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Five old friends of more than 20 years come together to produce a high quality, bi-weekly podcast about tabletop gaming of all kinds: board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing games and much more. In each episode you can expect board game reviews, gaming industry news and round-table discussions. The Founders, Jamie, Tony, Chris, Steve and Brian, each have varying tastes in gaming to provide a variety of viewpoints. Since 2011, over 100 full length episodes and now more with our new ...
 
Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.
 
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Fitness trackers for pooches - has your pet reached their step count? Across the world more than half of all girls have been harassed or abused online. Can ‘Maru’, an anti-harassment chatbot help? Plus, Twitter has unleashed its latest new feature and in a surprise to precisely no one, lots of people are complaining. Guests: Jocelyn Brewer, psychol…
 
In episode 67 Don and Jamie get together to talk about board games that set the trends and revolutionized board game design and some that have stood the test of time and some that have faded into obscurity. Then we list of some of the most unique games we have played that you might want to add to your collection.…
 
The Federal Government has agreed to pay $112 million in compensation for its botched robo-debt welfare recovery scheme. How did it go so wrong? Can Airbnb weather the pandemic? Plus, what happens when one of the world’s most valuable computer companies breaks up with the firm that has made their insides tick along for many years? Guests: Peter Wel…
 
Good morning and happy Wednesday to all of you wonderful Cabalists out there! Today we dive into talking about the games we've been playing including: Whistle Mountain, Lorenzo il Magnifico, Beyond the Sun, Pan Am, Gloom Digital and Raiders of the North Sea Digital. Don, Jamie and Chris hook you up with a feature review of Stefan Feld's newest crea…
 
The bold, innovation from Netflix — we believe it’s called television! How the social media giants fared against the torrent of US election misinformation. Plus, are people leaving Facebook for new right-leaning social media apps? And why does Google want to buy a fitness tracker company?Guests: Ariel Bogle, analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Ins…
 
In episode 44, Jamie starts out by talking a little bit about Baldur's Gate 3 now in early access on Steam and the gang reminisces about some old Dungeons and Dragons video games they've played in the past. Then the Lords take a question from a listener regarding dealing with a player character that is lovingly known as "Cheat Code" because he is s…
 
Why have the little black and white grids you have to photograph to go to a café become the go-to tech for the pandemic? Can artificial intelligence tell if you have Covid from the sound of your cough? And Marc's given up on hovercars, but maybe we can still get holograms in our future…Guests: Jessie Hughes, VR expert and creative technologist + Pe…
 
It's time for another wild and crazy episode of The Secret Cabal! And today the gang takes a look at a slew of games including Haunted Mansion Call of the Spirits, Barrage, Curious Cargo, Small World and Black Orchestra. Then Chris and Jamie feature review Lost City of Arnak from CGE and the whole gang looks back at Everdell from Starling Games one…
 
The maelstrom of online interference during the US election. Tech companies are scrambling to deal with political misinformation and probably worse. Plus, gone before we knew ye - streaming service and one-word punchline QUIBI calls it quits. And he’s the tech magnate known as the Hermit King, whose reign affected most mobile phones. Who is it?Gues…
 
In episode 66 The gang celebrates Halloween by talking with Matt Evans of Board Game Replay to talk about some of the video games they've all been playing - particularly horror themed games! All of these games are great options for your Halloween video game time!By The Secret Cabal Founders
 
Does Apple slow down your phone down to encourage you to buy a new one? Imagine a world without news on Google or Facebook - other countries have done it, so how did it play out for them? And is Twitter too good at dealing with sketchy content on the platform? Guests: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, national technology editor for News Corp @jendudley + …
 
Muwahahahaha! It's Halloween again and ghoulish Founders are back to give you a spooky episode filled with Halloweeny games for you to enjoy. Today we look at Horrified, Friday the 13th: Horror at Camp Crystal Lake, Name 5, Dire Alliance, Dead Man’s Cabal and Armata Strigoi! Then Don and Jamie give a horrifying review of Paranormal Detectives from …
 
What if you could get an AI face to do your video calls for you? The push to break up huge tech companies coming from Washington DC. Plus, are Twitter and Facebook doing enough to stop misinformation and is Tinder doing enough to stop sexual assault?Guests: Peter Marks, software developer, Access Informatics @petermarxy + Rae Johnston, Science and …
 
In episode 43, we start out talking to Jess about taking over their Dungeons and Dragons Ravenloft campaign and what a Cameltaur is. Then we discuss our first training session using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th edition game system. And finally, the gang discusses randomness in role playing games and how to handle it when bad luck gets out of …
 
It flies, it spies, it’s the strangest security camera - what does it tell us about surveillance and fear? What The Social Dilemma gets right and wrong. Plus, if you’re working from home, should your boss be allowed to use monitoring software to spy on you? Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Executive editor at Information Security Media Group @jeremy_kirk + Nat…
 
