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, Iceream and Humbug

This week we answer listener questions, though the first two questions don't really have much to do with gaming. They are entertaining, however. The meat of the episode begins at 14.40, where we start to discuss the potential fallout of a GM and a player having incompatible ideologies. Myself and Liam do have some pretty dynamite beard-grooming tips, though.

Show notes:

  • 0.19: I missed a "d" there, so this week you are apparently listening to the Aventuring Party.
  • 4.00: Dear Listener, please bear in mind that (barring a massive response from the community) this book does not exist. Though if you guys are interested enough… what do you think Eoin? You reckon you could fit the necessary hundreds of hours of time needed to write a book into your already groaning schedule?
  • 8.32: I had kind of assumed that "flexibility" was going to be a sex thing.
  • 10.30: That entire segment just reinforces my existing belief that the Adventuring Party could just be Eoin on his own with a mic and the show would not decrease noticeably in quality.
  • 11.13: We're getting perilously close to getting politics all over our gaming podcast!
  • 14.41: This is where the meat of the episode begins, if you're interested in skipping ahead.
  • 17.07: Our episode concerning Playing the GM, not the game
  • 18.50: Quote of the Episode: "'The Telecom's down! Oh no, they've hit the Simplex and Duplex!'… those are all telecoms words, yes"
  • 21.29: Blue Rose RPG
  • 31.06: All together now! AWARD WINNING!


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This week's hosts: Liam, Eoin, Icecream, Humbug

The Kickstarter Tree has been bearing fruit in the shape of boardgames all through 2014, and Adventurer Eoin Burke has been busily at harvest. This week, we review one of the games that he got in 2014 – Xia: Legends of a Drift System.

Show notes:

0.14: That's not how we pronounce “Xia” during the episode, but I looked up a tutorial video for the game that is narrated by Cody Miller, the guy who designed it, and this is how he pronounces it. 

1.12: Quote of the Episode: “...three weeks late, which in Kickstarter terms is about two months early”

4.19: Elite!

5.33: I can't give it Quote of the Episode because it's not really words, but Brian's nearly orgasmic moan in the background when Eoin says “Sector hexes” is a wonderful thing.

5.56: Here's Brian playing the tetris mini-game with his ship card.

12.54: A nice picture of the gameboard with a few tiles out and a few ships on it.


17.25: And not just physically. Eoin's quite fit, he'd probably catch up with you.


20.57: Actually just the one video. It's to give you an idea of how nice the ship models are.

33.49: Liam ws right the first time – it is the Great Material Continuum.

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This week's hosts: Liam, Eoin, Icecream, Humbug

Apologies for the late posting of this episode, folks!

As the end of January approaches, we all know it's time to go to Cork and play us some games. That's right, WarpCon is coming up fast, and the Adventuring Party is here to look over the available information and pass totally unbiased judgement on all you langers.

Show notes:

  • 1.05: Or we might not, as it REEKS of self-aggrandisement and I've already hit my quota of being punchably smug for this episode.
  • 3.41: For an old, raggedy gamer.
  • 4.17: Referring to the Victoriana RPG setting.
  • 6.19: Referring to these poor, poor people who got gassed while in costume. 
  • 8.39: In case you are interested, here is our interview with Gar Hanhrahan.
  • 10.57: Tuska will pretty much kick your ass
  • 12.10: The Battlefield, as it turns out, is the first of four layers of the DnD realm of Acheron.
  • 22.18: Yes we will:
  • 28.19: Quote of the Episode: "I'm just gonna keep reading until it makes sense"
  • 29.20: Ooh, look at all us nerds, talking up our XKCD and SMBC! Tragically, it seems we were ALL wrong. Here's the strip I believe Eoin is referencing.
  • 30.02: Wargaming Ireland forums
  • 30.47: Ah, the pumpkin - my long over-due punishment for ceaselessly ragging on poor Eoin. Of course, those days are long behind me.
  • 32.46: Eoin is of course correct, and I am wrong. They play Two Up with two coins.
  • 37.18: More on 13th Age here.

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This week's hosts:  Liam, Humbug, Eoin and Icecream

This week we hit our book (and comic) shelves to bring you books for Gamers.

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This week's hosts: Liam, Humbug, Eoin and Icecream.

This week on the Adventuring Party. we let off a little steam. Now that all the festive cheer is over we bring you a discussion on things we have a strong distaste for.

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This week's hosts:  Liam, Humbug, Eoin and Icecream

This week we dust off our unloved gaming items and give them a new home. We get in the spirit of the season and get together for our Secret Santa.

06:50 - For classic Humbug misdirection see previous years episodes, some of them are pretty elaborate.

07:30 - Transhuman Space - GURPS

8:20 - HERO system - Demon: Servants of Darkness

11:15 - Razarfang's Exodus

11:42 - HERO System: You Gotta Have Character 12:17 - Mungo Park

12:47 - Robert Johnson

14:17 - Merchant of Venus

14:25 - Quote of the Episode: Is it remarkably racist against Space Jews?

