Archive for March, 2006

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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Purchase this game through Funagain Games.

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

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BGWS Mission Statement

There’s been some talk about podcasting in general. One of the things I feel strongly about is that shows need to have a good sense of identity. This helps the show focus on its goal and aids users in determining if a show is right for them.

Here are some of the core concepts of Board Games with Scott:

Basic Concept
Each show is about a single game or family of games. The duration of shows range from 10-30ish minutes, based on the complexity of the game. The primary goal of the show is to explain the game in enough detail to allow the viewer to decide if they are interested in the game. I am a teacher in the real world and am going to use those skills to provide a useful resource.

Intended Audience
The intended audience for BGWS are those who have not played the game. These people may be new to the hobby or may be new just to that game. Those whom have played the game will not learn much from the episodes, although they may be entertained or may learn how to teach a game more effectively.

Depth of Review
It is not the goal of BGWS to present a critical review of a game. In order to present a thorough, critical review of a game, there must be a baseline of understanding the basics of the game. BGWS will provide a background for others to critically review the game as these other reviewers then don’t have to focus on the basics of the game. Personally, I prefer playing many games instead of focusing on a few, so I am not a good resource for critical reviews of a game.

Negative Reviews
Given that a primary goal of BGWS is to draw new people into the hobby, I have decided to avoid negative reviews. I am going to focus my shows on the games I’m enthusiastic about. If a game isn’t something I enjoy, then I won’t talk about it on BGWS.

Models
BGWS is modeled after a cooking or a travel show (as compared to a movie review show). Games are a process and an experience that you are involved with. Unlike a passive medium (like a movie, play, or book), the gaming experience comes from an interaction of the people and the game. It’s similar to cooking or travel in that the experience comes from both the people and the item. Cooking and travel shows also focus on positive experience and spend more time explaining and describing the experience, and then briefly comment on how good the food is or how nice the trip was. This is becuase these experiences will vary based upon the people involved, so an appropriate “review” is enough information to allow the individual to decide if that is something they want to engage in.

Two of my favorite hosts of these shows are Alton Brown, with his cooking/science show, Good Eats, and Samanatha Brown with her travel shows, Great Hotels and Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown. Both hosts bring humor and outright silliness (sometimes bordering on the absurd) and mix it up with facts. I enjoy this approach and attempt to do the same.

Selecting Games for Review
I pick games from my collection. So, if I don’t have something, I can’t pick it. If you have a game you’d like me to consider, send me an e-mail at scott@scottnicholson.com and I’ll let you know if I see a match.

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BGWS – Audio Only announcement

I’ve created an audio-only version of Board Games with Scott.

Each week, I’ll extract the audio and create an MP3 for those of you who might want to enjoy the show without having to sit in front of the computer watching it.

You can get the audio episodes from the regular blog postings at http://boardgameswithscott.com or I’ve created two feeds.

There’s an RSS feed at http://feeds.feedburner.com/boardgameswithscott/audio

and an ITunes station as well.

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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:

Or right-click and save these to watch it in Quicktime:
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

You can help support BGWS by purchasing any games from Funagain through the following links:
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)

Purchase this game and the expansion (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.
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BGWS 012 – Antike

Antike is a German empire-building/logistics game that plays in under two hours. (24:14)

Greetings! Welcome to Board Games with Scott, a weekly show where I take a board game, explains it, and briefly reviews it. This week, I’m going to look at Antike, which came out at the Essen game fair in 2005. Antike is an empire building game where each player builds up troops, which he/she uses to take over new pieces of land, build more cities, produce more goods, use some of those goods for research, and fights the other players. It’s got a few interesting elements and (usually) very fast turns, so downtime is minimal. The game rarely takes more than 2 hours, with most games I’ve played lasting under 90 minutes.

Board Games with Scott 012 – Antike (Streaming Flash through YouTube)

Board Games with Scott 012 – Antike (Lower-quality Quicktime)

Board Games with Scott 012 – Antike (High-quality Quicktime)

BGWS 012 – 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

Purchase this game (and help fund BGWS) through Funagain Games.

Discuss this game at BoardGameGeek.

If you purchased this game because of Board Games with Scott, then let the publisher, Days of Wonder, know!

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