Thursday, February 27, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of Feb. 23rd - March 1st


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


Origin
Asmodee - Matagot
New in from Asmodee is Origin, a wonderful family game.  Players will use cool-looking tribal pawns to evolve, migrate, and innovate starting from central Africa and radiating around the world.  Players earn victory points by completing objective cards as soon as they fulfill the conditions specified on the card. Victory points are also gained from claiming straits, hunting animals, and achieving the highest innovation level.

  Watch this video by Matagot for a game overview

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Expand your empire, outwit your enemies, and evolve your fleet in this new game of strategy and conquest from FunforgeQuantum.
Quantum
Funforge
In Quantum players are fleet commanders from various factions of humanity, struggling to conquer a sector of space. Each die represents a spaceship where the die value determines the ship's movement as well as its power. A [6] is a swift but fragile scout whereas, a [1] is a slow but devastating battlestation. You win by constructing Quantum Cubes - massive planetary energy extractors. Each one you build evolves your fleet in new ways.

The game board is made up of modular tiles. There are 30 prescribed map layouts or you can configure your own setup.  The ship powers, player abilities, and board designs combine to create endless possibilities.


Here is a short video by Funforge




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Ricochet Robots
Z-Man Games

The classic returns! This new edition of Ricochet Robots from Z-Man Games contains every released board in one box.

Warning! Warning! The central computer has failed. The robots are unable to reach their destination on their own. Help them by planning their trajectory as efficiently as possible. Optimize your moves and ricochets to arrive at your goal. Remember: robots are obstacles too; and they can easily be moved. Can you find the shortest trajectory before the other players?









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Two new game expansions hitting our shelves are:

Pathfinder Rise of the Runelords
Fortress of Stone Giants Adventure Pack

Paizo
Android - Netrunner
Fear and Loathing Data Pack

Fantasy Flight


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Restocks:
  • Australian Rails
  • Friday
  • Morels
  • Takenoko



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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, February 26, 2014

Game Events: Feb. 23rd - Mar. 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. Feb 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.


Patrician
Mayfair Games
Bora Bora
Ravensburger


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Date: Fri Feb 28th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


Also tonight a local gamer is running a test play session of a game that is currently under development.  Come and get a chance to try something new.


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


Kingdom Builder
Queen Games
Caylus
Rio Grande Games

Cubicle
Test play tonight.



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.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Game Profile: Carcassonne the Castle

An exciting tile-laying completion between 2 players.


Classification 2-Player Strategy Game
Mechanics Tile Placement, Area Control, Area Enclosure
Publication Rio Grande Games, 2003
Ages 8+
Time 30-45
Players 2
Description

Carcassonne the Castle uses the same draw a tile - play a tile system that is used in Carcassonne.  Like Carcassonne players can choose to place one of their followers on one of the scoring elements of the castle tile at the time it is placed.  Score completed elements and retrieve your follower for future use.  The scoring elements on the castle tiles are paths, houses, towers, and markets.  There is a scoring track (the castle wall) that encompasses the playing area.  The scoring track serves two additional functions in addition to keeping score.  First it provides 7 different starting locations for castle tiles to be played.  Second, there are 12 corner spots for special wall tiles which can be gained when a player’s score lands exactly on one of these spots.  Wall tiles provide significant advantages when claimed.  They can double the score of a completed house or tower.  They can yield victory points, an extra turn, or the ability to score an unfinished element at game end.  This brings up some interesting tactical decisions.  If I am within easy reach on the scoring track of a special wall tile do I used my drawn castle tile to complete a low scoring element and take the special wall tile?  Or, if I have the opportunity to use this castle tile to complete a higher scoring element do I take the higher score and miss out on the special wall tile leaving it behind for my opponent to shoot for.  There is only one special wall tile per location and any left behind can be claimed by your opponent if they can manage their score to land on them.

Another interesting scoring twist is the award of points at the end of the game to the player with the largest completed house.  This bonus value is based on the largest unoccupied area inside the castle.  This puts a premium on the one point per castle house tile over the two points per castle tower tile.  Castle paths score one point per tile unless at least one of the castle paths is connected with a fountain which then doubles the score.  Castle markets claimed with a player’s follower scores 3 points per tile.  However, a special wall tile for markets will increase the value to 4 points per tile.  During the game a player claims a market tile by laying his follower down on it.  This follower remains on there through the end of the game and cannot be reclaimed and played again like followers positioned on other scored elements.




We have an open copy of Carcassonne the Castle 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.




Saturday, February 22, 2014

Game Goes "Off The Charts": Agricola All Creatures Big and Small

This past Monday, another game got a chance to go "Off The Charts" when we headed to Pendleton to meet up with family.

The weather was rainy and windy as we left Portland and headed up the gorge.  It continued to be nasty until we reached Arlington.  With a break in the weather, our pit stop in Arlington provided us some blue skies and an opportunity to sit and play a quick board game.



This gazebo provide the perfect dry spot for

Agricola All Creatures
Big and Small

Z-Man Games

This was a great spot to hang out for awhile, even the ducks found this to be idyll.


It was not long after leaving Arlington and continuing on that we were back in the rainy weather.  What a lucky break Arlington had been.

You can learn all about this 2-player strategy game by clicking here our Game Profile: Agricola All Creatures Big and Small.



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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. 



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of Feb. 16th - 22nd


Here's are some of the games that came in this week:

Flash Point 2nd Story
Expansion Pack

Indie Boards & Games

2nd Story is the 2nd expansion for the cooperative game, Flash Point: Fire Rescue.  Take your fire fighting skills to a whole new level - literally.

This expansion pack contains 2 double-sided mounted boards, each representing one floor of a building.  Additionally, there is a counter sheet that contains ladders, windows, an explosion marker, and more.  Ladders and stairs provide access to the upper building level, and windows let firefighters enter and leave the building without causing structural damage.






Thunderstone Advance
Towers of Ruin

AEG

A new adventure awaits you in Thunderstone Advance with new rules, new cards, dividers, a two-sided board, and more.

Get to the dungeon fast with new cards.  Familiars join up with your heroes in the fight to defeat the monsters.  A good thing, as there are new more powerful monsters.

Thunderstone Advance is a stand-alone game that is completely compatible with previous Thunderstone games.






Qwirkle
Mindware

Qwirkle is an award winning family game for 2 to 4 players ages 6 and up.  The awards include Mensa Select, Major fun! award, and Parents' Choice Gold Award.

Qwirkle is quick to about matching colors and shapes with a little tactical maneuvers thrown in.  Players score points by building lines of tiles that share a common feature - either color or shape.  Completing a line of 6 makes a Qwirkle and scores bonus points.





Catan Junior
Mayfair Games

Based on the concepts of Settlers of Catan, Catan Junior is a quick to learn game for kids 6+.


Catan Junior takes place on a ring of tropical isles.  Each island generates a specific resource: wood, goats, barrels of molasses, or pirate cutlasses.  You can also find gold.  Use the resources to build ships, more pirate lairs, or to get help from the wise Coco the Parrot.  You can even trade in the nearby market.  Just watch out for the dreaded Ghost Captain. The first player to control 7 pirate lairs wins the game.




Cosmic Encounter
Fantasy Flight
Munchkin Apocalypse
Mars Attacks

Steve Jackson Games
Start Player
Z-Man 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, Cobble Hill, and White Mountain.

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