Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Game Events: Sept. 22nd - 28th

Come and join in on the fun at this week's Game Events. It's a great way to try out some games. Here is this week's schedule:



Date: Weds. Sept 25th
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.


Show Manager
Queen Games
World Without End
Mayfair Games


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

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


The Adventurers: Pyramid of Horus
Fantasy Flight
Castles of Burgundy
Ravensburger



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, September 22, 2013

Game Profile: Rialto

Travel back to renaissance Venice and become the most influential nobleman.


Mechanics Card Drafting, Area Control
Theme Venice
Publication Tasty Minstrel Games, 2013
Ages 10+
Time 45-60
Players 2-5
Description

Rialto is a light strategy game from game designer, Stefan Feld.  Light in that the game plays in less time than most Feld games.  It does not mean that there are not many interesting decisions to be made.  The game is an area control game set in renaissance Venice with its bridges and gondolas playing a significant role.

The object of the game is to score more points than everyone else.  Most of the points are awarded at the end of the game, calculated by who has the most councilmen in each of the 6 districts on the game board.  Additional points are awarded for buildings constructed on each player’s individual game board.  Lessor points are accumulated during each round for playing certain cards and activating certain buildings.

The game is played over 6 rounds with each round featuring a section of the city up for grabs.  Each round begins with players each drafting a hand of 6 face-up cards and 2 face-down cards from the draw pile.  Then they discard down to 7 cards that they will play during the round.  There are 6 types of action cards plus a set of joker cards.  The cards are played in order with everyone playing any number of their Doge cards.  Play proceeds next to Gold cards, then Building cards, then Bridge cards, then Gondola cards, and finally to Councilman cards.  Each set of cards played allows the player to take a necessary action.  The player who plays the most cards of a type always gets a bonus.

There are 12 different buildings in one of 3 colors available to the players.  Building cards are how players obtain the buildings.  To activate a building cost 1 gold coin.  Green buildings affect card selection.  Yellow buildings affect card play. Blue buildings affect other buildings and can score points at the end of each round.
There is too much detail to go in to the effect of each card or each building.  Rialto is a game where the genius of Stefan Feld really comes through.  Players never have enough cards, buildings or turns t get done what needs to be done.  It simply must be played again and again.



We have an open copy of Rialto available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.


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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.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sneak Preview: Dead Panic

Justin and Anne-Marie De Witt of Fireside Games
Today, Justin and Anne-Marie De Witt of Fireside Games popped in and gave us a sneak preview of their soon-to-be released game, Dead Panic.  Justin and Anne-Marie are the game designers of the cooperative game, Castle Panic and the dice rolling frenzy game, Bears!.

Dead Panic

Make a stand in a remote cabin to survive the night.  Players pick one of 8 characters, each with a special ability, to start in the center of the board to defend against waves of zombies. Ranged weapons are available, but when all else fails hand-to-hand combat will be necessary. Players must work together to defend the cabin until survivors can bring pieces of a radio that will have to be assembled in order to call for a rescue. While venturing outside the cabin one must be extra careful as the zombies will be drawn to you. More danger awaits you when it is your turn to possess the Bait token.  Once the rescue vehicle arrives players must make a run for it.

Anytime during the game if a player takes too many injuries the character dies and comes back as a zombie to chase down their former teammates.  Players are aided by weapons drawn from the cabin deck and hindered by events from the event deck.  Winners will defend the cabin well, retrieve and assemble the radio, then sprint to the rescue van before they too become a zombie.

Wow, is it ever a zombie apocalypse!  Stay tuned for details of Dead Panic's arrival.

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Bears!
Castle Panic
Wizard's Tower
Castle Panic















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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.

Board Game Arrivals: Week of Sept 15th - 21st

It's a week of restocks and a new game expansion.  Here's what we're loading up the shelves with:


Smash Up Expansion
The Obligatory Cthulhu Set

Alderac Entertainment Group


New from AEG is The Obligatory Cthulhu Set, the second expansion to the card game, Smash Up.

