The Adventuring Party
Discussing table-top and related gaming and the Irish gaming scene so you don't have to.
 

This week's hosts: Liam, Humbug, Eoin and Graham

On this week's Adventuring Party, the vast ocean of new games and announcements from GenCon 2014 are sifted through to find the nuggets of gold within.

Show notes:

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This week's hosts: Cian, Humbug, Eoin and Oisin

On the Adventuring Party this week, we talk about abusive jerks and how they can jerkily abuse a game... though we find that the line which seems so clear in Wargames and CCGs gets a bit blurry when it comes to RPGs.

Show notes:

We start off talking about RPGs. If you'ld like to hear the other topics, have a look down  through the show notes for where they start.

  • 1.05: I do not.
  • 6.41: And like a damn trooper, Humbug answers the question anyway. Good man!
  • 8.51: Rule Zero is a pan-RPG social rule that applies to all games. Like Oisin, I would have said the Rule Zero was "The GM makes the rules; don't argue with the GM" – however, 1d4chan says that's called the Golden Rule, and that Rule Zero is actually "Roleplaying games are entertainment; your goal as a group is to make your games as entertaining as possible." I like both rules, whichever name you choose to give them.
  • 10.30: Eoin is speaking accurately, if not exclusively, of me there.
  • 11.46: Quote of the Episode (first time I've given it to myself, but I like the following): “If I'm the GM... I AM THE UNIVERSE”
  • 18.25: CCGS DISCUSSION STARTS HERE
  • 20.10: That's a thing that actually happened 
  • 21.44: LARPING DISCUSSION STARTS HERE
  • 25.05: Humbug's always on the prowl for inexperienced 14-year-olds. Hey oh!
  • 27.40: That's Eoin tut-tutting there, by the way.
  • 29.26: WARGAMES DISCUSSION STARTS HERE
  • 35.20: Eoin is referring here to the very popular X-Wing miniatures game from Fantasy Flight
  • 39.28: BROTHER! 
  • 40.52: I didn't find a GMs Girlfriend meme, but it does have a TV Tropes page 
  • 41.01: “Ladies” count – 2

 

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This week's hosts: Cian, Humbug, Eoin and Oisin

On this week's Adventuring Party, we discuss the looming deployment of the Player's Handbook for Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition, ahead of its official launch on August 19th. Unable (or unwilling) to wait until then, we discuss the various changes and innovations that can be found in the Starter Set and Basic Rules that have been released so far.

For them are as interested, the full release schedule can be found here.

Show notes:

  • 1.33: The free rules PDF, if you want to read along at home
  • 1.57: You can immediately hear my groan of regret after I say “I loved every edition”
  • 4.04: Ooh, laady daa! Mr. Frenchman!
  • 8.07: If you get the Creepy William joke, you probably remember too much of what we say on the Adventuring Party
  • 19.11: Good old fashioned fantasy name there
  • 49.09: Good old fashioned game grumping here. Why, you whippersnappers!

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This week's hosts: Liam, Graham, Cian and Oisin

This week on the Adventuring Party, we play and review the utterly bonkers and tremendously enjoyable LUCHADOR – a dice game that evokes the spirit of Mexican masked wrestling. Be warned, there are some VERY dodgy Mexican accents in here. 

Game link: http://backspindlegames.com/luchador-mexican-wrestling-dice/

Show notes:

  • 0.30: Guillermo; Creanoro; El Hombre de Helado; and Queztacoatl, the Feathered Jerk.
  • 2.00: Quote of the episode: “El Santo is like Mexican Batman... who is also a wrestler”
  • 2.30: The Ring / board, with the Red Corner and Blue Corner visible
  • 2.51: The large, high-quality cards
  • 5.40: “For me, it was Tuesday” - if you don't know what myself and Oisin are on about.
  • 6.04: The Hit Point track on the back of the card 
  • 6.24: The basic dice. You basic!
  • 8.44: If any of our listeners are hispanic;  I am so, so sorry.
  • 11.17: An example of the board in play
  • 24.21: Graham and I won, if our boorish yelling hadn't made that clear.
  • 25.25: “What is a plethora?” - even more movie references!
  • 30.40: The video isn't actually all that informative, but there's an image on the Kickstarter showing some of the individual special moves that wrestlers will have. 