16:14 - Mage Knight

16:45 - Check out our previous review of Galaxy Truckers


20:25 - Gamers World

23:40 - Weird d10

24:55 - 30 Seconds

25:40 - Dino Hunt

27:00 - Pass the Pigs

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This week we discuss how to bring a bit of Christmas cheer into your RPG session by bringing in jolly Old Saint Nick. Cian, Eoin, Humbug and Liam discuss Santa as both a good guy and a bad guy.

He sees you when your sleeping, he knows when your awake, he knows when you have been good or bad so be good for goodness sake!!! SANTA CLAUS COMING TO TOWN!

00:55 - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

01:02 - Miracle on 34th St

01:26 - Santa's Slay (starring Goldberg) looks like possibly the best and worst Christmas movie of all time.

02:26 - Shadowrun

05:50 - Ars Magica

06:48 - Quote of the episode: "You do what to the elf?"

11:20 - Yggrasill

11:27 - Mr Wednesday

12:21 - Metal Eoin

13:00 - Gumshoe

13:49 - I'd be worried if it was The Thing(Spoilers) 

14:30 - Krampus

17:15 - Star Trek

20:48 - I wonder how long it will take for this to be released on google glass

20:54 - Head explosion

21:30 - It was Ashley Judd

21:54 - This guy is WAAAY ahead of you

22:20 - Holy Christmas Tree! Santa conventions are a thing

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This week's hosts: Liam, Eoin, Icecream, Humbug

In any industry, the line between mainstream and indie gets pretty blurred. In an industry as small as RPGs, that line can be totally invisible. This week, we discuss what makes an indie RPG and what makes a “studio” RPG. If that topic doesn't excite you, there are also gunshots and an explosion. Seriously.

Show notes:

  • 1.24: Well, Liam's answered the question! We can all go home now.
  • 3.38: Well, Humbug's answered the question! We can all go home now.
  • 4.25: My God, our choice of musicians to discuss really pins an age on us.
  • 5.11: And we shall call this the Humbug Page Count Theory. I love it.
  • 6.09: And we shall call this the Humbug Campaign Theory. I tolerate it.
  • 6.39: “I'm Detective Morrisson, Stop Bad Mutants Division” “That's a very... accurate name”
  • 6.50: Interesting thing about Becoming Heroes – I looked up the company who made it, Transeptune, and they have three separate RPGs available with a few more in the work. This is what we were talking about earlier; even small RPG producers who do things in their spare time can have a stable of titles.
  • 23.48: Uh oh, I've had some ideas. That usually spells disaster.
  • 25.52: Quote of the Episode:

“But surely, Baron, you're mistaken; the moon wasn't invented until 10 years AFTER the events you've described!”

“It wasn't Earth's moon, it was Mars' moon, which of course then was in orbit above the Earth”

“Oh, my apologies”

  • 31.11: Well, Icecream's answered the question! We can all go home now.


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This week's hosts: Liam, Eoin, Icecream, Humbug

It's a multi-segment episode of the Adventuring Party this week as a we do a little reviewing (Eirtakon) and a little previewing (The Shape of Things to Come) and a little game review (Eight Minute Empire). Then we get down tonight, uh huh, get down tonight.

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This week's hosts: Icecream, Graham, Oisin, Humbug, Stu and Eoin

Recorded at live at Ireland's biggest anime convention! This week, the Adventuring Party brings you its panel discussion from Eirtakon, where we talked about the Japanese table-talk RPG, Ryuutama. And I guess we answered a few audience questions as well. And we talked about bad-tempered elephants.

Show notes:

  • 1.45: Ryuutama
  • 3.46: Pro Tip: “Misplaced commas or absent, commas are how you break any game”
  • 5.18: Oh crap, Graham's asking the hard questions.
  • 6.08: Stu asked if “Table-Talk RPG” was a typo – apparantly not, according to this wikipedia article which claims RPGs “are called table-talk RPG, TTRPG or TRPG in Japan to distinguish them from the video role-playing game genre.”
  • 6.28: Ha ha, Pat's old. Wait! I'M OLD! Awww...
  • 11.27: For those eagle-eared listeners who heard the clink of glass in the background there, there were a few reprobates hanging around the back of our panel room who were still there from the Cocktails Panel that had just finished, and spent our entire panel getting very politely and quietly drunk. Heroes, all.
  • 15.23: I can't believe I didn't make the Magic Farmer joke. Did you hear about the Magic Farmer? He went down the road and turned into a field.
  • 17.57: Oddjob's hat is awesome
  • 25.05: Crystal Chronicles
  • 34.57: This one's for you, Stephen!
  • 37.00: For those who are wondering what love hotels are. I feel the name is fairly explanatory, though.
  • 37.09: That guy was very quiet, but his question was if we had encountered other story-heavy games, particularly Nobilis and Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine

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