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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.

    One Hundred

    One Hundred

    One Hundred - Celebrating our 100th podcast episode. In honour of this milestone we’ve got a special retrospective segment we’re adding to the show tonight and we’re launching our next board game giveaway. Then we’re answering one of the best questions I think we’ve ever been asked. We’re still going to do a couple of detailed reviews, those will be Katana and Jaws and then I’ve got some initial thoughts on the Pathfinder Adventure Card game along with a couple of our favourite two player games in our week in review.

    Episode 100 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded July 22nd 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/ep100/

    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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    29 Of The Best Board Games For Six Players,
    Decrypto,
    Detective Club,
    Unlock!
    Just One,
    Dixit,

    Building the Folded Space insert for Eminent Domain,
    Folded Space,

    What Are Some Of The Best Two Player Board Games?
    Targi,
    Fjords,
    Mandala,

    Chocolatiers Video Review,

    Sorcerer Video Review,

    How Do You Decide What Game To Remove From Your Game Collection:
    How To Make The Most Out Of Your Unwanted Games:

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

    100th Episode Give Away:
    In celebration of our 100th episode I’m giving away a couple of games from my collection. Head over to the blog and enter to win a copy of The Alpha or Dead Man’s Cabal.
    100th Podcast Episode Board Game Give Away,

    2 Year Anniversary AMA:
    July 29th we will be celebrating our two year anniversary and hosting an AMA.
    Get your questions in now to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    100TH EPISODE RETROSPECTIVE
    A look back at where we started and how things have changed over the last couple of years.

    Links to various things mentioned:
    Breakout Con,
    Our first podcast episode,
    The first Ask The Bellhop article,
    An article from the now defunct Tabletop Gaming Weekly:
    Phil Vecchione Hydro Hackers Interview,
    The Tabletop Bellhop Express Check In Playlist:
    Our Unboxing Videos,
    Our Actual Plays,
    The Gloomhaven Actual Plays,
    The Games of Origins 2019 and Some Other Highlights,
    The Game Room Segment of the Show Split Off,

    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.

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    Today we’ve got one of the deepest questions I think we’ve ever been asked.

    Mojtaba Zarepour, simply asks:
    “Why do you play boardgames?”

    Links and some of the games mentioned:
    Magic The Gathering Arena,
    Tabletop Simulator,
    Board Game Arena,
    Windsor Gaming Resource Facebook Group,
    Vinhos Deluxe,
    Pulsar 2849,
    Wasteland Express Delivery Service,
    A Look at Competition at the Game Table,
    The Spirit of Competition Ep 37,
    Can’t Stop,
    Dead Man’s Draw,
    Rallyman GT,
    Pitchcar,
    Nyctophobia,
    Gloomhaven Actual Plays,
    Shadows Over Camelot,
    Big Trouble in Little China The Game,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Katana
    Katana Unboxing:
    Katana Full Review:
    Buy Katana:

    THE GAME ROOM: Jaws
    Jaws Unboxing:
    Jaws Full Review:
    Buy Jaws:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP

    What we’ve played:
    Pathfinder Adventure Card Game,
    Onitama,
    The Duke,

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    • 2 hr 3 min
    For Sale

    For Sale

    For Sale - Getting the most from your unwanted games. A follow up to last week’s topic of deciding which games in your collection to get rid of. Also a detailed review of Bastille From Queen games and Family Secrets the first Episode of Escape Mail an escape mail experience delivered to your door. Finally a number of games in our Bellhop’s Tabletop week in review including a first look at Eclipse Second Dawn for the Galaxy, Maki Stack, Katana, Jaws, codenames Duet and Medium.

    Episode 99 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded July 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/ep099/

    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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    Games from some of the best Canadian board game designers and RPG writers,
    Akrotiri,

    How do you decide what game to remove from your collection?

    Funkoverse Harry Potter Review on YouTube,

    Dead Man’s Cabal Review on YouTube,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
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    100th Episode:
    Be sure to join us on July 22nd on Twitch at twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop
    In celebration we will be launching a new give away with bonus entries for those that take the time to join us.

    2 Year Anniversary AMA:
    July 29th we will be celebrating our two year anniversary and hosting an AMA.
    Get your questions in now to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    Today we’ve got a question from long time fan of the show Juho Rutila:

    "Hi Moe and Sean,

    I think this situation comes up in every gamer's life: the boardgame shelf is full and the significant other starts to hint that you can make space on the shelf by selling some of the hard collected games.

    How do you go choosing the games to let go? Is it the time since last time on the table or the overall time on the table? Should I still spare the gem that gets played too seldom? How about games with a personal bond or a signed game from the designer?

    Where do you sell your used (or even shrink-wrapped) game? Friendly local game store? eBay? Facebook? Other places? How do you decide the correct price for the game? What if it is a collector's item? How do you find these things out?

