony T 01:41:19, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:43:10

Apr 15 2020

3hr 23mins

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Bonus Episode 01: Hanging Out With The Founders

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Today was supposed to be a Lords of the Dungeon day but due to Social Distancing and the lack of remote recording abilities, Jamie, Steve, Don and Chris do an impromptu recording talking about whatever comes to mind. No plan. No notes. We just hit the record button and talked chase the rabbit down it's hole. We hit topics including TV shows, Movies, Grocery Stores, The Lack of Toilet Paper and How They're Handling The Quarantine.

Apr 08 2020

1hr

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Episode 204: Viticulture, Vindication, Shadows of Brimstone, Wendake and Living without a Game Group

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The Founders are sheltered in place, but the Secret Cabal will go on! Today we talk about some awesome games including Everdell Pearlbrook, Doctor Who Time of the Daleks, Europe Divided, Arkham Noir, Funkoverse, Monumental and Chronicles of Crime: Noir. Then we give you a feature review of Viticulture Essentials Edition from Stonemaier Games and look back at Vindication, Shadows of Brimstone and Wendake. Then after Tony T enlightens you with all the most important news items from around the board gaming world, we host a discussion about how to continue gaming even though you're stuck in your house during quarantine. Viticulture Overview 00:57:41, Viticulture Review 01:00:43, Vindication Look Back 01:29:25, Shadows of Brimstone Look Back 01:33:25, Wendake Look Back 01:39:11, News with Tony T 01:44:29, Living without a Game Group 02:29:09

Apr 01 2020

3hr 7mins

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Express 58: Questions, Misconceptions and WTFs of Board Game Publishing with Stephen Buonocore

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In episode 58, We start out today's episode with a special message to the Cabalists and then right into the episode proper. Today the Chris, Don and Jamie are joined by their very good friend Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to discuss the board game publishing industry. Stephen answers all of our and the Cabalists questions about what it takes to publish a board game in today's industry. If you want to hear more about publishing, check out Stephen's podcast called Board Games Insider at BoardGamesInsider.com and all the wonderful games he publishes at StrongholdGames.com

Mar 25 2020

1hr 12mins

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Episode 203: Underwater City and Win Loss Attribution

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Hey Now Cabalists! Today we open but announcing the date of our next Kickstarter which will be May 1st, 2020. Then we jump into talking about a bunch of games we've been playing including On Mars, CO2: Second Chance, Feudum, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Fast Sloths, Bruges and Terror in Meeple City. Then we jump into a feature review of Underwater City designed by Vladimír Suchý and published by Rio Grande Games. Then after Tony T gives us his wild and crazy News segment, we discuss Win/Loss Attribution in board gaming. Underwater City Overview 01:14:39, Underwater City Review 01:18:49, News with Tony T 01:42:53, Win/Loss Attribution Discussion 02:31:08

Mar 18 2020

3hr 17mins

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Lords of the Dungeon 37: Puzzles, Letting your DM Down Easy and Playing Religious Characters in Fantasy Games

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In episode 37, the lords begin by discussing a recent encounter from their own game involving a puzzle that was a bit too hard for them to figure out and how they feel about puzzles as encounters. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding how to talk to your dungeon master about a game in which the players aren't having fun. How do you let them down easy? And finally, the Lords jump the main discussion about clerics and other religious characters and the ins and outs of playing a person who believes and service the greater gods.

Mar 11 2020

1hr 15mins

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Episode 202: Clinic: Deluxe Edition and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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Alrighty Cabalists! It's time for another jam-packed episode of The Secret Cabal starting off with a new Chris Movie Review this time featuring the new Lovecraft adaptation of Color Out of Space. Then we jump into the games we've been playing including: Undaunted, Charterstone, Aftershock San Francisco and Venice, Cooper Island, Terraforming Mars, Ettin, Last Will and Castles of Burgundy. Then the gang gets into a feature review of Clinic: Deluxe Edition designed by Alban Viard, published by AVStudioGames and featuring artwork by the great Ian O'Toole. Tony T gives us his ever-popular news segment filled with gaming related nonsense and the rest of the gang gives their valuable commentary. And finally, the Founders talk about buzzkill gamers, making noises during the game, are mats better than boards and the annoying things about Kickstarter projects in our Short Topic Extravaganza. Clinic Overview 01:23:27, Clinic Review 01:28:47, News with Tony T 01:57:10, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:49:38

Mar 04 2020

3hr 44mins

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Express 57: Replayability with Honorary Founder Dan King The Game Boy Geek

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In episode 57, Jamie, Steve and Don welcome longtime friend and Honorary Founder, Dan King, The Game Boy Geek. Dan starts out by giving Jamie some recommendations for great casual games to take back to his family and then we talk about Dan's currently running Kickstarter to fun his YouTube review channel. Then the gang goes deep into a discussion about replayability and lists some games that they feel are extremely replayable.

