Sunday, June 30, 2013

Game Profile: Yspahan

Caravan your way to riches!


Mechanics Dice Rolling, Area Control/ Area Influence
Theme Arabian Merchants
Publication Rio Grande Games, 2006
Ages 8+
Time 45 - 60
Players 3 - 4

Description

Join the caravan to Yspahan, the fair.  This game is a great mid-level strategy game.  It features colorful boards, straight-forward rules and enough strategy to make players think about every action in their 21 turns.  The game comprises of 4 types of boards; a city board, a tower board, a desert caravan board, and individual player boards along with special ability cards, gold coin disks, and cute little camels.



In a game of Yspahan, the turns are broken down into 3 weeks of 7 days.  At the beginning of each week, the starting player rolls at least 8 die and places them in sequential order on the tower board. A player may roll as many as 3 more dice purchased for the right price.  Next players take turns selecting a group of dice from the tower board which in turn allows them one of various actions.  These actions consists of acquiring gold, camels, or special ability cards, or securing shops on the city board, or sending goods to the desert caravan board.  Your camels and gold can be spent to construct buildings on your player board that yield additional abilities and victory points.

Scoring takes place at the end of each week.  Points are award for completely occupying a section of the city market and for positions in the desert caravan.  The player with the highest score is the winner.  So get on your camel and ride to Yspahan.


You can also watch an overview of Yspahan in this video:



An open copy of Yspahan is available on our Demo Game shelves for you to try out while you are here.



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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, TDC, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.

We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

July Game Events

July's Game Events Calendar has been updated.  To access our all of our events just click above on our "Calendar" tab.  As the event date nears you will find more information posted under our "Game Events" tab.




Come and join in on the fun at this week's Game Events. It's a great way to try out some games and meet other board gamers.

Demo Games
Lot's of Demo Games


No experience is necessary!  We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.  Also, while you are here any of the games in our Store Demo Game Library are available for play.


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, TDC, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.

We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Game Profile: Tsuro

The game of the path.


Mechanics Hand Management, Tile Placement, Network Building
Theme Asian
Publication Calliope Games, 2004
Ages 8+
Time 15 – 20 min
Players 2 - 8
Description

Tsuro; the game of the path is an easy to learn, quick playing game for 2 to 8 players.  Players will select a starting position for their dragon marker anywhere around the outside of the board.  Players begin the game with 3 tiles that have a variety of paths depicted on them.  On their turn a player will select one tile from their hand and place it on the board on the open space in front of their dragon.  Next the player will move their dragon to the end of the path on the newly placed tile and as well as across any other tiles it may connect to – always ending at an open space.  Additionally, any opponent’s dragon that borders this tile must move to the end their connecting path ending at a new open space.  The object of the game is to be the last dragon remaining on the board.  Players will want to place tiles that move themselves out of harm’s way and their opponents hurtling off the board.  Dragons are also eliminated if they collide on a path.

Tsuro works well with 2 or 3 players, and gets totally insane with 6, 7, or 8 players as we found out when we played it.  This is a great 15 to 20 minute board game.


We have a copy of Tsuro open in our Store Demo Games Library for you to come in and try out while you are here.



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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.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Game Arrivals: June 23rd - 29th


Ooh, some really nice game expansions came in with this week's shipment.



Dominion Guilds
Rio Grande Games

Just released from Rio Grande Games is Dominion: Guilds, the 8th addition to Dominion.


This expansion adds 13 new Kingdom cards, coin tokens that you can save to spend later, and cards you can get more out of by paying extra for them - 150 new cards in total to add to your Dominion game play.














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New from Fantasy Flight is Elder Sign: Unseen Forces.  This is the first expansion to Elder Sign,  the cooperative game set in H.P. Lovecraft's world of horror.
Elder Sign - Unseen Forces
Fantasy Flight

Powerful new Ancient Ones have awoken, bringing with them dangerous monsters and terrifying new mysteries.

In these dark times, the investigators seek new allies, spells, items, & blessings from mysterious powers. Two custom dice along with new Ancient Ones, investigators, monsters, and adventures await you in this expansion.




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Pandemic - On The Brink
Z-Man Games
Also in is Pandemic: On The Brink an expansion to Z-Man Games' newest edition of the cooperative board game, Pandemic. In Pandemic  players are members of an international disease control team, working together to research cures and prevent additional outbreaks.

In this expansion there are 7 new roles, 8 new special events, and these 3 challenges:
     1. Virulent Strain Challenge: makes one disease become particularly deadly in unpredictable ways.
      2.  Mutation Challenge: adds a fifth (purple) disease that behaves differently than the original four.
      3. Bio-Terrorist Challenge: one player plays against the others.







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Munchkin - Holiday Surprise
Steve Jackson Games
Surprise Munchkin fans! Steve Jackson Games has released this collection of previously released holiday-themed boosters, Munchkin: Holiday Surprise.


In this expansion there are 68 cards total, including four new ones created just for Holiday Surprise. Additionally, there are 2 new Christmas Munchkin dice and a special holiday Munchkin Kill-O-Meter to track your combat.












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Another newly released 1st expansion is Marvel Legendary's Dark City.
Marvel Legendary - Dark City
Upper Deck Entertainment
Sample Cards from Upper Deck Entertainment 
Dark City comes with 350 total cards that include 17 new heroes (Cable, Professor X, Blade, and more), 6 new villains (The Marauders. Mutant Liberation Front, and more), 5 incredibly tough masterminds (Apocalypse and more), 2 Henchmen groups, and schemes.
Additionally, there are 4 original art pieces per hero card.


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Adding to our kids selection of games are Rory's Story Cubes from Gamewright.   Rory's Story Cubes are winners of the Dr. Toy 10 Best Games.
  

Let your imagination roll wild in Rory's Story Cubes, a pocket-sized creative story generator.
The game contains 9 cubes with 54 images.  You can play each game its own or combine with other sets to really get your imagination rolling.



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Restocks:
  • Alhambra
  • Arkham Horror: The King In Yellow
  • Cosmic Encounter
  • Love Letter


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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, TDC, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.


We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Game Events: Week of June 23rd - 29th

Come and join in on the fun at this week's Game Events. It's a great way to meet other board game enthusiasts and it's free and fun! Here is this week's schedule:


Date: Weds. June 26th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


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


Asara
Ravensburger
Macao
Rio Grande Games


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Date: Fri. June 28th
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.


Spin Monkeys
Rio Grande Games

Tzolk'in
The Mayan Calendar

Czech Games Edition

No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.
Also, while you are here any of the games in our Store Demo Game Library are available for play.



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, TDC, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.

We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Board Game Sneak Preview


Giving you a sneak preview of what's in the board game pipeline.  Coming from Asmodee is Spyrium, the first new game from William Attia since Caylus.


Spyrium
Asmodee
Here is Asmodee's game overview:
What will be your strategy...produce or buy?
Based in an imaginary world where England has been transformed into a Steampunk atmosphere. Your goal? Build factories, using workers who produce a substance known as Spyrium. Producing Spyrium in one factory, then processing it in the next results in victory points.
An alternative to producing Spyrium is buying it, however, players will need to work very hard to purchase the rare and expensive commodity.
Only those who succeed from the beginning of the game to increase their income or workers will manage to offer the most lucrative factories will win!
FEATURES
• Circular type game play where players decide when to change phases
.• Great care has be given in the creation of the artwork.


For more game overview here is a video from the Origins 2013 convention:





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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, TDC, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.


We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver area.