Friday, March 28, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of March 23rd - 29th


A truckload of new games were in this week's arrivals.  Here is what's new in stock:


New in from Asmodee is Lewis & Clark the Expedition.  
On November 30, 1803, the United States purchased Louisiana from Napoleon. U.S. President Thomas Jefferson decided to send two explorers – Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – to discover this huge terra incognita.
Lewis & Clark
The Expedition

Asmodee
Let’s go back to 1803 and imagine that President Jefferson did not send one but many expeditions to explore the Wild West. You and the other players will each lead one of these parties. Your aim will be to cross the North American continent and, of course, to reach the Pacific as soon as possible. History will only remember the first to arrive. Lewis & Clark is a race game driven by resource and hand management. What needs to be managed are your resources, your Corps of Discovery, and especially the trappers and Native Americans met during the journey. Good management will result in good progress across the West.

Lewis & Clark features dual use cards. To be activated, one card must be combined with another one, which becomes unavailable for awhile. Thus, players are faced with a constant dilemma: play a card or sacrifice it. During the game, each player acquires character cards that enlarge their hand, building a crew gives more options but will have to be optimized as he will recycle his cards more slowly. This new "handbuilding" mechanism fits strongly with the historical background. Since the aim of the game is to be the first on the Pacific coast, the timing and the opportunistic use of the other players' positions are crucial.

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Indigo
Ravensburger
In from Ravensburger is Indigo, a colorful family board game for ages 8+.  In Indigo players create twisting pathways for gathering gems and moving them along to their own gateways.  Not every gateway may belong to just one player; building occasional alliances with your opponents could be the key to ultimate success.
Created by game designer Reiner Knizia who also created Fits, Ingenious, Carcassonne: The Castle, and Ra to name a few.  Indigo received the Parent's Choice Gold Award 2012.

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Freedom
The Underground Railroad
Academy Games
In from Academy Games is Freedom: The Underground Railroad, a challenging cooperative game pitting the players against the institution of slavery during the early 1800's through the Civil War.  Players work together for the Abolitionist cause, raising funds and moving slaves from the Southern States to freedom in Canada.  But every move risks alerting the slave catchers, who roam the board trying to return the runaway slaves back to the plantations.

 Freedom: The Underground Railroad is an engaging game about a pivotal time in American history.  Players become familiar with the important historical figures, political agendas, and crucial events that unfolded to change American history and begin to bring freedom to an enslaved people.
Academy Games publishes games about history that are used by teachers in schools and universities, military personnel and historical gamers worldwide.



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1775 Rebellion
Birth of America Series
Academy Games

Also in from Academy Games is1775 Rebellion, a cooperative game from their Birth of America Series.  

In 1775 - Rebellion, players control the major factions that participated in the American Revolution. On the British side these are represented by the British Regulars (Redcoats), Loyalist Militia, and German Hessian Mercenaries; the Americans are represented by the Continental Army, Patriot Militia, and French Regulars. In addition, both sides may ally themselves with the Native Americans. 

Players for each side strategize together in order to coordinate their campaigns. Each side attempts to control colonies on the map. Players may then place Reinforcements into any City Area(s) within colonies that their side controls. The game ends when a truce is called and the side controlling the most colonies wins the game. 

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Camelot - The Build
Wotan Games
In from Wotan Games is Camelot - The Build.  We had a chance to play this game recently at a game convention we attended.

Games is Camelot - The Build is a fun tile-laying game of positively medieval stratagems and low cunning.  With only 3 short rules its easy to learn.  A players' hand is made up of 10 tiles place on the table in front of them. 7 of these tiles must be placed face up and 3 are placed face down.  The tiles range in point value from 0 to 5.  Players take turns placing up to 3 tiles within the castle walls.  You score points not only on the tiles you placed but also on any tiles that lay adjacent to the ones you just placed.  Play continues until the castle is completely filled.  There's one twist at the end of the game.  Your last play scores double negative points.  So, it's important to not save a high point value tile for your last play.




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Cardline - Globetrotter
Asmodee

In from Asmodee is Cardline - Globetrotter

Which is bigger, Chile or Switzerland? Does Kenya pollute more than France? Who has more people, Colombia or Canada? Find out when you play Cardline Globetrotter. 

The goal of Cardline is to be the first to rid your hand of cards. Each card is double-sided that depicts a country.  One side of the card will have information about that country's size, population, GDP, and COemissions.  At the start of the game players will decide which one of these 4 statistics they'll compare.


Each player will have a hand of cards showing various nations, and will have to fit them into the growing line-up of countries. As the game goes on, it gets harder to guess where your cards can be played. Choose population, pollution, gross domestic product or land area, and find out where your nations fit.  Be the first to place all your cards and you win.



