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Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Moe Tousignant

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The Tabletop Bellhop, is your cardboard concierge. Here to answer your game and game night questions, striving to make everyone’s gaming experience better. Board game and RPG News, reviews and Q&A.

    Oldies but Goodies

    Oldies but Goodies

    Oldies but goodies. Talking about older games still worth playing.. Also, in The Game Room we’re talking about Medium, our review went live on the blog today and that also means our Giveaway is live! In The Bellhop’s Tabletop segment we’ve got Raiders of the North Sea with Hall of Heroes, Gold West, Medium, Terra Mystica, Clans of Caledonia, and Minecraft Builders & Biomes.


    At Tabletop Bellhop we answer your game and game night questions, go "Ask The Bellhop" at https://tabletopbellhop.com/.




    Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel


    This is the 79th episode of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, an edited version of our live show recorded on February 19th 2020. Join us as we stream live every week Wednesday’s at Nine P.M. Eastern: https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.


    Disclosure: Some links below are affiliate links. Using these links costs you nothing extra and we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of producing this show. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned in this podcast were provided by publishers in the form of review copies.




    This episode includes:


    ---Suggestion Box---
    We read off and respond to listener feedback. Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com


    Wargames without the army building:
    NUTS,
    Army Men Combat,
    OGRE,


    5 player games:
    Space Base,
    Spartacus,


    ---Ask The Bellhop---
    Ashley Rabum writes:


    I just started listening and am going through the back catalogue and I’m loving it. I do have a question though- it’s kind of two questions but I think they are related. 1 ) what are some older / out of print games that you would recommend tracking down?. 2) Are there any games with older editions in which the older edition is worth holding on to / tracking down/ better than the more recent edition?


    Links:
    Ep 56 Treasure Hunt - Finding Rare/Out of Print Games,


    Great classic games:
    Catan,
    El Grande,
    Ra,
    Samurai,
    Acquire,
    Lost Cities,
    Pitchcar,
    Chinatown,
    Bohnanza,
    Torres,
    Space Hulk,
    HeroQuest,
    Primordial Soup,
    The Starfarers of Catan,
    The Great Dalmuti,
    Quoridor,
    Battletech,
    Dune,
    Magic the Gathering,
    Can’t Stop,
    Ghostbuster II International,
    Paranoia 2nd Edition,
    Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st Edition,
    AD&D 2nd Edition Skills & Powers,
    Star Wars Introductory Adventure Game,


    Games where the old edition is better:
    Civilization,
    Acquire,
    Robo Rally,


    ---Announcements---
    Newsletter:
    Sign up for our newsletter. Get weekly updates about everything going on at The Bellhop in your mail. https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com


    Patreon Update:
    The new and improved: Tabletop Bellhop Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


    Medium Giveaway
    We are giving away THREE copies of Medium.
    Two through our review on the blog,
    One at The CG Realm. Come do a demo on Feb 22nd.
    Breakout Con
    The entire Tabletop Bellhop team will be at Breakout Con in Toronto Ontario March 20-22
    ---The Game Room - Medium Giveaway and Review---
    A review of Medium, a mind-reading party game from Greater Than Games and Storm Chaser Games.


    Review on the Blog,
    Medium Unboxing Video,
    Pick up your own copy of Medium,


    ---The Bellhop's Tabletop---


    A look at what games hit our tabletops over the last week.


    Gloomhaven,
    Gold West,
    Raiders of the North Sea,
    Hall of Heroes,
    Medium,
    Terra Mystica,
    Clans of Caledonia,
    Minecraft Builders & Biomes,


    ---VIP Guest Shout Out---
    Head over to the Tabletop Bellhop Blog where you can read more about today’s topics and more.
    The Tabletop Bellhop Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com




    If you enjoyed the show be sure to tip The Bellhop at:
    patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


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    • 1 hr 57 min
    They Can’t All Be Great

    They Can’t All Be Great

    They Can’t All Be Great - Dealing with a game night failure. Also a review of the Legacy of Lo Pan expansion for Big Trouble In Little China the Game and a ton of games in our week in review including Orleans, Medium, Gorus Maxiumus, War Chest, Pulsar 2849, 8Bit Box, Raiders of the North Sea, Dungeon Crawl Classic and more.
    At Tabletop Bellhop we answer your game and game night questions, go "Ask The Bellhop" at https://tabletopbellhop.com/.




    Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel


    This is the 78th episode of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, an edited version of our live show recorded on February 12th 2020. Join us as we stream live every week Wednesday’s at Nine P.M. Eastern: https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.


    Disclosure: Some links below are affiliate links. Using these links costs you nothing extra and we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of producing this show. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned in this podcast were provided by publishers in the form of review copies.




    This episode includes:


    ---Suggestion Box---
    We read off and respond to listener feedback. Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com


    Date night games:
    Farkle,
    Akrotiri,
    One Deck Dungeon,
    Chocolatiers,
    Magic the Gathering,
    Chess,
    Swords & Strongholds,
    Mage Stones,
    Hnefatafl,
    Agon,


    Wargames without the army building:
    1812: The Invasion of Canada,
    Cry Havoc,
    Rivet Wars,
    Mobile Frame Zero,
    Star Breach,
    Battlelore,
    Gaslands,
    Root,
    Relic Blade, ](https://relicblade.com/)


    ---Ask The Bellhop---
    Tonight we’ve got a question from patron of the show MathGuyDave


    How do you deal with a game night failure? Bad rpg session or a game that players didn’t enjoy? Maybe even drama between players


    Links:
    Bad Rulebook? No Problem,
    How to Pick the Best Board Game to Play,
    What Do You Do When One or More Players Cancel On Game Night?


    ---Announcements---
    Newsletter:
    Sign up for our newsletter. Get weekly updates about everything going on at The Bellhop in your mail. https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com


    Patreon Update:
    The new and improved: Tabletop Bellhop Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


    Medium Giveaway
    We are giving away 3 copies of Medium.
    2 through TabletopBellhop.com. That will go live on February the 19th
    1 at The CG Realm. Come do a demo on Feb 22nd and you could leave with a copy of the game.
    Breakout Con
    The entire Tabletop Bellhop team will be at Breakout Con in Toronto Ontario March 20-22


    ---The Game Room - Big Trouble in Little China Legacy of Lo Pan---
    A review of the Legacy of Lo Pan expansion for Big Trouble in Little China the Game


    Review on the Blog,
    Actual Play Part 1,
    Pick up your own copy of Big Trouble In Little China the Game,
    And/or your own copy of Big Trouble in Little China The Movie.
    And/or your own copy of the Legacy of Lo Pan Expansion


    ---The Bellhop's Tabletop---


    A look at what games hit our tabletops over the last week.


    Legacy of Lo Pan,
    Gorus Maxiumus,
    Orleans,
    Orleans Trade & Intrigue,
    8Bit Box,
    Medium,
    War Chest,
    Imhotep,
    Imhotep A New Dynasty,
    Horizons,
    Azul Summer Pavilion,
    Pulsar 2849,
    Dungeon Crawl Classics,
    Raiders of the North Sea,
    Raiders of the North Sea Hall of Heroes,


    ---VIP Guest Shout Out---
    Head over to the Tabletop Bellhop Blog where you can read more about today’s topics and more.
    The Tabletop Bellhop Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com




    If you enjoyed the show be sure to tip The Bellhop at:
    patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


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    • 1 hr 50 min
    Miniature Gaming Without the Minis (Sorta)

    Miniature Gaming Without the Minis (Sorta)

    Miniature Gaming Without the Minis (Sorta). Getting back into wargaming without the cost of buying, building and painting an army. Also, a preview of Gorinto, expansions for Horizons and Orleans and Sean’s got some Minecraft to talk about.
    At Tabletop Bellhop we answer your game and game night questions, go "Ask The Bellhop" at https://tabletopbellhop.com/.




    Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel


    This is the 77th episode of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, an edited version of our live show recorded on February 5th 2020. Join us as we stream live every week Wednesday’s at Nine P.M. Eastern: https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.


    Disclosure: Some links below are affiliate links. Using these links costs you nothing extra and we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of producing this show. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned in this podcast were provided by publishers in the form of review copies.




