Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Game Profile: Gravwell

Can you escape from the 9th Dimension?



Classification Sci-Fi Abstract Strategy Game
Mechanics Simultaneous Action Selection, Point-to-Point Movement
Publication Cryptozoic, 2013
Ages 10+
Time 20 - 35
Players 1 - 4
Description

Who knew that the Mensa Select committee would pick a game that generates tons of laughs every time it hits the table?  Yes, Gravwell will make you think as well as laugh.

The objective in Gravwell is to be the first to pilot your spaceship from the singularity of a black hole to the warp gate.  Along the way you will have to deal with the devious maneuvers of your opponents and a couple of wayward derelict ships.  Each round begins with a quick card draft.  Each player will select 3 sets of 2 cards creating a hand of 6 cards.  During this selection process each set of cards will have one card face up and one card face down.  Next, players will simultaneously select a card from their hand and place it face down on the table in front of them.  Now the fun really begins.  Each card is depicted with an alphabet chemical element symbol and a thrust value.  The chemical element symbol will dictate player turn order with the card closest to the start of the alphabet going first.  There are 3 types of movement cards.  Green-faced cards propel your ship away from the closest ship.  Purple-faced Repulsor Ray cards will propel your ship away from the closest ship.  Teal-faced Tractor Beam cards will pull all other ships toward your ship.  When you select cards at the start of the alphabet you can maneuver your ship to be where your opponents might not expect you to be.  When you select a card with the end of the alphabet you will want to determine where your opponents’ ships will be when it’s your turn to move.  When you have cards in the middle of the alphabet, well good luck!  The derelict ships always seem to be on the wrong side of your ship. Your opponents, if not normally devious will soon become that way.

Gravwell may be a 2014 Mensa Select Winner for the need to psych out what your opponents are up to, but I like it because it rates really high on laughs per minute.




We have an open copy of Gravwell is available in our Store Demo Library for you come in and try out.


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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 area.

Game Events: April 20th - 26th

Come and join in on the fun at this week's Game Events. It's a great way to try out some games. Here is this week's schedule:



Date: Weds. Apr. 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.


Livingstone
Playroom Entertainment
Fresco
Queen Games



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Date: Fri Apr 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.


Kingsburg
Fantasy Flight
Puerto Rico
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 Game 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, TDC, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of Apr. 13th - 19th


Come in and check out this week's arrivals.  Here's a look at the some of the games that came in this week:


They're back in print and back in stock - Carcassonne Mini Expansions!
Carcassonne Mini's
Z-Man Games
  1. Carcassonne: The Flier - eight landscape tiles showing a pair of wings are mixed with the other tiles to be used in the game.  As flying enthusiasts, the players want to actualize mankind's dream of flying by trying their wings.  Flight length and landing places can be troublesome.
  2. Carcassonne: The Messages - eight message tiles and six new followers. Players gain a second scoring meeple to aid in securing messages.  Messages and grant additional points for smallest road, city or cloister, banners in a city, or knights... many possibilities. You may even get to draw and play an additional tile.
  3. Carcassonne: The Ferries - eight landscape tiles and eight ferries.  Some roads around Carcassonne lead to small lakes.  In these places ferries are operated to connect the roads on one side of the lake to the roads on the other side.  These present new opportunities for the players.
  4. Carcassonne: The Goldmines - eight landscape tiles and sixteen gold bars. Gold!  The excitement is huge and many come to acquire the precious metal for themselves.  At the end, all will settle their accounts.
  5. Carcassonne: Mage & Witch  - eight landscape tiles and two wooden figures.  Magical people visit the county of Carcassonne.  While the power of the mage brings extra value for roads and cities, the inhabitants view the abilities of the witch rather distrustfully.
  6. Carcassonne: The Robber  - eight landscape tiles and six wooden robbers.  Gangs of robbers are on the way and require their tribute. When followers score points, the robbers take some points for themselves.

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In from Alderac Entertainment Group is this collection of small box games:

Agent Hunter
Agent Hunter is a 2-player bluff and deduction game. Find and eliminate your opponents' 3 safe houses to win. Each attack on one of their houses may reveal too much about your own safe houses. Attack, bluff and outmaneuver your opponent is the key to victory.

We have an open copy of Agent Hunter available for you to come in and try out.




Card of the Dead

Card of the Dead is an action card game of survivall for 2-5 players.  Players draw and play one card per round.  Zombies must be played in front of you immediately.  The rest of cards are used to flee the city or bunker down in buildings.  Make the ultimate escape or just be the last one alive to win.




Cheaty Mages

In Cheaty Mages wizards get to bet on monsters battling in an arena.  Naturally, wizards have spells to cast to help the monster they are backing.  But cheat too much, get caught and your favorite monster can be eliminated from the competition.  The wizard with the most gold wins.




Love Letter

Love Letter  is quickly becoming a classic micro-game. 

Love Letter now has the same great game in a boxed edition making it easier to store on your game shelf.






Love Letter
Kanai Factory

Love Letter Kanai Factory  features art from the original game published in Japan.


Love Letter
Legend of the 5 Rings

Love Letter Legend of the 5 Rings features art and characters from the Legend of the 5 Rings universe.


Mai-Star
Mai Star is a 3-6 player card game.  Players use cards to either enhance their geisha's reputation or to serve guests.  Players will want to use their cards quickly. Cards left in their hand create negative points.  After 3 rounds the player with the most money will be the most skillful geisha.

We have an open copy of Mai-Star available for you to come in and try out.


Maximum Throwdown
Maximum Throwdown  is a 2-6 player card game where you try to dominate the cards on the table.  Each player chooses a faction of cards.  Each card has multiple icons representing points or special abilities. On a turn a player will flick a card from their hand onto the playing area attempting to cover icons showing on their opponents played cards.  The object is to have your icons showing and your opponent's icons covered. Special abilities or points are only effective when they are exposed.  Count you visible icons, score, then attack.



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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.