Saturday, August 29, 2020

Game Arrivals: Week Ending Aug. 28th

 


Here are this week's game arrivals!


New Game!


From Elizabeth Hargrave and her popular game Wingspan comes Mariposas,  a boardgame of Monarch butterflies and their migration across Eastern North America.  It is a game of movement and set collection for 2 to 5 players and plays in 45 to 75 minutes.


publisher description
"Mariposas is played in 3 seasons. In general, your butterflies will try to head north in spring, spread out in summer, and return south in the fall. There are an increasing number of turns per season: 4 turns per player in spring, 5 turns in summer, and 6 turns in fall. Each season ends with scoring. The player with the most victory points at the end of fall wins the game."

The game comes with great thematic components:  wooden butterflies in 5 different colors, a map board,  seasonal cards, a flower die, flower tokens in containers, waystation markers, life cycle ability tokens and cards.  The rules are pretty straight forward however, as you start playing the game you realize there is quite a bit going on.





New Game Expansion!

Into The Cosmos is the latest expansion for the deck-building game, Marvel Legendary a co-operative game that also can be played competitively to determine an ultimate victor.

Into the Cosmos brings many of the Marvel Universe's well known cosmic heroes against some of the universe's greatest threats. Captain Marv-Vell and Adam Warlock are joined by Moondragon, Yondu, and Nebula to defend the Earth from the likes of Thanos' Black Order and the Celestials. The 200-card deluxe expansion includes the return of Shards and unique keywords like Danger Sense and Cosmic Threat.

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Quacks Of Quedlinburg. A strategic push-your-luck bag building game - -  2 to 4 quacks and charlatans - - 45 minutes play time.  Pull ingredients from your stock to make your pot bubble, but hopefully not explode! 






Alhambra.  Set collection, tile laying, wall-building kind of game - - 2 to 6 players - - 45 to 60 minutes. Players compete to build their best Alhambra (a palace and fortress complex) by purchasing the right tiles from the market for their walled city.









 
Codenames.  Deduction and press-your luck card game.
Codenames Duet - - 2-player - - 15 to 30 minutes play time.  Swap one-word coded clues to try and identify all of the secret agents.  You each only know half of them but not the same half.
Codenames Disney: Family Edition - - 2 to 8 players - - 15 minutes play time.  Two teams try to be the first to identify all of their secrete Disney character by giving one-word clues.

 

Hero Realms.  Fantasy deck-building card game - - 2 to 4 players - - 20 to 30 minutes play time. Battle with your friends one-on-one or in groups. Multiplayer formats like Free-For-All, Hunter, & Hydra.




Qwixx.  Roll and write dice game - - 2 to 5 players - - 15 minutes play time.  With easy straight forward rules, you'll everyone's dice rolls to mark off numbers—but you can't go back once you pass. Recipient of the Mensa Select award.






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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, New York Puzzle Company, White Mountain, and Dowdle.

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

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Game Night Home Version: Aug. 21st

 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 23:  Aug. 21, 2020

Here is what our gamers played this week(end) and posted to our Facebook page:




It was a Rajas Of The Ganges weekend.  It was played by three groups: Hayden and Shawntel, Tyler and Amber, and Lynn and Ron.




Two games of Raiders of the North Sea were played by Tyler and Amber: one with Hall of Heroes expansion and the other with the Fields of Fame expansion.


Tiny Towns with the Fortune expansion was played by Amber and Tyler.






Architects of the West Kingdom and Four Gardens and Zooloretto were played by the SD Group.

Mystic Vale was played by Amber and Tyler.



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.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Game Arrivals: Aug. 19th



Here are this week's game arrivals:


New!

Century Golem Edition: Eastern Mountains is the second in the Century Golem Edition trilogy - - 2 to 4 players - - 30 to 45 minutes play time.  This game is a stand-alone game or it can be combined with the first, Century Golem.

Century Golem Edition: Eastern Mountains is played out on a modular board where players will create a unique map as they take to the seas to establish trading posts to get the spices they will need to deliver to the appropriate ports for victory points.  Additionally, special benefits can be gained by establishing a trading post in each of the 4 types of markets.




New!

New from Fantasy Flight Games is Fallout Shelter: The Board Game, a post-nuclear survival game - -  2 to 4 players - - 60 to 90 minutes play time.

publisher description
Fallout Shelter: The Board Game is based on the hit mobile game from Bethesda Softworks, Fallout Shelter sees you take on the role of a vault officer fostering happiness among the citizens of your vault. With the election of a new Overseer looming, the officer who can gain the most happiness among the dwellers is sure to lock up the election and attain victory.  As an officer, you’ll have to direct your dwellers to where they’ll spend their time in the vault, whether it’s spending some time relaxing in the lounge, gathering vital resources like food in the community gardens, or battling a radroach infestation in the game room. The choice is always yours, but remember, you’ll have to balance happiness and efficiency to lead your people to a brighter future underground!

Every game of Fallout Shelter will begin with the same basic setup for your exciting Vault-Tec Vault! But don’t worry, your vault will grow in surprising new ways as you construct rooms for your dwellers to visit. Your job starts small, assigning two dwellers at a time to their daily tasks, but with proper planning that number can grow to seven dwellers working under your inspired leadership. The tasks that your dwellers will take on are represented by spaces spread across the vault.

