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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.

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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English


Episodes

Express 45: Movies and TV Shows We're Excited About

1/23/2019
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In episode 45 of the Secret Cabal, Steve and Jamie take a break from talking about games to discuss some of the movies and TV shows they're excited about coming up in 2019!

Duration:00:56:24

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

1/16/2019
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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

Duration:03:10:01

Lords of the Dungeon 23: Feel Bad Moments and Flaws and Hindrances in Your Character

1/9/2019
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The gang is back together to kick off 2019 with a listener submitted question about disruptive and mischievous behavior in role playing games. Then end the episode with a full discussion about giving your characters flaws and hindrances to make them a more well rounded and realistic character.

Duration:01:01:33

Express 44: The Joy of the Miniatures Hobby

1/4/2019
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In episode 44 of The Secret Cabal Express Bender, Aaron and Jamie talk about the joy the find in the miniatures hobby. They discuss the tools you'll need, assembly, priming, painting, basing, and a bunch of techniques they've learned to use over the years.

Duration:01:07:27

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

1/2/2019
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It's a new year and the Founders are back to give a year chocked full of gaming nonsense! Today we give you an overview and review of Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time and a look back at Defenders of the Realm one year later. Then Tony T goes bananas with his news segment while the peanut gallery quacks in the background. Then finally the gang talks about their favorite games released in 2018, their favorite game they reviewed in 2018 and finally talks about their most anticipated games...

Duration:02:51:00

Episode 173: Auztralia, Aristeia and a Short Topic Extravaganza

12/19/2018
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Happy Holidays Cabalists, It's our Christmas Extravaganza! Today the gang celebrates the holidays by reviewing Martin Wallace's newest game Auztralia from Stronghold Games and looking back at the arena combat sports game from Corvus Belli, Aristeia. Tony T spins up the news feeds to out together the best damn news segment in all of tabletop gaming. Then the Founders give you another short topic extravaganza with topics including Stretch Goals, liking games you guy vs ones you didn't buy,...

Duration:03:31:47

Lords of the Dungeon 22: Shadowrun Special Edition

12/12/2018
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In episode 22 of Lords of the Dungeon Bender, Jess and Jamie give you a special edition spotlight on Shadowrun, the classic cyberpunk and fantasy mashup role playing game published by Catalyst Game Lab. We begin by talking about the setting and lore of the Sixth World and move into the depth and complexities of the game mechanisms.

Duration:01:07:17

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

12/5/2018
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Chris and Jamie are back from BGGcon and have played a ton of great games they want to tell you about. Then the gang gives an overview and review of Arkham Horror 3rd Edition from Fantasy Flight Games and look back at Betrayal at Baldur's Gate one year later. Tony T throws the best damn news segment ever at your while the rest of the Founders quack in the background. And finally, the guys present the Founder's Guide to Knowing How To Act Right in which they talk about what kind of opponents...

Duration:03:29:22

Express 43: BGGcon 2018 and DIY Tabletop Gaming Accessories

11/28/2018
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Jamie and Chris just got back from BGGcon and give the rundown of what they thought after their first visit to this smaller, gaming focused convention and rank each convention they've been to from worst to best. Jamie also gives a review of his experience at The Warhammer Citadel, the world's first and only Games Workshop cafe and gaming center. Then the guys run down some of the do it yourself upgrades and accessories that they've made for their tabletop games. TIMECODES: Warhammer Citadel...

Duration:01:13:01

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

11/21/2018
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Chris is back from his trip the UK and talks about his games he played with our English Cabalists. Then we feature the newest Mind Clash game, Cerebria The Inside World. Then we take a look back at Yokohama from TMG one year later. After Tony T gives us the greatest news segment in all of board gaming, the gang hosts another short topic extravaganza in which we talk about our shelf of shame and getting better at board games. TIME STAMPS - Games Played: 7:08, Games of Yesteryear: 37:29,...

