Thursday, September 17, 2020

Game Profile: Crown Of Emara


Crown Of Emara

Publisher:  Pegasus Spiele, 2018
Players:  1 – 4
Time:  45 – 75 Min.
 
The theme for Crown of Emara is to compete to become the next King.  In order to become the king, you must score points with the citizens and score building points as well.  Both kinds of points are tracked as the game progresses.  At the end of the game the lower of your citizen and building points will be your final score.  Balance between the two is absolutely necessary.
 
Crown of Emara comes with 2 modular boards with a rondel in the center of each.  You have a councilor on each rondel.  One board is where your councilor/craftsman acquires resources (wood, grain, stone, and cloth).  The other board is where your other councilor spends resources at various locations: castle, cathedral, construction site, and market.  These locations provide various actions that include acquiring and exchanging books, coins, signet rings, and gaining both citizen and building points.  Additionally, it is where you can recruit an advisor or increase your noble rank. All for the purpose of citizen and building points.   You have a deck of nine action cards that will each be played twice during the 18 rounds of the game.  The key to success is to have each of your councilors in the right spot at the right time to do what you need to do.
 
The game consists of six rounds where each player will play 3 cards which are drawn randomly from their deck at the start of the round.  Planning is essential to maximize the ability of each card when it is available to play.  Play time is supposed to be 45 to 75 minutes.  I feel it takes a little longer – closer to 60 to 90 minutes.

We love this game because it brings a good deal of depth to the game that is not overly long.  The two boards look great on the table.  The two rondels really provide a challenge and we find that the game is well balanced.  End game scores have been close.  Crown of Emara works well with 2, 3, and 4 players.  It does have a 1-player variant that we have not tried.


Crown Of Emara




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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

New Game: Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun


Tekhenu
Obelisk of the Sun

Game designer Daniele Tascini continues to create great games.  Tekhenu: Obelisk Of The Sun is his latest along with co-designer David Turczi.  Some of Daniele's previous games include Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula, Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan, Teotihuacan: City of Gods, and Tolk'in: The Mayan Calendar.

Tekhenu: Obelisk Of The Sun, a game of building, planning, clever strategy, and impeccable balance. - - Players: 1 to 4  - -  Play time: 60 to 120 minutes.

publisher description

Join ancient Pharaohs in creating and growing one of the most impressive sites the world has seen, honoring the Egyptian gods Horus, Ra, Hathor, Bastet, Thoth, and Osiris. You must carefully manage the balance of your actions, preparing for the reckoning by the goddess Maat.  Today the site is known as Karnak.

The game board in Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun is divided into six sections, each associated with an Egyptian god: Horus, Ra, Hathor, Bastet, Thoth, and Osiris. In the center stands an impressive obelisk (Tekhenu) that casts its shadow onto different parts of the board. As a result, the area around the obelisk is divided into sunny, shaded, and dark sections, depending on how the obelisk casts its shadow at that particular moment. As the game progresses, the sun’s rotation alters which sections are sunny, shaded, or dark.

Tekhenu: Obelisk Of The Sun

Each turn players draft dice from the base of the Obelisk.  Select a die from the light or from the shadow to construct a farm, mine, or statue, to obtain a blessing, harvest resources, raise a pillar in the temple complex, or to honor the gods with a festival.  Once you are done performing your action, place the die on your scales.  Where it lands depends on whether it came from the light or the shadow.  When the time comes to weigh your heart, compare the weight of your pure and tainted actions to see what fate holds.  Keep your eye on the Obelisk of the Sun!  Depending on the game phase, it will cast its shadow in different directions - - and on different dice!



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

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Game Night Home Version: Sept. 11th

During this period of coronavirus, our in-store Friday Night Game Night sessions have gone to a Home Version. We encourage people to play their favorite games at home and then post results, any comments, and maybe a picture to our Off The Charts Games Facebook page. This way we stay connected to our gaming families and share in the fun.



Week 26:  Sept. 11, 2020

Here are the games that our gaming community played during the week and weekend and shared to our Facebook page:

    

Mitch is loving his recently purchased game, Rajas Of Ganges.






          



      

Crown of Emara, one of three games played by Lynn and Ron.


Ticket To Ride: Rails and Sails was the second game played by Ron and Lynn.


  

Castles Of Mad King Ludwig was the third game played by Lynn and Ron.



Great Games and Great Fun!
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Located 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 jigsaw puzzles from Ravensburger, Cobble Hill, Pomegranate, Dowdle, and White Mountain.


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