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Who doesn't love board games? Find 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.

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Who doesn't love board games? Find 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.

    We've been good this year

    We've been good this year

    In this episode, we each share the top ten items from our 2023 Holiday Wishlists. Some practical and others, not so much.
    After that, we’ve got a review of Star Realms Frontiers from Wise Wizard Games. We discovered this newer entry point to one of our favourite deck-builders and Origins earlier this year.

    This is an edited version of our live show first recorded on 09/11/2023.
    Join us live on https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    Full show notes with links can be found here: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode224

    (00:00) Opening
    (01:39) Suggestion Box
    (04:11) Ask The Bellhop
    (24:12) The Lobby
    (31:22) The Game Room Star Realms Frontiers
    A great new entry point or way to get back into Star Realms
    Pick up Star Realms Frontiers https://amzn.to/49yFuOS
    Or the Star Realms Starter Set Bundle with Star Realms, Colony Wars and Frontiers https://amzn.to/3uffjNa
    (50:57) The Bellhop's Tabletop
    (55:30) VIP Guests
    (55:52) End of Show

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

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

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    • 57 min
    Mounds of Minis

    Mounds of Minis

    Welcome to the second part of our discussion on miniatures in board games. Last week we talked about the pros and cons of miniatures, this week we’re going to be sharing some of our favourite fantasy games with lots of miniatures. After that, we’ve got two unrelated reviews: Tome: The Light Edition and its expansion, another trick-taking game, and then Astra a game about stargazing. We wrap up with another busy week in review including Moe’s first thoughts on Marrakesh.

    This is an edited version of our live show recorded on 01/11/2023.
    Join us live at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    Full show notes with links can be found here: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/episode223/

    (00:00:00) Opening
    (00:01:51) Suggestion Box
    (00:04:52) Announcements
    (00:07:25) Ask The Bellhop
    (00:25:29) The Game Room - Tome The Light Edition

    Euchre for Magic The Gathering Fans

    Written review of Tome: The Light Edition and its expansion https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/tome-review/
    Pick up Tome: The Light Edition https://www.nobleknight.com/P/2147968947/Tome---The-Light-Edition?awid=1091
    Grab The Gold Codex https://www.nobleknight.com/P/2147968949/Tome---The-Gold-Codex-Expansion?awid=1091

    (00:44:07) The Game Room - Astra
    Pick up a copy of Astra https://miniature-market.sjv.io/q4OnRy
    Discover the constellations in this stargazing area majority and set collection game.
    Unboxing Astra https://youtu.be/KyCHTAwCfgYWritten review of Astra
    https://tabletopbellhop.com/uncategorized/astra-review/

    (00:59:50) The Bellhop's Tabletop
    (01:30:15) VIP Guests and End of Show

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

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Minis Vs. Meeples

    Minis Vs. Meeples

    Tonight we share our thoughts on miniatures in board games and whether we personally prefer meeples or minis. After that, we’ve got three featured reviews, The Turkey Trial, Aurum, and Reality Shift Deluxe. Then Moe’s got four new-to-him game plays to talk about in the Bellhop’s Tabletop. Hear first impressions on Astra, The Artemis Project, Starship Captains, Bah! Humbug, The 12 Games of Christmas, and more.

    This is an edited version of our live show first recorded on 25/10/2024.
    Join us live on https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    Full show notes with links can be found here: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/episode222

    (00:00:00) Intro
    (00:01:43) The Suggestion Box
    (00:03:07) Announcements
    (00:03:35) Ask The Bellhop: Minis or Meeple?
    (00:49:23) The Lobby - Game Suggestions

    (00:59:10) The Turkey Trial
    A Thanksgiving-themed Holiday Hijinks game.

    Written review of The Turkey Trail https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/turkey-trial/
    Pick up a copy of The Turkey Trail https://amzn.to/473Eykd

    (01:06:34) Aurum
    A trick-taking card game that breaks a lot of traditions.

    Unboxing Aurum https://youtu.be/13kantgM264?si=lS_kRN9VNKGXJdAB
    Written review of Aurum https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/aurum/
    Pick up a copy of Aurum https://amzn.to/3QeoUuP

    (01:17:28) Reality Shift Deluxe
    Racing taken to a new dimension

    Unboxing Reality Shift Deluxe https://youtu.be/Q59fJ-dQQQ4
    Written review of Reality Shift Deluxe https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/reality-shift-deluxe
    Grab a copy of Reality Shift Deluxe https://amzn.to/3SjjiSO

    (01:31:20) The Bellhop's Tabletop

    (01:49:02) VIP Guests and Closing

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

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    • 1 hr 50 min
    Frightfully Good

    Frightfully Good

    It is late October so we thought it would be a good time to revisit the topic of great games for the spooky season. We follow that up with two unrelated reviews, The Castle Panic Big Box Second Edition from Fireside Games and the new Cryptex from Escape Welt. We wrap up talking about a bunch of card games we played at a local gaming event.

