Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just In This Week: Kingsburg and ...


Discover this great strategy game, Kingsburg. An excerpt from the game manufacturer - Fantasy Flight Games describes the game as:
"Combining many of the best elements of European and American board game design styles, Kingsburg has been praised for its clever use of dice and its high level of player interaction. Though dice-rolling is a significant mechanic of the game, the presence of luck never feels arbitrary or excessive. Rather, the game encourages players to apply their dice rolls strategically, in ways that simultaneously benefit themselves and vex their opponents. And while a card-drawing mechanic determines the nature and difficulty of yearly NPC enemies (these enemies must be faced by each player individually, and failure against them can cause major setbacks), players can “scout the draw” in advance by influencing the right advisor. This means that players who have devoted resources to acquiring this valuable intelligence can adequately prepare for the coming onslaught while their opponents languish in ignorance... or they can bluff, exaggerating the threat and compelling their opponents to overspend!"
SRC: Fantasy Flight Games

Another fun game just in is Martian Dice where you Swoop, Scoop, and Score! You are the Martians coming to earth to abduct Humans, Cows, and Chickens.  
Catch this video review by Reviews Without Pants.



For the Dungeons and Dragons Enthusiasts is this third in a series of board games by Wizards of the Coast The Legend of Drizzt:  


The adventures of Drizzt Do’Urden, as told in the New York Times best-selling Forgotten Realms novels by R.A. Salvatore, come to life in this thrilling board game. Take on the role of the legendary drow ranger or one of his famous adventuring companions, battle fearsome foes, and win treasure and glory.

Catch a game play video by Wizard of the Coast.



For these and other fun-tastic games come in and visit us at Off The Charts Games. We are located in the historic downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd St., Gresham, OR 97080

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Portland game inventor hits the beach!

We support local game inventors!  In this week is Mermaid Beach invented by Portland's Emily Ehlers.


An excerpt from Oregon Lives's article covering Emily and how she invented this fun new game
"On her 12th birthday this year, Emily Ehlers, a seventh-grader at West Sylvan Middle School, received a mysterious package from Massachusetts.
"I had a small suspicion that it was my game, so I opened it." She beams, the delight of the moment still evident.
Inside the package was a game, Mermaid Beach. She had dreamed up the ocean-themed card game when she was in third grade. Four years later there it was, professionally produced and packaged by Gamewright, maker of popular family games like Slamwich, Rat-a-Tat Cat and Sleeping Queens. She was officially a game inventor."
"Emily and her family spent her third-grade year sailing a boat down the East Coast of the United States and on to the Bahamas. She and her brothers, Jake and Drew, were home-schooled for the year. They spent time playing games, including Sleeping Queens, Emily's favorite. "When I found out it was invented by a girl, I wanted to do that too," she says." 



 SRC: Oregon Live


Other games by local inventor's that you can find in our store are:

For these and other fun-tastic games come in and visit us at Off The Charts Games. We are located in the historic downtown Gresham at 30 NW 2nd St., Gresham, OR 97080.

Friday, October 14, 2011

New Arrivals of Children's Games




In this week are these additional super fun children's board games:
Whoowasit? - Reveal the secrets of the talking animals and find the thief.  A magical chess contains intelligent electronics that ensure the game is different and exciting every time.
Mystery Garden - The "Guess What I See" game. Enter Mystery Garden with all of its fascinating scenery and various magical inhabitants.
Sherlock Deluxe -  The card game where memory and deduction are "Elementary"!
Race To The Roof -  Get ready for this exciting game of pursuit where no two games are alike.  Can you make it to the attic before anyone else?  Parents' Choice Gold Award.

For these and other fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles  come and visit us at at Off The Charts Games!  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.  We proudly serve the Gresham, and the greater Portland and Vancouver areas.

