Review of The Extraordinaires Design Studio


I realize it’s been a while since I’ve done something here, but I came across something at the NY Toy Fair that really got me excited.  It’s not a game per se (although has a game within it) – it’s more of an activity.  But it inspired me enough to dig out all of the old equipment and make a video in the stylings of BGWS.

It’s called The Extraordinaires Design Studio, created by the same group who made Rory’s Story Cubes.   It’s all about learning how to make a design with a user in mind, which is a valuable lesson for anyone who creates things.


You can see this video over on BoardGameGeek at

I’ve put up the rest of my tweets and pictures from NY Toy Fair at

Also, if you want to keep up with me,

I’m active on Twitter at
and on Facebook at .

You can see my writings and talks about games at my lab’s web site at

Finally, if you like Escape Rooms and want to talk about them, I’ve started an Escape Room google group at!forum/escape_enthusiasts

(and no, this doesn’t mean I’m coming out of retirement to make more videos.. and I don’t want to make a video about your kickstarter.  😉  )



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Golden Geek Award Voting and Going, Going, GONE! runs the Golden Geek awards each year.  The voting is currently open and closes on February 17.

Going, Going, GONE!, my new board game,  has been nominated for Best Party Game of 2013.  If you are a supporting user of BoardGameGeek, then you are eligible to vote.  You can vote at

If you haven’t tried GGG but want to know more, I’ve produced several videos about the game.  You might have seen the Board Games with Scott episode that I produced about it:

but you might not have seen the PG-13 Drinking Game variant video:

or the Harlem Shake video that I filmed during the BGG.con GGG tournament:

After watching these, if you think that Going, Going, GONE! is worthy of your vote for best Party game for 2013, please visit before February 17th and select Party Game to cast your vote.


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BGWS Special Edition: Going, Going, GONE!

This special edition of Board Games with Scott is about my new game, Going, Going, GONE!, published by Stronghold Games.

Download the file at:


The list of variants that you can add to is at Board Game Geek.

You can keep up with what I’m doing at



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Kickstarter for Tiny Games

There is a current Kickstarter project (running through April 13) that I feel is very important.   I decided to make a short video about it to help raise awareness of the project.

The project is called Tiny Games, and it is out of a studio in the UK called Hide & Seek. They are developing an app/PDF with hundreds of small games that you play in the physical world with other people.

If you don’t know, I’m now running a research lab called Because Play Matters, where I focus on transformative games for informal learning and the future of gamification.   The concept of Play is an important one, and one we don’t do enough in life.

This app/PDF is all about enabling you to play with the people around you.  I made a video in support of this campaign.  It’s not a paid video, nor did they even ask for this.  (they don’t even know I’m doing it!)  I just feel this is very important, so I want to help get the word out.

You can see my video at

and you can support the project at

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Get your name in Scott’s game!

Hey there!

I’m working on a new social game. One of the things I need for the game are get-to-know-you questions.

So, I thought it might be fun to crowd source it. If I use your question, I’ll give you appropriate credit on the game card/screen with your question!

If you want to see your name in a game, this is your chance!


Come and contribute a question by April 13th at

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Updates, GDC and Heading to PAX East

Hello there!

I wanted to first apologize if you had any spam coming your way from this blog.  Bad guys found their way in and replaced my RSS feed with their own Web site, so I ended up deleting the whole blog and reintroducing the content.

I will be at PAX East spending most of my time in the tabletop area, so come by and say howdy!

I have continued to add videos to my InPlay video series at

I also went to the Game Developers Conference this year, and presented a series of videos with my thoughts:


No new news on my other board game designs – one company had a contract on my adventure game for 18 months, then canceled the contract and sent it back to me.  That was certainly disappointing.   Other games are under consideration elsewhere.   If I do get news, I’ll post it here!

I’m wrapping up my sabbatical at MIT over the next month or so, then will be heading back to Syracuse.



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InPlay Video Reviews and Google+

I’ve been doing short video reviews for about 6 months and posting them to YouTube. These reviews are filmed during the play of the game, so they are much less polished and usually involve me talking with the players about their impressions of the game.

Most are under 5 minutes.

I’ve made about 30 of them so far, and you can find them all at

If you want to keep up with my YouTube video series, they are all posted in my snicholson channel at

You can also keep up with me via my public Google+ channel, which is at

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New research blog – Play Matters

I’ve started a new blog focused on my research on games called Play Matters. It’s going to be my main focus where I talk about what I’m going with serious games, games in education, and game design.

If you want to keep up with my scholarly view of games, you can do so at

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Teaching video of The Republic of Rome

As part of a charity auction on Board Game Geek for Tom Vasel, I volunteered to create a video (with a silly opening) on the game of the high bidders’ choosing. The winning game was The Republic of Rome.

You can watch the video here:

or download it through the Internet Archive at

This isn’t a return of BGWS, but a special video for the auction. I didn’t have a very good experience putting this together, so I don’t plan on doing this again.

If you’d like to talk about this video, head over to

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BGWS Closeout Auction

I’ve posted an auction on for over 100 board and video games from my collection that closes on May 22. You’re welcome to visit and bid, and if you find the minimum bid too high for you, you can place an offer that I’ll consider!

You can find the auction at

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