New!

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a cooperative campaign adventure of tactical combat in a unique fantasy world - - 1 to 4 players - - 30 to 120 minutes (30 min. per player).  Jaws of the Lion is a stand-alone game that can also be integrated into Gloomhaven.

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion players will assume the roles of hardened mercenaries and work together to fight through a campaign full of choices, challenges, and twists.  Each scenario offers stream-lined tactical combat without dice against fully-automated enemies, where using the right ability at the right time can mean the difference between success and failure.  The game includes 2 scenario books, four playable minis - each with their own decks and character sheets, 16 unique monsters - each with standee and decks, and more.


New!

Undaunted: North Africa is a sequel to Undaunted: Normandy by designers David Thompson and Trevor Benjamin for Osprey Games.  Undaunted: North Africa is a 2-player campaign-driven deck-building game of tactical World War II combat played in 45 to 60 minutes.

In this stand-alone game, each player will use their cards to seize the initiative, bolster their forces, or control their troops on the battlefield.  Suffering casualties will result in card losses to their decks.   The game introduces vehicles, new forces, actions, and objectives, deeper asymmetry, and eleven new scenarios.


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Photosynthesis
 Abstract strategy game - -  2 to 4 players - - 30 to 60 minutes play time. Plant and shape the ever-changing forest as you cultivate your seeds and your strategy.
Rajas of the Ganges.
A worker placement, tile placement, and race game  - -  2 to 4 players - - 45 to 75 minutes play time.  Develop your province with the help of your workers and the clever use of your accumulated dice. In the end, you must win the race with a combination of wealth and fame.

Aftermath.  A cooperative adventure book game - - 1 to 4 players - - 60 to 120 minutes playing time.   P
layers take on the role of small critters struggling to survive and thrive in a big, dangerous world.

Modern Art. Classic art auction game - - 3 to 5 players - - 45 minutes play time.  
Buying and selling paintings can be a very lucrative business. Five contemporary artists have produced a bunch of paintings, and it's the player's task to be both the buyer and the seller, hopefully making a profit in both roles.

Fox In The Forest.  A
 2-player trick-taking game - - 30 minutes play time. Utilize the special abilities on the Fairy Tale characters to change the trump suit, lead even after you lose a trick, and more.

Carcassonne: Inns and Cathedrals.  Expansion 1 of the base game Carcassonne.  Inns and Cathedrals expansion will make your roads and cities more valuable.  Additionally it adds a 6th player making 
Carcassonne a 2 to 6 player game that plays in 45 minutes.




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

Monday, August 17, 2020

Game Profile: Grand Austria Hotel



Publisher: Mayfair Games, 2015
Players: 2 – 4
Time: 60 – 120 Min.


The theme of Grand Austria Hotel is about filling your hotel with guests better than your opponents. Guests are selected, fed, and then shown to their respective rooms over a period of 7 rounds. Some guests are easily satisfied, while others are a little more finicky – each will have a prescribed order. Additionally, most guests require a certain type (color) of room. A few ideal guests will take any room that is available.

Mechanically, the game is pretty straight forward. Dice are drafted from a central pool. Each of the 2 dice you select for a round will give you the option of 1 to 5 different actions. Actions include acquiring the four different food and drink items necessary to serve the guests. Another action is to prepare and make available rooms for the guests. Or you can choose the action to hire additional staff that provide added benefits in managing the hotel. The final action option allows you to move up the Emperor track. The Emperor is a stern task master. Satisfy him or pay the price. Bonuses are awarded for satisfying the Emperor and equally, penalties are inflicted for not satisfying him. In either case, points are scored based on where you are along the track. This is checked three times during the game and is crucial to your success.

Grand Austria Hotel is a medium to heavy level of game play. Don’t let the straight forward mechanics fool you. Making good decisions in this game is not that easy. Money is tight, resources can be scarce, and the Emperor can be really tough to satisfy. There is no direct conflict in the game, but another player can really make you squirm if they nab the guest you need or the dice you have been waiting for. The box says this game should be about 90 minutes long. That seems about right for a 2-player game. A game with 3 players will probably take a little longer unless all players know the game and play quickly anyway. A game with 4 players is going to be long.

We love this game at 2 players. There are 4 starter decks of staff cards to begin the game with. We put them face down on the table and each select one at random. Rather than shuffle the remaining starters into the rest of the staff deck we put them back in the box. That leaves more powerful staff members readily available. We like the game at 3 players and find that at 4 players it really bogs down. This is a great game if you are looking for a 2-player or 3-player game with seriously meaty decisions.





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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, New York Puzzle Company, White Mountain, and Dowdle.

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

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Game Night Home Version: Aug. 14th

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 22:  Aug. 14, 2020

Here is what our gamers played this week(end) and posted to our Facebook page:



Both Tiny Towns and Lanterns: The Harvest Festival played by Allison and Daniel.





Hayden and Shawntel played Hadara.





Village and Carcassonne: The Castle played by Ron and Lynn.
Garrett also played Village with the 2 expansions, Village Port and Village Inn.


 


Marlo played Planet, Heaven & Ale, and Faux-Cabulary.





Raccoon Tycoon played by Jeremy and Elizabeth.





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.