Thursday, January 30, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of Jan. 26th - Feb. 1st



This week's arrivals include 2 new games and 2 new game expansions.



Concordia
Rio Grande Games


Newly released and just in from Rio Grande Games is Concordia.

Concordia is a peaceful strategy game of economic development in Roman times for 2 to 5 players age 13 and up. Instead of luck of dice or cards, players must rely on their strategic abilities. Be sure to watch your rivals to determine which goals they are pursuing and where you can outpace them!









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Karnickel
Lookout Games

Adding to our kids game section is Karnickel from Lookout Games.

Everybunny knows that rabbits love the countryside - and carrots, of course! The best carrots of all grow between the train tracks - but you have to keep an eye out for trains!
Roll the dice and hop your rabbit to the best carrot patch; as long as you don't need to flee out of the path of the train, you can happily nibble away.




This cute little game is aimed at kids 6 and older and plays in 15 minutes.  The game board is made up of 8 modular train tracks that you arrange in a circular track. Players' rabbits move along the track collecting carrots while staying out of the path of the train. Please note, while rabbits may have to flee no rabbits are killed during game play.


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Also new in this week are these 2 game expansions:

Tokaido Crossroads
Opens new doors and
new possibilities.
Passport Games Studio
 


Small World 6 Player Board
New team rules, places, maps, and relics.
Days of Wonder







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Restocks:
  • The Lord of the Rings: Khazad -Dum
  • Hanabi
  • Las Vegas
  • Lancaster
  • Fits
  • Marvel Legendary: Dark City
  • Marvel Legendary: Fantastic 4
  • Labyrinth

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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, Cobble Hill, and White Mountain.

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Game Events: Jan. 26th - Feb. 1st

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. Jan 29th
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.


Pergamon
Gryphon
Tzolk'in
Rio Grande Games

Watch our video for a game overview of Tzolk'in


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Date: Fri Jan 31st
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.


Africana
Z-Man Games
Trajan
Huch! & friends
You can get a game overview of Trajan in this video  



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, January 25, 2014

Game Profile: Agricola All Creatures Big and Small

It’s all about animals!


Classification 2-Player Strategy Game
Mechanics Worker Placement, Area Enclosure, Tile Placement
Publication Z-Man Games, 2012
Ages 13+
Time 30
Players 2
Description


We are frequently asked for advice on good 2-player games. One we talked about but had not had a chance to play was this 2-player version of Agricola.
Recently we did break a copy open and gave Agricola All Creatures Big and Small a try.  What we found was a quick-playing intense little game that we will want to play again and again.  It is small enough to be a travel game.



In Agricola All Creatures Big and Small each player begins with a small farm with a cottage, 9 border markers and 3 family workers. There are 8 rounds in the game. In each round players use their workers to select 3 of the 16 available action locations on the main board. The action locations allow players to acquire resources (wood, stone, & reed), build borders, expand their farm, construct buildings, build troughs, and acquire animals (sheep, pigs, cows & horses). The trick is to somehow balance the acquisition of animals with places to house or pasture them. There is tension in every round as you only get 3 actions and actions are limited to only one worker no matter whose worker it is. Buildings added to your farm can provide additional housing for animals and/or victory points. However, most of your animals will have to be held in enclosed pastures. Each animal scores a victory point. Bonus points are awarded for having large herds of a specific animal. Additionally, a player will receive minus 3 points for each animal type that they have 3 or less of. Adding troughs to your farm will double the animal capacity for the location where the trough is placed. Troughs are much needed as there never seems to be enough room for all of the animals. Quite frankly, there never seems to be enough buildings, or enough resources, or enough workers. Definitely there are not enough rounds. This game feels strangely like another game - - oh that’s right - - Agricola!


We have an open copy of Agricola All Creatures Big and Small 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.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of Jan. 19th - 25th



We brought in another newly released board game in this week's arrivals. 


Nations, a civilization building game for 1 to 5 players.
Nations
Asmodee
 Nations as described by Asmodee:
Players control the fate of nations from ancient times until the brink of World War I. The nations constantly compete against each other and must balance immediate needs, long-term growth, threats and opportunities. 
The game covers 4 historical ages of human history; Antiquity, Medieval, Renaissance and Industrial. Each age spans 2 game rounds of development, competition and production. Every round brings historical risks and opportunities that players need to compete to avoid or gain. Military Strength is costly, but can help you avoid devastating Wars, conquer rich Colonies and gain tactical influence to act before the other nations in coming rounds.


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Restocks Include:



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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, Cobble Hill, and White Mountain.

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

TableTop Season 3: Ticket to Ride Europe


It's entertainment time with another episode from the Table Top series hosted by Wil Wheaton of Star Trek fame, on Felicia Day's YouTube Channel Geek and Sundry.  Today Wil is featuring one of the Ticket to Ride games - hop on board and ride the countries of Europe.


Ticket to Ride Europe
Days of Wonder

Take a seat and let's watch as Wil and his wife Anne along with friends John Kovalic and Emma Caulfield tour around Europe.  Who will complete the most destinations and who will have the longest contiguous route?



We have Ticket to Ride Europe available in stock so come in and get your copy today.


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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.