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Active Game Nights – How to maintain your game night group, Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 122

Active Game Nights – How to maintain your game night group. After discussing ways to keep your game group going, with a special look at doing that during the ongoing global pandemic, we’ve got reviews of The Creepy Cellar expansion for Ghost Fightin Treasure Hunters and a look at Roguebook a digital deck-building roguelike from Richard Garfield of Magic The Gathering fame.


Episode 122 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded February 10th, 2021.

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—Ask The Bellhop—

Tonight we’ve got a question from long time fan of the show Emmet O’Brian, 
“Getting and keeping a group active and regular is probably the biggest problem that gamers face. There are so many things that can trump game night. Often the main causes are important responsibilities like child care, work and relationships.

So are there tricks you’ve used to mitigate these factors?

Do you use any techniques to build excitement around game night so that people want to show up more?

Assuming that not all players are required, do you think a larger group has more of these problems or fewer?

I weirdly get the feeling that when one person doesn’t show up it seems to give license to others to not show. Have you seen this happen?

Obviously, this is a really tough problem to crack. I don’t expect a solution but any sage advice is appreciated.”

Topics and links:
Valid reasons to cancel on game night.

Tricks to reduce cancellations.
When 2 Meet

Building excitement for game night.

Do larger groups cause a problem?
Article: How Do You Deal With A Game Night Failure? 
Article: Dos and Dont’s of Tabletop Gaming At Cafes and Pubs
Article: Tips for Starting Your Own Tabletop Gaming Club

Cascading cancellations.

Gaming during tough times, like during a global pandemic.
Article: Great Board Games with Little to No Physical Interaction

Obstacles to online gaming

Ways to game online
Zoom
Skype
Discord
Slack
Roll 20
Tabletop Simulator
Tabletopia
Board Game Arena
Yucata
Boite A Jeux
Article: Comparison of Three of the Best Sites for Playing Board Games Online For Free
Steam
Vorpal Board
World Anvil
Board Game Stats
Board Game Geek

01:04:54 Lobby check-in

Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

—The Game Room: Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters The Creepy Cellar Expansion—

An expansion for my favourite cooperative kids game of all time.

Written Review of The Creepy Cellar
Buy The Creepy Cellar

—The Digital Game Room: Roguebook—

A look at a digital deck-building roguelike from Richard Garfield.

Roguebook Written Review
Preorder Roguebook


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