On Board Games
A show about board and card games. The guys of On Board Games discuss games from the viewpoints of new and expert players, reviewers, and people from the industry, to allow listeners insight into the gaming hobby so they can enjoy games more thoroughly.
OBG 015: Party On

On Board Games Round Table

Don, Erik, and Scott discuss party games.

OBG Special Section

Don interviews North Star Games

Stoplight Reviews

And Scott's Drunken Rampage!

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OBG 013: The Price of Games Web Site: http://onboardgames.net/
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On Board Games Round Table

Don, Erik, and Scott discuss manufacturer setting a maximum retail discount on their board games.

Stoplight Reviews

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OBG 012: Role-Playing Board Games

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Letters

  • Scott gives an impromptu Quelf review
  • One fan of the show asks about Scott's weird games.
  • Donald is mocked due to the episode's likely delay and fading relevance to Essen
  • Return of Return of the Heroes

On Board Games Round Table

Don, Erik, and Scott discuss board game/role-playing game hybrids

Stoplight Reviews

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OBG 011: Not Your Father's Board Games

OBG 011: Not Your Father's Board Games

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On Board Games Round Table

Erik, & Donald discuss playing games with children

Stoplight Reviews

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OBG 010: 070907 Social by Request

On Board Games Episode 10: Social by Request

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Scott, Erik, & Donald discuss games that promote social interaction

Stoplight Review

Advanced Squad Leader Starter Sets from Multi Man Publishing reviewed by Erik

Airlines & Airlines 2 from Avanch Press reviewed by Erik

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OBG 009: Gateway Games - The First Hit is Free Web Site: http://onboardgames.net/ RSS Feed: http://onboardgames.libsyn.com/rss Email us: onboardgames.net@gmail.com On Board Games Guild at Board Game Geek On Board Games MicroBadge at Board Game Geek

 

On Board Games Round Table

Scott, Erik, & Donald discuss the care and feeding of new gamers

Board Game Podcast Award for Best Gateway Game

The guys

  • Give a summary of nominees
  • Announce winner
  • Discuss why winner is a great gateway game

Stoplight Review

Penguin from Fantasy Flight Games reviewed by Scott

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    OBG 008: We Rule!

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    On Board Games News -

    Erik & Donald rant about poorly designed rules books.

    • Discuss games with poorly assembled rules and various formats
      • By the numbers
      • Starter rules
      • Multiple Books
      • Publisher rules supplemental explanation
    • Supplemental material on BGG
    • Review of Return of the Heroes

    Wandering Geek Promo

    Scott & Donald on Gaming in Libraries

    Stoplight Reviews

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    OBG 007: It's Just a Gimmick

    The On Board Games Roundtable

    Some games contain a gimmick. Do these gimmicks make the game better, worse, or neither?

    Don, Erik, and Scott discuss these types of games; what works and what doesn't.

    Sideboard Discussion

    Scott went to Origins and he and Erik discuss it and large conventions in general

    Stoplight Reviews

    Erik reviews the Z-man Games' B-Movie card games

    Scott reviews Coliseum

    I'd like to thank Don and Scott for being on the podcast and Philip Jacques for the music this episode.

    Since, Don was moving, I got to do the editing. Any problems are my fault.

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    OBG 006: Endgame

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    The On Board Games Round Table

    • Not all games are worth the time it takes to play them, at least not to all people.
    • Scott, Erik, and Donald discuss the differences between victory conditions and victory points.

    Stoplight Reviews

    • Erik reviews Cash and Guns
    • Donald reviews Jolly Roger
    • Scott and Donald have an in depth discussion about Quest for the Dragon Lords.

    Once again I'd like to thank Scott Nicholson and Erik Dewey for joining me in this episode.

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    OBG 005: Getting Your Game Collection into Play

    OBG 005 - Getting Your Game Collection into Play

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    News - Wiz' War

    Wiz Kids vs. Wizards of the Coast (Topps vs. Hasbro)

    Round Table

    Michael asks about getting your gamer group to play your games

    Donald and Erik propose hosting, and theme nights with a mention of seasonal gaming

    Stoplight Reviews

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    OBG 004: Building a Game Group

    OBG season 1 Episode4: Building a Game Group

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    Round Table on Starting a Game Group

    Finding people, finding space, publicity, game choices.

    Resources:

    Eric has a Moment

    • About Dice

    Reviews

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    OBG 003: Critical Reviews and the Modern Board Game

    On Board Games Season One Episode 003

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    OBG Roundtable

    Donald, Scott, and Erik discuss board game reviews and ratings.

    • Why Board Games with Scott is not a review
    • Knucklebones Review policy
    • BGG forum thread on ratings http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1386022#1386022

    Reviews should take the audience into account

    • Families playing games vs. Board Game Geeks
    • Children's game ratings kidgameratings.com
    • Designers

    What elements could have impact on the review?

    • How do free games impact bias
    • Pre game expectations, possibly due to financial outlay
    • Graphics and components
    • Adherence to theme
    • Play group/play experience

    Some things to consider when writing reviews:

    • Value for money
    • Replayability
    • Game vs. game experience
    • Consistency
    • Avoiding outlandish or untrue statements
    • Recognize your bias and try to control for it.

    Review Resources

    Online resources Magazines / Print resources

    Games mentioned in the round table:

    Stoplight Reviews

    Sideboard

    Scott and Donald discuss what we call games and why it matters.

