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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 Bellhop Gaming Podcast Moe Tousignant

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    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

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.

    Board Game Tournaments

    Board Game Tournaments

    Board Game Tournaments. We discuss and give details about what we think is the best board game tournament format, the Great Canadian Board Game Blitz. This is followed by a couple of previews. First up Sean’s gives us the rundown on Blood Bowl III, a new digital version of the Games Workshop fantasy football game. Then Moe’s got a review for a prototype copy of Battle of GOG. We finish up with a week in review that includes more GOG, more Blood Bowl,and a digital game of Aventuria Adventure Card Game.

    Episode 136, recorded June 10th, 2021. 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/ep135/

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

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com

    25 of the best board games for when you have exactly five players:
    On the Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/five-player-games/
    Tabletop Five-O Podcast Episode: https://youtu.be/JOCITu-sxFQ
    Ponzi Scheme, https://amzn.to/3pJ9TDP

    What is a Train Game?
    Trainspotting Podcast Episode: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep131/
    What is a Train Game Podcast Segment: https://youtu.be/5OaaUNRyYwg

    Next Step from Ticket to Ride:
    25 Next Step Train Games on the Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/next-step-after-ticket-to-ride/
    Podcast segment on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0_Fmz5CQQdg
    Isle of Trains, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/154906/isle-trains

    Tile laying games:
    Resistance is Fu-Tile Podcast Episode: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep040/
    On YouTube: https://youtu.be/UqxVHSsVTKI
    Alhambra, https://amzn.to/3zvTozw

    Top 10 of the Top 1000
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/hqsTv10DQuA

    Aventuria Adventure Card Game
    Aventuria Review on the Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/aventuria/
    Aventuria Review on Youtube: https://youtu.be/ZJN7iqWz_LI

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    New Show!

    Join us Sunday afternoons at noon Eastern on our Twitch channel for Sunday Brunch with the Bellhop.

    ASK THE BELLHOP

    Tonight we’ve got a question from Tabletop Bellhop patron Courtney Jackson who asks:

    "I have a small group of about 10 or 12 that game with us weekly. We are considering hosting a small board game tournament and are wondering,


    How to choose the game/games for the tournament?
    How to do the draw so the same people aren't sitting at the same table the whole time?
    Would it be better to.do a league style tournament where everyone meets weekly or bi-weekly and earn points over the course of several meets?"

    A Look at Competition at the Game Table, https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/competition/
    The Great Canadian Board Game Blitz Webpage, http://www.gcbgb.ca/
    Fan Expo Canada, https://fanexpohq.com/fanexpocanada/
    Board Game Geek, https://boardgamegeek.com/
    Esoteric Order of Gamers, https://www.orderofgamers.com/
    5 Round Blitz Scoresheets, http://www.gcbgb.ca/scoresheet.pdf
    The original Great Canadian Board Game Blitz Rules, http://www.gcbgb.ca/rules.pdf
    Chwazi, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tendadigital.chwaziApp&hl=en_CA&gl=US
    Watch It Played, https://www.youtube.com/user/watchitplayed
    Rhado, https://www.youtube.com/user/rahdo
    Gaming Rules, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvIWBOfYGXYQQQORhjAJKCQ
    Extra Life Board Game Blitz Wrap up, https://tabletopbellhop.com/playing-tabletop-games/extra-life-board-game-blitz/
    Join our Extra Life Team! https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=56573

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE BELLHOPS DIGITAL TABLETOP: Blood Bowl III Closed Beta
    Blood Bowl III on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1016950/Blood_Bowl_3/

    THE GAME

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Roll and Move - Is it really that terrible?

    Roll and Move - Is it really that terrible?

    Roll and Move. Is it really that terrible? What is a roll and move game, why do people hate on them and what are some actually good roll and move games? This is followed by two Aventuria Adventure Card Game Reviews, Master Tailor’s Poltergeists and Arsenal of Heroes. We also share our initial thoughts on the Battle of GOG prototype.

    Episode 135, recorded June 2nd, 2021. 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/ep135/

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

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com

    Rail Pass Review:
    Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/rail-pass/
    Youtube: https://youtu.be/4qSy0GXFAHQ

    A Little Wordy Review
    Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/little-wordy/
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/e0kSRGlw2vQ

    Magical Kitties Save The Day Review:
    Blog: https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/magical-kitties-save-the-day/
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/4iQx-ZKCcoM

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    We announce the winner of our Ticket to Ride giveaway.
    Congratulations Mikhail!

