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

This week's hosts: Icecream, Graham, Humbug, Shane and Eoin

This week is the Adventuring Party's 300th Episode! We have released an episode every Wednesday, without fail, for almost 6 years now. I'm proud to have been a part of this. Thanks for listening, everyone! Here's to another 300 episodes.

What special madness do we have cooked up for you this week, you ask? It's the Gaelcon 2014 review – recorded at Gaelcon itself!

Show notes:

  • 3.11: Starship Artemis. It should be noted that the guy who ran Starship Artemis all weekend brought such a huge degree of fun to the Con, improved so many people's weekends, and worked so hard that he was awarded the Spirit of Gaelcon. Well done, Robb!
  • 4.55: Quote of the Episode: “What next? Dogs and cats living together as man and wife?”
  • 8.46: Eoin's card, Hida O-Win. Eoin has appeared in at least one other gaming product, as (if memory serves) Battlin' Bob Burke, Mayor of Chicago. How many other games will he invade before his mad lust for power is sated? #StopEoinBeforeItsTooLate
  • 16.47: 44? 44!
  • 17.13: Andorians.
  • 18.52: None of those words were words.
  • 21.25: This guy's first LARP... for which he won the Best LARP Award from Gaelcon! So it only seems appropriate to name him here: Shane Carr.
  • 22.56: I prefer “aeroplaning” to “flying”. I “car” places frequently. I would have said “bicycle”, but people do actually say that they bicycle to places.
  • 24.51: Son of Quote of the Episode: “Leave now! *maching gun cocking*” “And take your Tommy Guns and satchel bombs with you!”
  • 25.24: It's interesting that “unwinnable” made Shane and Humbug happy, and myself and Graham were less enthused.
  • 26.53: Bride of the Son of Quote of the Episode: “Exterminatus Gunners don't have half a button!”
  • 35.03: Xia: Legends of a Drift System - it is, unfortunately, not a game about a universe where everything is settled through drift racing.
  • 36.54: About 1 in 20, I reckon
  • 37.17: Having been told we had NO TIME left, we really hurried along... and only blathered for another 15 mins.
  • 51.36: I am ENTIRELY WRONG there – they're like the Quarians from Mass Effect. Got my fictional species mixed up!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

This week's hosts: Liam, Icecream, Stu and Graham

OH MY GOD GAELCON IS SO CLOSE! Can you smell it? I can smell it. Anyway, it's only two days to Gaelcon, and so we present part 2 of our Gaelcon preview, dealing with the Wargames, CCGs, Special Events and Pathfinder games to be enjoyed over the 4 days of the event. There's also a not-insignificant amount of discussion about murdering Icecream with a giant pumpkin.

Show notes:

  • 1.08: Gaelcon website is www.gaelcon.com, for all your ticket buying needs!
  • 1.18: We start with a brief discussion on the Pathfinder that will be available over the weekend.
  • 2.23: You can hear me say “you rock it, Graham” here, because both of our little eyes just LIT UP when Liam said what sounded like “Chillax-ians”
  • 4.52: After several minutes of myself and Graham finding ourselves hilarious, Liam drags the podcast back on track. This Pathfinder bit is getting less and less brief.
  • 6.29: He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark 
  • 9.59: Pathfinder timetable
  • 11.28: Here begins the Wargames discussion! Timetable
  • 17.11: Here begins the CCGs discussion! Timetable
  • 18.03: I was extremely giddy during this episode. Too much coffee.
  • 21.19: Oh my God, Eoin, I'm so sorry, I'd had too much coffee!
  • 26.17: Here begins the Charity Auction and Pub Quiz discussion!
  • 29.52: Here begins the Boardgames and Special Events discussion! With a brief sidetrack on killing me with a giant pumpkin.
  • 35.53: My God, Liam has been doing a HEROIC job of dragging us all back on track.
  • 38.19: This is a call-back to a joke from Part 1 of our Gaelcon review. If you missed that, here's a link!
  • 38.37: Here begins the Gamecraft discussion! Check here for more info.
  • 42.23: I was right about something!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:22 AM

This week's hosts: Liam, Icecream, Stu and Graham

The end of October fast approaches, and that means that Gaelcon is coming up soon! This week, we take a look over the ludicrous number of RPGs and LARPs that will be running over the weekend. Next week, we'll discuss CCGs, Wargames, Boardgames, Special Events and Pathfinder.

