Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Game Events: Week of Jul 30th - Aug 2nd

Come and join in on the fun at our weekly Open Game Play.  It's a great way to meet other game enthusiasts and to try out some games.  Our Game Library has a wide variety of games available for play while you are here.




 Here is this week's Game Night schedule:


Date: Weds. Jul 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.

Bohnanza
Rio Grande Games
Catan Explorers & Pirates
Mayfair Games
                                         
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Date: Fri Aug 1st
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.


VivaJava
The Coffee Dice Game

Dice Hate Me Games
Istanbul
AEG


No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.



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, White Mountain, Cobble Hill, and Dowdle.






Monday, July 28, 2014

Game Profile: Love Letter


Win the heart of the Princess in this game of deduction.


Classification Card Game
Mechanics Hand Management, Bluffing
Publication AEG, 2012
Ages 10+
Time 20
Players 2 - 4
Description

Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck.  So the story goes….

…In the wake of the arrest of Queen Marianna for high treason, none was more heartbroken than her daughter, Princess Annette.

Suitors throughout the City-State of Tempest sought to ease Annette’s sorrow by courting her to bring some joy into her life.  You are one of these suitors, trying to get your love letter to the princess.  Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the palace, so you must rely on intermediaries to carry your message.

Love Letter consists of 16 cards representing 8 different individuals from the royal residence.  Included on each card is a point value equal to that individuals’ station.  The higher the point value, the closer that person is to the princess.  Additionally, each card includes text that describes the effect the card has when it is discarded. A game is played in a series of rounds.  Each round represents one day.  At the end of each round, one player’s letter reaches Princess Annette and receives a red token of affection.

Players begin the round with one card in their hand.  On their turn they will draw a 2nd card and then choose one of the two to discard applying the effect indicated on the discarded card.  The object is to knock out the other suitors while trying to retain the highest point value card.  You must always play a card even if the effect is bad for you.  Hope to have one of the 2 Handmaids to discard as she will provide protection from the other players until your next turn.  The Barons allow you to compare hands with another suitor but be careful as the one holding the lower point valued card is eliminated.  If you’re caught holding the Countess with either the King or one of the Princes you will have to discard your Countess card revealing a little information you may not want the other suitors to know.  Once the draw deck is empty or there is all but one player has been eliminated.  Of the non-eliminated players the one holding the highest point value card wins the round and receives a red token of affection.  The number of players will dictate the number of tokens of affection that must be received by a suitor to win the game.


We have an open copy of Love Letter 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, July 24, 2014

Game Profile: The Downfall of Pompeii



Run for your lives! Can you escape the inferno?


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Hand Management, Tile Placement, Grid Movement
Publication Mayfair Games, 2013
Ages 10+
Time 40 - 60
Players 2 - 5
Description


The Downfall of Pompeii is by game designer Klaus-Jurges Wrede who created the popular game, Carcassonne. The Downfall of Pompeii is easy to learn, easy to play and a ton of fun because you get to toss your opponents player tokens into a volcano. It’s the year 79 AD, the year of the consulship of Augustus and Vespasian. Pompeii has been rebuilt into an important trade city following a devastating earthquake and a mass exodus of its citizens.

The game board has a map of the city of Pompeii overshadowed by active Mount Vesuvius in the corner of the board. There are two distinct phases in the game. During the 1st phase Roman citizens are reentering the city occupying the new and splendid buildings. Players will use a hand of cards to place their citizen tokens in various buildings throughout the city. The key is to place their citizens so they can quickly escape from the city when the volcano blows. Grouping citizens in a building can either be advantageous or a total disaster. Advantageous in that during the escape phase, a citizen moving from a full building full can move faster than from a building with only a few citizens. Disastrous in that groups of citizens tend to be easy targets when the lava starts to flow. When the 1st AD 79 card is drawn game play takes a twist. Players now have the opportunity to relatives when placing their citizens. And the fun begins as Omen cards will start to appear. When a player draws an Omen card they immediately remove, at their choosing, one of their opponents’ citizens from a building and tosses it into the volcano. So phase 1 is place, draw, and sometimes throw someone into the volcano.

The second AD 79 card drawn triggers Phase 2 which begins the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Six lava tiles are immediately placed in the city. Any and all citizens occupying a space where the lava tiles are placed immediate are tossed into the volcano. Citizens are now in a panic to flee the city before being consumed by lava. Player turns now consist of: 1) choosing 2 of their citizens and sprinting as fast as movement allows towards a city exit, 2) drawing a random lava tile and placing it, at their choosing, where it can inflict maximum damage to their opponents, and 3) taking any citizens killed by their flowing lava tile and tossing them into the volcano. The game ends when all citizens have either escaped from the city or been trapped within the city with no escape route, or overcome by lava and tossed into the volcano. The player with the most survivors outside the city is the game winner.


We have an open copy of The Downfall of Pompeii 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.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Game Profile: Istanbul

Welcome, merchant!  How well can you utilize your assistants in this strategy game of collecting valuable rubies?