    ASK THE BELLHOP

    Tonight we’ve got a question from local game designer and Tabletop Bellhop Patreon patron Roger Meloche who writes:

    "Hey Moe and Sean, I’m really enjoying your show. Thank you for the occasional mention of my “Not Ready for Prime Time” games.

    I have a question for you.

    What’s so bad about “Roll and Move”. Backgammon is a roll and move game. If it’s played at a fast pace, for stakes (2 bits a point) and the doubling cube is used, it can be a very intense and exciting game.

    Just because this mechanism was employed very poorly in the past doesn’t mean it’s bad. I believe it’s getting a bad rap because of the lack of player decisions, and lack of ways to mitigate poor dice rolls in games like monopoly and snakes and ladders.

    I’m currently working on a roll and move game with many tactical and strategic decisions. Are there any other roll and move games that you know of which use this mechanism effectively?"

    Our favourite Roll and Move Games:
    Xia Legends of a Drift System, https://amzn.to/3cffwE8
    Camel Up, https://amzn.to/3vVphiu
    Formula D, https://amzn.to/3yXhP8J
    Merchant of Venus, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/131646/merchant-venus-second-edition
    Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, https://amzn.to/3fRKww2
    Talisman, https://amzn.to/3vV1UWn
    Basari, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/14/basari
    Monza, https://amzn.to/3pkV2iL
    Viva Topo, https://amzn.to/34Oy8qp
    Rattlebones, https://amzn.to/3pohGGX
    Long Shot, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/40237/long-shot
    Thunder Road, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/804/thunder-road

    Honourable Mentions:
    Rallyman GT, https://amzn.to/3wWxDXf
    Jamaica, https://amzn.to/3fNSYfT
    Deep Sea Adventure, https://www.nobleknight.com/P/2147686522/Deep-Sea-Adventure?awid=1091

    THE LOBBY CHECK IN
    Can’t Stop, https://amzn.to/3fWDZQY
    Rat Race, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4479/ratrace
    Heroquest, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/699/heroquest

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Aventuria: Master Tailor’s Poltergeists
    Written Review on the blog, https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/master-tailors-poltergeists/
    Unboxing Video, https://youtu.be/kC876tFm17Q

    THE GAME ROOM: Aventuria: Arsenal of Heroes
    Written Review on the blog, https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/aventuria-arsenal-of-heroes/
    Unboxing Video, https://youtu.be/m7lXdeXGEhU
    Buy Aventuria from Amazon (affiliate link), https://amzn.to/2SWNTZJ

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Aventuria Adventure Card Game, https://amzn.to/3yM95Ce
    The Crew, https://amzn.to/3pydLYl
    Battle of

    • 2 hr 12 min
    Top 10 of 1000

    Top 10 of 1000

    Top 10 of 1000, an interesting take on our favourite games from the BGG top 1000 board games followed by a detailed review of our latest obsession, the Aventuria Adventure Card Game.

    Episode 134, recorded May 26th, 2021. 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/ep134/

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

    INTRO

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com

    Dice Trays and Dice Towers:
    Ask the Bellhop segment on Youtube: https://youtu.be/_l9_4QaqEck
    Full episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JPr7tf0T98M
    All Rolled Up, https://www.allrolledup.co.uk/

    Trapwords Unboxing, https://youtu.be/oSYgN79UxJc

    Open Play Learn Review on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=110838567774966&story_fbid=110850601107096
    The Tabletop Bellhop Patreon, https://www.patreon.com/tabletopbellhop

    Gorinto, https://amzn.to/2SyiKvv

    ASK THE BELLHOP

    We go through the top 1000 games on Board Game Geek and pick out our favourites.

    Inspired by the Board Game Blitz podcast, we made this list by looking at the games ranked between 901 and 1000 on Board Game Geek and picking our favourite game from that group. Then we looked at 801 to 900 and picked the best game in that group and so on up to the top 100.

