Saturday, July 25, 2015

Game Profile: Castles Of Mad King Ludwig

The king demands that you build an extravagant castle.


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Pattern Building, Tile Placement, Set Collection
Publication B├ęzier Games, 2014
Ages 13+
Time 90
Players 1 - 4
Description

Castles Of Mad King Ludwig lets each player build their own castle. The question is which player will score the most points based on the 4 randomly selected scoring tiles visible to all in addition to their secret bonus scoring cards. Each player will build their castle from a selection of 10 different sizes & shapes of rooms in 7 different colors, hallways, stairs plus a starting foyer. With 24 different public scoring tiles, 27 unique bonus cards, and 75 rooms of various shapes, sizes & colors no two games are going to be the same.

The game has what I think is a brilliant mechanic at the start of each round. The starting player will be the master builder for that round and has the role of drawing and revealing the 7 rooms that will be available for purchase and determining the sale price of each room. The master builder will determine which price slot each of the rooms will be placed into with prices ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 and with only one room per price slot. In turn order beginning with the player to the left of the master builder, each player will have an opportunity to purchase one of these rooms or a hallway or stairs with the master builder purchasing last. The beauty is that each player will pay the purchase cost of the tile they want to the master builder. However, the master builder will pay the bank for the tile he/she acquires. Players add their newly acquired building to their individual castle scoring plus &/or minus points depending on its relation with adjacent rooms. In addition, a player may gain a special action bonus when any room that has been completed meaning all doors of a room are matched by doors from adjoining rooms. The game proceeds in this manner of rounds with the next player becoming the master builder. The game ends when the card deck used to bring out more rooms has been exhausted. Some scoring is done during the course of the game based on rooms played and bonuses received. Most of the points are awarded at the end when player scores are calculated for the 4 public goals and for any private goals that have been achieved. 

Castles Of Mad King Ludwig has an easy rule set to get through and to understand. The game play is variable and entertaining. The role of the master build is challenging. Which rooms will opponents pay a premium for versus how high I as the master builder price the room I want and hope that room is still available at the end of the round? How will each I maximize points using the public goals and my 2 secret goals? This game packs a ton of fun into a 90 minute play time.






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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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Game Goes "Off The Charts": Castles Of Burgundy

Another game went "Off The Charts" this past Monday.  We headed east to do a meet-up with Ron's sister and brother in-law and do some wine tasting in Walla Walla.



It's never a straight line that Ron takes to our destinations. One of our stops on this trip was at Emigrant Springs State Park on Deadman's Pass outside of Pendleton.  


And, no we did not do this trip by covered wagon - it just can't beat the convenience of an air conditioned car.  This park was a perfect spot with shade and a light breeze in which we could stretch our legs and play a game of Castles Of Burgundy.

Castles Of Burgundy
Ravensburger
 
In Castles Of Burgundy, dice set out the action options, but the players always make the final choices. Whether trading or livestock farming, city building or scientific research, many different paths lead to the prosperity and prominence of the players.

We have an open copy of Castles Of Burgundy 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, White Mountain, Cobble Hill, and Dowdle.

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




Game Events: Week of July 19th - 25th

Not only do we sell board games, we also provide tables and a library full of open games for you to come in and play.  The tables are open during store hours as well as during our Weds and Friday evening Open Game Play Nights. 



Come and join in on the fun as it's a great way to meet other game enthusiasts and to try out some games. 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:



Date: Weds. July 22nd
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. To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

Gravwell
Renegade Games
OddVille
What's Your Game?

A game of OddVille in play.


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Date: Fri. July 25th
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. To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

The Downfall
Of Pompeii

Mayfair Games
Alien Frontiers
Game Salute


A game of Alien Frontiers in play.


No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.



Our Game Library has a wide variety of games available for play while you are here.




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.

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