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

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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This week's hosts: Liam, Humbug, and Stu

This week the party review the storytelling card game, Storyline: Fairy Tales.

Show notes story:

Once Upon a Time.. in a far off mine, an evil fox ruled with an iron
fist. This villain possessed a cursed flute, that was full of dark
magic. While it held great power, this artefact also made the villain
very foreign. So, for years, the villain would touch the innocent people
of her domain. But one day, an unusual troll was born to a rich family.
A prophesy, written on an ancient hat, foretold that this hero would
meet the villain. The villain sent a loyal witch to transform the hero.
Luckily, our hero managed to escape, finding safety in a tasty kitchen.
There, he/she met a band of rebels, led by a daring wizard. Together
they made a plan. First, the rebel leader would follow the lieutenant,
and lure the villain to battle. Then the hero would sneak in to the
dungeon, where the villain kept the cursed object. Our hero shattered
the artefact, and the resulting curse turned the villain into an
ordinary musket. So the land was free from the villain's rule, and our
hero was declared ruler of the chicken coop. And so began an age of
peace throughout the land, the end.

Direct download: adventuringparty20160817.mp3
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This week's hosts: Liam, Humbug, and Stu

When is it a good time for a GM to hide the mechanics of a game from their players? And when can a game be ruined by the players knowing too much about the system? These are the problems weighing on the minds of the Adventuring Party this week, and cause much furrowed brows and sighing and et cetera.

Show notes:

  • 0.44: Hail Computer!
  • 2.09: Oh well, I guess I have to stop editing the episode now.
  • 5.13: Where did the robots come from? I thought this was a WWII game?
  • 10.57: Oh wow, I actually thought Liam was bringing that up as an example of something he DIDN'T like.
  • 12.35: Quote of the Episode: “The maître d' is very impressed with you. Unfortunately this has not done anything to convince all these people to join your cause.”
  • 13.55: Quote of the Episode 2: “I rub my hands along every side of it. Okay, did it explode in my face? No? Ok, well then, I don't know. I knock on it, like uhhhh, buhhhh” It's Liam's despairing tone of voice that really sells this.
  • 15.34: Hail Computer!
  • 24.16: Here's Dunkelzahn's Will, for those who are interested. And it's not Duncan Sand's Will, as I thought I heard. It also seems there's a campaign for Shadowrun based on the Will, though it's in french.

Dunkelzahn's Will:

French campaign:

Direct download: adventuringparty20160810.mp3
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Con, August 2016: 2nd Chance Con

This week's hosts: Liam, Ian and Eoin.

This week, we take a look at 2nd Chance Con, being run in the Teachers Club, Parnell Square on August 20th and 21st in Aid of Oxfam Ireland.

Show notes:

Direct download: adventuringparty20160803.mp3
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This week's hosts:  Liam, Ian and Eoin.

This week, the party discuss the mobile game phenomenon, Pokemon Go.

Show notes:

Direct download: adventuringparty20160727.mp3
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This week's hosts:  Cian, Ian, Brian, and Seán.

This week, the party discuss house rules and their intersection with home brews. 

Show notes:

00:50 - Robo Cian
01:00 - House Rules. Mostly House Rules.
01:50 - Ian never plays by the rules.
02:10 - Seán follow's the rules too much.
02:20 - A more sensisble approach.
04:00 - Tell us how you feel about Fate, Cian?
04:50 - Dresden Files.
06:15 - Death to Mooks.
08:35 - Ian holds a grudge.
09:44 - You don't need dice to have a good time.
10:15 - The slash and burn approach to customisation.
12:00 - The Correct and Right way to approach house rules.
14:00 - Reacctionary House Rules
15:50 - D&D 5e Rogues
19:10 - Change the gameplay, not the rules.
22:00 - How well do you think this has been playtested?
23:30 - Houserule for flavour.
24:10 - Clue in your players on your changes.
26:50 - Cutting rules for pacing.
27:35 - Homebrew welcome at convention games!

Direct download: adventuringparty20160720.mp3
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This week's hosts:  Ice-cream, Brian, Ian and Seán.

This week, the party discuss a listener question about Gamer Nostalgia.

