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

October 25, 2021

Post Origins 2021: For Glory!

On this episode, we catch up with Smirk and Dagger Games at Origins, and check in with Spielcraft Games post Origins, and check out their new Kickstarter! Plus, new segment: Puzzle Review and a YouTube Video!!!!

Intro

At Origins 2021: Smirk & Dagger Games - https://www.smirkanddagger.com/

Post Origins: Spielcraft Games: For Glory - Champions! - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spielcraftgames/for-glory-champions-expansion-and-for-glory-reprint?ref=2w01rc

Puzzle Review - Tea Dragon Society - https://youtu.be/ST3zhm4EODw - Renegade Game Studios

SCARAB Game Reviews (2020)

  • Stuffed Fables
  • Bears and Bees
  • Cortex Firefly RPG

SCARAB 2022 Ad!

S-C-A-R-A-B

Outtro

Ending Song - Chain Wallet Rock by I Fight Dragons

Intro and End Song by ifightdragons.com

September 27, 2021

There Is No Episode

We sit down an talk with Steve Dee from Tin Star (Or TIN*) Games about Relics: A Game of Angels.  You may remember our review of the Quickstart from last episode!

Plus, reviews for Western Legends, RoboTech Attack on SD-1, and Swage Worlds: Battle for Oz!

Link:

Tin Star Games

July 21, 2021

Angels, Relics, and the Fight Against FOMO

In this episode, we start by making some announcements about where to play games with us, as we start to get back out into the world. We dive into the Quickstart for Relics with Cristin, Ruby, Jon, and guest Donald Dennis. Afterwards, Jon gives a closer look at Relics: A Game of Angels Core Book from Tin Star Games.

Relics.jpg

Intro: (00:00)
Announcements (03:07)
Quick Draw – Relics (04:53)
Closer Look at Relics: A Game of Angels (53:50)
It’s Over! (01:01:58)

Links to Ward off FOMO:
Tin Star Games
SCARAB Gaming Con (for that schedule of events)
Inverse Genius

May 31, 2021

Vindicated (and We’re Cleaning Up So Well)

On this episode, we talk with Vincent Baker of Vindicated Entertainment about his upcoming Kickstarter for Otherworlds.  Sound familiar? That's because we talked with him over 5 years ago!  We have fun talking about games, music, and other stuff!

Intro (00:00)

Otherworlds (04:19)

Game Reviews from SCARAB Past! (45:10)

  • Boom Bang Gold!
  • Gizmos
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Shogunate

Outtro (48:17)

Ending Song - Hero by I Fight Dragons (49:45)

Check them out at ifightdragons.com - they provide our intro song as well!

Vindicated Links

https://vindicatedentertainment.com/otherworlds

 

February 24, 2021

Your Podcast is a WH@%E!

Warning alert, Swarmcasters:  This episode contains some colorful words and slightly explicit language.  Yes, Ruby is on the episode.
We talk with the folks behind the game Your Mother Is A Wh@%e, and there was simply no way to get around some of the language.  But, it's all fun and games (as they say) and with some of those games you guys play out there, who are you to judge us?  I see what you have on that shelf behind you, Richard.  And Beth, you can pretend the shrink wrap is still on that big, black box of cards, but we know better.

Intro (03:38)
Interview with Innocuous Content about Your Mother is a Wh@%e: the Game (06:33)
Review of Your Mother is a Wh@%e: the Game (39:27)
Outro (53:39)
Ending Song - Hootchie Mama by Big Ass Truck (55:06)

Your Links are a WH@%E!
Your Mom the Game 
Your Mom the Game - Facebook Group

Big Ass Truck

I Fight Dragons

December 14, 2020

Inside the Gamer’s Studio

On this episode, we salute game designers out there and do a lot of talking about inside the gaming industry.

 

Intro (00:00:00)

Shade of Vengeance with Ed! (00:02:36)

Twice Alive Games with Aaron (00:51:04)

Print and Play Games with Todd! (01:29:50)

Reviews from SCARAB (01:46:46)

  • Tapestry
  • Tournament of Towers
  • Battletech

End (01:51:30)

Ending Song - Pretend by I Fight Dragons (01:52:20)

 

Links of Vengeance

ImagineRPG.Com [http://imaginerpg.com/]

Era D10 Discord Chanel [https://discord.gg/6C4H9Cv]

SoV Facebook Group [https://www.facebook.com/groups/erad10games/]

 

Twice Alive Games [https://www.facebook.com/TwiceAliveGames/]

 

Print and Play Games [https://www.printplaygames.com/]

 

Music Links

I Fight Dragons [http://ifightdragons.com]

Big Ass Truck [http://www.bigasstruck.com/]

October 27, 2020

Spookyween!

Welcome back to the Swarmcast PodCast True Crime Podcast.  This episode, we'll be talking about the notorious Trick-or-Treat Killer!  Also, the scariest thing ever: trying to figure out which of these time stamps is accurate! [grumble, grumble]

 

Intro (00:00)

Era Forbidden (03:26) or (03:04)

More True Crime (Feat. Donald Dennis) (33:09) or (32:39)

Reviews from SCARAB (38:00) or (37:38)

  • Fury of Dracula
  • Cthulhu Dice
  • Zombicide: Black Plague
  • Fiasco
  • Savage Worlds: Monster Hunters Club

Back to the Show / End (41:30) or (41:04)

 

Links of Vengeance

Era: Forbidden Kickstarter [ http://kck.st/3jyANKK ]

Era D10 Discord Chanel [https://discord.gg/6C4H9Cv]

SoV Facebook Group [https://www.facebook.com/groups/erad10games/]

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

 

Links

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-]

(59:33)End

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

 

Links

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

SCARAB 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
 
Gorinto.jpgJunk_Yard_Robo.png
valley_of_the_vikings.jpgtrial_by_trolley.png
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)
-Crabs!
-Best Treehouse Ever
 
Links
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  
  Chocolatiers  
  Lord of the Fries (Deluxe!)  
  Roll For Your Life Candyman!  
(01:21:56)End  
(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

Links
Mothership RPG : mothershiprpg.com
Survive the Night : http://www.survivethenightgames.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SurviveTheNightGames/

Links (of Vengeance)
Lost Legend Kickstarter : http://kck.st/2MI2X6G
https://youtu.be/6TRs0ny6Te8
Shades of Vengeance:
https://www.facebook.com/shadesofvengeance
https://www.shadesofvengeance.com/
Shades of Vengeance Discord
https://discord.gg/KeCdpfr

 
Image from Era: Lost Legend
Priestess.png
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!
 
Intro
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:
 
Intro
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

#SixthWorldProblems

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
SCARAB 2020
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
Pajaggle
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.
Intro
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.
- DOCE
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