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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.

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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.

    Tabletop Terror

    Tabletop Terror

    Tabletop Terror - Best Horror Themed Games. A number of great games for playing on or around Halloween including a bunch of suggestions from The Lobby. Sticking to the theme we have reviews of the ALIEN RPG Starter Set and EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror. We diverge a bit in our week in review where we’ve got first thoughts on Chronicles of Crime 1400, Robotech Force of Arms and more.

    Episode 111 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded October 14th, 2020. Join us Wednesdays at Nine PM Eastern at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.

    If you enjoy the show consider tipping the Bellhop at: patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    More detailed show notes: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep111/

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    SUGGESTION BOX
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    ALIEN Starter Set Unboxing,
    Tales from the Loop Starter Set Unboxing,
    Flick Wars Video Review,
    18 of the Best Two Player Games You Can Get Right Now,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Sign up for our newsletter: https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com

    Tabletop Bellhop Merch!
    We now have a merch store on Stream Elements.

    Check it out: https://merch.streamelements.com/tabletopbellhop

    October AMA:
    We will be answering questions from our chatroom live on our next show, October 28th.

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    Tonight we have a question from Windsor local Sebastian Gaspar Woods who, earlier this year, won Best Short Script at the Underground Indie Film Festival for his horror/romance ghost story 'Hold Me Close’.

    Sebastian asks:
    “As of 2020, what do you consider the best horror games?”

    Horror Board Game Suggest for your Themed Game Night, https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/horror/

    Gastly Game Nights Podcast Ep 14. https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep014/

    Our Picks:
    Jaws, https://amzn.to/3johMJW
    Horrified, https://amzn.to/2Hu6ua3
    Nyctophobia, https://amzn.to/34pKSV4
    EXIT: The Haunted Roller Coaster, https://amzn.to/3kqvNZ3
    Scooby-Doo! Escape from the Haunted Mansion, https://amzn.to/2Hsi0Tg
    Mansions of Madness Second Edition, https://amzn.to/3oiPaWd
    Dead Man’s Cabal, https://amzn.to/37Aauk5
    Legendary Encounters Alien, https://amzn.to/2TlXGW8
    Tragedy Looper, https://amzn.to/3mhOfn0
    Ghost Stories, https://amzn.to/34mOgQr
    Sorcerer, https://amzn.to/34p2yjS
    Cthulhu Death May Die, https://amzn.to/3kBXLko
    Shaky Manor, https://amzn.to/35wCrXg
    Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, https://amzn.to/2HttQN9

    Honourable Mentions:
    Zombicide, https://amzn.to/3krmDLF
    King of Tokyo Halloween, https://amzn.to/3dUBlIA
    The Shining Escape from the Overlook Hotel, https://amzn.to/3m935we
    Arkham Horror The Card Game, https://amzn.to/2ToBpH6
    Chaos in the Old World, https://amzn.to/2FUozNP

    From The Lobby, our chatroom on Twitch,
    Cthulhu Wars, https://amzn.to/35rPtpd
    Dread, https://amzn.to/3jqz3lV
    Ten Candles, https://cavalrygames.com/ten-candles
    Eclipse Phase, https://amzn.to/31AFhtj
    Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition, https://amzn.to/3kr2eX4
    GURPS Horror, https://amzn.to/3jpph3p
    Letters from Whitechapel, https://amzn.to/2HsSyxc
    Eldritch Horror, https://amzn.to/37CGXGG
    Dead of Winter, https://amzn.to/35ntyzm
    Betrayal At Mystery Mansion, https://amzn.to/2FUVrGn
    Fury of Dracula, https://amzn.to/37AdIEd
    A Touch of Evil, https://amzn.to/2HvmkRG

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: ALIEN The Roleplaying Game Starter Set
    ALIEN RPG Starter Set Written Review:
    ALIEN RPG Starter Set Unboxing:
    Buy the ALIEN RPG Starter Set :

    THE GAME ROOM: EXIT: The Game The Catacombs of Horror
    EXIT: The Catacombs of HorrorWritten Review:
    Buy the EXIT: The Catacombs of Horror:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Cool gaming stuff we've been involved in over the last week:

    EXIT The Catacombs of Horror,
    Nyctophobia Vampire Encoun

    • 2 hrs 9 min
    What’s New for Two

    What’s New for Two

    What’s New for Two - The best newer two player board games. Tying into that we’ve got a review of one of the hottest new two player games out there right now, Watergate from Capstone Games. In our week in review we continue our Jaws of the Lion campaign, discuss some 7 Wonders, Clans of Caledonia, Terra Mystica and Rallyman GT online, and I convince Deanna to try For the Queen, a pass the stick style indie RPG.

