Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Game Profile: Istanbul

Welcome, merchant!  How well can you utilize your assistants in this strategy game of collecting valuable rubies?


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Modular Board, Grid Movement, Pick Up & Deliver
Publication AEG, 2014
Ages 10+
Time 40 - 60
Players 2 - 5
Description

Istanbul is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres award, i.e. strategy game of the year in Germany. The game features merchants racing around a marketplace, dropping off and recollecting assistants who can perform tasks in each of the 16 modular market stalls.  The race is to acquire 5 rubies before your opponents.

Players will each begin with a team of one merchant, 4 assistants, one family member, and a wheelbarrow.  They will take their merchant/assistants team through the various places within the bazaar. Each place has as a specific action that will be performed when a merchant and his assistants stop at it.  In order to perform the action at a location the merchant must leave behind one assistant.

There are various ways to acquire rubies.  Rubies can be acquired at both the small mosque and the great mosque.  Each mosque requires 2 visits and 2 specialty mosque tile purchases in order to obtain a ruby. One ruby can be acquired from the wainwright after 3 visits and 3 purchases of wheelbarrow expansions.  Exchange goods for rubies at the Sultan’s palace.  The Gemstone dealer wants gold for his rubies.

In order to get ready to acquire rubies, merchants will have to drop off assistants at various warehouses and markets to obtain goods and/or coins to be traded for what is needed to acquire rubies.  Merchants must use their assistants as efficiently as possible, pick them back up quickly and re-employ them in other market locations.  Along the way merchants can acquire bonus cards to speed the process.  They can make use of the governor and the smuggler.  They can even use their favorite family member who keeps getting arrested and sent back to jail.


With the modular set up of the 16 stalls and a number of ways to get the rubies, Istanbul promises plenty of good times and replayability. We have an open copy of Istanbul available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.

Awards: 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres (Game of the Year)




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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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Game Events: July 20th - 26th

Come and join in on the fun at our weekly Open Game Play. It's a great way to try out some games.

Our Game Library has a wide variety of games




available for play while you are here.   


Here is this week's Game Night schedule:

Date: Weds. Jul 23rd
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.

Yspahan
Rio Grande Games
Revolution
Steve Jackson Games

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Date: Fri Jul 25th
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.

Sunrise City
Clever Mojo
Stone Age
Rio Grande Games



No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.
Also, while you are here any of the games in our Store Demo Games Library are available for play.



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.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of July 13th - 19th


Come in and check out this week's game arrivals. This week's shipment includes includes 2 newly released game and 2 new game expansions.  Here's a look at what hit the shelves:


Praetor
NSKN Games
Newly released from NSKN Games is Praetor, a city building game.  Set during the year 122 CE, Caesar Hadrian and his Roman Empire is no longer at war with the barbarians. Caesar's focus is now on building cities and fortifications to ensure a lengthy domination of the Roman culture and wealth.

 In Praetor players take the roles of Roman engineers building Caesar a glorious city.  Players will need to wisely manage their limited resources, recruit new workers to replace retiring old workers, build settlements  to keep the citizens happy, and will praise the Gods to earn their favor.  Fulfilling Caesar's demands depicted on the wall tiles gains favor points and the player with the most favor wins the game.



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Also newly released is VivaJava The Dice Game, a coffee game for 1 to 4 players from Dice Hate Me Games.
VivaJava The Dice Game
Dice Hate Me Games


 Enter the competitive world of cubed coffee where players race to create robust coffee blends and complete special research projects to gain performance points. 

VivaJava The Dice Game has cool components that include flavor dice, research and special blend coasters, research ability discs, and a burlap travel bag.






Learn more about this coffee brewing game from our Game Profile: VivaJava The Dice Game.










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From Z-Man Games is Hills & Sheep, a new expansion to the popular base game Carcassonne.  In the Carcassonne Hills & Sheep expansion the attention is directed to Carcassonne's lush meadows.


Carcassonne
Hills & Sheep

Z-Man Games
Players have shepherds added in to their group of followers. With shepherds, players can try their luck at sheep herding trying to gather a whole flock at their shepherd's  feet. But beware, wolves are just around the corner waiting for a snack!  Should a wolf appear before the flock has been scored you will lose the flock.

Also included are Hill tiles and Vineyard tiles.  When a Hill tile is drawn the player draws and places a second tile under the Hill tile. Any follower then placed on this Hill tile breaks ties in favor of its owner.  That is, when a feature like a city, road or field is scored, and two or more 
players are tied for most followers, a follower that occupies a Hill tile will break the tie in favor of the player who owns it. This player alone will score points for the feature.  The purpose of the Vineyard tiles to give bonus points to completed and scored monasteries. Each Vineyard tile located within a monastery's 8 scoring tile series adds 3 bonus points.





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Firefly: The Game
Card Pack
Gale Force Nine

Also new in is Firefly: The Game Card Pack and expansion to the base game Firefly: The Game.  This pack of 7 includes Mal's Pretty Floral Bonnet, Wash's Dinosaurs, Malcolm, Jayne, Zoe, Wash, and Kaylee.




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Restocks:


We have box rubber bands in stock. 
















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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, Cobble Hill, and White Mountain.

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