Ask the Bellhop: “What are some of the games that are the most fun for 2 players that were released in the last three years? ”
We also discuss Terra Mystica, Clans of Caledonia, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game 2019 Core Set, For The Queen, and more.
AMA topics discussed include: going back to earlier editions of D&D for players who really like min/maxing, transitioning from competitive games to cooperative ones, swapping from blogging to podcasting, RPG systems we did not enjoy, the shift to online gaming, and more.
Review: Azul Summer Pavilion and Scooby-Doo! Escape from the Haunted Mansion
We also discuss CO2 Second Chance, Watergate, Unlabeled, and more.
Ask the Bellhop: “What are your suggestions for adult beverages on a beer and pretzel game night?”, “What are your rules for beverages on game night?”, and “How do you deal with a gamer who has a few too many drinks?”
Review: Unlabeled the Blind Beer Tasting Game and Vinhos Deluxe
We also discuss Ratuki, the new edition of 7 Wonders, Quoridor on Board Game Arena, and more.
Ask the Bellhop: “What are some things that designers can do to make their games easier to play and to learn?”
Review: Animal Empire and Tales from the Loop Starter Set
We also discuss Vinhos Deluxe and more.
Ask the Bellhop: “Can you give me some suggestions of games that seem heavier than they actually are?”
Review: Orleans Trade & Intrigue and Flick Wars
We also discuss tech at the table, Talisman Batman, and more.
Ask the Bellhop: “What are your thoughts on Game Generated RPG Artifacts (a.k.a. physical things that are created through gameplay and are left behind long after the game is done)?
Review: Sanctum and Eminent Domain Exotica
We also talk about the board game arena version of Quoridor, Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion, and more.
No Ask the Bellhop question this episode, just tons of reviews!
Review: Runaway Hirelings, Breakdancing Meeples, Talisman Batman Super-Villains Edition, Roll for Lasers and EXIT The Haunted Roller Coaster
We also discuss the Pathfinder Adventure Cards Game Core Set, Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion, and more.
Ask the Bellhop: “What are some surprisingly advanced older games with mechanics we think of as recent inventions? What are some newer games that are far more complex than you’d expect?”
Review: Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion and Mermaid Adventures
We also discuss an improv heavy fantasy RPG called Runaway Hirelings, differences between the original edition of Gloomhaven versus Jaws of the Lion, and much more.
Ask the Bellhop: We discuss power creep and how complexity scales as we answer the question, “How do you determine if a given player’s skill and experience is a good match for a new game they are about to play, given that a player’s skill level is very subjective at best? As my skill increases and I look for greater and greater challenges, am I going to lose interest in most of the current games in my collection as I pursue this hobby?”
Review: Telestrations Upside Drawn and The Pip System Corebook.
We also talk about Roll for Lasers, Breakdancing Meeple, Talisman Batman Super-Villains Edition, and more.
Live Q&A topics include: snacks, our views on interviews, scheduling tips and failures, blogging and podcasting behind the scenes and lessons learned, Instagram success tips, and the first things we want to do when this pandemic is over.
Review: Quodd Heroes and the Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box
We also discuss our Gen Con Online 2020 Experience, Scooby Doo: Escape from The Haunted Mansion and more.