    Any hints on the topic are welcome as I am facing this very problem at the moment.

    Cheers, Juho"

    Thinning the Herd - How to decide what game or games to remove from your collection,
    Sell on Ebay,
    Sell on Amazon,
    BGG Marketplace,
    Kijiji Canada,
    Craigslist,
    Spielboy,
    TCG Player,
    Math Trades,
    Half Price Books,
    Abe Books,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Bastille
    Bastille Unboxing:
    Bastille Full Review:
    Buy Bastille:

    THE GAME ROOM: Escape Mail
    Escape Mail Unboxing:
    Escape Mail Full Review:
    Get Escape Mail Delivered To You:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP

    What we’ve played:
    Katana,
    Jaws,
    Codenames Duet,
    Medium,
    Maki Stack,
    Eclipse Second Dawn for the Galaxy

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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Thinning the Herd

    Thinning the Herd

    Thinning the Herd - Curating your game collection, when you must get rid of some games how do you decide which? In addition we have two detailed game reviews, first off Codenames Duet and second Lost Cities: Rivals. Finally in our week in review we talk a bit more about Lost Cities Rivals and a four player game of a hidden gem from Queen Games: Bastille.

    Episode 98 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded July 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/ep098/

    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 00:01:20
    Send feedback to moe@tabletopbellhop.com or sean@tabletopbellhop.com

    Super Cats Review,

    Games from some of the best Canadian board game designers and RPG writers,
    Quodd Heroes,
    Sentinel Comics

    Gloomhaven Actual Plays on YouTube,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS 00:06:56

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    New Publisher Contacts
    Some people we are excited to be working with in the future:
    Ion Game Design and Sierra Madre Games,
    Halfmonster Games,
    Thunderworks Games,
    Atlas Games

    More Reviews and New Schedule
    Now two detailed reviews per episode.
    Updated release schedule:

    Monday - Unboxing
    Tuesday - Full Podcast
    Wednesday - Live Show on Twitch!
    Thursday - Actual Play
    Friday - Review 1
    Saturday - Ask The Bellhop
    Sunday - Review 2

    LOBBY CHECK IN 00:10:54

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

    High Frontier, https://ionsmg.com/collections/high-frontier
    Bios: Origins, https://ionsmg.com/collections/bios

    ASK THE BELLHOP 00:17:08
    Today we’ve got a couple of questions dealing with deciding which games to remove from your game collection.

    First, a question from Cory Chritensen who asked:
    “If you had to remove a game from your collection, which would it be?”

    And then Juho Rutila wrote to ask:
    "The question: Filling up the first closet is something that every hardcore gamer and collector faces at some point. Then starts the negotiation with the better other about getting more room, or selling some of the games away before new purchases.

    What tips would Tabletop Bellhop give for selling some items from that precious collection? When to let go of a game? Is it just the number of plays or do other factors affect the decision?"

    Games mentioned and other links.
    Jones’ Theory,
    Organizing Your Game Collection,
    Tips for Starting Your Own Tabletop Gaming Club,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Codenames Duet 01:14:57
    Codenames Duet Unboxing:
    Codenames Duet Full Review:
    Buy Codenames Duet:

    THE GAME ROOM: Lost Cities: Rivals 01:32:52
    Lost Cities: Rivals Unboxing:
    Lost Cities: Rivals Full Review:
    Buy Lost Cities: Rivals:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP 01:49:00

    What we’ve played:
    Lost Cities Rivals,
    Bastille,

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    • 1 hr 58 min
    Great Games Eh?

    Great Games Eh?

    Great Games Eh? - In Celebration of Canada Day, we feature some of the best games from Canadian game designers. In addition to that, we’ve got a review of the roshambo based card game Super Cats from The Op. In The Bellhop’s Tabletop, I’ve got our first play of Talisman: Batman - Super Villains Edition, a few rounds of The Mind two-player, plays of Codenames Duet using the campaign mode as well as trying it in teams, a five-player game of Super Cats and our first plays of Telestrations Upside Drawn.

    Episode 97 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded July 1st 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/ep097/

    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

    Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria Preview,

    200 Free Games to Keep You Busy During the Pandemic,

    Dealing With a Tabletop Picky Eater,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    Boot up Skype, call sean@tabletopbellop.com and leave a message after the beep.

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    LOBBY CHECK IN

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    200+ Free PNP Games!
    50+ Free RPGS!
    Arcadia Quest

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    In honour of Canada Day, today we highlight some of the best games from Canadian game designers.

