Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Game Events: Jul 30th - Aug 2nd

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.



 Here is this week's Game Night schedule:


Date: Weds. Jul 30th
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.

Bohnanza
Rio Grande Games
Catan Explorers & Pirates
Mayfair Games
                                         
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Date: Fri Aug 1st
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.


VivaJava
The Coffee Dice Game

Dice Hate Me Games
Istanbul
AEG


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.







Thursday, July 24, 2014

Game Profile: The Downfall of Pompeii



Run for your lives! Can you escape the inferno?


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Hand Management, Tile Placement, Grid Movement
Publication Mayfair Games, 2013
Ages 10+
Time 40 - 60
Players 2 - 5
Description


The Downfall of Pompeii is by game designer Klaus-Jurges Wrede who created the popular game, Carcassonne. The Downfall of Pompeii is easy to learn, easy to play and a ton of fun because you get to toss your opponents player tokens into a volcano. It’s the year 79 AD, the year of the consulship of Augustus and Vespasian. Pompeii has been rebuilt into an important trade city following a devastating earthquake and a mass exodus of its citizens.

The game board has a map of the city of Pompeii overshadowed by active Mount Vesuvius in the corner of the board. There are two distinct phases in the game. During the 1st phase Roman citizens are reentering the city occupying the new and splendid buildings. Players will use a hand of cards to place their citizen tokens in various buildings throughout the city. The key is to place their citizens so they can quickly escape from the city when the volcano blows. Grouping citizens in a building can either be advantageous or a total disaster. Advantageous in that during the escape phase, a citizen moving from a full building full can move faster than from a building with only a few citizens. Disastrous in that groups of citizens tend to be easy targets when the lava starts to flow. When the 1st AD 79 card is drawn game play takes a twist. Players now have the opportunity to relatives when placing their citizens. And the fun begins as Omen cards will start to appear. When a player draws an Omen card they immediately remove, at their choosing, one of their opponents’ citizens from a building and tosses it into the volcano. So phase 1 is place, draw, and sometimes throw someone into the volcano.

The second AD 79 card drawn triggers Phase 2 which begins the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Six lava tiles are immediately placed in the city. Any and all citizens occupying a space where the lava tiles are placed immediate are tossed into the volcano. Citizens are now in a panic to flee the city before being consumed by lava. Player turns now consist of: 1) choosing 2 of their citizens and sprinting as fast as movement allows towards a city exit, 2) drawing a random lava tile and placing it, at their choosing, where it can inflict maximum damage to their opponents, and 3) taking any citizens killed by their flowing lava tile and tossing them into the volcano. The game ends when all citizens have either escaped from the city or been trapped within the city with no escape route, or overcome by lava and tossed into the volcano. The player with the most survivors outside the city is the game winner.


We have an open copy of The Downfall of Pompeii 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.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Game Profile: Istanbul

Welcome, merchant!  How well can you utilize your assistants in this strategy game of collecting valuable rubies?


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Modular Board, Grid Movement, Pick Up & Deliver
Publication AEG, 2014
Ages 10+
Time 40 - 60
Players 2 - 5
Description

Istanbul is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres award, i.e. strategy game of the year in Germany. The game features merchants racing around a marketplace, dropping off and recollecting assistants who can perform tasks in each of the 16 modular market stalls.  The race is to acquire 5 rubies before your opponents.

Players will each begin with a team of one merchant, 4 assistants, one family member, and a wheelbarrow.  They will take their merchant/assistants team through the various places within the bazaar. Each place has as a specific action that will be performed when a merchant and his assistants stop at it.  In order to perform the action at a location the merchant must leave behind one assistant.

There are various ways to acquire rubies.  Rubies can be acquired at both the small mosque and the great mosque.  Each mosque requires 2 visits and 2 specialty mosque tile purchases in order to obtain a ruby. One ruby can be acquired from the wainwright after 3 visits and 3 purchases of wheelbarrow expansions.  Exchange goods for rubies at the Sultan’s palace.  The Gemstone dealer wants gold for his rubies.

In order to get ready to acquire rubies, merchants will have to drop off assistants at various warehouses and markets to obtain goods and/or coins to be traded for what is needed to acquire rubies.  Merchants must use their assistants as efficiently as possible, pick them back up quickly and re-employ them in other market locations.  Along the way merchants can acquire bonus cards to speed the process.  They can make use of the governor and the smuggler.  They can even use their favorite family member who keeps getting arrested and sent back to jail.


With the modular set up of the 16 stalls and a number of ways to get the rubies, Istanbul promises plenty of good times and replayability. We have an open copy of Istanbul available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.

Awards: 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres (Game of the Year)




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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.