Sunday, July 29, 2012

Game Events: Week of Jul 29th - Aug 4th

Come and join in on the fun with Game Night. It's a great way to meet other game enthusiasts. Here is this week's schedule:


Date: Fri. Aug. 3rd
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store



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

Macao
Rio Grande Games
Patrician
Mayfair Games
No Experience Necessary.  While you are here we are happy to teach you the rules and you started.

Come Play ~ ~ ~ It's Free ~ ~ ~ It's Fun!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

On The Radar Screen: These 3 Games From Gryphon Games

In our on-going research of what games are on the horizon, here's a peek at what's coming this Fall from Gryphon/Eagle Games:

Pirate Dice:
Voyage on the Rolling Seas
"Pirate Dice is a light but strategic dice game where players compete to be the first to find the sunken treasure in Pirates Cove.  Will glory and fame by yours, or will you and your friends end up at the bottom of the sea? Players roll and place customized command dice to pilot their ships around the sea.  Commands allow ships to move, turn, fire cannons, and even interfere directly with their opponents."

Defenders of the Realm:
Battlefields
"Defenders Battlefields is a competitive fantasy battle game for 2 to 4 players. In the game, one side takes the role of the Dark Lord's invading army and minions while the other side represents the heroes and forces defending the Realm. The battles are fast and furious as players place minions and heroes onto the battlefields and attack their opponents using a variety of abilities and special skills. The winner is the first side that is victorious on the agreed-upon number of battlefields."
 ~And~

Fleet
"Fleet is a strategic card based game featuring a unique commercial fishing theme.  Fleet uses both existing and new mechanics to create an exciting playing experience.In the northwest corner of Nunavut, Canada, a formerly inaccessible bay off of the Arctic Ocean has become reachable through a secret inlet. Untouched by the hands of time and fed by both the ocean and warm fresh water springs, Ridback Bay is teeming with sea life. A remote, timeless bayside village is now being inundated by entrepreneurs awaiting the influx of the world’s greatest fisherman to harvest this plentiful bounty. The docks and warehouses are being revitalized and now it is time to begin the real adventure. Go build your fleet and become the master of the seas!"


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.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Table Top Episode 9 Features: Fiasco Part 2


It's time for another episode in the Table Top series hosted by Star Trek's, Wil Wheaton on Felicia Day's You Tube Channel, Geek and Sundry.


Fiasco
Bully Pulpit Games

Alison Haislip (actress), Bonnie Burton (writer), John Rogers (screen writer and game designer geek) join Wil Wheaton in Act 2 and the conclusion to this story-telling, role playing  "Fiasco" of a game. If you missed Act 1, you can watch on our July 13th posting.





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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Game Arrivals: Week of July 22nd - 28th

Included in this week's game arrivals are:

The Great Dalmuti
Wizards of Coast
While one in one round you can be at the top of the heap, the next you could be peasant scum - this is  The Great Dalmuti, an easy to learn and fast-paced card game of medieval one-upmanship.



Descent: Journeys In The Dark
Fantasy Flight Games
Descent: Journeys In The Dark is a board game of dungeon delving adventure that is packed with heroes, monsters, magical relics, and quests.

~And~

Summoner Wars: Master Set
Plaid Hat Games
Summoner Wars: Master Set is an expandable card game of tactical battlefield combat.  Strategy shapes the composition of each deck of cards and how they are used.  Tactics determine the effectiveness of those cards in battle.  The game contains six different complete factions to choose from.



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, July 22, 2012

Game Events: Week of Jul 22nd - 28th


Come and join in on the fun with Game Night. It's a great way to meet other game enthusiasts. Here is this week's schedule:


Date: Weds. July 25th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store

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


    
Infiltration
Fantasy Flight
Oregon
Rio Grande Games

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Date: Fri. July 27th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store



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


 
Last Will
Rio Grande Games
Kingdom Builder
Queen Games

Come Play ~ ~ ~ It's Free ~ ~ ~ It's Fun!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Coming Soon: Dominion - Dark Ages Expansion

For you Dominion fans, in the works is this new game expansion:


Dominion: Dark Ages
Rio Grande Games
Here is the game description from Rio Grande Games:
"Times have been hard. To save on money, you've moved out of your old castle, and into a luxurious ravine. You didn't like that castle anyway; it was always getting looted, and never at a reasonable hour. And if it wasn't barbarians it was the plague, or sometimes both would come at once, and there wouldn't be enough chairs. The ravine is great; you get lots of sun, and you can just drop garbage wherever you want. In your free time you've taken up begging. Begging is brilliant conceptually, but tricky in practice, since no-one has any money. You beg twigs from the villagers, and they beg them back, but no-one really seems to come out ahead. That's just how life is sometimes. You're quietly conquering people, minding your own business, when suddenly there's a plague, or barbarians, or everyone's illiterate, and it's all you can do to cling to some wreckage as the storm passes through. Still, you are sure that, as always, you will triumph over this adversity, or at least do slightly better than everyone else."
Dominion Dark Ages expansion is scheduled to ship in August 2012.  We will keep you posted.

