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The SwarmCast is a podcast about gaming, geek culture, and more. Hosted by Jon Maness and Toast.

July 27, 2017

Season 5, Episode 4: The Lost Episode!

Every show needs a lost episode, and this one is ours! 

Intro [00:00:00]
Podcast Mania [00:04:38]
Quick Draw: Neomancer [00:26:00]
LMTYAMG: 13th Age [00:42:59]
The DROiDS - Obstacle [00:50:01]
More Mania! [00:54:01]
GFAW: Faith Sci Fi RPG [01:18:56]
Board Game Reviews [01:48:13]
    Fast Track
    Munchkin Panic
    Red Dragon Inn
Exit [02:06:39]

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June 15, 2017

Season 5, Episode 3: Take Your Supplements!

In this episode, we talk about game supplements and expansions.  Wade from Fragged Empire joins us again to talk about their newest KickStarter for Fragged Empire Expanded.  Matthew Sprange of Mongoose publishing joins us for GFAW to talk about [REDACTED] Paranoia!  Join us as we review the 2017 Free RPG Day QuickStart offering of Rune Quest by Chaosium.  All this, plus Board Game Reviews, and Jon talking about some stuff.

Intro [00:00:00]
RT: Expansions and Supplements [00:01:47]
Fragile Rock - Stay Felt [00:34:15]
Quick Draw: Rune Quest [00:37:30]
GFAW: Paranoia [00:54:55]
LMTYAMG: Shadowrun 4th Ed/Anniversary Ed [01:14:14]
The DROiDS - Motion [01:17:52]
Fragged Empire Expanded KS [01:22:23]
Board Game Reviews [01:41:19]

  • Nada
  • Pass The Pigs
  • Swinging Jive Cat Voodoo Lounge

Outro  [01:58:21]

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May 25, 2017

Season 5, Episode 2: Survival of the Swarmiest

On this episode, Jon talks with Ed from Shade of Vengeance about their new Kickstarter for Era: Survival Expansions into the Unknown and all of their other games.  Tim talks to Free League Publishing about Tales from the Loop.  All of this, plus… flamethrowers??
 
Intro [00:00:00]
Shade of Vengeance [00:02:51]
Quick Draw: Tales of the Slayers (Peat Gods) [00:37:41]
Music: The DROiDs – Flicker [01:03:15]
Kickstarter for Era: Survival Expansions into the Unknown [01:08:13]
GFAW: Tales from the Loop [01:27:26]
Board Game Reviews [01:41:21]
  Attila
  Blood of an Englishman
  Gigamons
LMTYAMG: Breath of the Wild [01:51:20]
Outro [01:53:56]
 
Links for the episode:
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May 2, 2017

Season 5, Episode 1: Pew Pew Pew!

The first episode out of Gravy Jones' Locker!  In this episode, we introduce some new segments, some new musical friends, and a new SwarmCast Hotline!  Drop us a line some time at (803) 470-4439.

Intro [00:00:00]

Round Table: The Quickstart Exchange [00:03:11]

LMTYAMG: Dragon Quest Builders [00:39:34]

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Music: The DROiDs - All I've Got [00:42:30]

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GFAW: Fragged Empire [00:46:20]

  • Special Link for our viewers from Wade @ Fragged Empire! (here)

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Board Game Reviews [01:05:33]

  • Arcadia Quest
  • Garbage Day
  • Pairs

Music: Fragile Rock - I am Sad (And So am I) [01:21:59]

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Outro [01:26:35]

 

Check out the The DROiDS, Fragile Rock, and of course MC Lars and I Fight Dragons!

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March 31, 2017

Season 4, Episode 14 colon The End

In this episode we talk about the importance of min/maxing your characters, answers tons of listener emails and questions, plus: a new co-host?  All this plus game reviews and interviews with two of the hottest new game designers out there!

[00:00] Intro

[02:35] Min/Max to the Max (or Min?)

[35:15] Listener Mail-Bag!

[45:00] Guest Co-Host Gerard Way

[58:01] Game Reviews - Monkey Fight XTreme, Throwin' Donkeys, Plus+Minus

[01:15:25] Interviews - Special Guests!

[2:00:15] Outro - Be on My Show!

[4:01:07] Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby!

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February 13, 2017

Season 4, Episode 13: What Does Kitsune Say?

We talk with Diamond Dust Dreams about their games and their experience in the industry.

Intro [00:00]

Diamond Dust Dreams [02:03]

Game Review - Kistune: Of Fox and Fools [41:02]

Outro and Gaming Cons in March [49:21]

... The Fox... [52:53]

 

Be on the lookout for us at GnomeCon 3/3-3/5 and ShushCon 3/10-3/12!

