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

This week we dig into our bulging mail bag, and deign to answer one of the many thousands of questions we've received from our adoring throng. The question concerns violence in role-playing games. I don't want to give away more than that. Suspense!

Show-notes:

  • 0.50: Something strikes me as slightly insincere about this... I can't quite put my finger on it.
  • 1.42: It's not all about you, Liam!
  • 4.09: I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF YOU, QUAYLE!
  • 7.16: Oh man, the mockery in Humbug's voice there was thick like brandy butter on a christmas pudding
  • 9.16: It's not all about you, Liam!
  • 10.30: Here's how well it worked out in Commando
  • 13.48: That one's already been figured out. They made quite a good documentary series about it.
  • 15.39: You've obviously never had an argument with my father
  • 15.56: The real world! What the hell is wrong with you? We're gamers specifically to ESCAPE that!
  • 18.20: Quote of the episode: “If I'm having an argument with somebody, I GENERALLY don't punch them in the face”
  • 33.24: It still annoys me that I didn't do that. It would have been cool.
  • 35.31: THE STEAKS WERE TOO HIGH!
  • 37.43: “Ladies” count – 1
  • 39.13: We'll stick to what we're good at, thanks; wild, uninformed speculation.
  • 44.00: Combat, for lack of a better word, is good  

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21 PM

Do you hear that? That glorious sound? That's the sound of the The Crush approaching an end. The mad rush of Irish gaming conventions is drawing to a close once again with Vaticon in UCD, and the Adventuring Party is here to give you our wild, unwelcome opinions on it.

Vaticon link

Show-notes:

  • 1.02: Who are these lazy Cons that aren't running Friday nights, that's what I want to know! Frankly, you disgust me. Stalin would never have put up with that, let me tell you.
  • 2.11: Ork vs. Ork is irrelevant. It's Orks vs. EVERYONE, and always will be.
  • 3.05: WARNING! MASSIVE DERAILING IMMINENT!
  • 3.41: Is it too early for a Quote of the Episode? Nah! “Disco Marines. I think someone needs to take a LONG, HARD Inquisitorial look at that Chapter”
  • 4.36: “Who knows?” Huh! Huh! Niiiiice.
  • 4.57: There is a real world myth about that! 
  • 6.55: Not even a giggle. I'm wasted on you proles.
  • 10.14: “Ladies” count: 2
  • 14.15: After a bit of Googling, I've determined that Rippers wasn't even close to being the first Savage Worlds setting
  • 27.05: I don't like the way this is going
  • 30.58: I can never remember the name of that bloody game either
  • 38.22: 13 seconds. Good work, that man.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:52 PM

We're finally approaching the end of The Crush, and with only Vaticon left to go, we thought we'd review two other Cons that happened recently; namely GAS Con from DIT, and Leprecon from Trinity College. It gets hectic this time of year...

Show-notes:

  • 0.58: I addressed it before we even got to the show notes! Now that's efficiency.
  • 1.35: If you want to listen to our panel at GAS Con, you can find it here.
  • 2.07: Due warning, a slightly technical discussion about podcast recording starts here. If that's not your bag, skip ahead to 2.55
  • 3.35: Ah now lads, you're just wrong. Brown sauce is yer ONLY man for a breakfast roll.
  • 4.43: My professional conduct is being impugned! How dare you, sir, I challenge you to pistols at dawn!
  • 5.45: That's actually a very good joke there, and I feel Liam deserved more credit than he got.
  • 9.18: That tea was not free! I bought you that tea!
  • 9.28: Thank you, Eoin, you got my back. *Bro Fist*
  • 12.54: This has been a wonderful example of cryptotaxonomy.
  • 13.15: Quote of the Episode: “I'm alarmingly good at roleplaying a male prostitute”
  • 22.07: What did I say about brown sauce? Don't make me come over there.
  • 23.45: I believe there ARE Higher Powers RPGs, but they take place in an alternate universe and have no effect on the LARP universe.
  • 28.30: We scaled Mount Platter like Big God Damn Heroes. Then we descended into Grease Sweat Valley and regretted our lifestyle choices.
  • 37.00: As requested, our Google+ page.

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

This week, we reveal both the answers to, and winner of, our 5th Annual Adventuring Party Pub Quiz! If you missed the quiz, and want to give it a shot before getting all the answers, you can find it here.

