The SCARAB Swarm Cast

The SwarmCast is a podcast about gaming, geek culture, and more. Affiliated with the SCARAB Gaming Con in Columbia, SC and hosted by Jon Maness.

September 20th, 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 15th, 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 18th, 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 4th, 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 26th, 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 13th, 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 1st, 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 5th, 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 28th, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 19th, 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 21st, 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 5th, 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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September 8th, 2015    

Season 3, Episode 6: Gen Con 2016 Wrap-Up, Finally!

Anybody can put out a podcast two to three weeks after Gen Con.  It takes real guts, though... ok, fine... I was busy... Anyway, here is the Gen Con Wrap Up from three of the SCARAB Swarm that worked our butts off @ GenCon 2015.

Intro [00:00]
Our Gen Con Jobs [01:24]
Fun Times / Fun Stuff [09:50]
People We Encountered @ GenCon 2015 [22:15]
Best / Worst XP [28:09]
What Did We Learn? [38:57]
Exit Stuff [45:18]
Triforce by MC Lars [46:31]
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July 24th, 2015    

Season 3, Episode 5: Clean it up in Toast (or Lemons from Lemonade)

In this episode, Jon, Clayton, Cristin, and Jason recorded some stuff about Free RPG Day, Game Days, and a Quickstart review of Night's Black Agents.  And then Toast had to try and edit the whole thing.... no easy task when Frank Zappa stops by to narrate.  Oh, and there's a surprise post credit ending of Ant Man and Wasp beating up Ultron or something.  Stick around, it's pretty "cool."  See... I put quotes in there...

Navigation
Intro [00:00:00]
Toast Edits A Show [00:01:04]
Round Table (Jason, Clayton, Cristin, Jon) - Game Day/Free RPG Day [00:02:38]
Toast Fights An Unedited Game Review [00:17:52]
Game Review - Super Dungeon Explore, The Forgotten King [00:18:38]
Podkast Debris [00:32:50]
Round Table (Jason, Clayton, Cristin, Jon) - Whatcha Been Playin'? [00:17:02]
Toast vs Plastic People [00:54:50]
Kick In The Quick - Night's Black Agents Quickstart [00:55:08]
Toast Posts The Podcast [01:13:45]
The End [01:14:18] (such a pity... such a pity...)
Pods to Prods [01:15:32]
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June 19th, 2015    

Season 3, Episode 4: Happy Father’s Day!

To all you fathers out there: Happy Father's day!  In this episode, Ruby and I talk about our dads, gaming, and music..  The Sons of SCARAB (not to be confused with the Sons of Anarchy, but close enough) say a few things about their dads as well: Brian Gambrell, Del Collins, Matt Polkowsky, and Clayton Harbaugh.

Index
Intro [00:00]
My Dad [01:58]
Sons of SCARAB [10:56]
Ruby's Dad [18:20]
Exit [21:39]
Bonus With My Dad [24:33]
I mention quite a bit of music.  You should check out these bands.  You may have even heard of a few:
The Beatles
Squeeze
Thomas Dolby
Frank Zappa
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Radiohead
Alt-J
Big Data (heard in background with my dad)
Also, a big shout out to Dad from the Brak Show!
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June 2nd, 2015    

Season 3, Episode 3: Friends, Live from XCon and Con Carolinas

In this mammoth episode, Ruby and I catch up with SCARAB fans Jo and Sarah at XCon, having just seen them at Gnome Con.  I then sit down with Clay at Con Carolinas, where we are joined by Hayden (his son), and con guests Nick and Jenn.  Topics range from gaming, Muppets, Star Trek NG re-casts, to what our favorite Friends episode is.  A few surprise guests stop by to talk about Death Staxxx and pork chop sandwiches.

Also mentioned in this episode: various random contests, the SCARAB Iron GM 2016 contest, and the SCARAB VIPGM event.
Oh, and Brain says, "Stop all the downloading!"
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May 3rd, 2015    

SCORPION 2015 Day 3

Con zombies at a camp!  Fish will be hurt and some frogs may die. :(

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May 2nd, 2015    

SCORPION 2015 Day 2

Day 2 of SCORPION Gamer Camp.  Candid stuff, D&D5, and goblins by bonfire!

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May 1st, 2015    

SCORPION 2015 Day 1

Check out some very candid audio from the very first SCORPION Gamer Camp brought to you by SCARAB!

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April 28th, 2015    

Season 3, Episode 2: Transcendental Drive and Grape Juice

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April 6th, 2015    

SCORPION Ad!

Check out SCARAB's gaming camp, 5/1 - 5/3/15!


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March 16th, 2015    

Season 3, Episode 1: Ultimum!

Welcome to a new season, and a new sound for us!

In this episode, we finish out the Podcast Mania from SCARAB 5.  
I also sit down with Christian Muckler at Gnome Con to talk about Ultimum RPG (http://www.ultimumrpg.com/) (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1409548667/ultimum)
Intro [00:00:00]
Jon talks about stuff [00:01:19]
Podcast Mania [00:06:00]
SCORPION [00:33:57]
Ultimum Interview [00:36:16]
Outro [01:16:00]
MC Lars - Summer Camp Love (Is So In Tents) [01:17:15]
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February 19th, 2015    

Season 2, Episode 10: Recorded Live At SCARAB 5 (part 2)

Welcome back to another episode recorded live at SCARAB 5.  Included on this episode, a cavalcade of guests!

Intro [00:00]
Marty (From Rolling Dice and Taking Names Podcast) [01:03]
Mystery Guest [09:38]
Clint Black (From PEG, Inc) [15:06]
Ruby (Back from the Kid's Track) [29:00]
Outro [34:45]
Intro song by I Fight Dragons
Exit song is a wonderful ditty to take (some of) us back by MC Lars
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