Archive for April, 2006

Reminder and Request

This is just a reminder that BGWS is moving to a biweekly schedule, so there won’t be an episode this week.

Now, I have a request. I was listening to the Have Games will Travel blog, and Paul Tevis has a suggestion for his readers that I would like to present here.

One of the things I’ve started doing is contacting publishers with requests to get some upcoming games in order to create a BGWS episode by the time the game is released. It would certainly help me with these requests if the publishers knew that my show made a difference.

So, my request:

If you bought a game becuase of a BGWS episode, please write the publisher of the game and let them know. It doesn’t need to be much – just a short e-mail will help the publishers see the value of what I’m doing and make it easier for me to continue the show.

To make this task easier for you, I’ve added a link to each blog entry to the publisher’s Contact Us page (when I could find it).

Thanks!

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BGWS 018 – Poker Chips

I’ve explored Poker Chips as a replacement for money in games, and this week’s episode explores the cheap to the expensive of poker chips. (26:41)

Announcement: Board Games with Scott is going Biweekly. When I started it, I had hopes that I would be able to significantly reduce the time to edit an episode. While I’ve gotten better, I’ve chosen to make a higher-quality production rather than cut corners, so I’m producing a better show in the same time. Rather than burn out and stop completely or make lower-quality shows, I’m going to produce one every other week. As time and content allows, I’ll create appropriate special episodes in selected off-weeks, but my regular game explorations will now be every other week.

This week I’m talking about poker chips. Earlier this year, I went on a quest where I started with my cheap chips that I’ve had for a while and started looking for some nicer replacements. I’ve been getting into the 18xx games where it’s really handy to have chips and thus my exploration began.

A note about poker chip breakdowns – I don’t talk about what amounts of what denominations to get. That depends upon what you plan to do with the chips. Look at the games you are replacing and consider those ratios in your chips. This site –
http://www.homepokertourney.com/chips_needed.htm - tells you what to use for a home poker tourney, but the needs for a poker game are very different than the needs for boardgames For my nice set, I got 100 each of the lower denominations and 50 each of the higher denominations, for a 650-piece set; I figured that was generic enough to handle most games.

You can watch the episode here:

Or Right-click and Save one of the these files:
BGWS 018, Low quality (47 MB)
BGWS 018, High quality, (273 MB)
BGWS 018, Audio only (32 MB)

Here are some links to buy chips:
Turf Club Clay chips (and other high-quality chips) – http://www.spinettis.com/shop/?affillink=BOARD43061025
Cheaper chips (Nexgen, diamond, etc.) – http://www.5stardeal.com/cats.asp?apb=310&mcat=989

(I’ve personally used both of these companies in the past. If you use the links above to make a purchase, you’ll be supporting BGWS.)

21Ace.com is a good side for poker chip reviews and discussion.

In 2 weeks, I’ll be covering one of the big hits from the Gathering of Friends – Thurn und Taxis.

Discuss this episode over at BoardGameGeek.

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Photos and narration from the Gathering of Friends

I went to the Gathering of Friends this year and rather than take notes, I took pictures of the various games I played. I’ve posted those pictures and added short audio narrations to each.

You can view my report at

http://bubbleshare.com/myalbum/25280.586e5117ac0

and pressing the View Slideshow button on the left-hand side.

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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

Purchase this game soon through Funagain Games or talk about this game at BoardGameGeek.

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

Discuss this episode over at BoardGameGeek.

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BGWS 016 – The Fury of Dracula

The Fury of Dracula is a deduction/roleplaying game where one player is Dracula attempting to hide and ambush the other players, who form a team. (25:31)

This week, Board Games with Scott is an exploration of The Fury of Dracula, a 2006 remake of an 1987 Games Workshop board game (back when they made a line of great boardgames).

One player plays Dracula and moves around the board in secret. The other players work together to discover him, tightening their trap until they pummel Dracula into goo..err…dust. Dracula is trying to hide during the day (and usually run during the night), leaving behind his Sires and traps for the players. The game has a built-in timer, and if Dracula can stay alive long enough, he will win the game.

You can watch the video right here:

or you can Right-Click and Save one of these:
Lower Quality Quicktime (57 MB)
Higher Quality Quicktime (299 MB)
Audio Only (30 MB)

Bit Torrent?
– I would be happy to have these files on Bit Torrent, but don’t have experience with it. If there’s someone out there who would be willing to seed & track BT files for the HQ Board Games with Scott, get in touch with me. (You’d get to see the show before everyone else!)

Purchase this game (and help BGWS get new games to review) through Funagain Games.

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

Discuss this episode over at BoardGameGeek.

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