Surprisingly complex games – Games that were much more than we expected – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 103

Surprisingly Complex Games – Games that were much more than we expected. In this episode, we talk about games that surprised us in a good way. In the game room, we compare a couple of games with older versions of them. First will be how Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion differs from Gloomhaven and then Mermaid Adventures Revised, which is now a setting book for The Pip System Corebook. In The Bellhop’s Tabletop, we talk about Camp Capstone, another online game convention, and Runaway Hirelings an improv-heavy fantasy RPG.

Episode 103 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded August 19th, 2020. 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.

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This episode includes:

—Suggestion Box – Fan Feedback —

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Pip System Corebook:
Written Review
YouTube The Gameroom Segment

Other great Kids’ RPGs
Hero Kids
Amazing Tales
No Thank You, Evil! 
Tiny Dungeon Hatchling Edition

Popular Unboxing Vids:
Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion Unboxing
Talisman Batman Unboxing



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We are going to try something new the last Wednesday of the month with a special review filled episode replacing our regular AMA.

—Lobby Check-In—

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—Ask The Bellhop—

This week we have a question from a long time fan of our show, Prayerborne, who wrote to say:

“I’ve actually thought before that an interesting discussion topic would be “Surprisingly advanced games” older games with mechanics we think of as recent inventions, or even newer games that are ‘gamier’ than we’d expect (mass-marketed Hunger Games: District 12 is a EURO!?!)”

Funko Pop Funkoverse Games
Go Cuckoo
King Me!
Camel Up
Minecraft Builders and Biomes
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
Risk Star Wars Edition,
Ticket to Ride New York
Homeland The Game
Sons of Anarchy
Hey That’s My Fish
The Climbers
Dungeon Lords
Battle Sheep

From the Chatroom:
Dungeon Lords Pets
Kenny G Keepin’ It Saxy
Okey Dokey
For The Queen
Tiny Towns
Paris: La Cité de la Lumière

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—The Game Room: Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion—

A discussion on what’s new in Gloomhavne Jaws of the Lion when compared to the original.

Written article: On How Gloomhaven Jaws of the Lion is Different from the Original
Jaws of the Lion Unboxing
Buy Jaws of the Lion

—The Game Room: Mermaid Adventures Revised—

A review of the softcover printing of Mermaid Adventures Revised, an underwater setting sourcebook for the Pip System Corebook

Mermaid Adventures Revised Full Review
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Review of the original edition of Mermaid Adventures

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