Saturday, June 30, 2012

Expanding the Game Demo Library

Here are our latest additions to our Demo Game Library shelves: 


  • Fresco (Queen Games)
  • Castles of Burgundy (Ravensburger)
  • Alhambra (Queen Games)
  • Trans America (Rio Grande Games)
  • Four Taverns (Rather Dashing Games)
  • Red Hot Silly Peppers (Rather Dashing Games)

Fresco:  Come and try this clever worker-placement board game where you not only have to manage your master painters but you have to keep them happy as well.  Naturally, being a painting-themed game it has a colorful board and components.

Castles of Burgundy:  After playing this board game I definitely want to play it again and again.  The game has a wide variety of way to score points.  And, points can come in bunches.  There is a lot going on in this game and I can see why it is ranked # 26 on board game geek.  Read our game profile and watch a game overview video by clicking on Castles of Burgundy.

Alhambra:  This is a set collection, tile laying, wall building kind of game. We find it to be a great casual game with light strategy.  Not only do we have the base game but we also have the Big Box  set that includes five expansions.  So come in and pick and choose what you want to play - it's all fun.  Read our game profile that includes a link to Queen Games for a video game overview by clicking on Alhambra.

Trans America: Now included in this board game is the Vexation Expansion that adds a whole new layer of strategy to what has been an easy to learn, quick playing network building game.  And, surprises of all surprises, Medford, Oregon is one of the destinations among the big cities on the board.

Four Taverns:  New to us from Rather Dashing Games.  This card game is made in the USA.  It features cards of hero's, champions, and monks being played to win the most quests with the most renown points.  Come and try this easy game and let us know what you think.

Red Hot Silly Peppers: Another game, also made in the USA that we received from Rather Dashing Games.  This simple card game has colorful and fun-looking hot peppers on the cards. Come and try this easy game and let us know what you think.


We have lots of games for you to come and play.  While you are here, we will be happy to teach you the rules and get you started.


At Off The Charts Games, we have a fabulous selection 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, TDC, and White Mountain.
We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Friday, June 29, 2012

News Flash: Table Top Episode 7 Features Gloom


It's time for another episode of Table Top hosted by Star Trek's, Wil Wheaton on Felicia Day's You Tube Channel, Geek and Sundry.  Today's featured game is Gloom.


Gloom
from Atlas Games


It is anything but gloomy when Amber Benson (actress -Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michele Boyd (actress - The Guild ), and Meghan Camarena (Strawburry17) join Wil for some fun storytelling as they play their cards.





Come see us for Gloom as well as these other Gloom items:


Cthulhu Gloom


Unwelcome Guests
Expansion
Unfortunate Expeditions
Expansion




Continue to tune in for more Table Top Episodes

At Off The Charts Games, we have a fabulous selection 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, TDC, and White Mountain.
We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

News Flash: Merchant of Venus Update


It looks like there is movement on the reprint of Merchant of Venus. Both Fantasy Flight and Stronghold Games announced a reprint of this classic board game last fall.  The game was scheduled for release in March 2012.  Due to confusion over which company was really going to publish, things got delayed.  On June 27th it was announced that Fantasy Flight will publish the game with Stronghold Games acting as a consultant.  There will be two versions of the game, both the original classic game and an updated new game based on the original.  The target for publication is Fall 2012.





Continue to tune in for the latest in board games.

At Off The Charts Gameswe have a fabulous selection 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, TDC, and White Mountain.
We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This Week's Game Arrivals: Jun 26 - Jul 1st

Games Arriving this week include:

More mayhem from Steve Jackson Games, the makers of Munchkin.
Munchkin Conan
Steve Jackson Games
Munchkin Conan is a new 168-core set that draws from the entire Conan mythos, giving players Conan's most fabulous treasures, and pitting them against the barbarian's most terrifying foes. Munchkin Conan is entirely compatible with the Munchkin line of games.




Tales of Arabian Nights
Z-Man Games
Finally back in production and available is the Tales of Arabian Nights from Z-Man Games.  This game will appeal to those looking for something different.
 Tales of the Arabian Nights is a paragraph-based board game.  During the game you and the other players will encounter all sorts of strange events, beings, and creatures.  Each encounter will refer to a Reaction Matrix, which will offer you several choices of how to respond to the encounter.  your choice will guide you ta a paragraph in the Book of tales, which will reveal the outcome of your encouter.  The skills and statuese of yur character may affect your results, for good or ill!
To learn more about this unique style game watch this video:





Continue to tune in for the latest in board games.

