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Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-31

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

How do sales affect your buying habits (especially on digital offerings)? Do you value the writing less than having the physical books?

"$20 for a PDF" is a quote that I hear all the time, and I know that I know that I've been guilty of the same thoughts. After all, it's an electronic document, right? But when you look at the rate for artists, writers, layout designers, editing- the only thing different in delivering the PDF is the fact that it doesn't have to go through printing. So I've been trying to adjust my thinking in that regard. In terms of boardgames, I tend to stay away from PnP, so it's never been a consideration for me. The few PnP that I have, I haven't really played.

As far as sales, I'll buy a lot that I was on the fence about given a bundle of holding or humble bundle- and many things that I've never even considered. I don't necessarily wait for sales anymore- something that I did before on many more products.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
New podcast episode:

No Touching! - Board games that reduce or eliminate contact. Also a review of 8Bit Box from Iello with a look at each of the included games. Finally a first look at Woodlands from Ravensburger.

Show notes:
https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep084/

#Podcast #tabletop #Boardgames
No Touching! – Board games that reduce contact – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 84
 
Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

How varied are the genres in your RPG/Boardgame collection? Are there any that you avoid or prefer?

I like to think that I have space for everything, but there are definitely those that I eschew, whether deliberately or subconsciously. I dislike party games- I don't know if I'm at the level of hate, but I guess I'm only not there because my family loves them. In the case of RPGs, I have representation across the board, but I definitely tend more towards darker themes- sometimes action oriented, sometimes not.


#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
Robotech Unboxing

Check out my latest #unboxing video where I take a look at what you get with Robotech RPG Tactics from Palladium and Ninja Division.

https://youtu.be/ZJl7auVkJRY

#Robotech, #Tabletop #Boardgames #RPGs
 
Great board games that reduce physical contact and reduce the chances of contamination during play.

Check out the Ask The Bellhop segment from our last live show for:

https://youtu.be/RR1sKwAACqM

#Tabletop #Boardgames
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-29

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

How varied are the genres in your RPG/Boardgame collection? Are there any that you avoid or prefer?

I like to think that I have space for everything, but there are definitely those that I eschew, whether deliberately or subconsciously. I dislike party games- I don't know if I'm at the level of hate, but I guess I'm only not there because my family loves them. In the case of RPGs, I have representation across the board, but I definitely tend more towards darker themes- sometimes action oriented, sometimes not.


#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-28

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

What criteria do you utilize when inviting new players to your gaming group?

I really struggle with this, so usually leave it to others to bring in players. I usually look for someone that's agreeable and laid back more than anything else- I hate drama when playing any sorts of games. Also, a commitment to showing up, playing, and timeliness. Beyond that, I think anything is surmountable.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
8bit Box Review - A board game system for playing retro video game style games from Iello.

Check out the review segment from our last live show where we talk about 8Bit Box from @IelloUSA

https://youtu.be/dxy1w3XHqiY

#Boardgames #Tabletop
 
While we are all staying in our houses, maybe it is time to either catch up...or begin... seeing the inspiration that ended up bringing us all here:

https://archive.org/details/appendix-n?tab=collection

Maybe if you have some spare cash a donation to the Internet Archive is warranted as a thank you:

https://archive.org/donate/

#RPG #OSR #adnd #dnd #tabletop
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-27

I'm up late working, so figured I'd go ahead and post it.

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

There are a few games funding right now on crowdfunding platforms about the current crisis. This is not the only time that has happened. In all honesty, World War I and II, Vietnam, etc are the same sorts of products. Is it just good business, or tacky? Is there a difference between types of events that make it OK or not? Or maybe time? When is it OK to release games about events?

I think it depends on the event, the timing of the product, and the delicacy in which it is handled. There was an event that White Wolf used (before Paradox decided to just farm everything out) where the terrors that were currently happening were based on supernatural forces rather than the evil that exists in the hearts of certain men. That was definitely tasteless. To base events on certain other atrocities even if you didn't do that would still be tasteless. But wars themselves- after a time when the populace is not going through them is fair game IMO. During Desert Storm/Desert Eagle I worked in a game shop and GMT (and others) released war games about the ongoing conflict. I thought that a bit too soon.


