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 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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Direct download: adventuringparty20140917.mp3
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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Direct download: adventuringparty20140910.mp3
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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Direct download: adventuringparty20140903.mp3
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:

Direct download: adventuringparty20140827.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

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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Direct download: adventuringparty20140820.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

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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Direct download: adventuringparty20140813.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:20 AM

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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Direct download: adventuringparty20140806.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:23 AM

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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Direct download: adventuringparty20140730.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:23 AM

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.

 

 

 

Direct download: adventuringparty20140723.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00 AM

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. 

 

Direct download: adventuringparty20140716.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM