Friday, July 31, 2015

Game Arrivals: July 23rd - 31st



 Here's a look at our most recent game arrivals:




Following in the heels of his popular hit game Splendor is Barony the next game by game designer, Marc André.
Barony
Matagot/Asmodee
Barony is a strategy game for 2 to 4 players who will compete for power and the title of king.  Play takes place on a modular board consisting of mountains, forests, plains, fields, and lakes hexagon tiles.  Each player begins the game as a lowly baron worth 0 points, a reserve of knights, villages, cities, and strongholds.  To become the King, players will have to use their tactical skills to expand their regions.  Knights serve not only as defenders and attackers but also as the resource to create new villages or strongholds.  Villages can be converted to cities.  Two important elements are the creation of cities and the accumulation of resource tokens. Cities earn you victory points and are the primary place you can recruit additional knights.  Where you place your villages and strongholds determines the type and value of resource tokens you receive.  Resource tokens serve as the mechanism for upgrading your nobility rank moving from Baron to Viscount, to Count, Marquis and then Duke.  Each progression earns you additional victory points. The player who first reaches the status of Duke triggers the end of game.  The player with the most points becomes King.


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Newly released from Gale Force Nine, are these two expansions for the base game Firefly: The Game.

Firefly The Game
Esmeralda
Gale Force Nine
Firefly The Game
Jetwash
Gale Force Nine

Based on the Series 4 Firefly Chassis, the Esmeralda is the perfect ship for discreetly carrying people who don't want to be found to places they won't be followed.  The Esmeralda Expansion includes new Story and Set Up cards, a purple Firefly Series IV ship, a drive core, and 5 ship upgrades.

Named for the late Hoban Washburne and built on the newer Series IV Firefly Chassis, the Jetwash befits its namesake: fast, with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.  The Jetwash Expansion includes new Story and Set up cards, a green Firefly Series IV ship, a leader card, a drive core, and 4 ship upgrades.


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Firefly
Tall Card
Toy Vault

Straight out of the Firefly 'verse comes Firefly: Tall Card. The rules and artwork of this card game will put you right on board the Serenity playing the same game as seen in the TV series.








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Marvel Dice Masters
Age Of Ultron
Wiz Kids
Also releasing another in their Dice Masters line from WizKids is Marvel Dice Master: Age Of Ultron.  We have in stock the 2-player starter sets and the dice and card foil expansion packs.


Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron
features fan favorites like Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Thor with all new cards and dice.

Characters never before seen in
Marvel Dice Masters will also make an appearance, including Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Kang, and many more.









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Traders Of Osaka
Z-Man Games
Traders Of Osaka is an economic set collection and hand management game for 2-4 players that takes about 30 minutes to play.  A compact game that packs a punch. 
Players take on the role of merchants shipping four different types of cargo from Osaka to Edo along the coast of Japan. During the game, players will be buying goods, collecting income, and earning victory points. Players will also control how quickly or slowly the communal ships move along the coast with their goods. They also must prepare for the dreaded Black Tide, which can sink ships, costing you both time and money.
As players delivery goods to Edo, they will earn both achievement tokens and cards to add to their score pile. Once a player has earned their 8th achievement token, the game ends and the player with the most victory points wins.


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Adventure Time
Card Wars
Ice King vs Marceline
Cryptozoic
The next in the line of Adventure Time Card Wars Collector's Packs have arrived. The Ice King vs Marceline Collector's Pack come ready-to-play right out of the box. 
Adventure Time Card Wars is an easy-to-learn 2-player card game based on the animated TV series Adventure Time
Ice King and his IcyLand's deck take on Marceline’s dark and crafty Useless Swamps & NiceLands deck.
IcyLands Creatures are all about attacking directly. They would prefer to avoid attacking other Creatures.
Marceline’s deck is a Useless Swamps & NiceLands deck. This is the first time that NiceLands has been paired with another Landscape type, and the chemistry is going to burn hot! The Useless Swamp side of the deck is themed around denial, discard, and dirty tricks.





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More Cheapass Games are hitting our shelves.  In are Give Me The Brain! The Original Fast-Food Zombie Card Game and Stuff And Nonsense.
Give Me The Brain
Super Deluxe Edition
Cheapass Games

Welcome to Friedey's, the Fast Food Restaurant of the Damned, where the poor Zombies have only one Brain to pass around.

Players are zombies working at a fast-food establishment, and must finish a hanful fo chores before they can go home.  Some of these chores are so comlicated that they require a Brain. Or rather, The Brain, since there is only one.

The goal is to empty your hand of cards.  You'll need a little luck, a little skill, and a little patience. But mostly, you'll need to get your hands on that Brain.


Stuff And Nonsense
Cheapass Games

Stuff And Nonsense is a game of low adventure, featuring a cadre of would-be-explorers who never actually leave home.  Players will wander the outskirts of London, collecting evidence of their imaginary journeys, then return to the Adventurer's Club to spin their web of lies.












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Restocks:
  • Unexploded Cow
  • Patchwork




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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.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Game Events: Week of July 26th - Aug 1st

Not only do we sell board games, we also provide tables and a library full of open games for you to come in and play.  The tables are open during store hours as well as during our Weds and Friday evening Open Game Play Nights. 



Come and join in on the fun as it's a great way to meet other game enthusiasts and to try out some games. Our Games Library has a wide variety of games available for play while you are here.  It's free and it's fun!

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


Here is this week's schedule:

Open Game Play
Date: Weds. July 29th
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store


Weds. Suggested Games To Try
Here are 2 suggested game picks from our Games Library for you to try. To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

San Juan
Ravensburger
Sanssouci
Ravensburger

A game of Sanssouci in play.


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Open Game Play
Date: Fri. July 31st
Time: 6 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store

Fri. Suggested Games To Try
Here are 2 suggested game picks from our Games Library for you to try. To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

Airlines Europe
Rio Grande Games
Castles Of Burgundy
Ravensburger

A game of Castles Of Burgundy in play.


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Date:   Saturday, Aug. 1st
Time:  Starts at Noon
Place: Off The Charts Games
Entry Fee: $5.00 (non-refundable)
Splendor
Space Cowboys
 




The tournament will be open for a minimum of 8 players to a maximum of 16 players.  Every contestant will get a chance to play 4 games earning points for finishing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in a game.  Players will rotate between tables so you will get a chance to play against a variety of opponents.

The winner will receive a Splendor Play Mat and an even cooler looking set of gold gems.  At the end of the tournament all players will receive a new set of Noble tiles with color combinations that are not in the original game.

Come in to the store to register for the Splendor tournament.





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.

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






Saturday, July 25, 2015

Game Profile: Castles Of Mad King Ludwig

The king demands that you build an extravagant castle.


Classification Strategy Game
Mechanics Pattern Building, Tile Placement, Set Collection
Publication Bézier Games, 2014
Ages 13+
Time 90
Players 1 - 4
Description

Castles Of Mad King Ludwig lets each player build their own castle. The question is which player will score the most points based on the 4 randomly selected scoring tiles visible to all in addition to their secret bonus scoring cards. Each player will build their castle from a selection of 10 different sizes & shapes of rooms in 7 different colors, hallways, stairs plus a starting foyer. With 24 different public scoring tiles, 27 unique bonus cards, and 75 rooms of various shapes, sizes & colors no two games are going to be the same.

The game has what I think is a brilliant mechanic at the start of each round. The starting player will be the master builder for that round and has the role of drawing and revealing the 7 rooms that will be available for purchase and determining the sale price of each room. The master builder will determine which price slot each of the rooms will be placed into with prices ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 and with only one room per price slot. In turn order beginning with the player to the left of the master builder, each player will have an opportunity to purchase one of these rooms or a hallway or stairs with the master builder purchasing last. The beauty is that each player will pay the purchase cost of the tile they want to the master builder. However, the master builder will pay the bank for the tile he/she acquires. Players add their newly acquired building to their individual castle scoring plus &/or minus points depending on its relation with adjacent rooms. In addition, a player may gain a special action bonus when any room that has been completed meaning all doors of a room are matched by doors from adjoining rooms. The game proceeds in this manner of rounds with the next player becoming the master builder. The game ends when the card deck used to bring out more rooms has been exhausted. Some scoring is done during the course of the game based on rooms played and bonuses received. Most of the points are awarded at the end when player scores are calculated for the 4 public goals and for any private goals that have been achieved. 

Castles Of Mad King Ludwig has an easy rule set to get through and to understand. The game play is variable and entertaining. The role of the master build is challenging. Which rooms will opponents pay a premium for versus how high I as the master builder price the room I want and hope that room is still available at the end of the round? How will each I maximize points using the public goals and my 2 secret goals? This game packs a ton of fun into a 90 minute play time.






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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.