#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
Woot!

We just hit 400 subs on YouTube!

Thanks everyone who took the time to subscribe. This really does help us get our videos seen by more people!

https://www.youtube.com/tabletopbellhop

#Tabletop #RPGs
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-26

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

What game do you think is underrated and why?

For RPGs, I think Godlike by Arc Dream publishing. The way that it integrates super powered individuals with our own timeline to create a cohesive alternate reality reminds me of the best works of Turtledove, and I've never played a game that wasn't intense- largely because for all of the powers that the characters have, they're just as much at risk as the normal line soldiers. The system really supports that feeling, and makes the action fast and frantic.

For Boardgames, I think In the Shadow of the Emperor.

I don't see many talk about this in the aegis of well respected games and it's not one that I see people wanting to play often. It has so many well done aspects, from aging of the nobles to the marriage and inheritance process to the way that the game encourages change with concrete rewards. I'll play it any time (as my time on mabiweb shows), but in person, it's rarely a game that people want to play.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
Image/Photo
I decided to add a little more #Dyson hatching to a couple of my #Geomorph #Dungeon tiles. Since I don't have much better to do at the moment.

#ttrpg #Tabletop #RPG #Gaming
 

Customizing your Genre Rules

I’m looking at running Apocalypse World in the near future, and the game has a very good way of giving the GM high level Directive Rules – Agenda, Principles, etc.

Anyway, for Apocalypse World, one of the directions is “Barf Apocalyptica” – basically infuse the world with all the things that make it post-apocalyptic – the weird mesh of our current world, ruined, with weird and strange and broken things. It serves to remind the GM to constantly push the agenda of the game’s genre.

A bit more focused, for you

So, as I’m prepping, I’m writing down some inspiration ideas that I can refer to for my game to make sure I have the kind of apocalyptica I want:
  • The verge of falling apart
  • Junk survives
  • Danger is around the corner
  • A junkyard solution, but once in a while something pristine
  • Critters are dangerous but never quiet
Mind you, these are basically cues to myself that I know I can use to inspire immediate ideas in narration and description – a different game, different group of players, and of course, each GM would come up with their own.

Any Genre

However, there’s no reason you couldn’t make a short list like this for a superhero game, or Star Wars, or whatever kind of game you’re looking to play. Whether they need to be something the players share in or just as reminders for you as a GM, that’s up to you.

Sometimes as GM’s we end up with a lot to juggle and the genre description can suffer a bit – between math, many NPCs, and players with lots of questions or actions all happening at once, it can be useful to have a reminder for yourself.

If you find my blog entertaining and valuable, consider supporting me on Patreon.
https://bankuei.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/customizing-your-genre-rules/
i find these kind of reminder techniques very useful, since I can easily get lost in the action when GMing :D

#tabletop #rpg #ttrpg #apocalypseworld #GMadvice #storygames
Italy 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-25

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Have you seen any games that go out of their way to be accessible? Have you considered accessibility in your designs?

I took a workshop recently, and there was a particular lesson about designing for accessibility. To my lament, I'd never even considered a lot of the points in that lesson. Colors, contrasts, textual clues for screen readers, layout- all these things and more go into making the hobby more accessible to everyone.

Jacob Wood is one designer that I know that's visibly at the forefront of making this a more known subject with two kickstarter projects on the issue:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/accessiblegames/accessible-gaming-quarterly-an-rpg-zine

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/accessiblegames/survival-of-the-able

It's a subject that I've seen little about.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
Dig some video with our audio?

Check out the video version of our latest podcast: Home For a Rest where we are talking about great games to play while when stuck at home.

We also review Talisman Legendary Tales a great kids game.

Check it out:
https://youtu.be/mIp5YRyC6mE

#Podcast #TabletopPodcast #Tabletop #Boardgames
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-24

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.


I know that designers are becoming more aware of diversity and inclusion, but it can be an area that is fraught with unknown landmines, especially during this time of transition to being more aware of marginalized groups.

Have you ever played a game that patronized you, or otherwise insulted you? And did you keep playing?


