Thursday, October 23, 2014

Board Game Arrivals: Oct. 19th - 25th


More exciting games arrived this week.




Newly released from Bézier Games is Subdivision, a sequel to the award winning game, Suburbia.  While Subdivision has a similar theme the game play is completely different.  Additionally, it is a lighter game and plays in a much shorter time - 30 to 45 minutes.  This is a game of master planning a community on a large tract of land.  Hex-shaped tiles are used to convert parcels into residential, luxury, commercial, civic, and industrial zones, and create lakes, parks, roads, sidewalks, and schools to improve a players' Subdivision.

SubdivisionBézier Games

This past March we saw
a prototype of Subdivision
at the game trade show
that we attended. We found
this game highly interesting.

Subdivision
is a simultaneous-play tile-laying game in which each player is building their own community where the different areas work together harmoniously and efficiently. 
 
Through drafting and the roll of the Parcel die, players add Zone tiles to their Subdivision, activating other Zones and generating Improvements.  Those Improvements provide money and points, while slowly covering up as many parcels as possible.
Here is a game overview video by game designer Lucas Hedgren:


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Another new game in is Lords of Xidit from Asmodee. Fans of the game Seasons will recognize Lords of Xidit as it is set in the same Xidit universe.  While both games exist in the world of Xidit, the game play is completely different. 
Lords of Xidit
Libellud/Asmodee
What is refreshing and different about Lords of Xidit is it's game mechanics and it's end of game winning conditions.  A game of Lords of Xidit is played over the course of 12 rounds. At the beginning of each round players will secretly and simultaneously use a programming board with dials to select their 6 actions. The objective of the game is to accumulate the right amount of gold, castles, and influence to keep from being eliminated during final scoring.  After the 12th round, scores will be posted for the first of the 3 scoring elements.  Players who placed 4th and 5th place (in a 5-player game) are eliminated. Scores are then posted for the remaining players for the 2nd scoring element with the 3rd place player being eliminated.  Finally, scores are posted for the remaining players for the 3rd scoring element with the 2nd place player being eliminated leaving the winner as the last player standing.


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In celebration of Power Grid's 10 anniversary, Rio Grande Games has released Power Grid deluxe.
Power Grid
Rio Grande Games
Description from Rio Grande Games:
Power Grid deluxe is based on the highly successful game Power Grid.  However, it is not simply the same game with bigger, better and more beautiful components, but rather a version made especially for the 10th anniversary.  Everything is bigger: the double-sided game board now offers all of North America and all of Europe, rather than just the USA and Germany.  The customized wooden parts offer actual generators for the players and different shapes for the resources, among them natural gas instead of garbage.  All the power plants have been changed and we added new resource refill cards to make refilling the resource table easier. 
The game is still Power Grid, with all the exciting auctions, the nerve-racking resource speculations, complex city networks and the tight competition among the players - all the way to the nail-biting end, as several players vie for the win.


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Android Netrunner
Up and Over
Fantasy Flight

Arriving is the latest data pack for the base game Android NetrunnerUp and Over.

This data pack contains 60 new cards designed to augment Corp and Runner decks.

Android Netrunner is a 2-player  asymmetrical card game. Hack into the future and change your reality, one run at a time.



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Restocks:
  • Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore




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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 


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Game Events: Week of Oct. 19th - 25th

Come and join in on the fun at our weekly Open Game Play.  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.



This week there will not be a Friday Game Night. Here is this week's schedule:

Date: Weds. Oct 22nd
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.

Kingdom Builder
Queen Games
Kairo
Queen Games


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Date: Fri Oct 24th
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
Alien Frontiers
Clever Mojo/Game Salute

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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Game Arrivals: Oct. 12th - 18th

Come in and see what games are now in stock.


Following is a preview of the games and game expansions that came in this week:




Originally scheduled for a January 2015 release,
La Isa arrived ahead of schedule.  This is the latest game from designer Stefan Feld (Bora Bora, Castles of Burgundy, Burges, Rialto, Amerigo and more).

La Isla
Ravensburger
In La Isa you have a team of 5 explorers that you will send to the tropical island of La Isla searching and collecting creatures considered extinct ages ago. You will play cards to perform special functions, receive key resources, and to score victory points for the creatures you have collected.  

The game board is made up of various shaped tiles placed randomly around a 10-sided central tile. There are 45 animal tokens consisting of 5 different types. Only 35 of the animal tokens will be in play in a given game. Each player will have a team of 6 figurine explorers one of which will be a scoring marker.









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Welcome aboard again!  AEG has released Trains: Rising Sun, a follow up to the original game Trains. While Trains Rising Sun is a stand-alone game it can also be combined with the original Trains for even greater combinations and game play.

Trains - Rising Sun
AEG

Like the original Trains, Trains: Rising Sun is a deck-building games where you are building the strongest system of rails. Your cards not only allow you to buy other cards to tune your deck, but they will also allow you to build train stations and rail lines along the game board. The goal of the game is to have the most powerful railway network. You accomplish this by collecting Victory Points from cards, railways, and stations.

In addition to the Nagoya map board for 2 to 4 players, included are 2 map boards designed specifically for 2-player games.






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Just in time for Halloween is Monster Fluxx from Looney Labs.

Monster Fluxx
Looney Labs

Let the monster mash begin.  Add some frightfully fun to your Fluxx game play.

This is a simple card game where everyone begins by drawing a card and then playing one card from their hand.  Seems simple enough.  But that's just where the fun begins.  Monster Fluxx features monster themed cards that change the basic rules and object of the game creating ghoulish chaos.











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New game expansions include:


Firefly The Game
Blue Sun
Gale Force Nine
Includes new nav, job, and
supply, cards. Two additional
Reaver Cutters and new rules
put the 'Verse on high alert.
Marvel Legendary
Guardians of the Galaxy
Upperdeck
Getting cosmic with this
expansion. Recruit all 5
Guardians to the game for
some new and amazing
game play.


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In our children's game section these Ravenburger games arrived:



  • Spell It Out! - new.  Aimed at ages 4 and up this play and learn game develops letter association , spelling strategies, and reading & word recognition.  This game teaches kids which letters belong with which word.
  • Dream Cakes! - back in stock.  Also from Ravensburger, this is a game of creative cake-making aimed at ages 4 and up.  Create scrumptious looking cakes with beautiful mix-an-match pieces.
  • Labyrinth - back in stock. Aimed at ages 7 and up, this popular maze game of twists and turns gets you thinking on how to create a route to your quest while trying to hinder your opponents.  The cards will determine your quest. To create your route through the maze you will insert an extra tile that will move walls and open passages. You will move your player piece along your route stopping at a point that puts you either at your quest or in a position closer to your quest.



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Continue to check in for the latest in board games.
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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