Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Game Arrivals: Week of July 24th - 30th


Here is this week's exciting game arrivals:



   New Game Arrival!
Costa Rica
Mayfair Games
Set out to explore Costa Rica in this new press-your-luck, set collection family game.

Players each have a group of explorers collecting the animals of the Costa Rican forest. Game play takes place on a modular board of double-sided hex tiles set up randomly with terrain side up. Each type of terrain has 2 types of animals (rare and common) and/or a mosquito threat.  Each round the expedition leader chooses which expedition will move, and where it will go flipping tiles to the animal side as they move. Starting with the expedition leader each player has an opportunity to claim the animals revealed so far thereby removing their explorer from that group and ending that round. Revealing 2 mosquito threats also ends the round.  The expedition leader pawn moves to the next player and a new round begins.  The game ends when all of the explorers or all of the tiles have been removed from the board. The player with the most points in animals wins.





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    New Game Arrival!
Mad Science Foundation
Cryptozoic
In this new card game from Cryptozoic, your goal in Mad Science Foundation is to be taken seriously by the mainstream science community and the world.
You see only one path to do this: cow them into accepting you by creating amazing and terrifying inventions that maximize your infamy.

Unfortunately, the Mad Science Foundation, which you rely on for your funding, has decided to encourage collaboration by awarding resources to groups of Mad Scientists for them to split "fairly." Collect the resources you need from Foundation grants, swipe the resources your competitors need from those same grants, and make the maddest inventions to win!






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  New Game Arrival!
Champions Of Midgard
Grey Fox Games
Receiving Dice Tower's Seal Of Excellence is Champions Of Midgard, a worker placement, dice rolling strategy game with a mythical Viking theme.   

The game is played over 8 rounds, during which you send workers from your clan into town to gather weapons and supplies necessary to fend off the hordes of enemies just beyond the walls. Workers may set the stage for your Viking Warriors to fight the Trolls who regularly attack the town, fight the Draugr who plague the neighboring villages, or hunt the Monsters who reside on distant shores poised to strike at the town and the ships which ensure the survival of the Nordic harbor.







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Munchkin Monster Box
Steve Jackson Games

The Munchkin Monster Box is just the thing for Munchkin fans who have a big collection.

The Munchkin Monster Box holds over 2,000 Munchkin cards with room for your Munchkin swag, level counters and dice. Additionally, there are 10 promo cards inside along with some bookmarks.











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Restocks:
  • Sutakku





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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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Game Profile: Mow Money

Start with a push mower and a dream….


Classification Family Card Game
Mechanics Simultaneous Action Selection, Bidding, Hand Management
Publication Mayday Games, 2016
Ages 10+
Time 45
Players 1 - 6
Description

Mow Money is a game to determine which players has the best reputation for lawn mowing in the community. Contracts equal to the number of players will be placed out for bid each turn.  Each player will be able to bid on 2 contracts or bid on 1 contract and choose to do an odd job for money.  All bids use 3 types of bid cards: Basic, Medium, and Advanced.  All players simultaneously and secretly place their bids including any odd job cards and the tile corresponding to the contract they are bidding on face down in their play area.  All bids are then revealed.  Any contracts receiving multiple bids is awarded to the player who placed the lowest bid.  Contracts are the main source of victory points so competition will be fierce for lucrative contracts.

For each contract receiving a bid, the player winning it collects the contract, victory points and the cash associated with it.  Contract winners must then discard the bid cards they used to secure the contract while   players who lost out on any contracts return their bid cards back to their hand.  Anyone who played odd job cards receives cash.  At the start of each round players may buy additional bid cards and/or upgraded lawn mowers.  Bid cards must be bought with the lawnmower that corresponds to the bid cards.  A basic Sod Snipper will only get you Basic bid cards valued from $1 to $3 while a Gas Guzzling mower in your fleet can get you Advanced bid cards valued from $3 to $5.  Players start with a Basic Sod Snipper.  Low end contracts can be won with a low end mower and low end bid cards.  More lucrative contracts will require bids with a better mower and more advanced bid cards.

The crux of the game is to figure out who is going to bid on which contracts.  Do you bid high on low end contracts, win, and get lots of cash for a few points?  If there are high end contracts available, how low do you need to bid to win that contract?  Or, do you do a series of odd jobs to build cash for a big push in future rounds?  There is lots of room for messing with the minds of your opponents.  Each player even has 3 bluff cards to place in their respective bids to conceal what it is they are up to.  The game ends when one bid card stock is exhausted.  The player with the most points on the contracts they won will be the lawn mowing champion.


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



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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Game Profile: Valeria Card Kingdoms

Recruit powerful citizens! Slay vile monsters! Expand your domain!