I've seen this a lot, and I think that I've just become inured to it. But I also think that this is an important area, and the hobby suffers when people are excluded either intentionally or unintentionally, so am interested in thoughts on the subject.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
@Charles M
 
A lot of you may be trying to teach people how to play some new games while isolating.

Check out this classic article where I talk about the difference between teaching a new gamer vs. an experienced one:

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/teaching-by-experience/

#Tabletop #Boardgames #Covid19
Teaching New Gamers vs. Experienced Gamers – Ask The Bellhop
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-23

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Have you ever played in any way other than Face-to-Face? Why or why not? And if you have, what are some tools that you've used/advice that you'd give in doing so?

I play almost exclusively non-face-to-face these days. Even before the COVID-19 epidemic, I'd found that it was easier to get together with friends, negotiate schedules, and meet new gamers online rather than trying to get anything together.

For #RPG I use the mediums of play by email or what I've come to term play by google doc (even though we don't always use google- the non-google alternatives I've used are https://cryptpad.fr/ and https://hackmd.io/). Though I have tried roll20 and Fantasy Grounds, I find that the asynchronous types of games seem to be easier to schedule and last the longest.

For #boardgame I've tried Tabletop Simulator and roll20, but again, the most successful have been more asyncrhonous types of games. We've used Google docs for those also and play by e-mail, but even more I've found myself using websites built for the games.

Some examples include
http://www.amarriner.com/#/ (the games are down right now, but played a lot of roads and boats there)
http://brass.orderofthehammer.com/
http://www.spielbyweb.com/
http://www.boardgaming-online.com/
https://www.yucata.de/en/
http://www.mabiweb.com/index.php (my love for In the Shadow of the Emperor came from too many games there)

There's also https://www.michaelschacht.net/pbm/modules.php?name=Game_Info, but I haven't played games there.

As far as advice, it seems to me that social contract becomes even more important when playing games online. It's too easy for interactions that are not conducted in person to go wrong, and having a baseline for what is expected help to smooth these along.


#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
 
What are some great games to play when stuck at home for an extended period?

Check out the Ask the Bellhop segment from our last live show where Sean Stephens and I talk about games to play while social distancing.

https://youtu.be/Tzcl-fQu7mE

#tabletop #boardgames
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-22

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

In the old days, large companies were the only ones who could afford to publish games. We've discussed Kickstarter and other crowdfunding, and Patreon and other ways to support individual artists to release the flow of content to the masses. That's, however, a small part of the overall industry, and there are horror stories of different crowdfunding projects that have gone awry. How can we best continue this trend in removing gatekeepers while protecting the consumer from those who would prey on them and by these bad experiences, start to reverse this trend?

I remember my first Kickstarter. It was Greg Stolze for a new idea that he had called Reign. Greg Stolze was not unknown in the industry, and Arc Dream, though still small, had published a few items and had made a name for itself with some Delta Green content. But this was a way to directly fund a project that would not otherwise have been made, with a new system that would go on to power Godlike, Wild Talents, and several more unique products in the industry. Back then, I had no real rhyme or reason why I backed anything, and with a notable few exceptions (Far West), when I look at the projects on my spreadsheet, they are all fulfilled. There was even one that had problems- and they gave me my entire pledge back.

As time went on, and more money began to flow through the platform, it began to change. More people were concerned with the products and the bottom line than the idea- creators and backers included. That idea of removing the gatekeepers became less and less the idea. I know that I look to projects with a more critical eye- and this is from someone that's engaged because I like seeing people's dreams come to life, and hope to one day run my own project and have it greeted with a similar enthusiasm.

I've always wanted to be a writer- and Kickstarter was the manner by which I found my pseudonym on a couple of publications. With the traditional way that things were done, I don't think that would have happened. But the concerns about the platforms and the projects are really important. If we apply a more critical eye to the projects that are being funded, then we just move the gatekeepers to another location. However, there have to be certain safeguards in place- I just can't figure out what they'd look like in the end.

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell
@Joseph Teller
 
Worried about the physical contact of tabletop gaming?

Check out my latest article where I suggest some great board games that have little to no physical interaction and offer some hacks for games that do to reduce contact:

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/low-contact-games/

Note: in the case of the current crisis this is not meant to encourage people to go out or have people over to game, this is about spending time with the people you are already in contact with regularly.

#RPGs #Tabletop
Great Board Games with Little To No Physical Interaction
 
In isolation due to the pandemic?

How about playing some board games to make the time pass and take your mind off current events.

Check out this list of Great board games to play while stuck at home?

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/stuck-inside/

#Boardgames #tabletop
Great Board Games to Play When Stuck at Home
 
Review - Talisman Legendary Tales from @pegasusspiele

Check out the review segment from our last live show which will be featured in our next podcast ep that drops Tuesday:

https://youtu.be/cAg-oJh1W6I

#Review #Boardgames #Tabletop
 
Talisman: Legendary Tales - A cooperative, family wight, bag building adventure

Check out my latest review of Legendary Tales from Pegasus Spiele.
While it may not have a lot in common with it's namesake there's a solid family weight game here.

https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/talisman-legendary-tales/

#Review #Boardgames #Tabletop
Talisman: Legendary Tales – A cooperative family weight bag building adventure – Review
 
What are some less well known cooperative board games I can play with my kids?

Check out this classic Ask The Bellhop article for some great ways to keep the kiddos occupied.

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/co-op-kids-games/

#boardgames #Tabletop
What are some less well-known cooperative kids board games? – Ask The Bellhop
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-20

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

If you were going to teach a class on game design, what topics would you emphasize to your students?

I think that playtesting is a section of game design that is in many cases and after thought (or not thought of) that has ruined more than one game. How to playtest and how to use the results of those playtests is a soft skill that can be hard to master.
 
This morning I added a new section to our amazon Shop.

In it are what I consider 50 of the best two player games of all time.

Check it out:
https://www.amazon.com/shop/tabletopdeals?listId=3CPGBM2PHLBU3

#Boardgames #Tabletop
 

Free PDFs from Exalted Funeral

#Tabletop #RPG

Exalted Funeral has a suite of free PDFs on their landing page (scroll down a bit) in support of passing the time during the general distancing at present.

https://www.exaltedfuneral.com/

Freebies include:

- Lorn Song of the Bachelor
- Troika! Numinous Edition
- Disciples of Bone & Shadow
- A Pound of Flesh

... and several more. All free. No strings attached.
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-18

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

I know that we've talked about Kickstarter- but what about Patreon, Payhip, and other smaller sites to support smaller artists? Any that you support that you want to call out (Tabletop or other)

I know I run a site that supports PbEM and PbP with mailing lists, wikis, websites, etc, and it took a long time for me to feel comfortable even asking for support. CPanel changed their method of charging for their software, and it increased my hosting costs to the tune of $10 a month. Just by asking, I've been almost able to cover that increased cost.

I've always been very supportive on Patreon, but also found out there are a wide variety of sites that people use including:

https://www.itch.io
https://www.ko-fi.com
https://www.payhip.com
https://www.gumroad.com
https://www.liberapay.com
https://www.patreon.com

Some of the people that I support include:

Vincent Baker (https://www.patreon.com/lumpley/posts)
Johnn Four (https://www.patreon.com/johnnfour/posts)
Dyson Logos (https://www.patreon.com/dysonlogos/posts)
EN World (https://www.patreon.com/ensider/posts, https://www.patreon.com/trailseeker/posts, https://www.patreon.com/woinrpg/posts)
Frank L. Turfler, Jr (https://www.patreon.com/FrankT/posts)
Plate Mail Games (https://www.patreon.com/platemailgames/posts)
Dean Spencer (https://www.patreon.com/deanspencerart/posts)
Shane Ivey (https://www.patreon.com/shaneivey/posts)
Johnny Gray (https://www.patreon.com/JonnyGray/posts)
Runehammer (https://www.patreon.com/RUNEHAMMER/posts)
GM Binder (https://www.patreon.com/gmbinder/posts)
Dennis Detwiller (https://www.patreon.com/detwiller/posts)
Sectors Without Number (https://www.patreon.com/sectorswithoutnumber/posts)
Epic Isometric (https://www.patreon.com/epicisometric/posts)
Eloy Lasanta (https://www.patreon.com/PipSystemPrimer/posts)
The Forge Studios (https://www.patreon.com/user/posts?u=2863325)
Fraser Ronald (https://www.patreon.com/FraserRonald/posts)
The Elven Tower (https://www.patreon.com/elventower/posts)
Joe Banner (https://www.patreon.com/jbinc/posts)
Tabletop Audio (https://www.patreon.com/tabletopaudio/posts)
Raging Swan Press (https://www.patreon.com/ragingswanpress/posts)
Button Shy Games (https://www.patreon.com/buttonshy)
Richard Gray (https://www.patreon.com/RichardGray)
Three Minute Boardgames (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=9257332)
Board Game Set (https://www.patreon.com/boardgameset)
 
