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 Icecream

Special Guests: Christine and Siobhan from Girls Get Gaming

After two weeks of getting them to pitch in on our Convention previews, this week we finally publish part 1 of our interview with Irish gaming commentators Girls Get Gaming.

Show notes:

  • 1.16: There was! Here it is! 
  • 2.37: Woah, woah, woah! What's with the hardball questions, David Frost?
  • 3.27: Quote of the Episode: “I feel passionately about keys explaining what all of the little card effects are”
  • 4.08: Will Wheaton's Tabletop
  • 9.11: FROM THE MISTS OF TIME... AMIGA POWER. The last issue had “The magazine with no future” on the front cover, in a beautifully morbid display
  • 11.15: This a time reference for the reference to time references. META!
  • 11.51: In my defence, it's only because Eoin is a powerful jerk.
  • 12.58: #blog
  • 13.23: #ConCrush
  • 23.10: This weeks Phrase of the Week is “Adderol-infected 15-year olds”. If you want to suggest... wait, sorry, thought I was Crash Course World History for a second there. Man, I wish. Damn that handsome dastard!
  • 24.16: Tropes vs. Women
  • 24.36: Kelly Sue DeConnick 
  • 32.31: “Social media isn't a horrible, terrifying place”
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This week's hosts: Liam, Brian, Ice-cream and Eoin

Special Guests: Christine and Siobhan from Girls Get Gaming

UCS’s games convention Vaticon is fast approaching, happening on the 27th to 29th of March, as it does. This week, the Adventuring Party joins forces with Irish gaming commentators Girls Get Gaming to discuss the whos, whats and happs (that’s short for “happenings”, if you’re curious) of the final convention in The Crush.

Show notes:

  • 0.30: Humbug and I are really bad at the five seconds of silence before the show. We find it almost impossible to keep a straight face.
  • 0.35: Christine and Siobhan are from Girls Get Gaming - check them out on their blog, Facebook and twitter!
  • 1.28: Academy of Eblana and IGoLRP - Ireland’s two on-going rubber-sword LRP events.
  • 7.49: Obligatory Dungeons and Donuts mention!
  • 10.48: The Deptford Mice. It’s so sad.
  • 12.10: Quote of the Episode: “Just empty out your wallet there… ooh, you’re playing Skaven. I’ll need two wallets”
  • 19.00: No space for your realism here, Chuckles!
  • 21.20: Oops, I meant to say Sonic there. Oh well.
  • 22.42: The Other Whisper

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

Special guest stars: Christine and Siobhan from Girls Get Gaming

This week marks the first of a run of episodes which will be guest starring Irish gaming commenters Girls Get Gaming! Check out their blog, Facebook and twitter. This week, we talk about Itzacon, the upcoming and perennially popular Galway-based gaming convention.

Show notes:

  • 1.15: Itzacon website
  • 3.48: Ah, the obligatory Dungeons and Donuts reference!
  • 4.26: That was a good joke, and Eoin visibly enjoyed saying it.
  • 7.26: Quote of the Episode: "My business cards state that I am 'Flammibus the Red'; I specialize in cold magic. The 'Red' is a branding issue"
  • 7.58: #TeamCoffeyandIcecream
  • 8.33: God bless you, Humbug!
  • 8.38: It does not! The Stars My Destination actually opens with "He was one hundred and seventy days dying and not yet dead", but I needed a number of days and I just used the first one I thought of.
  • 12.28: Oh my God! Extra points! I'm going to spend them all on salt water taffy!
  • 13.37: Bride of Quote of the Episode: "It would be brilliant if that was SO meta, it was just a bad game! Just a terrible dungeon crawl! Hope everyone enjoyed it… SUCKERS!"
  • 15.34: Ugh… I was going to link to an example of a pig screaming here. But it's actually very upsetting, so I'm not going to.
  • 20.22: Pathfinder; the candidate you can trust.
  • 27.20: I think you'll find I won't.
  • 29.55: Stop trying to make Fetch happen.
  • 33.45: IGoLRP - the Irish Guild of Live Action Role-players

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This week's hosts: Liam, Eoin, Humbug

This week we bring you a look at a Japanese town builder Machi Koro!

Show notes:

  • 1.00: Machi Koro
  • 18:30 - Dominion. Infamous for being a multiplayer game that has little to no interaction between players.
  • 18:43 - Quote of the episode "Are you playing with everyone or are you just playing with yourself?"
  • 21:30 - Harbor expansion
  • 24:30 - Millionaires Row

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This week's hosts: Liam, Eoin, Humbug

This week we bring you a preview of Irelands oldest convention, Leprecon, now in it's 36th year!

