BGB Volume 102 – Q&A with Scott Alden, Lincoln Damerst and Nikki Pontius at Gamex 2013

BGB Volume 102 – Q&A with Scott Alden, Lincoln Damerst and Nikki Pontius

Gamex 2013 came and went earlier this summer. We were happy to host Scott Alden, the man behind Boardgamegeek.com and the convention for its fans, out to hang with us for the weekend. We played many games, enjoyed his company, and were happy to have Lincoln Damerst, one of the main BGG guys these days and host of the hit series of board game videos GameNight! and his lovely wife, Nikki Pontius, a Queen Games representative and producer of many a Kickstarter campaign, join us as well. We talk about many subjects from game cons to game libraries, Spiel, Kickstarters and a whole lot about GameNight!

This is part one of the conversation. Part two will come out next week when I return from San Diego ComicCon.

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Boardgamegeek.con is November 20-24

For many of us who can’t make the trip to Germany each year, BGG.con is our way to get exposure to the latest board games to come out at Spiel. I’ll be there in Dallas this year, as I usually am, to join in the fun. We chat quite a lot about it on the show.

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GameNight! from Boardgamegeektv

GameNight! is a great video series with some local L.A. gamers playing board games and then talking about them. 

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Queen Games

Nikki Pontius is a Queen Games rep responsible for a lot of the content of their Kickstarter campaigns and more. I personally adore the quality of Queen’s products and enjoy a lot of their games. Queen has been a generous supporter of Strategicon conventions and we are happy to have most of their titles in our library.

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Augustus | The Opinionated Gamers on WordPress.com

Augustus | The Opinionated Gamers on WordPress.com

Augustus | The Opinionated Gamers on WordPress.com

Augustus seems like the shoo-in for the SDJ this year, if only because of its box-size. The other contenders, including the amazingly fun Hanabi and the reasonably fun Qwixx, are just too small for the traditional prize. They’ve never given the award to a game in such a small box. But Augustus already has the traditional split from the Gamerati – with half of them calling it a lot of fun and the other half saying it is too light and “Gamer Bingo”. I’m trying to acquire a copy for my upcoming Friendcation, where I go to a resort and play games with some of the oldest friends (Hanabi and Qwixx are already packed) so we can get our own assessment. See below to get the opinion of the Grand Poobah of Gaming himself, Mr. Greg Schloesser.

Augustu s from designers Paolo Mori & Vincent Dutrait has quickly gained the moniker “Caesar Bingo,” and it does, indeed, fit. But please don’t let that deter you from playing, as there is much more here than the traditional game of Bingo.

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