Show notes:

  • 2.05: And our first game is a 5ed DnD game!
  • 3.36: “Debacle” is a lovely work. Very pleasing to say.
  • 3.54: I love the phrase “nothing can be possibly go wrong” because absolutely everybody knows that what is actually being said is “oh God, everything is going to go SO wrong I don't even know what to do anymore”
  • 5.47: The Thule Society.
  • 10.32: “New” World of Darkness core book was published in August 2004.
  • 12.53: Hey! He was ragging on Waterford! I just noticed that now. Jerk!
  • 14.09: It's NOT a movie. I was thinking of 16 Candles by Mr. John Hughes.
  • 15.35: What's in the box!?
  • 19.38: If you want to know why Graham and I are saying “klop”, then feast your eye-holes on this.
  • 22.24: Our interview with Nick Huggins of Team Midway about Gilgamesh  – and here's a link to the site.
  • 35.15: Ooh! It just occurred to me that “Sans Merci” could refer to “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”! 

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This week's hosts: Liam, Icecream and Stu

For your listening delectation, this week we pull further fanciful questions out of the now-extant mailbag. This week's question; how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?

Show notes:

  • 4.23: The Adventuring Party! Bringing you classy commentary and upmarket humour!
  • 17.19: Pick... S-Mart
  • 20.58: Quote of the Episode: “Ok, well the wind blows and the map attaches TO YOUR FACE”
  • 21.54: “A man runs in the door with a gun” is Chandlers Law 
  • 31.06: If you want to skip ahead and just hear the three pieces of advice we've given without any surrounding discussion, then you can start from here. Also, go to hell.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:41 AM

This week's hosts: Liam, Icecream and Stu

Armed with an ACTUAL MAILBAG this week, the Adventuring Party selects two questions to be answered. What they are, I leave as a surprise to the listener! I wouldn't want to spoiler it here.

Show notes:

  • Question One asks us to pick RPG modules for a library of the best ever written.
  • 1.57: Stu's pick is “Tomb of the Iron Medusa
  • 2.30: I'm referencing a specific Penny Arcade cartoon here.
  • 6.05: Liam's pick is “Prison Planet” (by noted industry figure Gar Hanrahan) 
  • 12.02: Cian's pick is Monte Cook's “The Devil's Spine” by Monte Cook
  • 13.17: Quote of the Episode: “Oh no, they're not called Mages, they're called Nanos. What do they do? They're Mages!”
  • 17.12: Question Two asks Liam to discuss the possibility of an RPG based around trading rather than combat

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:04 AM

This week's hosts: Icecream, Humbug and Oisin

This week we bring you what very well may be the first in a sporadic series of reviews of VERY old games. Older than your grandparents. Older than THEIR grandparents, if possible. Oisin brought along a very, very cool game called Fletcher Pratt's Naval Wargame, which you better damn well play with monocles and brandy. Interestingly, Fletcher Pratt did some writing with L. Sprague De Camp, whom he met through his wargaming group.

Show notes:

Due to technical difficulties, there are no show notes for this episode. There are,  however, links to images of items Oisin brought for the review:

The turny-gubbin, movement measure and aiming arrow.

A line of shells hitting the water, represented by golf tees. 

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:08 AM

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

On the Adventuring Party this week, the guys take you down the loathsome path of madness, through the blasphemous garden of irrelevance, and into the squamous shed of desolation. Which is where they keep their copy of the Mythos boardgame, Eldritch Horror. Listen on, in squamous horror!

