Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Spiel des Jahres Game Nominations


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The game nominations for the 2016 Spiel des Jahres (Family Game of the Year) and the Kennerspiel des Jahres (Strategy Game of the Year) awards have recently been announced. These awards are considered the most prestigious awards in the board game world.





The vast field of games is pared down to three games for each category that will contend for their respective category award.  And the nominees are:


Spiel des Jahres (Family Game)

Codenames
Czech Games Edition
Codenames is a team word game.  Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames and are competing to be the first to identify all of their teams spy cards.

Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. All must beware of the Assassin.














Imhotep
Thames & Kosmos
Coming soon.  Imhotep is a game of building monuments by the famous Egyptian architect, Imhotep.

Players quarry and transport their stone blocks on ships to various construction sites to end up in the most valuable positions.  But you alone do not control which sites the ships go to. Depending on where the blocks end up, players earn different point values.
















Karuba
Haba
Karuba is a tile-laying race game for treasure hunters aged 8 and above.

Each player plays on their own island card while racing to beat the other players in the hunt for the most valuable temple treasures. Use the tiles to build paths along which you move to get to the temple of the same color collecting crystals and gold nuggets along the way.  But be careful!  Many paths have dead ends so you need to be patient and attentive in order to discover the best way through the jungle.












Runner Up Recommended Games:


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Kennerspiel des Jahres (Strategy Game)


Pandemic Legacy
Z-Man Games
The world is on the brink of disaster. In Pandemic Legacy, your disease-fighting team must keep four deadly diseases at bay for a whole year. Each month will bring new surprises, and your actions in each game will have repercussions on the next. Will you let cities fall to the diseases? Will your team be enough to keep the viruses at bay for a whole year? Craft your own unique Pandemic experience with Pandemic Legacy.


















T.I.M.E. Stories
Space Cowboys
T.I.M.E. Stories is a co-operative narrative decksploring board game.

Players are agents in a futuristic Time Survey Agency that detects time discrepancies and sends them on a mission, usually to prevent temporal rifts. Each mission is different, being set in a different atmosphere and having a core mechanism that differs from the next.

















Isle Of Skye
Mayfair Games
Isle Of Skye, a quick tile placement and auction game.

Start as a famous Scot chieftain and compete to rise as King as you build your kingdom scoring as many points as you can. Wisely set the price for tiles you draw and manage your money carefully. 

There are 16 scoring cards of which you will use 4 in a given game thus providing variability each time you play.













Runner Up Recommended Games:



Stay tuned in to find out which games win.



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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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Game Events: May 22nd - 28th

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.

Board Game: New York 1901

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:



Open Game Play
Date: Weds. May 25th
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.

New York 1901
Blue Orange Games
Istanbul
AEG
A game of Istanbul in play.



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Open Game Play
Date: Fri. May 27th
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.


Catan
Explorers & Pirates
Mayfair Games



A game of Catan with
the Explorers & Pirates expansion.




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.

















Friday, May 20, 2016

Game Profile: World's Fair 1893

Step back in time and experience the wonder of Chicago’s spectacular exposition!


Classification Family Game
Mechanics Area Control, Area Influence, Card Drafting, Set Collection
Publication Renegade Games, 2016
Ages 10+
Time 40
Players 2 - 4
Description

World’s Fair 1893 is an innocent looking game with a nice theme, 40 minutes of game play and way more depth than you are expecting.  The object of the game is to score the most points over the three rounds.  The timing of the rounds is marked off on a Ferris wheel that makes up the center of the board.  Player’s actions drive the speed of the Ferris wheel.

A player’s turn is straight forward.  Place one of their player color cubes on one of the 5 exhibit locations that have been placed at random around the Ferris wheel.  They can then take any special action allowed by an influential figure card acquired on a previous round.  The player then takes all cards that have been placed at this exhibit location where they placed their cube.  The number of cards at an exhibit location can range from 1 to 4.  These cards include:  influential figures with a one-time special ability, midway tickets that drive the Ferris wheel forward, and main exhibit cards that are used to build sets for game end scoring.  All of the cards come out of one deck.  So you’ll get a random mix of cards at the various locations.  A player’s turn concludes with drawing 3 new cards and placing them at various exhibit locations.

When the Ferris wheel makes a full revolution, a scoring round ensues.  Each midway ticket a player has is worth 1 coin with the player who has the most tickets receiving a 2 coin bonus.  Next, each of the 5 exhibit locations around the Ferris wheel is scored.  The player with the majority of cubes in an exhibit location receives 4 victory point tokens and the ability to exchange up to 3 of their main exhibit cards for the same number of approved exhibit tiles for this location’s color.  The player with the second most cubes in this location receives 2 victory point tokens and the ability to exchange 1 main exhibit card for one approved exhibit tile of this same location’s color.  No points or card exchanges are made for placing 3rd or 4th.  Only approved exhibit tiles, coins, and victory point tokens will be scored at the end of the game.  Having a set of each of the 5 colors of approved exhibit tiles is worth 15 victory point.  A set of 4 different colors is worth 10 victory point and on down to 1 point for a single color approved exhibit tile.  As you can see, it is important to place first or second on the exhibit locations in order to convert your non-scoring exhibit cards into scoring exhibit tiles.  The winner of the game is the player with the most points.
  
The decision where to play that 1 cube each turn isn’t as easy as it looks.  Is it better to grab influential figure abilities or exhibit cards?  Even if the cards look good in a location, is it a location that I can get a majority?  Then will I have enough exhibit cards of that location to gain the approval tiles?  And finally, how fast do you want the Ferris wheel to turn?  Be careful where you place that 1 cube each turn.  It does make a difference.


We have an open copy of World’s Fair 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.