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The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast

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Rank #103 in Games category

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

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Way better than listening to dead air provided you don’t already have a headache.

iTunes Ratings

577 Ratings
Average Ratings
515
28
13
7
14

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!!

Funner

By HoboCop - Aug 14 2019
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Way better than listening to dead air provided you don’t already have a headache.

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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 148: Betrayal at Baldur's Gate, Defenders of the Last Stand and A Short Topic Extravaganza

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We're closing in on the end of the year and in this episode the gang reveals their gigantic Christmas Contest! Then Steve and Jamie take a look at Betrayal at Baldur's Gate and look back at Defenders of the Last Stand. Then Tony T blasts our the best news segment in the history of board game news segments. Finally the guys take topics from the listeners including Loot Boxes and gambling, talking out your turn while playing and people who like to disparage games by saying they aren't a game.

Dec 06 2017

3hr 5mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: Episode 162: Dinosaur Island, Age of Thieves and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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We're back from Origins and have a few tales of gaming and shenanigans to tell plus all the games we played while in Columbus Ohio for nearly a week. Then we do a feature review of Dinosaur Island and a look back at Age of Thieves. Tony T gives us the rundown of all the important news from the tabletop gaming universe while the rest of us quack in the background. Then finally we host another short topic extravaganza in which we talk about the price of boards games, how the Satanic Panic affected gaming and whether board games artwork is actually artwork or not.

Jul 04 2018

3hr 37mins

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Rank #4: The Gen Con 2017 Pre-Show Spectacular

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Today the Founders welcome a slew of great board game media creators to discuss Gen Con 2017! First Tony, Jamie and Chris warm up the audience with discussion about the big Gen Con meetup happening at The Tow Yard on Saturday August 19th at 8pm. Then Jamie and Chris welcome the Blue Peg Pink Peg cast to discuss food and drink in Indianapolis - and it devolves into nonsense. Then The Lords of the Dungeon crew talk about first time attendees and planning events. Tony T presents a special edition of his news segment talking about a selection of great games releasing at the convention this year. Then Jamie is joined by Tom and Eric of The Dice Tower to discuss exhibiting, the Dice Tower live show and Family at Gen Con. And finally, Rodney Smith of Watch It Played, Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names, Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise, Matt Evans of Board Game Replay and Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Review join Jamie to talk about Fantasy Flight Games predictions, Marty's Gen Con meetup, and more.

Aug 07 2017

2hr 51mins

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Rank #5: Episode 139: Nemo's War, Warhammer Quest Silver Tower and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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Gen Con is right around the corner which means our meetup is also right around the corner and today the Founders are joined by Honorary Founder Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to name their beer! Then the gang reviews their first solo game, Nemo's War and look back at Warhammer Quest Silver Tower one year later. And after Tony T goes bananas with a news roundup the guys host another Short Topic Extravaganza including teaching board game rules, how important is replayability and more.

Jul 19 2017

3hr 23mins

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Rank #6: Episode 157: Civilization A New Dawn, Onward to Venus, Anachrony and Immersion in Board Games

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In today's episode we talk about our Fireball Island Party at Beer Mongers and Steve's Film Debut. Then the gang takes a look at Civilization A New Dawn and look back at both Onward to Venus and Anachrony. Then after Tony T provides a deep look at all of the most important tabletop gaming headlines while the rest of the gang cracks wise, the founders talk about immersion on board gaming.

Apr 18 2018

3hr 15mins

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Rank #7: Episode 159: Lords of Hellas, Clank! and A Short Topic Extravaganza

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Episode 159 will from now on be referred to as "The Cursed Episode" as schedules, technical problems and other issues have cause more havoc than ever before BUT The Cabal rages forth none the less. Today the a look at Lords of Hellas from Awaken Realms and look back at Clank! from Renegade Games. Then After Tony T blasts out the best news segment in all of gaming media the Founders host another short topic extravaganza including discussions about using characters and actors in miniatures games seemingly without permission, our favorite fantasy, sci-fi and comic book series and how we like to learn and teach games. Then after the episode is over Jamie talks about the Kickstarter and what the plans are going forward for The Cabal.

