Thursday, August 28, 2014

Game Profile: Pagoda

A beautiful game of tactical construction for 2 players.


Classification 2-Player Strategy Game
Mechanics Hand Management
Publication AEG, 2014
Ages 8+
Time 30 - 45
Players 2
Description

Pagoda is a great game for someone looking for a quick playing tactical 2-player game. An additional bonus is that the 3D Pagodas are built with colorful columns and tiles giving the game a cool look and feel. The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent. Game play is centered on a small board with room to construct 6 Pagodas. A finished Pagoda consists of 4 floors with each floor having 4 columns of one color topped with a tile of the color of the columns. The 4th floor must be capped off with a spire of 2 columns that are the same color as the 4th floor tile. Once the 3rd Pagoda is finished the game is over ant the player with the most points will win.

Players begin the game with 5 cards, one of each color of the types of columns and floor tiles, placed face up in front of them plus 2 random cards in their hand. Players can take up to 3 actions per turn. It costs one action per column built, and one action per floor tile placed. One point is awarded for each column built on the ground floor, 2 points for each column built on the 2nd floor, with 3 points for those on the 3rd floor and 4 points earned on the 4th floor. One point is awarded for each floor topped with a tile. Five points goes to the player who tops the 4th floor with a spire that consists of a double column in the same color as the tile. There are a few other rules like all columns on a floor have to be the same color. When a player places a floor tile they get to claim one of 5 special abilities that can be used on a future turn. The crux of
Pagoda is to know when to build on which Pagoda to maximize your points without setting up your opponent for a big score. This game is fun, tactical and pretty to look at when finished.


We have an open copy of Pagoda available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.


 
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Game Profile: King's Forge

A crafty game where dice are the raw materials from which you’ll forge amazing items.


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Dice Rolling, Pattern Building
Publication Game Salute, 2014
Ages 13+
Time 60
Players 2 - 4
Description

The folks from Clever Mojo (now merged with Game Salute) have done it again.  King’s Forge follows on the heels of the games Alien Frontiers and Sunrise City.  

King’s Forge employs relatively straight forward mechanics to create 60 minutes of thought provoking play.  The objective is to successfully craft and claim 4 item cards before anyone else does. Maybe the King wants a new battle axe of valor, or a new shield, or a crossbow for the Queen.  Some items can be easy to craft while others are more difficult. Each item card has a requisite of resources and a minimum value amount necessary to craft it.  Resources are represented by various colors of dice.  In this game it will take rolling the right color dice with the right value in order to craft and claim an item.  For example, a player needs to roll one black metal die with a minimum value of 3 and 2 red gems dice each with a minimum value of 3 to craft and claim the Wizard’s Goblet.

Each player begins the game with 5 black die representing metal.  These dice will be used to start building your supply of resource dice.  The following resource dice will be obtained throughout the game: green – wood, red - gems, and blue - magic with each progressively harder to obtain.  Dice are obtained through the use of Gather cards.  Gather cards represent various merchants and locations such as the alchemist, the peddler, mines, bazaar, tavern, etc. and has 2 possible actions.  A Mill card allows a player to give up 2 die of their choice to obtain 2 green wood dice as their action or to give up one blue magic or red gem die and allocate 3 other dice from their supply to obtain 3 green wood and 2 metal dice as a second possible action.  During each round players will cycle through a group of Gather cards building their resource dice supply.  Then they will roll any of their dice not used in building their supply to complete a crafted item.  Dice can be used to build ones supply or to craft, but not both.  After the crafting phase there is a clean-up phase before the cool looking anvil 1st player token is passed to the player on left.

Replayability of King’s Forge is built into the 2 decks of cards.  There are 18 Gather cards of which 11 will be used each game.  There are 32 Craft item cards of which only 13 will be used in a 4-player game.  Randomizing the gather cards definitely changes the way a player builds their fistful of dice.  Randomizing the Craft item cards dramatically affects the way players approach the game.  Back-to-back games will feel completely different based on the Gather and Craft cards in play.


We have an open copy of King’s Forge available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Game Events: Week of Aug. 24th - 30th

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. Aug 27th
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.

Ingenious
Fantasy Flight
Steam
Mayfair Games




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Date: Fri Aug 29th
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.

OddVille
What's Your Game?
Caylus
Rio Grande Games

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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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Game Arrivals: Aug. 17th - 23rd

Come in and see this week's game arrivals.

Here's a look at some of the games hitting the shelves:


Just released from Clever Mojo through Game Salute is King's Forge, a crafty game where  dice are the raw materials from which players will forge increasingly more amazing items to win the king's favor.
King's Forge
Clever Mojo/Game Salute
In King's Forge, players are peasant craftsmen and craftswomen hoping to advance their careers and win a place at court and the title of King's Forge.   A variety of dice represent both the currency and the raw materials (metal, wood, gems, and magic) used to craft items from the King's list. In the Gather phase, your dice are used to purchase more dice and dice roll-modifiers. Unused dice are then rolled in the Crafting phase in an attempt to meet the requirements to construct the items on the King's list. An early lead is not a sure path to victory and other players will out-maneuver and out-build you whenever possible. Careful dice management, advance planning, fierce competition, and nail-biting luck are what it takes to win the game.

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Another new game is Seventh Hero, a  card game of legendary champions from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG).
Seventh Hero
Alderac Intertainment Group
The Prophecy warns of the return of Maedoc the Corruptor, and of his dark hand stretching once more upon the land.  It also speaks of 7 heroes, bound by destiny to defeat him.
In Seventh Hero, players recruit wandering heroes but must remain vigilant against some of Maedoc's minions who pose as heroes in order to find and eliminate the true seven. The game consists of cards representing one of 7 different heroes. Each hero has a special ability that can be used once.  Players begin with 2 different heroes placed face up in front of them forming their starting hero group and a hand of 5 cards.  During the game, players will send cards around the table, face down. Players take turns choosing whether to recruit the wandering hero or to pass.  One must be careful when recruiting the wandering hero.  If it matches one you already have then you must discard the matching pair. The player who collects 6 of the 7 heroes immediately wins the game, otherwise the player with the most heroes when the deck runs out of cards wins.



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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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Game Events: Week of Aug. 17th - 23rd

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. Aug 20th
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.

Trains
AEG
Castles of Burgundy
Ravensburger

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Date: Fri Aug 22nd
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
Wotan Games
Edo
Queen Games


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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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Games Goes "Off The Charts": Love Letter and Hanabi


More games went "Off The Charts" this past Monday.  It was a gorgeous day for the Jefferson Park Ridge hike in the Cascades.


The view of Mt Jefferson and the valley was awesome.

 Family members Jim & Janey
joined us on the hike.




Love Letter
Small & lite weight - just
right for backpacking.
Love Letter was the first game to get played.
Our next game we were getting
our firework displays together in

a game of Hanabi.  That's Mt.
Jefferson in the background.

This persistent little critter
wanted in on the games.
Hanabi
Small & lite weight - also
 just right for backpacking.



All in all a super fun day of hiking and games!


Read our Game Profiles to learn more about these 2 great games:

Also, both of these games are available in our Demo Games 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, and Dowdle

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