Archive for Family Games

BGWS 017 – Um Krone und Kragen

This is a dice game that is similar to Yahtzee with more strategy and special abilities. (20:07)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m going to talk about Um Krone und Kragen, which is a 2006 dice game where your goal is to impress royalty by rolling dice well. In the game, you roll and attempt to make good combinations of dice. Many different combinations will bring royalty cards to your side, which you can then use to become more powerful for your next attempt.


While the game is for 2-5 players, I suggest you play it with no more than 4. In fact, at a recent event, I pulled out two copies in order to have 2 3-player games rather than one large game. The game doesn’t change much with more players and only gets longer.

You can watch it right here:

Or right-click and save one of the following:

Board Games with Scott 017 – Um Krone und Kragen (Low Quality – 38 MB)
Board Games with Scott 017 – Um Krone und Kragen (High Quality – 240 MB)
Board Games with Scott 017 – Um Krone und Kragen (Audio Only – 10 MB) (Other audio forms available).

You can also watch it with Spanish subtitles at http://video.google.es/videoplay?docid=-9119851469950930675

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If you plan to buy this game becuase of this show, let the publisher, Amigo, know!

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BGWS 015 – The Big Idea

The Big Idea is a party/light strategy game about pitching and investing in ideas. (12:12)

This week, I’m going to talk about The Big Idea. This is a game by Cheapass Games that starts like a party game with everyone coming up with a Big Idea, then moves into an investing round where you attempt to make money (which is the point of the game).

Watch it right here:

or, right-click and save:
BGWS 015 Low Quality (29 mb)
BGWS 015 High Quality (114 mb)
BGWS 015 Audio Only (14 mb)

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Come back next week and I’ll be talking about The Fury of Dracula!

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BGWS 014 – Ticket to Ride Europe, Switzerland and Märklin

TTR Europe, Switzerland and Märklin are all different games based on the TTR base game. (31:39)

Welcome to Board Games with Scott! This is a weekly show where I take a different board game each week, review it, and lightly review it. This week, I’m looking at three games – all of them variants on Ticket to Ride.

Europe, Switzerland (in the computer game), and Märklin are all different board with different rulesets to make the Ticket to Ride game interesting to different types of players. If you haven’t played Ticket to Ride yet, watch Board Games with Scott 011 – Ticket to Ride first, then come back and watch this.

Note – YouTube has just changed their policy and I can’t put up any videos longer than 10 minutes, so I won’t be using YouTube any more.

Watch it right here with this embedded flash file:

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Board Games with Scott 014 – Ticket to Ride Europe, Switzerland and Märklin (57 MB, lower-quality quicktime)

Board Games with Scott 014 – Ticket to Ride Europe, Switzerland and Märklin> (260 MB, high-quality quicktime)

BGWS 014 Audio Only

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TTR Marklin

TTR Europe

TTR Original

Here are the BoardGameGeek pages for the Ticket to Ride Series.

If you bought this game becuase of Board Games with Scott, let the publisher, Days of Wonder, know! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 013 – Pizza Box Football

Pizza Box Football is a two player dice-rolling game where players take on the role of a play-calling manager. (15:53)


This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m taking a look at Pizza Box Football and its expansion. This game can be played at various levels, based upon the rules that you decide to play with. I’ve never been a sports fan, but I get a kick out of this game.

New! Click on the picture below to watch the episode right here. (send me a note at scott@scottnicholson.com if this works much better or this doesn’t work at all.)


Board Games with Scott 013 – Pizza Box Football
(Streaming Flash at YouTube)

Board Games with Scott 013 - Pizza Box Football (Lower-quality Quicktime)

Board Games with Scott 013 - Pizza Box Football (Higher-quality Quicktime)

New! BGWS 013 (Audio Only)

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BGWS 011 – Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is a light strategy game great for those new to modern board games. It’s about collecting sets of train cards to travel from city to city with the goal of fulfilling hidden routes. (12:02)
This week in Board Games with Scott, I’m looking at Ticket to Ride. If you’ve never done any games other than Monopoly, Clue, or Scrabble, this would be a great first step into the world of modern board games. In this video, I explain the rules of the game and briefly review it (and throw in a little entertainment along the way).