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Continental Express
Asmodee
Another game in from Asmodee is Continental Express.  This game comes in a compact little tin that great to take traveling.

As an employee of the “Continental Express” railroad company, you are in charge of the constant ballet of train cars at your station. You must complete each train in time for it to depart. But, the other “switchmen” want the same train cars as you…and in this yard there are no holds barred! 

As a railyard manager, players must “switch” the right train cars to the station in order to form their train. The cars will be worth victory points, depending on their number and rarity. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game is declared the winner!

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Reiner Kinizia Amazing
Flea Circus

R&R Games

Adding to our young kids selection is another Riner Kinizia designed game, Amazaing Flea Circus from R&R Games.  
Step right up! Calling all Cats and Dogs! The Flea Circus is about to begin! It's a wild time under the Big-Top as dogs and cats race from one show to the next. Players use their best circus act cards to attract the most animals. Play your cards right and you can steal the audience away from your neighbor! But watch out for the Animal Catcher -- he'll snatch your animals away! Whoever has the most cats and dogs at their show wins the game!

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Lords of Vegas Up
Mayfair Games
In from Mayfair Games is Lords of Vegas Up! an expansion to the game Lords of Vegas. This expansion allows you to increase the size of your casinos,not just by building out, but also by building up.  These new taller casinos are more prestigious, and as a result earn you more victory points.  Additionally, this expansion allows you to take the base game to 5-6 players.


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Android Netrunner
Double Time Data Pack
Fantasy Flight
In from Fantasy Flight is the latest data pack expansion, Double Time for the base game Android Netrunner.  This data pack contains 60 new cards designed to augment Corp and Runner decks - cards 101-120 of the Spin Cycle.

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RESTOCKS:
  • Las Vegas
  • Fits
  • Scotland Yard




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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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Game Profile: Coal Baron

Essen, on the verge of the 20th century!


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Worker Placement, Pick Up & Deliver, Set Collection
Publication R&R Games, 2013
Ages 10+
Time 60 - 75
Players 2-4
Description

Underground mining has never been this much fun.  Coal Baron is a worker placement game with straight forward mechanics and depth of play to match the depth of the mines.  Each player manages their own mine by playing workers on the main board.  At first it looks like you have plenty of workers.  By mid round you realize you don’t have enough.  Workers are used to claim tunnel tiles to expand the mine and add more coal, get money, obtain new contracts, deliver goods, or move coal from the mine to the surface.

Coal Baron is all about balancing the many variables in the game.  Your mine is 4 levels deep with each level down costing more money, but delivering more points.  Both the money track and the movement /action track have multiple spaces for workers.  Money ranges from $6 dollars down to $3.  Actions range from 10 down to 4 in increments of 2.  Here the design is brilliant.  The 1st player can get $6 with 1 worker.  The next player has a choice to play 1 worker on the next space for $5 or 2 workers to play on the $6 space.  By the 2nd half of the round players may have to decide between playing 3 workers for $6, 2 workers for $5, or 1 worker for $3.  All the worker spaces of the board work have the same principle; be 1st with 1 worker, 2nd with 2 workers, or 3rd with 3 workers, etc.  Workers can be used up quickly and money always seems to be in short supply.

Contract cards and tunnel tiles come on to the board randomly.  There can be as many as 4 contract cards and 8 tunnel tiles available to choose from if you have enough workers and money.  Additionally, there are 4 different delivery vehicles which are specified by the contract cards.

The player with the most points wins after 3 scoring rounds and some final scoring.  Each round adds another dimension to scoring.  Round 1 scoring is based on how much coal of each type is delivered. Round 2 repeats scoring as in Round 1 and adds scoring based on number of deliveries by vehicle.  Round 3 scoring repeats scoring as in Rounds 1 & 2 and adds points for number of empty areas in the mine by coal type.  Final scoring yields points for money & excess coal not delivered.  It also deducts points for unfulfilled contracts and for an unbalanced mine.  A balanced mine will have an equal number of tiles on its lit side as on its unlit side.

Coal Baron is a game you immediately want to play again.  There are many ways to chase maximum points and you will mess with your opponent’s plans.  It must be a rule in worker placement games that the player to your right always takes the spot you need exactly when you need it.




We have an open copy of Coal Baron  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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Game Events: March 23rd - 29th

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. Mar. 26th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


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


Settlers of Catan
Explorers & Pirates
Mayfair Games
Edo
Queen Games

Watch this video for a game overview of Edo         



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

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


Undermining
Z-Man Games
Village
Tasty Minstrel Games
Watch this video to learn about Village.             



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.