Episode 13 – Idea Dump


In this episode I ramble on. A lot. I ramble on for a while. You should check it out.

I may not have had the most coherence, but I did manage the cleanest sounding audio yet…maybe. Give me your feedback on that!

Special thanks to Andy Lenox for use of some of his music for the intro and outro of the podcast. Listen to Cranial Grass (the one I used) and more at diver.bandcamp.com.

As always all ideas and names presented here are property of Phantom Nimbus Games and Beau Severson.

Episode 12 – PhantomCast Rising (Again)


The podcast rises! Again! After a new contract change I have a daily commute again. That means if I can use my travel time to write my game design stuff down, I will spout it into the aether for all you fine people again.

Today I talk about a few designs I have kicking around in the old noodle and how my tabletop RPG obsession has been spinning into my design work. Mostly I just drone on about game designs, but check it out anyway.
Also, this one is out on a Wednesday. I think that is new, I forgot most of my old release schedule, and will be adjusting to a new one. Keep an eye out for new episodes by adding us in your podcatcher of choice.
Special thanks to Andy Lenox for use of some of his music for the intro and outro of the podcast. Listen to Cranial Grass (the one I used) and more at diver.bandcamp.com.


As always all ideas and names presented here are property of Phantom Nimbus Games and Beau Severson.

The Second Death of the Phantom Cast

As triumphant as my last release of the PhantomCast felt, it was also the last nail in the coffin. I enjoyed doing the cast but my commute has changed. I am riding the bus now to and from work so I have no alone time to just sit and let my brain unload. Luckily this actually had another positive effect. I have gotten to spend more time revisiting old designs, and working on my RPG system.

I have now gained roughly 1 hour a day where I can sit and just write down ideas and let the creative juices flow. It’s actually become an uplifting part of my day. I don’t have to waste such precious time in traffic. Before I felt the PhantomCast was the best use of that time, but with the new commute comes a new level of renewed interest in designing games.

So the PhantomCast is down for the count until my situation changes again, but I hope for my designs sake it stays this way for some time. Thank you to everyone who listened, or really anyone who listens in general. 

Episode 11 – Rise of the Phantom


Like a Phoenix from the ashes I arise once more to spout out my misguided insight. This week I talk even more Tabletop RPGs. Rules-light systems, the merging of that concept and board games, and how play by post works for me. Check it out, or don’t. Either way, I’m back, baby.

Special thanks to Andy Lenox for use of some of his music for the intro and outro of the podcast. Listen to Cranial Grass (the one I used) and more at diver.bandcamp.com.


As always all ideas and names presented here are property of Phantom Nimbus Games and Beau Severson.

Episode 10 – When Story Met Mechanics

Having had a recent position change this episode is up a bit late, and I didn’t have any new projects to discuss. So I go on a misguided insight rant about story and mechanics as it relates to both board games and tabletop RPGs.

Special thanks to Andy Lenox for use of some of his music for the intro and outro of the podcast. Listen to Cranial Grass (the one I used) and more at diver.bandcamp.com.

As always all ideas and names presented here are property of Phantom Nimbus Games and Beau Severson.

Episode 9 – Of Dice and Action Points

In this week’s PhantomCast I discuss more clarifications on Tavern Dice. I also discuss my own fan-made mashup called One Night Ultimate Sheriff. I also do a very quick review of Monza! the children’s color-matching racing game. It is quite good. Last I forgot I also wanted to talk again about Cash and Grab, an early prototype of mine I have been finding new ideas for.

Special thanks to Andy Lenox for use of some of his music for the intro and outro of the podcast. Listen to Cranial Grass (the one I used) and more at diver.bandcamp.com.

As always all ideas and names presented here are property of Phantom Nimbus Games and Beau Severson.

Episode 8 – Rambling and a Review


Sorry for being so late with the post for this. As I mentioned on Twitter we had no kid in the house this weekend so I got SOO much sleep. It was fantastic.

This weeks episode features much of my signature rambling, on my creative process, and a review of Tiny Epic Galaxies. My new favorite little space game. I will be posting a more in-depth review on my blog eventually. Check this out, and I look forward to talking more game design next week. I also hint at a giveaway that is indeed coming true. Check out more details here.

Special thanks to Andy Lenox for use of some of his music for the intro and outro of the podcast. Listen to Cranial Grass (the one I used) and more at diver.bandcamp.com.

As always all ideas and names presented here are property of Phantom Nimbus Games and Beau Severson.

700+ Twitter Follower Giveaway

I’m amazed it happened. I have crested 700 followers on Twitter which somehow to me is an achievement. On top of that I am doing a culling of my games collection. I only have so much shelf space and sadly I have to let some games go. On the plus side the coinciding of these events has a benefit for all of you lovely people.

I’m giving away 3 of the games I culled to random winners. Three lucky individuals will get a choice of any of the games shown here:

Board Games for Contest

The full list is:

  • Munchkin Quest
  • Tiny Epic Defenders
  • Love Letter: Legend of the Five Rings
  • Humans!!!
  • Zombies!!! (Base and Expansions 2, 3, 3.5, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9) (Yeah, all of it. But not all the boxes, just the components.)
  • Voltage
  • Grave Robbers III: Suburban Slashers from Sunnydale Street
  • Nuts!
  • Man Bites Dog
  • Quarriors
  • Martinique
  • We Are Dead: Zombie Mall Massacre Board Game
  • Risk Battlefield Rogue
  • Tiki Mountain (Missing one Green Glass token)
  • Star Wars: Invasion Of Theed RPG Beginner Game (Missing set of d20 dice)

To enter, just do the stuff below when the contest opens on September 30th. It will run for 2 weeks so there is plenty of time for people to enter. Assuming I set this up correctly 3 people will win games. There is a 1st choice, 2nd choice, and 3rd choice of games from the stash.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The fine print should say it all, but I’ll ship free anywhere within the continental US. (I’m already broke from buying games, so outside that I can’t really afford.) Anywhere outside of that I will probably have to charge to ship. The choices for games are based entirely off the bullet points in the list. You get a choice of one.

Once all entries are tallied, and all winners have been contacted and made their choices I will announce the winners in another post.

Episode 7 – Off The Shelf


In this episode I am already pulling a game back after shelving it only two weeks ago. Potions Class is getting a makeover, manicure, pedicure, the whole works. Check out this episode if you want to hear anything and everything Potions Class related, in addition to the new version of it, Tavern Dice.

This whole episode is decidedly dicey.
Special thanks to Andy Lenox for use of some of his music for the intro and outro of the podcast. Listen to Cranial Grass (the one I used) and more at diver.bandcamp.com.

As always all ideas and names presented here are property of Phantom Nimbus Games and Beau Severson.
Thrift Shop Sign

Thrift Store Design Challenge

This is a quick idea I had that I’m trying to get some other fledgling, or even more veteran, designers to participate in. The rules are simple.

  1. Pick a thrift store.
  2. Take ten minutes to run through it and buy whatever you want.
  3. Bring one component/item to the table that you already own.
  4. Make a game out of your finds.

Post about it on Twitter if you would like with #ThriftStoreDesignChallenge. Try and get other designers you know to join in.

As of now this isn’t a contest, unless someone would like to offer up a prize, if you do let me know and we can work something out.

Check out the latest episode of my PhantomCast, here, to hear what I came up with that made me want to start this thing up.