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BGWS Special Edition: Going, Going, GONE!

This special edition of Board Games with Scott is about my new game, Going, Going, GONE!, published by Stronghold Games.

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The list of variants that you can add to is at Board Game Geek.

You can keep up with what I’m doing at http://becauseplaymatters.com

 

 

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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 056 – Roll Through the Ages

Roll Through the Ages is a dice-rolling light strategy game. (13:40)


In this episode, I briefly talk through the new Gryphon Games lineup and then focus on Roll Through the Ages.

You can download Board Games with Scott 056 – Roll Through the Ages from the Internet Archive. (other formats available).

Or, you can watch it here through Vimeo:
BGWS 056: Board Games with Scott 056 – Roll Through the Ages from Scott Nicholson on Vimeo.
You can purchase Roll Through the Ages 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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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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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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You can order this game through Funagain games.

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 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 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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With Spanish Subtitles – http://video.google.es/videoplay?docid=2628948059002180083&hl=es

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 036 – Shear Panic with the Lamont Brothers

Shear Panic is a light strategy game about managing the position of your sheep in a flock. (24:48)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson discusses Shear Panic – The Best Game Ewe Ever Heard and interviews the designers, Gordon and Fraser Lamont. In this 2-4 player light strategy game (with really nice components), players are manipulating a flock of sheep to achieve different goals. Each player has two sheep in the flock and is trying to either get them close to each other, move them toward a black sheep, or move them to the front or back of the flock.

This video on Shear Panic covers the Mayfair version of the game, which is very similar to the version published by 999 games (Panic in de Wei). The game has also been released by Zoch Verlag as Haste Bock?, which has some significant differences.

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You can order Shear Panic through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Shear Panic because of this video, let the publisher know at mayfair@mayfairgames.com. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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