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Cardboard Conjecture #47 The Art of the Review with Patrick Kelly In this episode ... Norm, Ian and Ryan talk about Crokinole, Targi : The Expansion, and Tobago : The Volcano Expansion in Thinking, Doing, Playing board games. Also, we are very pleased to have as a special guest ... Patrick Kelly : One of the founder of Blue Peg Pink Peg board gamin…
On Off The Bench this week, Connacht Rugby president Ann Heneghan joins Cliona Foley to discuss her role and her hopes for the province.Heneghan is the first female president of a provincial rugby body, making history in the sport, and Cliona looks into all manner of the sport - it is well worth your time.Download the brand new OTB Sports App in th…
Cardboard Conjecture #46 Reviews of Newton / Targi In this episode ... Ian, Norm and Ryan talk about A War of Whispers, Imhotep: The Duel, and Arkham Horror in "Thinking, Doing, Playing Board Games" ... and go into two deep reviews of Newton and Targi.By BCB
Cardboard Conjecture #45 - Memorable Gaming Experiences In this episode ... Ryan, Norm and Ian discuss Wingspan, Jogo Do Ano (Portugal's Board Game of the Year Awards), and our own first ever digital board game garage sale on our FaceBook community page. We also take turns with our many memorable gaming experiences and tell stories of how this hobb…
Cardboard Conjecture #44 - Great Western Trail / Maracaibo In this episode ... Ian, Ryan and Norm discuss what they have been "Doing, Thinking, and Playing BoardGames" ... where Ian takes a moment to express his perspective of many items that draw his attention, Norm shares his love of coffee and the game Coffee Roaster, and Ryan starts off our tri…
Cardboard Conjecture #43 Board Game Before & After - The Game Show In this episode ... Ian, Ryan and Norm discuss gaming in "Thinking, Doing, Playing Board Games ... Undaunted: Normandy, Tiny Epic Dinosaurs, and Cyclades ... and the first ever Game Show - Board Game Before & After ... where Ian pits the others head to head in a battle of wits where…
Cardboard Conjecture #42 Reviews of D&D 5e Starter Kit / Dinosaur Island / Dinogenics In this episode ... Ian, Ryan and Norm talk about Dragons and Dinosaurs when they go into reviewing Dinosaur Island, Dinogenics and Dungeons and Dragons 5e Starter Kit.By BCB
We are joined this week by rugby player Sorcha MacLaimhin, who tells us why her support group 'Mama Loves Sport' is so badly needed by sporty mums.Sorcha discusses why 'snapping back' - the desire to get back to a pre-pregnancy body shape - is a misplaced pressure on new mothers, and the information vacuum that sporty mums face going back to sport.…
Cardboard Conjecture #41 Content Creators of Influence In this episode ... Ian, Ryan and Norm start out with "Playing, Thinking, Doing ... boardgames" and then go deep into a discussion about the content creators who have influenced us in our time and exploration into the hobby of board games and maybe ... just maybe have influenced us in creating …
Cliona Foley is joined by Paula Doran of Athlone Town, one of two new teams in the Women's National League (WNL).Athlone Town is the oldest town in League of Ireland, now 133 years old but this is the first season they have had a women's team in the WNL.Paula pent five years playing soccer in America, and is only back in this season. She is one of …
Cardboard Conjecture #40 Reviews of Hansa Teutonica / Lowlands / Fabled Fruit In this episode ... Ian, Ryan and Norm talk about the latest board games ... in "Playing, Thinking and Doing... " and go into a deeper review of Hansa Teutonica, Lowlands, and Fabled Fruit.By BCB
Cardboard Conjecture #39 Travis Jones designer of Pendulum In this episode ... Norm, Ian and Ryan talk about what they have been "playing, thinking and doing" in board games and Ryan interviews Travis Jones the designer of the board game Pendulum.By BCB
Cardboard Conjecture #38 Emma Larkins / Cosmic Encounter Duel In this episode, we go over our "Games of late ..." and some news ... Norm and Ian interview Emma Larkins and talk about her new game "Abandon all Artichokes" and Ryan reviews "Cosmic Encounter Duel"By BCB
Former Killester and Belfast Rockets basketball player Mimi Troy joins Cliona Foley this week on Off The Bench.Mimi went to America on scholarship, but opted not to take a sports one because her mother was diagnosed with cancer just before she left.When she returned in 2016, Mimi's mother took a very bad turn and was particularly bad before the 201…
Cardboard Conjecture #37 Inserts and Storage Solutions In this episode, Norm, Ryan and Ian invite Tom from "Tom Teaches" to discuss opinions and conclusions on the DIY inserts and store bought solutions.By BCB
Off The Bench speaks to WGPA chairperson Maria Kinsella on return to play, as she exclusively reveals 32% of polled players do not want to return to play because of health fears.Cliona Foley discusses a range of topics with Maria, among which:'Disappointing' engagement with the LGFAThe findings of polling of their membersHave women's associations m…
Cardboard Conjecture #36 Teotihuacan / Viva Java / Horrified In this episode ... Norm, Ian and Ryan talk about Horrified, Viva Java, and Teotihuacan: City of Gods. We start by giving you an update on our contest that features our two new sponsors ... some games of late ... Terraforming a huge expensive cardboard box ... an interview and of course o…
On Off The Bench this week, Cliona Foley speaks to Republic of Ireland star Denise O'Sullivan, on the line from North Carolina.Denise will be among the first Irish footballers to return to competition in late June, and is already back in restricted training with the North Carolina Courage.The Courage are the reigning two in-a-row American NWSL cham…
Cardboard Conjecture #35 Nippon / Nova Luna / Parks Norm, Ryan and Ian discuss the "Games of Late ..." and all things board games that we've played recently ... some "Topics of Interest" in the board game hobby, and our reviews of Nippon, Nova Luna and Parks.By BCB
Children's author Emma Larkin joined Cliona Foley to chat about her book 'Izzy's Magical Camogie Adventure', which is inspired by her Cork grandmother who won three camogie All-Irelands in a row.