Show notes:

    00:42 - Where we greet Robot Cian
    01:20 - Shots fired!    
    01:55 - Where we lose nerd points
    02:55 - Our producer this week has been Ian
    04:52 - Cian gets controversial about Fate
    05:30 - The biggest selling RPG of all time [citation needed]
    11:30 - 2005 - When Yu Gi Oh was still good
    11:40 - Brian lists all the versions of Traveler
    13:04 - Savage worlds is so old
    16:00 - If you try to play a catiff, you're gonna have a bad time
    16:55 - Quote of the Episode:"Why are these rules getting in the way of my fun?"
    18:05 - Upstart whipper snappers
    19:31 - Stuff going on at the edges
    19:55 - Cian courts more controversy
    21:35 - I've seen that movie
    23:45 - Where we hear from Cian's DNA
    26:55 - Bendy head or hammer head?
    27:58 - Cian defaults to Savage Worlds
    32:38 - Cian admits defeat

Direct download: adventuringparty20160713.mp3
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This week's hosts:  Ice-cream, Brian, Ian and Seán.

This week, the party bring you a report on what they got up to a Q-con.

Show notes:

  • 01:00 - Ice-creams back!
  • 01:12 - Qcon XXIII
  • 02:02 - Quote of the episode - "No no wait! Where are my dank hall! Where are the ass smelling basements I fight dragons and elves."
  • 02:41 - Does dank mean something else to Ian and Ice-cream...
  • 05:25 - Spin off topic - Ditching gaming and selling out? :D
  • 06:14 - Poutine does sound delicious 
  • 07:20 - 5th Edition
  • 10:47 - It's time for the pronoun game!
  • 11:05 - Character cards were a kickstarter project. Some availability elsewhere.
  • 14:50 - All you have to do is say, it'll be in the show notes and taadaa!
  • 15:05 - Beacon 19th-20th of November 
  • 15:51 - Dank is absolutely a mean word when describing a venue
    Dank adjective, danker, dankest.
    Unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly
  • 17:00 - Yu-gi-oh!
  • 23:22 - I'm not counting but that is a lot of tables
  • 25:44 - 10 to 11 tier. There is no 7-11.
  • 28:20 - Eatery of the con - Wok-a-moley
  • 30:00 - Last years pub quiz prize was nor redeemed :(
  • 38:25 - Damn it Ian! All those precious minutes on search engines could have been saved if you mentioned this earlier! Once again that is
  • 38:50 - We are on the internet, where all good podcasts can be found.
Direct download: adventuringparty20160706.mp3
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This week's hosts:  Liam, Seán, Feargal, and Stu.

This week, the party review Kingdom Builder, and Witness.

Show notes:

00:30 - Kingdom Builder
02:10 - No season breaks, just continuous releases!
06:00 - Reviewing a visual game through an audio medium.
07:40 - Objectives
08:43 - Best intentions
11:29 - Would you eat them on a boat?
14:00 - Simple to play. Short enough.
18:10 - Khet
19:00 - Stargate
23:50 - Witness
24:00 - Blake & Mortimer
25:59 - Sit in the right seats!
27:00 - Apologies to toffs everywhere.
29:00 - Purple Monkey Dishwasher
32:00 - Discreet whispering. A+ Radio.
36:40 - Further discussing of visual clues on an audio podcast.
38:22 - We can still to interstitial music if we want to.
41:00 - Four players. Dinner parties only?

Direct download: adventuringparty20160629.mp3
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This week's hosts: Liam, Sean, Feargal and Stu

This week, we talk about party balance, is it needed and how important is it?

Show notes:

  • 09:12 - Don't have a rogue? You're going to be kicking down a lot of doors
  • 09:55 - Breakdown of communication
  • 12:19 - It's not fun to play a character you don't want to play
  • 14:50 - The dice say you're all stupid
  • 17:50 - Mandated balance in Gumshoe
  • 21:25 - Keeping a chokehold on your players
  • 22:06 - Quote of the Episode: "If you don't have a Cleric... you're gonna have a bad time."
  • 24:38 - Solving problems by killing characters
  • 32:07 - The Illusion of free choice
  • 32:17 - We almost got all the way to the end of the episode without saying it!!
Direct download: adventuringparty20160622.mp3
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