Saturday, January 17, 2015

Game Arrivals: Jan. 1st - 16th

Since the holidays we've been busy getting our shelves refilled with games.  Not only are we restocking your favorite games we have also brought in some new games.




Here's some of the games that have arrived recently:




Murano
Mayfair Games
Murano seeks the most glorious of merchants!
Players are businessmen building up the various islands that comprise Murano, Italy in an attempt to accumulate the most victory points for the game win.  Players do this by placing glass factories, shops, and palace building tiles along with gondoliers throughout the islands.

Murano utilizes an interesting game action selection mechanic.  Surrounding the islands and making up the perimeter of the game board is the action track. There are 8 gondolas scattered along the action track.  On a turn a player may move one of the gondolas along the action track stopping on an unoccupied action space.  At times players may need to push other gondolas forward in order to free up the action space they desire but this comes at a cost.  During the game players will need to acquire character cards which not only influence their build and gondolier actions but will provide the majority of their victory point score at the end of the game.



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Roll For The Galaxy
Rio Grande Games
New from Rio Grande Games is Roll For The Galaxy, a dice game of building space empires.  Seven different types of custom dice represent your populace, whom you direct each round to develop new technologies, settle worlds, and ship goods. The player who best manages his workers and builds the most prosperous empire wins!

This dice version of
Race For The Galaxy takes players on a new journey through the Galaxy, but with the the feel of the original game.


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Akrotiri
Z-Man Games
New from Z-Man Games is Akrotiri, a 2-player game aimed at those who appreciate a deeper strategy game.
Akrotiri places you in the role of an explorer in Classical Greek times, combing the then-uncharted Aegean sea for legendary Minoan temples. You have not only heard the rumors of their locations from other mariners - you have some of the secret maps thought to be myth!  In order to fund your voyages into the unknown and excavate the ancient temples, you will have to first ship resources found on surrounding islands back to the resource-poor island of Thera. Then, using landmarks to guide your way, follow your maps maps, and unearth the forgotten temples before time forgets them, and may the gods forever bless you with favorable winds!
This is a tile placement, hand management, and pick-up and delivery game. Players place land tiles to the central game board in order to make it match the maps they have in their hand. On the various islands surrounding Thera players will gather resources and ship them back to Thera to sell in order to funds voyages in search of temples. Players earn points by excavating the bigger harder to find temples. Both players also have secret goal cards that aren't revealed until the end of the game.


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P.I.
Tree Frog Games

Back in our mystery games section is P.I. by game designer Martin Wallace.  This is a game of deduction where each player is competing to be the best detective in the city.

A full game is made up of 3 mini games.  In each mini game players must attempt to solve their case by finding the suspect, the crime they committed, and the location where they are now hiding.  The twist is that players are attempting to solve the case held by the player to their right, with the fastest investigators earning more points than the slower ones.


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Mars Attack The Dice Game
Steve Jackson Games

In from Steve Jackson Games is Mars Attacks The Dice Game, a fast-playing tactical dice game for 3 - 6 players.

Players are Martians targeting earthly cities.  On a turn a player will choose a city to target - roll the 10 dice. Lasers will be place the laser spots within that chosen city. Nukes must be place but can be placed on any city with an available nuke spot.  Brains allow the player the option to reroll them in an attempt to get more lasers to complete the chosen city and hoping to avoid getting more nukes than there are places to put them.  A player may stop at any time during their turn and mark their laser total hoping that an opponent doesn't claim that city before their next turn.





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Hipster Dice
Steve Jackson Games

Hipster Dice is a game you can play over mocha lattes at your favorite coffee bar, or at the organic grocery, or while you’re waiting in line at the secondhand clothing store. There’s one die. Each face on the die corresponds to a category: a Treble Clef, a Coffee mug, the letter "a", a Moustache, a Movie Camera, and a Cheese Wedge.


On your turn, you will roll the die for your category. Next, you must come up with something obscure related to that category - truth or some version of truth.  If your statement is challenged you must prove it true.  If you succeed you receive 2 hipster credits, if not you forfeit 1 of your hipster credits.  If you have no hipster credits to forfeit then the challenger receives 2 hipster credits.  If your statement is not challenged you receive 1 hipster credit. The person with the most hipster credits wins.







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Niya
Blue Orange Games



Niya is a 2-player strategy game set in Japan's Imperial gardens.


On each turn, players replace a garden tile with one of their player tokens.  The next player can only exhange a token for a garden tile that has an element in common with the  previously chosen tile.  The 1st player to position their player tokens in a row, a 2x2 square, or a blockade wins.

To learn more you can watch this video by Blue Orange Games.





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Two new mini expansions for the base game Small World have arrived, Royal Bonus and Leaders of Small World.

Small World
Royal Bonus

Days of Wonder
Small World
Leaders

Days of Wonder



The Royal Bonus mini expansion contains these 3 new power badges (Aquatic, Behemoth, and Fireball) and these 3 new races:

  • Fauns collect 1 new race token for each active region you conquered this turn. Your victims also receive 1 new race token for each of their regions you conquered.
  • Igor - collect all race tokens lost in conquests. At the beginning of your turn, you may exchange these for new Igor race tokens at a rate equal to the number of players in the game.
  • Shrubmen - all forest regions occupied by Shrubmen become immune to opponents’ conquests, racial and special powers, even when In Decline.
The tokens in the Leaders of Small World mini expansion are neither a race nor a special power.  Instead, they are a new option: whenever you pick a new race and special power badge combo, you may opt to also immediately attach the services of a Leader to your race.  As long as your race is active your Leader will act like an additional race toke with a few exceptions.  Beware, your Leader may be captured and may be ransomed back to you.  If however, your Leader is in an opponent's victory stash at the end of the game it is worth 2 victory points for your opponent.


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Flash Point
Honor & Duty

Indie Boards & Cards

Honor & Duty is the latest expansion, to the cooperative game Flash Point. This game expansion consists of a double-sided game board that features an airplane fire on one side and a subway station disaster on the opposite side. Also included are several new game markers and detailed instructions for playing with these new materials.



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Bang!
High Noon and
A Fistful of Cards
daVinci Games
This expansion pack combines High Noon with A Fistful of Cards for added fun to your base game of Bang!
In the Wild West, shootouts between the Outlaws and the Sheriff are getting even tougher. Now, players must be ready to welcome the Judge, keep their cool during the Gold Rush, and be really careful when walking through a Ghost Town. Unpredictable event cards change every turn of the game.


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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.

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