Friday, September 18, 2020

Game Arrival: Clank! Adventuring Party


Another new arrival this week.  For the deck-building - dungeon crawling - press-your-luck Clank! fans, you can take your game up to 6 players with the Clank! Adventuring Party game expansion. 

publisher description

The thieves' guild is recruiting!  Clank! Adventuring Party expands your merry band to include up to six players in your dungeon run!  Want a new thieving identity?  Shuffle up as one of six unique characters, each with their own starting deck and special abilities!

  • Dwarf Agnet-  Lead trusty companions.
  • Elf D'allan - Build wonderous collections.
  • Orc Garignar - Smash hordes of enemies.
  • Mage Lenara - Sling arcane spells.
  • Monkey Bot Prime - Amass primate power.
  • Devious CatWhiskers - Stir up a paw full of trouble.

But beware the ravenous hydra Hexavultus won't give up his treasures easily...



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

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Game Profile: Crown Of Emara


Crown Of Emara

Publisher:  Pegasus Spiele, 2018
Players:  1 – 4
Time:  45 – 75 Min.
 
The theme for Crown of Emara is to compete to become the next King.  In order to become the king, you must score points with the citizens and score building points as well.  Both kinds of points are tracked as the game progresses.  At the end of the game the lower of your citizen and building points will be your final score.  Balance between the two is absolutely necessary.
 
Crown of Emara comes with 2 modular boards with a rondel in the center of each.  You have a councilor on each rondel.  One board is where your councilor/craftsman acquires resources (wood, grain, stone, and cloth).  The other board is where your other councilor spends resources at various locations: castle, cathedral, construction site, and market.  These locations provide various actions that include acquiring and exchanging books, coins, signet rings, and gaining both citizen and building points.  Additionally, it is where you can recruit an advisor or increase your noble rank. All for the purpose of citizen and building points.   You have a deck of nine action cards that will each be played twice during the 18 rounds of the game.  The key to success is to have each of your councilors in the right spot at the right time to do what you need to do.
 
The game consists of six rounds where each player will play 3 cards which are drawn randomly from their deck at the start of the round.  Planning is essential to maximize the ability of each card when it is available to play.  Play time is supposed to be 45 to 75 minutes.  I feel it takes a little longer – closer to 60 to 90 minutes.

We love this game because it brings a good deal of depth to the game that is not overly long.  The two boards look great on the table.  The two rondels really provide a challenge and we find that the game is well balanced.  End game scores have been close.  Crown of Emara works well with 2, 3, and 4 players.  It does have a 1-player variant that we have not tried.


Crown Of Emara




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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

New Game: Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun


Tekhenu
Obelisk of the Sun

Game designer Daniele Tascini continues to create great games.  Tekhenu: Obelisk Of The Sun is his latest along with co-designer David Turczi.  Some of Daniele's previous games include Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula, Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan, Teotihuacan: City of Gods, and Tolk'in: The Mayan Calendar.

Tekhenu: Obelisk Of The Sun, a game of building, planning, clever strategy, and impeccable balance. - - Players: 1 to 4  - -  Play time: 60 to 120 minutes.

publisher description

Join ancient Pharaohs in creating and growing one of the most impressive sites the world has seen, honoring the Egyptian gods Horus, Ra, Hathor, Bastet, Thoth, and Osiris. You must carefully manage the balance of your actions, preparing for the reckoning by the goddess Maat.  Today the site is known as Karnak.

The game board in Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun is divided into six sections, each associated with an Egyptian god: Horus, Ra, Hathor, Bastet, Thoth, and Osiris. In the center stands an impressive obelisk (Tekhenu) that casts its shadow onto different parts of the board. As a result, the area around the obelisk is divided into sunny, shaded, and dark sections, depending on how the obelisk casts its shadow at that particular moment. As the game progresses, the sun’s rotation alters which sections are sunny, shaded, or dark.

Tekhenu: Obelisk Of The Sun

Each turn players draft dice from the base of the Obelisk.  Select a die from the light or from the shadow to construct a farm, mine, or statue, to obtain a blessing, harvest resources, raise a pillar in the temple complex, or to honor the gods with a festival.  Once you are done performing your action, place the die on your scales.  Where it lands depends on whether it came from the light or the shadow.  When the time comes to weigh your heart, compare the weight of your pure and tainted actions to see what fate holds.  Keep your eye on the Obelisk of the Sun!  Depending on the game phase, it will cast its shadow in different directions - - and on different dice!



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

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Game Night Home Version: Sept. 11th

During this period of coronavirus, our in-store Friday Night Game Night sessions have gone to a Home Version. We encourage people to play their favorite games at home and then post results, any comments, and maybe a picture to our Off The Charts Games Facebook page. This way we stay connected to our gaming families and share in the fun.



Week 26:  Sept. 11, 2020

Here are the games that our gaming community played during the week and weekend and shared to our Facebook page:

    

Mitch is loving his recently purchased game, Rajas Of Ganges.






          



      

Crown of Emara, one of three games played by Lynn and Ron.


Ticket To Ride: Rails and Sails was the second game played by Ron and Lynn.


  

Castles Of Mad King Ludwig was the third game played by Lynn and Ron.



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Located 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 jigsaw puzzles from Ravensburger, Cobble Hill, Pomegranate, Dowdle, and White Mountain.


