BGWS 003 – Friedrich

Friedrich – a heavy euro/wargame hybrid where one strong player takes on the others using a card-driven combat system. (12:35)

This week on Board Games with Scott, I take a look at Friedrich. This game is much deeper that other games I’ve looked at so far, but part of what I’m going to do with Board Games with Scott is to try and cover games across the spectrum of the board game hobby. Friedrich is a hybrid Euro/wargame that is an excellent crossover game to allow folks who have played Euros and are curious about wargames to try something with a bit of the wargame flavor.

Please note – due to the tools used and the compression, the close-up example of some of the textual cards is not very clear.

I’m also looking into some of the other video hosting solutions (instead of YouTube). is the best place to see the videos, no matter where they move.

Episode 003 – Friedrich at YouTube (Streaming Flash)

If you are having trouble with YouTube, you can also download the MPEG-4 file directly or get a lower-quality one at the Internet Archive.

BGWS 003 Audio Only

More information about Friedrich can be found at Boardgamegeek.

Purchase Friedrich at Funagain.

If you purchased this game because of Board Games with Scott, let the publisher know!

Discuss this episode over at BoardGameGeek.


  1. Game Over said


    You are truly putting the geek into boardgamegeek!

    Keep it up, I think it’s great.

    I’d like to see you look at 7 Ages, Indonesia, or El Grande in a future episode. These are all games in my collection I am yet to play.

  2. ekted said


    For new gamers, I suppose the idea is to expose them to a wide spectrum of accessible yet rich games.

    For existing gamers, I think we’d all like to see games that we don’t know much about first-hand. So for me, this would be: Alexandros, Triumvirates, Goa, Kreta, Medici, Royal Turf.

    Personally, Scott, I would even enjoy a more in-depth description of the games if you wanted to make longer episodes. It could work as if you are trying to fully teach the game.

    Looking forward to your next one.

    – Jim

  3. arcola12 said

    Excellent introduction to the game. Also feel that for a medium to heavy weight game a few more minutes would be quite acceptable.

    Not sure about the hat though 🙂

  4. Loved the opening sequence, Brilliant!… I know you are looking to only briefly cover the games to give people a taste but I would prefer a little more content about each game.

    Superb work Scott…

  5. Iain said

    Awesome. This blog is the most significant development in the boardgaming community since podcasting.

    I can’t wait for your future episodes – even though I can’t stand Hoity Toity.

  6. Travis said

    I really enjoy these video podcasts. Just enough information to allow me to see if it’s something I’d enjoy. Very well done. Keep up the good work.

  7. Dracil said

    Hmm, for other hosting solutions… you could try, which doesn’t recompress your videos (in which case, it should be the same quality as what you have on your university network). I’ve also found to have *slightly* better quality than youtube and google video, but most of these video sites will have approximately the same quality because of their resizing and recompression into Flash. From what I’ve read, newer versions of Flash (8, and the upcoming 8.5) have better quality, but these sites haven’t begun using them yet.

  8. ixnay66 said

    Nice 🙂
    Polarity seems to have a lot of questions from people with the game. It would be great to see this game explained in video!

  9. Hee hee. I’ve got Polarity, but I’m not good enough to make the game work right! I have a heckuva time getting the disks to float.

    This might be one that I do at a con where someone who knows the game can do the demoing while I talk..

  10. Naturelich said

    I noticed today:
    The second edition of the game is available with some revised rules/components.Looks even more interesting to me now. This one is on my watchlist

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