Friday, October 23, 2020

Game Arrivals: Oct. 23, 2020



Here are this week's exciting game arrivals:


New Game!

Calico
Flatout Games

Calico is a colorful tile-laying game of quilts and cats for 1 to 4 players that plays in 30 to 45 minutes.

publisher description
 In Calico, players compete to sew the coziest quilt as they collect and place patches of different colors and patterns. Each quilt has a special pattern that must be adhered to, and players are also trying to create color and pattern combinations that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also able to attract the cuddliest cats.



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Games Back in Stocks



Raccoon Tycoon  
An economic of auction bidding and market manipulation - -  2 to 5 players  - - 60 to 90 minutes play time.
Build railroads, towns and goods to become the most prodigious critter in Astoria.   









Codenames Marvel  A team-based press-your-luck social word game featuring characters and locations from the Marvel Universe - - 2 to 8 players - - 15 minutes play time.
Two teams compete to see who can be the first to correctly guess all of their field agents in a grid of picture cards and with only one-word clues. Avoid revealing the assassin or your team immediately loses.






Codenames Duet  A cooperative press-your-luck word game - - 2 players - - 15 to 30 minutes minutes play time.
Swap one-word coded clues with your partner, trying to identify specific word cards.









Tsuro  An easy to learn, quick playing tile-laying game of paths  - - 2 to 8 players - - 15 to 20 minutes play time.
Play tiles and move around the board. Try to outlast your opponents.   









Risk: Warhammer 40,000
 
Risk set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe - - 2 to 5 players - - play time: however long it takes to win domination!
Dominate your opponents in battles set during the War of Beasts across Vigilus in the dark regions of space.







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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.





Puzzle Arrivals: 10.23.2020

 


Build beautiful art from some of your favorite Renegade Games in these 1000 piece puzzles from Renegade Games. These puzzles are printed on 69pt chipboard and 67 x 48 cm, approximately 26” x 19”.




We are currently enjoying putting together the Arboretum jigsaw puzzle. We find the pieces to be of really good quality and color.



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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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Game Profile: Railways of Nippon

Publisher:  Eagle-Gryphon, 2018

Players:  2 – 4

Time:  90 – 120 Min.


For those people who love network building games, Railways of Nippon takes the networking of Ticket To Ride and adds some serious economic elements, some auction bidding for player order, and a whole lot of interesting decision making.  The object of the game is to earn the most points by building rail lines across a map of Japan to deliver goods cubes of different colors to the appropriate cities.  Cubes travel across completed lanes from city to city on tracks that can be expensive to build.  Distance is limited by the power of your engine.  For a price, engines can be upgraded.

Each round starts with an auction bid for first player.  There are times when going first will be essential for a player to build before everyone else, or to move a goods before another player takes it a different direction, or to grab a particular railroad operations card that is now available.  A new card is revealed at the start of each round and they can provide some great special abilities.  After the auction, each player gets three actions to build, move, etc., at one action at a time in turn order.  After three actions income is rewarded for how far a player has progressed on the income track.  Moving up the income track is accomplished primarily by delivering cubes on your rail line. 

Money is more than a little tight.  It must all be borrowed from the bank in $5,000 bonds.  Each of these bonds cost a player interest during the income phase and points at the end of the game.  Borrow too much and a player could struggle getting enough income.  Borrow too little and a player could be left behind by more aggressive players.  It is a great balancing act.  Game end is triggered when a certain number of cities have been completely emptied of goods cubes.

Railways of Nippon brings a great deal of replay value.  The goods cubes are placed randomly at the start of the game.  Since cubes must be delivered to a city of the same color, purple cube to purple city, etc. each game will play different from the last.  If you are looking for network building with some serious head scratching economics, Railways of Nippon may fit the bill.





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

Friday, October 9, 2020

Game Arrivals: Week of Oct. 5th - 9th

 


Here are this week's board game arrivals:


New Game!
Margraves of Valeria
Daily Magic Games

Margraves of Valeria
is the latest game in the Valeria series from Daily Magic Games.  A hand-building worker placement game for 2-5 players that plays in 60 to 120 minutes.

Players are Margraves, military commanders working their way around the Kingdom of Valeria gathering resources, building towers, employing knights, and slaying monsters in order to gain influence in the guilds for end of game victory points.  Turns are straight forward.  Play a citizen card from your hand and perform one of four possible power actions. Both the Pennant and Citizen power options come from the card and provide a variety of actions such as gaining resources, gold, deploying knights, moving your Margrave to a location which in turn can activate additional actions, and slaying monsters.  Build and Recall power actions come from your player board. Building towers gains you additional benefits as well as influence in your guilds.  Recall gets your citizen cards back into your hand and acquiring new citizen cards. Each guild track represents a specific icon or clan.  The key is to move up the guild tracks that match with the icons on your citizen cards, prestige tiles that you gained, and from the location of your towers.  Additionally, score points for gems, gold, resources and different banner flags that you have at the end of the game.

