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BGWS 045 – Board Games with Scott 045 – Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a modern eurogame that combines strategy and tactics about building an effective plantation in San Juan. (34:29)

Puerto Rico is one of the top-ranked games at BoardGameGeek and is one of my favorite games. That said, it is a medium-complexity game that offers a new player a large number of choices. Puerto Rico broke ground in the way that turns were handled and many games have taken inspiration from it over the years. This is also one of my most-requested games, and I surprised several of those requesters by asking them to look at an early version of the video (thanks for responding, Keith and Louis!)


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New!
I’m also playing around with Vimeo. You can try watching the video below:

Untitled from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.

If you have feedback about Vimeo as compared to the Internet Archive versions, please let me know! (scott@scottnicholson.com)

You can order Puerto Rico through Funagain Games. If you do decide to order the game because of this episode, let the folks at Rio Grande Games know, as this does make a difference!

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Scott on Local TV – “Food for Thought – Board Game Segment

It’s not a full-blown episode of Board Games with Scott, but it’s a video about board games. The show that inspired me to start the series is off the air, but the host is now doing a cooking show. He contacted me and asked me to be on the show, so I offered up a segment on “After Dinner Games”.

I demonstrated:
– Felix, the Cat in the Sack
– Portrayal, and
– Rattlesnake .

By the way, when you play Felix, before you start bidding, you get to see the first cat in the sack; I didn’t show that correctly. Also, the table was a little slanted, so Rattlesnake was harder than it should have been. But, when it’s time-pressed recorded-live TV, things happen!

Since this one is short, I put it up on YouTube:

You can also grab it over at the Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/download/bgws_jan08_foodforthought/bgws_special_0108.mp4 (32 MB)

Discuss this segment over at Board Game Geek at http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/279641.

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BGWS 044 – Board Games with Scott – Portrayal

Portrayal is a party game where players draw what they are told. (13:53)

Time for something lighter! This is a party game from a small publisher, Braincog, and I really enjoyed it. While you draw in the game, it’s not like a traditional drawing game. Make sure and have pencil and paper ready so you can Play Along with Scott.


Note – I’m still calibrating my new studio, and there are some times when the audio goes a little funny.

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You can order Portrayal through Braincog. If you do decide to order the game because of this episode, let the folks at Braincog know, as this does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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WORD-FM Segment

On Tuesday, Nov. 27th, I was on WORD-FM, talking about Board Games. You can get the MP3 file directly or listen to the segment at http://www.archive.org/details/Word-fmSegment-BoardGameRecommendations-November2007

If you are visiting here because you heard me on WORD-FM, welcome! Here are videos about the games I discussed on the show:

Wits and Wagers – http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=53

GiftTRAP – http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=43

Blokus
I talked about Blokus on a local PBS segment, which you can get at
http://www.archive.org/download/ScottNicholsonOnHourCny1/hourcnygames.mov

Ticket to Ride – http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=19

The community site is Board Game Geek – http://boardgamegeek.com.

If you are looking to purchase some of these games, you can get them at Funagain Games.

Finally, if you want to learn more, I’ve got a Board Games 101 video where I present an overview of these types of games.

I’ve been on hiatus for a while in making new videos, but I’ve started production up again. To be notified about new videos, there are some options over on the right-hand column near the top, like “E-mail notification”.

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The scene from the basement..

BGWS Set

What could be going on?

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BoardGameGeek Guild

In case you are interested, I’ve started a BoardGameGeek Guild about Board Games with Scott. This is where I’ll talk about what I’m up to, what games I have planned to make videos about, and offer forums for other chit-chat about the show.

You will need a BGG account to join, and then you can sign up at

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/395

(p.s. I still can’t find my camera! It was one of the last things to be packed, so now I’m suspecting it is in a box labeled for a different room, like (shudder) “Storage”. The unpacking continues…)

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Getting closer…

We’re moved into the new place (and still have had no offers on the old one). I’ve put up track lighting in the basement for my filming, but I have not yet found the box with the video camera. It’s somewhere.. in a box…somewhere…

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More house delays

As it always seems to go, everything takes longer than it should. You would think in this time of a housing slump, there would be so little work that those involved with houses would be eager to work!

We own the house, but are still waiting on some big repairs before we can start moving in. My studio is still in a box, and I’m spending all that free time that would usually go to making a video on packing, painting, assembling, and trying to get most of the house ready before school starts. Consider BGWS in hiatus until I get my life back in order. If you just can’t live without your dose of Scott, I’m still contributing to the On Board Games podcast.

(We actually own two houses – if you know of anyone in Syracuse looking for a house, please send them my way!!)

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Boardgame Broadcasters Panel

Greetings!

We’re closing on our new house tomorrow (after weeks of delays) so I won’t be putting up an episode for another few weeks as we repair the new house and then move in. (note – our current house remains unsold, so if you are looking or know someone who is looking in the Syracuse area, please point them to MLS# 173519).

I was the organizer and moderator of a panel called “Meet the Boardgame Broadcasters” at Origins, and Jim Van Verth of The Vintage Gamer recorded the panel and put it up on his site. It features me, representing both Board Games with Scott and the On Board Games podcast, Tom and Sam from the Dice Tower, Dave and Stephen from The Spiel, and Jim from The Vintage Gamer, and Mark and Jay from The Metagamers. We talk about our shows and have a lot of fun.

You can listen to this panel over at
http://essentialmath.com/vintagegamer/?p=60
where it says “Standard Podcast”.

If you want to discuss it, there is a thread at Board Game Geek
.

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BGWS 042 – World of Warcraft, the Boardgame

World of Warcraft, the Boardgame is a long fantasy game for two teams of players. (38:27)

Special Note! I’ll be at Origins. There is a Meet the Boardgame Broadcasters panel Saturday morning at 10AM that I’ll be on, and will be happy to go out to lunch with BGWS viewers afterwards. I’ll also be spending a lot of time in the Board Room.

In this special episode of Board Games with Scott, BGWS coorespondent Matt Carlson takes a look at World of Warcraft and the Shadows of War expanasion. This two-team fantasy game takes several hours to play and is full of many familiar references for those playing the computer game.

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You can order World of Warcraft through Funagain Games. Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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