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

October 5, 2015

Season 3, Episode 7: Music, Gaming, and Zombie Dinosaurs!

We dig into music and gaming with me, Ruby, Doug, and Matthew.  We discuss what works about using music, give some specific examples, and talk about games that already have and/or use music.

We use clips from the following sources in this episode:

Midnight Syndicate, I Fight Dragons, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly OST, Escape Curse of the Temple, Deadlands OST, Diablo II OST, Bolt Thrower, Final Fantasy (IX and X2), Team Teamwork, The Neverhood OST, Tetris (by way of IFD), Warrior Nun Areala OST, Entombed (Wolverine Blues), The Nextwave Theme Song, Cowboy Bebop OST, T. Swift (blame Matt), Lord of the Rings OST, Underworld OST, World of Warcraft OST, Bastion OST, Transistor OST, Hotline Miami OST, Xena OST, Star Wars (Duel of Fates), Xenosaga OST, Saints Row Dubstep Gun, GWAR, and last but not least MC Lars.

We also review MC Lars’ new LP: The Zombie Dinosaur, which should be available soon!  Check out www.mclars.com for details.  Also, we do a bonus review of his Mix Tape: 22 Concepts.


Episode Times/Breakdown

Intro [00:00:00]

Part One: What does music do for gaming? [00:01:19]

Part Two:  Examples of music we like that works with gaming.  [00:14:26]

Part Three:  Games (and comics) with Soundtracks [00:38:31]

MC Lars: The Zombie Dinosaur LP Review [00:58:48]

Bonus Review: 22 Concepts (But A Hit Definitely Still Ain’t One) [01:28:18]

Exit [01:38:39]

Friends Don’t Let Friends Watch LOST – by MC Lars [01:39:52]

September 8, 2015

Season 3, Episode 6: Gen Con 2016 Wrap-Up, Finally!

Anybody can put out a podcast two to three weeks after Gen Con.  It takes real guts, though... ok, fine... I was busy... Anyway, here is the Gen Con Wrap Up from three of the SCARAB Swarm that worked our butts off @ GenCon 2015.

Intro [00:00]
Our Gen Con Jobs [01:24]
Fun Times / Fun Stuff [09:50]
People We Encountered @ GenCon 2015 [22:15]
Best / Worst XP [28:09]
What Did We Learn? [38:57]
Exit Stuff [45:18]
Triforce by MC Lars [46:31]
July 24, 2015

Season 3, Episode 5: Clean it up in Toast (or Lemons from Lemonade)

In this episode, Jon, Clayton, Cristin, and Jason recorded some stuff about Free RPG Day, Game Days, and a Quickstart review of Night's Black Agents.  And then Toast had to try and edit the whole thing.... no easy task when Frank Zappa stops by to narrate.  Oh, and there's a surprise post credit ending of Ant Man and Wasp beating up Ultron or something.  Stick around, it's pretty "cool."  See... I put quotes in there...

Intro [00:00:00]
Toast Edits A Show [00:01:04]
Round Table (Jason, Clayton, Cristin, Jon) - Game Day/Free RPG Day [00:02:38]
Toast Fights An Unedited Game Review [00:17:52]
Game Review - Super Dungeon Explore, The Forgotten King [00:18:38]
Podkast Debris [00:32:50]
Round Table (Jason, Clayton, Cristin, Jon) - Whatcha Been Playin'? [00:17:02]
Toast vs Plastic People [00:54:50]
Kick In The Quick - Night's Black Agents Quickstart [00:55:08]
Toast Posts The Podcast [01:13:45]
The End [01:14:18] (such a pity... such a pity...)
Pods to Prods [01:15:32]
June 19, 2015

Season 3, Episode 4: Happy Father’s Day!

To all you fathers out there: Happy Father's day!  In this episode, Ruby and I talk about our dads, gaming, and music..  The Sons of SCARAB (not to be confused with the Sons of Anarchy, but close enough) say a few things about their dads as well: Brian Gambrell, Del Collins, Matt Polkowsky, and Clayton Harbaugh.

Intro [00:00]
My Dad [01:58]
Sons of SCARAB [10:56]
Ruby's Dad [18:20]
Exit [21:39]
Bonus With My Dad [24:33]
I mention quite a bit of music.  You should check out these bands.  You may have even heard of a few:
The Beatles
Thomas Dolby
Frank Zappa
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Big Data (heard in background with my dad)
Also, a big shout out to Dad from the Brak Show!
June 2, 2015

Season 3, Episode 3: Friends, Live from XCon and Con Carolinas

In this mammoth episode, Ruby and I catch up with SCARAB fans Jo and Sarah at XCon, having just seen them at Gnome Con.  I then sit down with Clay at Con Carolinas, where we are joined by Hayden (his son), and con guests Nick and Jenn.  Topics range from gaming, Muppets, Star Trek NG re-casts, to what our favorite Friends episode is.  A few surprise guests stop by to talk about Death Staxxx and pork chop sandwiches.

Also mentioned in this episode: various random contests, the SCARAB Iron GM 2016 contest, and the SCARAB VIPGM event.
Oh, and Brain says, "Stop all the downloading!"
May 3, 2015

SCORPION 2015 Day 3

Con zombies at a camp!  Fish will be hurt and some frogs may die. :(

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!