At Off The Charts Games, we have a fabulous selection 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, TDC, and White Mountain.
We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Game Event: Week of June 24th - 30th

This week Game Night will be on Weds. and Friday.  See schedule below.

Date: Weds, June 27th
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


Weds. Featured Games
To learn more about each featured board game including video overviews click on it's game name below the picture.


Caylus
Rio Grande Games


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Date: Fri, June 29th
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


Friday's Featured Games
To learn more about each featured board game including video overviews click on it's game name below the picture.


Asara
Ravensburger
Castles of Burgundy
Ravensburger


Come Join Us for a Night of Free Game Play. No experience necessary. We'll be happy to explain the game rules and get you started. Reserve your seat today.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Expanding the Demo Game Library: Asara and Cargo Noir

Now open and available on our demo shelves are for you to play:

Asara,
from: Ravensburger
The land of a thousand towers opens it's gates to you!
In Asara, you complete to build the most, the tallest, and the most gold decorated towers.


Cargo Noir
from: Days of Wonder
Cargo Noir  is easy to learn, quick to play, and always competitive.  You are smugglers of international contraband.  Dispatching your cargo ships to the safest or richest ports; judging which contraband is the hottest; and laying in wait with your gold until the time is right will be the keys to your success - allowing you to revel in the spoils of victory.


You can read a full review by clicking on the game name that will take you to the Game Profile. 

Also try out these games that recently were added to our demo game library:


At Off The Charts Gameswe have a fabulous selection 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, TDC, and White Mountain.
We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Game Profile: Castles of Burgundy

Strategically create the most prosperous estates in the region!



Mechanics Dice Rolling, Set Collection, Tile Placement
Theme Medieval Estates Building
Publication Ravensburger, 2011
Ages 12+
Time 90
Players 2 - 4
Description

The Castles of Burgundy is a city building game with so many variables it is hard to describe. The game features 12 different types of buildings.  Each building type grants either victory points or a special ability.  In addition there are 26 unique knowledge tiles each with a different ability.  There are also six double sided player boards.  Four of the game boards have the same map on side one for a game where up to 4 players have the same map to play on.  The reverse side of these game boards each have a unique map. The two additional player boards have unique maps on both sides making a total of nine different available to play.  Each turn involves a dice roll, two actions and using as many abilities a player can gather.  This is a dice rolling, set collecting, resource management strategy game.

After playing The Castles of Burgundy the first time I knew that I'd definitely want to play it again and again.  The game has a wide variety of ways to score points. And, points can come in bunches. Additionally this game plays well as a 2-player game.  A feature that hits the sweet spot for us.



We have an open copy of The Castles of Burgundy available in our Store Demo Library for you come in and try out.



For more insight into Castles of Burgundy watch this game review video:







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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, June 20, 2012

This Week's Game Arrivals: June 19th - 24th

Hitting the shelves this week are:

Eclipse: New Dawn For The Galaxy
Asmodee

Back in production, the highly popular game Eclipse has finally arrived! 



A game of Eclipse places you in control of a vast interstellar civilization, competing for success with its rivals.  You will explore new star systems, research technologies and build spaceships to wage war with.  There are many potential paths to victory, so you need to plan your strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of your species while paying attention to the other civilizations' endeavors.
The game features seven races: humans and six alien races.  Each race has specific abilities that will guide your strategy as you play.
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Nefarious
Ascora Games
Nefarious: The Mad Scientist Game is another of Donald X. Vaccarino designed games (Dominion, Kingdom Builder, & Infiltration). 

This quick playing game, players will race to build inventions, i.e. a freeze ray, cloaking device, robotic pet, etc. before their opponents can.  Player's strategies to get the money to build their creations will have to vary because each time they play, Nefarious will have a different environment thanks to its fiendishly clever twists.


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The Resistance
Indie Boards & Cards


The Resistance is a highly interactive party-style game for 5-10 players.  It full of secret identities, deductions and deceptions. From Indie Boards & Cards comes this game description:
Set in the near future, The Resistance pits a small group of resistance fighters against a powerful and corrupt government.  The resistance has launched a series of bold and daring missions to bring the governement to its knees.  Unfortunately spies have infiltrated the resistance ranks, ready to sabotage the carefully crafted plans.  Even a single spy can take down a resistance mission team, choose your teams carefully or forever lose your chance for freedom. 
The Resistance includes a bundled expansion, "The Plot Thickens", that offers even more possibilities for discovery and deception.
The Resistance artfully balances pure deduction elements with the social elements into a game that creates the adreniline filled moments of high stakes poker but in a full interactive and social event.  Its not for the faint of heart, or slow of mind - but if you are quick on your feet you'll be proud of your hard fought victories.