Show notes:

Eldtrich Horror website

  • 54.5: Arkham Horror  and Elder Sign. Also, here's a link to a YouTube video about Elder Signs and flying polyps in the style of a medicine advertisement. It's very good! 
  • 1.02: Beware of the Leopard?
  • 5.05: Tales of the Arabian Nights – Shut Up and Sit Down reviewed this one!
  • 11.09: For those who were wondering, like I was, what an “Odinani Man” is, it's a practitioner of the religion of a Nigerian people called the Igbo.
  • 19.25: What a perfect opportunity to link to some Warren Zevon! And hey, here's a link to Mungo Jerry as well. Look at those mutton chops, man. LOOK AT THEM!
  • 19.38: Quote of the Episode: “Aw, now I can't go anywhere; the streets are just littered... littered... with Deep Ones”
  • 23.46: When the cards are wrong, the stars are right.
  • 28.53: Is he a maniac on the floor? Is he dancing like he's never danced before?
  • 28.56: It is with great satisfaction that I hear Liam made the exact same joke.
  • 29.42: Son of Quote of the Episode: “Is throwing dynamite at a maniac a good idea?” “It's an awesome idea!”

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:18 PM

This week's hosts: Icecream, Humbug and Oisin

This week we cast our eyes forward to the two coming weekends. This Saturday sees HeckCon, a very worthy Convention being run in honour of an Irish gamer who passed away, with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society. The following weekend, Academy of Eblana Event 4 is running in Belurgan Park, Co. Louth.

Show notes:

HeckCon

Academy of Eblana 

  • 2.54: Someone's getting texts! I will destroy you!
  • 4.11: “Ladies” count – 2
  • 5.14: After a bit of hunting about, I have come to believe that the “Trials” being referred to is this game, or an earlier version thereof 
  • 7.05: Crazy Taxi – this video contains everything you need to know
  • 8.11: This is the first Google Image result for Really Nice Hat
  • 14.31: Quote of the Episode: “I'm gonna fix this, I'm gonna fix this, I'll kill everyone and then fix this”
  • 16.24: Irish author Paul Anthony Shortt
  • 17.09: ARTEMIS SPACESHIP BRIDGE SIMULATOR (oh my god oh my god oh my god)
  • 20.40: Academy of Eblana discussion starts here
  • 28.20: Links in the show notes! Though Oisin is entirely correct about the URL.
  • 28.35: More texts! Your death will be long and obscene!
  • 31.35: Alright, you primitive screwheads, listen up!

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:16 PM

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

Boardgames, boardgames, boardgames! Well, just one boardgame. But it's a doozy. This week, the Adventuring Party reviews the award-winning A Few Acres of Snow, with particular attention to that glorious magical artifact the Halifax Hammer. It's a +8 hammer that ruins your game.

Show notes:

  • 0.37: A Few Acres of Snow 
  • 0.59: "You know that these two nations are at war about a few acres of snow” - Voltaire. He seems to have used this phrase as often as possible when referring to Canada. He didn't like it much.
  • 1.37: Jenkin's ear itself was displayed before the British Parliament. Seriously!
  • 2.39: Gah! The scourge of Deck Building games continues unabated! Is nothing safe?
  • 4.48: What does it, Kiff?
  • 10.55: How do you “mitigate” small settlements? Introduce them to Monsieur le Torched To The Ground?
  • 16.05: For Eoin, the Hammer is not a boardgame strategy (concerning rumours that there was a 15 minute break in editing while I watched an episode of Dr. Horrible... you might very well think that, I couldn't possibly comment. Damn it, now I want to watch House of Cards).
  • 18.16: Mythotopia
  • 18.56: Quote of the Episode: “I would honestly be less interested in this if it was A Few Acres of An Asteroid”
  • 25.59: He's doing it again!
  • 27.25: Son of Quote of the Episode: “Ugg can do nothing about Turn 1 attack from Russia. Ugg must just accept that Germany get crippled”
  • 29.54: Alphabetised location cards are the sign of a sick mind.
  • 31.17: Ah, Humbug, you glorious curmudgeon!

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30 AM

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM