Roll And Move Board Games, Are they really that terrible? Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Episode 135

Roll and Move.

Is it really that terrible? What is a roll and move game, why do people hate on them and what are some actually good roll and move games? This is followed by two Aventuria Adventure Card Game Reviews, Master Tailor’s Poltergeists and Arsenal of Heroes. Plus our initial thoughts on the Battle of GOG Kickstarter prototype.

Episode 135 of the Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast, recorded June 2nd, 2021.

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We announce the winner of our Ticket to Ride giveaway.
Congratulations Mikhail!

 —Ask The Bellhop—

Tonight we’ve got a question from local game designer and Tabletop Bellhop Patreon patron Roger Meloche who writes:

“Hey Moe and Sean, I’m really enjoying your show. Thank you for the occasional mention of my “Not Ready for Prime Time” games.

I have a question for you.

What’s so bad about “Roll and Move”. Backgammon is a roll and move game. If it’s played at a fast pace, for stakes (2 bits a point) and the doubling cube is used, it can be a very intense and exciting game. 

Just because this mechanism was employed very poorly in the past doesn’t mean it’s bad. I believe it’s getting a bad rap because of the lack of player decisions, and lack of ways to mitigate poor dice rolls in games like monopoly and snakes and ladders. 

I’m currently working on a roll and move game with many tactical and strategic decisions. Are there any other roll and move games that you know of which use this mechanism effectively?”


Our favourite Roll and Move Games:
Xia Legends of a Drift System
Camel Up
Formula D
Merchant of Venus
Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters
Viva Topo
Long Shot
Thunder Road

Honourable Mentions:
Rallyman GT
Deep Sea Adventure

Send questions to questions@tabletopbellhop.com

—The Game Room: Aventuria: Master Tailor’s Poltergeists—

A look at the Master Tailor’s Poltergeists expansion for the Aventuria Adventure Card Game, a cooperative or competitive card game set in the world of The Dark Eye.

Written Review of the Master Tailor’s Poltergeists Expansion for Aventuria
Master Tailor’s Poltergeists Unboxing Video

—The Game Room: Aventuria: Arsenal of Heroes—

A look at the Arsenal of Heroes expansion for the Aventuria Adventure Card Game.

Written Review of Arsenal of Heroes for Aventuria
Arsenal of Heroes Unboxing Video
Buy Arsenal of Heroes

—The Bellhop’s Tabletop—

What we’ve been playing:

Aventuria Adventure Card Game
The Crew
Battle of GOG

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