October 25, 2009 at 9:50 am · Filed under All Posts
In Castle Panic, players work together to defend a castle in the cooperative tower defense game. (12:19)
Castle Panic is a light cooperative game with a video game feel. Players work together against an onslaught of intruders to keep the castle towers from falling. While players have to work together, only one can win as the Master Slayer!
October 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm · Filed under All Posts
Long Shot is a horse racing game where players can own pretty ponies and make money off of betting on them (10:00)
Long Shot is a horse-racing game. Players start with some money but no horses and choose between spending money on buying horses and betting with money on which horses will win. It’s a nice balance between the two, with a little strategy and more than a little luck.
August 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm · Filed under All Posts
Word on the Street is a social team-based word game where players attempt to capture letters by coming up with words. (7:45)
Out of the Box is the company that originally created Apples to Apples. They have a new party game that’s got two teams coming up with words in categories to capture letters that are in those words. This game would be good for school, library or family play.
Tulipmania 1637 is an economic stock market game that simulates a bubble market. (22:07)
Scott made a game! Originally due out at Essen 2008, Tulipmania 1637 has finally made it through the production process. It’s out in the UK, where it’s being published, and will be coming to the US in September 2009.
Because Scott made this game, this episode of BGWS is not an objective review. You will learn about the game, and should be able to decide if it’s something for you.
Battlestar Galactica is a longer game pitting Humans versus Cylons in a cooperative strategy roleplaying experience. (30:49)
Enjoy the Sci-Fi series Battlestar Galactica? Or enjoy roleplaying experiences trying to unearth traitors (or being a traitor)? Then take a look at Battlestar Galactica: The Reality Show. For this special episode, I filmed an actual game of BSG in reality-show style with a confessional so you can learn what the players are thinking.
I became aware of the idea through Logan Bretschneider. One of his friends did “Risk Night” as a school project, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKqHB5erubc, and I thought the idea was great and would work well for BSG.
Excape is a clever press-your-luck dice game. (9:04)
The classic press-your-luck German game Exxtra has been recently “rethemed” and made into Excape. It’s a light game where players roll the dice and decide to take the roll or re-roll, hoping for a better score but risking losing their turn. Players can then set how far they want to move on the board in a second mechanic of interaction and risk-taking.
If you decide to get Excape because of this video, please let Rio Grande Games (in the US) or Filosofia Editions at firstname.lastname@example.org (outside the US) know! This makes a difference. Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.
Formula D is a remake of a classic roll-and-move car racing game. (10:51)
Over the last few months, I’ve been going through a lot of thinking about Board Games with Scott. I have been burning out on the old format, and I’ve decided to make some changes. I posted a few questions over at Scott’s Stuff (http://www.youtube.com/snicholson), and have done some soul-searching.
Welcome to the new Board Games with Scott! The biggest change I’ll be making is shortening the shows. I’m not going to be doing all of the rules, but rather, presenting a broader overview of the game. I’m removing many of the cut-aways, section breaks, and other time-consuming edits.
I’m also going to be doing some experimentation with technology and format. It’s akin to starting over, as I’ll be learning again more about creating videos. I’ve also decided to discontinue the BGWS audio-only feed.
Cosmic Encounter is a remake of a classic board game about aliens with super powers trying to populate the galaxy. (29:37)
Cosmic Encounter originally came out in the late 1970′s and has been released several times since then. This is the newest release, and Fantasy Flight has done a great job. This is a light space conquest game where the basic rules are simple, but each player has the ability to break the rules. This, on top of “take that” card play, leads to a chaotic game where players are trying to establish bases all over the galaxy.
In this episode of Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson explains how to play this game.
If you do decide to order the game because of this episode, let the folks at Fantasy Flight know at email@example.com . Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.