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

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween or Something!

Here's a little something something, we'll call it a treat, or maybe some would say a trick.  Anyway, it's something to listen to to get you through your day.

Enjoy!
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October 16, 2014

Season 2, Episode 6: The LARP’s The Thing

Got to hang out with Kat and Doc from Mind's Eye Society.  Check them out at http://www.mindseyesociety.org/ and check out their events at SCARAB 2015 on Warhorn!

Intro [00:00]
LARP [00:30]
News [55:32]
Outro [60:35]
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September 18, 2014

Season 2, Episode 5: GenCon Crash Report

GenCon is the best four days in gaming, and the SCARAB Swarm was there!  What better way to celebrate that than with an extra-sized episode!

Sit back, and listen as Jon, Ruby, Matt, Calvin, Clay, Mary, and the infamous Del talk about their time in the trenches of the Pathfinder Society Room and dealers hall.  There are also some helpful advice to folks going to GenCon.  In the game review section, Jon recruits Ruby, Matt, and Doug to help him play and review three of the games SCARAB added to their game library from GenCon:  Pirates of the Gold Coast, Legacy: Gears of Time, and Bears!
Intro [00:00:00]
GenCon Crash Report [00:01:10]
Game Reviews [01:43:51]
Outro [01:52:53]
Intro song is a chip-less version of cRaZie$ by I Fight Dragons.
Crash Report music is by Midnight Syndicate.
Closing song is The Giving Tree by MC Lars (based on the book by the same name by Shel Silverstein).
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September 1, 2014

Kick In The Quick - Episode 1

KITQGames.jpg

Intro [00:00:00]

Iron Kingdoms [00:01:00]
Dragon Age [00:16:25]
Eclipse Phase [00:45:27]
Outro [01:23:13]
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August 3, 2014

Season 2, Episode 4: It’s a Very Meta Podcast!

We hear you like podcasts, so we put a podcast in your podcast... it's called, Podception...


In this episode, Jon, Jason, and Matt discuss podcasts (mostly gaming related).

Intro [00:00]
Podcast Round-Table about Podcasts [01:22]
Game Review: Miskatonic School for Girls [56:43]
Outro [59:55]

Links to some shows we discuss:

Welcome to Night Vale http://nightvale.libsyn.com/ -or- http://commonplacebooks.com/

The Stack Podcast http://www.thestackpodcast.com/

The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast http://hppodcraft.com/

The D6 Generation http://www.thed6generation.com/

Sci Fried Eggs http://carolinaghostbusters.com/sci-fried-eggs/

On RPGs http://onrpgs.libsyn.com/

On Board Games https://sites.google.com/site/onboardgamespodcast -or- http://onboardgames.libsyn.com/

Miskatonic University Podcast http://www.mu-podcast.com

Librivox https://librivox.org/

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast http://www.happyjacks.org/

G*M*S Magazine http://gmsmagazine.podbean.com/

Fear the Boot http://www.feartheboot.com

Cannon Puncture Show http://canonpuncture.geekyandgenki.com/

11th Company 40K Podcast http://www.tangtwo.com/11thcompany/  

Mikey Mason http://www.mikeymason.com/

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July 1, 2014

Season 2, Episode 3: Crunchies and Munchies!

Thanks for waiting!

In this episode, Clayton, Jason, and I are joined by Calvin Corn to discuss goblins, kobolds, minions, and those little "crunchies" as Jason calls them that we all love to squash, but secretly love to play.
Intro [00:00]
Crunchies [01:10]
News [44:27]
Events [46:04]
Game Review: Knuckle Sammich [46:38]
Closing [48:30]
All this, plus some new music by I Fight Dragons and MC Lars from both of their upcoming albums!
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April 29, 2014

Season 2, Episode 2: The Quickening!

Don't let the title fool you: We're not retconning anything, and there's absolutely no alien subplot...

Intro [00:00]
Quick Start Discussion [01:01]
News [32:03]
Events [33:14]
Game Review: Kittens in a Blender [34:31]
Closing [36:37]
Opening song by MC Lars - Hot Topic (Is Not Punk Rock)
Closing song by I Fight Dragons - Give It Up
Don't forget our "What's In The Bag?" contest!  We announce the winner in July!
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April 1, 2014

Ad: Pathfinder Society Wednesdays at Firefly

Wednesday nights at Firefly Toys and Games in Lexington, SC!

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April 1, 2014

The MinionCast

It's April, and the Minions have taken over!

Listen as the Swarm's darkest secret is revealed!
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March 29, 2014

Season 2, Episode 1: … In Spaaaace!

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1!