House Rules in Board Games and RPGs, what are they and should you use them?

Check out my latest article over on the blog where I dive into house rules:

https://tabletopbellhop.com/gaming-advice/house-rules/

#Tabletop #RPGs #BoardGames
House Rules in Board Games and RPGs, What are they and should you use them?
 

WOD Quarantine Giveaways

#Tabletop #rpg

Onyx Path joins in on the giveaways, with one a day

Monday is Vampire 20th Anniversary Edition: The Dark Ages from Onyx Path Publishing. (Missed!)

Tuesday is Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition from Onyx Path Publishing.
https://www.storytellersvault.com/product/112871/Werewolf-The-Apocalypse-20th-Anniversary-Edition

Wednesday is Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition from Onyx Path Publishing.
https://www.storytellersvault.com/product/149562/Mage-The-Ascension-20th-Anniversary-Edition

Thursday is Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition from Onyx Path Publishing.
https://www.storytellersvault.com/product/210616/Changeling-The-Dreaming-20th-Anniversary-Edition

Friday is Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition from Onyx Path Publishing
https://www.storytellersvault.com/product/233842/Wraith-The-Oblivion-20th-Anniversary-Edition
 

StoryEngine offered for .01 as a quarantine activity

#Tabletop #RPG

I backed StoryEngine on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rockpapercynic/the-story-engine-deck-of-endless-storytelling-prompts-book/

From the campaign

The Story Engine is a deck of 150 cards (now upgraded to 180 with stretch goals!) that offer endless storytelling prompts for writers, teachers, artists, DMs, RPG players, and more.

It runs on a simple, fast, open-ended system of drawing and arranging cards to create prompts for:

* Story ideas
* Character concepts
* Encounter premises
* Magical items
* Campaign hooks

It's all in how you arrange the cards, interpret the connections between them, and bring the concept to life.



The digital version just fulfilled for backers, but the creator, Peter Chiykowski, is offering the basic deck for .01 to anyone that wants it as a quarantine activity.

Get it for .01 here: https://story-engine.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/226625

Pretty cool that designers are offering their wares to help pass the time in quarantine!
 
#LarcenousDesigns has made the PDFs of their #GamemastersApprentice decks free, to allow #RPG #Gamers achance to be able to quarantine, without having to give up the opportunity to play a game.

#Tabletop #Games #Coronavirus
 
New Podcast Ep: On the House

A Discussion on house rules in tabletop games.

Also two reviews: Gold West from Tasty Minstrel Games and Carpe Diem from Ravensburger

More of both games in our week in review along with Checkers, Istanbul, Jambo and 7 Wonders Duel.

https://tabletopbellhop.com/podcast/ep082/

#Podcast #Tabletop #RPPs #BoardGames
On the House – Discussing house rules in tabletop games. – Tabletop Bellhop Gaming Podcast Ep 82
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-17

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

How is the COVID-19 Pandemic affecting your gaming habits?

My last face-to-face gaming group died out a few years ago. Well, more than a few. It was some people at work, and we'd play after hours in a conference room. We started out with D&D4e- playing in Eberron and then Dark Sun. Then we moved on to FATE 3.0 (DFRPG). We also had a Board Game group where I live, but they repurposed the clubhouse to make it only for the golfers and more high scale clientele.