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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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Game Arrivals: July 15th - 21st

Included in this week's game arrivals are these from Z-Man Games both designed by Uwe Rosenberg.  Uwe Rosenberg is the designer of such games as Agricola, Le Harve, At The Gates of Loyang, Bohnanza.


Ora & Labora 
Z-Man Games
This was one of the games recommended by the jury for the 2012 Kennerspiel des Jahres.
In Ora & Labora, each player is head of a monastery in the Medieval era that acquires land and constructs buildings – little enterprises that will gain resources and profit. The goal is to build a working infrastructure and manufacture prestigious items – such as books, ceramics, ornaments and relics – to gain the most victory points at the end of the game.
Ora Labora, Uwe Rosenberg's fifth "big" game, has game play mechanics similar to his Le Havre, such as two-sided resource tiles that can be upgraded from a basic item to something more useful. Instead of adding resources to the board turn by turn as in Agricola and Le HavreOra &Labora uses a numbered rondel to show how many of each resource is available at any time. At the beginning of each round, players turn the rondel by one segment, adjusting the counts of all resources at the same time.
Each player has a personal game board. New buildings enter the game from time to time, and players can construct them on their game boards with the building materials they gather, with some terrain restrictions on what can be built where. Some spaces start with trees or moors on them, as in Agricola: Farmers of the Moor, so they hinder development until a player clears the land, but they provide resources when they are removed. Clever building on your personal game board will impact your final score, amd players can buy additional terrain during the game, if needed.
Players also have three workers that can enter buildings to take the action associated with that location. Workers must stay in place until you've placed all three. You can enter your own buildings with these workers, but to enter and use another player's buildings, you must pay that player an entry fee so that he'll move one of his workers into that building to do the work for you. 
Ora Labora features two variants: France and Ireland.
~And~

Agricola: All Creatures
Big And Small

Z-Man Games
The much anticipated 2-player Agricola game has arrived!
In Agricola – All Creatures Big and Small, you become an animal breeder (horses, cows, sheep and pigs) and try to make the most of your pastures. You will start the game with a personal board that you must make bigger by adding additional parcels of land or by building new infrastructures, because as the game advances, your herd continues to grow!


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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, July 15, 2012

Game Events: Week of July 15th - 21st


Come and join in on the fun with Game Night. It's a great way to meet other game enthusiasts. Here is this week's schedule:


Date: Weds. July 20th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store



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



Asara
Ravensburger
Power Grid: The First Sparks
Rio Grande Games

No Experience is Necessary. While you are here we are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.  Reserve your seat today!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Game Goes "Off The Charts": TransAmerica



Earlier this week when it was hot in town we headed to the Coast for some hiking and cooler weather. Here we are at Cape Lookout relaxing with a game of TransAmerica.


A flat spot, a portable table, a couple of camp stools, an awesome view . . . we're set for TransAmerica.






TransAmerica
Rio Grande Games
TransAmerica is a fast-paced-track-laying game from Rio Grande Games.  Included in this edition is the Vexation Expansion that adds a whole new layer of strategy.

Continue to tune in for more games that go "Off The Charts"

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.



Friday, July 13, 2012

Table Top: Episode 8 Features: Fiasco Part 1


Pull up a chair and get ready for the next in the Table Top series hosted by Star Trek's, Wil Wheaton on Felicia Day's You Tube Channel, Geek and Sundry.

Fiasco
Bully Pulpit Games

Today Wil and his guests Alison Haislip (actress), Bonnie Burton (writer), and John Rogers (screen writer and game designer geek) take on the roles of Marty Spano, Lily Anastasia, Betty Capozzi, and Eddie Malloy, respectively, in this story-telling, role playing  "Fiasco" of a game.




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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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Game Arrivals: July 8th - 14th

This week's game arrivals include:


SmallWorld: Realms
Days of Wonder

From Days of Wonder is this newest Small World Expansion.  Small World Realms, can be played with Small World and/or Small World Undergrounds.


This new game expansion features 48 new 2-sided geomorphic terrain tiles and a dozen new Scenarios. The tiles can be assembled in countless variations, at the players' choice, or set to one of the 12 custom scenarios.
So... are you ready to venture into the Realms?


Castle Panic: Wizard's Tower
Fireside Games
The Wizard's Tower Expansion brings new choices to make and new threats to overcome to the family fun co-operative game, Castle Panic.  A friendly Wizard joins your forces providing powerful magic spells.  The Monsters return stronger, faster, smarter,and with new abilities.  You'll fight magical Imps, evasive flying creatures, and more.  Make your stand against six new, dangerous Mega Boss Monsters, including the Dragon and Necromancer.  You will have fire to attack the Monsters, but beware, your Walls and Towers can be burned down as well!  The challenge is high but so is the adventure.