In this episode, we talk about SciFi, and are joined (via deep-space transmissions) by Todd Holiman who tells us about Hull Breach (http://www.hullbreachgame.com/) by NSB Games, Inc.
We're trying out a new format, and a slightly longer run time.  Hope you enjoy!
We also announce our first ever Swarmcast Contest: What's In The Bag?  You'll just have to listen for details.
Intro [00:00:00]
RT: SciFi Gaming [00:01:48]
Hull Breach [00:30:29]
News Buzz [02:08:50]
Calendar of Events [01:14:39]
Game Review: Stones of Fate [01:15:25]
Closing [01:17:59]
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February 23, 2014

Episode 12: Iron On, You Crazy Diamond. (SCARAB Iron GM 2014)

This is it: the last episode of the season.  We get to hear what the new format for Season 2 might sound like.  We also talk with SCARAB Iron GM 2014, Matthew Presson.

Intro [00:00]

SCARAB Iron GM Round Table [01:19]
Game Review: Dungeon Roll [32:02]
News [36:27]
Event Calendar [37:24]
Sign-off [38:19]

Tell us what you think, or leave a random comment if you feel like it.  The Scarab Swarmcast is on that Facebook thing all the kids are raving about now...
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January 30, 2014

Episode 11: This Is SCARAB!

This is the SCARAB 4 Episode!  If you were there, you know how it went down.  If you weren't... well, you probably had that flu that was going around...


Intro [00:00]
News [02:52]
From the Con! [04:44]
Bonus Material [17:05]
Buzz [27:19]
Closing [28:20]
*Shhh!* Super, Secret, PG-13ish Bonus Stuff! [34:10]
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December 22, 2013

SCARAB 2014 Special Event Episode 2

Listen as Clayton Harbaugh, Jason Wright, Liz Schultz, Mary Caflisch, Ruby Jones, Lauren Goodnight, and Jon Maness talk about their events for SCARAB 2014, and why you should check them out!

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December 22, 2013

Episode 10: Kobolds Ate My SCARAB!

Intro [00:00]
News [02:43]
Meet the Swarm [04:28]
SCARAB GMs [18:27]
Buzz [32:42]
Closing [37:32]

SCARAB Swarmcast Episode 10 "Drinking Game" rules*  Take a shot every time Jon mentions Kobolds, Warhorn, or 9th Level Games!  Take a shot whenever anyone says SCARAB!

*Please drink responsibly.  If you are under 21 years of age, we of course are referring to soda, water, and fruit juice; delicious fruit juice.  If you are over 21 years old, *wink wink*


Music Used With Permission By
Midnight Syndicate (http://midnightsyndicate.com

Some of the Games Mentioned in this Show
Kobolds Ate My Baby! (http://www.9thlevel.com/index.html)
Savage Worlds (http://www.peginc.com
Wizards of the Coast (http://company.wizards.com/
   • Dungeons and Dragons


Here's a link to Warhorn:  (https://warhorn.net/events/scarab)

By this point, you should have taken at least 3 shots from the production notes alone!

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November 26, 2013

And Now A Word From Our Sponsors

SCARAB has many, many sponsors.  These companies provide us with lots of support and love so we can give you the best convention experience.  You can check out some of them here: http://s-c-a-r-a-b.com/Sponsors.php


Please enjoy as I make a complete idiot out of myself.

-Jon
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November 24, 2013

SCARAB 2014 Special Event Episode 1

Listen as Darren Miller, Jason Wright, Randy Miller, Del Collins, Sean Torrens, and Paul Hubbird (the Tobes) talk about their games for SCARAB 2014, and why you should play them!

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November 24, 2013

Episode 9: Agents of S.W.A.R.M

Intro [00:00]
News [02:39]
Meet the Swarm [05:11]
SCARAB GMs [22:31]
Buzz [49:28]
Closing [50:39]

Special shout out to Randy and Kennetha Miller for their Meet the Swarm interview!  For more information about the SCARAB Widow's Track, check out the SCARAB website.  (http://s-c-a-r-a-b.com/Widows.php)


Music Used With Permission By
Midnight Syndicate (http://midnightsyndicate.com

Some of the Games Mentioned in this Show
Savage Worlds (http://www.peginc.com
Wizards of the Coast (http://company.wizards.com/
   • Magic: The Gathering
   • Dungeons and Dragons
World of Darkness (http://www.white-wolf.com/)

Events at SCARAB 2014

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October 29, 2013

Episode 8: King Con vs. Swarmzilla!

In case you don't catch it the first time around, King Con is 11/2 & 11/3 in Warner Robins, GA.