    Rising Sun,
    Junk Art,
    Feng Shui,
    Sagrada,
    Lanterns The Harvest Festival,
    High Plains Samurai,
    Santorini,
    1812 The Invasions of Canada,
    Diaspora,
    Catacombs,
    Quebec,
    Heavy Gear,
    New York 1901,
    Hammer of the Scots,
    Marvel Heroic Roleplaying,

    Honourable Mentions:
    Crokinole,
    Kodama 3D,
    Scott Pilgrim Miniatures The World,
    But Wait There’s More!
    The Maps of Dyson Logos,

    Canadian designers and artists for every Canadian province

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Super Cats
    Super Cats Unboxing:
    Super Cats Written Review:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP

    What we’ve played:
    Talisman Batman Super Villains Edition,
    The Mind,
    Codenames Duet,
    Super Cats,
    Telestrations Upside Drawn,
    Rallyman GT,

    What Makes a Campaign,

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    • 1 hr 49 min
    Feeling the Heat

    Feeling the Heat

    Feeling the Heat - Start of Summer AMA - Besides answering questions from our chatroom live tonight, we’ve got a lot of feedback from last week's topic of dealing with a stubborn gamer not willing to try new things, I’ve got a preview of Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria the latest Valeria game from Daily Magic Games. Then for our Bellhop’s Tabletop segment, I’ve got my first thoughts on Katana and Super Cats, some more Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria including some solo play and an attempt to play The Mind with my kids.

    Episode 96 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded June 24th 2020.. Join us Wednesday 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/ep096/

    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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    Sanctum Unboxing Video,

    Mermaid Adventures Review,

    How do you deal with a tabletop gamer who isn’t willing to try new things?,
    The Fantasy Trip,

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    GenCon Online
    I’ve got my ticket do you?
    GenCon Homepage

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    Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion,
    Tabletop Rennaissance

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    It is the last Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for another live AMA where we answer questions from our chatroom, The Lobby as well as a couple of questions people have sent in ahead of time.
    Taking part in Virtual Gaming Con?
    Virtual Gaming Con,
    WebEx,
    Our Renegade Con Virtual Wrap Up:

    Have we ever wanted to design a game?
    Moe’s Designer Page on RPGgeek,
    A Fantasy Trip,
    The Diminutive RPG,
    Ego,
    Xenon Profiteer,
    Unlabelled,
    Fine Sand,
    Bargain Quest,

    If we could meet once a week for a year what would we play?
    Shadow of the Demon Lord,
    Dungeon Crawl Classics,
    Star Wars Edge of the Empire,
    Masks, A New Generation,
    Gloomhaven,
    Clank! Legacy Acquisitions Incorporated,

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria Preview
    Written Preview:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP

    What we’ve played:
    Katana,
    Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria,
    Super Cats,
    The Mind

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    • 2 hr 6 min
    Picky Eaters

    Picky Eaters

    Dealing With Picky Eaters - How to handle a gamer who is stuck in their ways and isn’t willing to try new things. In addition a review of the stock market game Exchange, as well as plays of unlabeled, Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria, The Fox in the Forest, GIPF and Quodd Heroes.

    Episode 95 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded June 17th 2020.. Join us Wednesday 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/ep095/

    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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    Best Gateway Area Control Games,
    New York 1901,

    A Look at Renegade Con: Virtual,
    GenCon Online,

    Sanctum Unboxing Video,

    Horizons Review

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    Unboxings:
    This week Moe will be recording unboxing videos for:
    Talisman Batman Super-Villains Edition,
    Super Cats,
    Telestrations Upside Drawn,
    Katana,
    Escape Mail,

    AMA Next Week:
    Can’t join us live? You can also Skype a voice mail to sean@tabletopbellhop.com

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    Subscribe now!

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    Terraforming Mars Big Box Kickstarter, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/strongholdgames/terraforming-mars-big-box

    ASK THE BELLHOP
    Today we have two different questions that both deal with a similar game night problem, so we’ve decided to group them together for tonight’s topic.

    Ranch B writes:
    What to do when you have a steady weekly group and as time goes by you’ve got one player who is getting less willing to play other games? After 4 players all say "Oooooo.. Lets play that" and player 5 is the only one often doing the "I don't think I'd like that. Let's play something else"

    David Wood writes:
    Do you have any solution for the RPG "picky eater?"

    I'm defining "picky eater" as the sort of player who only ever plays one type of character or plays one type of game, and doesn't handle the paradigm shift to a different system or setting at all well.

    Mine in this case is a power-gamer, who prefers superhero systems and only suffers [sic] the minimal amount of story required to get into fights and gain enough experience to buy new powers.

    Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

    THE GAME ROOM: Exchange
    Written review:
    Pick up a copy of Exchange:

    THE BELLHOPS TABLETOP

    What we’ve played:
    Unlabeled,
    Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria,
    The Fox in the Forest,
    GIPF,
    Quodd Heroes,
    Exchange

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    • 1 hr 46 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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