Show notes:

  • 0.36: OH CAN I?
  • 1.15: Round Oisin
  • 9.07: Round Liam
  • 10.01: The question was vague. You didn't capitalise 'only war', or say whether anyone is watching or, uh... at any rate, I certainly wouldn't harm the child.
  • 13.26: Oh thank Christ that hum has gone away. I wanted to claw my ears off and add them to my collection. My collection of ears.
  • 15.15: Round Eoin
  • 21.22: There were SEVERAL MINUTES of the podcast I cut out here. You guys know what you did.
  • 21.50: How dare you slander me like that. I have never mentioned my rich, caramel baritone, and I am both dissappointed and offended that I have been accused of such behaviour. It is my smooth, caramel baritone that I frequently reference.
  • 22.05: Round Cian
  • 22.12: I appreciate the gesture, I really do
  • 24.54: That was horrifying. For the actual pronunciation, check here
  • 25.46: "Ladies" count - 1
  • 27.20: Round Humbug
  • 31.13: Round Stuart

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:55 AM

Hello all,

 

I'm very sorry for the delay in posting today's episode of the Adventuring Party. Due to technical difficulties, it will be posted this evening.

 

Cian "Icecream" O'Sullivan

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:07 PM

It's the Crush, and the Con reviews are coming fast and heavy! This week, the Adventuring Party tackles the great monster o'Galway; Itzacon. It's on 21st to 23rd of March. That's this weekend, folks!

Show-notes:

  • 0.55: A plethora
  • 1.50: It has! You ABANDONED us Humbug! You dumped the editing duties onto me and then ran towards freedom, naked as a baby, whooping and hollering with delight! DAMN YOU!
  • 2.14: Man, that analogy started SO well.
  • 3.05: What the hell is this? Some kind of democracy!?
  • 5.40: This is a convention, loser. Who cares about role playing, we want to blow things up! Sorry, that was Jim Beam talking. Try to ignore that guy, he's a wild card.
  • 5.52: You guys are dangerously close to describing an episode of Scooby Doo.
  • 7.26: You absolute b****rds, I quit.
  • 7.56: Ok, I take it back. That blurb was ways better than mine.
  • 9.25: Ed and Till's Reasonable Jaunt. Marvelous.
  • 11.42: That was me! I described that game! Oh, this is just adding insult to injury.
  • 14.23: I'm with Oisin. Running Sunday games at 10am is god damn barbaric.
  • 15.07: THAT's more like it! None of this wishy-washy voting rubbish. You change the rules when you want to, Eoin, and send any dissenters to the Gulag.
  • 16.54: Quote of the episode “We can't interrogate ANYONE here, everyone's dead!” “All right, just put the thumbscrews on him and see if we get anything”
  • 18.55: BOOOOOOO! Jim Beam says FATE sucks! And I agree!
  • 19.27: That strange, unwelcome feeling, Humbug? That's joy.
  • 29.39: The vision of surly, drunken munchkins getting into fights fills me with a sort of hideous pleasure.
  • 30.36: Oh WOW, that is specific.
  • 32.31: WARNING! Political satire in progress! You can actually HEAR Liam putting inverted commas around Knights there.
  • 36.04: I'll wear a princess dress if I want to!
  • 37.47: OHHHHH! It's all worth it for that one joke, folks!
  • 41.08: BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
  • 44.18: I hate you and I want you to die. If you fell in a hole and starved to death, I would not weep. And neither would Jim.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31 AM

Recorded live at GAS Con in Dublin, this week's episode of the Adventuring Party is a twofer; it's both a panel at a Convention, and a discussion (with a dash of argument) about the phenomenon of media-jumping in gaming.

Show-notes:

As I edit this it's ridiculously late and I'm very tired, so I apologise in advance for the surly show notes.

  • 4.07: Ascension
  • 4.38: Gaze upon this horror and know despair. 
  • 5.38: Even worse than the time he bought 90 euro worth of being stabbed.
  • 6.13: The filthy audience begins to participate! Shudder at their grubby, proletarian opinions!
  • 6.30: Must you know everything, Eoin? Avalon Hill.
  • 7.00: Fantasy Flight's apparently far superior Civilization boardgame.
  • 8.21: Laser Squad
  • 10.26: DOOM the boardgame 
  • 10.53: Descent the boardgame 
  • 11.11: Too many boardgames, I'm sick of looking for links now.
  • 17.00: I suppose I should do a link for this bit. Card Wars. My will to live is dwindling.
  • 20.48: Something something something Humbug
  • 32.52: Thank you, one guy who laughed
  • 33.22: Check out VASSAL. It's horribly clunky, but it lets you play pretty much any board game on-line.
  • 34.36: Oh thank Christ

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

In this week's episode of Monte Cook's The Adventuring Party by Monte Cook, we review and rate his recently released RPG, Numenera – a game we've followed from its inception through to its release, and now get to analyse in-depth, like a scrivener rummaging through chicken guts.