    • Traditional American Board Games
    • Ameritrash
    • Eurogames
    • American Style Board Games
    • Designer Board Games
    • Modern Board Games

    Thanks

    To Erik, Scott, and Connie for their contributions and assistance.


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    Category:board games -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

    OBG 002: Expanding Game Play

    OBG season 1 Episode 2: Expanding Game Play

    On this episode of On Board Games

    • Donald, Scott, and Erik discuss the benefits and purposes of expansions on the board game round table.
    • In Red, Yellow, Green, Scott reviews War On Terror.
    • In the Industry sideboard Erik and Donald discuss creating prototypes and pitching games to publishers.

    Round Table

    • Erik has a review copy of Formidable Foes to review for Knuckle Bones. (He and Scott like to be the dumbest player!)

    Scott Played

    Donald Played

    Erik had previously reviewed Dragon Lords for Undefeated. Dragon Lords has expansions.

    The guys discuss expansions:

    Separating Expansions after integration for play

    Games with new play area expansions

    Expansions for every game

    Expansions that were originally designed as part of the game

    • Lord of the Rings
    • Settlers, Entdecker and Lowenhertz

    Why do companies do expansions?

    • New units to sell
    • Boost sales of existing game
    • Cost effective to make

    Why design new games?

    • Expansions don't necessarily make better game even though they can fix broken game
    • Can make games longer, more fiddley
    • Change nature of game so it does not appeal to original fans

    Games fixed by expansions

    All expansions

    Collectible card games

    • CCG expansions both fix and break the game.

    Erik wants his own "Erik Wins" card, so Scott creates a new expansion product.

    Red, Yellow, Green

    Industry Sideboard

    Prototypes and pitching games to game companies (Erik & Donald)

    • What to do, when do do it, and how prepaired do you need to be?
    • Ex:Camelot Legends
    • Pitching games to Companies like Days of Wonder or Cheapass Games

    Once again I'd like to thank Scott Nicholson and Erik Dewey for joining me in this episode. Check onboardgames.net for links to the feed and show notes.

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    Category:board games -- posted at: 2:56am EDT

    OBG 001: Don't Quit Now

    On Board Games Episode 1 Show Notes

    Recently, Erik played Heroscape, Bootleggers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Nexus Ops

    Scott and Don played, Hammer of the Scots, War on Terror, and Alles Fucht

    Turns out, Scott isn't a complete jerk

    The roundtable talks about quitting a game in progress

    Erik is too nice to bail out

    Scott proposes to the table if no one is having fun, one player is really doing well and no one else is having fun, if you screw up the rules so badly you just have to stop, or a game is just broken

    Erik realized that when filling the ship in Puerto Rico you don't count the empty plantations

    Scott played Marvel Superheroes by playing through a few turns by himself

    Scott also played Iliad as a six player partnership game it has a similar mechanic as Beowolf

    Buffy is nice because it was a group of players that bond together. It is a roll and move but has nice mechanics. Plays like a faster Doom or Descent.

    There is an interview with Niagara Board Gaming Weekend, Mike Cardwell

    He discusses when to plan an event, how to choose a hotel, the timeline of the event, marketing, etc.

    Scott likes playing long games like Roads and Boats and 1861 at events

    Erik likes playing with different people because they tend to use different strategies

    Don and Erik went to Conestoga last year and had fun playing Wreckage

    There are 4 basic types of events: Demos, tournaments, scheduled games, open gaming

    Don had best results with scheduled time slots

    Don reviews about Sante Anno

    Scott and Don preview Tide of Iron - in Stereo!

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    Category:board games -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

    OBG 000: Meet the Makers

    Show notes for Episode 0

    Scott enjoys:
    The Dicetower podcast
    The Boardgames to Go podcast
    Scott and Erik used to hang out at the Imagination Network
    Scott used to look forward to the Games 100 each year
    Scott has been to Essen
    He acts silly in his basement
    Hungry Hungry Hippos
    Louping Louie
    Deflexion renamed to Khet which we think was not a positive change
    We all have fond memories of Talisman
    Chaos Marauders
    Dungeon Quest
    Curse of the Mummys Tomb
    Rogue Trooper
    HeroQuest
    Cosmic Encounter
    Hoity Toity
    Saying Ra around Scott makes him yell like he has Tourette's.
    He likes Wallenstein's end
    He also likes El Grande's end options

    Don enjoys:
    Chess
    Pente
    Much to his chargrin, Dicemaster still came out
    He and Erik are part of Second Rat Games
    Arclight is a space miniatures game from Second Rat and will not be on Boardgames with Scott anytime soon.
    He Blackbox played with his brother a lot
    Medici
    He likes the general timer found in Lowenherz

    Erik enjoys:
    Kingmaker
    Civilization
    ASL
    Erik has reviews published in - rpg.net, BoardGameGeek, Undefeated, Knucklebones
    Erik feels a little insecure about his game collection
    Payday
    Monopoly
    Life
    Dark Tower
    Chopper Strike
    Settlers of Catan
    Erik liked Leisure Games in London, he found Pulp Adventures there
    Lost Cities
    Tikal
    Java
    Modern Art
    Vegas Showdown
    If he ever plays it, Erik is taking Die Macher seriously

    Direct download: podcast_0.1.mp3
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