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BGWS 054 – Cosmic Encounter

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.

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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 Fantasy Flight know at skarkula@fantasyflightgames.com . Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 053 – Say Anything

Say Anything is a party game about guessing what someone else will say. (7:37)


Say Anything is a party game designed by the same folks who did Wits and Wagers. It’s a light game for 3-8 people, and plays well either with people you know or with people you don’t know.

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 North Star Games know at customersupport@northstargames.com . Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 052 – Ice Flow

Ice Flow is a mutliplayer puzzle game where players are attempting to cross the Bering Strait (18:40)


Ice Flow is a mutliplayer family strategy game where players are trying to effectively use fish and ropes to scamper across the Bering Strait, avoiding being stranding and being attacked by polar bears. Players must work with a team of explorers, helping them work together to be the first ones across

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 Ludorum games know at info@ludorum.co.uk . Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

By the way – here’s Scott’s Stuff on YouTube


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BGWS 051 – Agricola

Agricola is a strategy game where players are farmers attempting to raise animals, crops, and keep their families fed. (29:59)


Agricola is a new strategy game where players get to play farmers! It also has captured the interest of many modern boardgamers, quickly shooting up to the top of the rankings in BoardGameGeek. In this game, players have to attempt to keep a small farm running, balancing food and animal production with building and learning new occupations. The scoring system forces you to do everything to some extent, yet turns are short. Each player starts with a hand of cards that allow them to break the rules in different ways, which forces a different strategy each time.

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

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


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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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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 049 – Metropolys (with a touch of Caylus)

Metropolys is a light strategy game where players bid for control of city districts to achieve hidden objectives. (20:32)


Metropolys is a game by Ystari Games, published in the U.S. by Rio Grande Games. It is a light strategy game where players bid for control of regions. In this episode of Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson explains how to play this game, focusing on the Expert version of the rules

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If you liked the introduction and want to see more of Yahtzee and Zero Punctuation, visit http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation (Note that his reviews use mature language and visuals).

You can order this game through Funagain games.

If you do decide to order the game because of this episode, let the folks at Ystari know at info@ystari.com or Rio Grande games know at http://www.riograndegames.com/contact.html Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.


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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 047 – TransEuropa and Vexation

TransEuropa is a good introductory train game where players have secret agendas to connect five cities using communal track. (11:28)

TransEuropa (and the similar game, TransAmerica), is a great introduction to modern board games. It’s a light game where players connect cities across Europe by playing track that everyone shares. In this episode of Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson discusses this game and the expansion, Vexation. The expansion adds a little bit of complexity and makes the game more confrontational.


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You can order TransEuropa or order Vexation through Funagain Games . If you do decide to order the game because of this episode, let the folks at Rio Grande Games know at http://www.riograndegames.com/contact.html, as this does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.


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BGWS 046 – 18xx

18xx is a series of complex economic train games where players invest and manage multiple train lines, set in the 1800′s. (42:03)

The 18xx series of games are a long-standing series of economic train games. Players invest in one or more train corporations and manage their routes on a board. In this episode of Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson discusses the series of the 18xx games. This episode is not traditional in that Scott doesn’t teach you a specific game. Since each game in the 18xx series is different, Scott focuses on the topics that most have in common. These games are long but can provide a rewarding and deep game experience.


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You can order 1870 through Funagain Games (although it’s temporarily out of stock). If you do decide to order the game because of this episode, let the folks at Mayfair Games know at mayfair@mayfairgames.com, as this does make a difference!

All of funagain.com’s 18xx games can be found at http://www.funagain.com/control/category/~category_id=SERIES_0428

You can order 18FL through Deep Thought Games.

There are some sample 18XX games in a “Learning to Play” series at BoardGameGeek at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/207393 and
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/207400

There is a Yahoo group to discuss 18XX at http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/18xx/

Also, a plethora of 18xx information is available at Keith Thomasson’s site – http://www.fwtwr.com/18xx/index.htm


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Blatant Plug – Tulipmania 1637

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I’ve designed my first board game, called Tulipmania 1637. It’s a stock market game that replicates the bubble market that was in 1637 regarding the price of tulip bulbs that almost destroyed the dutch economy. I made the game after visiting the Tulip museum in Amsterdam and learning all about Tulipmania, and wanted to pass along the lesson of how bubble markets occur and the role of unethical people in these markets. You are one of these less-than-ethical investors trying to take advantage of the innocent Tulip Buyers.. and each other.

It’s planned to be published in October (and as soon as I get a copy, I’ll make a Blatant Plug Video about it.)

But, if you want to explore it, the publishers have created a version that you can try online for free until the game comes out.

You can read the rules and download the software to try the game at
http://www.jklminteractive.co.uk/jklm/tulipmania.php

and you can preorder the game with a discount at
http://www.jklmgames.co.uk/gamessin.php?game=420

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