BGWS 035 – BattleLore

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BattleLore is a two-player light tactical war game that can be played in a historical or fantasy setting. (28:06)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson discusses BattleLore. This game is in the lineage of Battle Cry, Memoir ’44, and Command and Colors: Ancients. It is a card-driven war game where two players fight it out for dominance of the battlefield. It’s elegant design makes it simple to get into and understand, but allows for more complexity than one might expect.

Please note – Scott is taking a break over the holidays, and this will be the only episode released in December. Look for the next episode in the first half of January!

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You can order BattleLore through Funagain Games.

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

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BGWS 034 – Wits & Wagers

Wits & Wagers is a party game that combines trivia, knowledge of other players, and gambling. (10:46)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson discusses Wits & Wagers. This is a party game with a game show feel. Players attempt to guess the answer to numerical questions without going over, and then place wagers on whose answer was correct.

Please Note – This episode is different in that it is designed for people new to the hobby of board gaming. I created this episode with the idea that you could burn a copy of the episode onto a CD and give it to someone along with a copy of the game as a holiday gift. I give you permission to distribute this episode along with the game when used as a gift.

I do have a request – if you do give this video along with the game, let me know that you did that; as this is a new format idea, I’m curious to see if people actually use it in the intended manner.

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You can order Wits & Wagers through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Wits & Wagers because of this video, let the publisher know at http://www.northstargames.com/contact/index.page. This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 033 – Blue Moon City

Blue Moon City is a strategy racing game about making clever card combinations more effectively than opponents. (20:09)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson explores Blue Moon City. This game is set in the the world of Blue Moon, which is a popular 2-player card game. In this board game, players are rebuilding the wartorn city through bringing together the races of the area. It is a racing game where players are trying to be the most effective using their resources in clever ways to rebuild more of the city.

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You can order Blue Moon City through Funagain Games.

If you decide to purchase a copy of Blue Moon City because of this video, let the publisher, Fantasy Flight Games, at http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/contact.html . This does make a difference!

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BGWS 032 – Carcassonne: The Discovery

Carcassonne is a tile-laying game, highly recommended for families and new players to Eurogames. (14:04)

This week on Board Games with Scott, host Scott Nicholson explores Carcassonne: The Discovery. Carcassonne is a series of games; the original one was about building cities and fields, and the resulting board looked like Carcassonne in France. There have been many other Carcassonne games in the line; this one was designed for new players to the series. The result is a good introduction to not only tile-laying games but these types of eurogames as well. (Also, seasoned players of the series should take a look – this version of Carcassonne has some key differences that give it some interesting decisions.)

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Carcassonne: The Discovery because of this video, let the publisher, Rio Grande Games, know through an e-mail to riogames@aol.com . This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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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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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.

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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/.

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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

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BGWS 029 – Easter Island

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Easter Island is a a two-player strategy game about bouncing light beams around the board in an attempt to destroy your opponent’s pieces. (10:38)

This week on Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson explores Easter Island. In this two-player abstract(ish) strategy game, players move pieces that can reflect beams of light. Players can also shoot beams of light from off the board, reflecting these beams around in an attempt to destroy their opponent’s pieces.

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If you decide to purchase a copy of Easter Island because of this video, let the publisher, Twilight Creations, know! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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BGWS 028 – Timbuktu / Tombouctou

New! Order the BGWS DVD, with episodes 1-9 and a special episode on Aquadukt.

Timbuktu is a lighter-weight deduction game where players lead herds of camels through the dangerous desert, avoiding traps and delivering goods. (17:15)

This week on Board Games with Scott, Scott Nicholson explores Timbuktu. This is a deduction game from Germany where players attempt to carry goods via camels safely to Timbuktu. As the game goes on, dastardly theives await at the oases to steal goods from camels that happen to be in the wrong place. Players deduce the safe places to travel through cards and observation.

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

If you decide to purchase a copy of Timbuktu because of this video:
– If you are in the US, let Rio Grande know.
– If you are overseas, let Queen Games know.
This does make a difference! Disclaimer: I did get a review copy of this game from the publisher.

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HourCNY appearance and details

On Friday, August 25th, I appeared on the HourCNY talk show in Syracuse on a 14-minute live segment about boardgaming with your kids.


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If you are visiting BGWS from that show, welcome!

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You can see my previous HourCNY segments at http://scottnicholson.com/games/hourcny.html

Want to play games? The Syracuse Boardgamers is a public group for playing board games. We meet at Play the Game, Read the Story on Tuesday nights from 5-10 pm.

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