Archive for Heavy Games

BGWS 050 – Prophecy

Prophecy is a fantasy adventure boardgame where players build up mighty heroes to gain control of artifacts (30:20)


Prophecy, designed by Through the Ages designer Vladimír Chvátil, was originally put out by Czech Board Games, and has since been published by Z-Man games and Altar games. It is a fantasy board game in the ilk of Talisman, where players build up characters to achieve greater things in life. Games like this and Descent have their roots in Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying games.

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 or Altar games know at obchod@altar.cz .


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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 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 024 – Die Macher

Die Macher is a 5 hour heavy strategy game about German Politics. It is, however, one of the classic euro-style games. (56:35)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m looking at the granddaddy eurogame, Die Macher. Die Macher is a heavy procedural strategy game that takes about 5 hours to play. It is complex with several interlocking systems, and becuase of the complexity, has been the most-requested game so far here at BGWS.

That said, this is also a long video – it’s almost an hour. (Yes, I realize the files are large, but it’s an hour of video!) I’ve tried to the essentials and have a sample turn in there at the end to help you put everything together.

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Valley Games is republishing the game, and you can order it from their Website. (If you do so because of Board Games with Scott, let them know! It makes a difference.)

You can download many fine player aids over at BoardGamegeek. Some of my favorites are this player aid (back) (front) and the English scoring sheet.

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BGWS 010 – Indonesia

Indonesia is a long, heavy eurogame involving logistics of production and delivery and the business of mergers and acquisitions. (33:53)

This week, I’m talking about a heavy game – Indonesia by the folks at Splotter Spellen. These are the same people who created other hefty games like Antiquity and Roads and Boats. A game of Indonesia will take 3-5 hours to play. It’s a business and logistics game where each player runs a set of production and/or shipping companies, dealing with logistics and finances. The company that you have built can be bought out from under you in a nasty acquisition, so keep enough cash on hand to protect your work!

Note – just as the game is long, this episode is long as well, at just over 30 minutes. I wanted to fully explain the game (after breezing through Friedrich, I got many comments from people wanting longer shows when the game warrants it.) I’ve also started creating High-Quality video versions of my show, and if you are investing the time, you might enjoy that experience as well.

Board Games with Scott 010 – Indonesia at YouTube (Streaming Flash)

Board Games with Scott 010 – Indonesia (lower-quality Quicktime)

Board Games with Scott 010 – Indonesia (high-quality Quicktime)

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BGWS 007 – Lost Cities

Lost Cities – A light two-player card-based game of exploration.(10:50)

Lost Cities
is one of the most popular small-box two player games by Kosmos (imported by Rio Grande). These games have the flavor of a more complex Eurogame, but are easier to play and are designed specifically for two players. This game has gotten popular enough to be featured as an event in the World Boardgaming Championships.



Board Games with Scott 007 – Lost Cities (Flash)

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Purchase Lost Cities (and support BGWS) at Funagain.

If you purchased this game because of Board Games with Scott, let the local publisher, Rio Grande Games, know!

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BGWS 003 – Friedrich

Friedrich – a heavy euro/wargame hybrid where one strong player takes on the others using a card-driven combat system. (12:35)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I take a look at Friedrich. This game is much deeper that other games I’ve looked at so far, but part of what I’m going to do with Board Games with Scott is to try and cover games across the spectrum of the board game hobby. Friedrich is a hybrid Euro/wargame that is an excellent crossover game to allow folks who have played Euros and are curious about wargames to try something with a bit of the wargame flavor.

Please note – due to the tools used and the compression, the close-up example of some of the textual cards is not very clear.

I’m also looking into some of the other video hosting solutions (instead of YouTube). Boardgameswithscott.com is the best place to see the videos, no matter where they move.

Episode 003 – Friedrich at YouTube (Streaming Flash)

If you are having trouble with YouTube, you can also download the MPEG-4 file directly or get a lower-quality one at the Internet Archive.

BGWS 003 Audio Only

More information about Friedrich can be found at Boardgamegeek.

Purchase Friedrich at Funagain.

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