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Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Tabletop Bellhop

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    • 4.3 • 11 Ratings

Love board games? Let's talk boardgames, lots of board gaming (and a few RPGs). Tabletop Bellhop, your cardboard concierge, is here to answer your gaming and game night questions, helping you make your game nights better with tabletop game reviews and advice.

    Clickbait Board Games

    Clickbait Board Games

    Welcome to Clickbait Board Games: How to avoid mismatched expectations when choosing games.

    This episode we talk about how not to be fooled by a game and how to make sure you get what you expect in the box. Then we get into what we’ve been playing lately, which features a mix of new and old games.

    Plus we have three featured reviews, Caution Signs, Shadow Ninjas and The Hornhelm expansion for Cartographers.

    Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 248, was recorded on July 10th, 2024. Join us live when we record on Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    If you enjoy the show, tip the Bellhop at: https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    Detailed show notes, including links to all of the games we talk about, can be found at: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode248

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.


    (00:00:00) Checking In
    (00:01:48) Ask The Bellhop
    (00:42:15) A Word From Our Sponsor:
    Pick up Ahau: Rulers of Yucatán at its new reduced price at GenCon booth 2838.
    Can’t make it to GenCon, get it direct from Grand Gamers Guild where you can use our code BELLHOP to save 10%
    https://grandgamersguild.com/collections/ahau

    (00:43:32) Announcements:
    No show July 16th. It’s Prime Day! Check out https://tabletopbellhop.com/prime/
    July 20th is The Summoning https://www.start.gg/tournament/the-summoning-2024/details
    July 25th Brews & Board Games at the Walkerville Brewery https://www.walkervillebrewery.com/events/bandbg-july
    No show August 14th

    (00:45:22) The Bellhop's Tabletop
    (00:55:14) The Game Room - Caution Signs
    Highlights from Origins 2024 https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep246/
    Pick it up on Amazon in the US https://amzn.to/4d1UPZu, Canada https://amzn.to/4d4ulXh or UK https://amzn.to/3zJqqRj
    Learn about Wacky Wizard Games https://www.wisewizardgames.com/wacky-wizard-games-press-release/

    (01:05:29) The Game Room - Shadow Ninjas
    Pick it up on Amazon in the US https://amzn.to/3xLuTSY, Canada https://amzn.to/4bL9siw, UK https://amzn.to/463Bp44
    The Outset Media Amazon US Store https://amzn.to/3zIGId6
    Our other Outset Media Reviews https://tabletopbellhop.com/search/?q=outset

    (01:16:40) The Game Room - Map Pack 6 – Hornhelm: Wasteland Market
    Our Cartographers Heroes Review on YouTube https://youtu.be/ww6dorYOIXI
    Cartographers Heroes on the Blog https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/cartographers-heroes/
    Pick up Hornhelm on Amazon US https://amzn.to/467Qu4r or Canada https://amzn.to/4d3team
    Check out Thunderworks Games other offerings https://thunderworksgames.com/

    (01:28:20) Closing the Doors


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Managing the Mess

    Managing the Mess

    Welcome to Managing the Mess, board games that need better box inserts.

    Besides each of us sharing five games we think need a component control upgrade we also have a lot of game plays to talk about including many first time plays of some of the hotness we brought back from Origins.

    As for reviews, we’ve got three: Guild Academies of Valeria from Daily Magic Games, Sentinels of Earth Prime from Green Ronin, and Panda Royale from Level Up Games

    Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 247, was recorded on July 3rd, 2024. Join us live on Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    Detailed show notes with links to everything we talk about: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode247

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    (00:00:00) Checking in
    (00:01:49) Ask The Bellhop
    (00:41:04) A Word from our Sponsor
    (00:42:46) The Bellhop's Tabletop

    (01:09:11) The Game Room - Guild Academies of Valeria
    Unboxing Video https://youtu.be/2V2Hy31zUS8
    Pick it up on Amazon in the US https://amzn.to/4crcTML or Canada https://amzn.to/4csuGTL
    Check out our other Valeria reviews on the blog https://tabletopbellhop.com/search/?q=valeria
    The Tabletop Bellhop Discord https://discord.tabletopbellhop.com/

    (01:26:19) The Game Room - Sentinels of Earth-Prime
    Pick it up on Amazon in the US https://amzn.to/3RS7m9F or Canada https://amzn.to/3RVF3Ht
    Or head to Green Ronin where they have the base game and all the expansions:
    https://greenroninstore.com/collections/sentinels-of-earth-prime
    Check out the Sentinels of the Multiverse series of games https://greaterthangames.com/product/sentinels-of-the-multiverse-definitive-edition/

