Archive for Strategy Games / Eurogames

BGWS 037 – Rum & Pirates

Rum & Pirates is a family strategy game about collecting honor points through strategic placement of scarce resources. (16:38)

In Rum & Pirates, players control a group a pirates. On your turn, you control the movement of your pirate leader, following along with members of your group. Based upon where the leader goes, you can get a few victory points easily or have to engage in some type of challenge or adventure to gain more points. You can spend resources to take extra turns, but when you are out of pirates, you are done for the round. Any pirates left over head back to the ship to fight over bunks (and therefore, more points). It’s a lighter game than others in this series (like Puerto Rico), but has good theme and flavor. Mmm – tastes like Pirate!

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You can order Rum & Pirates through Funagain Games.

Note – the picture of the ship’s hold came from lesjc@lineone.net via Flickr through the Creative Commons license.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Rum & Pirates because of this video, let the publisher know at riogames@aol.com in the U.S. or info@aleaspiele.de in Germany. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 036 – Shear Panic with the Lamont Brothers

Shear Panic is a light strategy game about managing the position of your sheep in a flock. (24:48)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson discusses Shear Panic – The Best Game Ewe Ever Heard and interviews the designers, Gordon and Fraser Lamont. In this 2-4 player light strategy game (with really nice components), players are manipulating a flock of sheep to achieve different goals. Each player has two sheep in the flock and is trying to either get them close to each other, move them toward a black sheep, or move them to the front or back of the flock.

This video on Shear Panic covers the Mayfair version of the game, which is very similar to the version published by 999 games (Panic in de Wei). The game has also been released by Zoch Verlag as Haste Bock?, which has some significant differences.

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Shear Panic because of this video, let the publisher know at mayfair@mayfairgames.com. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 035 – BattleLore

Holiday Sale! Use the special code JV8X4F83 at CustomFlix and get 20% off the BGWS DVD. This video has the first 9 episodes of BGWS and a special episode on Aquadukt, all of which were remastered to DVD-quality video so they look good on a television. You could buy this video and a few of the games I talk about for the non-gamer in your life as a holiday gift! This offer is good through December.

BattleLore is a two-player light tactical war game that can be played in a historical or fantasy setting. (28:06)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson discusses BattleLore. This game is in the lineage of Battle Cry, Memoir ’44, and Command and Colors: Ancients. It is a card-driven war game where two players fight it out for dominance of the battlefield. It’s elegant design makes it simple to get into and understand, but allows for more complexity than one might expect.

Please note – Scott is taking a break over the holidays, and this will be the only episode released in December. Look for the next episode in the first half of January!

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If you decide to purchase a copy of BattleLore because of this video, let the publisher know at marketing@daysofwonder.com. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 033 – Blue Moon City

Blue Moon City is a strategy racing game about making clever card combinations more effectively than opponents. (20:09)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson explores Blue Moon City. This game is set in the the world of Blue Moon, which is a popular 2-player card game. In this board game, players are rebuilding the wartorn city through bringing together the races of the area. It is a racing game where players are trying to be the most effective using their resources in clever ways to rebuild more of the city.

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Blue Moon City because of this video, let the publisher, Fantasy Flight Games, at http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/contact.html . This does make a difference!

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BGWS 032 – Carcassonne: The Discovery

Carcassonne is a tile-laying game, highly recommended for families and new players to Eurogames. (14:04)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson explores Carcassonne: The Discovery. Carcassonne is a series of games; the original one was about building cities and fields, and the resulting board looked like Carcassonne in France. There have been many other Carcassonne games in the line; this one was designed for new players to the series. The result is a good introduction to not only tile-laying games but these types of eurogames as well. (Also, seasoned players of the series should take a look – this version of Carcassonne has some key differences that give it some interesting decisions.)

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Carcassonne: The Discovery because of this video, let the publisher, Rio Grande Games, know through an e-mail to riogames@aol.com . This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 030 – Ad Acta with designer Andrea Meyer

Ad Acta is a game about being a civil servant involving card and queue management and a good dose of humor. (25:20)

This week on Board Games with Scott, designer Andrea Meyer joins Scott Nicholson to talk about her game, Ad Acta. This game takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to civil servitude as players attempt to get their work done at the right time while delaying the work of others. Andrea also talks about two of her other games, Wordwild and Hossa, and discusses some of the issues in being a game designer and a game publisher.

The site for Andrea’s company, Bewitched Spiele, is at http://www.bewitched-spiele.de/.

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I make one small mistake in the video – during a rules review, I say that the messenger takes files from the inbox. They actually take files from the outbox.

You can order Ad Acta (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Ad Acta because of this video, let the publisher, Bewitched Spiele, know through an e-mail to info@bewitched-spiele.de

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BGWS 029 – Easter Island

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Easter Island is a a two-player strategy game about bouncing light beams around the board in an attempt to destroy your opponent’s pieces. (10:38)

This week on Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson explores Easter Island. In this two-player abstract(ish) strategy game, players move pieces that can reflect beams of light. Players can also shoot beams of light from off the board, reflecting these beams around in an attempt to destroy their opponent’s pieces.

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Easter Island because of this video, let the publisher, Twilight Creations, know! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 028 – Timbuktu / Tombouctou

New! Order the BGWS DVD, with episodes 1-9 and a special episode on Aquadukt.

Timbuktu is a lighter-weight deduction game where players lead herds of camels through the dangerous desert, avoiding traps and delivering goods. (17:15)

This week on Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson explores Timbuktu. This is a deduction game from Germany where players attempt to carry goods via camels safely to Timbuktu. As the game goes on, dastardly theives await at the oases to steal goods from camels that happen to be in the wrong place. Players deduce the safe places to travel through cards and observation.

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You can order Timbuktu (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Timbuktu because of this video:
– If you are in the US, let Rio Grande know.
– If you are overseas, let Queen Games know.
This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 027 – Tahuantinsuyu with Alan Ernstein

Tahuantinsuyu is a medium-weight strategy game where players build roads, cities, and temples in a historical setting based on the Inca empire. (27:22)

This week on Board Games with Scott, game designer and publisher Alan Ernstein joins me to talk about his game, Tahuantinsuyu. This game is set in the Inca empire and many of the elements about the game are based on history. In the game, players are building roads, cities, and temples as they expand the glorious empire. Clever card play and changing turn length force players to adjust strategies to changing game situations.

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You can see many other games by Alan over at http://www.hangmangames.com/.

You can order Tahuantinsuyu (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Tahuantinsuyu because of this video, let Hangman Games know at uriuchu@hangmangames.com . This does make a difference!

Coming Soon! The First Board Games with Scott DVD is in the final publication stages. This will have episodes 1-9 and a special DVD-only episode remastered for DVD-quality watching on your television!

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BGWS 025 – Aqua Romana

Aqua Romana is a light strategy tile-laying game about digging aquaducts, cutting off your opponents and avoiding being cut off yourself. (11:01)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m taking a look at Aqua Romana. This game is in the tile-laying family, so has a similar feel to Caracassonne, Tsuro, or Streetcar/Linie 1. The big difference is that the type of tile you can play is dictated by large pawns that move around the outside of the field, so there’s a combination of strategy and luck in determining what you get next. It was nominated (but did not win) for the Spiel des Jahres award in Germany for 2006.

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If you decide to buy Aqua Romana, please let Rio Grande Games (in the US/Canada) or Queen Games (Europe) know about the impact BGWS had. This does make a difference!

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