In This Week Two Strategy Games About Portugal


Macao, the mysterious harbor city on the south coast of China, is the Portuguese trading center in the far east at the end of the 17th century.  In this game, players take on the roles of the energetic adventurers who sought their fortunes in Macao.  Whether as captain or governor, as craftsman or scholar, numerous exciting functions are offered.  Who will use his various possible actions the wisest?  Who will have the best plan and can acquire the most prestige by the end of the game?

~ AND ~

Interested in wine-making? Vintage is a game for anyone who is interested in making their own wine. This game is about the Douro River Valley of Portugal, the oldest demarcated wine producing region in the world, designated World Heritage, and the production of port wine.  In the game, you will attempt to buy wine-growing estates and plant them with the best grape varieties to try and produce the highest quality port wine - a Vintage.

Other games arriving this week include:
A Game of Thrones: The Card Game - When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.  There is no middle ground.
Lord of the Rings Adventure Packs: Hunt for Gollum -and- Hills of Enyn Muil
Munchkin Expansion Packs 
Have you Herd? - a fascinating and highly addicting animal dice game.

For these and other fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles  come and visit us at at Off The Charts Games!  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.  We proudly serve the Gresham, and the greater Portland and Vancouver areas.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

This Just In Star Trek Expeditions and More


Star Trek Expeditions:   A Cooperative Mission Game designed by award winning game designer Reiner Knizia.
 

Play as Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Uhura as the U.S.S. Enterprise enters orbit around the planet Nibia. You find the President of Nibia less happy to see you than the invitation suggested, and Mr. Spock has detected evidence that another starship may have recently been in orbit.
You must lead your away team down to the planet's surface and discover what has changed Nibia's relationship with the Federation, and unravel the mysteries of Nibia! 
Ready your phasers, and prepare to beam down!

Also in are these All "Star" games:
Star Fluxx - From Looney Labs; "Just when you thought that Fluxx had gone as far as it could go - it blasts off for the Stars!"
Survive: Escape from Atlantis -  An underwater volcano has erupted and the island of Atlantis is sinking into the sea! Unless the people of Atlantis escape in time, all the inhabitants are doomed! Get to safety via boat, but watch for the sea serpents, sharks, and whales.
Nuns on the Run - The novices are on the loose! Temptation has lured them out of their cells, and they hope not to be caught by the abbess and the prioress. But the guards are swift and their hearing is excellent, so it will take craftiness and a bit of luck in order to make it back to their beds without being caught!
Kinder Bunnies - A "Hare" raising good time for young children.  Kinder Bunnies is loaded with colorful animals characters, activities and interactive game play.


For fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles in Gresham and in the greater Portland and Vancouver area please come and see us at Off The Charts Games!  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.



Just in Time for Halloween this Frightenly Fun Game:



From Z-Man  Games comes this zombie game based on Robert Kirkman's comic book series:
"Enter the world of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead! Become a player and take on the role of a survivor in a world suddenly full of zombies. With only one companion at the start of the game, each player must struggle to gather resources, find other survivors, and eventually find a refuge from the zombies . . ."


Also in are these All "Star" games:
Star Trek Expeditions - A cooperative mission game designed by award winning game designer Reiner Knizia.
Star Fluxx - From Looney Labs; "Just when you thought that Fluxx had gone as far as it could go - it blasts off for the Stars!"
Survive: Escape from Atlantis -  An underwater volcano has erupted and the island of Atlantis is sinking into the sea! Unless the people of Atlantis escape in time, all the inhabitants are doomed! Get to safety via boat, but watch for the sea serpents, sharks, and whales.
Nuns on the Run - The novices are on the loose! Temptation has lured them out of their cells, and they hope not to be caught by the abbess and the prioress. But the guards are swift and their hearing is excellent, so it will take craftiness and a bit of luck in order to make it back to their beds without being caught!
Kinder Bunnies - A "Hare" raising good time for young children.  Kinder Bunnies is loaded with colorful animals characters, activities and interactive game play.

For fun and exciting strategy games, family games, and puzzles in Gresham and in the greater Portland and Vancouver area please come and see us at Off The Charts Games!  We are located at 30 NW 2nd Street, in Downtown Gresham.