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Where we’ve been, and potential future disruptions to the show. Once we get everyone up to speed we move on to two puzzle reviews, a murder mystery from Mysterious Package Company, and a look at a new sci-fi-themed Quezzle from Unidragon. We wrap up with some vacation gaming talk.
Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 218, September 13th, 2023. Join us on Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.
This week’s episode is a live Q&A. Topics include games that give a Momento-like experience, meat, RPG settings we want to see made into video games, higher player count games, keeping players with different likes happy, and more!
We also had a ton of games to talk about during the week in review including first thoughts on Distilled, more Kapow!, the Crowns and Quests expansion for Castle Panic and more!
(00:01:36) Suggestion Box
(00:07:46) Ask The Bellhop
(00:42:03) Review: Shobu
(00:51:25) Review: PsychoBabble
(01:09:14) The Bellhop's Tabletop
(01:32:11) VIP Guests
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This episode we discuss quality of life board game improvements we’ve found and those that we would love to see more of in the games we play. That’s followed by reviews of the At the Ready Expansion for Disney Sorcerer’s Arena, Birds of a Feather, and the Siege of Valeria Campaign Expansion. Then we finish up with a pretty busy week in review.
This is a special episode celebrating our 5th birthday as a podcast. We start off with a couple of quick reviews, including a preview of the latest puzzle box from EscapeWelt and then a review of a birthday-themed escape-room-in-a-box. We then reminisce about the past year, talk about some future plans, and then wrap up by answering questions from our fans.
In this episode, we talk about art in board games and how it can be taken too far. We then have a preview of the latest rendition of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. That is followed by two reviews, Illiterati, a co-op word game, and The Independence Incident, a small escape room in a box style game. We then wrap up with a rather busy week in review.
We try to help someone decide what cooperative game to buy next, including a list of our favourite cooperative board games. We then have three reviews: Trickdraw, a fast flipping card game, Outsmarted!, a modern take on trivia board games, and The Orbital Box x2, a puzzle box you have to build yourself. This is followed by our usual week in review with my first Holiday Hijinx experience, our first play of Aurum, and more. Tableto...
Welcome to our Origins 2023 recap where we spend the majority of the episode talking about our experience at the Origins Game Fair held last week in Columbus Ohio. Along with that we do talk a bit about some games we played before our trip to Ohio as well as some first thoughts on some of the games we’ve already played since getting back.
We’re taking it easy this episode, answering some shorter questions from our questions pile, as well as answering questions in real time from The Lobby, our chatroom on Twitch. Interestingly all of these questions end up evolving into a longer discussion on the relation between video games and board games. After that, we review Siege of Valeria, the last of the new small box Valeria games.
In this episode, we discuss board game pacing, what affects it, and what you can do to keep a game moving. We also review the Leading the Charge expansion for Disney Sorcerer’s Arena Epic Alliances and Dr Lovenstein Presents: No Context, a new party game due to be released on May 31st! Then we wrap up with the Bellhop’s Tabletop which includes first thoughts on some new to us games.
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Reviews: Thrills & Chills expansion for Disney Sorcerer’s Arena and Castellans of Valeria Preview We also talk about Kitara, Aqualin, Kings in the Corner, Skip Bo, Destination Retro and The New GME in Chatham, and more.
Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 208, May 18th 2023. Join us Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitch.tv/tabletopbellhop.
In this episode we talk about games that look like they are made for kids but then when you sit down to play them you find out they are not. We’ve got two reviews to go with that, My Little Pony Adventures in Equestria Deck Building Game from Renegade Game Studios and the Turning the Tide expansion for Disney Sorcerer’s Arena Epic Alliances. Then we wrap up with some Injustice from Sean.
This episode we talk about all of the games we played and the other things we did this past weekend as part of SeanCon Spring 2023. That will be followed by a review of the most epic and long game that we played during SeanCon, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game. Then we wrap up with a couple of non-SeanCon games in our week in review.
Tonight is all about board game expansions, including our list of must have board game expansions. This is followed by three board game expansion reviews including Rise of Titans for Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria, The B-Movie Expansion for Roll Camera! and the Winter Expansion for Dice Kingdoms of Valeria. Then we’ve got even more expansion play, along with some non-expansion plays, in our week in review as well.
Tonight we’re talking about games that we keep for other people to play. After that we’ve got two puzzle game reviews, first up the Space Box from Escape Welt and then La Famiglia from Puzzling Pursuits. We wrap up with my first thoughts on Siege of Valeria from Daily Magic Games, the first solo Valeria game.
Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 204, Recorded April 5th 2023. Join us Wednesdays at 8 PM EST at https://www.twitc...
Tonight we’re talking about achieving thematic depth in board games, including games that get it right and games that get it wrong. We review a game themed on Belgian beers and talk about the games we’ve been playing, including first thoughts on a Dice Kingdoms expansion, the new My Little Pony deck-builder, Downforce and more.
Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 203, Recorded March 29th 2023. Join us Wednesday at 8 PM EST at ...
This episode we’re talking about board game budgets and funding our board game hobby. We also review Court, a modern trick-taker with lots of twists, and the Quest Pyramid puzzle box from Escape Welt. Plus we share the games we’ve been playing lately, including Disney Sorcerer’s Arena and its first expansion, Flash Point Fire Rescue, Azul Queen’s Garden, Crystallized and more!
This episode we’re talking about hidden gem board games. Games we don’t think got the attention they deserved. That’s followed by a detailed review of Disney Sorcerer’s Arena, one of the games currently in our big 200 episode celebration giveaway. We wrap up talking about the games we’ve been playing with first thoughts on Crystallized, Court and more.
We start off with a special piece of feedback, then show off, and talk about some new artwork for the video side of the show. Next, sharing our top 25 games. Followed by our biggest giveaway, you won’t believe the number of games we are giving away from truly awesome sponsors. Then we interact with our Twitch Chatters.
Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 200, Recorded March 9th 2023. Join us Wednesday at 9 PM EST at https://...
In this episode we go through some viewer feedback, hype up our 200th episode, let you know where we’ve been, answer three shorter questions, review Dulce from Stronghold games, and talk about the games we’ve played since we last recorded. The questions include; the best Star Trek Games, games for a kid to play with Grandparents over Zoom, and why all the hate for Catan?
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