May 16 2018

3hr 43mins

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Rank #8: Episode 116: Scythe, Arcadia Quest and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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Oooooh Yeeeeeah! We're on the way to Gen Con and we're jumping out of our pants and at full froth! But there's still a show to do so in episode 116 the founders give a full review of Scythe from Stonemaier Games. Then they take a look back at Arcadia Quest one year late. Tony T hooks us all up with the best gaming news in the business. And finally, the founder throw some short topics at you including replaying games, our favorite sci-fi and more.

Aug 03 2016

2hr 24mins

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Rank #9: Episode 180: Wingspan, The Pursuit of Happiness and Our Favorite Game Designers

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Hey Now Cabalists! Today is the big day, our 2019 Kickstarter is live! First, stop the podcast, jump over to Kickstarter and support the Cabal for another year of podcasts and video goodies. Now that you did that, press play again. Today the gang talks about Wingspan and how crazy expensive this game is right now. Then after we go though a bunch of the games we've been playing we take a deep dive look at Wingspan and look back at The Pursuit of Happiness one year later. Tony T picks all the best news stories and presents them to you as the rest of the Founders chirp in the background. Then finally the guys talk about each of their favorite game designers, why they like them and some of their favorite games by the designer. Wingspan Overview 01:01:26, Wingspan Review 01:06:05, The Pursuit of Happiness Look Back 01:27:45, News with Tony T 01:33:38, Our Favorite Game Designers 02:26:37

Apr 03 2019

3hr 8mins

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Rank #10: Episode 145: Yokohama, Terraforming Mars and Games That Fired Other Games

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In 145 the gang talks about Chris taking more jerky and beers than he was owed and he backed a game we didn't expect (or did we?). Then the Founders give a feature review of Yokohama from TMG and a look back to Terraforming Mars from Stronghold Games. And Finally, after Tony T cracks out the news feeds and press releases for the greatest gaming news segment in the universe, we throw back to an old discussion topic, Games that Fired Other Games.

Oct 18 2017

3hr 4mins

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Rank #11: Episode 186: Pipeline, Dinosaur Island, A Feast for Odin and The Cabalists Court with Judge Topper

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The Founders are back in full force with a new episode of The Secret Cabal! Today the Chris, Jamie and Don take a look at Capstone Games' new economic euro, Pipeline. Then the gang gives you a double feature look back of Dinosaur Island and A Feast for Odin one year later. The latter half of the show is Tony T solid with his wildly popular tabletop gaming news segment and then Tony puts on his robes and breaks out his gavel see justice done in the Cabalist's Court where we hear the complains, argue the points and Tony T passes judgment. Pipeline Overview 01:01:00, Pipeline Review 01:5:27, Dinosaur Island 01:33:36, A Feast for Odin 01:42:06, A Message from Chris and Jamie 01:45:38, News with Tony T 01:58:44, The Cabalist's Court 02:37:55

Jul 03 2019

3hr 13mins

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Rank #12: Episode 48: Merchant of Venus, Deluxe Editions of Board Games and Technology in RPGs

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In episode 48, the founders jump right in with a walkthrough and review of the Fantasy Flight Games release of Merchant of Venus (Standard Edition). We thank our wonderful sponsors Stronghold Games, Game Salute and MiniatureMarket.com and all the other great publishers for donating games to our GenCon cabalist meet up. We then present the Dice Tower Network contest - if you want to win a $50 gift certificate to CoolStuffInc.com, head over to the BoardGameGeek Guild and post your discussion topic suggestion to enter. Then Tony rattles off all the gaming news that passed over the news desk while we chime in. The gang then talks about deluxe editions of board games and how much lust they generate in our lives. We round out the show with a round table discussion about technology in role playing games and how we handle it (or have failed in the past).