Classification Strategy Card Game
Mechanics Card Drafting, Tableau Building, Dice Rolling
Publication Daily Magic Games, 2015
Ages 13+
Time 30 - 45
Players 1 - 5
Description

Welcome to the Kingdom of Valeria.  Valeria Card Kingdoms is the first in a series of games set in the imaginary Kingdom of Valeria.  As usual, the game is a contest to see who can accumulate the most victory points.  Along the way players will recruit citizens, slay monsters, build domains, and satisfy their particular Duke.  All of these actions will yield points at game end.

The central play area consists of a 4 x 5 grid of cards consisting of stacks of monsters, citizens, and domains.  Starting with a small kingdom of one knight and one peasant, players will work to build their individual kingdoms.  A turn consists of rolling two dice.  The roll can activate up to 3 different types of citizens.  Citizens are numbered 1 through 12.  The 2 dice activate the citizen of each dice and the total of both die.  So, a roll of 3 and 5 activates all citizens numbered 3, 5, and 8.  The roll activates every player’s citizens of these numbers.  Each citizen has 2 activation levels: a more powerful action when the player rolls their own numbers and a less powerful action when the roll is by an opponent.  The result is that players receive something on almost every roll, so they can almost always do something good on their turn.  This game does not bog down.

Citizen actions reward players with resources, strength, gold, and /or magic.  Resources are then used to recruit more citizens, slay monsters, and build domains.  There are 5 of the 8 types of monsters available per game.  There are 5 piles of monsters stacked in the top row of the central tableau of cards.  In each stack the easier to slay monsters will be on top with bigger and stronger ones farther down in each stack.  Additionally, each citizen has a role icon: worker, soldier, shadow, or holy.  These roles are critical in building domains.  To build a domain, players not only pay the cost in gold they must have the required number of roles on their citizens.  In each game there will be 5 stacks of 3 domains available on the bottom row of the central tableau of cards.  These domain cards will be dealt out randomly before the game from the deck of 24.

There are 10 Duke cards in the game.  Each player is dealt 2 Dukes before the game starts. Players will select 1 of their 2 Dukes to keep as their secret scoring goal.  These goals will drive players to recruit certain citizens, build certain types of domains, and even hang on to certain resources.  The game will end when all monsters have been slain, or all domains have been built, or the number of exhausted stacks of cards in the central tableau is equal to 2 times the number of players.




Valeria Card Kingdoms features beautiful artwork on the cards, quick immersive game play, and plenty of replayability.  There are enough citizens, monsters, and domains that they will not all be used in one game.  Valeria is a kingdom worth exploring.


Valeria Card Kingdoms is designed by Isais Vallejo who also designed Sunrise City.



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



Friday, July 22, 2016

Game Arrivals: Week of July 17th - 23rd


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



    New Game Arrival!
Crazy Karts
Portal Games
Crazy Karts is a team based family game about a crazy race. It comes with different tracks, dozens of obstacles, four unique fantasy factions, and many power-ups.

The race runs through a maze of obstacles with 2 drivers (players) in each kart.  Each driver controls only half of their kart's controls. One can speed up and attack enemy karts while the other brakes and turns. Teammates need to cooperate, but they can't talk.  Each will need to be good at predicting what their partner is going to do.

Get in the kart, load your cannon and... Off you go!






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New Game Expansion!

A new darkness seeps into New Vigil from the Void, intent on restoring despair and desolation to a world that has forgotten it.  The four factions recall their veteran heroes and reawaken the great war machines of the past, as they plan their first move in the chaotic ebb and flow of light and dark.  the War of Shadows has begun!

Ascension
War of Shadows
Stone Blade Entertainment
Ascension: War of Shadows is the newest addition to the deck-building game, Ascension. Playable as a stand-alone game, or combine with other Ascension games to play with up to 6 players.

New dual-cost Heroes and Constructs require players to use both resources to acquire them, but have incredible power.  As the balance between light and dark shifts, cards gain additional powers depending ow whether it's Night or Day.






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Restocks:

Dead of Winter
A Crossroads Game
Plaid Hat

Dead Of Winter: A Crossroads Game is a cooperative game with a betrayal element.  This is a story-centric game about surviving through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world.  Players make frequent, difficult, heavily-thematic, wildly-varying decisions, that often have them deciding between what is best for the colony and what is best for themselves.







Firefly
Pirates and
Bounty Hunters
Gale Force Nine

Pirates and Bounty Hunters is an expansion to the base game, Firefly: The Game.  This expansion introduces a heavy dose of player versus player interaction to the "Verse.  Raid rival's ships with piracy jobs.  Hunt down wanted fugitives to collect bounties.  Ready your crew for showdowns with brand new supply cards.  Explore the 'Verse with 2 new ships.  Aggressive new leaders specialize in anti-social strategies while a Lawmen reward those bringing justice to the 'Verse.





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We proudly serve Gresham and the greater Portland and Vancouver.