Archive for January, 2007

New BGWS episodes

Greetings!

I have good news, more good news, bad news, good news, and a request.

The good news:
This semester, I’ve been promoted at work to Program Director of the Masters of Science in Library and Information Science program, which is an administrative position where I plan courses, marketing, find adjuncts, and basically run that academic program.

The more good news:
I’m also starting on a new research agenda looking at “Gaming in Libraries.” Many libraries are offering gaming programs, but the focus seems to be on video games. I want to systematically explore the whole spectrum of games as to what formats and types of games would be best for different age groups and demographics based upon the goals of the library.

The bad news:
This means I am swamped. I’m traveling more, I’m in more meetings, and I’m much busier than before. This will ebb and flow as the semester goes, but right now, it is flowing.

Given my new responsibilities, I will not be keeping to a two-week schedule for new episodes. I will continue to do the show, but the shows will come out when I have the time. When I have more free time, you’ll see more episodes, and when I’m very busy, you’ll see fewer. I don’t want to burn out by forcing them out, as that will show in their passion and quality. I also am not going to take shortcuts to “just get them out the door;” I’m making permanent resources at BGWS, and as such, I’m focusing on quality and not quantity.

If you want more videos, I’d encourage you to grab your friends and a camera and make some! Making these has been fun and a great boon to my gaming career, so I would encourage anyone who has the passion to give it a shot!

Finally, the good news again:
I’m working with a few others to do an audio podcast. I will be doing a segment where I explore games that don’t quite drive my passion enough for me to make a video, but I still find have something worth talking about. I’ll post information about this as it becomes available. So, you’ll soon still get your regular dose of Scott, just in easy-to-swallow audio format.

So, here’s my plea:
Please don’t write asking when the next one is coming out. When I have the time, I’ll make one. If I decide to quit making them, I’ll tell everyone.

Thanks for your consideration!

Scott

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“Best podcast/videocast” and Gone Gaming Hall of Fame

The Gone Gaming awards have been posted, and Board Games with Scott was selected as the Best Podcast/Videocast for 2006. In addition, they have placed BGWS into the Gone Gaming Hall of Fame (since I also won an award last year), so BGWS is not eligible for an award in the future.

So, which one of you will start a new videocast to win next year?

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BGWS 036 – Shear Panic with the Lamont Brothers

Shear Panic is a light strategy game about managing the position of your sheep in a flock. (24:48)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson discusses Shear Panic – The Best Game Ewe Ever Heard and interviews the designers, Gordon and Fraser Lamont. In this 2-4 player light strategy game (with really nice components), players are manipulating a flock of sheep to achieve different goals. Each player has two sheep in the flock and is trying to either get them close to each other, move them toward a black sheep, or move them to the front or back of the flock.

This video on Shear Panic covers the Mayfair version of the game, which is very similar to the version published by 999 games (Panic in de Wei). The game has also been released by Zoch Verlag as Haste Bock?, which has some significant differences.

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

Or

Right-click and Save one of the these files (Internet Archive):
BGWS 036, Low quality (50 MB)
BGWS 036, High quality, (147 MB)
BGWS 036, Audio only (23 MB MP3) (Other formats available)

You can order Shear Panic through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Shear Panic because of this video, let the publisher know at mayfair@mayfairgames.com. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

Comments on this episode? Discuss this episode over at BoardGameGeek.

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BGWS Lampooned on Google Current

But hey, you know, any publicity is good publicity, as they say.

These folks poked some serious fun at BGWS and the hobby…

http://www.current.tv/google/GC02295

but I still found it funny.

(all except for the first entry in the “Here’s some games Scott likes to play” part…that just hurt.)

It’s all about raising awareness, and if a lampooning is what it takes, well, I’ll take it.

If you want to discuss this, head over to
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1258296

(By the way, I’m filming the next BGWS episode now, so it will be coming sometime next week.)

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