Saturday, May 19, 2018

2018 Mensa Select Award Winners

2018 Mensa Select Award Winners!

US Mensa Org. :
Each year, members of Mensa meet over one weekend to play and rate the year's newest board games. The top five games earn Mensa Select® distinction and may display the Mensa Select seal on their packaging. Look for the Mensa Select seal when purchasing games.
These titles have been awarded the official Mensa Select distinction because each is original in concept, challenging, and well designed. Additionally, these games provide a high value for the price, are easy to comprehend and play, and prove highly entertaining. 

This year's winning games are:
Azul
Plan B Games
Colorful tile-laying
abstract game.
Ex Libris
Renegade Games
Become the Grand Librabrian
by creating the most prominent
collection of books.

Photosynthesis
Blue Orange Games
Plant and shape the ever-
changing forest as you
cultivate your seeds and
your strategy.

Raiders Of The North Sea
Renegade Games
Assemble a crew, collect
 provisions and set sail to
plunder gold, iron, and
livestock.
Constellations
Xtronaut Enterprises
Explore the night sky to
collect the right stars to
define constellations.

Past Mensa Select award winning games include Clank! (2017), World's Fair 1893 (2016), and Lanterns (2015) by Renegade Games, Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2015) and Suburbia (2013) by Bézier Games, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle (2017) by USAopoly, New York 1901 (2016) by Blue Orange Games, Forbidden Desert (2013)and Forbidden Island (2010) by Gamewright, to name a few.



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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, and Cobble Hill.

We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Game Events: Week of May 14th - 20th

We don't just sell board games, we also provide tables and a library full of open board games, card games, and dice 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.

Additionally, we will be having a special demo session of Railways Of Nippon this Saturday.

Board Game: Railways Of Nippon

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 store has a bright and cheery atmosphere perfect for an afternoon or evening of game play. Our Games 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:




Open Game Play
Date: Weds. May 16th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store

Weds. Suggested Games To Try

Here are 2 suggested game picks from our Games Library for you to try. One is aimed at those who want a light strategy game and the other is aimed at those who would like a more challenging strategy game. No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.
To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

Quadropolis
Days Of Wonder
Mexica
Iello

Quadropolis

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Open Game Play
Date: Fri. May 18th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store

Fri. Suggested Games To Try

Here are 2 suggested game picks from our Games Library for you to try. One is aimed at those who want a light strategy game and the other is aimed at those who would like a more challenging strategy game. No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.
To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

World's Fair 1893
Renegade Games
Whistle Stop
Bezier Games
World's Fair 1893
Whistle Stop

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Special Demo - Free Event
Date: Saturday May 19th
Time: Noon - 5:00 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


Railways Of Nippon
Eagle-Gryphon Games

We will be doing demo sessions of Railways Of Nippon, a stand-alone game.
Players will create their own railroad and issue bonds to raise needed capital. Build track and link cities of your choice while competing for the most profitable routes. Deliver valuable goods and reap greater profits for longer deliveries. Upgrade your locomotive and travel the longer, more lucrative routes. Well time infusions of cash can help you pick up steam but taking too many bank bonds may hinder your ultimate goal of becoming the richest railroad baron of Japan.

It's free to participate, so come and have some fun.





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, and Cobble Hill.

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

Friday, May 11, 2018

Game Arrivals: May 7th - 11th


Here's a look at some of this week's shipment of games:


New Game
Riverboat
Mayfair/Lookout Games

In this week is Riverboat another new game by designer Michael Kiesling. Other games he's designed include Azul, Vikings, Heaven & Ale, Coal Baron, Mexica, Linko and many others.

Michael Kiesling goes point salad in Riverboat, a 90  minute game for 2 to 4 players that takes place along the Mississippi River during the early 19th Century. Players manage a farm where they must grow a variety of crops to ship on the Riverboats.  The game consists of 4 rounds with 5 phases to each round.  Key to the game is the drafting of the phase cards which not only determine turn order but awards a benefit to the card drafter as well as provide actions to all players.  Game play consists of drafting, worker placement, tile placement, recruiting additional workers and surveyors in addition to moving your harbor master along your dock.

Watch this video by Man Vs Meeple to learn more about Riverboat.


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New Game
Nusfjord
Mayfair/Lookout Games
Game designer Uwe Rosenberg goes fishing in his newest game Nusfjord, set in the maritime commerce heyday of a Norwegian fishing village 50 years ago.  
Publisher Description
Uwe Rosenberg puts the players in the beautiful landscape of Lofoten. In these northern climes, it is important to lead your own fishing company to success. To do this, the fleet must be enlarged, the forest cleared, new buildings built and the local elders satisfied. But the competition does not sleep! Those who need quick money can offer their shares for sale, but there is a risk that he must participate in the buyer's catch. 
Two new features make for a varied game feeling. So the money is sown as always rare and one of the quicker and easier ways to get it is to throw shares of its own company on the market.
Other games by Uwe Rosenberg include:  Indian Summer, Cottage GardenCaverna: Cave Vs Cave, A Feast For Odin, Le Havre, Agricola, and many more.

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New Game Expansion
Roll Player
Monsters & Minions
Thunderworks Games

Monsters & Minions is the first expansion to the base game Roll Player, a dice rolling, card drafting, set collection fantasy game.  This expansion adds a fifth player in which players compete not only to construct the greatest fantasy characters, but also to gather information about the looming threat and prepare for a final showdown against the beast.  The more prepared the adventurers are for the battle, the better they'll fare, but that information doesn't come for free.  Listen for rumors to gather details for the fight ahead.

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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, and Cobble Hill.