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, Eoin, Icecream, Mary

This week, we have the first half of our Gaelcon Preview, featuring RPG's and Larps

Show Notes:

    00:40 - Eirtakon
    01:52 - Icecream extolls the benefits of Whatsapp
    02:35 - Where Liam forgets how to read a Calendar. Gaelcon is on from Friday 28th- Monday 31st Oct
    03:55 - Where Mary takes Con placement personally
    04:55 - Get your Gaelcon T-shirt!
    06:24 - You requested an opening tirade sir!
    07:05 - Convocation of the five pointed Stars Larp
    07:30 - Icecream has a minor technical issue/Fixes a problem... depending on your point of view
    08:25 - Spellcheck doesn't catch everything you know
    10:38 - Everyone is shocked at Graham's tent
    11:32 - Pathfinder Society
    14:36 - Mary Apologises for snoring
    16:10 - It Takes a Village
    18:43 - Pro Wrestling Entertainment Circuit: Slampocalypse!
    19:07 - Liam shows off his lung capacity
    19:46 - No matter what Eoin says, The Adventuring Party does not reccomend hitting fellow gamers with steel chairs
    20:50 - Breaking your hand on a pane of glass... the perils of live TV
    21:17 - Icecream and Mary fight over the Midway RPG
    22:12 - Icecream expresses his undying love for the Savage Worlds system
    23:07 - Mel Gibson is almost definitely not here
    25:11 - The Dracula Dossier
    26:30 - Snorting, Snuffling and Slurping... oh my!
    27:11 - #Feminism nano games
    28:00 - Glorious Bedlam
    29:17 - Supernatural: Family Ties
    31:28 - Return to Scuttlebutt Island
    32:54 - We'll get letters... angry Adventure Time letters
    33:24 - Star Wars: The Old Republic Larp!
    35:11 - The Last Will and Testemant of Dr Ramsey St John

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Knowledge-Science, October 2016: Science Fiction in Roleplaying

This week's hosts: Brian, Cathal and Sean

This week the party discuss Science Fiction in roleplaying, what is it, where is it and why don't we see more of it?

Show notes:

  • 01:16 D&D in space
  • 02:02 Then you're probably listening to the wrong podcast....
  • 02:25 Traveller
  • 03:01 All misfits, all the time
  • 03:30 Hard Sci-Fi, what is it, how do you know if you have it? Consider the Mohs scale maybe?
  • 04:46  Diaspora
  • 06:03 FTL (the travel) and FTL (the game).     
  • 06:48 Firefly
  • 07:29 Aliens, because good Sci-Fi is awesome
  • 08:04 Quote of the Episode "Suddenly, you know, you don't like it quite so hard"
  • 08:15 Bodacious Space Pirates
  • 09:53 Battletech, yes I want to play because I watched the cartoon series, so what.
  • 09:30 Heavy Gear
  • 09:59 It is not the first question I asked, my pants are now on fire. What I asked was what of scifi do you want to play (01:25), but I had intended that to mean what type, for instance space exploration etc.
  • 11:07 Dystopian future vs SciFi
  • 11:18 Cyberpunk & Shadowrun vs SciFi     
  • 11:50 Doom vs SciFi....  I seem to like to stir stuff up...
  • 12:00 Dost the setting maketh the SciFi?
  • 13:19 Transhuman Space
  • 15:52 Surrogates
  • 16:35 Cowboy Bebop
  • 16:45 Holodecks and Hard Light
  • 16:52 Stargate
  • 17:00 Stargate RPG, Sean is in fact correct, apparently a D20 system
  • 17:49 Ha! I was accidently correct, "Serenity" was the first iteration of Cortex, while "Firefly" used Cortex Plus.
  • 18:07 Sean trying to blame an entire Genre for our poor topic selection process!
  • 18:31 Space Marines or THE Space Marine
  • 19:00 Dune and the defensive shield
  • 19:11 Rifts
  • 22:09 Cell Signal? Is my secret out? Am I actually American?
  • 22:36 Star Wars
  • 26:51 Gundam
  • 27:33 Hindsight is a killer
Direct download: adventuringparty20161012.mp3
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Wis, October 2016: Initiative

This week's hosts: Cathal, Sean and Brian.

This week, our hosts discuss various initiative systems in RPGs.

