Friday, October 19, 2018

Games Goes "Off The Charts" - Bohnanza The Duel and Cottage Garden

Two games went "Off The Charts" earlier this week on our trek to Lincoln City for some sunshine and relaxation.


Bohnanza
 The Duel

It was a beautiful day to plant and harvest beans in Bohnanza: The Duel, a perfect 2-player traveling card game. The sun was out and it was so calm that we could play cards while on the beach. Lynn had a powerful field of black-eyed beans, but I managed to actually win by a couple of points with several harvesting's of chili beans. I'd love to tell you I had a great bluffing strategy during the gifting phase but I think I finally had a clue how to score more bonus cards.


Later, after picking up some snacks and settling in on the deck overlooking the ocean we broke out Uwe Rosenberg's Cottage Garden.

Cottage Garden


 

We love the Tetris-like feel of Cottage Garden. When the two of us play, the scores are usually close and the decisions maddening. The available tiles always seem to have one too many or one too few squares. While Lynn got both special beehive scoring tokens, she ran out of kitty's mid-game which put a crimp in completing her boards. I had a little more flexibility at the end to pull out a 3 point victory.






We have an open copy of both Bohnanza: The Duel and Cottage Garden 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, Pomegranate, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.

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


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Game Arrivals: Oct. 17, 2018


Oooh, new games have arrived!



 New Game
Orbis
Space Cowboys
Orbis is a 2 to 4-player tactical game of world development and strategic resource management. Each player will build their own their own universe in the shape of a pyramid made up of 14 region tiles and 1 god tile.  Each region tile is a double-sided tile. One side has one of the 5 color types, an effect, and a cost. The other side is wilderness - a wild in color and -1 victory point. The god tiles grant an end of game victory point bonus if the requirement is met.  On their turn, a player must take a tile either among the 9 face-up region tiles in the center of the table or among the available god tiles. When a region tile is taken, a cube matching the color of the chosen region tile will be place on each of the remaining adjacent tiles. Cubes are used to pay the cost of region tiles. The chosen tile and any cubes obtained are then place in your pyramid according to the placement rules. If you cannot or wish not to pay the required cost, then you flip over and place the wilderness side.  Region tile effects are triggered when placed. Replenish the center as tiles are taken. Play continues until all players have constructed their pyramid.  Points are tallied and the player with the most points wins.

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 New Game
Micropolis
Matagot
Another new game in is Micropolis  a family friendly game co-designed by Bruno Cathala (Five Tribes, Kingdomino, Queendomino, Kanagawa, 7Wonders Duel,  Abyss).
In Micropolis, players are competing to build the best anthill.  You have galleries to dig, fruits to collect, and a powerful army to recruit in order to build the most prosperous anthill. 
Micropolis

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 New Game
Forbidden Sky
Gamewright
New from Gamewright is Forbidden Sky, the third in their Forbidden series of cooperative games designed by Matt Leacock (Pandemic series, Roll Through The Ages The Bronze Age).  First there is 30 minutes of Forbidden Island, then there is 45 minutes of Forbidden Dessert, now you we are launching into 60 minutes of Forbidden Sky.
Soar to dizzying heights in this electrifying cooperative adventure.  Work as a team to explore a mysterious platform that floats at the center of a savage storm. Connect a circuit of cables to launch a secret rocket - all before you are struck by lightening or blown off to the depths below.  It's a high-wire act that will test your team's capacity for courage and cooperation.  One false step and you all could be grounded... permanently.
Forbidden Sky

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 New Game
What's Up
Strawberry Studio

What's Up is a fun, fast and smart card-flipping set collection game.  Gather sets of different birds faster than your opponents, remember what card lays where and keep  track of other players' sets.  And after you win... play again.


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 Game Expansion
The Networks
Executives

Formal Ferret Games
Executives is the first major expansion for the base game The Networksa card drafting strategy game about competing start-up television networks.
With the Executives expansion players will each choose an Executive who will grant a special power as well as a special liability.  Compete with the other networks for Shows, Stars, Ads, and bonus money in the new Pilot Season at the start of the game.  Get the right Genre Bonuses to become a Mogul and earn a powerful new Mogul card.


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Restocks


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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, Pomegranate, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.

We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Game Events: Week of Oct. 14th - 20th

Come and join in on the fun at our weekly Weds and Friday Board Game Nights.  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:




Board Game Night
Date: Weds. Oct.17th
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.

Village Of Valleria
Daily Magic Games
Council Of 4
CMON

Villages Of Valeria
Council Of 4


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Board Game Night
Date: Fri. Oct. 19th
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.

Quadropolis
Days Of Wonder
Tzolk'in
Czech Games Edition
Quadropolis
Tzolk'in
Watch Ron's video for an overview of Tzolk'in


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.