Show-notes:

Website for Numenera

  • 1.46: No one can replace Humbug.
  • 2.16: The Cypher System.
  • 3.00: 10,000 hours theory. It's a real thing!
  • 3.58: I strayed onto Oisin's turf here. Stay off the East Side!
  • 5.48: Here comes the B-dog to drop some truth bombs!
  • 10.36: One of them is a big pit in the ground with spikes at the bottom and a sign saying “Free XP”. That one's a doozy.
  • 13.07: None of your heathen blabber here, Ois.
  • 14.24: This fundamental concept of mathematics brought to you by Icecream Cian.
  • 15.14: Like Michael Phelps
  • 15.46: Unless you're an EXCEPTIONALLY good cheat
  • 20.37: Like Michael Phelps
  • 28.23: That's why I never make plans
  • 31.01: So, 30 minutes in, I finally get around to saying what Numenera is really about
  • 37.41: “I do whatever to you that I want”. That's a very awkwardly constructed sentence.
  • 48.33: "Ladies" count – 3
  • 49.21: That book is now out, though I've not yet bought it. I probably will. It might have naughty illustrations.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:43 PM

This week, the Adventuring Party discusses two upcoming Irish conventions: GAS Con and Leprecon

Show-notes:

  • 0.43: I'm already willing to award Best Worst Joke of the Episode to Eoin for that one
  • 2.37: Damn, I jumped the gun on that award
  • 4.33: There's a big difference between an old, old city and an old, old, old, old city.
  • 4.39: The competition is getting pretty... stiff!
  • 5.14: This is what I'm referencing there. I got the bit about a ray wrong, though, it was toxic run off.
  • 5.46: And now Cillian's in the fray! Looks like you might not be holding on to that award until the end of the episode, Eoin.
  • 6.17: Iron Kingdoms
  • 6.35: THERE'S NO PLACE FOR YOUR HISTORICAL REALISM HERE, LIAM!
  • 6.55: A great number of games and books would disagree on this point
  • 7.30: Seriously, what's the point of reading blurbs if you can't do it with a silly accent?
  • 8.00: World of Darkness
  • 9.28: ...y?
  • 9.55: Seriously folks, he can keep this up all night
  • 10.23: COMICS ARE WEIRD on loan from Movie Bob 
  • 10.54: “Loveman was working on something big”. Amazing
  • 11.09: Aaaaaand it's official. The award moves from Eoin to Liam.
  • 13.07: Holy crap! Something Eoin doesn't know!
  • 13.24: Ian Hanmore of Dr. Who and Game of Thrones
  • 21.11: Deathwatch
  • 22.58: Megas XLR's intro tells you everything you need to know about the show. You'll know whether or not you like it from just that.
  • 26.17: Gamecraft Unplugged
  • 26.36: I meant opened late and closed EARLY

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:25 AM

This week Justicar Liam, Blackguard Icecream and Paladin Creanor discuss a social problem in gaming we have chosen to call “The Paladin Problem”, though I reckon it could equally be called “The Chaotic Conundrum”. 

I've fixed the problem with incorrect time-stamps by editing in the intro before I start editing the main episode. So, for the first time, my notes below will actually sync up with the episode. Huzzah!

  • 2.43: Some would say ADnD 2ed is the BEST DnD. Some would say it's the worst. Possibly it's just been around for so long, and was the Lingua Franca of RPGs for so long, that it has had time to be very, very divisive.
  • 3.23: It occurs to me that saying “I'm not... mad” could very well be taken as a sign that you are, in fact, crazier than a Dire Wolverine.
  • 3.50: I don't think that actually was Byron. 
  • 4.11: Which is completely different from catching A werewolf, a problem with it's own unique set of difficulties.
  • 4.58: DING DING DING! Lawful Stupid is today's prize phrase! You win a yacht!
  • 7.00: Uh-oh, the eye of judgement is starting to turn towards chaotic players. Might be time for me to leave.
  • 10.12: That's “Chaotic Evil” to you lot. Equally you could write “See me”, if you're also a teacher.
  • 12.45: Do it!
  • 13.19: Accessory to thinking about kicking a puppy
  • 16.45: Quote of the show “If you go down and murder an old man and steal his shoes... you get arrested, and we all get arrested as accessories”
  • 16.58: Real close to dropping an f-bomb there, Ois!
  • 18.43: Finally, a way to clean my soul of the black and horrifying sins I've committed!
  • 20.42: If you're interested in GMing for the Pathfinder Society, ping Liam an email at liam@theadventuringparty.net
  • 29.14: Hey! It's the name of the show!
  • 29.36: Oh here we go, Icecream is ragging on Fate again.
  • 34.07: What this? Role-playing in a gaming podcast? Disgraceful!
  • 36.56: Liam the Rogue is significantly raising the stakes from the few villages I'd been threatening earlier. Typical rogue behaviour.

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