Show notes:

  • 02:00 - Single pass - Pathfinder, D&D
  • 03:42 - Group order- FFG Star Wars RPG
  • 07:51 - Kicking a can in the corner surely?
  • 09:00 - Ticks - Shadowrun, Feng Shui, Twilight 2013
  • 12:40 - Dice + Cards - Deadlands
  • 15:23 - Single pass current player decide next player - Marvel Heroic
  • 16:13 - An example of teamwork featuring Colossus... have you never heard of the Fastball Special?!?! 
  • 16:45 - Single pass static - 5th ed
  • 20:00 - Declarations of actions - Old school D&D
  • 23:05 - Roll every round vrs keeping numbers
  • 25:25 - Rocket tag gameplay
  • 26:24 - Flavour - Doctor Who Adventures in Space and Time
  • 27:33 - Don't worry Cathal, we played Ars Magica 5th edition which removed most of the madness. 4th ed had different phases within the combat round. Declaration/Movement with engagement rolls if there was a conflict in targets/goals, Missiles, Melee, Missiles (yes if you were fast enough you could get two missiles off in a round), Magic and then work out what fatigue everyone clocked up. You might think this left wizards at a big disadvantage but given the wizard would probably take a light or medium wound and then turn an entire group to a smouldering pile of ash, it was reasonably balanced and very thematic, if a bit of a headache.
  • 30:01 - Clearly whogah-boogah isn't going to work. Should always lead with Bah-weep-graaaaagnah wheep nini bong
  • 33:40 - Ending initiative / cooling off
Direct download: adventuringparty20161005.mp3
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This week's hosts: Mary, Ian and Sean.

This week, our new hosts are once again let loose without supervision, this time to discuss randomisation in gaming.

Show notes:

Direct download: adventuringparty20160928.mp3
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This weeks Hosts: Mary, Ian and Sean


This week, the Junior members of the team run amok and talk about their introduction to boardgames.

    01:00 - Where we are totes professional in our opening... totes.
    01:50 - Where I put Mary on the Spot    
    02:05 - Mary caves to the pressure
    02:45 - We respect our listeners, no matter what their age!
    05:32 - Settlers of Catan... I'm still looking for wood for my sheep.
    08:40 - Beating up small children
    11:08 - We can spot our own...
    11:43 - Technically we're gonna get emails, not letters, but the sentiment stands
    13:09 - Gaming... a social thing with strangers
    16:00 - How gaming is totally not a cult... honest guv
    16:21 - Quote of the episode Sean: Mary, how would you go about it. Mary: Well it depends, do I have access to them as small children?
    17:15 - Boardgames and the fight against drugs
    18:15 - A year ago is apparently recently
    20:30 - Where Sean pretends he's old
    22:10 - Cards against humanity
    22:15 - The better, Irish version, Love 2 Hate
    23:25 - Mary speaks in tongues
    24:50 - I need to make sure Mary has to pay up on that bet
    25:41 - Weird voices are required for recruiting people to gaming
    26:47 - Mary likes playing zombies and eating people
    27:55 - Do not crush your friends beneath your boots
    28:30 - Apparently... We've heard it both ways!
    29:05 - Girls Get Gaming Table Top Tuesdays
    32:28 - I was going to create the website but then I realised how much work that would involve

Direct download: adventuringparty20160921.mp3
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Some listeners are reporting issues with this weeks episode. We will repost later today. Apologies for the delay.

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This week's hosts: Eoin, Brian and Cathal

This week, we discuss the idea that you should be giving your GM 9 NPCs

Show notes:

0:56 – Cortex

1:45 – Players don’t like Homework

4:15 – Poor Elminster

5:05 – Ah! Jimenmarvinluder, I know him well!

5:46 – The Players disregard filter is prone to false positives

6:15 – Brian sees the point of homework

7:25 – Quote of the episode “There’s a reason that goblin has three heads, and it’s my fault.”

11:05 – Elminster gets his own back

15:15 -  Mayor Insano the black terror, or as I call him, Dad.

17:36 – Another Meta layer of contacts (What’s the first Meta-layer?)

18:13 – Munching your Allies

21:55 - <boring gamer story> (By Brian’s own admission)

22:25 - </boring gamer story>

24:19 – Making people care… or something

27:16 – The danger of the descent in to murder-hoboism

34:15 –Squeezing more flesh on to your skeleton character

35:53 – Tell us we’re horrible people

Direct download: adventuringparty20160914.mp3
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San, September 2016: Masks of Nyarlathotep, Session 1

This week's hosts: Brian, Cathal and Eoin

This week the party fulfills a promise and brings you a report on our first session of Masks of Nyarlathotep (which is in no way difficult to say).

