Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast – Episodes 160 to 151

Ask the Bellhop: “Can you tell me about copyright and game design? If a game has been patented for more than 20 years, is it legal to use the card mechanics? Is it still covered by intellectual property? Regarding mechanics, how much do you need to change to make it your own?”

Review: Disney Sidekicks

We also discuss Lost Ruins of Arnak, Doodle Dungeon, Tripples, and more.

Ask the Bellhop: “What are some tips for how to improve a public game night? And how about some suggestions for an event with a mix of casual and hobby gamers?”

Review: Galaxy Trucker 2nd Edition

We also discuss Lost Ruins of Arnak, Star Wars Unlock, Disney Sidekicks, Knit Wit, Quezzle, and more.

Ask the Bellhop: “What were the best games you played this past year?” and “What was your biggest gaming surprise of 2021?”

Review: Land vs Sea

We also discuss the 2021 edition of Galaxy Trucker, non-game gift ideas for gamers, and more.

Live Q&A topics include: Dicember, ammo in RPGs, Masks A New Generation, a behind the scenes look at our tabletop deal sharing, dealing with problematic content, and Aventuria.

We also talk about Roguebook, snacks at the table, and more.

No Ask the Bellhop segment this episode, instead we have an unscripted discussion on random things geeky and gaming related.

We also talk about the Aventuria Adventure Card Game, Galaxy Trucker, Concordia, and more.


Ask the Bellhop: “What is your snack of choice? Is it the same as your game group?” In addition to sharing our favourite snacks, we also talk about game night snack rules, the best snacks for game night, and some snacking etiquette.

Review: This Didn’t Happen

We also discuss Land vs Sea, the Ship of Lost Souls expansion for Aventuria, Walking in Burano, and more.

Ask the Bellhop: We answer a bunch of questions dealing with the burden of being a game teacher. We talk about a number of issues that can arise while teaching games and offer some suggestions on how to mitigate some common problems.

Review: The Forest of No Return for Aventuria

We also discuss This Didn’t Happen, Star Trek Expeditions, Land vs Sea, Super Motherload, and more.

Ask the Bellhop: “What are some great games that a kid can toss into their backpack and bring to high school?”

Review: The Veil Dancer Hero Pack for Aventuria

We also discuss Land vs Sea, The Guild of Dungeoneering: Ultimate Edition, and more.

Ask the Bellhop: What hot new games did you learn about through the AwSHUX online board game convention?

Review: Roll Camera! The Filmmaking Board Game

We also discuss Yardmaster, Super Motherload, The Mind, Skull, Breakdancing Meeple, and more.

Ask the Bellhop: “ If you had a defined space – say something like a 12 inch or 18 inch cube – that you wanted to stay within, what games would earn their place in that limited space? Bonus points if you have some family games.”

Review: The Emergence of Shy Pluto expansion for Space Base

We also discuss Roll Camera!, Gloomy Graves, games for a grade school gaming event, and more.

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