Feb 26 2020

1hr 10mins

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Episode 201: Chronicles of Crime, Dinogenics and The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun

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Hey Now Cabalists! In episode 201 the gang gets back to basics after our raucous 200th episode celebration. Today we talk about all sorts of great games including Empires of the Void 2, Barrage, Sorcerer City, Underwater Cities, Bunny Kingdom, Backgammon, Celestia, Blood Rage and Caylus 1303. Then Don, Steve and Jamie throw a feature review of Chronicles of Crime from Lucky Duck Games at you, followed up by a look back at DinoGenics from Ninth Haven Games. Then after Tony T's legendary news segment featuring many off the rails conversations, the guys discuss the effect of complexity on your fun when playing board games. Chronicles of Crime Overview 01:03:30, Chronicles of Crime Review 01:08:00, Dinogenics Look Back 01:33:13, News with Tony T 01:37:10, The Effect of Complexity on Your Fun 02:11:20

Feb 19 2020

2hr 50mins

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Lords of the Dungeon 36: Altered Carbon and High vs Low Level Campaigns

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In episode 36, the Lords start out by talking about trying a new game for a few months and discuss the new Altered Carbon RPG raising funds on Kickstarter now. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding if magic were real. Then finally the Lords talks about playing in high and low level campaigns and how to make them fun.

Feb 12 2020

1hr 13mins

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Episode 200: Puerto Rico, Our Favorite Games We've Reviewed and A Look Back at the Past 8 Years

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Today the Founders celebrate their 200th episode anniversary by going over the past 8 years and each giving two of their favorite games they've ever reviewed - think of it like a giant-sized Games of Yesteryear mixed with 10 Look Back segments. Then Don, Tony and Jamie go back to review a legendary board game that defined a genre, Puerto Rico. Then after Tony T's news segment, the guys take a look back at the past 8 years of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast and discuss what they've build and retell some of their favorite moments throughout the life of the show. AND the Founders are visited by some old friends throughout the show too! Puerto Rico Overview 01:24:05, Puerto Rico Review 01:27:12, News with Tony T 01:52:04, A Look Back of the Past 8 Years 02:48:52

Feb 05 2020

3hr 43mins

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Express 56: Our Early Days of Gaming and the Top 5 Games that Shaped us as Board Gamers

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In episode 56, Chris and Jamie start out by talking about their early days of gaming. The games and friends they experienced that made them hobbyists. Then they list the top 5 board games that shaped them and turned them into the serious hobby board games they are today.

Jan 29 2020

1hr 11mins

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Episode 199: Flotilla, Nemesis, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time and The Death of the Acquisition Disorder

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The Founders are back for a another game packed episode starting out with Chris and his grasshopper taco and a bunch of games we've been playing including; Taverns of Tiefenthal, Wavelength, Cryptid, Blitzkrieg!, The Grizzled, Crystal Palace, Caverna: The Cave Farmers and Dream Phone. Then after we review Flotilla and look back at Nemesis and Professor Eveil, Tony T, as always, gives us the greatest tabletop gaming news in the entire world of gaming while the rest of us quack in the background. Then we wrap up the episode with discussion about the state of the industry, the state of came consumers and ask the question, is the Acquisition Disorder a thing of the past. Flotilla Overview 01:22:23, Flotilla Review 01:25:06, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time Look back 01:55:28, Nemesis Look Back 01:57:57, News with Tony T 02:01:14, The Death of the Acquisition Disorder Discussion 02:50:49

Jan 22 2020

3hr 34mins

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Lords of the Dungeon 35: Campaign Settings of the Past and Wizards in Role Playing Games

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In episode 35, Jesko talks about his first time Dungeon Mastering a game of Dungeons and Dragons, Jamie talks about his Christmas Presents, we take questions from listeners regarding Eberron and campaign settings from the past they would like to see make a return and finish the episode by talking about Wizards and magic, roleplaying wizards and their favorite magic users from movies, TV, comics and books.

Jan 15 2020

1hr 15mins

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By HoboCop - Mar 18 2020
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I found a quarter while I was listening to Secret Cabal so it just makes cents.

Great Hosts!

By Gaming Conqueror - Oct 07 2019
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I've been listening to this one since waaaaay back. It's the best!!