As a result, my gaming has moved online, so it's not really affecting me, other than the sporadic visits I'd make to Barnes and Noble and the couple of game shops in the next town.
 
Unboxing - Coimbra - A Golden Geek award winning, dice based, heavy board game by Eggertspiele

Check out our latest unboxing video of Coimbra from EGGERTSPIELE here:

https://youtu.be/KaX8JaKlt98

#Unboxing #BoardGames #Tabletop
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-16

#Tabletop #QOTD

Sorry for the outage - was under the weather this weekend.

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

How do you use technology to aid in your gaming?

I use a gaming wiki to log the campaign and keep track of the essential in-game information. There's also areas for the players to log information about their characters. I also use my tablet instead of carrying a crate of books around- one less milk crate being carried around.
 
What are your thoughts on House Rules, and should you use them?

Check out the Ask the Bellhop segment from our last live show where @DarkElfLX and I talk all about House Rules.

https://youtu.be/nfpJhcHUMXI

#Tabletop #RPGs #Boardgames
 
Carpe Diem a Kennerspiel des Jahres nominated tile laying board game from Stefan Feld - Review

A segment from our last live show where we review Carpe Diem from @RavensburgerNA

https://youtu.be/ffHv7Z4Klkk

#Review #Boardgames #Tabletop
 
Carpe Diem - Seize the day in this Roman themed tile laying game from Stefan Feld.

Check out my latest review of this Kennerspiel Des Jahres nominated game from Ravensburger

https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/carpe-diem/

#Boardgames #BoardGameReview #Review #Tabletop
Carpe Diem – Seize the Day in this Roman Themed Tile Laying Game from Stefan Feld
 
Gold West, A Review of the Old West gold rush themed abstract strategy board game from TMG.

Check out The Game Room Segment from our last live show where we talk about Gold West from @TastyMinstrel

https://youtu.be/L6FCvHfAJCs

#Boardgames #Review #tabletop
 
Our latest #Gloomhaven actual play is live.

Check out our attempt at scenario #60 Alchemy Lab.

Everything is on fire and it's fine.

https://youtu.be/-wunL-DhiUA

#Gloomhaven #Boardgames #Tabletop
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-12

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney
@Patrick Marchiodi
@Nathan Norway
@silverwizard
@Stephen Gunnell

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

Does a designer's personal life influence you to try their games, either positively or negatively?

Negatively: I don't usually have a problem separating the artist from the art, and unless it's something egregious, it doesn't affect my habits. If I already have items and have been enjoying them, then I don't feel any need to divest myself of them even in those cases.

Positively: Absolutely! If someone is doing positive things, especially in the hobby, but also otherwise, I might give something that they've done a try even if I might not have been inclined to do so. If there is a happy confluence of good design and good designer, so much the better.
 
Review - Gold West a gold rush board game using a unique mancala mechanic.

Check out my review of this Tasty Minstrel Games classic that seems to have flown under the radar for most people.

https://tabletopbellhop.com/game-reviews/gold-west/

#Boardgame #Tabletop #Boardgames #Review
Review of Gold West, A gold rush board game using a unique mancala based action system
 

Tabletop QOTD 2020-03-11

#Tabletop #QOTD

@Eric Franklin
@frasersimons
@Board Games Forum
@Curt Thompson
@Douglas Bailey
@Jesse Butler
@Keith Davies
@Martin Ralya
@Martijn Vos
@Nathan V
@Marsha B
@Stuntman
@Nathan Weaver
@Moe Tousignant
@PresGas (OSR) Aspect
@Craig Maloney

Borrowing from the idea of the Pluspora Check-in get some tabletop conversation going. If you have any questions that you want to get on the list to be asked, let me know. Also, if you'd like to be added or taken off the list of participants, let me know.

If you could interview any game designer (alive or dead), who would you interview and what question would you ask?

Monte Cook or Ed Greenwood. I've always had a hard time with setting design, and both of these have proven themselves to be very good at the craft of world design. I'd want to pick their brains on how they go about designing their worlds.
 
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