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

Do you like pub quizzes? Do you like money? Then compete in the 6th Annual Adventuring Party Pub Quiz for a fabulous €50 prize! As in, the prize itself is €50 in your local gaming store. Even if you live abroad - we'll sort it out with your local shop. We've mixed things up a bit this year, and instead of the usual hour-long slog through a billion questions, we're only asking three questions each. So this year is a much tighter 15-question affair. Go on, give it a go! Send your answers by email to - the closing date for entries is midnight, March 17th.


Show notes:

  • 0.59: Oh man, "Most Regular" is pretty lame. Thank God we've got "Award Winning" to say now instead.
  • 1.41: Fabulous prizes! I'm not in this episode, I just wanted to join in. I felt left out!
  • 3.34: I'm guessing "Billy No-Mates"
  • 6.52: That's the only good bit in Expendables 2. Dreadful movie.
  • 8.40: I bet all this would be hilarious if I knew anything about Deadlands.
  • 10.20: Quote of the Episode: "I have consulted with my brain; and apparently the joke I wanted to make, I shouldn't make"
  • 17.38: This egg conversation has now ouefficially been going on for too long.
  • 21.41: You can just tell by Liam's laugh that he's thinking rude thoughts.
  • 22.23: I'm quite concerned about this, as I've received no picture. Good luck, everyone! (Oh wait, I've got it now. Crisis averted)
  • 24.10: It's God-damn uncanny.
  • 27.13: Liam is unstoppable this week!
  • 28.10: Send your answers to

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The Questions:

Round Eoin

1. In the 13th Age RPG, which Icon does not appear on the Kickstarter-exclusive Icon dice?

2. In a recent Anime series, which character is known as "The Villain with Glasses"?

3. In the recently released boardgames Shadows of Brimstone, what happens when you roll 1 on the movement dice?


Round Liam

1. What conventions did the Adventuring Party do panels at in 2014?

2. What game were we talking about when Icecream asked "is it remarkably racist against Space Jews?"



Round Graham

1. Who first came up with the theory of time travel that Dr. Samuel Beckett uses to leap around in Quantum Leap?

2. What breakfast food did scientists recently figure out how to uncork?

3. Which character in a popular children's/adult's cartoon can be called by the initials FTH?


Round Humbug

1. A boardgame and a games company have different names, but they both translate to the same phrase. What is that phrase?

2. Where did Captain Picard get his flute?

3. What is the rank of the pictured character?


Round Icecream

1. Why does the Proclaimers + Vanessa Cartlon = the Pretenders?

2. What comic book character can be heard, but not seen, in Deus Ex?

3. An abundance of what substance ruined Peg's porridge?

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

Warpcon, Warpcon; so good they reviewed it twice! Well... split the review episode into two parts, more accurately. Last week we did Friday night through to Saturday afternoon, so this week we get straight in on Saturday evening through to the closing ceremony.

Show notes:

  • 0.41: Weiss Schwarz
  • 2.34: Photos and videos of the bomb. It was awesome. I didn't get any footage of it speaking Russian gibberish, unfortunately.
  • 7.35: The raccoons with the giant testicles are called Tanuki. They're hilarious. One of them is in Naruto, actually. Given the way children's anime tends to be somewhat sanitised on it's journey West, I wonder if the original one had the giant balls? I don't recall them in the version I saw. Oh, Naruto. You were such a bad show.
  • 8.01: “Famously”
  • 18.38: Quote of the Episode: “Fabulous bit of crumble with Creme Anglais, which is Fancy for 'custard'”
  • 19.14: The Paranoia RPG reboot. Absolutely great to have a table of this run by the man who actually rebooted it.
  • 27.30: A noble attempt, Liam. But that can will not reseal, and those worms are never coming back.

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

Hey hey! It's more than a week since Warpcon, which means we've got to... do something. Maybe talk about it. Talk about our feelings, you know?  Really get it all out there. Get the healing started. Also games and stuff, but who cares about that? How are you doing? You ok?

  • 0.41: Beautiful. Straight out the gate we get lodged in a pedantic argument. That's why you keep coming back, folks!
  • 2.34: Surely it's not Montezuma's Revenge if it's a Chinese meal? Maybe Mao Zedong's Revenge? Confucius' Revenge?
  • 2.40: Oh, I see. Graham didn't leave that one hanging either.
  • 4.05: Trail of Cthulhu runs on the GUMSHOE system, an interesting RPG system that we've discussed before. Find more details here.
  • 7.57: "Bun"
  • 8.30: For those not in the know, Garnish House and Audley House are the two fancy B&Bs of choice for those traveling to Cork for Warpcon. 
  • 10.16: Much like the USSR, you communist!
  • 13.57: Tokaido and Shadowrun
  • 16.56: Arcadia Quest
  • 21.01: Quote of the Episode: "We have 250,000 people to evacuate… 200,000 people… 150,000 people… you know what, never mind"
  • 27.48: Betrayal at House on the Hill

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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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