Can you survive more panic and defend The Wizard's Tower?


Lancaster
Queen Games
Lancaster is a worker placement game that takes place during the time of Henry V of Lancaster, King of England.  During the course of the game, players will deploy their knights to counties within England, to their castles, or to conflicts with France.  Each location type brings its own reward.  A player's knight can be forced out of a county location by an opponent's stronger knight.  Conflicts can be won through cooperation among players, with the rewards being split based on the strength of the knights committed to the conflict. Additionally, players will vote on laws coming out of Parliament.  These laws affect the abilities that players have on their turn. 
      The game lasts five rounds with players earning points by gathering up noblemen from the counties, by being victorious in conflicts with France, by adding the most strength to their knights, and by building the most extension onto their castles.  The player with the most points after 5 rounds will be the winner.


Edo
Queen Games
Edo is a worker placement and resource management game set in Japan in the years from 1603 to 1868.  Players use an interesting planning system at the start of each turn.  This involves secretly selecting three out of a possible twelve actions to perform with a maximum of four officials (workers) assigned to each action. During the course of the game players will build houses, trading posts, and castles to develop Edo and its surroundings.  Players gain points for building and trading with the merchant.  They also gain points at the end of the game for money in hand and for any of their officials servings as samurai still on the board. The player with the most points wins, but only if they have built at least one house in Edo.



King of Tokyo
Iello
King of Tokyo is the work of Richard Garfield, the creator of the popular collectible card game Magic The Gathering, The Great Dalmuti card game and the board game Robo Rally.
King of Tokyo is a crazy game for 2-6 players.  Players embody mutant monsters, giant robots and other monstrous creatures that will fight in a joyful atmosphere for the sole purpose of becoming the one and only king of Tokyo. Players take turns rolling a set of six dice, choosing to keep or reroll some of those dice up to three times.  You are trying to make the best possible combinations: victory points, gain energy, attack monsters, or heal your monster.   With your earned energy you can purchase cards that grant your monster new abilities.  Some cards are also used immediately to cash in points, heal your monster, hurt the other monsters, or shift control of Tokyo around the board.  Accumulate 20 victory points and you will be the King of Tokyo.




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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.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

News Flash: 2012 Award Winners

The jury for Spiel des Jahres has announced the 2012 award winners:


2012 Spiel des Jahres
(Game of the Year)

No surprise to us that Kingdom Builder won the award.  We feel Kingdom Builder is a great game and well deserving of the award.

To learn more about the concept behind the Spiel des Jahres award click here http://www.spiel-des-jahres.com/cms/front_content.php?idcat=148.

~And~

2012 Kennerspiel des Jahres
(Higher Level Strategy Game of the Year)
Village
Tasty Minstel Games
In the second year of the Kennerspiel des Jahres the Jury has followed up last years' hit 7 Wonders, with Village.  The Kennerspiel des Jahres was developed last year to honor higher level strategy games.  We hope Village will soon be available for US distribution.

To read more about the concept behind the Kennerspiel des Jahres award click here http://www.spiel-des-jahres.com/cms/front_content.php?idcat=180.



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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.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Game Events: Week of July 8th - 14th

Come and join in on the fun with Game Night.  It's a great way to meet other game enthusiasts.  Here is this week's schedule:


Date: Weds. July 11th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


Weds. Featured Games
Click on the game name to read our Game Profile that may also include a video overview.

7 Wonders
Repos Prod./Asmodee
Finca
Rio Grande Games

No Experience is Necessary.  While you are here we are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.

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Date: Fri. July 13th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store

Friday
 Gut Bustin' Games
Game Play Test Event

Come and Play Test new games currently in development and meet game designer, Lisa Steenson.

Gut Bustin' Games is locally owned and puts out hilarious board games such as Redneck Life, Trailer Park Wars, and Oh Gnome You Don't.


Sign up to participate in this sure to be fun event!



Come Play ~ ~ It's Free ~ ~ It's Fun!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Most Popular Games: 2012 2nd Quarter Results

For the curious-minded, our Top 10 Best Sellers for the 2nd Quarter are:


1. Ticket To Ride
Days of Wonder
2. Settlers of Catan
Mayfair Games

3. & 4. Tie
Small World

Days of Wonder
3. & 4. Tie
Small World Underground
Days of Wonder

5. Tsuro
Calliope Games
6. Dominion
Rio Grande Games


7. Pandemic
Z-Man Games

8. Zombie Dice
Steve Jackson Games

9. Nuts!
Sandstorm















10. Tie
Guillotine

Wizards of the Coast
10. Tie
Munchkin Zombies

Steve Jackson 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.