Margraves of Valeria

Margraves is the most complex of the Valeria series.  It takes elements of some the earlier games and pulls them together to create a little longer game with ease of play, plus a beautiful artwork. Featuring a little deck-building, a little worker-placement, and some resource management makes for a fascinating venture into the realm of Valeria.


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New Game!
Floor Plan
Deep Water Games

New in is Floor Plan is a Roll and Write game of house building.  The game plays in 20 to 40 minutes and since everyone has their own score sheet, there is no limit on the number of players.

publisher description
In Floor Plan players take on the role of an Architect designing a house for a client. Each round, a pair of dice are rolled and then players will act simultaneously, using the dice to either draw a new room onto their floor plan or add crucial architectural and landscaping features.

The game ends when any player has completed two tasks for the client. The player with the most points is the winner – the client likes their design best and they earn that lucrative commission!


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New In A Series!
Sherlock Holmes
Consulting Detective
The Baker Street Irregulars
Space Cowboys

The Baker Street Irregulars is the next in the Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective series, a cooperative game where players are immersed in the crimes and intrigues in London during the Victorian era. Players: 1-8 - - Play Time: 90 minutes.

Players try to solve mysterious cases by interviewing suspects, searching newspapers and walking the streets for clues. Once you have completed your investigation, compare your detective skills to the master sleuth himself, Sherlock Holmes.


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New!
Arkham Noir
Called Forth By Thunder
Asmodee

Called Forth By Thunder is the 2nd Case in the Arkham Noir detective series, a 90-minute solo player card game inspired by the interconnected stories of H. P. Lovecraft and other authors, re-imagined as noir detective stories.  Case # 2: Called Forth By Thunder and Case #1: The Witch Cult Murders are each a stand-alone game that you are trying to solve before running out of time and sanity.

publisher description
In Case #2: Called Forth By Thunder, as private investigator Howard Lovecraft, you will investigate events based on the stories: "The Lurking Fear" (1923) and "The Diary of Alonzo Typer" (1938). New elements such as storm cards and formula cards are introduced, which will force players to face the new challenge in a different way.

 

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Restocks
  • Bunny Kingdom - Card drafting and bunny placement board game.  Players: 2-4 - - Play Time: 40-60 minutes.
  • A Feast For Odin - Uwe Rosenberg's strategy game of Viking life in a village with exploration and raids. Players: 1-4, Play Time: 30-120 minutes.



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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, October 8, 2020

Jigsaw Puzzles Arrivals: Oct. 7th

 


A new shipment of Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles has arrived!




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

Friday, October 2, 2020

Game Arrivals: Oct. 1st


Here are this week's board game arrivals:



New Game!
Alma Mater
Eggertspiele

New in is Alma Mater, a tight worker placement game from the designers of Coimbra and Lorenzo Il Magnifio.  With cool plastic books, 2 - 4 players will compete for points in 90 - 150 minutes of game play.

Alma Mater

It's early Renaissance, universities are emerging and you are needed as headmaster.  In this worker placement game played over 6 rounds, the goal is for your university to become the most successful and prestigious,  i.e. the most in victory points.  To accomplish this goal, you will need to recruit teachers and students both of which cost books - both yours and a combination of other players, and coins.  Each player will have their own set of books to place into their libraries.  You will want to increase their value in these libraries by moving up on the research track as other players will need to purchase them and you will want to gain as much money as possible.  Recruiting students will provide special abilities, immediate benefits, or extra bonus points.  Recruiting teachers will provide end of game points based on their stated value as well as special abilities or extra points.  There is more going on than meets the eye at the start of the game.  Let the semester begin!


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New Game Expansion!
Isle of Cats - Late Arrivals
The City of Games

Isle of Cats: Late Arrivals is an expansion for the base game, Isle of Cats, a polyomino game of rescuing cats to your boat.  The Late Arrivals expansion adds 2 more players, taking the game to up to 6 players, and increases your options with ore unique player boards, cat tiles, treasures and cards.

The Isle of Cats - Late Arrivals



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New Game Expansion!
Sagrada - Life
The Great Facades
Floodgate Games

Sagrada: Life is the second of three in the Great Facades modular expansions line for the base game Sagradaa dice drafting and window crafting game for 1 to 6 players.  Sagrada: Passion was the first of these.

Sagrada: Life is a modular expansion that introduces new challenges to test your artisanal skills. Gain helpful abilities through apprentice cards, draft masterwork dice to gain prestige for tackling tricky new restrictions, and reap the rewards of rising to the challenge of toil public objectives. Pick and chose which modules you want to play or include them all.


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Restocks
Isle of Cats - A tile-laying game of rescuing cats - - 1-4 players - - 60-90 minutes play time.
Dice Forge - A dice crafting game, players build their own dice - - 2-4 players - - 45 minutes play time. 
Dice CityRoll Build Win in this dice-crafting tactical game - - 1-4 playes - - 45 minutes play time.
Catan: Cities and Knights - Expand your game with a more complex commodity market and knights to defend your cities  - - 3-4 players - - 90 minutes play time.
Camel Up: 2nd Edition A family friendly crazy camel racing game - - 2-8 players - - 30-45 minutes play time.



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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.