Aug 21 2013

2mins

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Rank #13: Episode 47: City of Horror, The Cult of the New and What We Love About Tabletop Miniatures Games

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In episode 47 of the Secret Cabal Gang pulls out the wheeling and dealing zombie game, City of Horror for the full walkthrough and review treatment and take a look back at Thunderstone Advance and give their thoughts one year later. Tony T hooks you up with tons of gaming news from around the 'verse while the rest of us interrupt him every 2 minutes. Then the founders talk about "The Cult of the New" and how it affects the gaming group. The show is rounded off with a round table discussion about what they love about tabletop miniatures games.

Jul 31 2013

2mins

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Rank #14: Episode 166: Root and The Secret Cabal Playlists

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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.

Sep 05 2018

3hr

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Rank #15: Episode 163: Gaia Project, Near and Far and The State of Board Gaming Today

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Jamie and Chris are back from Dice Tower Con and have a bunch of new experiences and games to talk about. Then the gang presents their brand new segment called "Games of Yester-year" in which they talk about and review older titles from years past. Then of course, the Founders give you another feature review, this time Gaia Project and look back at Near and Far one year later. Tony T gives you the best damned tabletop gaming new segment in the history of gaming and then the guys have a short discussion about the state of tabletop gaming and how they've seen things change over the years.

Jul 18 2018

3hr 44mins

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Rank #16: Episode 175: Nemesis, The Expanse and Our Hopes and Predictions for 2019

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Today the founders get busy with a review of the newest game from Awaken Realms, Nemesis and talk a look back at The Expanse one year later. After Tony T busts out the greatest news roundup in the history of tabletop gaming media the gang talks about their hopes and predictions for the new year. Nemesis Overview 01:07:53, Nemesis Review 01:13:24, The Expanse Look Back 01:43:33, News with Tony T 01:49:30, Hopes and Predictions for 2019 02:19:10

Jan 16 2019

3hr 9mins

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Rank #17: Episode 176: Dinogenics, Merlin and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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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. Dinogenics Overview 01:04:52, Dinogenics Review 01:09:46, Merlin Look Back 01:32:50, News with Steve S 01:39:15, Short Topic Extravaganza 02:23:05

Feb 06 2019

3hr 2mins

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Rank #18: Episode 149: Aristeia, Inis, 2017 Year in Review and our Favorite Games of 2017

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Merry Christmas, Cabalist! Today in the annual Christmas extravaganza the gang takes a look at Aristeia from Corvus Belli and looks back at Inis one year later. Then Tony T runs down the most important news items from the past 2 week while the rest of us chirp in the background. The founders then talk about 2017 and all the fun events and productions they've done and round out the year in review with their favorite games released this year. Oh yeah, and you'll also get our famous Christmas carols throughout the episode as well!

Dec 20 2017

3hr 2mins

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Rank #19: Episode 170: Blitz Bowl and Blood Bowl Comparison, The Thing Infection at Outpost 31 and Gimmicks in Board Games

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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!

Nov 07 2018

3hr 9mins

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Rank #20: Episode 152: Merlin, City of Iron, DOOM and a Short Topic Extravaganza

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Wow, it's been three weeks since our last full episode and we're making up for it by giving you an oversized, mega jammed packed show! First off Chris gives you another gaming movie review, we announce a new contest and run down all the games we've been playing. Then we do a deep dive discussion of Merlin by Stefan Feld. Since we were dumb and missed the look back last time, we're giving you a Look Back doubleheader, City of Iron Second Edition and DOOM! Then after Tony T goes bananas hooking you up with all the news of the past three weeks, we do another sport topic extravaganza including why we pick the Kickstarters we do, how many add-ons are too many add-ons, what are our gamer pet peeves and what party games we like to break out with our adult friends.

Feb 07 2018

3hr 33mins

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