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

Hosts: Liam, Brian, Graham

This week we bring you Part 1 of our Gaelcon 2015 preview. Up this week, we take a look at some of the RPGs and LARPs on offer.  

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Hosts: Icecream, Brian, Eoin

This week we bring you a discussion on Shadowrun. New to the game and unsure where to start? Our fixers will give you the minimum you need to start running in the sixth world.  

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Hosts: Icecream, Brian, Eoin

This week we discuss a Gamer Alignment System that host Ice-cream devised some years back.

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Hosts: Icecream, Brian, Eoin

This week we discuss last weeks shock announcement from Fantasy Flight Games. Legend of the 5 Rings has been acquired, will be wound up and released as an LCG. Our CCG expert and leading L5R player Eoin catches us up on the reaction so far and what happens next.

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Hosts: Liam, Stu, Brian

This week, the Adventuring Party revisits an old favourite as we take the new version of Eight-Minute Empire (it's got Legends in the title, so it's a totally different game) out for a test drive. Is it a sequel? Should it have been an expansion? Is it any good? What, exactly, are feet for? All these questions, and more, are tackled in this week's episode!

Show Notes:

0.30 - 1.00: Opening Banter

1.00 - 25.11: Playing the game and learning the rules.

        - 6.47: Quote of the Episode: "That's my job. Just because I'm doing it badly doesn't mean you can take over!"

25.11 - 29.50: Scoring and strategy discussion 

29.50 - 36.10: Sequel vs. Expansion, production quality, optional rules, and Liam gives it a score

36.11 - 37.45: Closing banter and contractually obligated Pathfinder reference

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This week, the Adventuring Party wraps up it's discussion about North America's largest tabletop gaming event, Gen Con, with practical advice on how to get there, get somewhere to sleep, and spend only a reasonably insane amount of your hard-earned cash.


Join us, as the Professor primes his aether-pump and whisks us all away on an adventure unlike any other! See a land where plants walk like men, and dogs and cats wear business suits and perform surgeries! Marvel at the gastronomancy of the Atlantean Soupsorcerers! Gasp at the terrifying display performances of the uncanny Gymnastoraptors! All, this week, on another thrilling episode of the Fabjabulous Journodyssies of Professor Horatio Q. Burke!

Show Notes:

  • 1.25 - 4.30: Professor Horatio's advice on how to get to Gen Con
  •  - 2.48: It's the only hairy thing about One Direction.
  • 4.30 - 12.20: Professor Horatio's advice on how to get a place to sleep at Gen Con
  •  - 8.20: This episode's Phrase of the Week is "Chastity Pillow"
  • 12.20 - 16.46: How much Gen Con itself is going to cost you, you money-grubbing swine!
  •  - 12.34: True Dungeon is mental:
  •  - 14.14: Quote of the Episode: "Do you want some Jamaican barbecue?" "Yes" "Do you want some traditional barbecue?" "Yes" "Do you want some New Orleans barbecue?" "Yes" "Do you want some Paleo bar-" "No"
  • 16.46 - 18.04 - Professor Horatio's advice on how to choke out of a tournament gracefully
  • 18.18 - 21.50: General banter: missing out on events; Kickstarter games; the Adventurers League; the 1-kilogram event guide
  •  - 19.24: CROM! Conan: Rise of Monsters
  •  - 21.54: God damn it, Liam. I actually couldn't find a link to the document Eoin was talking about, but if anyone finds it just send me along the link and I'll update the show notes.
  • 21.58 - 24.09: How to keep your baggage space down
  •  - 23.00: Glorantha
  •  - 24.09: Son of Quote of the Episode: "Hello everyone, this is the Captain. Because of Eoin, we don't have enough fuel." "We have to jettison three babies"
  • 24.10 - End: Closing banter, Liam's Final Thoughts, and some parting advice from Professor Horatio.
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The Adventuring Party presents the first of it's two-part episode about the recent Gen Con in the USA. This week, we discuss the sort of events, games and other goings on one can find in North America's largest table-top game convention.

Also, I'm trying something new with the show notes this week. Instead of just solitary comments, floating in time, I'm providing descriptions of what gets discussed during a particular period. Let me know if you like it / hate it / it's valuable / it makes no difference.