Board Games with Scott 011 – Ticket to Ride
(Streaming Flash)

Board Games with Scott 011 – Ticket to Ride (Lower-Quality QuickTime; 58 MB)

Board Games with Scott 011 – Ticket to Ride (High-Quality QuickTime; 171 MB)

BGWS 011 Audio Only

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BGWS 006 – Mah Jong In Depth

Mah Jong is a traditional tile-based game similar to Rummy, good for all ages. (23:04)

Happy Chinese New Year! To honor the new year, this week’s episode is about Mah Jong!

Mah Jong is not about matching pairs of tiles, despite the hundreds of computer games with that name. This is akin to calling a game ‘Cards’ simply becuase it uses playing cards. This week’s episode is a longer one – about 22 minutes – as I’ve decided to cover Mah Jong in depth. After my rush through Friedrich a few weeks ago, people requested that I take longer when the game demands it, so I’ll try that.

I’ve also moved from Imovie to Final Cut Express for editing, so you’ll see some other tweaks here and there.



Board Games with Scott 006 – Mah Jong In Depth (streaming Flash)


Board Games with Scott 006 – Mah Jong In Depth (Quicktime)
or other formats at the Internet Archive.

BGWS 006 Audio Only

You can find more information about Mah Jong at Boardgamegeek.

Purchase Mah Jong (and support BGWS) at Funagain.

Here is the handy-dandy reference sheet that I use for play. I do realize that purists of the game will have their own variants – just make sure everyone agrees before play as to the ruleset used.

Want to discuss this episode? A good place to do this is at this thread at boardgamegeek.com. (While there, if you enjoy BGWS, give it a Thumbs Up to make is easier for others to find it as well!)

Side Note – I got the outfit I’m wearing in Beijing when I taught a class there this summer. I kept a running blog of my travels – if you’d like to read about the trip, start at my blog and use the “Next Day” link to read each day of my trip.

Next week, I’ll be looking at the two-player game Lost Cities.

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BGWS 005 – Heroscape

Heroscape – A light miniatures battle game that is good for kids and adults.(12:13)

Based upon a suggestion from a viewer, I’ve decided to look at a game that you can get at your local toy store (as compared to the specialty shops for many of these games). This is a miniature battle game called Heroscape, and you might have seen it advertised on TV. It is expandable in that they put out additional miniatures for it, but not collectable in that you know what you are buying in every package.


Board Games with Scott 005 at You Tube (streaming Flash).
You can also download the whole file in MPEG-4 format (Quicktime) or in other formats from the Internet Archive.

BGWS 005 Audio Only

You can also learn more about Heroscape at Boardgamegeek.com.

Purchase Heroscape (and support BGWS) at Funagain.

(Oh, you can listen to the episode of BoardGameSpeak/GeekSpeak to which I refer at http://files.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamespeak.php?id=18; it’s at about 46:30 in the episode.)

Next week, I’m going to be trying a slightly different form with “Mah Jong In Depth” (and no, it’s not just about matching pairs of tiles). Based on comments from the viewers on the Friedrich episode, I’ll do longer episodes when it’s appropriate for the game.

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BGWS 001 – Vegas Showdown


Board Games with Scott, Episode 001 – Vegas Showdown

Vegas Showdown – a light euro/family auction-based game about building properties in Vegas. (9:34)

This is my first shot at making a videoblog. There are a few technical issues to work out, such as making the sound more regular, but it’s done with technology I had at home. If this continues, I’ll look into additional technology to make the sound smoother (like a videocamera with the ability to use an external microphone).

I’m hosting the video with YouTube; it’s a free service that provides smooth access to the videos. I’m sure as time goes on, I’ll change format and hosters, but the URL boardgameswithscott.com should take you here.

YouTube Flash Version (higher quality, embedded flash video)

Downloadable QT version.
Other versions at the Internet Archive.

BGWS 001 Audio Only

Purchase Vegas Showdown (and support BGWS) at Funagain.

Learn more about Vegas Showdown at Boardgamegeek.

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