Trainspotting: What is a “Train Game”? Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 131


Part one of a two-episode series highlighting Train Games.

In this first episode, we try to help people define what a Train Game is. Sticking with that theme we’ve got a review of an upgrade for 18XX train games. Then we go off the rails a bit with our review of A Little Wordy, the latest game from Exploding Kittens. We finish off back on track with some initial thoughts on Great Western Trail and Rail Pass as well as plays of Villainous, DC Deck Building and Supershow.

Episode 131 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded May 5th, 2021.

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This episode includes:

—Suggestion Box – Fan Feedback —

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15 Surprisingly Easy Board Games:

Legendary Metal Coins Season Six Review,

Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Review:

Horrified Review:

Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins Review:

—Ask The Bellhop—

Based on a conversation that started on our private Tabletop Bellhop Patreon Patron Discord server, we thought it would be worth discussing what people mean when they say a board game is a “Train Game”.

BGG Definition of Train Games
BGG Glossary listing for Train Games
Wikipedia Definition of Train Games

Some of the train games mentioned:
Ticket to Ride
Iron Dragon
The Last Spike
18XX Games
Crayon Rail Games
Empire Builder
Rail Baron
Age of Steam
First Train to Nuremberg
Russian Railroads
Railways of the World

Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

—The Game Room: 18Cash and 18Shares—

A look at a prototype sample of 18Cash and 18Shares chips created to improve your 18XX games

18Cash and 18Shares on Kickstarter
Video Review on YouTube

—The Game Room: A Little Wordy—

We review A Little Wordy, the most recent game from Exploding Kittens (and isn’t a party game!).

Written Review
Unboxing Video
Buy A Little Wordy

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