Intro (with music by Midnight Syndicate) [00:00]
News/Convention Listings [01:54]
King Con Interview [04:19]
Meet the Swarm [19:41]
Buzz [43:05]
Signoff (with music by MC Lars) [52:21]

Convention Links
SCARAB Game Day on Warhorn (https://warhorn.net/events/scarab-game-day)
SCARAB Gaming Convention on Warhorn (https://warhorn.net/events/scarab)

Music Used With Permission By
Midnight Syndicate (http://midnightsyndicate.com

Games Mentioned in this Show
Kobolds Ate My Baby! (9th Level Games) (http://www.9thlevel.com/index.html)
Savage Worlds (http://www.peginc.com
Wizards of the Coast (http://company.wizards.com/
   • Magic: The Gathering
   • Dungeons and Dragons
   • D20 Modern
World of Darkness (http://www.white-wolf.com/)
Time Warriors (4DStudios)
I Drank What? By Empire Games (http://www.empiregames.us/)

Check out my Deadlands Game Preview!
Legends of the Weird West: 52 Pick Up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao3E8aUyOrI)


Also, be on the lookout for SCARAB Iron GM 2014
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September 29, 2013

Episode 7: Scarab Swarm Z

Intro (with music by I Fight Dragons) [00:00]
News/Convention Listings [01:028]
Meet the Swarm [04:05]
Buzz [45:04]
Signoff (with music by MC Lars) [46:19]

Animes Mentioned in the Show
Akira (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_(film))
Cowboy Bebop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboybebop)
Mobile Suit Gundan, 08th MS Team (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Suit_Gundam:_The_08th_MS_Team)
Kodocha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodocha#Anime)
Rurouni Kenshin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rurouni_Kenshin)
Vampire Hunter D (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_Hunter_D_(1985_film))
Ninja Scroll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_scroll)
Sailor Moon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Moon#Anime)
Dragon Ball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Ball_(anime))
Cities of Gold (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mysterious_Cities_of_Gold)
Ronin Warriors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronin_Warriors)
Bleach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleach_(manga))
Fishigi Yugi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fushigi_Y%C3%BBgi)
Violinist of Hamlin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violinist_of_Hamlin#The_Anime)
Trigun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigun#Anime)
Requiem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requiem_From_The_Darkness)
Street Fighter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cammy)
Clamp School Detectives (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clamp_School_Detectives)

Games Mentioned in this Show
Accursed (http://accursedrpg.com)
Accursed Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1231173913/accursed-rpg)
Kobolds Ate My Baby! (9th Level Games) (http://www.9thlevel.com/index.html)
Pathfinder (http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG)
Savage Worlds (http://www.peginc.com)
Shadowrun (http://www.shadowruntabletop.com/)
Wizards of the Coast (http://company.wizards.com/)
• Dungeons and Dragons
GURPS (http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/)
Little Fears (http://www.littlefears.com/)
Vampire the Masquerade (http://www.white-wolf.com/)
Japanime Games (http://www.japanimegames.com/)

Stores, Podcasts, and Websites Mentioned in this Show
Firefly Toys and Games (www.facebook.com/FireflyToysandGames)
DriveThru RPG (http://drivethrurpg.com)
Toni Darling (https://www.facebook.com/tonidarlingAZ)

Music Used With Permission By
MC Lars (http://mclars.com/site/)
I Fight Dragons (http://www.ifightdragons.com/)

Convention Links
King Con (http://www.twokingsgames.com/kingcon/)
Gen Con (http://www.gencon.com/)
Con Carolinas (http://www.concarolinas.org/)
Mace (http://justusproductions.com/mace)
AWA (http://www.awa-con.com/)
Animazement (http://animazement.org/)


This is Tobes 

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August 28, 2013

Episode 6: Swarming Pains

I feel as though I should explain a few things about stuff that’s at the very end of this podcast… but I’ll just leave the mystery there. Suffice it to say, all conversations apparently lead back to Alan Thicke (http://www.alanthicke.com/). Thanks to Matt and Alisha Polkowsky for letting me into their house… and for the interview!

Intro (with music by I Fight Dragons) [00:00]
News/Convention Listings [04:03]
Meet the Swarm [07:09]
Buzz [44:14]
Signoff (with music by MC Lars) [45:00]
Not-So-Secret Bonus from the Road to Gen Con [50:00]


Games Mentioned in this Show
Apples to Apples (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apples_to_Apples)
Earthdawn (FASA) (http://earthdawn.fasagames.com/)
I Drank What (Empire Games) (http://www.empiregames.us/)
Kobolds Ate My Baby! (9th Level Games) (http://www.9thlevel.com/index.html)
Marvel Super Heroes RPG (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Super_Heroes_(role-playing_game))
Pathfinder (http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG)
Project Twilight (White Wolf) (http://www.white-wolf.com/) (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/235/Project-Twilight?it=1)
RIFTS (Paladium Books) (http://palladiumbooks.com/)
Ruckus (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/19046/ruckus)
Shadowrun (http://www.shadowruntabletop.com/)
Star Wars (WEG) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End_Games)
Toon (Steve Jackson Games) (http://www.sjgames.com/toon/)
Wizards of the Coast (http://company.wizards.com/)

