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

September 9, 2020

More Cyber than Cyber

And we're back after a bit of a break and we've got some exciting guests on this time!  Just listen.
Intro (00:00:00)
Wrong Brothers Gaming (00:03:35)
A Titan's Rise - SoV with Ed! (00:49:32)
Ghoullotine Review from Vindicated Entertainment (01:28:50)
Reviews from SCARAB (01:36:48)
  • Dungeon World (run by some guy name Donald…)
  • My Little Scythe
  • Arboretum
Outtro (01:39:31)
Links of Vengeance
A Titan's Rise Kickstarter [http://kck.st/31NXpAs]
Era D10 Discord Chanel [https://discord.gg/6C4H9Cv]
Less-Vengeful Links
Axon Punk Expanded [http://kck.st/39oDXws]
Wrong Brothers Gaming [https://wrongbrothersgaming.com/]
Ghoullotine Kickstarter [http://kck.st/2GHEjE0]
Vindicated Entertainment [https://vindicatedentertainment.com/]
June 7, 2020

100 - No Ragerts

Welcome to Episode 100!  There's a lot going on here, so have at thee!  Plus, contest(s)!
Time stamps may be accurate withing 1min - 10sec… grumble grumble…
Intro (00:00:00)
A Look Back at SC/PC with the Hosts (00:03:40)
Donald Dennis (01:17:20)
Ed Jowett with Shades of Vengeance (01:38:40)
Curt Covert of Smirk & Dagger / Smirk & Laughter (01:57:45)
Aaron Stimpson with Twice Alive Games (02:39:00)
Marc Specter with Grand Gamers Guild (02:56:00)
Reviews from SCARAB (03:01:20)
  • Pajaggle
  • Parks
  • Wits and Wagers
  • Echidna Shuffle
  • New York Slice
  • Palaces
  • Savage World - Aliens vs Rednecks
  • Shadowrun Sixth World Edition
  • Titansgrave
  • Unpub Game - Ghosts or War
Outtro (03:11:15)
MC Lars - Space Game (03:12:53)
MC Lars - Hey There, Ophelia (03:16:35)
I Fight Dragons - Crazies (03:20:45)
I Fight Dragons - Smile and Pretend (03:24:07)
Links of Vengeance
Era D10 Discord Chanel [https://discord.gg/6C4H9Cv]
Less-Vengeful Links
Smirk and Dagger Games [https://www.smirkanddagger.com/]
Grand Gamers Guild [https://grandgamersguild.com/]
April 26, 2020

Ghost Town part 3

Ghost Town part 3

Here it is: Part 3 of Ghost Town.  Jon says we're all "quarantining in place" but he really means "shelter in place."
Anyway, enjoy the show!
(00:00) Intro
(06:53) Shade of Vengeance (Ed Jowlett)
(43:10) OSW - Paranoia
(56:20) Outro
(58:09) I Fight Dragons - some song about Mario
Links of Vengeance
Era D10 Discord Chanel [https://discord.gg/6C4H9Cv]
April 12, 2020

Ghost Town part 2

Ghost Town part 2

Welcome back!  More of our Ghost Town Special episodes.  This time we share our pre-social-distancing interview about Proto ATL, and a review of one of our One-Shot Wednesday games.


(00:00) Intro

(05:44) Proto ATL (Andrew and Stephen)

(47:47) OSW - Symbaroum

(01:00:15) Outro

(01:03:40) MC Lars & Mega Ran - The Hobbit



Proto ATL [https://www.protoatl.com/]

Symbaroum [https://frialigan.se/en/games/symbaroum/]

MC Lars [mclars.com]

March 30, 2020

Ghost Town part 1

Ghost Town part 1
Pardon our dust: 2020 started off with a bang (SCARAB 2020, Tantrum Con, Coastal Con), and then… everyone had to stay home.  Gaming has been hit pretty hard, especially all those cons we love so much.
In this episode, the first of our "Ghost Town" shows, we start by talking a bit with Ed from Shades of Vengeance about their latest Kickstarter for Era Survival:
(00:00) Intro
(02:40) Era Survival - Expansions into the Unknown 2 Kickstarter
(31:38) Quick Draw - The Witcher TRPG
(47:03) Board Game Reviews
(47:23) Guardian's Call
(50:05) Champion of Earth
(51:31) Outro
(53:00) MC Lars - (Short Wanna Spend My) Stimulus Check
Links of Vengeance
Era D10 Discord Chanel [https://discord.gg/6C4H9Cv]
Era Survival - Expansions into the Unknown 2 [http://kck.st/2Ufrgwv]
Previous SC/PC show about the first Kickstarter [https://jonman.podbean.com/e/season-5-episode-2-survival-of-the-swarmiest/]
Other Links
MC Lars [mclars.com]
February 11, 2020

SC/PC Goes Full Tantrum

Episode 96: SC/PC Goes Full Tantrum

This episode was recorded live at Tantrum Con 2020! We met a lot of great folks and had fun.  Just listen!

