Thursday, September 29, 2016

Game Arrivals: Sept. 26th - 30th

   New Game Arrival!

Terraforming Mars
Stronghold Games

The taming of the red planet has begun!
In Terraforming Mars, 1-5 players will each control a corporation, and buy and play cards describing different projects. The projects often directly or indirectly contribute to the terraforming process, but can also consist of business enterprises of different kinds. In order to win, you have to accumulate a good terraform rating and many victory points.


This game has some unique game mechanics.  To learn more watch this GenCon video for a game of Terraforming Mars.










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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, September 28, 2016

Game Profile: Medici

Buy your way to fame and fortune in Renaissance Florence.


Classification Renaissance Strategy Game
Mechanics Auction/Bid, Set Collection
Publication Grail Games, 2016 (1995)
Ages 10+
Time 60
Players 2 - 6
Description

Welcome to Florence when it was the heart of trading throughout the Mediterranean.  Each player is a buyer for one of the rich families of Florence, Italy.  They must compete to outbid the other buyers to amass the most valuable collection of furs, grain, spices, dyes and cloth.

Medici is played over 3 rounds where each player will get to select 1, 2, or 3 cards representing one of the 5 goods for auction.  Each player gets 1 bid with the selecting player bidding last.  Once purchased, each card will be placed in 1 of the 5 spots available on their ship.  Players cannot purchase more than their ship can hold.  Auctions continue to be held until only one player has room on their ship.  They get to fill their ship with random draws from a draw pile.  Scoring takes place after all ships are filled.  For each type of good, a player gains 30 money for having the most value on their ship of that good.  Goods cards are valued from 0 to 5.  Second place for each good earns 20 money, and third place earns 10 money.  Players move a scoring marker on a track each time they purchase a card of a good.  There  is a track for each type of good.  At the end of the round, the player furthest up the track gains 10 money.  Second place gains 5 money.  Additionally, there are bonuses for moving to the top of each track.  Counters on these tracks are not reset between rounds.

After 3 rounds the player with the most money wins.  Even though the game mechanics are straight forward there will be some interesting decisions to be made.  How many cards do I offer each turn for auction?  Should I go for the high value cards, or should I concentrate on getting more cards of 1 type to move up that track and grab some serious bonuses?  And yes, I have to manage my money to be able to bid on choice lots when they become available.  We are glad Grail Games has decided to reprint this Reiner Knizia classic from 1995.








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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 area.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Game Events: Week of Sept. 25th - Oct. 1st

Not only do we sell board games, we also provide tables and a library full of open board games, card games, and dice 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.

In addition to Weds and Friday Open Game Play's, this Saturday we are having one of our New Game Splash Events that provides you the opportunity to learn about and play a featured new game by a Envoy game hearld.


Board Game: Pastiche

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:



New Game Splash
Date: Weds. Sept 28th
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.

Pastiche
Gryphon Games
Castles of Burgundy
The Card Game
Ravensburger



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Open Game Play
Date: Fri. Sept. 30th
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.

Five Tribes
Days Of Wonder
Xenon Profiteer
Eagle-Gryphon

A game of Five Tribes in play.


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New Game Splash - Free Event
Date: Saturday Oct. 1st
Time: Noon - 5 pm
Place: Off The Charts Games Store

Medici
Grail Games
New Game Splash Events provide you an opportunity to learn about and play a featured new game by a local Envoy Game Herald.


This week Doug will be here to demo and lead game play of Medician interactive auction board game for 2 to 6 players.  Players are buyers for a merchant house in the competitive, but profitable age of the infamous Italian Medici family. 

Medici is quick to learn and engaging to play.




Come, see, and play Medici. The event is free, so come and have some fun!











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, and Cobble Hill.

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





Friday, September 23, 2016

Game Arrivals: Week of Sept. 19th - 24th


Come in and check out these exciting board games that have arrived:




   New Game Arrival!
Codenames
Pictures
Czech Games Edition
Following the success of the award-winning game, Codenames comes Codenames Pictures

Two teams each with a spymaster compete to be the first to identify all of their teams secret agent cards.  The spymasters' role is to give a one-word clue and the number of cards that relate to the clue to his/her team members.  The team member's role is to use the spymaster's clue to identify the correct pictures from the card tableau that correctly identify their agents.  Be the first team to correctly identify all of their secret agents to win.

Your spymaster  says, "insect: 3."  Now you and your teammates must find the 3 pictures related to insect that will identify 3 of your team's agents.




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  New Game Arrival!
Pandemic
Reign of Cthulhu
Z-Man Games
On the brink of insanity, you and your fellow players are humanity's last hope!
New in is Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, a cooperative game where you and your fellow players must work together to beat the conditions of the game - win or lose together as a team.

Based on the game mechanics as the highly popular cooperative game, Pandemic, you and your fellow players must work to seal portals and shut down cults as you travel through the cities of Arkham, Dunwich, Innsmouth, and Kingsport.  Whatever it takes, you must not let the twelve Great Old Ones that you'll face succeed in their reign of terror.








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  Another Red Raven Game!
Islebound
Red Raven Games
Red Raven Games description:
In Islebound, you take command of a ship and crew. You sail to island towns, collecting resources, hiring crew, and commissioning buildings for your capital city. Each building has a unique ability, and your combination of buildings can greatly enhance your strength as a trader, builder, or invader. You also recruit pirates and sea monsters to conquer towns, which, once conquered, allow you to complete the town action for free, and charge a fee to opponents if they want to use it. Alternatively, you can complete events that give influence, which can be used to befriend towns.  There are many routes to success. Will you be a ruthless conqueror, careful diplomat, or shrewd merchant in your race to the top?



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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.