    This episode includes:


    ---Suggestion Box---
    We read off and respond to listener feedback. Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com


    Our Gloomhaven FAQ Video:


    Word Game Suggestion:
    Palabra,


    Date Night Games:
    Mr. Jack,
    Mystery Rummy: Escape from Alcatraz,
    Ramen Fury,
    Ka-Ching,


    Funanas,


    ---Ask The Bellhop---
    Tonight we’ve got a question from Rob Day who writes:


    I have a co-worker who used to play mini wargames when he was a younger man. He's specifically into historical tanks and looking at getting back to the table. Are there any good strategic board games that might scratch that itch without requiring him to dive fully back into collecting a whole army of miniatures?


    Memoir 44,
    Axis & Allies 1941,
    Axis & Allies 1942,
    Tanks Starter Set,
    Tank Duel: Enemy in the Crosshairs,
    Tank On Tank: East Front,
    Combat Commander Europe,
    Panzer,
    MBT,
    Multiman Publishing,
    Band of Brothers Ghost Panther,
    Bolt Action,
    Bolt Action Tank War,
    Flames of War,
    Flames of War Stalingrad,
    FUBAR,
    Axis & Allies Miniatures,
    Battlelore,
    Command & Colours Ancients,
    Battle of Westeros,
    War of the Ring,
    Battleground,
    Brickwars,
    Diskwars,


    ---Announcements---
    Newsletter:
    Sign up for our newsletter. Get weekly updates about everything going on at The Bellhop in your mail. https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com


    Patreon Update:
    The new and improved: Tabletop Bellhop Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


    Medium Giveaway
    We are giving away 3 copies of Medium.
    2 through TabletopBellhop.com. That will go live on February the 19th
    1 at The CG Realm. Come do a demo on Feb 22nd and you could leave with a copy of the game.


    ---The Game Room - Gorinto---
    A preview of Gorinto from Grand Gamers Guild.
    Gorinto will be hitting Kickstarter on Feb 12th.


    Gorinto on BGG
    Written Review


    ---The Bellhop's Tabletop---


    A look at what games hit our tabletops over the last week.


    Gloomhaven,
    Gloomhaven recap articles,
    Gorinto,
    Orleans,
    Horizons,
    Horizons Extermination Expansion,
    Orleans Trade & Intrigue,
    Minecraft Builders & Biomes,


    ---VIP Guest Shout Out---
    Head over to the Tabletop Bellhop Blog where you can read more about today’s topics and more.
    The Tabletop Bellhop Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com




    If you enjoyed the show be sure to tip The Bellhop at:
    patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


    Find us all over the web:


    Facebook www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    2020 Questions

    2020 Questions

    2020 Questions. Our first AMA of 2020. Giving up and sticking with games. Great games with terrible components and terrible games with great components, social interactions interfering with game night, RPG audio dramas, mystery themed games, game con pros and cons, and more. Also a review of Imhotep A New Dynasty.
    At Tabletop Bellhop we answer your game and game night questions, go "Ask The Bellhop" at https://tabletopbellhop.com/.




    Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel


    This is the 76th episode of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, an edited version of our live show recorded on January 29th, 2020. Join us as we stream live every week Wednesday’s at Nine P.M. Eastern: https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.


    Disclosure: Some links below are affiliate links. Using these links costs you nothing extra and we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of producing this show. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned in this podcast were provided by publishers in the form of review copies.




    This episode includes:


    ---Suggestion Box---
    We read off and respond to listener feedback. Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com


    5 Player Games:
    Cosmic Encounter,
    Imperial Assault,
    Power Grid,
    Battlestar Galactica,
    Viticulture,
    Kemet,
    Parks,
    For Sale,
    Dixit,
    Concordia,


    Cooperative Kids Games:
    Quirky Circuits,


    Word Based Games:
    Decrypto,


    ---Ask The Bellhop---
    Tonight, is our first AMA of 2020 and we are answering your question LIVE.


