Archive for July, 2006

BGWS 025 – Aqua Romana

Aqua Romana is a light strategy tile-laying game about digging aquaducts, cutting off your opponents and avoiding being cut off yourself. (11:01)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I’m taking a look at Aqua Romana. This game is in the tile-laying family, so has a similar feel to Caracassonne, Tsuro, or Streetcar/Linie 1. The big difference is that the type of tile you can play is dictated by large pawns that move around the outside of the field, so there’s a combination of strategy and luck in determining what you get next. It was nominated (but did not win) for the Spiel des Jahres award in Germany for 2006.

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You can purchase Aqua Romana (and help support BGWS) through Funagain Games. You can also talk about the game at BoardGameGeek.

If you decide to buy Aqua Romana, please let Rio Grande Games (in the US/Canada) or Queen Games (Europe) know about the impact BGWS had. This does make a difference!

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Geek of the Week and my views on Boardgame Broadcasting

This week on the BoardGameGeek Webstie, I have been chosen as the Geek of the Week. What that means is that, for a week, people can ask all sorts of questions about my gaming preferences, my life, and even these videos.

If you would like to learn a lot more about me and learn about the thinking behind Board Games with Scott, head on over to
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/117804/
to learn and participate! You have until Saturday, at which point, my Week is over.

Also, I have made a 10-minute audio recording about my thoughts regarding boardgame broadcasting, pocasting, and videocasts. You can listen to that at

http://boardgameswithscott.com/bgws/audio/nicholsongotw1.mp3

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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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BGWS 024, High quality, (373 MB)
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BGWS 024, Audio only (68 MB MP3) (Other audio formats )

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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