Archive for Abstract Games

Scott’s Stuff – Brief Review of Cavum

I’m testing this out as a way of letting viewers of BGWS know about interesting Scott’s Stuff episodes. While I do episodes on many topics, I thought that when I do a good board game episode, I would post it here as well.

Because I’m only putting these on YouTube, then the videos themselves won’t download into iTunes, so you can’t easily watch them on your portable device. For all of you that are reading this blog through an RSS feed reader, it should work fine, and will let you know when there’s a board game-related episode on Scott’s Stuff.

If you like this format, you can see more of them at http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=snicholson&view=videos

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BGWS 050 – Prophecy

Prophecy is a fantasy adventure boardgame where players build up mighty heroes to gain control of artifacts (30:20)


Prophecy, designed by Through the Ages designer Vladimír Chvátil, was originally put out by Czech Board Games, and has since been published by Z-Man games and Altar games. It is a fantasy board game in the ilk of Talisman, where players build up characters to achieve greater things in life. Games like this and Descent have their roots in Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying games.

In this episode of Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson explains how to play this game.

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You can order this game through Funagain games.

If you do decide to order the game because of this episode, let the folks at Z-Man know at zman@zmangames.com or Altar games know at obchod@altar.cz .


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BGWS 048 – Saikoro

Saikoro is a 2-player abstract game where players try to stay alive on a disappearing board. (11:22)


Saikoro is a small-press 2-player abstract game, published by Solbenk . In this episode of Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson discusses this easy-to-learn game and plays a demonstration game.
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If you do decide to order the game because of this episode, let the folks at Solbenk Games know at http://www.solbenk.com/about_us.htm, as this does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.


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BGWS 041 – ConHex

ConHex is a fast abstract connection game for two players (17:54)

In this episode, I interview Michail Antonow, the designer of ConHex, about his game, teach the game and play a sample game. ConHex is a clever two-player abstract game where players are attempting to connect two sides of a square board. Games move very quickly, but the game has considerable depth in just a few rules.

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You can order ConHex through Funagain Games or through Clemens Gerhards Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 007 – Lost Cities

Lost Cities – A light two-player card-based game of exploration.(10:50)

Lost Cities
is one of the most popular small-box two player games by Kosmos (imported by Rio Grande). These games have the flavor of a more complex Eurogame, but are easier to play and are designed specifically for two players. This game has gotten popular enough to be featured as an event in the World Boardgaming Championships.



Board Games with Scott 007 – Lost Cities (Flash)

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