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

May 2, 2015

SCORPION 2015 Day 2

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

May 1, 2015

SCORPION 2015 Day 1

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

April 28, 2015

Season 3, Episode 2: Transcendental Drive and Grape Juice

April 6, 2015


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

March 16, 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]
February 19, 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
February 2, 2015

Season 2, Episode 9: Recorded Live At SCARAB 5 (part 1)

Part 1 of episodes recorded live at SCARAB 5, 2015.

Recorded live at the SCARAB Gaming Convention in beautiful Columbia, SC. Featuring in this episode:
Jake and Samantha
John Compton
and Mr. Blahblah!
December 15, 2014

Season 2, Episode 8: Just The Two Of Us

In this episode, I talk with Ruby about our experience with a two-player game we've been running using Pathfinder: Mythic Adventures as well as other pros and cons of two-player games.

Episode Guide:
Intro [00:00] - ft. Seek and Destroy by I Fight Dragons
2-Player Talk [01:10]
Outro [41:38] - ft. (Rock) The Bells by MC Lars
November 24, 2014

Kick In The Quick - Episode 2

Intro [00:00:00]
Arcanis [00:01:00]
Ghosts of Albion [00:41:10]
Valiant [01:08:03]
November 14, 2014

Season 2, Episode 7: Live-ish From Firefly Toys and Games!

So, I am literally preparing to leave for yet another convention even as this episode drops!  Please excuse some of the noise, this was recorded live at the past couple of SCARAB Game Days at Firefly Toys and Games.  Still, pretty good sound quality, huh?

Anyway, this episode I talk about Slap or CrapThe Kerberos Club (for FATE) RPG, Better Angels, and a new favorite: Battle Dragons!  All this, plus I finally get to sit down with Dan.. er MIB 1513.  Check him out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MIB1513.

Music at the beginning is I Fight Dragons, some Midnight Syndicate near the end, and MC Lars closing us out with a Thanksgiving song (of sorts).  

Oh, and stick around to the end for a little extra treat.
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.

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]
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).
September 1, 2014

Kick In The Quick - Episode 1


Intro [00:00:00]

Iron Kingdoms [00:01:00]
Dragon Age [00:16:25]
Eclipse Phase [00:45:27]
Outro [01:23:13]
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/

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!
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!
April 1, 2014

Ad: Pathfinder Society Wednesdays at Firefly

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

April 1, 2014

The MinionCast

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

Listen as the Swarm's darkest secret is revealed!
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]
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...
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]
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!

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!

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.