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Modular Board, Grid Movement, Pick Up & Deliver
Publication AEG, 2014
Ages 10+
Time 40 - 60
Players 2 - 5
Description

Istanbul is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres award, i.e. strategy game of the year in Germany. The game features merchants racing around a marketplace, dropping off and recollecting assistants who can perform tasks in each of the 16 modular market stalls.  The race is to acquire 5 rubies before your opponents.

Players will each begin with a team of one merchant, 4 assistants, one family member, and a wheelbarrow.  They will take their merchant/assistants team through the various places within the bazaar. Each place has as a specific action that will be performed when a merchant and his assistants stop at it.  In order to perform the action at a location the merchant must leave behind one assistant.

There are various ways to acquire rubies.  Rubies can be acquired at both the small mosque and the great mosque.  Each mosque requires 2 visits and 2 specialty mosque tile purchases in order to obtain a ruby. One ruby can be acquired from the wainwright after 3 visits and 3 purchases of wheelbarrow expansions.  Exchange goods for rubies at the Sultan’s palace.  The Gemstone dealer wants gold for his rubies.

In order to get ready to acquire rubies, merchants will have to drop off assistants at various warehouses and markets to obtain goods and/or coins to be traded for what is needed to acquire rubies.  Merchants must use their assistants as efficiently as possible, pick them back up quickly and re-employ them in other market locations.  Along the way merchants can acquire bonus cards to speed the process.  They can make use of the governor and the smuggler.  They can even use their favorite family member who keeps getting arrested and sent back to jail.


With the modular set up of the 16 stalls and a number of ways to get the rubies, Istanbul promises plenty of good times and replayability. We have an open copy of Istanbul available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.

Awards: 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres (Game of the Year)




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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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Game Events: Week of July 20th - 26th

Come and join in on the fun at our weekly Open Game Play. It's a great way to try out some games.

Our Game Library has a wide variety of games




available for play while you are here.   


Here is this week's Game Night schedule:

Date: Weds. Jul 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.


Yspahan
Rio Grande Games
Revolution
Steve Jackson Games

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Date: Fri Jul 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.


Sunrise City
Clever Mojo
Stone Age
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 Games 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, White Mountain, Cobble Hill, and Dowdle.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Game Arrivals: Week of July 13th - 19th


Come in and check out this week's game arrivals. This week's shipment includes includes 2 newly released game and 2 new game expansions.  Here's a look at what hit the shelves:


Praetor
NSKN Games
Newly released from NSKN Games is Praetor, a city building game.  Set during the year 122 CE, Caesar Hadrian and his Roman Empire is no longer at war with the barbarians. Caesar's focus is now on building cities and fortifications to ensure a lengthy domination of the Roman culture and wealth.

 In Praetor players take the roles of Roman engineers building Caesar a glorious city.  Players will need to wisely manage their limited resources, recruit new workers to replace retiring old workers, build settlements  to keep the citizens happy, and will praise the Gods to earn their favor.  Fulfilling Caesar's demands depicted on the wall tiles gains favor points and the player with the most favor wins the game.



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Also newly released is VivaJava The Dice Game, a coffee game for 1 to 4 players from Dice Hate Me Games.
VivaJava The Dice Game
Dice Hate Me Games


 Enter the competitive world of cubed coffee where players race to create robust coffee blends and complete special research projects to gain performance points. 

VivaJava The Dice Game has cool components that include flavor dice, research and special blend coasters, research ability discs, and a burlap travel bag.






Learn more about this coffee brewing game from our Game Profile: VivaJava The Dice Game.










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From Z-Man Games is Hills & Sheep, a new expansion to the popular base game Carcassonne.  In the Carcassonne Hills & Sheep expansion the attention is directed to Carcassonne's lush meadows.


Carcassonne
Hills & Sheep

Z-Man Games
Players have shepherds added in to their group of followers. With shepherds, players can try their luck at sheep herding trying to gather a whole flock at their shepherd's  feet. But beware, wolves are just around the corner waiting for a snack!  Should a wolf appear before the flock has been scored you will lose the flock.

Also included are Hill tiles and Vineyard tiles.  When a Hill tile is drawn the player draws and places a second tile under the Hill tile. Any follower then placed on this Hill tile breaks ties in favor of its owner.  That is, when a feature like a city, road or field is scored, and two or more 
players are tied for most followers, a follower that occupies a Hill tile will break the tie in favor of the player who owns it. This player alone will score points for the feature.  The purpose of the Vineyard tiles to give bonus points to completed and scored monasteries. Each Vineyard tile located within a monastery's 8 scoring tile series adds 3 bonus points.





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Firefly: The Game
Card Pack
Gale Force Nine

Also new in is Firefly: The Game Card Pack and expansion to the base game Firefly: The Game.  This pack of 7 includes Mal's Pretty Floral Bonnet, Wash's Dinosaurs, Malcolm, Jayne, Zoe, Wash, and Kaylee.




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Restocks:


We have box rubber bands in stock. 
















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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.