  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Dungeons and Dragons

  • Pokémon


Stores, Podcasts, and Websites Mentioned in this Show
Firefly Toys and Games (www.facebook.com/FireflyToysandGames)
Board Gaming Geek (http://boardgamegeek.com/)

Music Used With Permission By
MC Lars (http://mclars.com/site/)
I Fight Dragons (http://www.ifightdragons.com/)

Convention Links
King Con (http://www.twokingsgames.com/kingcon/)
Gen Con (http://www.gencon.com/)
Con Carolinas (http://www.concarolinas.org/)

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July 28, 2013

Episode 5: Swarmnado

Jon here! There’s a lot on this episode, including Meet the Swarm featuring Steve and Felicia Holley, and an interview with Dave Harlequin about the upcoming MonsterCon in Greenville, SC.

Intro (with music by I Fight Dragons) [00:00]
News/Convention Listings [02:12]
MonsterCon Interview [04:00]
Meet the Swarm [11:27]
Buzz [40:44]

Whatcha' Playin'? [42:49]
Signoff (with music by MC Lars) [45:20]


Miniatures Games Mentioned in this Show
Games Workshop (http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/)
• Warhammer Fantasy
• Warhammer 40K
• Blood Bowl
• Warhammer Quest
Privateer Press (http://privateerpress.com/)
• Warmachines
• Hordes
• Infernal Contraption
• Heap
Flames of War (http://www.flamesofwar.com/)
Wargames Factory (http://wargamesfactory.com/)

Board and Card Games Mentioned in this Show
Fantasy Flight Games (http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/)
• Talisman
• Relic
• Chaos in the Old World
Cool Mini or Not (http://www.coolminiornot.com/shop/)
Soda Pop Miniatures
• Super Dungeon Explore
• Relic Knights
• Magic: The Gathering
• Dungeons and Dragons


RPGs Mentioned in this Show
Pathfinder (http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG)
L5R (http://www.l5r.com/)

Stores and Podcasts Mentioned in this Show
Firefly Toys and Games (www.facebook.com/FireflyToysandGames)
Heroes and Dragons (http://heroesanddragons.com/)
11th Company Podcast (http://www.tangtwo.com/11thcompany/)
D6 Generation Podcast (http://www.thed6generation.com/)

Convention Interview Link
MonsterCon (http://monstercon.org/)
King Con (https://www.facebook.com/kingconvention)

Music Used With Permission By
MC Lars (http://mclars.com/site/)
I Fight Dragons (http://www.ifightdragons.com/
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July 15, 2013

Episode 5 Promo - Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!  Until then, whet your whistle to part of an interview with Dave Harlequin of Monster Con.  Background music courtesy of I Fight Dragons.


Check out Monster Con at monstercon.org

Check out I Fight Dragons at www.ifightdragons.com
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June 25, 2013

Episode 4: Jurassic Boots

In this episode we meet Myles and Liz Schulz, hear some of the Swarm practice for GenCon, and get the origins of... Lumpy Boots?


Here's some things Myles and Liz mention in this podcast:


Also, you can click here (http://jonman.podbean.com/mf/web/3jkuwv/bloodyvengeance.mp3) to get a copy of th e"Bloody Vengeance" sound clip for your own enjoyment.
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May 27, 2013

Episode 3: Swarmtrek into Darkness

In this podcast, I talk with X Con's Robin Roberts, Con Carolina's Jada Hope-Diaz, and in 'Scarabite' Sean Torrens in Meet the Swarm.  Shout out to I Fight Dragons for letting me use some of there sweet chip-tunes, and of course MC Lars.

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May 27, 2013

Episode 3 Production Notes

Robin Roberts mentions this in our interview.  OK, I just thought it was funny.

X ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_(mathematics) )

Here are some of the things mentioned by Jada in our interview:

Timothy Zahn ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Zahn )

Bill Blair (http://www.alienactor.com/ )

Second Harvest (http://secondharvestcharlotte.org/ )

Here are some of the things mentioned by Sean in our interview:

Super Dungeon Explore  (http://www.sodapopminiatures.com/ ) Note: Their website is currently down, but they are working to get it back up soon!

Battelstar Galactica (http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=18 )

Twilight Imperium 3 (http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=21 )

Deadlands  (http://www.peginc.com/ )

Here are the games from Whatcha Playing?

Dust Warfare (http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=173 )

Telestrations (http://www.telestrations.com/ )

Timeline (http://us.asmodee.com/ressources/jeux_versions/timeline_3.php )