(01:27) Sean from Rowdy With A Chance of Meeples

(05:08 )Gold Seal Games

(10:05 )Elf Creek Games

(22:35)Robert Burke Games

(29:30)Southern Fried Gaming Expo

(33:20)Board Game Reviews [-Shahrazad-Dungeon Mayhem-(44:10)Disciple Detective-]


(01:00:22)Song - Artifact by I Fight Dragons



Tantrum Con (https://www.tantrumhouse.com/tantrumcon.html)

Rowdy With A Chance of Meeples (https://www.facebook.com/rowdymeeps)

Gold Seal Games (https://www.goldsealgames.com/)

Elf Creek Games (https://elfcreekgames.com/)

Robert Burke Games (http://www.robertburkegames.com/)

Southern Fried Gaming Expo (http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com/)

Funhill Games (Disciple Detective - Kickstarter coming March 31st) (https://www.funhill-games.com/

January 31, 2020


Episode 95: SCARAB 2020
Recordings from SCARAB 2020! We start with reviews of Gorinto and Robo Junkyard coming to Kickstarter soon, then talk with folks at SCARAB Con 2020! Finally, we cover the 2020 RPG Pharaoh's Challenge!
(00:00) Intro
(02:26) Board Game Reviews
(02:46) Gorinto
(22:26) Robo Junk Yard
(36:50) Valley of the Vikings
(43:38) Trial by Trolley
(50:00) SCARAB 2020 
(52:23) Twice Alive Games feat Aaron Stimpson
(01:09:34) Ankur with Christopher Miller
(01:29:55) The RPG Pharaoh's Challenge [SCARAB Edition] 
(01:54:50) Exit
January 11, 2020

2020 Vision

Episode 94: 2020 Vision
Welcome to 2020, listeners!  We start off the new year talking with Playco Games about their games (Epic Monster Tea Party, Danger Danger Dinosaur, and Civicus).  Next, with SCARAB just around the corner, we talk about SCARAB 2020, and the possible future with Brian and Amy Gambrell.  And, we close things out with board game reviews!
(00:00) Intro 
(02:01) Designers Dungeon with Playco Games 
(26:40) SCARAB 2020 with Brian and Amy 
(57:30) SCARAB 2021 with Brian and Amy 
(01:24:25) Board Game Reviews 
-Bon Bons 
-End of the Trail 
-Epic Monster Team Party 
-Most Wanted 
-Someone Has Died 
(01:34:06) Exit 
(01:35:00) Ending Song - A New Brain by I Fight Dragons. 
Check out their new album, Cannon Eyes at ifightdragons.com
PlayCo Games at (playcogames.com)
Tabletop.Events (tabletop.events)
December 22, 2019

The End (of 2019)

Episode 93: The End (of 2019)
We wrap up 2019 with some awesome guests and an awesome discussion about our 2019 gaming.
On this episode
Designer’s Dungeon: Curt Covert with Smirk & Dagger/Smirk & Laughter Games (02:17)
Guest: Chris O’Neil with 9th Level Games talking about Level 1. (53:06)
Our 2019 Wrap-up with Jon, Ruby, Neenie, and Calvin (01:19:57)
Board Game Reviews (01:53:20)
-The Table is Lava
-Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
-Lanterns the Harvest Festival
-Dude (and More Dude)
-Best Treehouse Ever
Smirk & Dagger Games (https://www.smirkanddagger.com/)
9th Level Games  (https://www.9thlevel.com/)
November 26, 2019

The Revolution will be Streamed!

Episode 92: The Revolution will be Streamed!
Toast has made a horrible mistake, and now the NoFOMONoMo has combined with the Jon-Bots to take over the world, throwing it into the chaos of the meme wars! In our darkest hour, the voice of revolution rings out and it is... Jon?  Where has he been this whole time?  More importantly, we have guests from Twilight Creations Inc and Grand Gamers Guild, plus board game reviews!
(00:00) Intro
(03:30) Twilight Creations, Inc.  
(37:07) The Grand Gamers Guild  
(01:05:13) Board Game Reviews  
  Lord of the Fries (Deluxe!)  
  Roll For Your Life Candyman!  
(01:22:24) 1984 by Mc Lars & Mega Ran (feat B. Dolan)  
Links of the Revolution!
Twilight Creations, Inc. (https://www.twilightcreationsinc.com/)
Grand Gamers Guild (https://grandgamersguild.com/)
October 16, 2019

The Curse of the Monkey’s Wrench!

