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

December 22, 2017

Season 5, Episode 9: Jon Talks to a Wizard

Toast nromally usually types this up.  Where is he?  If you see him, call us at 803-470-4439.

On this episode:
Bruce Voge, Social Media Wizard with North Star Games
Tell Us About Your Games at SCARAB 2018 for a chance to win Prizes!
Quick Draw - Conan the RPG quick start on Drive Thru RPG
RPG Pharaoh's Challenge at SCARAB 2018
Board Game Reviews
--12 Days
--Santa's Big
--Dungeon Roll / Heroes of Winter Expansion
End Song - Better on the Bus by Fragile Rock
November 16, 2017

Season 5, Episode 8: TTTTTT

Tim takes command, and things get very interesting.  He and Jon talk about PA Games (You’ll just have to listen to find out what that’s about).  Jon and Ruby discuss a one GM, one player RPG Quickstart.  Ed from Shades of Vengeance joins us to talk about a new Era Kickstarter about to end soon.  All this, plus board game reviews, magic dice, emo puppet music and more!
Note:  Time stamping the notes hasn’t been very accurate of late for all sorts of reasons (kobolds), so until this gets fixed, not time stamps.  Sorry.
Round Table: PA Games part 1
Quick Draw: Scarlet Heroes
GFAW: The Dark Eye RPG
Music: My Journal is Blank by Fragile Rock
Round Table: PA Games part 2
Shades of Vengeance Era: Consortium – A Universe of Expansions 2
Board Game Reviews
   World of Smog: On Her Majesty’s Service
   Stop Thief!
Music: Pretend by I Fight Dragons
The Dark Eye RPG
Era: Consortium – A Universe of Expansions 2 Kickstarter
Scarlet Heroes Quickstart
October 25, 2017

Season 5, Episode 7: Summoning Greater Evils for Fun and Profit.txt

It's that time again!  Time for Tricks and Treats!  And, boy do we have a treat (or is it a trick?) for you this time.  Listen as Toast opens a .txt file and summons the monsters of his dreams!

Intro [ 0 sec ]

  • Double Download – Toast

Quick Draw: Cold and Dark [ 9 min, 11 sec ]

A Toast en-Count-er [ 22 min, 36 sec ]

  • Dracula Lived In Transylvania – Toast feat. Dracula

GFAW – The Yellow King RPG (ft. Robin Laws) [ 28 min, 16 sec ]

Dr. F Will Build A Creature [ 46 min, 18 sec ]

  • Rock ‘n Roll Pumpkin – Green Jello

Tales From The Swarm – Cleave to the Queen [ 51 min, 56 sec ]

We’ve Got a Guest! – Chris O’Neill of 9th Level Games: Tragedies of Middle School KS [ 1 hr, 0 min, 50 sec]

Toast’s Modest Proposal [ 1 hr, 11 min, 05 sec ]

  • Bake ‘em Up – J Swift feat. Toast

BG Reviews [ 1 hr, 16 min, 30 sec ]

  • Ghost Chase in Canterville Castle
  • H.P. Lovecraft's Kingsport Festival (The Dice Game)
  • Nevermore

Return of the Big, Flower Monster [ 1 hr, 40 min, 8 sec ]

  • Fairuza Balk – Fragile Rock

Closing [ 1 hr, 46 min, 17 sec ]

End Songs and Music Credits [ 1 hr, 52 min, 4 sec ]

  • Cops & Monsters (feat. Schaffer the Darklord) – MC Lars [ 1 hr, 55 min, 45 sec ]
  • Dying Day – The DROiDS [ 1 hr, 59 min, 46 sec ]

 Support our music friends by checking out their links:

Fragile Rock [https://www.fragilerockband.com/]
The DROiDs [https://thedroids.bandcamp.com/]
MC Lars [http://www.mclars.com/]
Green Jello [https://www.facebook.com/greenjellosuxx/]
October 1, 2017

Season 5, Episode Meow: Meow Meow Meow, Cats

Greetings, meow!  In this epsiode, we talk a lot about... cats!  Jon may also have been sick and drinking a lot a cough syrup... we're not entirely sure...
Intro [0sec]
RT: Cats In Gaming [2min, 26sec]
Quick Draw: Laser Cats! [40min, 18sec]
GFAW: Drinking Quest - Liquor Before Honor [47min, 15sec]
Board Game Reviews [1hr, 9min, 58sec]
  • Here, Kitty Kitty!
  • Kitty Paw
  • Schrodinger's Cats
GFAW: Ryuutama [1hr, 26min, 38sec]
Outro [2hr, 6min, 30sec]
Ending Song - MC Lars -  Schrodinger's Cat [2hr, 7min, 38sec]
September 6, 2017

Season 5, Episode 5: Out Out Danged Gamer!

On this epsiode, we take a serious look at our experiences on coming out as gamers.  We give advice, and share some rather shocking stories.  You'd think we turned into a serious podcast or something.  Also, our standard bag of segments and the return of Jon making a fool of himself.  This should be a good one.

[00] Intro
[2:42] Round Table: Coming Out as a Gamer (Part 1)
[36:41] Quick Draw: Alternity
[52:15] LMTYAMG: Space Pirates the Musical RPG
[56:15] Music: King of Spain
[1:01:04] Round Table: Coming Out as a Gamer (Part 2)
[1:26:52] GFAW: Era Balam KS
[2:01:06] SC/PC Board Game Reviews
  -Sushi Go!
  -Just Desserts
  -Pink Hijinks
[2:12:41] Exit
[2:14:00] Bonus Tracks - Much Love to Our Musical Friends
[2:15:39] I Fight Dragons - Never Go Alone
[2:18:00] Fragile Rock - Wake Up To The Break Up
[2:20:35] The DROiDS - Fury
[2:24:15] MC Lars - The Rick & Morty Song I Made with Beefy (ft Beefy)
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]


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]

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]
  Blood of an Englishman
LMTYAMG: Breath of the Wild [01:51:20]
Outro [01:53:56]
Links for the episode:
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]


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


GFAW: Fragged Empire [00:46:20]

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


Board Game Reviews [01:05:33]

  • Arcadia Quest
  • Garbage Day
  • Pairs

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


Outro [01:26:35]


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

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!

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!

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]

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.


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]

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]

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}]
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)
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]

Minneapolis/St. Paul Pathfinder Society
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] 

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]

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
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
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/)
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
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]