    Episode 110 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded October 7th, 2020. Join us Wednesdays at Nine PM Eastern at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.

    If you enjoy the show consider tipping the Bellhop at: patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    More detailed show notes: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep110/

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com

    Gloomhaven Actual Play Videos,

    Founders of Gloomhaven Unboxing,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Sign up for our newsletter: https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com

    Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Winner:
    Congratulations Kevin Criswell

    Tabletop Bellhop Merch!
    We now have a merch store on Stream Elements. Find Bellhop Bell shirts, mugs, mouse pads and more.

    Check it out: https://merch.streamelements.com/tabletopbellhop

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    Tonight we are looking at the best two player games to be released in the last three years based on a question from Willie Waldman who writes:

    “My girlfriend and I are getting into gaming. I would like to know some of the games you think are the most fun for 2 players. Any category. Any size. Any type. We play at home. We are new to this so any help would be appreciated.”

    Previous two player game content:
    2 Fast 2 Furious Ep 81.
    27 Quick, Easy to Learn, Fun, Two Player Board Games,

    It Takes Two Ep 70,
    The Best Two Player Cooperative Games,

    Two to Tango Ep 19,
    Some of the Best Two Player Board Games for Date Night,

    Ready Player Two Ep 3,
    What are Some Good Two Player games?

    The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game 2019 Core Set,
    The Fox in the Forest Duet,
    The Fox in the Forest,
    Keyforge,
    King Me!
    Star Wars X-Wing Second Edition,
    Warhammer Underworlds,
    Codenames Duet,
    Shobu,
    Ticket to Ride New York,
    EXIT The Haunted Roller Coaster,
    Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion,

    Honourable Mentions:
    Undaunted Normandy,
    Watergate,
    Command & Colours Medieval,

    Sean’s Picks:
    Gorinto,
    Unmatched,
    Funkoverse Games,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Watergate
    Watergate Written Review:
    Watergate Unboxing:
    Buy Watergate:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Cool gaming stuff we've been involved in over the last week:
    Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion,
    Terra Mystica,
    7 Wonders New Edition,
    Clans of Caledonia,
    Rallyman GT,
    Watergate,
    Pathfinder Adventure Card Game 2019 Core Set,
    For The Queen,

    FIND US:
    Webpage: https://tabletopbellhop.com/
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
    Twitter: twitter.com/tabletopbellhop
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tabletopbellhop/
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    Twitch: twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    • 1 hr 27 min
    End of Summer AMA

    End of Summer AMA

    End of Summer AMA, Tabletop Transitions. Discussion topics include going back to earlier editions of D&D for players who really like min/maxing, transitioning from competitive games to cooperative ones, swapping from blogging to podcasting, RPG systems we did not enjoy, the shift to online gaming, and success in content creation. Sticking with the theme we take a looking back at Azul Summer Pavilion and look forward to spooky season with a review of Scooby-Doo! Escape from the Haunted Roller Coaster. Finally some early and disappointing thoughts on CO2 Second Chance and Watergate. I also got a chance to play Welly Can Land a rather amusing beer-based board game and Unlabeled another beer-based game we recently reviewed.

    Episode 109 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded September 23rd, 2020. Join us Wednesdays at Nine PM Eastern at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.

    If you enjoy the show consider tipping the Bellhop at: patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    More detailed show notes: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep109/

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com

    Games with little to no physical contact,
    Catan Universe,
    Disney Villainous,

    13 Ways Board Game Designers Can Make Game Easier,

    Our Gloomhaven FAQ Video,

    Unlabeled written review,
    Unlabeled review video,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Sign up for our newsletter: https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com

    New and improved video content:
    We’ve made a lot of technical improvements to our recent video content. Check it out:
    Unboxing Videos,
    Actual Plays,

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    It is the last Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for another Tabletop Bellhop AMA, where we will be answering questions from the fine folk in our chatroom The Lobby.

    Topics:
    Shifting back to D&D 3.5 or to Pathfinder from 5e for players who really like customizing characters.

    Suggestions for getting a player to shift from competitive games to cooperative games.

    The move from blogging to podcasting.

    RPG systems or settings we didn’t enjoy.

    Shifting from physical gaming to digital.

    Success creating content about games vs. making games or publishing games.

