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Author: snicholson
On this episode of Board Games with Scott, I take a look at the French simultaneous puzzle game, Du Balai.




Note - This is presented a week early as I'm off to Essen soon. The next episode will be posted in three weeks, on Nov. 3rd.


You can enjoy this episode over at
http://www.boardgameswithscott.com/?p=49
Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:54 pm
Author: mrbass
Scott you truely are one of the creative geniuses on the internet for sure. I haven't seen this video yet just saw the intro and it had me cracking up pretty hard. Every intro you do you just jump right in and go all out, costumes, one-liners, etc. Totally hilarious.

BTW, this game was mentioned on the tail end of the 'netcast' ..errr podcast of roundtable...Aldie mentioned it. For those in the U.S. most likely have to purchase it from Canadian retailer www.levalet.com
Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:20 pm
Author: eknauer
Your intros always make me laugh.
Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:23 pm
Author: snicholson
mrbass wrote:
Scott you truely are one of the creative geniuses on the internet for sure. I haven't seen this video yet just saw the intro and it had me cracking up pretty hard. Every intro you do you just jump right in and go all out, costumes, one-liners, etc. Totally hilarious.


Heheh - if I don't have fun making these, then it's not worth it.

My inspiration is Alton Brown and his Good Eats show, where he has wacky intros, skits, characters, and things like that. That's my model.

Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:26 pm
Author: mrbass
After watching the video it seems like it's Jungle Speed on steroids.
Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:41 pm
Author: leoesu
Great review, Scott. I've been looking forward to readinf a good review about this game. Being able to watch one is even beter. One thing which wasn't addressed in detail was the use of magical cards. I've read the translations here at BGG and used the little French I know to figure out when to use the magic cards and I am still not so sure about it.

Does anybody know how you use them? Do you use them in the movement phase? If so, do use it immediately upon receiving them or save them for a later turn? If so, how many can you use at a time?
Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:03 am
Author: snicholson
leoesu wrote:
Does anybody know how you use them? Do you use them in the movement phase? If so, do use it immediately upon receiving them or save them for a later turn? If so, how many can you use at a time?


The rule translations that I have are pretty loose about them. They are simple effects, and it's always been clear in our games when you play it. Play it when appropriate.

(as an aside.. you usually don't get many of them in the whole game.)

Fri Oct 13, 2006 11:40 am
Author: aristid
beautiful work, as always.
the furry of dracula is still my favorite intro, cracks me up even thinking about it!
a disappointment though, the show is not going weekly after all.

anyways, much appreciated! I find that I buy 8 of 10 of the games you show!
cheers.

aristides.
Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:25 pm
Author: snicholson
aristid wrote:

a disappointment though, the show is not going weekly after all.


I've decided to focus on quality over quantity. As a professor in the real world, my time is tight. So, I'll put out shows in the timeframe that lets me do a good job, doing all of the editing and post-production work that makes the shows an effective use of the viewer's time.

I'd prefer to produce one high-quality episode instead of two (or three, or four) lower-quality shows.

Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:36 pm
Author: hpox
Nice video. The game looks neat.

For your information:

Balai = broom. Du Balai! is an expression meaning "fait de l'air" (make some air). Basically, it means "get the hell out of here". I don't know what that has to do with the game however.

By the way, "du balai" rhymes with "le valet". And "du" is "dũ" not "do".
Sat Oct 14, 2006 12:11 am
Author: Palpatine
Nice work, Scott!
This game looks interesting! Have fun in Essen. Look forward to your next episode in early November!
Peter
Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:53 am
Author: aristid
I know, I'm not asking for a weekly show. If it magically happened though, I wouldnt decline. I also wish matrix 2 and 3 werent as crap, but thats not the way it is. shake
Sun Oct 15, 2006 5:30 am
Author: flieger
Excellent presentation Scott. My only frustration is that you presented a game not yet available in the US.
Now i'm drooling and can't do anything about it. soblue
Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:06 pm
Author: Ampa
Scott, you are an inspiration; You inform and amuse in equal measure. Keep up the superb work; you are bringing a lot of joy to a lot of people.

Ampa
Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:42 pm
Author: snicholson
flieger wrote:
Excellent presentation Scott. My only frustration is that you presented a game not yet available in the US.
Now i'm drooling and can't do anything about it. soblue


Actually, you can get most French games very easily (like Asmodee and Tilsit's line) through the Scott-Approved game shop in Montreal - Le Valet D'Coeur

http://www.levalet.com/

You can get some German stuff from them as well (Abacus Spiele games, for example).

Their shipping is _very_ reasonable, and they have some great sales. I've ordered from them a number of times, and have always been happy.

(the store is also neat to check out; I always get a lot there.)
Wed Oct 25, 2006 4:55 pm
Author: Ogma
And thanks to your video review, Scott, I ordered a copy from Le Valet D'Couer two days ago and it is already on its way to me! Thanks again! Oh, and I will definitely be contacting Asmodee to tell them that your review sold me on the game!

~Scott (one of the others)

P.S. I hope you had a fabulous time at the fair in Essen! Me so jealous...
Wed Oct 25, 2006 5:07 pm
Author: Ubik Liryc
By the way, you get the pronunciation completely wrong but it's charming
Fri Nov 3, 2006 2:21 am
Author: Ogma
Scott, what is that one musical track that you used under the scoring summary pages???
Tue Nov 7, 2006 9:10 pm
Author: snicholson
Almost all of my music comes from Garage Band. In many cases, I mix it myself from different tracks there.
Wed Nov 8, 2006 1:36 am