Sunday, January 29, 2012

Kingdom Builder's Continues To Be A Hit

This past week we demo'ed Kingdom Builder by Queen Games.  So far, everyone who has played the game has really liked it.  They like the variability of the modular board, the different scoring mechanics, and the ease of play.

If you haven't played Kingdom Builder then come in and it out.  It's easy to learn but challenges you on every play and plays in less than an hour.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mystery Puzzles Are A Hit

A big Thank you to Clair for introducing us to her mystery puzzle by TDC Games.  Since we have brought in this line of mystery puzzles they are becoming a hit.

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's Here... Munchkin Axe Cop

Munchkin Axe Cop from Steve Jackson Games is here and on the shelves.

Axe Cop is a Cop.  With an Axe.  And he knows how to use it!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Arrivals: These Games From FoxMind

This Week's Arrivals include these great family games from FoxMind:

Taiga is a wonderful memory and deduction family game that can be played with children 5 and older. The search is on to find all of the woodland animals hidden on the wooden discs.  You can read more about this game on our Game Profile: Taiga.

Paradisio is a quick and easy-to learn idyllic game for 2 players. Form your island Paradise in this tile placement game.  You can read more about this game on our Game Profile: Paradisio.

By popular demand is Abalone an abstract game of marble pushing.
Players compete to be the first to push six of their opponent's marbles off the board.  The rules are easy and can be learned by almost anyone within a minute of two.  It's a simple, fast moving, and fun game involving subtle and profound strategy.

Game Profile: Paradisio

Name Paradisio
Byline A Quick and Challenging Game, Perfect For The Beach or Just At Home – You’ll Swear You Can Hear The Sea!
 Mechanics Tile Placement
Theme Paradise
Publication FoxMind, 2010
Ages 8+
Time 20
Players 2

Tropical forests, white beaches, crystal clear lagoons…all in the palms of your hands.  Piece by piece, you will create luscious exotic islands.  Think well before making your move to ensure you win your bit of paradise!

Paradisio is a quick tile placement game.  In each round, the 16 islands and sea tiles are spilt randomly between the players.  Players take turns placing their tiles in a central grid.  The image on each tile must match perfectly with the images on all adjacent tiles.  In other words, sea must connect to sea and land must connect to land.  A round ends when one player can no longer place a tile.  The player who placed the last tile wins an island token. The first player to collect 3 tokens wins the game.

AWARDS: Creative Child Magazine’s Creative Toy Awards - 2011 Preferred Choice Award

Keywords: Paradisio, FoxMind Games, Children's Game, Abstract Game, Game Profile

Game Profile: Taiga

Name Taiga
Byline A Fun Woodland Game For Children
 Mechanics Memory, Deduction
Theme Animals, Children’s Game
Publication FoxMind, 2010
Ages 5+
Time 15
Players 2 - 6

Taiga is a memory and deduction woodland game where players must flip over wooden discs to reveal the animals hidden below.

Two-sided animal discs form a circle from which players search to find the four animals that match the card in play.  Revealing the correct tile scores the player a token and continued search. Reveal an incorrect animal and the player must give up one of their tokens.  The player who finds the fourth animal scores both tokens and that animal card.  When all of the animal sets have been found players score points based on the number of cards and tokens they have acquired.

AWARDS: Creative Child Magazine’s Creative Toy Awards - 2011 Seal of Excellence

Keywords: Taiga, FoxMind Games, Children's Game, Memory Game, Deduction Game, Game Profile

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

And The Results For 2011 Are...

After being in the board game business for 5 months, we wanted to put together a list of our top selling games for 2011.  So, for the curious-minded here is our Top 10 Best Selling Games for 2011.

1.  Poo: The Card Game
2.  Ticket To Ride
3.  Settlers of Catan
4.  Qwirkle
5.  Redneck Life
Tie 6, 7, & 8:
     In A Pickle
Tie 9, 10, & 11:
     Catan Seafarers Expansion
     Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game
     Zombie Fluxx

Thank you all for supporting us and contributing to the fun of our game store.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Game Profile: Settlers of Catan

The award winning game of discovery, settlement and trade.

Classification Family Strategy Game
Mechanics Route/Network Building, Modular Board, Trading
Publication Mayfair Games, 1995
Ages 10+
Time 90
Players 3-4

Settlers of Catan is now considered a classic.  Each player begins with 2 settlements and a road leading away from each of these settlements.  Settlements are placed at connections between hex tiles representing 1 of 5 resources.  Each turn dice are rolled and resources are earned by hexes with the corresponding number.  Use the resources to buy roads, settlements, cities, and development cards.  Trading is a big part of the game.  The active player can offer trades to other players and can make trades with the bank.  Occupying a port can make those trades with the bank even more enticing.

In Settlers of Catan, the lucky #7 is not so lucky.  Roll a seven and anyone holding more than 7 cards must give half back to the bank.  The player who rolled the seven then places a Robber on a hex of their choice and takes a resource card from the player whose settlement or city is on that hex.  The Robber remains on the hex stopping the production of its resource until another 7 is rolled and it is moved.