Oh yeah! The Founders are back with another jam-packed episode of The Secret Cabal featuring: Fort, Bios Genesis, Titanic, Just One, Mercado de Lisboa, The Search for Planet X, Living Planet and Root Digital. Then Don and Jamie take a deeper dive into Marvel United from CMON and look back at Tzolk'in The Mayan Calendar from CGE. After Tony T pins t…
 
Which streaming service is in dire straits and why does Marc care so much about this platform? Plus, fibre-to-the-node and now to the home! Some Australians will be able to get fibre-to-the-home internet by 2023 as part of a NBN upgrade due to start in a few months.Guests: Seamus Byrne, editor & host of Byteside @byteside @seamus + Ariel Bogle, rep…
 
Whether permanent, temporary or as result of age, millions of Australians will experience a form of disability. How do we make tech more inclusive? Meet some of the innovators with lived experience of disability driving tech innovation in Australia.Guests:Steve Ralph, tester for voice enabled mobile app, MaslowHeather Morrison & Andrew Gurza, co-fo…
 
In episode 42, The Lords start out by discussing their Star Trek adventures 3 part campaign and decide whether they enjoyed the system or not and why, take a question from a listener regarding tracing their origins of when they got into roleplaying games and finish off by discussing their next campaign in the Old World using Warhammer Fantasy Rolep…
 
Tik Tok has done a deal to stay online in the US but who has really won and lost? Small youth and lifestyle websites may be the accidental victims of the proposal to force the digital giants to pay for journalism. And are there lessons to be learned from new COVID-19 tracing apps being launched in other countries?Guests;Daniel Van Boom, News Editor…
 
Hey Now Cabalists! Today the gang is back to talk about a ton of board gaming stuff including Crystal Palace, Mariposas, Dinogenics, Spicy, Smartphone, Inc and Among Us. Then we dive into a feature review of Undaunted Normandy and Undaunted North Africa from our good friend Dave Thompson and Trevor Benjamin published by Osprey Games and we look bac…
 
US President Donald Trump has praised the followers of QAnon as ‘people that love our country’. Where did the conspiracy theory group come from, how widespread is it, what does it say about levels of distrust and paranoia online and in the media and where is it all headed? Guests: Sarah Moran, CEO, Girl Geek Academy @SarahMoran + Seamus Byrne, edit…
 
In episode 64 Tony, Chris and Jamie discuss the impact that great artwork, stellar graphic design elements, components and the entire cohesive production of a tabletop game has on the experience of the players. We go into the emotions they trigger and the immersion generated.By The Secret Cabal Founders
 
Why does billionaire Elon Musk want to be inside a pig’s head? Fitness technology that shows what you’d look like if you lost weight - hello body issues my old friend. Plus, Facebook threatens to ban all news on its platform in Australia. Is Facebook throwing a gigantic toddler tantrum, or is the move to force platforms to pay publishers for conten…
 
Alrighty Cabalists, Wednesday is back and it's time for some wild Cabal action! today we start out with a review of the documentary film called World of Darkness about White Wolf Games and then jump into some games we're playing including: Expedition to Newdale, Modern Art The Card Game, Unspeakable Words, The Voyages of Marco Polo, Mysterium, and …
 
We’ve lost a lot in 2020, but now things have gone too far as the once loved browser, Microsoft Internet Explorer faces its final days. Plus, Airbnb have banned something we all need but probably shouldn’t have. The mobile phone company storming its way through India. And Tik Tok is suing Trump.Guests: Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @r…
 
In episode 63 Tony, Don and Jamie sit down and talk about a topic that's been on our minds lately, when is it right to get back to gaming in person? And when we do, what precautions are we going to have to take to ensure the comfort and safety of ourselves and our friends. Then, we talk about the awesome games that have come out in 2020 that are pi…
 
The tech world got messy this week. Apple took on the creators of Fortnite, and Google took on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Who wants what and why? And facemasks — can a simple piece of cloth over your mouth up-end the billions of dollars spent globally on facial recognition technology? Guests: Ariel Bogle, online technology …
 
Hey Now Cabalists! It's another Cabal Wednesday and we jump right in talking about the new Documentary called The Game Masters about hobby board games. Then we get into the games we've been playing including Cosmic Encounter: Duel, Clank!, Back to the Future: Back In Time, Newton, Deckscape, Colosseum and Legendary Encounters Alien: Covenant and Qu…
 
It was a time of powerful technological change: weapons, transport, fabric, energy were all put into overdrive - 75 years after the end of WWII, what are the technological advances we don’t talk about? Plus, is Tinder charging you more or less than other people? Is Trump trying to shut down Fortnite? And a major milestone for the humble computer mo…
 
Happy birthday MP3 - you revolutionised music and media but you're 25! Can technology save us from death, disease, tsunamis, the earth turning into fireball? Plus, Microsoft wants to buy it, Trump wants to ban it, teenagers want to make excellent dance moves to Taylor Swift dance remixes on it… the saga of TikToc somehow got even weirder. Guests: C…
 
