Game Arrivals: Mar. 19th – 23rd

Lots of exciting games have arrived.
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Plan B Game
Inspired by King Manuel I of Portugal and his fascination for decorative wall tiles, Azul is a colorful tile-laying abstract game. It is designed for 2 to 4 players and plays in 30 to 45 minutes.

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Players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they’ve placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player’s score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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    New Game

Cursed Court
Atlas Games

New from Atlas Games is Cursed Court, a 2 to 6-player game with area influence, deduction, and hidden information.

A game of Cursed Court is played over 3 rounds called years, with 4 phases to each round. Each player will have 4 crowns and a stack of 20 influence coins in a player color. The game board is made up of nine nobles of the court and a variety of potential scoring spots. The objective of the game is to secure as of the many potential scoring spots as you can based on the limited information you will receive.

At the beginning of each Round adjacent pairs of players are dealt face-down cards that represent one or more of these nobles whose information they share. Additionally, at the beginning of each Phase one noble will be placed face up in the center. During each phase players will place one of their crowns and any number of their influence coins on an unoccupied spot or kick an opponent off a spot by placing double the coins. By the end of the first round/year their will be 4 noble cards face-up and players will occupy 4 potential scoring places on the board. All cards are then revealed and will be the basis for determining which potential scoring spots will score. So, hopefully, based on your shared secret card and the four face-up cards you have secured one or more of the spots that will score. Clear the board and begin Round 2 now begins, repeating the same process.

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    New Expansion

Smash Up: That’s 70‘s

Newly released from AEG is That ‘70s, the latest expansion to Smash Up the fast-paced shuffle-building card game.

Can you dig it? Right on!  Hop in a time machine and join Smash Up in the dy-no-mite 1970’s!  From the ’70s come these new factions:
  • Disco Dancers who know the strength of dancing together and can really shake things up when they copy each other.
  • Kung Fu Fighters make power flow like water among themselves, and even from their enemies.
  • Truckers move themselves and their load across the bases, all while sticking it to corrupt law enforcement.
  • Vigilantes dish out hard-nosed justice like no others.
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    New Game
Roll Player
Thunderworks Games

New from Thunderworks Games is Roll Player, a dice rolling, card drafting, set collection fantasy game for 1 to 4 players.  Earnd Dice Towers Seal of Excellence.

publisher description

In Roll Player, you will compete to create the greatest fantasy adventurer who has ever lived, preparing your character to embark on an epic quest.  Roll and draft dice to build up your character’s attributes.  Purchase weapons and armor to outfit your hero.  Train to gain skills and discover your hero’s traits to prepare them for their journey.  Earn Reputation Stars by constructing the perfect character.  The player with the greatest Reputation wins.

Watch Dice Tower’s overview to learn more about Roll Player.

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    Science Games
From Genius Games are these three science based games.  Genius Games is a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) based publishing company.


Covalence: A Molecule Building Game. This is a chemistry themed, puzzle style, cooperative card game where all players work together, attempting to build a number of secret organic molecules.  One player takes on the role of the “Knower”, who may look at the Secret Molecules, while all other players are the “Builders”.  The Knower gives each Builder clues that relate to their specific Molecule, and the Builders interpret these clues as thy arrange and rearrange their Element tiles, attempting to deduce the structure of their Secret Molecules before the allotted clues run out.


Peptide: A Protein Building Game.  This is a strategic card game themed around how all living cells build  proteins.  Players compete to link amino acid cards side-by-side to build their peptide chain (a fancy word for protein).  Each turn, players make thoughtful selections from a limited number of openly available organelle cards.  Their selection rewards them with either resources or action. Final scores are based upon the amino acids in your peptide chain, and the highest score wins.


ION: A Compound Building Game.  This is a card-drafting game about building compounds – chemistry!  Players are given a hand of ion and elements cards, and must select one of those cards either to bond to a card already on the table, or to set it alone.  Players then  pass their remaining hand of cards to an opposing player to start the process over again.  Points are scored based upon the type and quantity of neutrally-balanced compounds players are able to construct, and upon sets of noble gases they are able to collect.

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Game Design

The White Box
Atlas Games
Publisher description:

The White Box is a learning, planning, and prototyping tool for tabletop designers.Contained inside is a book of 25 essays on game design and production.  It covers subjects like where to find a great concept, how to use randomness, what to ask playtesters, whether you should self-publish, how to crowdfund, and what to do at a game conventions.
Also included are wooden cubes, wooden meeples, giant wooden cubes, and 6-sided dice all in six colors as well as plastic disks in eight colors, and counter sheets with pre-printed and blank counters.

The White Box

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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.