Show Notes:

  • 0.30 - 4.40: Opening banter
    • 0.43: For those who don't know, Gen Con is the largest tabletop-game convention in North America. So there, so:
    • 1.14: With so much globe-trotting going on, the Adventuring Party may have to be renamed to "the Fabjabulous Journodyssies of Professor Horatio Q. Burke"! In fact, I'm going to do that for next week's episode.
    • 2.50: Skip straight ahead to Gen Con! This episode is long enough already, man!
  • 3.23 – 4.40: Nothing but complaining about Eircodes
  • 4.40 – 9.54: Everything you ever wanted to know about the queuing experience at Gen Con
    • 7.03: Quote of the Episode: “Some people are quite heavy, and if they break into a brisk jog they're not stopping in a hurry”
  • 9.54 – 12.03: The balance of gaming vs trade at Gen Con, and why it's so important for game makers.
  • 12.34 – 17.13: How much gaming actually happens at Gen Con, and how the tickets work.
  • 18.24 - 20.25: The Trade Hall
  • 20.25 - 21.37: Mention of the Predator deck-builder leads to a decent side-track about Predator vs. Whoever comic books.
  • 21.50 - 28.47: And now it's time for our favorite topic; Pathfinder!
    • 27.55: Not mad. Just disappointed. I'd like to see to a pie chart that measures everything we've talked about over the years. I reckon Pathfinder would be the biggest slice. 
    • 28.53: Hex online CCG
  • 29.46 - 30.48: L5R 20th anniversary party
  • 31.01 - 33.25: Game demos in the Trade Hall
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Having discussed a wargame that they didn't much like last week, this week the Adventuring Party discusses one that they very much DO like. The Great War is Richard Borg's latest game in the Command & Colours series, this time based during... well, the title kind of gives it away.

Show notes:

  • 0.59: “Great” meaning large or immense (we use it in the pejorative sense)
  • 1.20: You rarely hear a strong accent from Oisin, but his pronunciation of the word “but” there was more Dublin than Dubliner Cheese.
  • 2.02: The Reaper mini kickstarter – for people who actually needed TOO MANY minis:
  • 4.12: I feel I now have enough information to make a reasonable guess as to who this is.
  • 5.23: AW YEAH, HEX GRID
  • 20.55: Is he the evil midnight bomber what bombs at midnight?
  • 22.52: Said in the tone that a disapproving parent might say “with their Yu-Gi-Ohs and their Pokemans”
  • 23.02: Quote of the Episode: “Surprisingly few battles, I find from personal experience, are improved by the inclusion of a Giant Spider in the third act”
  • 27.35: But surely the slight difference in their epaulettes would be a CLEAR indicator!
  • 32.41: MEDICORE!
Direct download: adventuringparty20150819.mp3
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Let the FLAMES BEGIN! This week, we discuss the amazingly unpopular Age of Sigmar from Games Workshop; why it's always sensible to have a hilariously large fake moustache with you when you play it; and the merits of a nice plate of Marneus Calgar.

Show notes:

048: It's Ubuntu! It's neither strange nor dodgy. The netbook ITSELF, on the other hand...

1.18: The End Times. You're bloody well knicked, Warhammer me old mate!

1.57: Archaon! Lord of the End Times! Who became Archaon because he was researching who Archaon was!

3.26: This is all true.

9.18: Quote of the Episode: “If you're a jerk and you put down a unit of twenty snotlings, and poor Graham only had fifteen Bloodthirsters; he has the advantage”

11.40: Because otherwise all the COOL gaming kids will be like “move out the way, pops, you old and busted” and heaven knows nobody wants THAT.

12.20: Oh yeah, sure, here comes Eoin with a REAL reason. Pfffft!

12.56: That's actually pretty funny. Good work, GW.

16.29: The Screaming Bell has effectively become the Golden Snitch.

27.05: Humbug, you're a genius.

29.01: This week's episode of the Adventuring Party brought to you by Fantasy Flight Games!

Direct download: adventuringparty20150812.mp3
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Hello listeners! This week we present an episode the gang recorded on-site at NomCon last weekend, reviewing said Convention before they had even left it. This is fresh podcasting, hot off the griddle! 

  • 0.47: I was really hoping that sentence would end with “... white jackets to take us all away.”
  • 1.48: Oh. That's actually quite sad. “Yes indeed, I will serve you a drink, young lady who is dressed as a space-pirate-zombie-killer. And I will think about my own daughter, and how I will afford to feed her when I am let go.”
  • 16.06: Quote of the Episode: “You have to go now, with all of your Water Walking spells. Into the desert with you!”
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Direct download: adventuringparty20150805.mp3
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