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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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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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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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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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BGWS 043 – Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is a medium-weight strategy game about coral reef combat and hungry parrotfish. (37:06)

Welcome! It’s been a while, but I’m getting settled in after my move, and am ready to start up again. This episode is about Reef Encounter and features clips from an interview that I did with the designer, Richard Breese, at Essen 2006.


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You can order Reef Encounter through Funagain Games. You can also play it online at SpielbyWeb.

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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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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 040 – The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth is a light strategy game about gathering resources and employing craftsmen to turn those resources into parts of a catherdal. (27:07)

The Pillars of the Earth was an Essen 2006 release based on Ken Follett’s book of the same name. It’s a family strategy game which is similar to Caylus in many ways, but is a less intense experience. It’s a six-round game where in each round, players collect resources, acquire craftsmen, and then use the craftsmen to turn the resources into parts of a cathedral. Victory points are awarded for cathedral components.

By the way, I’m trying to replace some of my failing equipment. If you’d like to help out, you can send Paypal donations to scott@scottnicholson.com.

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You can order The Pillars of the Earth through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of this game because of this video, let the publisher know! In the US, it is Mayfair games at mayfair@mayfairgames.com, and elsewhere, Kosmos or 999 Games . This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 039 – Yspahan

Yspahan is a strategy game where players play the role of merchants, occupying souks and caravans in order to score points in this quick 30-minute game (20:06)

Yspahan is a clever and short strategy game. Where there is a theme, it doesn’t really match up with the gameplay, but is still fun. Players place cubes in shops in the city of Yspahan, and if they can occupy all the shops of a color in a district at the end of a week, score points. You can also score points by sending your cubes to a caravan and by building new buildings that give you special abilities. There are many strategies and ways to get points in this interesting little game.

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Watch the episode with Spanish subtitles at http://video.google.es/videoplay?docid=-8648913020595685624&hl=es

You can order Yspahan through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Yspahan because of this video, let the publisher know! In the US, it is Rio Grande games at riogames@aol.com, and elsewhere, Ystari games at info@ystari.com. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

A big thanks to Scott Tepper for teaching me the game and giving me the inspiration to name the quadrants!

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BGWS 038 – Lifeboats

Lifeboats is a light negotiation game about sailors trying to make it ashore in leaky lifeboats. (15:09)

In Lifeboats, players have escaped a sinking ship onto a series of lifeboats. These lifeboats have not been well-maintained, so have sprung leaks. Players are maneuvering for the best boats and try to avoid being tossed overboard when the boat springs a new leak. This is done through negotiation and voting, but players have precious little to offer in negotiations.

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You can order Lifeboats through Funagain Games.

Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Lifeboats because of this video, let the publisher know at zman@zmangames.com . This does make a difference!

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BGWS 037 – Rum & Pirates

Rum & Pirates is a family strategy game about collecting honor points through strategic placement of scarce resources. (16:38)

In Rum & Pirates, players control a group a pirates. On your turn, you control the movement of your pirate leader, following along with members of your group. Based upon where the leader goes, you can get a few victory points easily or have to engage in some type of challenge or adventure to gain more points. You can spend resources to take extra turns, but when you are out of pirates, you are done for the round. Any pirates left over head back to the ship to fight over bunks (and therefore, more points). It’s a lighter game than others in this series (like Puerto Rico), but has good theme and flavor. Mmm – tastes like Pirate!

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You can order Rum & Pirates through Funagain Games.

Note – the picture of the ship’s hold came from lesjc@lineone.net via Flickr through the Creative Commons license.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Rum & Pirates because of this video, let the publisher know at riogames@aol.com in the U.S. or info@aleaspiele.de in Germany. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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