August is GenCon month, a convention for all things geeky, and currently the largest tabletop gaming convention in North America (but the new PAX unplugged could eventually compete for this title). Originally held at the home of gaming saint, Gary Gygax (Mr. Dungeons & Dragons), GenCon now hosts a staggering 60,000+ people.
This is one of 3 big times of the year that serious gamers are locked on to the internet to find out what hot new releases will be revealed at the convention. This year, we’re expecting fewer huge hits than in the past, but there are still plenty of titles to covet, and we have not seen everything yet. Our new table and rental section will be rotating frequently this month!
Here’s a list of what to expect this month, starting with our own events, then new releases and preorders. Have a great month and join us for some games if you can.
GenCan’t 2017: Saturday, August 19, 1pm-late
A mini-convention for those who can’t go to GenCon.
Cloud Cap Game Nights: Every Wednesday and Friday, 6pm-late
Bring your crew and get your game on.
Magic: The Gathering: Standard, Fridays 4pm-6pm; Commander, Sundays 1pm-6pm
League play. A deck is all you need, oh, and $5 for the prize pools.
Pokemon League: Saturdays, 10:30am-11:30am
If you’ve got a deck and know the rules, come trade, play, and win prizes. $5.
Star Wars Destiny: Saturdays, 1pm
Landspeed to Cloud Cap for casual open play.
Hot New Releases Expected This Month
Preorders for these have closed, but please call or email us to reserve copies of any of these titles, and look for most of these in our rental library!
Hot Upcoming Games
Please email or call us to preorder a copy, do so by the end of the month listed and receive 20% off
It’s that time of year again, time to cruise the vast Sellwood/Moreland business districts. Here in the deep south of Portland, it is not only immensely difficult for the rest of PDX to find us, it is also challenging to just walk the entire business district. We don’t have just one street lined with shops, we have about 4, with lots of homes in between the different areas.
But have no fear, this Saturday you can ride a limo bus for free between the different business clusters. While you are in each cluster, visit shops displaying a Passport poster to get your entry into an amazing raffle. In addition to the grand prize of a $250 gift certificate to a business of your choice, every participating business has contributed their own special gifts. We are giving away 2 $50 gift certificates to raffle winners.
Each shop will also be offering treats and running their own specials. Come by Cloud Cap to try some amazing locally homemade cookies, check out our sidewalk sale, and enjoy 20% off a single item. Feet need a rest, stick around for a game or two before your next limo ride!
Good times should be had by all, and we’ll keep the place cool if the heat mistreats. See you Saturday!
Super excited for two new developments at Cloud Cap. First off, we have a new team member, Tiffany, with tons of gaming knowledge and passion. She’ll be helping out in the shop as well as behind the scenes. Stop by, say hi, and ask her some gaming trivia when you get a chance.
Second, Tiffany brought back a haul of games from the Gen Con 2016 convention that she will be sharing with all of you this Saturday. Join us from 1pm to 11pm to experience some of the newest and hottest games. Find more details, including specific games and times, here: http://wp.me/P1LfgK-1ej
And since Gen Con just ended, new games will be pouring in. We’ve already got copies of Mystic Vale, Legendary Firefly, and Legendary Big Trouble in Little China in our hands or shipping to us now. But also get ready for Cry Havoc, Seafall, Vast, Arkham LCG, and more to hit our shelves within the next few months. Be sure to let us know if you want any of these titles preordered at 20% off, because they may not last long on the shelf.
Happy Gaming everyone!
There’s quite a bit of news to catch up on, but they nearly all pale in comparison to the fact that the Voyages of Marco Polo is finally back in print! This was one of my favorites of last year and I will finally get myself a copy. We have a limited number, so if you want one let us know, cuz when it’s gone, it’ll be another 6-12 months before it’s return.
On par with the return of Marco Polo is the launching of the Hero Realms Kickstarter campaign. This is the fantasy version of Star Realms that everyone wanted a year ago, but with a lot more than Star Realms. In Hero Realms, you can each start with a unique character deck and play competitively, cooperatively, semi-cooperatively, or in campaign mode. This look to be a very cool system, though the price point gets up there if you want the full package. We’ll be picking up prerelease kits from White Wizard, so we’ll have copies to play and buy early. Let us know if you want to get a copy reserved, and at what level, with all the promos and Kickstarter bells and whistles.
We’ve got one notable new release this week, Star Trek Panic. This is a cool take on the popular cooperative game, Castle Panic. This time, baddies are encroaching upon the Enterprise, and as a team the players must fight them off by playing cards to rotate the ship, fire phasers and torpedos, and manage the shields. We’ll get a rental prepped by the end of today!
For those who haven’t heard, the Spiel des Jahres nominees have been announced, check here for the full list. For those who don’t know, this is currently the most prestigious tabletop game award in the world. Codenames made the list of course, along with another of our all staff picks, Karuba. The third nominee, Imhotep, has yet to find its way to our shores, but we’ll get a shot at it later this year. We’ve got them all for rent, except Imhotep of course.
Finally, here’s a round up of some upcoming titles that we’re interested in. the Origins Game fair is in full swing right now too, so
Crash of Games has acquired publication rights to Wolfgang Sentker and Ralf zur Linde’s Finca, which was nominated for Spiel des Jahres in 2009. In Finca, players use their workers to collect fruit, then fulfill orders scattered across the Mallorca countryside.
White Goblin Games is reprinting the base game of Åse and Henrik Berg’s Rattus and expects to have information in mid-2016 about its availability.
The image to the left appeared on a Facebook group page, then was referenced in a Reddit post. I asked Asmodee North America whether Arkham Horror: The Card Game was indeed in the works from Fantasy Flight Games, and social marketing coordinator Cynthia Hornbeck responded as anticipated: “Our official statement is ‘no comment’.”
Dungeons & Dragons: Assault of the Giants.
This design by Andrew Parks is based on the “Storm King’s Thunder” D&D storyline that starts in August 2016, but the board game, which bears a $100 MSRP, won’t be available until Q2 2017. Here’s an overview of the game: “Dungeons & Dragons: Assault of the Giants challenges players to command one of the six types of giants and claim the right to rule over all giantkind. Command giants and assault settlements to score points and secure important resources, including food, treasure, ore, and runes. The game contents include fourteen giants miniatures, measuring from approximately 4″ to over 5½” in height.”
Deus: Egypt, the first expansion the 2014 hit, Deus, is expected to release at Spiel 2016 in October
Happy Gaming everyone!