Points are gained throughout the game and in a variety of ways.  Settlements placed are worth 1 point each and placed cities are worth 2 points each.  Having the largest army is worth 2 more points.  Constructing the longest road will give you 2 additional points.  The 1st player to reach 10 points wins the game and is The Ruler of Catan.

We have an open copy of Settlers of Catan and Catan: Explorers & Pirate Expansion available in our Store Demo Library for you come in and try out.

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Add Ons (not included but available):

 5-6 Player Extension
There are slight rule modifications that allow for the 5-6 player game to not get bogged down.

Catan Seafarers Expansion  (1997)
Adds "gold" tiles, addition water, a pirate, and ships.

(must be played with base game Settlers of Catan)

Catan: Cities & Knights Expansion (1998)
Adds Commodity and Progress cards, metropolises, event die, knights and barbarians.

(must be played with base game Settlers of Catan)

Catan: Traders & Barbarians Expansion (2007)
Adds a set of 4 variants and 5 linkable scenarios. The game includes knights, barbarians, bridges, camels, wagons and more.

(must be played with base game Settlers of Catan)

Catan: Explorers & Pirate Expansion (2013)
Explore and trade with ships designed to carry settlers, cargo or adventurers.  Settle new lands, battle pirates, acquire spices and located the grand banks of Catanian fish.
This expansion really changes up the look and play of the base game.

(must be played with base game Settlers of Catan)

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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 Profile: Zooloretto

Name Zooloretto
Byline A Zoo Of A Family Game In Which Less Is Sometimes More
Mechanics Set Collection, Tile Placement
Theme Zoo Animals
Publication Rio Grande Games, 2007
Ages 8+
Time 45
Players 2 - 5

Zooloretto uses a great mechanic to populate your own zoo. To start a round players randomly select a tile and place it on a truck. Each truck has 3 slots. Most tiles are zoo animals, but there are also vendor stalls and coins. The round continues with players drawing and placing a tile on a truck or claiming a truck and placing the tiles from the truck in their zoo. Each zoo has three enclosures for animals with a fourth available for a price. Only one type of animal can occupy an enclosure. Baby animals will be gained if the male and female figures of an animal type are placed in the same enclosure. Completely filling an enclosure can bring you bonus coins. Coins can be used to move animals and expand a player's zoo. Any excess animals must be played in the barn. At the end of the game points are awarded for full enclosures, enclosures with only one empty space, and animals in an enclosure where a vendor cart is present. Any tiles remaining in the barn at the end of the game count as negative points. The key is to know when a truck has enough of the right animals and not too many of the wrong animals.

AWARDS: Spiel des Jahres 2007

Available Expansions that adds to the fun: (must be played with Zooloretto)

Zooloretto The Boss – With correct management of new resources, a player can become the Zoo Boss.

Zooloretto XXL – Earn rewards for donating your animals to other zoos like Paris, New York, etc.

Kingdom Builder Open and Available

We've had lots of fun learning how to play Kingdom Builder.  The modular board means the terrain is different each play.  The variable cards forces you to rethink your strategy each time.  The plays on each turn feel significant.  And, the scores ended close and competitive.

We've got Kingdom Builder open and available for play.  So come in and try out this game.

At Off The Charts Games we have a wide variety and selection of board games, dice games, card games, war games, family games, and puzzles.  We are located at 30 NW 2nd St in Historic Downtown Gresham.

Game Profile: Kingdom Builder

Create your own kingdom
Mechanics Modular Board, Route/Network Building
Theme Medieval
Publication Queen Games, 2011
Ages 8+
Time 45
Players 2 - 4

Kingdom Builder is from game designer Donald X. Vaccarino, the creator of Dominion.

This game features a colorful modular board, relatively easy game mechanics, and a Kingdom full of replay ability.  Four of the eight game board sections will be used each game.  Choose the ones you want or pick them randomly.  Each board section features a unique type of location hex tile and five types of terrain.  Each type of location hex tile grants a unique ability and is claimed by playing a settlement adjacent to it.  There are ten different Kingdom Builder cards. Three of these Kingdom Builder cards are selected randomly at the start of the game and will define the scoring mechanics for this particular game session.  Game play consists of playing a terrain card and placing three settlements on that type of terrain. These settlements must be place next to your existing settlements if possible, and should be in a manner that will allow you to take advantage of the scoring opportunities that are defined by the 3 Kingdom Builder cards.  If it's not possible to place next to existing settlements, then a new area of that type of terrain can be started.  The player who best manages the variable terrain, the variable location hex tiles, and the variable scoring mechanics will earn the most gold and victory.

We have an open copy of Kingdom Builder 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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Winter Snow Days with Snow-Themed Board Games

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet shall keep us from opening the store.  So come and either bring your own game or break out one from our game library and wile away the gray days.  Or, come in and let us give you a tour of the games available on our shelves.  We've got everything from family games - - to strategy games - - to war games - - to dice games - - to card games - - to - -you-name-it games.

If you're in the mood for a snow-themed game we have:

K2 - an exhilarating race to the top of the second highest mountain.

A Few Acres of Snow - a mighty war between Britain and France for the domination of North America.

Come in and see us at Off The Charts Games.  We are located at 30 NW 2nd St. in Historic Downtown Gresham.