Archive for April, 2007

BGWS 040 – The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth is a light strategy game about gathering resources and employing craftsmen to turn those resources into parts of a catherdal. (27:07)

The Pillars of the Earth was an Essen 2006 release based on Ken Follett’s book of the same name. It’s a family strategy game which is similar to Caylus in many ways, but is a less intense experience. It’s a six-round game where in each round, players collect resources, acquire craftsmen, and then use the craftsmen to turn the resources into parts of a cathedral. Victory points are awarded for cathedral components.

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You can order The Pillars of the Earth through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of this game because of this video, let the publisher know! In the US, it is Mayfair games at, and elsewhere, Kosmos or 999 Games . This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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On Board Games netcast

Looking for a little Scott to tide you over between episodes of Board Games with Scott? I’ve joined up with Don Dennis (the pirate from Board Games without Scott) and Erik Dewey (reviewer for Knucklebones magazine) to do a new netcast called “On Board Games”.

This is a regular series where we talk about larger issues in gaming, focusing on the behind-the-scenes angles when possible. I participate in the discussions and review games (and some of them are games I didn’t like)!

So far, we have an introduction and three episodes.

You can find the series (with RSS feeds) at

Here are direct links to:
Episode 0: Meet the Makers
Episode 1: Don’t Quit Now
Episode 2: Expanding Game Play
Episode 3: Critical Reviews and the Modern Board Game


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