    Board Game Blitz, http://www.boardgameblitz.com/

    Moe’s top 10:


    Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, https://amzn.to/3p04msd
    Black Fleet, https://amzn.to/3fVWGmu
    Core Worlds, https://amzn.to/3uA02AZ
    Saint Petersburg, https://amzn.to/3wMKvPT
    The Duke, https://amzn.to/2SFJz0Y
    Egizia, https://amzn.to/3fyFd4Q
    Pitchcar, https://amzn.to/3yKV0Vv
    Alien Frontiers, https://amzn.to/3uyQndK
    Shogun, https://amzn.to/2RYFiWa
    Terraforming Mars, https://amzn.to/2ThsbQf

    Sean’s top 10:


    Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, https://amzn.to/3p04msd
    Ticket to Ride New York, https://amzn.to/3oZlgHo
    Can’t Stop, https://amzn.to/2SCjqjt
    Cribbage, https://amzn.to/2R3Pyfz
    Valeria Card Kingdoms, https://amzn.to/3hZBYET
    Imhotep, https://www.gamenerdz.com/imhotep-builder-of-egypt?aff=85
    Azul Stained Glass of Sintra, https://www.gamenerdz.com/azul-stained-glass-of-sintra?aff=85
    Pulsar 2849, https://amzn.to/34AGUYR
    Xia, Legends of a Drift System, https://amzn.to/3p1x63C
    Clank A Deck-Building Adventure, https://amzn.to/2R4GFCv

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Aventuria Adventure Card Game
    Written Review on the blog, https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/aventuria/
    Unboxing Video, https://youtu.be/2Lx_6Jkk_pc
    Buy Aventuria from Amazon and support the Bellhop, https://amzn.to/2RYGo4e

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Aventuria Adventure Card Game, https://amzn.to/3yM95Ce

    PATREON SHOUT OUT AND OUTRO

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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Rollin’

    Rollin’

    Rollin’ - We tackle a question about dice trays and towers. We talk about whether we use them or not and deep dive into why you may want them or why not and what to look for if you do choose to buy one. Then I’ve got a review of a fantastic family friendly RPG, Magical Kitties Save The Day. Finally, I’ve got some initial thoughts on the Aventuria Adventure Card Game.

    Episode 133, recorded May 19th, 2021. 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/ep133/

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

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com

    Rainy Day AMA:
    Show Notes:

    Episode on YouTube:

    Invid Invasion Review:
    On the blog:
    On YouTube:

    Next Step Train Games from Ticket to Ride:
    Ask the Bellhop Segment on YouTube:
    Show notes for the full episode:
    Steam Over Holland,
    18EU
    Iron Dragon,

    Magical Kitties Save the Day Unboxing:

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    Reminder that our Ticket to Ride giveaway ends on Wednesday the 26th of May.

    Enter here:

    ASK THE BELLHOP

    Tonight we’ve got a topic from long time fan of the show Emmit O’Brian who writes:

    “Anyone here use dice trays for rolling? My wife wants me to make some for the group. My question is, Is there a difference in usability or transportability in the different sizes and shapes of trays?”

    Links:
    Easy Roller Dice,

    Dice Trays:
    Octagonal Dice Trays with Staging Areas,
    The Wolf Dice Tray Moe Has,
    Collapsible Dice Trays on Etsy,
    Wooden Dice Trays on Etsy,
    All Kinds of Dice Trays on Amazon,

    Dice Towers:
    Broken Token Modular Dice Towers,
    Dice Towers on Etsy,
    The Original Spiral Dice Tower,
    All Kinds of Dice Towers on Amazon,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Magical Kitties Save the Day
    Written Review on the Blog,
    Unboxing Video,
    Magical Kitties Save the Day on Atlas Games Website,

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Aventuria Adventure Card Game,

    PATREON SHOUT OUT AND OUTRO

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    • 2 hr 21 min
    Working on the Railroad

    Working on the Railroad

    Working on the Railroad - We continue our topic of train games, recommending the best next step train games for Ticket to Ride fans. Sticking with the railway theme, we review one of the most unique train games out there: Rail Pass. We’ve got more thoughts on Rail Pass in the Bellhop’s Tabletop segment as well as initial thoughts on Azul Crystal Mosaic and Gorinto.

    Episode 132, recorded May 12th, 2021. 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/ep132/

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

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com

    Trapwords Unboxing Video:

    18Cash & 18Shares Review:

    Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins Review on YouTube:

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    To go with the train game theme we’ve had going on for the last couple of episodes we’ve decided to give away a digital copy of the world's most popular train game: Ticket to Ride

    Enter here:

    ASK THE BELLHOP

    Tonight we’ve got a topic from honorary Tabletop Bellhop patron, and now published author, Sean Hamilton who asks:

    What would you recommend for someone as a next step up from Ticket to Ride, in so far as train themed games? Got someone I know who's super into trains, so looking for potential surprises.

