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BGWS 034 – Wits & Wagers

Wits & Wagers is a party game that combines trivia, knowledge of other players, and gambling. (10:46)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson discusses Wits & Wagers. This is a party game with a game show feel. Players attempt to guess the answer to numerical questions without going over, and then place wagers on whose answer was correct.

Please Note – This episode is different in that it is designed for people new to the hobby of board gaming. I created this episode with the idea that you could burn a copy of the episode onto a CD and give it to someone along with a copy of the game as a holiday gift. I give you permission to distribute this episode along with the game when used as a gift.

I do have a request – if you do give this video along with the game, let me know that you did that; as this is a new format idea, I’m curious to see if people actually use it in the intended manner.

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You can order Wits & Wagers through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Wits & Wagers because of this video, let the publisher know at http://www.northstargames.com/contact/index.page. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 033 – Blue Moon City

Blue Moon City is a strategy racing game about making clever card combinations more effectively than opponents. (20:09)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson explores Blue Moon City. This game is set in the the world of Blue Moon, which is a popular 2-player card game. In this board game, players are rebuilding the wartorn city through bringing together the races of the area. It is a racing game where players are trying to be the most effective using their resources in clever ways to rebuild more of the city.

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Blue Moon City because of this video, let the publisher, Fantasy Flight Games, at http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/contact.html . This does make a difference!

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BGWS 032 – Carcassonne: The Discovery

Carcassonne is a tile-laying game, highly recommended for families and new players to Eurogames. (14:04)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson explores Carcassonne: The Discovery. Carcassonne is a series of games; the original one was about building cities and fields, and the resulting board looked like Carcassonne in France. There have been many other Carcassonne games in the line; this one was designed for new players to the series. The result is a good introduction to not only tile-laying games but these types of eurogames as well. (Also, seasoned players of the series should take a look – this version of Carcassonne has some key differences that give it some interesting decisions.)

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Carcassonne: The Discovery because of this video, let the publisher, Rio Grande Games, know through an e-mail to riogames@aol.com . This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 031 – Du Balai / Wicked Witches Way

Du Balai is a fantasy-themed puzzle game where players all play at the same time trying to find one of two solutions. (15:29)

Note – I’m posting this a week early, as I’m heading to Essen soon. The next episode of BGWS will be posted Nov. 3rd, so if you need to, ration this episode appropriately.

This week on Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson takes a look at the French game, Du Balai. (It has since come out in English as Wicked Witches Way.) In this game, players are witches and warlocks flying in a broom race. To advance, players must figure out one of two spells by looking for unique single-color symbols rolled on a large quantity of dice. This type of game is known as a simultaneous puzzle game, as players are all working on the same puzzle at the same time.

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Du Balai because of this video, let the publisher, Asmodee Games, know through an e-mail to asmodee@asmodee.com. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 028 – Timbuktu / Tombouctou

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Timbuktu is a lighter-weight deduction game where players lead herds of camels through the dangerous desert, avoiding traps and delivering goods. (17:15)

This week on Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson explores Timbuktu. This is a deduction game from Germany where players attempt to carry goods via camels safely to Timbuktu. As the game goes on, dastardly theives await at the oases to steal goods from camels that happen to be in the wrong place. Players deduce the safe places to travel through cards and observation.

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If you would prefer, this episode has also been subtitled in Spanish, which you can see at
http://video.google.es/videoplay?docid=2806843126275083523&hl=es

You can order Timbuktu (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Timbuktu because of this video:
– If you are in the US, let Rio Grande know.
– If you are overseas, let Queen Games know.
This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 026 – GiftTRAP

GiftTRAP is party game focused on selecting the best gift for your other players. (16:06)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m taking a look at GiftTRAP. This is a new party game by a new publisher. It’s lavishly produced, as you will see, and is focused on the acts of getting and giving gifts. The winner of the game is the person whom is the best getter and the best giver.

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f you decide to get a copy of GiftTRAP after this episode of BGWS, please let the GiftTRAP people know about the impact BGWS had. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 023 – Masons

Masons is a strategy game about building walls, creating cities, and developing high-scoring patterns on the board that match scoring cards. (14:44)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m looking at the strategy game, Masons (a.k.a. Mauer Bauer). Masons is a fairly abstract strategy game with a good balance of luck and skill.

In Masons, you have a hand full of scoring opportunity cards. The board is changing each turn with new walls, cities, houses, palaces, and towers, and you have to decide when to play your scoring card to maximize your points. Each turn doesn’t take long, so the game moves along quite nicely.

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If you decide to purchase Masons, please write the publisher, Rio Grande Games
and let them know you made your decision based on the show! (this really does make a difference). Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 022 – Apples to Apples and Attribute

Apples to Apples and Attribute are both party games based on the mechanic of matching a descriptive word from your hand of word cards to a main concept. (12:45)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m looking at two lighter party games – Apples to Apples and Attribute.

Apples to Apples is a very popular game in the U.S. and has spawned many addons and variants. Attribute came out of Germany and, while being less well-known here, is a slightly more in-depth game. Both involve playing descriptive word cards from your hand that match (or do not match) the topic of the round.

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If you decide to purchase

- Apples to Apples, please write Out of the Box games at matt@otb-games.com
- Attribute, please write Lookout Games at vertrieb@lookout-games.de

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BGWS 021 – Cleopatra and the Society of Architects

Cleoptra and the Society of Architects is a light strategy game about collecting sets of cards and placing buildings strategically for the most points. (24:14)

On this week’s episode, Scott Nicholson talks about the Days of Wonder game, Cleopatra and the Society of Architects. This game has some of the best components in a board game and is about building structures to please Cleopatra. Players visit the market to collect resources, and then visit the quarry to build the plastic buildings. Corruption lurks around every corner to lure players to play more powerful cards, but the player with the most corruption is tossed to Cleopatra’s crocidiles!

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If you decide to purchase this game after watching BGWS, please write Days of Wonder and let them know you made your decision based on the show! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 019 – Thurn and Taxis

Thurn and Taxis is a light strategy game about delivering mail to cities in Germany (17:01)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m taking a look at Thurn and Taxis, which is the newest game by Andreas and Karen Seyfarth. This is a light strategy game that is about delivering the mail! It’s a game about collecting cards that represent cities in Germany to make mail routes. Throughout the game, if you are one of the first players to visit specified sets of cities, you’ll get bonus points.

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If you decide to purchase this game after watching BGWS, please write Rio Grande Games or (U.S) or Hans im Glueck (Germany) and let them know you made your decision based on the show! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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