Saturday, September 26, 2020

Game Arrivals: Week of Sept 21st - 25th

 


Here are this week's game arrivals:


New In A Series!

Munchkin Tails
Steve Jackson Games


Munchkin has gone to the dogs . . . plus foxes, mice, and ponies!

Adding to Steve Jackson Games' popular Munchkin series card game, is Munchkin Tails Unexpected pitfalls await in this role-playing card game where hunting for treasure, lining up Allies, collecting Items, and potential backstabbing is all part of the fun and race to be the top.  - - 3 to 6 Players - - 60 to 120 Minutes Play Time.

publisher description

Anthropomorphic animals have always been popular, from the beast-headed gods of Egypt to Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny today. Now you can bring them into the dungeon, fighting off opponents such as the Human Rights Activist, the Robot Vacuum, or even the feared Animal Control Enforcer. Use a Tail Flail or a Cone of Defiance as you work to be the first of your species to reach Level 10!

As with the original Munchkin and all of it's themed editions, Munchkin Tails can be played as a stand-alone game or combined with other Munchkin card games for a truly crazy game play.


Updated Edition!

7 Wonders 2nd Edition
Repos

7 Wonders is back in stock in a 2nd Edition. Same great game of card-drafting and set collection themed to the 7 Wonders of the World now with updated artwork.
2 to 7 Players - - 30 Minutes Play Time.



New Edition!
 
Patchwork Americana
Lookout Games

Patchwork Americana mirrors the popular Patchwork game by designer Uwe Rosenberg, a 2-player tile laying game.  2-Player - - 30 Minutes Play Time. 

With Americana-styled quilting pieces, each player will work to complete their 9x9 quilting board before time runs out.  On their turn a player will choose a tile to purchase, place in their quilt, and move along the time track.  Each tile indicates it's cost, it's button income value, and how much time it moves that player on the time track. Buttons are currency in the game.  You pay for your pieces in buttons and you receive income in buttons.  The player with the most buttons at the end of the game is the winner.

Asmodee has informed us that Americana is a smaller version of Patchwork with the same makeup of components and similar game play.


Restocks
  • Stuffed Fables - cooperative adventure book game in which players take on the roles of brave stuffed toys.
  • 7 Wonders Duel - 2-player version of 7 Wonders with some changes in the game mechanics.
  • Root - battle for control in a fantstic forest kingdom in an asymmetic game of adventure and war.
  • Love Letter - win the heart of the Princess in this game of deduction.
  • Munchkin Marvel - blends the excitement of whacking monsters and grabbing treasures with the iconic characters from the Marvel universe.




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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.

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Game Profile: Fleet Wharfside

 


Publisher:  Eagle-Gryphon Games, 2015
Players:  2 - 4
Play Time:  20-30 Min.

Fleet Wharfside is a small box card game about fulfilling fishing contracts worth varying victory points with the right types of seafood.  There are five types of seafood in demand: king crab, lobster, pacific oyster, swordfish, and tuna.  Seafood is use to purchase contracts and to complete contracts.

This is a set collection card game that is easy to learn and quick to teach.  A turn involves either going to the market to gain contracts or to the wharf to claim seafood.  Going to the market is where players obtain contracts by paying the going market rate in required seafood.  The market rates change as contracts are purchased and new ones are added.  There is a limit on how many unfulfilled contracts a player may have.  Going to the wharf not only gains you seafood but also lets you allocate seafood from your hand to your contracts or store king crab.  There are bonuses awarded for being the first to complete contracts with 3, 4, and 5 required seafoods.  Additionally, there is an end-game bonus for having stored the most king crab.

Fleet Wharfside is quick and easy.  It should take approximately 30 minutes or less to play.  Decisions are pretty straight forward.  There is an element of luck in the random way seafood becomes available at the wharf, and sometimes the seafood needed to claim a contract or to fulfill a contract in an inopportune time.  This game isn’t overly deep – it is just fun.

Fleet Wharfside really does come in a small box.  We frequently take it with us on trips.  It doesn’t take up much room in a backpack or a travel bag.  The card quality is top notch and the game play is entertaining.





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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, September 20, 2020

Game Night Home Version: Sept. 18th


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 27:  Sept. 18, 2020

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



The Castles of Burgundy
Deluxe Edition


Ron and Lynn played The Castles of Burgundy with the new buildings expansion.



Rick and Helen opened and tried out their new game
Tekhenu: Oblelisk of the Sun.



Ben and his sons played Firefly: The Game.

            

Quadropolis


 


Lynn and Ron played Quadropolis 



SD Group played
Viscounts of the West Kingdom.



Calico


Mitch M. played 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.

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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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. 

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


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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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.

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.



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.