Archive for June, 2006

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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Order Masons (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

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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BGWS 021, Low quality (31 MB)
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Order Apples to Apples or Attribute through Funagain Games.

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

and let them know you made your decision based on the show!

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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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BGWS 021, Low quality (43 MB)
BGWS 021, High quality, (198 MB)
BGWS 021, Audio only (29.2 MB)

Order Cleopatra and the Society of Architects (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

Talk about the game over at BoardGameGeek.

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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