Archive for Strategy Games / Eurogames

BGWS 024 – Die Macher

Die Macher is a 5 hour heavy strategy game about German Politics. It is, however, one of the classic euro-style games. (56:35)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m looking at the granddaddy eurogame, Die Macher. Die Macher is a heavy procedural strategy game that takes about 5 hours to play. It is complex with several interlocking systems, and becuase of the complexity, has been the most-requested game so far here at BGWS.

That said, this is also a long video – it’s almost an hour. (Yes, I realize the files are large, but it’s an hour of video!) I’ve tried to the essentials and have a sample turn in there at the end to help you put everything together.

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BGWS 024, High quality, (373 MB)
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BGWS 024, Audio only (68 MB MP3) (Other audio formats )

Valley Games is republishing the game, and you can order it from their Website. (If you do so because of Board Games with Scott, let them know! It makes a difference.)

You can download many fine player aids over at BoardGamegeek. Some of my favorites are this player aid (back) (front) and the English scoring sheet.

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BGWS 023 – Masons

Masons is a strategy game about building walls, creating cities, and developing high-scoring patterns on the board that match scoring cards. (14:44)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m looking at the strategy game, Masons (a.k.a. Mauer Bauer). Masons is a fairly abstract strategy game with a good balance of luck and skill.

In Masons, you have a hand full of scoring opportunity cards. The board is changing each turn with new walls, cities, houses, palaces, and towers, and you have to decide when to play your scoring card to maximize your points. Each turn doesn’t take long, so the game moves along quite nicely.

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BGWS 023, Low quality (30 MB)
BGWS 023, High quality, (167 MB)
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Order Masons (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase Masons, please write the publisher, Rio Grande Games
and let them know you made your decision based on the show! (this really does make a difference). Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 021 – Cleopatra and the Society of Architects

Cleoptra and the Society of Architects is a light strategy game about collecting sets of cards and placing buildings strategically for the most points. (24:14)

On this week’s episode, Scott Nicholson talks about the Days of Wonder game, Cleopatra and the Society of Architects. This game has some of the best components in a board game and is about building structures to please Cleopatra. Players visit the market to collect resources, and then visit the quarry to build the plastic buildings. Corruption lurks around every corner to lure players to play more powerful cards, but the player with the most corruption is tossed to Cleopatra’s crocidiles!

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BGWS 021, Low quality (43 MB)
BGWS 021, High quality, (198 MB)
BGWS 021, Audio only (29.2 MB)

Order Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

Talk about the game over at BoardGameGeek.

If you decide to purchase this game after watching BGWS, please write Days of Wonder and let them know you made your decision based on the show! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 020 – Power Grid with Friedemann Friese

Power Grid is a medium-weight strategy game with auctions, markets, and connetions of cities. (26:41)

Itunes user? If you just got audio, delete the file and then get it again, and it should be video.

On this week’s episode, Scott Nicholson is joined by designer Friedemann Friese to talk about Power Grid. Power Grid is a top-rated medium-weight strategy game where players purchase power plants at an auction, buy raw materials from a market, connect new cities into their power grid, and then fire off their power plants to supply power and make money.

(note – I’m currently updating the files due to a minor rules mistake. If your download doesn’t complete, try again later.)

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New! Below the typical Internet Archive files, I’ve posted some links to a “Faster Server” for the larger video files. These links will only be up until the next episode of BGWS, then the Internet Archive links will continue as the permanent home.

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BGWS 020, Low quality (57 MB)
BGWS 020, High quality, (205 MB)
BGWS 020, Audio only (32.6 MB)

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BGWS 020, Low quality (57 MB)
BGWS 020, High quality, (205 MB)
BGWS 020, Audio only (32.6 MB)

Purchase Power Grid or the expansion (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

Talk about the game over at BoardGameGeek.

If you decide to purchase this game after watching BGWS, please write Rio Grande Games or and let them know you made your decision based on the show!

In two weeks, I’ll be taking a look at Cleopatra and the Society of Architects!

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BGWS 019 – Thurn and Taxis

Thurn and Taxis is a light strategy game about delivering mail to cities in Germany (17:01)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m taking a look at Thurn and Taxis, which is the newest game by Andreas and Karen Seyfarth. This is a light strategy game that is about delivering the mail! It’s a game about collecting cards that represent cities in Germany to make mail routes. Throughout the game, if you are one of the first players to visit specified sets of cities, you’ll get bonus points.

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BGWS 019, Low quality (41 MB)
BGWS 018, High quality, (337 MB)
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Talk about the game over at BoardGameGeek.