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This week's hosts: Liam, Graham, Cian and Oisin

Guest: Nick Huggins

The Adventuring Party welcomes the return of guest host Nick Huggins – this time, discussing something relevant to him! Yes, Team Midway are planning a new on-going LARPstravaganza called Gilgamesh, and we're pumping out all the hot, sticky info-juice you could possibly want! Rub it into your skin, and revel in its greasy scent!

Also, Eoin, you suck.

Show notes:

  • 0.57: Midway was amazing, and touched the lives of those who played. I only went the one time, as an NPC, and it was incredible. Sadly, it is now defunct, but information on it is still available here.
  • 3.20: The Epic of Gilgamesh 
  • 15.22: Never before have I heard someone say “nerf” with such passion. You could tell it had been waiting to boil up out of him for some time. Nerf guns.
  • 22.18: That website in full, folks: http://www.irishgaming.com/v3/gilgamesh/
  • 25.41: If ANYONE is listening
  • 26.38: What's that? The Gaelcon site for pre-booking? What a novel idea! 
  • 34.52: Both Graham and I have already booked our tickets. Sucks to be you, ticket-less losers!

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What up, scrubs? This week, we discuss two live-action events; one which has gone, and one which is yet to come. The Academy of Eblana event 3 (or 4, depending on who you ask) was in Louth at the end of last month, and Last Summer Weekend will be on in the Dublin Mountains this Saturday... yes, three days from now.

This week's hosts: Liam, Graham, Cian and Oisin

 

Guest: Nick Huggins

Show notes:

  • 0.37: For those at home, we're talking to gaming legend Nick Huggins. Well, he's a legend to me. I manage to contain myself when I'm in his company, but he was responsible for the most amazing LARPs I played at Irish conventions when I had just started attending them as a wee un, so talking to him is effectively meeting a childhood hero for me. Man, I hope Nick doesn't read these show notes.
  • 0.52: Last Summer Weekend! 
  • 0.58: Academy of Eblana!
  • 1.48: God DAMN that was a smooth plug from Graham. He's right, though, the IGA does have a new website. Check it out!
  • 3.32: It occurs to me that most of the derailing on this show may be my fault.
  • 4.56: It also occurs to me that I should put up a link to this calendar we've been plugging. Google Calendar!
  • 10.27: Man, I really hope I pronounced Hannah's name correctly there. If not; sorry, Hannah!
  • 20.23: Eblana discussion begins here
  • 21.14: The Sidhe. They're not a bunch of happy chappies. Well, they can be, but not for any reasons that would make you happy. Unless you're a remorseless sociopath.
  • 23.48: I didn't know Eoin was at Eblana. Zing! Oh snap! Oh burn! It's easier to rag on Eoin when he isn't there, being smarter than me.
  • 34.36: In a remarkable reversal of Irish stereotypes, Nick starts fights when he HASN'T been drinking.
  • 40.39: Quote of the Episode: "I'm now seeing you as that guy... who was that guy from Trainspotting?... that's not helpful, they were all Scottish"
  • 40.52: The conversation concerning mass character death begins here. Good stuff all round, I felt.

 

 

 

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This week we respond to yet ANOTHER piece of listener mail, from a TOTALLY NON-FICTIONAL listener! Honest, guv! We discuss Character Journals, as kept in- or out-of-character by a player in a game; how they can add to the proceedings; and what their best uses are. Or something like that.

No show notes this week, because. 

 

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Hello everyone! This week we discuss and review the recent games convention in Dublin, Hobocon 3. We also claim that we're going to review a boardgame, but then we don't. What you gonna do about it, huh? Yeah, that's what I thought; nothin'. Keep walkin', buddy.

