Archive for October, 2006

Special audio show about my Essen experience

I recently returned from the Essen game fair in Germany. It was my first trip, so I wanted to make an audio show about my personal experiences there. I took about 8 hours of footage from the show, so you can expect to see a lot about the Essen games over the next 6 months, so I didn’t talk about specific games. Instead, I focused on what it was like for me as a first-time Essen attendee.

You can listen to this at

http://www.archive.org/download/bgws_essentalk/bgws_essentalk.mp3

P.S. I’d like to thank all of you who said “Hi” at Essen. That was really meaningful to me. Thanks!

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BGWS 031 – Du Balai / Wicked Witches Way

Du Balai is a fantasy-themed puzzle game where players all play at the same time trying to find one of two solutions. (15:29)

Note – I’m posting this a week early, as I’m heading to Essen soon. The next episode of BGWS will be posted Nov. 3rd, so if you need to, ration this episode appropriately.

This week on Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson takes a look at the French game, Du Balai. (It has since come out in English as Wicked Witches Way.) In this game, players are witches and warlocks flying in a broom race. To advance, players must figure out one of two spells by looking for unique single-color symbols rolled on a large quantity of dice. This type of game is known as a simultaneous puzzle game, as players are all working on the same puzzle at the same time.

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BGWS 031, High quality, (100 MB)
BGWS 031, Audio only (15 MB MP3) (Other formats available)

If you decide to purchase a copy of Du Balai because of this video, let the publisher, Asmodee Games, know through an e-mail to asmodee@asmodee.com. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

Discuss this episode over at BoardGameGeek.

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BGWS 030 – Ad Acta with designer Andrea Meyer

Ad Acta is a game about being a civil servant involving card and queue management and a good dose of humor. (25:20)

This week on Board Games with Scott, designer Andrea Meyer joins Scott Nicholson to talk about her game, Ad Acta. This game takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to civil servitude as players attempt to get their work done at the right time while delaying the work of others. Andrea also talks about two of her other games, Wordwild and Hossa, and discusses some of the issues in being a game designer and a game publisher.

The site for Andrea’s company, Bewitched Spiele, is at http://www.bewitched-spiele.de/.

To enjoy this video, you can click on the picture below:

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Right-click and Save one of the these files (Internet Archive):
BGWS 030, Low quality (49 MB)
BGWS 030, High quality, (166 MB)
BGWS 030, Audio only (23 MB MP3) (Other formats available)

I make one small mistake in the video – during a rules review, I say that the messenger takes files from the inbox. They actually take files from the outbox.

You can order Ad Acta (and support BGWS) through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Ad Acta because of this video, let the publisher, Bewitched Spiele, know through an e-mail to info@bewitched-spiele.de

Discuss this episode over at BoardGameGeek.

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