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

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.


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”.




  • 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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This week sees the Adventuring Party discussing the upcoming Academy of Eblana LRP in Bellurgan Park, near Dundalk, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th of June. This is their third full event, and their second in the wilds of Louth. Looks to be a hoot. I'm polishing my leather armour as we speak. Well, as I type this. Okay, so I'm not polishing armour AND typing at the same time, I've only got two hands. You know what, just listen to the damn episode.

Link to event Facebook page:



  • 1.26: And some OTHER people with cars are like “let's deck this sucker out with rotating death machines like in Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness”. Yeah, I'm not allowed back to the Battle of Clontarf festival next year.
  • 2.00: Rio Negro is an extremely cool annual Airsoft event revolving around an on-going civil war in a fictional country. 
  • 14.57: Hey, Oisin.
  • 15.10: Well, not now. It was open when the episode was recorded. You can still prebook at a lower price than getting a ticket on the day, though, at this page.
  • 16.35: Quote of the Episode: “Ixnay on the baby-eating”
  • 20.58: It is! You can download them here.
  • 24.56: “Napoleon III of France is reputed to have given a banquet where the most honoured guests were given aluminium utensils, while the others made do with gold.”


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This week we discuss two events which will be happening on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of June – Limerick's Conclave and Belfast's Q-Con. And that's not to mention the first of the Irish Guild of Live Role-Player's events, which is on the same weekend in the Wicklow Mountains. It's going to be a packed two days!


Conclave link:

Q-Con link:




  • 0.30: We start off with Conclave. Well, I say “we”. I should say “they”. As I'm not there. You can tell from the lack of molten caramel baritone.
  • 2.39: As we all know, “wibble wibble wibble” is the internationally recognised signal that you have gone mad.
  • 3.22: Something about “Blood-Named Warrior” and “a committee” being in the same sentence strikes me as being slightly off. “I AM DEATH-MAW! SLAUGHTERER OF THOUSANDS! I SHALL BATHE IN THE BLOOD OF MY ENEMIES! As soon as the Committee approves it by at least a two-thirds majority, or by a simple majority in the case of pre-registered blood-bathing event, and files the correct paperwork with Central.”
  • 7.37: Piper Bill Millin lived until 2010 – there's an interview with him about piping on the beaches of Normandy.
  • 13.12: This is where the Q-Con discussion starts
  • 15.53: That was a damn brave attempt, Liam, DAMN brave.
  • 23.18: Nice! I actually laughed out loud while editing at that joke.
  • 27.44: Extra! Extra! Read all about it!


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This week we review fancy French boardgame Dixit – a game that absolutely anyone you know can play and enjoy. We play a round and give you the benefit of our thoughts... or the demerit of our thoughts, depending on how you feel about it. Either way we talk about Dixit, which is appropriate since talking is the point of the game; Dixit being Latin for “he/she said”.


  • 0.17: It's spelled Jean-Louis Roubira. Also, I think this is my first show note that takes place during the actual intro.
  • 0.48: It came out in 2009 – and won a whole BARREL of awards.
  • 1.22: In fairness, Liam always keeps on track with the most important topics of discussion
  • 2.07: I think Graham was about to make quite a good joke about the then upcoming elections there. Unfortunately we all missed it.
  • 5.08: I'm quite, quite wrong here, but we'll catch that in editing. Wait, I am editing! Oh no, I didn't catch it!
  • 6.35: I had re-read the rules at this stage, and realised my mistake.
  • 7.20: This is where our play-through starts – if you're only interested in the review, skip ahead to 23.56. Also, I'm editing out the long pauses while people gazed at their cards.
  • 9.37: Cards that were played in Round 1, for those who wish to play along at home – clue is “I'm sure it's perfectly safe to stick a hand in there”
  • 14.04: Cards that were played in Round 2 – clue is “Dinner Time”
  • 15.00: Return of the Rise of the Planet of the Chickens
  • 17.12: Cards that were played in Round 3 – clue is “Just the two of us”
  • 18.47: Hey, I'm Cian! Great!
  • 20.51: Tee hee hee, I actually won't!
  • 21.35: Cards that were played in Round 4 – clue is “Deathly Cold”
  • 23.56: If you're not interested in listening to the play-through, here is where the review starts.
  • 27.22: Quote of the Episode: “As if I had the luxury of wounds! How naïve; as if I would keep my heart in my chest, like a peon.” 
  • 27.42: The artist for Dixit is Marie Cardouat – well worth checking out her site. Though be warned, when I checked that link, the top image contained nudity. Tasteful nudity, but NSFW nevertheless.
  • 35.08: It's Rob Florence! He's amazing. Here's a link to his tragically short-lived boardgame review show Downtime Town. Amongst the other things he does are being a comedian on TV and writing boardgames reviews for Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Busy man, Rob.
  • 35.23: His Chaos in the Old World review is on that Vimeo page linked above, and it is fantastic.
  • 39.09: Ex Libris
  • 41.10: Sometimes Liam does have to corral us like a teacher does with misbehaving children.


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In the HOT SEAT in this week's Adventuring Party is Dean Eaton from the Irish Guild of Live Role Players Dublin Branch, speaking about their upcoming event from the 20th to 22nd of June. We ask the HARD QUESTIONS, with a PUNISHING LINE-UP of BRUTAL VERBAL ASSAULTS. 