Off The Bench this week is joined by Meathwoman Ruth Nugent, a recent winner of Ireland's Class 2 Rallysprint series!Ruth is also an active mountain biker and BMX rider, despite suffering from Crohn's Disease, and joins Cliona Foley to discuss her career.
Cardboard Conjecture Episode #34 - Board Game Arena In this episode ... Norm, Ryan and Ian discuss their "games of late", gain some insight in their "making the headlines" segment, and go into an in depth review of the online board gaming platform known as Board Game Arena.By BCB
As Irish golf clubs re-open, Leona Maguire tells Off The Bench about lock-down in Cavan, her ultra-competitive family and how her professional life could change when the LPGA resumes.Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.…
Irish rower Aifric Keogh (@aifricsk) joined Cliona Foley to discuss her career, her future and how she is coping in lockdown!Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.
Cardboard Conjecture #33 Board Game Expansions In this episode ... Norm, Ryan and Ian talk about the many versions and reasons about board game expansions. We go through several types and categories of expansions and later in the episode we give you our top 3 expansions.By BCB
Cliona Foley is joined by Wexford camogie legend Kate Kelly, former GAA president Liam O'Neill and 2013 All-Star Chloe Morey of Clare on Off The Bench to discuss the new camogie rules
Cardboard Conjecture #32 Topic of Board Game Collections In this episode ... Norm, Ryan and Ian talk about board game collections. What types of categories ... why we collect ... is there a psychological element to our collections?By BCB
In this episode, Norm and Ryan review Euphoria and Wingspan both from Stonemaier Games ... and they talk about their first "Cardboard Retreat" where they featured games from the Stonemaier series of titles.By BCB
Paul Dollery, instigator of the 'She Can' book joins Cliona Foley and Sue Murphy to discuss concussion, over-hyping and under-analysing of women's sport and why we're selling it far too cheaply.
In this episode, Ryan and Norm do reviews of the board games Tiny Towns and Deep Blue ... as well as talk about their recently played games.By BCB
Cliona Foley meets Irish rugby stars Nicole Cronin, Anna Caplice and Hannah O'Connor ahead of the Autumn internationals.
Off The Bench host Cliona Foley is joined by Ireland national hockey team members Nicci Daly, Sarah Hawkshaw and Lena Tice as they prepare for their next big target: Getting to the 2020 Olympics.The trio talk dual talents, religion, Scrabble and karting ahead of huge Olympic hockey qualifier on November 2nd and 3rd.…
In this episode, Ryan and Norm discuss the many games that they played while on their summer break. We try to take a Quick Look at several of the many titles that we got to the table and add our own apologetic twist to opinions and conclusions formed on the basis of incomplete information!By BCB
Tipperary's Aishling Moloney, Louth's Eimear Murray and Mayo's Sarah Rowe chat to Cliona Foley
It's a Ras na mBan special on this week's Off The Bench
Cliona Foley chats to Georgia Drummy on this week's Off The Bench podcast. She won her her first pro tennis title at the ITF Future Tour event in Portugal
Ireland's referee from the Women's World Cup final - Michelle O'Neill - joined Cliona Foley to talk about her experiences at the sport's showpiece event.You can also watch the full interview on on our YouTube channel here.
Off The Bench's Cliona Foley is joined by Irish elite boxing team members Grainne Walsh, Aoife O'Rourke and Michaela Walsh. They discussed their success at the European Games.
Cliona Foley, Marie Crowe and Sue Murphy discuss the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup as the group stage wraps up.The full podcast will also be available to watch on YouTube.
In this episode Ryan and I will be talking about the board games La Granja and Underwater CitiesBy BCB
Cliona Foley is joined by ex-Ireland midfielder Ruth Fahey and current Ireland and Wexford striker Rianna Jarrett to preview the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup team by team
Norm and Ryan invite Robb to the third chair to talk about Fantasy Flight Games new game ... LOTR Journeys in Middle EarthBy BCB
On this episode, Ryan and I talk about Bezier Games title Whistle Stop and Renegade Games title Clank! In! Space!. Opinions and conclusions formed on the basis of incomplete information.By BCB
The latest Off the Bench episode is an exclusive interview with Tullamore native Susan Moran - the only Irish woman to ever play in the women's NBA.
Off The Bench host Cliona Foley chats to squash player Orla Doherty about her Masters mission, being bi-polar and playing Electric Picnic