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January 29, 2017

Season 4, Episode 12: Smirk, Curt!

Last few episodes of Season 4, and we're bringing you some interviews and things recorded at SCARAB 2017!

On this episode, Curt Covert of Smirk & Dagger Games joins us!

Intro [00:00]

Smirk and Dagger - Curt Covert [01:54]

Game Review - Run for Your Life, Candyman! [52:29]

Outro [59:39]

Mr. Raven by MC Lars [60:52]

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December 17, 2016

Season 4, Episode 11: Strictly Commercials!

Check out our ads for SCARAB events.  Feel free to grab any of them from the link below to share on your own podcast, show, or just with the people you care about the most.

SCARAB Ads

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December 12, 2016

Season 4, Episode 10: Seasonal Renegades and Massacres!

I this episode, Jon talks with Sara Erickson of Renegade Game Studios.  You can also hear some game reviews, and Chris from 9th Level Games stops by to help Jon explain the Kobolds Ate My Baby Midnight Massacre.  Plus, Toast comes up with a traditional, non-traditional holliday song for all to enjoy!

Intro [00:00]

Renegade Games with Sara Erickson [03:37]

Game Reviews [32:09]

  • Double Feature [32:22]
  • Chopstick Dexterity Mega Challenge 3000 [36:06]
  • Roll For It! (Delux and Red/Purple) [43:27]

Midnight Massacre with Chris O'Neill [47:07]

Exit [52:25]

Toast's Nondee Traditional Song [53:56]

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November 13, 2016

Season 4, Episode 9: Elderwood Academy and Phil with D&D AL

In this episode, Jon talks to Elderwood Academy about their fine gaming products, libraries, and Minecraft.  Next, game reviews; two of which were recorded at SCORPION Gaming Camp.  And finally, Phil joins us to talk about D&D Adventurers League.

Intro [00:00:00]

Elderwood Academy [00:01:42]

Game Reviews [00:34:31]

  • Happy Salmon [00:34:45]

  • Boss Monster [00:40:51]

  • Chickyboom! [00:45:50]

Phil and D&D AL [00:50:38]

Outro [01:10:33]

Save World Get Girl by I Fight Dragons [01:13:15]

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October 26, 2016

Season 4, Episode 8: Spooky Campfire Tales

Grab some marshmallows and sticks; it's time to roast up some spooky, scariness!

Intro [00:00]
Upside-Down Interview [04:20]
Game Reviews Intro [09:52]
Zombicide: Black Plague [10:59]
The Village Crone [21:06]
A Spooky Interlude [32:53]
Gamer Mash ft. Toast [33:33]
Spooky Story Interlude [36:47]
Tales of the SCARAB Presents: Dream in the Death-Bad [37:40]
Outro [46:11]
The Tell-Tale <3 - MC Lars ft. Random [47:55}]
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September 20, 2016

Season 4, Episode 7: Zombie Cacti

Strange things abound as Jon, Ruby, Tim, Calvin, and Brooklyn talk about the strange and weird in gaming!  Josh Gremillion joins us for the PFS Report to add to the weirdness as well, and talks about CONtraflow in Louisiana (9/30 - 10/2/16).

Strange Timeline
Into - [00:00:00]
Round Table: Strange and Weird part 1 [00:01:50]
SCARAB Game Days and SCORPION [00:49:04]
The Pathfinder Report: Josh Gremillion and CONtraflow [00:51:38]
SCARAB PFS Wednesday Night Games at Firefly [01:26:09]
Round Table: Strange and Weird part B [01:27:02]
Game Library Review: The Ravens of Thri Sahashri [02:04:00]
Outtro [02:11:10]
The Dip by MC Lars [02:14:10]

Links:  CONtraflow (www.contraflowscifi.org)
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August 15, 2016

Season 4, Episode 6: Gimme Some Soup

Toast brings Jon some soup as he recovers from Con Crud, Andrew Christian the Co-VC from MN stops by to Report, and... cake pops?  Plus, game reviews!

Intro [00:00:00]
Game Reviews [00:03:21]
Danger Danger Dinosaurs [00:03:35]
Epic Card Game [00:06:46]
The Refuge [00:11:40]
Game Days [00:17:34]
Pathfinder Society Report [00:19:30]
Tales of the SCARAB - Cake Pops! [00:59:15]
Outro [01:05:11]
Pokemon GO! - MC Lars ft Spose [01:07:56]

Links:
SkalCon
Minneapolis/St. Paul Pathfinder Society
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July 18, 2016

Season 4, Episode 5: The Long Con(vention) Discussion

In this episode we talk about conventions, conventions, and more conventions!  Toast is still at Kobold Kon, and runs into some gnomes who teach him what it means to be a “gnomie.”  Del Collins comes on for the first official episode of the “Unnamed PFS Segment with Del.”  Got a name for it?  Let us know and Del will give you something neat!
Also, our goal is to get 200+ Facebook likes, and tons of Twitter followers before SCARAB 2017.  We hit this goal, magic things will happen.  I can’t stress that enough.

