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Taking a Break…

Well, my muse has not yet returned. I’ve played some games that I’ve really enjoyed – Peloponnes and Chaos in the Old World are both games I considered making a video about. But I think about making a video, and the drive just isn’t there.

I don’t want to say that I’m ending the show, as I’m getting ready to step down from a pretty big administrative load at work, and I’m hoping that once I’m through with that, the interest will return.

But for now.. I’m taking a break from the show.

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BGWS 064 – Castle Panic

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!

You can download Board Games with Scott 064 – Castle Panic from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through YouTube:

You can order Castle Panic through Funagain Games!

If you decide to get a copy, please let the folks at Fireside Games (http://www.firesidegames.com/contact.html) know that you are buying it because of Board Games with Scott! This makes a difference!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek.

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BGWS 063 – Long Shot

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.

You can download Board Games with Scott 063 – Long Shot from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:

BGWS 063: Board Games with Scott 063 – Long Shot from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.

You can order Long Shot through Funagain Games!

If you decide to get a copy, please let the folks at Z-Man Games ( zman@zmangames.com ) know that you are buying it because of Board Games with Scott! This makes a difference!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek.

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BGWS 062 – Word on the Street

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.

You can download Board Games with Scott 062 – Word on the Street from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:

BGWS 062: Board Games with Scott 062 – Word on the Street from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.

You can order Word on the Street through Funagain Games!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek.

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BGWS 061 – Tulipmania 1637

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.

You can download Board Games with Scott 061 – Tulipmania 1637 from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:

BGWS 061: Tulipmania 1637 from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.

You can order Tulipmania 1637 through Funagain Games!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek.

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BGWS 060 – Battlestar Galactica: The Reality Show

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.

You can download Board Games with Scott 060 – Battlestar Galactica from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:

BGWS 060: Board Games with Scott – Battlestar Galactica from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.

You can purchase Battlestar Galactica through Funagain Games!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek.

If you decide to get Battlestar Galactica because of this video, please let Fantasy Flight Games know! This makes a difference.

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BGWS 059 – Crunch

Crunch is a clever card game about the banking industry and bailouts. (11:42)


The folks at Terrorbull games create political sarcastic games that teach a lesson while having you explore a topic. The games are irreverent and not politically correct, but are fun!

You can download Board Games with Scott 059 – Crunch from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:

BGWS 059 – Crunch from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.

You can purchase Crunch through Funagain Games!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek.

If you decide to get Crunch because of this video, please let TerrorBull Games know! This makes a difference. Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 058 – Excape

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.

You can download Board Games with Scott 058 – Excape from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:

BGWS 058: Board Games with Scott 058 – Excape from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.

You can purchase Excape through Funagain Games!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek.

If you decide to get Excape because of this video, please let Rio Grande Games (in the US) or Filosofia Editions at info@filosofiagames.com (outside the US) know! This makes a difference. Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 057 – Small World

Small World is a light battle game where players guide various fantasy races in surviving a land grab in a Small World. (18:00)


Days of Wonder has remade Vinci into a lighter battle game called Small World. In this game, players take on races of fantasy characters on a land that is too small for them and wacky battles ensue!

You can download Board Games with Scott 057 – Small World from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:
BGWS 057: Small World from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.
You can purchase Small World through Funagain Games!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek.

If you decide to get Small World because of this video, please let Days of Wonder know! This makes a difference. Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 055 – Formula D

Formula D is a remake of a classic roll-and-move car racing game. (10:51)


Welcome back!

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.

Without further ado, I bring you Formula D!

You can download Board Games with Scott 055 – Formula D from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:

Board Games with Scott 055 – Formula D from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.

You can purchase Formula D through Funagain Games!

To discuss this episode, visit Board Game Geek. Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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