Episode 91: The Curse of the Monkey's Wrench!

It's a spooky time once again, and Count Madman is back with another spooky tale of scarey… er.. Stuff!  Toast and Jelly find themselves possession of a cursed monkey…wrench!

Also on this episode:

(03:54)Quick Draw: Mothership - The Haunting of Ypsilon 14
(24:00)Designer's Dungeon: Survive the Night RPG with Brian Crenshaw

(01:13:43) ??
(01:16:52)Guest Interview: Era: Lost Legend with Ed Jowett
(02:07:24)Board Game Reviews:
  Zombie Trampoline
  Zombies!!! Jr.
  Monster Crunch! The Breakfast Battle Game
(02:24:15)Ending Song: Suspender Man by Steam Powered Giraffe

Mothership RPG : mothershiprpg.com
Survive the Night : http://www.survivethenightgames.com/

Links (of Vengeance)
Lost Legend Kickstarter : http://kck.st/2MI2X6G
Shades of Vengeance:
Shades of Vengeance Discord

Image from Era: Lost Legend
September 2, 2019

Sagas, Six-Guns, and Sixth World Potato Futures

Episode 90: Sagas, Six-Guns, and Sixth World Potato Futures
Howdy, partners! In this episode we review Sagas & Six-Guns, talk with the author of the game Robert Buckey, and Jason Hardy from Catalyst Games stops by to chat about Shadowrun Sixth World Edition!
Quick Draw: Sagas and Six-Guns
Designer’s Dungeon: Robert Buckey with Sagas and Six-Guns
Guest: Jason Hardy with Catalyst Games (Shadowrun 6th World)
Board Game Reviews
  • Bang! The Dice Game
  • Flick ‘em Up!
  • High Noon Saloon
SCARAB 2020 News!
Ending Song – Automatonic Electronic Harmonics by Steam Powered Giraffe
July 31, 2019

Toast and Jelly

Episode 89: Toast and Jelly
Toast has a major announcement for all kobolds headed to the Midnight Massacre at Origins: Don't fall for the free buffet!
Toast gets visited by somebody he hasn't seen in a long time, and plays some more stuff recorded from SCARAB 2019:
Let Me Tell You About My Game with Aaron Lopez talking about Monster Slaughter.
Board Game Reviews (recorded at SCARAB 2019)
  • 5 Seals of Magic
  • Asking for Trobils
  • Capitol City
  • Costa Ruana
  • Dr Who: Dalek Dice
  • Hex Hex
  • King of Tokyo
  • Kitten Clash
  • Midnight Zombie Sabotage
  • Monster Slaughter
  • Senshi
  • Spell Caster
SCARAB 2020 News!
Ending Song - Hot Topic (Is Not Punk Rock) by MC Lars


July 22, 2019


Episode 88: #SixthWorldProblems
Hoi, chummers!  In this episode, the SC/PC crew talks about Shadowrun, Shadowrun, and Shadowrun! The Sixth World Edition is coming out, and we review the heck out of the new Beginner Box and Sprawl Ops the Board Game.
Sponsored by NOFOMONOMO.
Quick Draw - SR6 Battle Royale Quick Start
Round Table - The Sixth World Edition Beginner Box Review, and what we all love about Shadowrun
Board game Review - Mega review for Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops
Ending Song - Money (8 Bit Weapon Remix) by I Fight Dragons
June 19, 2019

At “The O” 2019

Episode 87: At the O 2019


The SwarmCast was at Origins 2019, and we recorded with some pretty cool folks!


Curt Covert with Smirk & Dagger / Smirk & Laughter Games (https://www.smirkanddagger.com/)

Bruce Vouge with North Star Games (https://www.northstargames.com/)

Chris and Heather O'Neill with 9th Level Games (https://www.9thlevel.com/)

Zeke Coughlin with Reliquary Games Studio (http://reliquarygamestudios.com/)

Alan Gerding with Tuesday Knight Games (http://www.tuesdayknightgames.com/)

Mark MacKinnon with Dyskami Publishing Company (http://www.dyskami.ca/)

June 11, 2019

The Blooming Onion of Podcasts

Episode 86: The Blooming Onion of Podcasts

This episode starts with a bang as something goes wrong at Gravy Jones' Locker, and Clem Fixit (a handyperson) is called in to... fix it...  Plus, the return of a secret villain! What is up their evil sleeves, and with Toast and the Jon-bots be able to stop it? Or, do they even care?

