Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Game Review: Agricola - Revised Mayfair Edition

Agricola
Revised Edition
Mayfair Games
As the new Mayfair edition of Agricola will be back on our shelves this week, I took a few minutes do a comparison of the previous Z-Man edition to Mayfair's new revised edition. I find that the new Mayfair edition is really well done. Mayfair Games' edition features animeeples in the right shape for the sheep, wild boar, and cattle. The resource cubes have been replaced with resources in their various shapes. Even the family member disks have been replaced with large farmer meeples with cowboy-looking hats. These things don't change the game play, but they are cool.

The game play remains basically the same as in the older version. One significant change is in the decks of improvement and occupation cards. Rather than 3 separated decks of each type, the card decks have been pared down to a deck of 48 minor improvements, and a deck of 48 occupation cards. Some of the cards have been modified and renamed, but they represent the cards players most often wanted to play. There is also a change in one action space in both the 3-player and 4-player game to a 2nd space where an occupation card may be played. This change plus the addition of 3 small action boards that can be incorporated into the game should make this version more accessible to a wider audience. The first of these additional action boards is for use in a lighter version of game play with player counts from 1 to 4 and is a Side Job of building a stable and/or baking bread. The second additional action board is for use in a 2-player game and adds 4 possible action options. And the third additional action board is for 3 or 4-player games and adds 2 possible action options. It's not in the rules, but players can add these boards at will to give players more options.

For those who prefer the Agricola we have all played and loved, put those new option back in the box and play the same challenging game we have played in the past. At least now when our meeples need a begging card, they can get it wearing a cool cowboy-looking hat.


We have an open copy of Agricola: Mayfair Revised Edition 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.

Game Events: May 31st - June 4th

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.

Board Game:  World's Fair 1893

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!



Here is this week's schedule:



Open Game Play
Date: Weds. June 1st
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. One is aimed at those who want a light strategy game and the other is aimed at those who would like a more challenging strategy game. No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.
To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

Sea Of Clouds
Iello
Dice City
AEG
A game of Dice City in play.


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Open Game Play
Date: Fri. June 3rd
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. One is aimed at those who want a light strategy game and the other is aimed at those who would like a more challenging strategy game. No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.
To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

World's Fair 1893
Renagade Games
Letter Tycoon
Breaking Games

Watch this video by Game Boy Geek's for an overview of Letter Tycoon.






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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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Spiel des Jahres Game Nominations


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The game nominations for the 2016 Spiel des Jahres (Family Game of the Year) and the Kennerspiel des Jahres (Strategy Game of the Year) awards have recently been announced. These awards are considered the most prestigious awards in the board game world.





The vast field of games is pared down to three games for each category that will contend for their respective category award.  And the nominees are:


Spiel des Jahres (Family Game)

Codenames
Czech Games Edition
Codenames is a team word game.  Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames and are competing to be the first to identify all of their teams spy cards.

Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. All must beware of the Assassin.














Imhotep
Thames & Kosmos
Coming soon.  Imhotep is a game of building monuments by the famous Egyptian architect, Imhotep.

Players quarry and transport their stone blocks on ships to various construction sites to end up in the most valuable positions.  But you alone do not control which sites the ships go to. Depending on where the blocks end up, players earn different point values.
















Karuba
Haba
Karuba is a tile-laying race game for treasure hunters aged 8 and above.

Each player plays on their own island card while racing to beat the other players in the hunt for the most valuable temple treasures. Use the tiles to build paths along which you move to get to the temple of the same color collecting crystals and gold nuggets along the way.  But be careful!  Many paths have dead ends so you need to be patient and attentive in order to discover the best way through the jungle.












Runner Up Recommended Games:


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Kennerspiel des Jahres (Strategy Game)


Pandemic Legacy
Z-Man Games
The world is on the brink of disaster. In Pandemic Legacy, your disease-fighting team must keep four deadly diseases at bay for a whole year. Each month will bring new surprises, and your actions in each game will have repercussions on the next. Will you let cities fall to the diseases? Will your team be enough to keep the viruses at bay for a whole year? Craft your own unique Pandemic experience with Pandemic Legacy.


















T.I.M.E. Stories
Space Cowboys
T.I.M.E. Stories is a co-operative narrative decksploring board game.

Players are agents in a futuristic Time Survey Agency that detects time discrepancies and sends them on a mission, usually to prevent temporal rifts. Each mission is different, being set in a different atmosphere and having a core mechanism that differs from the next.

















Isle Of Skye
Mayfair Games
Isle Of Skye, a quick tile placement and auction game.

Start as a famous Scot chieftain and compete to rise as King as you build your kingdom scoring as many points as you can. Wisely set the price for tiles you draw and manage your money carefully. 

There are 16 scoring cards of which you will use 4 in a given game thus providing variability each time you play.













Runner Up Recommended Games:



Stay tuned in to find out which games win.



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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Game Events: May 22nd - 28th

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.

Board Game: New York 1901

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!


Here is this week's schedule:



Open Game Play
Date: Weds. May 25th
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. One is aimed at those who want a light strategy game and the other is aimed at those who would like a more challenging strategy game. No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.
To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.

New York 1901
Blue Orange Games
Istanbul
AEG
A game of Istanbul in play.



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Open Game Play
Date: Fri. May 27th
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. One is aimed at those who want a light strategy game and the other is aimed at those who would like a more challenging strategy game. No experience is necessary! We are happy to teach you the rules and get you started.
To learn more about each suggested board game click on the game name below it's picture.


Catan
Explorers & Pirates
Mayfair Games



A game of Catan with
the Explorers & Pirates expansion.




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.