If you decide to purchase this game after watching BGWS, please write Rio Grande Games or (U.S) or Hans im Glueck (Germany) and let them know you made your decision based on the show! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 017 – Um Krone und Kragen

This is a dice game that is similar to Yahtzee with more strategy and special abilities. (20:07)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m going to talk about Um Krone und Kragen, which is a 2006 dice game where your goal is to impress royalty by rolling dice well. In the game, you roll and attempt to make good combinations of dice. Many different combinations will bring royalty cards to your side, which you can then use to become more powerful for your next attempt.


While the game is for 2-5 players, I suggest you play it with no more than 4. In fact, at a recent event, I pulled out two copies in order to have 2 3-player games rather than one large game. The game doesn’t change much with more players and only gets longer.

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Board Games with Scott 017 – Um Krone und Kragen (Low Quality – 38 MB)
Board Games with Scott 017 – Um Krone und Kragen (High Quality – 240 MB)
Board Games with Scott 017 – Um Krone und Kragen (Audio Only – 10 MB) (Other audio forms available).

You can also watch it with Spanish subtitles at http://video.google.es/videoplay?docid=-9119851469950930675

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BGWS 016 – The Fury of Dracula

The Fury of Dracula is a deduction/roleplaying game where one player is Dracula attempting to hide and ambush the other players, who form a team. (25:31)

This week, Board Games with Scott is an exploration of The Fury of Dracula, a 2006 remake of an 1987 Games Workshop board game (back when they made a line of great boardgames).

One player plays Dracula and moves around the board in secret. The other players work together to discover him, tightening their trap until they pummel Dracula into goo..err…dust. Dracula is trying to hide during the day (and usually run during the night), leaving behind his Sires and traps for the players. The game has a built-in timer, and if Dracula can stay alive long enough, he will win the game.

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Higher Quality Quicktime (299 MB)
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Purchase this game (and help BGWS get new games to review) through Funagain Games.

If you bought this game becuase of Board Games with Scott, let the publisher, Fantasy Flight, know! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 014 – Ticket to Ride Europe, Switzerland and Märklin

TTR Europe, Switzerland and Märklin are all different games based on the TTR base game. (31:39)

Welcome to Board Games with Scott! This is a weekly show where I take a different board game each week, review it, and lightly review it. This week, I’m looking at three games – all of them variants on Ticket to Ride.

Europe, Switzerland (in the computer game), and Märklin are all different board with different rulesets to make the Ticket to Ride game interesting to different types of players. If you haven’t played Ticket to Ride yet, watch Board Games with Scott 011 – Ticket to Ride first, then come back and watch this.

Note – YouTube has just changed their policy and I can’t put up any videos longer than 10 minutes, so I won’t be using YouTube any more.

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Board Games with Scott 014 – Ticket to Ride Europe, Switzerland and Märklin (57 MB, lower-quality quicktime)

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BGWS 014 Audio Only

You can help support BGWS by purchasing any games from Funagain through the following links:
TTR Marklin

TTR Europe

TTR Original

Here are the BoardGameGeek pages for the Ticket to Ride Series.

If you bought this game becuase of Board Games with Scott, let the publisher, Days of Wonder, know! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 013 – Pizza Box Football

Pizza Box Football is a two player dice-rolling game where players take on the role of a play-calling manager. (15:53)


This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m taking a look at Pizza Box Football and its expansion. This game can be played at various levels, based upon the rules that you decide to play with. I’ve never been a sports fan, but I get a kick out of this game.

New! Click on the picture below to watch the episode right here. (send me a note at scott@scottnicholson.com if this works much better or this doesn’t work at all.)


Board Games with Scott 013 – Pizza Box Football
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Board Games with Scott 013 - Pizza Box Football (Lower-quality Quicktime)

Board Games with Scott 013 - Pizza Box Football (Higher-quality Quicktime)

New! BGWS 013 (Audio Only)

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BGWS 012 – Antike

Antike is a German empire-building/logistics game that plays in under two hours. (24:14)

Greetings! Welcome to Board Games with Scott, a weekly show where I take a board game, explains it, and briefly reviews it. This week, I’m going to look at Antike, which came out at the Essen game fair in 2005. Antike is an empire building game where each player builds up troops, which he/she uses to take over new pieces of land, build more cities, produce more goods, use some of those goods for research, and fights the other players. It’s got a few interesting elements and (usually) very fast turns, so downtime is minimal. The game rarely takes more than 2 hours, with most games I’ve played lasting under 90 minutes.

Board Games with Scott 012 – Antike (Streaming Flash through YouTube)

Board Games with Scott 012 – Antike (Lower-quality Quicktime)

Board Games with Scott 012 – Antike (High-quality Quicktime)

BGWS 012 – Audio Only

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