This is the 62nd episode of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, an edited version of our live show recorded on October 9th, 2019. Join us as we stream live every week on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM Eastern on Twitch. If you like some video with your audio, you can also watch/listen to individual segments from this show on YouTube.
Drinking the Player Aid – Talking Fan Created Tabletop Game Aids. Also in this episode, a review of the digital version of Terraforming Mars on Steam, more Eminent Domain with and without the Escalation Expansion, and gaming at a wedding reception in our Bellhop’s Tabletop segment.
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—Ask The Bellhop—
Today we have a question from a long time fan of the show, Ryan Peach, perhaps better known as RedMeepleRyan on Twitter.
Ryan has a bunch of questions about player aids:
What are your thoughts on fan-created game aids?
Are they table clutter, or do they actually help?
Are they better for new players or will veterans also benefit?
If you use them, in your experience, which aids or kinds of aids help the most and least?
Are there games that you wish had aids, but do not yet?
Are there games where you feel they aren’t needed?
Has a player aid like a rules summary ever replaced a game’s rulebook for you?
Games mentioned and other links:
Esoteric Order of Gamers
Board Game Geek
Race for the Galaxy
Dyson Logos Character Sheets
Gloomhaven Helper App.
Back to School – Teaching Games Podcast Ep
World Wide Wrestling
Endeavor Age of Sail
Magic the Gathering
Wasteland Express Delivery Service
Lost in Translation – What to do when you’ve got a bad rulebook?
Euphoria Build a Better Dystopia
Related blog post:
A Discussion On Tabletop Game Player Aids?
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—The Road to Extra Life 2019—
Up next we have a Great Canadian Board Game Blitz hitting on October 12th.
The big event is coming up quick on November 2nd/3rd.
We will be at The CG Realm 10am Saturday until 6pm Sunday.
Silent Auction all weekend and Live Auction at 7pm Saturday.
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—The Game Room – Terraforming Mars on Steam—
A review of the digital version of Terraforming Mars from Asmodee Digital on Steam.
Terraforming Mars on Steam
Terraforming Mars the physical version
—The Bellhop’s Tabletop—
A look at what games hit our tabletops over the last week.
Wedding Bells Ep 36
Related blog posts:
Playing Azul at a Rather Geeky Wedding
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