BGWS 043 – Reef Encounter

Reef Encounter is a medium-weight strategy game about coral reef combat and hungry parrotfish. (37:06)

Welcome! It’s been a while, but I’m getting settled in after my move, and am ready to start up again. This episode is about Reef Encounter and features clips from an interview that I did with the designer, Richard Breese, at Essen 2006.


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You can order Reef Encounter through Funagain Games. You can also play it online at SpielbyWeb.

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WORD-FM Segment

On Tuesday, Nov. 27th, I was on WORD-FM, talking about Board Games. You can get the MP3 file directly or listen to the segment at http://www.archive.org/details/Word-fmSegment-BoardGameRecommendations-November2007

If you are visiting here because you heard me on WORD-FM, welcome! Here are videos about the games I discussed on the show:

Wits and Wagers – http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=53

GiftTRAP – http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=43

Blokus
I talked about Blokus on a local PBS segment, which you can get at
http://www.archive.org/download/ScottNicholsonOnHourCny1/hourcnygames.mov

Ticket to Ride – http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=19

The community site is Board Game Geek – http://boardgamegeek.com.

If you are looking to purchase some of these games, you can get them at Funagain Games.

Finally, if you want to learn more, I’ve got a Board Games 101 video where I present an overview of these types of games.

I’ve been on hiatus for a while in making new videos, but I’ve started production up again. To be notified about new videos, there are some options over on the right-hand column near the top, like “E-mail notification”.

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The scene from the basement..

BGWS Set

What could be going on?

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BoardGameGeek Guild

In case you are interested, I’ve started a BoardGameGeek Guild about Board Games with Scott. This is where I’ll talk about what I’m up to, what games I have planned to make videos about, and offer forums for other chit-chat about the show.

You will need a BGG account to join, and then you can sign up at

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/395

(p.s. I still can’t find my camera! It was one of the last things to be packed, so now I’m suspecting it is in a box labeled for a different room, like (shudder) “Storage”. The unpacking continues…)

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Getting closer…

We’re moved into the new place (and still have had no offers on the old one). I’ve put up track lighting in the basement for my filming, but I have not yet found the box with the video camera. It’s somewhere.. in a box…somewhere…

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More house delays

As it always seems to go, everything takes longer than it should. You would think in this time of a housing slump, there would be so little work that those involved with houses would be eager to work!

We own the house, but are still waiting on some big repairs before we can start moving in. My studio is still in a box, and I’m spending all that free time that would usually go to making a video on packing, painting, assembling, and trying to get most of the house ready before school starts. Consider BGWS in hiatus until I get my life back in order. If you just can’t live without your dose of Scott, I’m still contributing to the On Board Games podcast.

(We actually own two houses – if you know of anyone in Syracuse looking for a house, please send them my way!!)

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Boardgame Broadcasters Panel

Greetings!

We’re closing on our new house tomorrow (after weeks of delays) so I won’t be putting up an episode for another few weeks as we repair the new house and then move in. (note – our current house remains unsold, so if you are looking or know someone who is looking in the Syracuse area, please point them to MLS# 173519).

I was the organizer and moderator of a panel called “Meet the Boardgame Broadcasters” at Origins, and Jim Van Verth of The Vintage Gamer recorded the panel and put it up on his site. It features me, representing both Board Games with Scott and the On Board Games podcast, Tom and Sam from the Dice Tower, Dave and Stephen from The Spiel, and Jim from The Vintage Gamer, and Mark and Jay from The Metagamers. We talk about our shows and have a lot of fun.

You can listen to this panel over at
http://essentialmath.com/vintagegamer/?p=60
where it says “Standard Podcast”.

If you want to discuss it, there is a thread at Board Game Geek
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BGWS 042 – World of Warcraft, the Boardgame

World of Warcraft, the Boardgame is a long fantasy game for two teams of players. (38:27)

Special Note! I’ll be at Origins. There is a Meet the Boardgame Broadcasters panel Saturday morning at 10AM that I’ll be on, and will be happy to go out to lunch with BGWS viewers afterwards. I’ll also be spending a lot of time in the Board Room.

In this special episode of Board Games with Scott, BGWS coorespondent Matt Carlson takes a look at World of Warcraft and the Shadows of War expanasion. This two-team fantasy game takes several hours to play and is full of many familiar references for those playing the computer game.

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You can order World of Warcraft through Funagain Games. Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 041 – ConHex

ConHex is a fast abstract connection game for two players (17:54)

In this episode, I interview Michail Antonow, the designer of ConHex, about his game, teach the game and play a sample game. ConHex is a clever two-player abstract game where players are attempting to connect two sides of a square board. Games move very quickly, but the game has considerable depth in just a few rules.

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You can order ConHex through Funagain Games or through Clemens Gerhards Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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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.

By the way, I’m trying to replace some of my failing equipment. If you’d like to help out, you can send Paypal donations to scott@scottnicholson.com.

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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 mayfair@mayfairgames.com, 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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