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

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Game Arrivals: Sept. 10th

 

Here are this week's game arrivals


New Game!


Come back to a time when smartphones were just beginning to conquer the world, in Smartphone Inc., a 1 to 5 player game that plays in 60 to 90 minutes.

publisher description
Smartphone Inc. is an economic simulation Eurogame. Over five rounds, players program their decisions about price, production, research, and expansion in order to earn more profits and become the most successful company in the world by earning more money than rivals. The game features a unique mechanism of planning, which combines patching mechanisms with bidding and action selection. Each of the rounds consists of eight simple phases: planning, pricing, production, development, research, expansion, selling, and profits.

In the planning phase, all players simultaneously make a decision for the next year by patching their two plan cards and all of their development tiles. This plan determines all of the other phases, as players will use planned actions in them.

During the pricing phase, players change their price, according their decision. A lower price helps to go earlier and sell more smartphones on the market, but higher price while risky help player to earn more money.

In production, all players simultaneously produce smartphones, based on their plan.

In development, players in turn order take the development tiles, which expands their plan possibilities in further rounds. All following phases will be played in turn order.

In research, players in turn order use their research points based on their decision to discover new technologies. Each technology has not only expanded players’ ability to sell smartphones to the customers, but also give them special power. There are 6 different technologies in the game, with every one of them has two different powers to use.

In the expansion phase, players use expansion points from their plan to open offices in neighbor regions, which allow them to sell in that region and develop their network of offices to more regions in further turns.

In the sale phase, players sell produced phones in regions, where they have offices. But there is limited space in regions – if your price is to high, faster rivals can block you from selling. At the end of the phase all unsold smartphones are utilized.

In the profit phase, you get income for your smartphones. All sold phones get you as many dollars, as their price. Also the player who sold more phones in the region gets profits for controlling the accessory market. At the end of this phase all sold smartphones discarded from the map – and a new round begins.

After five rounds, the richest player wins.

 

 

New Themed Game!


New to the Small World line comes Small World of Warcraft, a stand-alone board game for 2 to 5 players that plays in 40 to 80 minutes. 

Small World of Warcraft is set in Blizzard’s glorious video game universe, Azeroth.  Players vie for control of several islands in this hostile world and their only hope will be to pick the right combination of races and special powers. After staking your claim to a piece of land, defeat your neighbors and expand your territory. If you can occupy legendary places and control powerful magical artifacts, you'll reach new levels of domination. However, empires must eventually fall, so be ready to put your over-extended race into decline and lead a new one to glory so you can eventually rule Azeroth.


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



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Game Profile: Stellar


Publisher: Renegade Games, 2020
Players: 2
Time: 30 Min.

Stellar is a 2-player card game with the theme of using a telescope to discover celestial objects in outer space.  There are five different types of celestial objects to discover with your telescope: Asteroids, Black Holes, Interstellar Clouds, Moons, and Planets. 

The game mechanics are easy to learn.  Both players start by getting two cards.  One is played at the top of their telescope.  The other is placed face up in front of them to form the start of their notebook.  On each round, a player will add a card to their hand from the common field, play a card from their hand and play a card chosen from the common field with one placed in their telescope and one to their notebook.  In eleven turns, each player will build their telescope in three sections and add eleven cards to their notebook.  Cards placed in the telescope must follow adjacency rules.  Cards in the notebook are easier, but score better when runs of numbers by celestial type are created and matched to similar types in the telescope.  Additionally, when selecting cards from the common field, the first one has no restrictions, the second one is determined by the number assigned to the card played from the hand.  Play eleven turns – two cards per turn.  Then add up your points.

Stellar really causes you to stop and think about every turn.  You only get eleven turns to play twenty-two cards.  Every turn is important.  The game takes about 30 minutes to play, but it is a fairly intense 30 minutes.  It is one of the more thought provoking of the 2-player card games we have played.  We like the artwork on the cards and the intensity of the game play.






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

Monday, September 7, 2020

Game Night Home Version: Sept. 4th

During this period of social distancing, our in-store Friday Night Game Night sessions have gone to a Home Version. We encourage people to play their favorite games at home and then post results, comments, and any pictures to our Off The Charts Games Facebook page. This way we stay connected to our gaming community and share in the fun of what's being played.  Who knows maybe you'll discover a new game.



Week 25: Sept. 4, 2020

Here are the games that our gaming community played during the week and weekend and shared to our Facebook page:


Lynn and Ron play the new Monarch butterfly game Mariposas.
Mariposas


 Kadie and her husband traveled the U.S. in a game of Ticket To Ride.
Ticket To Ride

  
Tyler and Amber played the new game Tiny Epic Dinosaurs
Tiny Epic Dinosaurs



Marlo and his brother played Heaven and Ale
as well as A Few Acres of Snow.
Heaven and Ale



Elder Sign made it to David's table...but did he defeat the menacing Ancient Old One?



   
Century: Eastern Wonders is played by Ron and Lynn.
They also played the card game Pyramids.  



The SD Group had a game-madness day playing these 5 games:

Tapestry, Finca, and Calico.
 



        
Great Games and Great Fun!
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Located 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 jigsaw puzzles from Ravensburger, Cobble Hill, Pomegranate, Dowdle, and White Mountain.


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