Now your ninjas, robots, zombies, aliens, pirates, and wizards can team up with or combat against the likes of Cthulhu cultists, fishy Innsmouth locals, horrifying Elder Things, and good old Miskatonic University members (the Fightin' Cephalopods).











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RESTOCKS:

Pathfinder Adventure
Rise of the Runelords

Paizo
Pandemic
Z-Man Games

Agricola
All Creatures Big and Small

Z-Man Games
Le Havre
Z-Man Games



Redneck Life
Gut Bustin' Games
GIPF
RIo Grande Games


D&D: The Legend of Drizzt
Board Game

Wizards of the Coast
D&D: Wrath of Ashardalon
Board Game

Wizards of the Coast


Ticket To Ride Map Collection
India + Switzerland

Days of Wonder
Small World
Days of Wonder



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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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Game Events: Sept 15th - 21st

Come and join in on the fun at this week's Game Events. It's a great way to try out some games. Here is this week's schedule:



Date: Weds. Sept 18th
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.


Spin Monkeys
Rio Grande Games
Village
Tasty Minstrel Games


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Date: Fri. Sept 20th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


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


Livingstone
Playroom Entertainment
Revolution
Steve Jackson 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.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Game Profile: Bora Bora

The exciting strategy game of Gods, Goods and Greatness










Mechanics Dice Rolling, Set Collection, Worker Placement
Theme Tropics
Publication Ravensburger, 2013
Ages 12+
Time 90
Players 2-4
Description

Bora Bora is another incredible strategy game from Stefan Feld.
 In summary:  …players build huts and populate them with men and women, who help them during the game.  Additionally they will send priests to the temple to influence the Gods.  Players use dice to perform a variety of actions using careful insight and tactical planning.

Players compete to gather the most points over 6 rounds of play as they explore and settle 5 islands. Each of the rounds starts with the players each rolling 3 dice of their color. In turn order and turn order is critical, players place each of their dice on one of 7 action tiles. When placing a die on an action tile the value of that die must be lower than the lowest value of die already occupying that action tile. This provides ample opportunity to mess with your opponent’s plans. Action tiles allow players to expand hut locations, place priests in the temple, take man and/or woman tiles, construct buildings, or use a helper action. The helper action gives the ability to trade for resources, activate man and woman tiles, and claim one of 5 different types of god cards. Activation of man tiles yield tattoos for advancement on the status track, which will affect turn order and award points at the end of the round. Activation of woman tiles will yield shells that will be used to buy jewelry which yield points at the end of the game. The 5 god cards can be used to make better use of your dice, or help score points, or to complete tasks at the end of each round.

The second phase of a round allows each player to utilize the actions depicted on one of their man tiles and on one of their woman tiles.  There are 12 different action available on the tiles.  Players will want to have both man and woman tiles and a variety of actions available to them as the game progresses.

The third and final phase of each round encompasses various scoring sections, establishing turn order for the next round, jewelry purchase option, and replacement of one of a players’ completed task tile.  This process is outlined in a special section of the board.  The status track awards victory points based on the number of tattoo’s your men have acquired that round.  This is where turn order for the next round is established.  The next track is the Temple track.  Players scored victory points for the number of priests on the Temple track and the player with the most priests is awarded a special God tile.  Next is the jewelry market where each player has the option to purchase a jewelry tile that will be worth victory points at the end of the game.  And, the last section in this phase is the task tile scoring and replacement. Any one tile that a player has completed during the round receives its applicable victory points and is then replaced with a new task tile.

The game ends after 6 rounds.  Additional victory points are awarded for having huts near fishing grounds, for having huts in every region on the 5 islands, for any acquired jewelry tiles, and an added bonus if jewelry tiles were acquired in each round, for completing all tasks, for completely filling their building area, and for having all 12 man/woman spaces filled.

Bora Bora is definitely a gamer’s game.  There is a ton of interesting decisions to be made.  Points can come from many directions and the many different task tiles will encourage players to take a different approach each time they play the game.  There are many interesting adventures on the way to Bora Bora.

We have an open copy of Bora Bora available in our Store Demo Library for you to come in and try out.




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Continue to tune in for the latest in board games.
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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.