God no, we just banter. I think Dean was actually somewhat surprised at just how much of our run-time is us talking crap. We started recording very late because we were having too much fun just sitting around chatting. Gamers, eh?

IGoLRP facebook page:


  • 1.20: Economic upswing? Free puppies? A big bag of... sweets?
  • 1.23: Glencree in the Wicklow Mountains
  • 2.49: Will those knick knacks come with a paddywhack? If we bring a dog, will a bone be provided?
  • 4.06: Spar carries a whole range of Ham products.
  • 4.52: Last Summer Weekend! Tell your friends!
  • 6.01: It's just like Kangaroo Island
  • 6.50: Dagda's "bowl"
  • 10.40: Cream crackered... I love it
  • 18.01: If I'm GMing you, there's still no-one to know the rules for you.
  • 19.44: It's JUST like chess, except everyone wears armour and beats the crap out of one another. So it's better than chess.
  • 21.56: It's an inanimate carbon rod!
  • 23.50: Listening to Graham and Eoin discuss in intimate detail the most effective way to dagger somebody to death, I wanted to make the note “terrifying” here. Then I said it in the episode. Good to know I've got a consistent response to that.
  • 24.52: It's all right; masturbation isn't a rude word, despite what your Priest may have told you. Or your teacher. Or that librarian, that time.
  • 25.56: Greamairí, not “na plierín” or “an pliers” as Graham and I suggested
  • 30.57: Quote of the Episode: “The Bees attract the Bear of Doom!”
  • 37.28: Eldritch
  • 40.02: Through the magic of photography, you CAN see that chainmail armour! And Graham as a Fomorian.
  • 44.31: Damn it! I'll never get my Air Lute World Tour off the ground at this rate.


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This week on the Adventuring Party, we discuss upcoming Dublin convention Hobocon, which is entering its third year... somewhat surprisingly, considering that it was begun as a one-off Convention, and they raffled off the Con Director position last year.

Hobocon website:


  • 0.36: In fairness, if you're going to nick subtitles, Die Hard is a good place to go
  • 1.05: Oh damn! Burn! We're on board the U.S.S. Smackdown and Humbug is the Captain!
  • 2.28: Our review of Cards Against Humanity
  • 3.01: You only have that if you're weak. Sleep is for the weak, GAMING IS FOR THE STRONG!
  • 3.36: Quote of the Episode: “It wasn't a Mass! It was just... people who like God, singing”
  • 4.25: Towel block?
  • 5.35: It's gotten very Fisher King up in here!
  • 6.45: What's all this talk of neutral speculation? What have you done with the real Humbug!?
  • 11.49: I actually went to the website for this one. It's “Ferro Igni Quacumque Vi”, which according to the Cosmic Owl means “With Fire and Force”. Which is a pretty badass name, in fairness.
  • 12.34: It's time to load your sack with doorknobs and go vigilante on some older Vamps.
  • 13.57: I can't believe Humbug said “you can get your teeth into that” while talking about a Vampire game and no one brought it up.
  • 15.15: This is like Kryptonite to Humbug... still, you know what they say.
  • 15.54: I've a terrible and beautiful idea. Every member of the Adventuring Party who is at Hobocon should play the My Little Pony game.
  • 18.57: Heh heh heh... butts.
  • 20.10: There speaks the voice of experience.
  • 27.34: I'm not 100% sure on it being “straight”. Force on Force is more susceptible to utterly random bullhonky than any other game I've played. Sometimes you can put a plan together, then roll a 1 and the game delivers cards saying “All your radios stop working, your ammo turns out to be jellybeans, your commanding officer gets killed by a badger, and all of your troop's pants fall down. Roll again.”
  • 27.40: Yeah! Back on track!
  • 32.31: Ah, so THAT'S what the bottom of the barrel looks like.
  • 33.03:  I lacked humility because I WAS AWESOME. We made them wait, then we made them lose.
  • 33.32: I sometimes like to leave presents after the credits. Not this week, of course. Nope.


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:07 PM

This week on the Adventuring Party, we discuss the problem of what to do when your player's axe-wielding barbarian from the northern frost wastes suddenly displays an uncanny working knowledge of 21st century macro-economics. Actually, we don't tackle that question at all. But it's in roughly the same ball-park.



  • 0.37: Eoin, are you... are you pooping?
  • 2.56: This conversation turned towards being better than other people WAYS faster than I thought it was going to.
  • 4.22: That's a half-truth!
  • 7.16: Could you hear the “k”? I pronounced it magicks.
  • 7.57: One Time Pad. I learned about them from Cryptonomicon. Thanks, Neal Stephenson! Also, it amuses me no end that the acronym for One Time Pad is the same as One True Pairing.
  • 9.19: I've drawn this 5-hour dungeon and by Christ you people are going to play it!
  • 11.30: Woah! I do NOT remember being that vehement about this!
  • 12.48: Or as fellow Adventuring Party podcaster Graham Turner puts it “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”. I think it's a good measure to put to your fight scenes.
  • 15.37: Speaking of intimidate as a skill, the best line I've ever heard about that was “why would I buy the Intimidate skill? I'VE GOT A GUN”
  • 21.55: I like to think of that as his Gorilla Band. They're bananas!
  • 24.25: This trivia aside brought to you by Cian's Constantly Wandering Attention.
  • 36.32: “Ladies” count – 2
  • 37.11: “Ladies” count – 4


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