    This is an edited version of our live show first recorded on 18/10/2023.
    Join us live on https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    Full show notes with links can be found here: https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/episode221/

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

    Disclosure: Some links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.

    (00:00:00) Intro
    (00:01:56) Suggestion Box
    (00:06:31) Announcements
    (00:07:30) Ask the Bellhop: Frightfully Good Games
    (00:24:14) The Lobby
    (00:29:24) Castle Panic Big Box 2e
    Everything Castle Panic in one place.

    Castle Panic Big Box Unboxing https://youtu.be/UNLh448f3J8?si=pwII4WqUN8Ao5y9d
    Written review of Castle Panic Big Box https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/castle-panic-big-box-review/
    Pick up the new Castle Panic Big Box https://amzn.to/4740H16

    (00:53:07) Cryptex
    A birchwood gift box with a customizable code

    Unboxing the Cryptex https://youtu.be/T3HC_8hEzD0?si=WBHc9gzda2BFZ6Qg
    Written review of the Cryptex https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/escapewelt-cryptex-review/
    Pick up a Cryptex direct from ESCWelt (use code BELLHOP to save 10% off) https://us.escapewelt.com/shop/Cryptex

    (00:58:51) The Bellhop's Tabletop
    (01:08:29) VIP Guests
    (01:08:54) Closing the Doors

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Cracking Open the Suggestion Box

    Cracking Open the Suggestion Box

    This episode Deanna joins to help us go through the pile of feedback we got from the survey we included as part of our 5th Birthday Celebration. After that we’ve got a couple of reviews: The Pumpkin Problem a Holiday Hijinks game and The Deadlies. We wrap up talking about games all three of us played together the past weekend.

    This is an edited version of our live show first recorded on 05/10/2023. Join us as we stream live every week, Thursdays at Nine Thirty Eastern on Twitch

    Full show notes with links can be found here: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode220/

    Disclosure: Some links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.

    (00:00:00) Intro
    (00:01:56) Announcements
    (00:03:56) Ask The Bellhop
    (01:42:52) Review: The Pumpkin Problem
    A Halloween-themed Escape-Room-In-A-Box
    The Pumpkin Problem Written Review https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/the-pumpkin-problem/
    Buy The Pumpkin Problem https://amzn.to/3ZQay8u

    (01:53:18) Review: The Deadlies
    UNO for gamers with a Seven Deadly Sins Theme
    Written Review of The Deadlies https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/the-deadlies/
    Pick up The Deadlies https://miniature-market.sjv.io/k0QbMM

    (02:04:32) The Bellhop's Tabletop
    (02:16:27) VIP Guests
    (02:16:49) Closing Doors

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

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    • 2 hr 18 min
    How Do You Do Fellow Kids?

    How Do You Do Fellow Kids?

    In this episode, we recommend some games we think would be great for older teens, both games we think teens would enjoy and games for parents to play with their teens. We follow that with reviews of boop. and Tapple. We finish with a look at the games we’ve played recently, including our first thoughts on Seas of Havoc.

    This is an edited version of our live show first recorded on September 13th, 2023. Join us on Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop

    Full show notes with links can be found here: https://tabletopbellhop.com/episode219

    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) Intro

    (00:01:20) Suggestion Box

    (00:11:59) Ask The Bellhop

    (00:45:25) The Game Room: boop.
    An abstract strategy game with a very appealing and approachable theme.

    boop. Unboxing https://youtu.be/C8W3XSyNYTs?si=3ecfXXqnWoMzytsJ
    boop. written review https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/boop/
    Pick up boop. https://amzn.to/3tbyFCh

    (00:57:49) The Game Room: Tapple
    A fast playing, quick thinking word game for great for big groups and public play

    Tapple Unboxing https://youtu.be/bjxyJj33V_w?si=0wJDaiyBKb1DTgOg
    Written review of Tapple https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/tapple/
    Get your own copy of Tapple https://amzn.to/3EXvTD8

    (01:11:38) The Bellhop's Tabletop

    (01:43:53) VIP Guests and Sign-off

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

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    • 1 hr 46 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 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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