Continue to tune in for the latest in board games.

At Off The Charts Gameswe have a fabulous selection 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, TDC, and White Mountain.
We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Game Profile: Cargo Noir


Trafficking in Troubled Waters


Mechanics Auction/Bidding, Set Collection, Worker Placement
Theme International Smuggling
Publication Days of Wonder, 2011
Ages 8+
Time 30 - 90
Players 2 - 5
Description

Cargo Noir is a typical Days of Wonder production where game play is straight forward and the components are top notch.  Since it is a game about smuggling goods the goal is to collect valuable sets of contraband; gold, ivory, uranium, weapons, etc. and trade them for things any crime boss might be interested in owning, like a villa, yacht, or dive bar.  These villa, yachts, dive bars, etc. are victory spoils cards and are worth victory points.  Additionally, there are three types of smuggler’s edge cards that aid players in collecting money, adding warehouse space, or adding ships to their fleets as well as yielding a few victory points.

The main board is set up so it can be adjusted to handle from 2 to 5 players by turning over certain double sided sections.  During their turn players will send ships with a number of coins to bid on the contraband available in various ports.  If the bid is successful, the contraband will be stored in your warehouse until you have sufficient sets to trade for smuggler’s edge cards or victory spoils cards.  There are places to send your ships to exchange goods at a black market or to visit a casino for a quick infusion of coins.  The key to success is managing your supply of coins and placing your ships in the most advantageous ports.  The game takes place over 10 or 11 rounds depending on the number of players.  The player who has acquired the most victory points will win.



Cargo Noir is easy to learn, quick to play, and always competitive.  We have an open copy of Cargo Noir available in our Demo Games 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.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Game Event: Week of June 17th - 23rd


Date: Friday, June 22nd
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


Featured Games
To learn more about each featured board game including video overviews click on it's game name below the picture.

Alhambra
Queen Games
Sunrise City
Clever Mojo Games



Come Join Us for a Night of Free Game Play. No experience necessary. We'll be happy to explain the game rules and get you started. Reserve your seat today.

Happy Fathers Day




The penguin theme of this father's day comic reminds us of the game Hey That's My Fish.  

Hey That's My Fish! Deluxe
Mayfair Games
Here's a little more Father's Day humor:
A father carries his pictures where his money use to be. ~ Author Unknown
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~ Bill Cosby

Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there. Have a fun-filled day.



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Surprise Visit

On Friday, local game designer Lisa Steenson of Gut Bustin' Games popped in for a visit.




Lisa is the designer of these popular board games.  While here she autographed several copies of the games.


Redneck Life
Do you say redneck like it's a bad thing?
Trail Park Wars!
Live the dream . . . be a Trail Park Manager

Oh Gnome You Don't!
Get ready for a Gnome-tastic Adventure


For a game overview, just click on the game name to link you to our Game Profile located on our website OffTheChartsGames.com and learn more about these hilariously fun games.  A demo copy of Redneck Life is open and available for play.  While you are here in the store we are happy to teach you the rules and get you started on the fun.

We are working with Lisa to arrange a play-test event for a couple of new games she is working on.  Stay tuned for details.


At Off The Charts Games we have a fabulous selection 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, TDC, and White Mountain.
We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.



Friday, June 15, 2012

News Flash: Table Top Episode 6 Features Castle Panic


Pull up a chair and get ready for this week's Table Top episode hosted by Star Trek's, Wil Wheaton on Felicia Day's You Tube Channel, Geek and Sundry.  This week Wil's featured board game is Castle Panic.


Castle Panic
Fireside Games
Watch as Wil and guests: Tara Platt (actor - Naruto), Yuri Lowenthal (actor - Prince of Persia), and Andre the Black Nerd work as a team in this co-operative game to defeat the advancing trolls, orcs, and goblins.  Do they live to tell the tale?


Click on the name Castle Panic to read our Game Profile write up.  You can find Castle Panic available in our store.


Continue to tune in for more Table Top Episodes

At Off The Charts Games, we have a fabulous selection 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, TDC, and White Mountain.
We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.