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Azul Summer Pavilion
    Azul Summer Pavilion Written Review:
    Azul Summer Pavilion Unboxing:
    Buy Azul Summer Pavilion:

    THE GAME ROOM: Scooby-Doo! Escape from the Haunted Mansion
    Scooby-Doo! Escape from the Haunted Mansion Written Review,
    Scooby-Doo! Escape from the Haunted Mansion Unboxing,
    Buy a copy of Scooby-Doo! Escape from the Haunted Mansion,

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Cool gaming stuff we've been involved in over the last week:
    Welly Can Land,
    Unlabeled,
    CO2 Second Chance,
    Watergate,

    FIND US:
    Webpage: https://tabletopbellhop.com/
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
    Twitter: twitter.com/tabletopbellhop
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tabletopbellhop/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/tabletopbellhop?sub_confirmation=1
    Twitch: twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    • 2 hrs 22 min
    Pints & Pawns

    Pints & Pawns

    Pints & Pawns - Mixing beverages with your board games and RPGs. Sticking with the theme of beverages and board games we have reviews of Unlabeled The Blind Beer Tasting Game and Vinhos Deluxe Edition a game about making wine in Portugal. In the week in review we have some digital gaming with a Patreon patron and our first thoughts on Ratuki from The Op.

    Episode 108 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded September 23rd, 2020. Join us Wednesdays at Nine PM Eastern at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.

    If you enjoy the show consider tipping the Bellhop at: patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    More detailed show notes: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep108/

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com

    Games that were easier than expected:
    15 Surprisingly Easy Board Games,
    Scoville,
    Dragonsgate College,
    Clank!,
    Viticulture,
    Terraforming Mars,
    Mage Knight,
    Scythe,
    Robinson Crusoe,
    Twilight Imperium 4th Edition,

    Flick Wars Review on YouTube,

    Animal Empire Review on YouTube,

    Tales from The Loop Starter Set Review,

    Orleans Trade & Intrigue Review on YouTube,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Sign up for our newsletter: https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com

    End of September AMA:
    September 30th we will be answering questions from our chatroom live. Be sure to join us on Twitch for our next AMA.

    Hogwarts Battle Giveaway!
    Almost out of time to enter! This giveaway ends on September 30th.

    Enter here!

    LOBBY CHECK IN

    Join us live at 9pm Eastern every Wednesday at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop and take part in The Lobby our chatroom.

    Heroquest on Pulse,

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    Since we started collecting your questions we have gotten a handful of questions related to adding beverages to your tabletop game night.

    For example these questions from Emmit OBrian who wrote:
    "What are your suggestions for adult beverages on a beer and pretzel game night?”

    and

    “What are your rules for beverages on game night? I have banned blue soda from my games because for some mystical reason blue soda always gets knocked over."

    Or this question from Michael Hutchinson “How do you deal with the gamer that has a few too many drinks but you really like that person?”

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Unlabeled the Blind Beer Tasting Game

    Unlabeled Written Review:
    Buy Unlabeled:

    THE GAME ROOM: Vinhos Deluxe

    Vinhos Deluxe Written Review,
    Vinhos Deluxe Unboxing,
    Buy a copy of Vinhos Deluxe,

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Cool gaming stuff we've been involved in over the last week:

    7 Wonders New Edition,
    7 Wonders on BGA,
    Quoridor,
    Quorido on BGA,
    Ratuki,

    FIND US:
    Webpage: https://tabletopbellhop.com/
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
    Twitter: twitter.com/tabletopbellhop
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    Twitch: twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Keep it Simple

    Keep it Simple

    Keep it Simple - Ways board game designers make their games easier to learn and teach. A follow up to last week’s topic where we highlighted 15 heavier games that are easier to learn and play than you might think. In the Game Room we have reviews of the Animal Empire an anthropomorphic empire building card game and the Tales from The Loop Starter Set from Free League Publishing

    Episode 107 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded September 16th, 2020. Join us Wednesdays at Nine PM Eastern at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.

    If you enjoy the show consider tipping the Bellhop at: patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    More detailed show notes: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep107/

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com

    RPG Artifacts Article,

    Sanctum Review,

    Animal Empire Unboxing,

    Tales from the Loop Starter Set Unboxing,

    Breakdancing Meeples Review,

    EXIT: The Game The Haunted Roller Coaster Review,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Sign up for our newsletter: https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com

    End of September AMA:
    September 30th we will be answering questions from our chatroom live. Be sure to join us on Twitch for our next AMA.