    What is a train game? Ep 131, Trainspotting:

    Ticket to Ride Map Collection Vol 5 United Kingdom and Pennsylvania,
    Ticket to Ride Märklin,
    Yardmaster,
    Yardmaster Express,
    Railroad Ink,
    Transamerica,
    Metro,
    20th Century Limited,
    Trains,
    Spike,
    Steam,
    Age of Steam,
    Railways of the World,
    Paris Connection,
    Chicago Express,
    German Railways,
    Whistle Stop,
    Colt Express,
    Rail Pass,
    On the Underground,
    Union Pacific,
    Empire Builder,
    Irish Gauge,

    Honourable Mentions:
    Cinque Terre,
    Thurn & Taxis,
    Through the Desert,
    Power Grid,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Rail Pass
    Written Review on the Blog,
    Unboxing Video,
    Buy Rail Pass,

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Azul,
    Azul Crystal Mosaic,
    Gorinto,
    Rail Pass,

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    Trainspotting - Part one of a two episode series highlighting Train Games. In this first episode we try to help people define what a Train Game is. Sticking with our train theme we’ve got a review of an 18XX upgrade. Then we go off the rails a bit with our review of A Little Wordy, the latest game from Exploding Kittens. We finish off back on track with some initial thoughts on Great Western Trail and Rail Pass as well as plays of Villainous, DC Deck Building and Supershow.

    Episode 131, recorded May 5th, 2021. Join us Wednesdays at Nine PM Eastern at www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.

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

    More detailed show notes: tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep131/

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

    INTRO

    SUGGESTION BOX
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com

    15 Surprisingly Easy Board Games:

    YouTube:

    Blog:

    Legendary Metal Coins Season Six Review,

    YouTube:

    Blog:

    Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Review:

    YouTube:

    Blog:

    Horrified Review:

    YouTube:

    Blog:

    Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins Review:

    YouTube:

    Blog:

    ASK THE BELLHOP

    Based on a conversation that started on our private Tabletop Bellhop Patreon Patron Discord server, we thought it would be worth discussing what people mean when they say a board game is a “Train Game”

    BGG Definition of Train Games:

    BGG Glossary listing for Train Games:

    Wikipedia Definition of Train Games:

    18XX games,

    Crayon Rail games,

    Some of the train games mentioned:
    Ticket to Ride,
    Iron Dragon,
    The Last Spike,
    1830,
    Empire Builder,
    Rail Baron,
    Eurorails,
    Age of Steam,
    First Train to Nuremberg,
    Russian Railroads,
    Railways of the World,
    Trains,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: 18Cash and 18Shares for 18XX games.

    On Kickstarter:

    Video Review on YouTube:

    THE GAME ROOM: A Little Wordy

    Written Review:

    Unboxing Video:

    Buy A Little Wordy:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP
    Disney Villainous,
    A Little Wordy,
    Rail Pass,
    Great Western Trail,
    DC Comics Deck Building Game,
    DC Deckbuilding Teen Titans,
    The Crew,
    Supershow,

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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Steve_D12 ,

Great Board Gaming Show!

Love the interaction and community based podcast that Moe and Sean run with the Tabletop Bellhop. I always find these type of podcasts (where the hosts are so interactive) the best. Catch them stream the live show on twitch, email in questions, chat via twitter, etc, these guys are very open to chatting and are always asking for participation. If you’re into board gaming you owe yourself a subscription to listen to the show. One of the few shows I tip via patreon. —Steve D

chipchuck ,

Repetitive dialogue

The episodes would be half the time if one co-host didn’t rephrase and repeat everything the bell hop says. It’s maddening.

Brian Kurtz ,

Great podcast for all tabletop gamers

I really love this podcast and look forward to it every week. Moe does a great job of presenting tons of information about all kinds of tabletop board games and answering listener questions - in one episode, they gave a great answer to my question about cooperative games for kids. Even though Moe's knowledge about games is so much greater than mine, listeners of any experience level can really enjoy the podcast, as he discusses everything from what's the best expansion for Settlers of Catan to why you need to be playing Azul to how to teach complex tabletop games to other people. Moe also has a great blog where he explores these and other topics, and if you are free on Wednesday evenings, you can even watch Moe and Sean live as they stream the show on Twitch. I love this podcast so much and it's just getting started. Give it a listen, you won't regreat it!

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