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

As we promised, the Adventuring Party this week embarks on the first step of any good adventure - character creation. Our listener's voted for us to play the Masks of Nyarlathotep adventuring module, and so we begin.

  • 2.13: SPOILER: We will not.
  • 4.06: The 1920s! The Age when Man rode Beasts to hunt the savage Dinosaur!
  • 6.58: Oh ho! Humbug shows his true stripes! Not five minutes after calling for a harsher GM, he turns his soft belly to the sky and begs for “wiggle” on stat rolls! For shame, sir, for shame.
  • 8.40: Hope you guys like dice rolling.
  • 11.35: Which rather assumes that people are less attractive in their 40s. I know plenty of people who disprove that.
  • 21.39: I take it all back! Humbug is a fine and upstanding gamer, the cream of a more civilised crop.
  • 23.48: There's a “Very Flexible” skill? Are we SURE this isn't F.A.T.A.L?
  • 34.50: “Ladies” count: 1
  • 39.13: Quote of the Episode: “You're really trying to kill off that wife of mine, aren't you?” “I'm not trying to kill off your wife, the DICE are killing your wife!”
Direct download: adventuringparty20150624.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

Hobocon 4 being in the recent past, it is time for the Adventuring Party to review it! Which we do, though we take a scenic route through other topics; including a setting that Graham and Icecream are working on, a wedding that Eoin attended, and quite a lot of technical Pathfinder stuff. So it goes.

Very few show notes this episode. I just didn't have much to add:

  • 6.59: Barsoom
  • 13.47: Quote of the Episode: “At some point you find yourself surging to your feet in a room full of people and just screaming 'SCREW YOU, ASSHOLE!... uhhh, that sounded better in my head'”
Direct download: adventuringparty20150617.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

This week's hosts: Liam, Graham and Oisin

Though the terrifying case of the Giant Rat of Sumatra is sadly not included, the head scratching cases of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective provide plenty to talk about for the intrepid crime solvers of the Adventuring Party!


  • 0.35: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective:
  • 1.04: To be honest, my deep-seated need to be a lackey was the reason I got into gaming in the first place.
  • 3.10: I don't think I really need to provide you with a link to Shut Up & Sit Down. If you're agog with interest, just google it. Or google “standard reference pear”.
  • 12.14: And when confronted with the answer written in the book, the investigation took a startling leap forward!
  • 13.40: From the way Liam said “dropped out” there, I'm just assuming there were inverted commas around it. Oral punctuation marks are a fine art, and should be protected. Especially if you're Victor Borge:
  • 14.29: Quote of the Episode: “But you get to sit there being smug at people for an entire hour; is that not the best thing ever?”
  • 17.17: Bejewelling is still legal, fortunately. I'm sure we could sort something out.
  • 19.31: Such a game as Oisin describes exists! It is called GUMSHOE! Rejoice, all the girls and boys!
  • 24.18: Oisin earns 3 points for a completely unexpected Feist reference.
  • 26.08: Aw yeah! The Mummy's Curse? I'm sold! That's some high quality case-naming right there.
  • 31.07: Ooh, ooh, a 10-gallon hat! Like Boss Hog!
Direct download: adventuringparty20150610.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

This week's hosts: Liam, Eoin and Humbug

Recorded in the lofty halls of Dublin's Hobocon, this week the Adventuring Party look into the future, to the gilded mansions of Belfast's Qcon - Ireland's largest anime and gaming convention.

  • 0.34: We are also slightly echo-y from Hobocon, but that's a result of the capacious chamber they provided us for recording in. Thanks, Hobocon!
  • 1.15: We're talking about Qcon? Best provide a link, so:
  • 2.13: Not for our panel, I should point out. We had, like, some people there.
  • 2.28: Ooh! I just swatted a moth out of the air! Nothing to do with the episode, I just felt like sharing.
  • 5.38: “Weird Choir” - you heard it here first, folks.
  • 7.32: Eoin Burke; Buzz-Kill for Hire.
  • 15.03: Quote of the Episode: “I don't know if I want Smell-o-Vision... not at a Con”
  • 17.49: Okay!
  • 20.09: If they're Devils, they're not just organised; they're probably unionised.
  • 26.07: The system is as mysterious as the manservant. I bet the author doesn't even remember writing this game.
Direct download: adventuringparty20150603.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

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

This week we continue our discussion on running a successful long RPG campaign.