    Hogwarts Battle Giveaway!

    Enter here!

    Gorinto Winner:
    Congratulations Ronald M from IL

    LOBBY CHECK IN

    Join us live at 9pm Eastern every Wednesday at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop and take part in The Lobby our chatroom.

    Web Captioner,
    D20 Monkey by Brian Patterson,

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    This week we are talking about things that designers can do to make their games easier to play and learn.

    Links:
    15 Surprisingly Easy Board Games,
    What to do when you have a bad rulebook,
    Ian O’Toole,
    The 6 Zones of Play,
    Ludology Podcast The 6 Zones of Play,
    Gloomhaven Helper App,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Animal Empire

    Animal Empire Written Review:
    Animal Empire Unboxing:
    Buy Animal Empire:

    THE GAME ROOM: Tales from the Loop Starter Set

    Tales from the Loop Starter Set Written Review:
    Tales from the Loop Starter Set Unboxing:
    Buy a copy of the Tales from the Loop Starter Set:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Cool gaming stuff we've been involved in over the last week:

    Animal Empire,
    Vinhos Deluxe, https://amzn.to/3mBaghC

    FIND US:
    Webpage: https://tabletopbellhop.com/
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
    Twitter: twitter.com/tabletopbellhop
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tabletopbellhop/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/tabletopbellhop?sub_confirmation=1
    Twitch: twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Surprisingly Easy Board Games

    Surprisingly Easy Board Games

    Surprisingly Easy Board Games - Heavy games that are surprisingly easy to teach and learn, a follow up to our topic from a few weeks back where we talked about surprisingly complex games.Today we are looking at the flip side of the coin. Once we get to The Game Room we will be looking at Trade & Intrigue, the second expansion for Orleans featuring four optional modules, and Flick Wars, a dexterity based strategy wargame, plus of course we end with our usual week in review.

    Episode 106 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded September 9th, 2020. Join us Wednesdays at Nine PM Eastern at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.

    If you enjoy the show consider tipping the Bellhop at: patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    More detailed show notes: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep106/

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Some games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com

    Tech at the Table Article,

    Talisman Batman Review,

    878 Vikings Unboxing,

    Animal Empire Unboxing,

    [Jaws of the Lion Review on BGG]](https://boardgamegeek.com/video/280265/gloomhaven-jaws-lion/how-gloomhaven-jaws-lion-different-gloomhaven-what)

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Sign up for our newsletter: https://newsletter.tabletopbellhop.com

    End of September AMA:
    September 30th we will be answering questions from our chatroom live. Be sure to join us on Twitch for our next AMA.

    YouTube Partner Giveaway!
    We finally hit partner status on YouTube, to celebrate we are giving away one of Sean’s favourite games to play with his family: Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle.

    Enter here!

    LOBBY CHECK IN

    Join us live at 9pm Eastern every Wednesday at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop and take part in The Lobby our chatroom.

    ThePhrank on YouTube,
    The_Phrank on Twitch,

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    Tonight’s topic comes from Dan Walker who asked:
    “Looking for suggestions on games that seem heavier than they actually are?”

    Links:
    Anachrony,
    Raiders of the North Sea,
    Orleans,
    Tzolk'in,
    Brass Lancashire,
    Pulsar 2849,
    The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game,
    Agricola,
    Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion,
    Strasbourg,
    Power Grid,
    Steam,

    Honourable Mentions:
    Concordia,
    Teotihuacan,
    Keyflower,

    From The Lobby:
    Notre Dame,
    In The Year of the Dragon,
    Vinhos Deluxe,
    Hansa Teutonica,
    Jorvik,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Orleans Trade & Intrigue

    Orleans Trade & Intrigue Written Review:
    Trade & Intrigue Unboxing:
    Buy the Trade & Intrigue Expansion for Orleans:
    Buy a copy of Orleans:

    THE GAME ROOM: Flick Wars

    Flick Wars Written Review:
    Flick Wars Unboxing:
    Buy a copy of Flick Wars:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Cool gaming stuff we've been involved in over the last week:

    Orleans Trade & Intrigue, https://amzn.to/33kzIiP
    Flick Wars, https://www.printplaygames.com/product/flick-wars/

    FIND US:
    Webpage: https://tabletopbellhop.com/
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/tabletopbellhop/
    Twitter: twitter.com/tabletopbellhop
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tabletopbellhop/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/tabletopbellhop?sub_confirmation=1
    Twitch: twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    • 1 hr 40 min

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