Hey Now all you wonderful Cabalists! Today the gang is back in action to break balls, talk about awesome board games and provide some series low buffoonery. Today we start out by chatting up games including Altiplano, Spirit Island: Branch and Claw, Sonora, Set A Watch, Tapestry and Stick’em. Then we jump into a feature review of Nevada City design…
 
The app that has somehow returned whimsy and possibly joy to the internet that's become incredibly dark of late. Why wear a fitness band when you could where a fitness ring? Plus, no one actually knows how many people are watching Australian TV - at least for several days that's been true. Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Executive Editor, Information Security…
 
The Twitter hack that saw the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Apple and more used for a bitcoin scam. The scary thing is how the hackers did it. Plus, phones keeping track of your mental health. Can Instagram produce a Tik-Tok competitor? And the question that you’ve been burning to have answered - why have a touch scre…
 
In episode 62 Jamie welcomes Honorary Founders Rodney Smith of Watch It Played and Marty Connell of Rolling Dice and Taking Names to bring back play the This or That Game! We talk about conventions, gaming awards, Project Winter and in the game, we go into movies, board games, miniatures games and more.…
 
Google updates ad policy and bans stalker and spyware apps. Is mobile streaming service Quibi dead? Plus, in a nondescript government building in Canberra, sits a group tasked with protecting Australia on the digital frontier. What do you learn when you go inside Australia's cyber security HQ? Guests: Ariel Bogle, technology reporter, ABC Science @…
 
Hey Now Cabalists! Today we get right down to business talking about some great games including In Too Deep, Marvel Champions, Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game, Jungle Cruise, Dead Reckoning, Stockpile, The Dwarves, and Project Winter. Then we dive in deep with an overview and review of Newton from Cranio Creations and give a Look Back of Pipelin…
 
Uber prepares to dish out $2.65 billion on whatever-you-can-think-of delivery company. Facebook is dumping one of its experiments. How tech companies are using Hong Kong as a testing ground for relations with China. Plus, China’s most influential social media platform in the West is increasingly being tested itself. Guests: Rae Johnston, Science an…
 
In episode 40, Bender starts out by talking about a new RPG he played called Blades in the Dark and the gang discusses campaigns in which all players play the same class. Then the Lords chat about the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. Aaron talks about his first time taking over as Game Master for our Star Trek Adventures campaign. Then finally the …
 
What happens when two major nations go to battle on the short, cute, video platform of TickTock, and could TickTock compete with Instagram and YouTube for all those ad dollars? Plus, the world’s most powerful new supercomputer. And why the Australian government won’t switch the COVID tracing app to the model supported Apple and Google.Guests: Jerem…
 
Hey Now Cabalists! Episode 210 starts out with a little bit of a bummer as we discuss how sad we are the Origins Game Fair won’t be happening this year but before too long, we jump into talking about some great games we've been playing including; Wingspan, Bumuntu, Fields of Green, Tapestry, Lockup: A Roll Player Tale, Claustrophobia 1643 and Small…
 
Why are fans of Korean pop at war with Donald Trump? Why Twitter wants you to leave it a voice mail. Why we're under sustained cyber attack from China - except the government doesn't want to name China, so why say anything at all? And Apple thinks you’re not washing your hands properly. It's been a weird week in media, tech and culture. Guests: Ale…
 
Why major tech companies are pulling their facial recognition software back from police. Plus, “Want to read this before retweeting?” Twitter tests a new feature that could slow down the spread of rage and viral misinformation. And deep fake faces could have major repercussions on everything from politics to porn, but one social media giant has a p…
 
Hey Now Cabalists! Today the gang starts out with a bit of celebration as we achieved all three of our Kickstarter Goals and The Cabal will go on! The the Founders get into some of the games they've been playing including The Shining, Pan Am The Game, Escape Room: The Game, Healthy Heart Hospital, Ghost Stories, and Arcadia Quest. Then the gang fea…
 
What role does tech play in the global protests against racism? How is it used by protestors and police? Plus, there's still a legal push to shut down piracy sites, even though the rise of streaming has largely achieved that. And which tech company wants to create digitally synthesised group selfies even though you’re socially distant? Yeah, its a …
 
In episode 39, the Lords start out by discussing Bender and Jess' new 1829 golden age of piracy Ravenloft campaign using the Dungeons and Dragons system. Then the gang takes a question from a listener regarding players asking to take back their action after committing. Finally, in the main discussion, the Lords talk about AC preparing for his first…
 
Donald Trump has wielded Twitter to command, reshape and confound the new agenda for years, but what happens when Trump and Twitter go to war? If someone defames you in a Facebook comment - who do you sue? And we’ve entered a new age of commercial space flight with Elon Musk’s SpaceX taking humans to the international space station - but what are t…
 
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