Intro [00:00:00]
Conventions, Pros and Cons [00:02:23]
SCARAB Game Library Reviews [00:22:09]
(Captain Carcass, Dead Man’s Draw, Dread Curse, and Thieves!)
The Long, Short, and Cons We Know [00:35:17]
Toast at Kobold Kon with Gnomies [01:03:17]
Finding Cons, Aftermath, and Con Etiquette [01:08:49]
Palmetto Lodge Wednesday / SCARAB Game Days [01:47:57]
The As Yet Unnamed Pathfinder Society Segment with Del, Featuring Del Collins [01:50:50]
Outro [02:10:26]
Ending Song – “18” by I Fight Dragons [02:12:35] 

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July 4, 2016

Season 4, Episode 4: Convention(al) Mayhem!

This episode, Del and Matt talk about their Paizo Con experience, Jon, Ruby and Calvin talk about Origins, and Toast goes to a kobold convention in a cave.  All this, plus SCARAB Game Day announcements.

Intro [00:00:00]
PaizoCon with Del & Matt [00:02:35]
KoboldKon16 [00:39:05]
Origins with Jon, Ruby, and Calvin [00:41:37]
Wednesday Gaming with SCARAB and Game Days [01:10:34]
-July 9 @ Boardwalk in Greenville, SC
-August 20, White Widows Games in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Outro [01:13:27]
Hipster Girl by MC Lars [01:15:24]

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June 26, 2016

Season 4, Episode 3: About Time! (Part 2)

In this episode, we geek out about Time Travel in all our favorite fandom, find out who is the best and worst time travelers, and find out how much damage Toast has done to the time stream.

Intro [00:00:00]
Discussion Part 1 [00:02:41]
Discussion Part 2 [00:28:10]
-Time Out of Control [00:57:35]
Discussion Part 3 [00:59:48]
Outro [01:32:29]
Music: If I Had A Time Machine (ft Toast) - MC Lars
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June 13, 2016

Season 4, Episode 2: About Time! (Part 1)

Spoilers: In this episode we talk about time travel: what it is, and how it works in gaming!  Toast gets caught up in the space-time-podcast continuum, and chaos ensues!  This episode is so big, it's going to be a multi-parter!
Intro [00:00:00]
Part 1: What is Time Travel? [00:02:53]
Wednesday Night PFS Ad [00:26:35]
Part 2: Time Travel in Gaming [00:27:30]
The End of Podcast As We Know It? [01:02:05] (Toast Feels Fine)
Ending Song - Power of Love performed by I Fight Dragon [01:04:11]

Check out I Fight Dragons at www.ifightdragons.com
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June 1, 2016

Season 4, Episode 1: Kickin’ It, SCARAB Style!

We're talking about Kickstarters in this episode!  Chris O'Neill, Shouter of Things, and Evil Wizard joins Jon to talk about Kobolds, the Knuckle Sammich Kickstarter, Origins, and stuff.  Jon and Ruby share their Kickstarter experience.  At XCon, Jon gets to talk with game designer Vincent Baker from Vindicated Entertainment about Otherworlds and Spell Slingers.  Events and Game Days!  What a way to start up Season 4!
Intro [00:00:00]
9th Level - Chris O'Neill [00:05:41]
Jon and Ruby Talk About Kickstarter [00:35:40]
XCon Interview with Vincent Baker [01:23:11]
Events and PFS updates [01:29:42]
Outro [01:34:11]
Crowdfund this Song - MC Lars [01:35:24]
Intro and exit music by I Fight Dragons
Links to 9th Level Games
Links to Otherworlds and Vindicated Entertainment
Otherworlds Site (http://otherworldsrpg.com/)
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February 5, 2016

Season 3, Episode 13: SCARAB Monday

The final installment of "recorded live at SCARAB."  This episode: The SCARAB Iron GM 2016!  Nick and Panda Con!  Dalek Relaxation!