Show notes:

  • 0.35: This is all entirely lies. We don't review Resistance Avalon at all. That'll be a future episode!
  • 0.48: My chronovariance strikes before the reviews even begin!
  • 1.21: Edge of Tomorrow is based on All you need is Kill
  • 3.01: Did somebody say Gaelcon? I think somebody said Gaelcon!
  • 8.30: More info on Pathfinder Mythic
  • 9.16: Pathfinder's world of Golarion is nicely compartmentalised like that. I particularly like Revolutionary France Land.
  • 10.44: God, why are we talking about Peig? Everyone hates Peig.
  • 11.40: Ok, full disclosure: some or all of what I said there may be complete rubbish. The film in question was Robert J. Flaherty's Man of Aran and, first of all, it isn't silent. You can watch it with glorious sound here on YouTube. Second, I have NO IDEA where I got the bit about Inuits from. I think I was getting confused with Nanook of the North. Anyway, he misrepresented the islandfolk, that much is true.
  • 14.07: Quote of the Episode: “You are wise like Owl... is that a +3 or a +4?”
  • 17.11: The Quarriors/Marvel things is called Marvel Dice Masters
  • 21.03: Did somebody order a LARGE HAM!?
  • 23.25: That was, indeed, a joke that will not make sense until the next episode drops!
  • 26.29: ...and that's another joke that won't make sense until next week. Also, spoilers.

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It's time for our Q-Con review! That's right, the Adventuring Party has survived the wilds of Belfast once again, and convenes now to provide a look back at how it went.

Show-notes:

No show notes this week. I'm editing this after getting home from Academy of Eblana Event 3 (the Adventuring Party will review it within the next few weeks) and I am so tired I want to die.

Ok, there's one show note. I got the week wrong in the intro. It's the first week of July, clearly. Like I said; I'm tired, and I'm not re-recording the intro.

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In this week's episode, we answer a listener's question about what the flat-broke gamer can do to get by on a pittance a day. How does one game on a budget? It can be a VERY expensive and compulsive hobby. There's a reason CCGs are occasionally referred to as “cardboard crack”.

 

Show-notes:

 

  • 0.01: If you're interested in some practical advice on how to attend gaming conventions on a budget, skip ahead to 41.07
  • 1.01: “Ladies” count – 3
  • 3.05: I felt we don't talk about Nazis enough in the Adventuring Party.
  • 3.26: “Carabiners” count – 3 
  • 4.58: Savage Worlds Explorers Edition 
  • 6.29: Seriously! I ordered tiny, tiny bottles from China, and we filled them with water and a drop of food dye. When we drink a potion in-game, we actually drink a potion. In this image, we put a regular d6 beside them to provide scale. 
  • 12.25: Weiss Schwarz 
  • 12.50: Quote of the Episode: “High five!” “We probably shouldn't, you'll just have to edit it out later... oh, go on then” *clap*
  • 12.56: Cardfight!! Vanguard (don't blame me, they spell it with two exclamation marks themselves) 
  • 17.23: Hearthstone 
  • 20.04: Game of Thrones LCG 
  • 24.27: And so an Internet legend is born. When cold, clammy fingers run across your neck as you're measuring range at the next tournament... that's Creepy William. Your dice are mysteriously sticky... Creepy William has paid you a visit. There's some guy making inappropriate comments about the girl playing at the next table... actually, that guy's just an asshole and should be held accountable by the community.
  • 26.50: Turn Signals on a Land Raider 
  • 27.14: Reference Pear courtesy of Shut Up and Sit Down 
  • 34.35: Marrying Mr. Darcy
  • 36.05: I teleported bread.
  • 44.14: Another option for cheap shipping from the UK is ASK RONAN. They ship stuff to Northern Ireland, then courier it down to secure drop-boxes. Very handy.
  • 45.15: He's got a second name now! Will Bear aka Creepy William. If there is an actual wargamer out there called William Bear, we duly apologise.

 

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