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Styles and Types of Board games, What categories of boardgames are there? – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 121

Styles and Types of Board Games – A follow up to our discussion on Engine Building from last week. In addition to Engine Building, what other types of board games are there?

Featured reviews: Fairy Season from Good Games Publishing and Harry Potter House Cup Competition from The Op.

Week in review: Featuring more Fairy Season, first thoughts on Junk Orbit and Sean continues to learn Masks: A New Generation.


Episode 121 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded February 3rd, 2021.

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—Ask The Bellhop—

We’re talking board game types based on a question from our Twitch chatroom from Shadzar:
“I would like to see a show defining game types. Like what is a Dexterity game, what is a legacy game? I want a The Tabletop Bellhop guide to types of games”

The game types and one example game for each:

Abstract: The Duke
Bluffing: The Resistance
Card Games: Race for the Galaxy
Children’s Games: Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters
City Building: Suburbia
Civilization Building: Through The Ages A New Story of Civilization
Collectible: Star Wars X-Wing
Deduction: Chronicles of Crime
Dungeon Crawler: Star Wars Imperial Assault
Gamebooks: Legacy of Dragonholt
Dexterity: Pichcar
Dice Games: Roll for the Galaxy
Economic Games: Brass Lancashire
Educational: Robot Turtles
Engine Building: Terraforming Mars
Exploration: Mage Knight
Farming: Agricola
Fighting: Battle Con
Horror: Horrified
Humour, Telestrations
Legacy Games: Risk Legacy
Math Based: Power Grid
Mature/Adult: Star Crossed
Maze: Robo Rally
Memory: Hanabi
Miniature Games: Warhammer 40k
Murder Mystery: Chronicles of Crime 1400
Negotiation: Chinatown
One Vs Many: Fury of Dracula
Party Game: Codenames
Point Salad: Trajan
Print & Play: Roll for Lasers
Puzzle Games: Patchwork
Racing: Camel Up
Real Time: Fuse
Role Playing: Gloomhaven
Sandbox: Xia Legends of a Drift System
Territory Building: El Grande
Trains: 1830
Transportation: Brass Birmingham
Travel: Orleans
Trivia: Wits & Wagers
Wargames: Commands and Colors Ancients
Word Games: Letter Jam

From the Lobby:
Take That: Munchkin

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—The Game Room: Funfair—

A theme park building board game that’s a follow up to Unfair, featuring lighter and more family-friendly gameplay.

Funfair Written Review
Funfair Unboxing Video
Buy Funfair

—The Game Room: Harry Potter House Cup Competition—

A gateway worker placement game set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

House Cup Competition Written Review
House Cup Unboxing Unboxing Video
Buy House Cup Competition


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