Show notes:

  • The Shawshank Redemption posters varied throughout his time in prison and included Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Linda Ronstadt.
  • Quote of the episode: I know that world war two happened, and that my friends is about it. I am aware it occured, like with most of history.


Direct download: adventuringparty20150527.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21 PM

Hey folks. Apologies for the delay. Episode should be posted tonight

Category:general -- posted at: 12:07 PM

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

This week we answer listener questions and discuss running a successful long RPG campaign.

Apologies for the lack of show notes. Internet is down so having to use my phone. On the neat side we live in the future, such things are possible.

Direct download: adventuringparty20150520.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00 AM

This week, we discuss upcoming Dublin convention Hobocon 4, which is running in the Teacher's Club on Parnell square from May 30th to June 1st

Show notes:

  • 0.18: “Inexplicably” because it was never intended to be more than a one-year event, not because I don't think it's good. I love you guys.
  • 2.33:
  • 2.40: CCGs
  • 4.46: I'm now having doubts about how official this L5R event is.
  • 5.08: I love it when Podcasting Icecream and Editing Icecream agree on something! It doesn't always happen, you'd be shocked.
  • 6.04: Wargames
  • 7.00: Quote of the Episode: “MMMMMMMnyum num num num EASY WINS, kill kill kill!”
  • 8.30: Social
  • 9.15: Kill Hitler:
  • 10.01: Nothing is happening anywhere in the world on Friday. The world will enter stasis, and only begin to spin again when Hobocon begins on Saturday. Such is the Way.
  • 13.30: RPGs
  • 15.20: Attorney General's bedroom, actually. I was wrong there.
  • 16.35: Yep.
  • 27.03: LARPs


Direct download: adventuringparty20150513.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:14 AM

This week's hosts: Liam, Graham and Icecream

This week on the Adventuring Party, we play and review a lovely, calming game called Tokaido, which is about being the absolute best tourist you can be. No honestly, it's really good!

  • 1.10: Tokaido 
  • 2.41: Kill the Buddha 
  • 2.43: Quote of the Episode: “Buddha's gotta have a lot of hitpoints”
  • 3.18: And here is the picture of the board in the shownotes!
  • 3.58: Picture of the two character cards I had to choose from:
  • 4.18: The coinage in question:
  • 7.27: Sorry, Gav.
  • 8.15: Tracking 
  • 10.05: They're called Torii 
  • 12.07: Cheevos!
  • 14.08: The starting positions:
  • 15.15: Manju IS a delicious baked good
  • 20.21:

Frogs croak in the pond

I chop off his head and arms

and steal all his cash

  • 27.16: The Samurai from the Murphy's commercial 
  • 33.04: We fairly obstinately refused to understand Liam's joke there. Soz, Liam.
Direct download: adventuringparty20150506.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:42 AM

Hosts: Liam, Graham and Icecream

This week, our hosts get down dirty with the dirtiest and downest... that didn't work as well as I'd hoped. Let's just move past it. The Adventuring Party discusses the dark side of gaming this week, as we mull over the topic of cheating in games, and how to best deal with it.


  • 0.40: Our new set-up
  • 0.45: You know they're laughing AT you, right?
  • 1.07: A peck is one quarter of a bushel, as it turns out.
  • 4.07: That is OUTRAGEOUS behavior and I would never condone it. Well… I'd never solicit it. I'd never ACTIVELY solicit it. I'd certainly turn it down if it wasn't a pint of NICE beer. Probably.
  • 10.46: Admit it, Liam, you just hate to see anyone else succeed. Bitterness is your draught of choice, and your favorite bar is Schadenfreude.
  • 14.45: That's what SHE said!
  • 32.40: Love you guys!
  • 33.55: I don't believe that I rag on Eoin at all during the episodes we recorded during this session. I regret that. So I'll rag on him here! Hey, Eoin! You're a jerk!
  • 36.10: That's two blankety blanks in one episode, Liam. You're on probation, buddy, this is a family-friendly show.
Direct download: adventuringparty20150429.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:59 PM