Friday, January 30, 2015

Game Profile: Machi Koro

A fast paced, city building, dice rolling card game.


Classification Card Game
Mechanics Card Drafting, Dice Rolling, Set Collection
Publication IDW Games, 2014
Ages 10+
Time 30
Players 2 - 4
Description

Machi Koro is a quick breezy city building game from Japan.  The box says it’s a 30 minute game and with 4 players it might take that long.  A 2-player game will be much quicker.  The object of the game is to be the first player to activate all 4 of their landmarks.  Players start with 2 basic establishments, 1 wheat field, and 1 bakery.  Money is generated on each turn by a dice roll, if the roll matches the activation number at the top of an establishment.  There is a series of additional establishments to buy.  Their activation numbers run from 1 through 12.  Their cost to purchase runs from 1 coin to 8 coins.  Establishments are of 4 types.  Blue establishments pay their owner on any player’s roll.  Green establishments pay their owner only when activated by the owner’s roll.  Red establishments earn other players money only on the other player’s roll.  And, purple establishments take money from other players on the owner’s roll.

A player’s turn consists of a die roll, receiving income on all establishments activated, and the option to one purchase an establishment, or pay to flip over one of their landmark cards.  At the start of the game each player will roll 1 die.  Seven establishments require rolls from 7 to 12 to activate.  When a player pays to flip over their Train Station Landmark they will have the option to roll 1 or 2 dice on each turn.  It may be beneficial for a player to continue to roll only 1die if their 1 through 6 establishments are stronger than their opponents.  Or, it could be beneficial to roll both dice if a player’s 7 through 12 establishments are stronger.  Buildings activated by rolls of 7, 8, and 11 or 12 pay based on other establishments owned.  For example, establishment 7-Cheese Factory pays 3 coins for each Ranch establishment that player owns.

Each of the other Landmarks gives the player an ability once it has been flipped.  Establishments and Landmarks can be purchased in any order.  Once the Train Station Landmark has been flipped over, players can choose to roll one or both dice.  The dice provide an element of luck.  However, in order to win a player will need to build an economic engine or significant worth to buy their way to victory.  This game is quick.  It is easy to teach and it is a lot of fun.

The Harbor Expansion (sold separately) adds a bunch more variety in establishments to buy and 2 new Landmarks to complete.


We have an open copy of Machi Koro available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.



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Come and visit us at 30 NW 2nd Street in Historic Downtown Gresham. We have a full range of family games, strategy games, Euro-style games, war games, card games, dice games and more. Also for the puzzle enthusiasts we carry quality puzzles from Ravensburger, White Mountain, Cobble Hill, and Dowdle.

We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Game Profile: Murano

Murano seeks the most glorious of merchants!


Classification Strategy Game
Publication Mayfair Games, 2014
Ages 10+
Time 60 - 75
Players 2 - 4
Description

Welcome to the Islands of Murano, home to famous glass factories of Venice.  Players will need to build and use glass factories along with shops, palaces and some special buildings to score as many points as possible.  Each player’s turn begins with action selection.  The islands are encircled by 18 action spaces.  Eight of those spaces are occupied by a ship.  Players move a ship to an unoccupied action space and then take the action depicted there.  Various actions allow players to acquire buildings, build buildings, acquire cash, produce glass, sell to customers, place gondoliers, and acquire character cards.  Most actions cost cash.  Money management is essential.

Some points are awarded for building buildings during the game, but most points are scored during end game scoring.  Each of the 40 character cards yields points for a different set of criteria on one of the 7 islands.  In order to score the points a player must have the character card, the conditions described on the card met on the island, and a gondolier placed at that island’s wharf.

This game requires some long range planning, but it demands that players be able to react to changing goals and conditions.  Players do not start with character cards.  They must be acquired before a player knows how to maximize points. When players acquire a character card they get to draw 3 and keep 1. In this way, players have a chance to select character cards that fit with their plans.  In the meantime a plan needs to be put together to generate cash.  The action selection track changes with every player’s turn.  Players will need to have plan B ready for each turn.


Murano is another game designed by Inka & Markus Brand who also designed Village and La BocaMurano creates the kind of tension and decision making that Euro gamers will really enjoy.  It is deep enough and variable enough to keep you coming back for more, but short enough to get more than 1 game per game session.


We have an open copy of Murano available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.



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We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Game Events: Week of Jan. 22nd - 28th

Not only do we sell board games, we also provide tables and a library full of open games for you to come in and play.  The tables are open during store hours as well as during our Weds and Friday evening Open Game Play Nights.
















Come and join in on the fun as it's a great way to meet other game enthusiasts and to try out some games. Our Game Library has a wide variety of games available for play while you are here.  It's free and it's fun!




Here is this week's schedule:


Date: Weds. Jan. 28th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store

Weds. Suggested Games
To learn more about each featured board game click on the game name below it's picture.

Camelot The Build
Wotan Games
Lancaster
Queen Games




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Date: Fri Jan. 30th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store

Fri. Suggested Games
To learn more about each featured board game click on the game name below it's picture.

Trains
AEG
Castles Of Burgundy
Ravensburger




No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.




Come Play ~ ~ It's Free ~ It's Fun!



Come and visit us at 30 NW 2nd Street in Historic Downtown GreshamWe have a full range of family games, strategy games, Euro-style games, war games, card games, dice games and more. Also for the puzzle enthusiasts we carry quality puzzles from Ravensburger, White Mountain, Cobble Hill, and Dowdle.

We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.