Duration:03:02:11

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

11/14/2018
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In episode 21 the Lords talk about Bender and Jess' new massively multiplayer online tabletop Shadowrun campaign they're about to start. Then the gang talks about a new role playing game sports tournament that will be streamed on Twitch. The Lords take a questions from a listener regarding how out GMs and players tend to describe the actions their taking. Then finally we have a discussion about alignment, what it means and how we use it in game.

Duration:01:01:36

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

11/7/2018
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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!

Duration:13:03:59

Dungeon Masters Ludus 08: Running Horror Adventures

11/2/2018
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Roleplaying games are about telling stories, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and more... but one of our favorite kinds of stories here at The Secret Cabal is the genre of horror. Today Bender and Jamie talk about how they run horror themed games and how you can celebrate Halloween by giving your players a good scare.

Duration:03:44:46

Express 42: Essen SPIEL 2018 Preview with Stephen Buonocore

10/24/2018
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Jamie and Tony welcomes Honorary Founder Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games to talk about the Stronghold Games and Indie Board Game Cards merger then Tony T hosts a preview of some of the games we're excited about debuting at one of the largest gaming conventions in the world Essen SPIEL!

Duration:05:41:08

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

10/17/2018
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It's Halloween time and the founders celebrate by talking about a ton of spooky board game! Then they feature the grim themed Eschaton from Archon Games and look back at the creepy adventure Folklore the Affliction from Greenbrier Games. After Tony T scares the wits out of you with his dreaded new segment and the ghoulish gang quacks in the background they host another Short Topic Extravaganza featuring a problem player, underused themed in board games and how to make territory control...

Duration:03:54:37

Lords of the Dungeon 20: DnD Beyond Look Back, Our Favorite Monsters and The GM and Player Arms Race

10/10/2018
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In Episode 20 the Lords take a couple of questions from the listeners and discuses out thoughts and opinions on DnD Beyond after using it for 6 months. Then we talk about our favorite monsters to go up against and ones Bender and Jamie like to pit against their players. Then we discuss some of the issues with players getting to high levels and the issues that can arise when preparing a game.

Duration:04:34:49

Episode 168: Too Many Bones, Viral and Weight, Complexity, Brainburn and Stress

10/3/2018
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Hey Now! Today the gang talks about Village Attacks, Everdell, Dwar7s Winter, Coimbra, The Island of El Dorado, Festival of 1000 cats, Blood Rage and Court of Medici. Then the gang reviews Too Many Bones from Chip Theory Games and Looks back at Viral from Arcane Wonders. And of course Tony T goes bananas with all the news coming from around the gaming industry. Then the Founders finish off the game by discussing Weight, Complexity, Brainburn and Stress in board gaming.

Duration:13:54:34

Dungeon Masters Ludus 07: Creating A Moment

9/28/2018
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Today Bender and Jamie talk about developing moments in your campaign. Moments that will provide players with memorable situations that will enrich your campaigns. Empowering players and making them feel badass, creating the pivotal moments when they may be set down a path of character evolution and putting players into situations when they have to make a choice. Sometimes a moral choice and others a sadistic choice.

Duration:03:17:14

Episode 167: War Chest, Massive Darkness and A Short Topic Extravaganza

9/19/2018
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Tony was visiting home for a week and we got to have a big game day in which we played tons of games and Chris and Tony get into a tussle over explaining rules. Then Tony, Steve and Jamie give an overview and review of War Chest from AEG and Look back at Massive Darkness from CMON one year later. Then Tony T gives us the rundown of all the hot gaming news from around the industry. Then we wrap up with a short topic extravaganza in which we further discuss Unique Games and hear two sides of...

Duration:13:49:24

Lords of the Dungeon 19: Our Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Update and Player Meta

9/12/2018
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In Episode 19 the Lords give and update on their current Dungeons and Dragons campaign and all the stuff their characters are getting into. And then based on some things that happened in our most recent gaming session, discuss Player Meta and how we separate doing what's best from a game standpoint and doing whats best from a role playing standpoint.

Duration:04:34:15