Also, we review a quick start for Wyrd Games Through the Breach, then talk with Rone (R-o-n-e) and Lou (L-o-u) with Iron GM Games (that's right) about their new Kickstarter: Grimmerspace!

All this, plus board game reviews and SCARAB 2020 news.

On this Episode:

Quick Draw : Through the Breach
Grimmerspace with Iron GM Games
Board Game Reviews - 10-Minute Heist - Cthulhu Tales - Dixit - Yikers
Ending song - Stars by Steam Powered Giraffe

Blooming Links

Grimmerspace KS: http://kck.st/2VGR0AJ

Iron GM Games: https://www.irongmgames.com/


May 21, 2019

Farm to Table Entertainment

Episode 85: Farm to Table Entertainment

Join us as folks tell us what games they've played at SCARAB 2019 plus an interview with Carla from Weird Giraffe Games. Check out their Kickstarter for Big Easy Busking at http://kck.st/2Q6wuZg

On this Episode:

Weird Giraffe Games

Board Game Reviews
Get Off My Land
Northern Pacific
Blood of an Englishman

The 2019 SM(a)SH Winner!
Wicked Pacts
Start Wars: Force and Destiny
Pathfinder: Iron Gods
Pathfinder Kids
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic RPG
SCARAB 2020 Announcement


Ending song on this episode is One-Way Ticket by Steam Powered Giraffe

April 22, 2019

2019 RPG Pharaoh’s Challenge Wrap-up (and more)

Episode 84: White Poo
Wait.  That's not the correct title! No, this is the 2019 RPG Pharaoh's Challenge Wrap-up. complete with live recorded audio.
2019 RPG Pharoah's Challenge Audio (Featuring Era: Silence)
2019 ShushCon RPG Pharoah's Challenge Audio (Featuring MAZES)
Board Game Reviews
- Tsuro
- Fireball Island
- Catacombs 3rd Ed.
SCARAB 2020 News!
Game Day: May 11 at Firefly Toys and Games!
Ending music:
Welcome to the Breakdown by I Fight Dragons
Ice Cream Parade by Steam Powered Giraffe
February 28, 2019

Gold Blue Red and Black

Episode 83: Gold Blue Red and Black

This episode contains recordings from SCARAB 2019, a new Kickstarter from Shades of Vengeance, and Hero Kids in our Games from around the world! Plus, get some skinny on the 10th year of SCARAB in 2020!

On this episode:

  • Intro
  • Era The Consortium Kickstarter, 5th Anniversary Edition and Miniatures!
  • GFAW - Hero Forge Games Hero Kids
  • ShushCon edition of the RPG Pharaoh's Challenge
  • I Drank What? - Cordelia's Chaser promo Card
  • Twice Alive Games at SCARAB
  • Board Game Reviews - Scarabya, Quests of Valeria, I Drank What?
  • Ending Song - Captain Albert Alexander by Steam Powered Giraffe

Links of Vengeance:

Era Consortium Miniatures and Anniversary Edition Kickstarter

Twice Alive Games Midnight Zombie Sabotage

Hero Forge Games

Shush Con Gaming Convention

January 3, 2019


Episode 82: Amazing!


Toast and a special guest talk about past and future episodes of the podcast!  Or, at least, they would if they weren't interrupted by… a regularly scheduled episode of the SwarmCast Podcast!

Stuff on this show:

  • Intro
  • RPG Pharaoh's Challenge Talk - with Donald Dennis
  • Grey Fox Games - Alex Goldsmith
  • #SCPCGas Contest
  • Board Game Reviews:
    • Blurble
    • Celestial Rainbows
    • Chrononauts
    • DOCE
    • I Drank What?
    • Karuba
    • Sheriff of Nottingham
    • The Captain is Dead
  • Exit
  • Ending Song - Salgexicon by Steam Powered Giraffe
November 28, 2018


Episode 81: Classic!


The Ghost Of Ancient Times (GOAT for short) takes over so we can present to you our very first (fake) clip show! He takes us back to recordings from a week or two prior as we talk with Christian from Osprey Games (we get the Osprey Treatment), Dan from Smart Iguana Games about his new game: DOCE, and plenty of game reviews recorded back in the yestertimes of January 2018 at SCARAB 2018.

Also, loyal listeners, we introduce our SC/PC Kit-bash Contest for Gaslands by Osprey Games!