Intro [00:00:00]
SCARAB Iron GM 2016: Cristin Chall [00:01:44]
Monday Madness with Nick! [00:10:10]
SCARAB Calendar [01:04:10]
Exit  [01:05:18]
How Not To Write a Slayer Song by MC Lars  [01:06:54]

Also, check out our SCARAB Iron GM 2016 video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36fufg811eU
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January 28, 2016

Season 3, Episode 12: SCARAB Podcast Mania

Join as as we get a special announcement about Hull Breach, the Podcast Mania recording from SCARAB, and news on events SCARAB members will be attending!

Intro [00:00]
Hull Breach [02:00]
Podcast Mania [04:34]
Events Calendar [35:35]
Exit [36:45]
Bring the 90's Back - MC Lars [37:56]
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January 22, 2016

Season 3, Episode 11: SCARAB Saturday Night (with Jim Ryan)

The first part of our recordings from SCARAB.  Jim Ryan wandered by Saturday night, the mic was cut on, and a veritable cavalcade of folks walked by to add to the crazy convention conversations!

Check out Jim at http://jimyesthatjim.com/
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December 22, 2015

Season 3, Episode 10: Gaming at King Con and Gamer Food

Seasons Greetings!  Sit back and enjoy this short and very sweet episode.  We talk to some folks at King Con, then sit down to talk about some of our favorite gaming food and give out some tasty recipes to bring to the gaming table.

Intro [00:00]
King Con 2015 [03:13]
Food, Glorious Food! [10:22]
Exit [19:01]
MC Lars - If I Were A Jedi [20:15]
Intro music by Midnight Syndicate from their new haunted Yuletide-inspired album, "Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering."
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November 19, 2015

Season 3, Episode 9: SCARAB 2016 Tracks!

In this episode, Mary and Clay join Ruby and I to discuss the Open RPG Gaming Track at SCARAB 2016... then Del shows up and starts talking about Pathfinder Society, makes a few announcements, talks about SCARAB's PFS, Board Game, Miniatures, LARP, Widows', and Kid's tracks... then Ruby talks about the Media Room track... heck!  I jump on board as well.  I guess this is the episode to listen to for you SCARAB 2016 preview-y goodness!

Intro [00:00:00]
Open RPG Track [00:01:10]
Mail Time [00:23:44]
Del's Many Hats with Del [00:38:07]
Ad: SCARAB Shady Oaks [01:04:10]
Media Room Track [01:06:05]
Jon's Track [01:15:21]
Exit [01:21:02]
Music: Dance, Brian, Dance! [01:22:15]
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October 21, 2015

Season 3, Episode 8: SCARAB Gaming Tomb of Horror! Spooky!

Oooh!  It's a spooky, spooky night!  Just listen to this show of spine-chillingness!

Intro [00:00]
Tales of the SCARAB [02:50]
Sound... Bites! [09:51]
Del in GA [12:22]
SCARAB News! (Scary News!) [16:22]
Listener Mail [20:47]
Game Review - Eldritch Horror [24:32]
Exit into the Darkness! (Mwu-haha!) [34:00]
Never Afraid by MC Lars [35:58]
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October 5, 2015

Season 3, Episode 7: Music, Gaming, and Zombie Dinosaurs!

We dig into music and gaming with me, Ruby, Doug, and Matthew.  We discuss what works about using music, give some specific examples, and talk about games that already have and/or use music.

We use clips from the following sources in this episode:

Midnight Syndicate, I Fight Dragons, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly OST, Escape Curse of the Temple, Deadlands OST, Diablo II OST, Bolt Thrower, Final Fantasy (IX and X2), Team Teamwork, The Neverhood OST, Tetris (by way of IFD), Warrior Nun Areala OST, Entombed (Wolverine Blues), The Nextwave Theme Song, Cowboy Bebop OST, T. Swift (blame Matt), Lord of the Rings OST, Underworld OST, World of Warcraft OST, Bastion OST, Transistor OST, Hotline Miami OST, Xena OST, Star Wars (Duel of Fates), Xenosaga OST, Saints Row Dubstep Gun, GWAR, and last but not least MC Lars.

We also review MC Lars’ new LP: The Zombie Dinosaur, which should be available soon!  Check out www.mclars.com for details.  Also, we do a bonus review of his Mix Tape: 22 Concepts.

 

Episode Times/Breakdown

Intro [00:00:00]

Part One: What does music do for gaming? [00:01:19]

Part Two:  Examples of music we like that works with gaming.  [00:14:26]

Part Three:  Games (and comics) with Soundtracks [00:38:31]

MC Lars: The Zombie Dinosaur LP Review [00:58:48]

Bonus Review: 22 Concepts (But A Hit Definitely Still Ain’t One) [01:28:18]

Exit [01:38:39]

Friends Don’t Let Friends Watch LOST – by MC Lars [01:39:52]

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