Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Game Events: April 27th - May 3rd

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. Apr. 30th
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.

Kingdom Builder
Queen Games

Eldrtich Horror
Fantasy Flight
  Watch these video for a game overview of Eldritch Horror.      


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Date: Fri May 2nd
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.


Camelot The Build
Wontan Games
Trains
AEG
Watch these videos for a game overview of Camelot The Build and Trains:

Camelot The Build video by Wotan Games


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Trains video by Dice Tower


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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Games Go "Off The Charts": Agent Hunter and Continental Express

We had a chance to sneak out of town for a couple of days over Easter weekend. We grabbed our ski's and naturally stashed a couple of new micro-games in our travel bags and headed for Mt. Bachelor for some downhill and some tabletop play time.



Relaxing in the hotel after a spring day of skiing was the perfect opportunity to break out these new micro-games.


First to hit the table was Agent Hunter from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG). 
Agent Hunter
AEG
 This is a 2-player card game with each player attacking and eliminating their opponent's 3 safe houses.  At the start of the game you will each secretly select 3 cards from your hand to be your designated safe houses. These will be placed face down on the table in front of you.  On your turn you can attack one of your opponents' safe houses with either a card from your hand or with one of your safe houses, or heh, heh, heh you can swap one of your safe houses with another card from your hand.

In our first game there was plenty of back and forth action before I succeeded in eliminating all 3 of Lynn's safe houses.  In the 2nd game, Lynn quickly eliminated 2 of my safe houses and wore me down to eliminate the 3rd safe house a little later.  Agent Hunter works as a quick 2-player filler game.  It packs easily and could even be played in the airport or on the plane.



Next on the table was Continental Express from Asmodee a 2 to 4 player a light set collection game using railroads as a theme.
Continental Express
Asmodee
Each player starts the game with a secret objective worth bonus points.  In addition, there will be 3 regular objective cards  and an array of 9 train and character cards in the center playing area. Fulfilling and claiming the right regular objectives will lead to fulfilling your secret objective.
Each turn players will take one card from the array of 9 to add to their collection of train cards.  Cards consists of 5 types of train cards, money, and 4 different character cards all of which are very useful.
In  our first game, money and character cards were scarce and Lynn out maneuvered me to grab the right train cards and victory.  In the 2nd game, character and money were more readily available and I managed to use them to my advantage to post a win.  Continental Express is another lite filler game that is easy to pack.


We have an open copy of both Agent Hunter and Continental Express available in our Demo Game Library for you to 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, TDC, White Mountain, and Cobble Hill.

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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of April 20th - 26th


Come in and check out this week's arrivals.  Here's a look at what's back in stock:



Concept
Asmodee

Combine universal icons
depicted on the game
board to get players to
guess an object, title, or
character on your card.
Great family/party game.
Trains
AEG

Start with a small set of
cards, but by building a
more effective deck, you
will be able to place sta-
tions and lay rail over the
maps of Oska or Tokyo.


Boss Monster
Brotherwise Games
Become videogame-style
villains, build deadly
dungeons, lure adven-
turers, & destroy them.
DiscWorld
Ankh-Morpork

Mayfair Games
Welcome to Ankh-Morpork,

the oldest, greatest, and
most odorous city on Terry
Pratchett's Discworld, a
place where trouble is al-
ways on the cards.


Talisman
The Magical Quest

Fantasy Flight
Embark on a perilous quest

for the ultimate treasure, the
Crown of Command. Summon
your courage as the path
will be a treacherous one.

Fleet
Gryphon Games
Strategic card based game with

a unique commercial fishing theme.
Acquire fishing licenses, launch
boats, and fish the briny seas in
the northwest corner of Nunavut,
Canada.



Pandemic -
On The Brink

Expansion
Z-Man Games
Adds 5th player,

new roles & events.



Munchkin
Zombies 4
 Spare Parts

Steve Jackson Games
Descent
Shadow of Nerkhall
Expansion

Fantasy Flight






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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, April 23, 2014

Game Profile: Gravwell

Can you escape from the 9th Dimension?



Classification Sci-Fi Abstract Strategy Game
Mechanics Simultaneous Action Selection, Point-to-Point Movement
Publication Renegade, 2013
Ages 10+
Time 20 - 35
Players 1 - 4
Description

Who knew that the Mensa Select committee would pick a game that generates tons of laughs every time it hits the table?  Yes, Gravwell will make you think as well as laugh.

The objective in Gravwell is to be the first to pilot your spaceship from the singularity of a black hole to the warp gate.  Along the way you will have to deal with the devious maneuvers of your opponents and a couple of wayward derelict ships.  Each round begins with a quick card draft.  Each player will select 3 sets of 2 cards creating a hand of 6 cards.  During this selection process each set of cards will have one card face up and one card face down.  Next, players will simultaneously select a card from their hand and place it face down on the table in front of them.  Now the fun really begins.  Each card is depicted with an alphabet chemical element symbol and a thrust value.  The chemical element symbol will dictate player turn order with the card closest to the start of the alphabet going first.  There are 3 types of movement cards.  Green-faced cards propel your ship away from the closest ship.  Purple-faced Repulsor Ray cards will propel your ship away from the closest ship.  Teal-faced Tractor Beam cards will pull all other ships toward your ship.  When you select cards at the start of the alphabet you can maneuver your ship to be where your opponents might not expect you to be.  When you select a card with the end of the alphabet you will want to determine where your opponents’ ships will be when it’s your turn to move.  When you have cards in the middle of the alphabet, well good luck!  The derelict ships always seem to be on the wrong side of your ship. Your opponents, if not normally devious will soon become that way.

Gravwell may be a 2014 Mensa Select Winner for the need to psych out what your opponents are up to, but I like it because it rates really high on laughs per minute.




We have an open copy of Gravwell is 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.

Game Events: April 20th - 26th

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. Apr. 23rd
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.


Livingstone
Playroom Entertainment
Fresco
Queen Games



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Date: Fri Apr 25th
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.


Kingsburg
Fantasy Flight
Puerto Rico
Rio Grande 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.