    Games we stuck with despite rough edges:
    Shafausa,


    Best game with the worst components:
    Primordial Soup,
    Dominant Species,


    Worst game with the best components:
    Wasteland Express Delivery Service,
    Labyrinth The Board Game,


    RPG Audio Dramas
    Streets of Avalon Actual Play,
    The Other Cast,


    Most replayability in a game:
    Gloomhaven,
    The Duke,
    Forbidden Lands,


    Mystery Games:
    Mysterium,
    Detective A Modern Crime Board Game,
    Deception Murder in Hong Kong,
    Watson & Holmes,
    221B Baker Street,
    Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures,
    How to Host A Murder Series,
    Letters from White Chapel,
    Deadbolt Mystery Society,
    Mystery House,


    ---Announcements---
    Newsletter:
    Sign up for our newsletter. Get weekly updates about everything going on at The Bellhop in your mail. https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com


    Patreon Update:
    We promised we would get it done by the end of January and we did. That’s right our Patreon has been completely updated and revised. There are a ton of new backer levels and reward tiers we expect people to be excited about. We run through all of the changes.


    The new and improved: Tabletop Bellhop Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


    ---The Game Room - ---
    A review of the A New Dynasty expansion for Imhotep.


    Get a copy of Imhotep on Amazon:
    Get a copy of A New Dynasty on Amazon:
    Written Review of Imhotep on the Blog:
    Written Review of A New Dynasty on the Blog:
    A New Dynasty Unboxing:


    ---The Bellhop's Tabletop---


    A look at what games hit our tabletops over the last week.


    Azul Summer Pavilion,
    Terraforming Mars,
    Terraforming Mars Turmoil,
    Gorinto,
    Gorus Maximus,
    Imhotep,
    Imhotep A New Dynasty,


    ---VIP Guest Shout Out---
    Head over to the Tabletop Bellhop Blog where you can read more about today’s topics and more.
    The Tabletop Bellhop Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com




    If you enjoyed the show be sure to tip The Bellhop at:
    patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


    Find us all over the web:


    Facebook www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
    Twitter Twitter.com/tabletopbellhop
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Can I Have a Word

    Can I Have a Word

    At Tabletop Bellhop we answer your game and game night questions, go "Ask The Bellhop" at https://tabletopbellhop.com/. Can I have a Word. Talking about great word games. Also a review of Sorcerer from White Wizard Games and a bunch of games in our week in review including Big Trouble In Little China, Terra Mystica, Gorinto, Azul Summer Pavilion, Go Cuckoo, Lost Cities Rivals and Imhotep.




    Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel


    This is the 75th episode of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, an edited version of our live show recorded on January 22nd, 2020. Join us as we stream live every week Wednesday’s at Nine P.M. Eastern: https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.


    Disclosure: Some links below are affiliate links. Using these links costs you nothing extra and we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of producing this show. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned in this podcast were provided by publishers in the form of review copies.




    This episode includes:


    ---Suggestion Box---
    We read off and respond to listener feedback. Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com


    Games for under $50
    Lords of Waterdeep,
    Terraforming Mars,
    Red 7,
    Shadowrun Beginner Box 5e Review,
    Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box,


    Best Licenced Games
    X-Wing,
    Imperial Assault,
    Dune,


    Great 5 Player Games:
    Dogs of War,
    Game of Thrones the Board Game,


    We would love an Apple Podcast Review,


    ---Ask The Bellhop---
    Today’s question comes from founding patron of the show Brian Kurtz,


    Are there any good word-based games out there besides Scrabble? In your opinion, is this even a category? Does it include word-guessing games like Taboo or Charades, or word-defining games like Balderdash?


    Scrabble,
    Upwords,
    Boggle,
    Quiddler,
    Tapple,
    Word on the Street,
    Kerfuddle,
    Bananagrams,
    Pictomania,
    Knit Wit,
    Hardback,
    Train of Thought,
    Codenames,
    Letter Tycoon,
    Just One,
    Letter Jam,
    Werewords,
    Trapwords,


    ---Announcements---
    Newsletter:
    Sign up for our newsletter. Get weekly updates about everything going on at The Bellhop in your mail. https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com


    End of Month AMA
    This year we will continue to have an AMA the last Wednesday of every month.
    Our next AMA will be January 29th


    Upcoming Giveaway
    We still haven’t received our copies of Medium to show up. We will be sure to let you know when this goes live.