[0:00:00] Intro
[0:07:06] Quick Draw: DC Adventures/Mutants and Masterminds
[0:23:13] GFAW: Osprey Games with Christian
[1:01:00] Interview: Smart Iguana Games – DOCE
[1:15:05] Board Game Reviews:
Dead Last
Isle of Monsters
Red Dragon Inn: Villains
Alchemy 101
[1:41:18] SC/PC Kit-Bash Gaslands Contest!
[1:46:25] Cooking with Toast: Crockpot Meatballs
[1:49:18] Exit Stuff and Music Credits
[1:50:46] Ending Song: Steam Boat Shenanigans by Steam Powered Giraffe

Musical Links:
I Fight Dragons: Ifightdragons.com
MC Lars: Mclars.com
Steam Powered Giraffe: Steampoweredgiraffe.com
Big Ass Truck: Bigasstruck.com

Other Links:
Osprey Games

Smart Iguana Games

Mutants and Masterminds

October 26, 2018


Episode 80: Adjectiveless SwarmCast!


In this episode, Toast finally gets his order from Dr F, and activates and “Evil” Robot.  Calvin helps.

We also talk with Ed from Shades of Vengeance about a couple Kickstarters, Stentor from Glittercats Fine Amusements (not a cat themselves) stops by the Dungeon for a bit, and quick start and board game reviews happen!

Intro [0:00:00]
Quick Start: Cthulhu Confidential [0:06:18]
GFAW: Era Survival Colony Kickstarter [0:25:09]
Designers’ Dungeon: Glittercats Fine Amusements [0:54:43]
Board Game Reviews [1:39:02]
Stellar Leap
Visitor in Blackwood Grove
Unreal Estate
Cooking With Toast [2:13:15]
Outro [2:18:05]
End Song – The Ghost Story by Big Ass Truck [2:19:15]

Links of Vengeance

Glittercats Fine Amusements (playglittercats.blogspot.com)

Music on the Show:
DROiDS (thedroids.bandcamp.com)
I Fight Dragons (ifightdragons.com)
MC Lars (mclars.com)
Big Ass Truck (www.bigasstruck.com)

September 12, 2018


Episode 79 - Astonishing 



Designers Dungeon

Robin Laws part 2

Quick Start

Phoenix Dawn Command


Fabled Environments



Board Game Reviews


-- Pretending to Grown Up


-- Rhino Hero




End Song

Cybertronic Warrior by Cybertronic Spree


The Pelion Report for Olympus, inc. http://kck.st/2N32YoO

Rockopolis the RPG http://kck.st/2oEwen9

August 30, 2018


Episode 78 - Uncanny

Intro [00:00]


Designers Dungeon [08:51]

Robin Laws part 1

Quick Start Review [36:36]

Unknown Armies - FRPGD

GFAW [51:26]

Era: the Chosen Kickstarter!

Board Game Reviews [1:27:10]


-- King of NY


-- Lord of the Fries


-- Mow Money


Cooking with Toast [1:35:10]

Stuffed Mushrooms

Outtro [1:37:31]


Exit Song [1:38:30]

Seek and Destroy - I Fight Dragons


Links (of Vengeance)

Era the Chosen Kickstarter: http://kck.st/2nG8OO0

Shades of Vengeance of Facebook:



Shades of Vengeance Website: https://www.shadesofvengeance.com/

Shades of Vengeance on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEiOpTk8IwuolqNVdBDik2A

June 4, 2018

Giant Sized SwarmCast!

Warning! This episode is extra-jumbo-large!  What better way to come back for a sixth season!
Toast is back. Back again. Today is back. Tell a friend.
Welcome back! After a bit of a break, we're back with same new segments and new craziness!
Intro [00:00:00]
Guest! [or Back in My Day] - Orcs Unlimited (Pat McNeary) [00:06:54]
Quick Draw! [Quick Start RPG Exchange] - CthulhuTech [00:33:38]
GFAW! [Fan Favourite!] - Järnringen - Symbaroum [01:03:45]
Designer's Dungeon! [#SKYNETISREAL] - Curt Covert of Smirk & Laughter / Smirk & Dagger [01:58:00]
Board Game Reviews! [02:40:34]
  • Paramedics: Clear!
  • Nut So Fast!
  • Evolution: Climate
Cooking With Toast! [with Ruby] - Hot Dish [03:01:15]
Outro [03:03:24]
Ending Song! - (Hop In) I'm Benny the Cab by MC Lars [03:04:30]
Orcs Unlimited (http://orcsunlimited.com/)