    (01:45:15) The Game Room - Panda Royale
    Pick it up on Amazon Canada https://amzn.to/3RVF3Ht
    Or grab it directly from Last Night Games https://lastnightgames.com/games/panda-royale.html
    Check out Last Night Game’s other games https://lastnightgames.com/games.html

    (01:58:39) End of Shift

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    • 2 hr
    Highlights from Origins 2024

    Highlights from Origins 2024

    Welcome to a special episode of The Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, Highlights from Origins 2024
    A day by day breakdown of Origins Game Fair 2024 with a focus on the games we played and are hyped about.

    We will be back answering your gaming and game night questions next week!

    Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 246, was recorded on June 26th, 2024. Join us live on Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.

    If you enjoy the show, tip the Bellhop at: https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    Detailed show notes: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode246

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.


    (00:00:00) Checking in
    (00:01:33) Ask the Bellhop
    (00:06:45) Origins Game Fair - Day 1
    (00:36:13) Origins Game Fair - Day 2
    (01:25:31) A Word From Our Sponsor:

    La Familia Hort https://grandgamersguild.com/products/la-familia-hort (use BELLHOP to save 10%)

    Help out Grand Gamers Guild by giving their games a thumbs up on the BGG GenCon Preview list https://boardgamegeek.com/geekpreview/67/gen-con-2024-preview

    (01:26:45) Origins Game Fair - Day 3
    (01:55:24) Origins Game Fair - Day 4
    (02:36:50) Origins Game Fair - Day 5
    (02:48:26) Closing the Doors


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    • 2 hr 50 min
    What Makes a Game a Game?

    What Makes a Game a Game?

    We discuss what defines a game to us. Then we talk about what games we’ve been playing including Mare Nostrum Empires, Robot Quest Arena, and first plays of both Sentinels of Earth Prime and Words of a Feather.

    We’ve got some big announcements, including our first ever Origins meet up, a little award we’ve been nominated for, and some upcoming local events.

    We finish up with two reviews: Robot Quest Arena from Wise Wizard Games followed by Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game from Genius Games.

    Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 245, was recorded on June 12th, 2024. Join us live on Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    Full show notes with links can be found here: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode245

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    (00:00:00) Checking In
    (00:01:54) Ask The Bellhop
    (00:21:45) A Word From Our Sponsor:
    The 4th of July is coming up so why not pick up The Independence Incident from The Holiday Hijinks series.
    Pick it up on its own or in a bundle with The Kringle Caper and The Pumpkin Problem.

    Head to https://grandgamersguild.com/collections/holiday-hijinks and be sure to use BELLHOP to save 10%

    (00:22:47) Announcements
    (00:26:20) The Bellhop's Tabletop
    (00:49:09) The Game Room - Robot Quest Arena 
    Buy Robot Quest Arena https://amzn.to/3zdieZ1
    Check out other Wise Wizard Games’ Games https://amzn.to/3KKlMEL
    Our other Wise Wizard Games reviews https://tabletopbellhop.com/search/?q=wise%20wizard%20games

    (01:08:19) The Game Room - Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game
    Pick up Cytosis on Amazon https://amzn.to/4bYURRv
    Or get it directly from Genius Games https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1621120

    (01:24:11) Closing the Doors

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    One Game to Rule Them All

    One Game to Rule Them All

    This episode is all about fantasy games. We share our favourite fantasy board games and have three fantasy game reviews. Learn what we thought of the core book for The One Ring Roleplaying in the world of The Lord of the Rings, EXIT The Game: The Lord of the Rings, Shadows over Middle-Earth and Tír na nÓg from Grand Gamers Guild.

    We also talk about the games we’ve been playing lately, including first thoughts on Mare Nostrum Empires, Robot Quest Arena, and Oros.

    Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 244, was recorded on June 5th, 2024. Join us live on Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    Full show notes with links can be found here: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode244

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    (00:00:00) Checking In
    (00:02:00) Ask The Bellhop - Our favourite fantasy board games
    (00:47:32) A Word From Our Sponsor:

    There’s a new Holiday Hijinks Game.
    Get The Marriage Mix-Up at Origins or direct from Grand Gamers Guild where you can use BELLHOP to save 10% https://grandgamersguild.com/products/the-marriage-mix-up

    (00:48:32) Announcements
    (00:50:35) The Bellhop's Tabletop
    (01:10:59) The Game Room - The One Ring Core Rulebook
    Check out our The One Ring Starter Set Review:
    Written https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/the-one-ring-starter-set/
    YouTube https://youtu.be/u_06Mb1xwqk
    Pick up a print copy of The One Ring Hardcover: https://amzn.to/45l0zdS
    Grab the PDF
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/370267/the-one-ring-core-rules?affiliate_id=164999
    Check out Free Leagues other great games:
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/publisher/11437/free-league-publishing?affiliate_id=164999

    (01:31:34) The Game Room - EXIT: The Lord of the Rings
    Unboxing https://youtu.be/JdrdSMln_-I
    Pick it up https://amzn.to/3VhnYbJ
    Visit the Thames & KOSMOS store on Amazon https://amzn.to/3KiVkSr
    Our other EXIT The Game reviews https://tabletopbellhop.com/search/?q=exit

    (01:42:50) The Game Room - Tír na nÓg
    Unboxing https://www.instagram.com/tabletopbellhop/reel/C6mSPjBuVgy/
    Pick up Tír na nÓg (use BELLHOP and save 10%) https://grandgamersguild.com/collections/tir-na-nog
    Check out Grand Gamers Guild’s other games https://grandgamersguild.com/discount/BELLHOP

    (01:57:33) Closing the Doors

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    • 1 hr 59 min
    The Classics

    The Classics

    We answer a question about our favourite classic games, starting off with a bit of a debate about what makes a game classic.

    That is followed by a short talk about the games we’ve been playing. Then we wrap up with a trio of reviews, including Dragon Dice, a classic TSR game that’s still going strong thanks to a new publisher, Targi from KOSMOS, which harkens back to 2012, and the dice-building game KAPOW! from Wize Wizard Games.

    Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 243, was recorded on May 22nd, 2024. Join us live on Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    If you enjoy the show, tip the Bellhop at: https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    Detailed show notes: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode243

    Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.
    Games mentioned may be review copies provided by publishers.

    (00:00:00) Checking in
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    (00:57:51) A Word From Our Sponsor:

    Check out Endangered Rescue #1 Galapagos Penguins. grandgamersguild.com/products/endangered-rescue-galapagos-penguins

    Preorder and use code ORIGINS to pick up a copy at the con at booth 1233 or you can instead use code BELLHOP to save 10% on your shipped order.
    Help out our sponsor by giving their games a thumbs up on the Origins preview list:
    https://boardgamegeek.com/geekpreview/66/origins-game-fair-2024-preview

    (00:59:24) The Bellhop's Tabletop
    (01:04:37) The Game Room - Review of Dragon Dice 2 Player Starter Set Firewalker Vs. Treefolk
    Unboxing https://youtu.be/XOcEG2sb6UI
    Pick up this starter https://sfr-inc.com/ocart3/index.php
    Make your own two faction starter https://sfr-inc.com/ocart3/index.php

    (01:29:31) The Game Room - Review of Targi
    Pick up a copy https://amzn.to/3Kki9VM
    Visit the Thames & KOSMOS store on Amazon https://amzn.to/3KiVkSr
    Other great date night games

    (01:43:53) The Game Room - Review of KAPOW!
    Unboxing https://youtu.be/bWSTJULQjqI
    Pick up KAPOW! Volume 1 https://amzn.to/4bSmFXt
    Pick up KAPOW! Volume 2 https://amzn.to/4bTlgQu
    Other great games from Wise Wizard https://www.wisewizardgames.com/

    (02:06:46) Closing the Doors

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    • 2 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

10Napkins ,

Informative

Very informative and entertaining! A must-listen for fans of tabletop games.

BYU-Fan ,

Great boardgame information

They have a great podcast! They can be found on so many platforms and send out an email with updates. Really good insight into the boat gaming hobby

donnadb ,

Focus on gaming experience makes this show unique

Lots of tabletop podcasts out there, but what I appreciate about Moe and Sean is their mission to improve your gaming experience. It’s not just about reviews or interviews (although there are those). The hosts are dialed in on making sure you and your group have fun. They talk about marching games to the group and situation, organizing and hosting, gaming in public, and avoiding (or handling) issues. An essential companion to the podcasts about design and mechanics, because it puts those discussions in the context of real-world play cultures. Hosts are friendly and chatty, but very well prepared — they do their research and deliver lots of organized and useful info.

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