    We Would Love Your Reviews
    It would be awesome if you took a moment to leave us a review wherever it is you get your podcasts!


    ---The Game Room - Sorcerer from White Wizard Games---
    A review of the dueling card game Sorcerer.


    Buy a copy of this game on Amazon and support The Bellhop:
    Written Review of Sorcerer on the Blog:
    Sorcerer Unboxing Video:
    Sorcerer Three Player Actual Play Video:


    ---The Bellhop's Tabletop---


    A look at what games hit our tabletops over the last week.


    Big Trouble in Little China,
    Legacy of Lo Pan Expansion,
    Terra Mystica,
    Gorinto,
    Azul Summer Pavilion,
    Lost Cities Rivals,
    Go Cuckoo,
    Imhotep,


    ---VIP Guest Shout Out---
    Head over to the Tabletop Bellhop Blog where you can read more about today’s topics and more.
    The Tabletop Bellhop Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com




    If you enjoyed the show be sure to tip The Bellhop at:
    patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


    Find us all over the web:


    Facebook www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
    Twitter Twitter.com/tabletopbellhop
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Missing in Action

    Missing in Action

    At Tabletop Bellhop we answer your game and game night questions, go "Ask The Bellhop" at https://tabletopbellhop.com/. Missing In Action - What to do when you are short a player or players. Also a review of the Escalation expansion for Eminent Domain, a first look at Gorinto and Sean gets Hogwarts Battle back to the table.




    Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel


    This is the 74th episode of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, an edited version of our live show recorded on January 15th, 2020. Join us as we stream live every week Wednesday’s at Nine P.M. Eastern: https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.


    Disclosure: Some links below are affiliate links. Using these links costs you nothing extra and we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of producing this show. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned in this podcast were provided by publishers in the form of review copies.




    This episode includes:


    ---Suggestion Box---
    We read off and respond to listener feedback. Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com


    Tile Laying Games:
    Infinite City,
    Neuroshima Hex,


    5 Player Games:
    Cosmic Encounter,
    El Grande,
    Medici,
    New Amsterdam,
    Quacks of Quedlinburg,
    Herb Witches,
    Santiago,
    Pax Pamir,
    Caverna,
    Tapestry,
    Struggle of Empires,
    Caylus,
    Princes of the Renaissance,


    Games under $50
    Powered By the Apocalypse RPGs


    ---Ask The Bellhop---
    What do you do when someone has to bail on game night, when one or more of the player’s can’t make it for illness or whatever reason?


    Sample RPG Social Contract:


    ---Announcements---
    Newsletter:
    Sign up for our newsletter. Get weekly updates about everything going on at The Bellhop in your mail. https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com


    End of Month AMA
    This year we will continue to have an AMA the last Wednesday of every month.
    Our next AMA will be January 29th


    Upcoming Giveaway
    We are going to be working with Greater Than Games to give away a few copies of their hot new game Medium. We’re still waiting for copies to show up so watch here for details.


    RPG & Co. Shout Out
    Thanks again to RPG & Co for the great work they did on our new logo and branding.
    Find their stuff at https://www.playrpgandco.com/


    ---The Game Room - Eminent Domain: Escalation---
    A review of the Escalation expansion for Eminent Domain.


    Buy a copy of this game on Amazon and support The Bellhop:


    Written Review of Eminent Domain: Escalation on our Blog:


    Unboxing Video of Escalation:


    Actual Play Video featuring Escalation:


    ---The Bellhop's Tabletop---


    A look at what games hit our tabletops over the last week.


    Gorinto,
    Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle,
    Hogwarts Monster Box of Monsters,


    ---VIP Guest Shout Out---
    Head over to the Tabletop Bellhop Blog where you can read more about today’s topics and more.
    The Tabletop Bellhop Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com




    If you enjoyed the show be sure to tip The Bellhop at:
    patreon.com/tabletopbellhop


    Find us all over the web:


    Facebook www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
    Twitter Twitter.com/tabletopbellhop
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    YouTube www.youtube.com/tabletopbellhop?sub_confirmation=1
    Twitch twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop
    MeWe

    • 1 hr 36 min

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