Show notes:

Direct download: adventuringparty20160907.mp3
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Str, Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

This week's hosts: Liam, Graham, Mary, Eoin, and special guest Seamus.
This week, the party discuss the reception and their opinions of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. (Still this party member's personal favourite RPG.)

00:34 - Another appearance of special guest Seamus.
00:40 - Still live from 2nd Chance Con. Which was in the past...
01:03 - Otherwise known as boring sandwiches.
01:20 - Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition
01:50 - Wizard's sales claims.
02:40 - Eoin rolls to disbelieve.
03:00 - Liam sees them flying off shelves.
04:20 - D&D game streaming.
05:15 - For your average Kobold in D&D5, Int: 8.
05:30 - If you can't get a game, watch a game.
06:00 - Critical Role
06:22 - Table Top with Wil Wheaton (I'd genuinely never heard of this show.)
07:40 - Eoin rolls to disbelieve again.
07:55 - If you can't get a game, play online instead.
08:05 - Five players in five locations: Five handbook sales.
08:30 - Free, Basic D&D 5 Rules Also OGL content.
08:40 - Liam is on the fence about what kind of Druid he prefers.
09:20 - Online retail?
11:40 - Second Edition, but simpler.
12:20 - Lacking the crunchier elements of Third Edition.
12:50 - Fourth Edition, mechanically balanced, things could take a whie.
14:15 - Fourth Edition, mechanically balanced, good preparation keeps it snappy.
14:30 - Graham is not a computer. Brian could be.
15:40 - The best part of tactical skirmish play.
16:10 - More welcoming to less experienced players.
16:50 - Eoin yearns for more vision. Vision and splatbooks.
17:35 - Mary praises the absence of splatbooks.
19:00 - Graham sees depth in minimalism. Depth, and Resource Management.
21:00 - Liam misses mechanical customisation in character building, Mary doesn't.
22:40 - Seamus misses a wide array of options in combat.
24:00 - Graham gains a level.
26:30 - Resting in a dungeon.
27:40 - Class disparity and playtest woes.
31:50 - Gygaxian First Level Experiences.
33:40 - Character Progression
35:00 - The Lost Mines of Phandelver and Curse of Strahd

Whatever the rest of them think, I still love Fifth Edition.

Direct download: adventuringparty20160831.mp3
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This week's hosts: Graham, Ian, Liam and Mary

This week, we discuss the genre defining ultimate antagonist.... DRAGONS!

SPOILER WARNING - A Stranger Things (new Netflix series) spoiler is discussed at 19 minutes 30 seconds for approximately 1 minute.

Show notes:

  • 02:18    Tiamat
  • 03:14    Int as a dump stat
  • 05:19    Dragons do tend to have stuff
  • 05:37    Controversy aside, Black Dragons are just bad mkay?
  • 06:03    Steered back on course by the good Cap'n Ian
  • 07:30    Dragonlance
  • 10:33    Gotta agree with Graham here internal consistency is crucial to a good world
  • 10:42    The Hobbit
  • 11:00    Serpent Symbolism
  • 11:46    Who doesn't love Scrooge McDuck
  • 12:06   Previous episode in question
  • 13:00    The Tyranny of Dragons storyline comprises Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamat
  • 14:03    Horde or Hoard? Because that's an important distinction to make if you are barely standing after fighting a dragon.
  • 15:49    Hyper Intelligent Hippo... in a cape.
  • 15:59    Lich
  • 16:08    Dracolich
  • 19:21    Mind Flayers, also known as Illithids, and yeah, they do kinda look like the Ood
  • 19:23    Beauty is in the eye of... well....
  • 20:35    Future Episode fodder, yes, yes!!!!
  • 21:26    Yes, its true Metallic Dragons have both a lethal and non-lethal breath weapon, examples of non-lethal include gases of slow, paralysation, weakening and repulsion.
  • 23:14    Quote of the episode "You're not getting a dragon mount, the dragon is getting a neck mounted weapon"
  • 25:09    Shadowrun
  • 25:31    Runner Rule "Never Deal with a Dragon"
  • 26:00    Werewolf, Old World of Darkness
  • 27:20    Demons
  • 28:18    How Mindflayers make friends
  • 30:20    Damn neutral characters
  • 32:53    Classy Dragon: "Oh do come in Gentle Partymembers, may I offer you some refreshments while your buffs wear off?"

And our final conclusion this week is guess what???????  Hyper Intelligent Hippo in a Cape, nope, I didn't see that coming either.

Direct download: adventuringparty20160824.mp3
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