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

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/)
April 24, 2018

Season 5, Episode 14: Kickstarters and Colon Dominion!

Intro [00:00:00]

QD Clockwork: Dominion [00:01:05]

GFAW: City of Mist [00:21:05]

TMayG: Yndaros Kickstarter [00:57:48]

Guest: SoV - Battlecruiser Alamo [01:07:48]

Board Game Reviews [01:36:44]

  • Noir of Indines
  • Roll For It Deluxe
  • Santa's Bag

Outtro [01:46:55]

End Song: History Repeating (I Fight Dragons) [01:48:03]



YNDAROS: THE DARKEST STAR, award-winning Symbaroum campaign

Battlecruiser Alamo RPG (Powered by Era d10)

April 2, 2018

Season 5, Episode 13: Bounty Hunters and ShushCon RPG Pharaoh’s Challenge!

Join us as we check in on the ShushCon Edition of the RPG Pharaoh's Challenge, talk about some more games from SCARAB, and another Quickstart from our Quick Draw exchange!  Jon also sits down at SCARAB to talk with Aaron Lopez, who it turns out is a pretty neat guy.

Intro [00:00:00]
RPG Pharaoh's Challenge - Shush Con [00:02:20]
Tell Me about your Game (SCARAB Style) [00:21:18]
- Era Survival
- Era Consortium 
Games From Around The World (SCARAB Style) [00:29:20]
- Paranoia
- Tenra Bansho Zero
Quick Draw! - Hunt The Wicked [00:35:23]
Guest(s) [00:52:08]
- Mark Kale from Mega Moose Con (Recorded at ShushCon)
- Aaron Lopez (recorded at SCARAB)
Board Game Reviews [01:20:55]
- Steal the Show
- H.I.D.E.
- The Order of the Gilded Compass
- For Crown and Kingdom
Outtro [01:32:45]
End Song - Hey There, Ophelia by MC Lars
March 12, 2018

Season 5, Episode 12: More Live Stuff! (SCARAB ‘18 and GnomeCon ‘18)

More stuff recorded live at Cons!  This round, more SCARAB 2018 stuff and Gnome Con 2018!
Escape Room Review - SC History (@ 4m, 10s)
Tell Me About Your Game (@ 6m, 36s)
-Pathfinder with Cathy
-D&D5e with Robbie
GFAW - Era Empowered Kickstarter with Ed (@ 16m, 17s)
Quick Draw - Metal, Magic, and Lore (recorded and played at GnomeCon) (@ 48m, 10s)
Round Table - Gnome Con discussion with Donald, Ben, Ruby, and Jon (@ 1h, 8m, 33s)
Board Game Review: Voodoo (or is it Vudu?) mega review recorded at SCARAB 2018 (@1h, 41m, 28s)
Ending Song: Sharin' the Sherbert by Big Ass Truck
Additional music on this episode is by The DROiDS (thedroids.bandcamp.com) and MC Lars (mclars.com)
February 8, 2018

Season 5, Episode 11: SCARAB 2018 part 1

This epsisode contains recordings from con goers at SCARAB Gaming Con from Januaray 2018.
Escape Rome Reviews
-Eco Escape Room
-Christmas Escape Room
Tell Me About Your Game
-Starfinder Society with Chris
-Pathfinder Society with Brent
GFAW - Cold and Dark
Quick Draw - Fragged Empire
Ad: The Swarm at GnomeCon
Guest - Dan Machado and Gravity Warfare
The RPG Pharaoh's Challenge at SCARAB 2018
Ad: Shush Con
Board Game Reviews
-Gavity Warfare
Ending Song - The Power of Love (Live) by I Fight Dragons (ifightdragons.com)
Additional music on this episode is by The DROiDS (thedroids.bandcamp.com) and MC Lars (mclars.com)
Check out Gravity Warfare at gravitywarfare.com Kickstarter starting soon!  (Note: the initial date on the show has changed!)
January 5, 2018

Season 5, Episode 10: A Wild Tangent Appears!

Toast is still missing!  Jon finds the last (lost?) episode for 2017!  It's all here! [Toast, come back!  The show really needs you!!]
On this episode:
Guest: Robert from Crit Games
Tell Me About Your Games
  -Prizes at SCARAB!
  -Tim talks about Sybaroum
  -Internation Gaming Table at SCARAB with the Soda Dragons Gaming Society
The RPG Pharaoh's Challenge
GFAW: Wade with Fragged Empire
SC/PC Board Game Reviews
  -Total Rickall
  -Square Shooters
  -Three Cheers for Master
End Song: The Geeks Will Inherit the Earth (live feat MC Lars) by I Fight Dragons
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!