Posted on November 21st, 2012

Join us on November 23 & 24 for a PDX-style shopping event: Little Boxes. Here is your chance to explore the fantastic small businesses in Portland while saving some money and potentially winning some amazing raffle prizes.

Also, Supportland (that  cool blue card that is so hard to find in your wallet) is offering triple points this weekend!

 

 

All of this means that the more small businesses you hit this holiday weekend, the more you’ll save and the more free goodies you’ll gather. So, while you are waiting for the holiday feast to start, or basking in its afterglow, start mapping it all out here and here.

In addition to us, Tilde, Collage, Oodles for Kids, and Sock Dreams are participating in both Little Boxes and Supportland. That is nearly all the shopping you need to do within 3 blocks! Portland rocks.

Posted on November 16th, 2012

The weekly update is back, sorry for the missing update last week, my body and brain needed a rest. This week however, I am getting pumped because our 2 year anniversary has arrived. All day tomorrow we will be thanking you, our fans, for helping us get this far by offering 20% off nearly everything in the shop! Be sure to stick around in the evening as well for some snacks, drinks, and of course, games. I know that a game of Mice and Mystics is planned, but feel free to bring others. We’ll see you there, now on to the new games . . . . .

Games of Thrones Card Game, HBO version: The regular Game of Thrones Card Game has been out for some time as a Living Card Game, which basically means that you get all the fun of constructing custom decks without spending wads of dough on booster packs to try for rare and powerful cards. But as fantastic as the Living Card Games are, they still suffer from the problem that plagues all constructible card games: you and at least one other friend need to play the game very regularly to fully appreciate it, which means you will not have time to play the other games in your library. I have had this problem with the Lord of the Rings Living Card game, which is one of my favorite cooperative games on the market, but also one that I rarely get to the table. Well, this has all been a long-winded intro to the new Game of Thrones Card Game based on the HBO cast, which is a 2-player Starks vs. Lannisters experience. In this game, each house has a pre-constructed deck of cards and a separate deck of plot cards. While the house decks always remain the same, the plot decks can be constructed via a draft at the start, so only some mild deck-construction is required. And, unlike the other Game of Thrones games published by Fantasy Flight, it also looks like the rules for this new card game will not scare off most Game of Thrones fans. This game should be a fine way to spend the long winter.

Last Will: Remember the classic 80’s movie, Brewster’s Millions, where Richard Pryor has to spend millions in order to inherit millions more? Now we have a board game that puts you in the shoes of a similar chap who needs to spend a lot of money. This game has received lots of great press and we have finally nabbed some copies. I have tried not to learn much about how this game plays because based on theme alone I want to try it, and be surprised. Of course, I just did a similar thing for the new James Bond flick and was sorely disappointed (what the heck happened to Quantum?). Anyway, look for this one on the rental shelf soon.

Milestones: Another game that has been getting some great press, partly because publisher Stronghold games has sent demo copies to every podcaster and reviewer in the country (still waiting for my copy). This is the first Stronghold Games attempt at a eurogame. While it is being described as a medium weight strategy game appropriate for more casual audiences, it has a few nifty mechanics found in a much heavier games. For starters, each player has a personal board with a circuit track, or rondel, and the actions you perform on the main board are determined by your movement around this circuit, but only in one direction, so to repeat an action you must do a full circuit, and pay taxes on the way around. On the main board, or countryside, you will be building roads and structures, trying to be the best developer, knowing that your roads will help your opponents develop as well. I am curious to see how this mix of seemingly complex mechanics creates what reviewers consider just a medium strategy game.

EVENTS

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. Check out our guild forum for planned games, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Friday Afternoon Magic (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading. We want to work our way toward Core level so we can run official prerelease events and tournaments, so bring some friends!

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges. Unfortunately, Pokemon USA has stopped sending promo cards, so we will now charge $3 per day per person to maintain prize support. Fortunately, this will result in everyone getting much better prize cards.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Posted on November 2nd, 2012

Getting this update out a bit early because Mr. and Mrs. Cloud Cap will be flying to Charleston for a friend’s wedding this weekend. Seems the big storm flew right on by the southeast, so we’re looking forward to some warm dry weather out there. Come on in and give Chris some trouble for us while we’re gone.

A few new and exciting games arrived this week, well worth looking at. Here they are, have a great weekend everyone:

Mice and Mystics: Who doesn’t want to shrink down to mouse size and wield kitchen utensils and other small household objects to fend off ordinary house pets. This game is cooperative and very story-driven. Its got great looking mouse miniatures, lots of map tiles, and cheese pieces! This was one of the big hits at GenCon and it has finally hit the retail shelves, get it while its here, it may not be back until next year once its gone.

Merchant of Venus: A reprint of a classic pickup and deliver space trucking game. I just had a blast playing the original version a few weeks ago. Fantasy Flight has now reprinted a revised edition, but also included the original in the same box, giving you two games in one. I really enjoy this puzzly game. While it has a fair bit of luck, route planning and money management are very key strategic elements requiring a satisfying level of brainpower.

Events

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. Check out our guild forum for planned games, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Friday Afternoon Magic (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading. We want to work our way toward Core level so we can run official prerelease events and tournaments, so bring some friends!

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Posted on October 26th, 2012

“Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.” H.P. Lovecraft

Despite the obvious relation to the upcoming holiday, this quote hit home this week because we are definitely feeling like a strange, far place. With another game store opening in a few weeks in a much more accessible location for many, our little shop is starting to feel even farther and stranger than it has before. We definitely want to thank all of you who come from distant corners of the city, and outside the city, to visit us. We greatly appreciate your business and want to continue to make your journeys worth the extra effort and gas.

Now you may not think of our shop as strange, but compared to other game stores, we are freaks. We do not sell single cards for collectible card games, we do not carry miniatures games, we do not carry the snack variety of a mini-mart, and posters of unnaturally endowed females or bloodthirsty wizards do not adorn our walls. These are all standard fare at a ‘normal’ game store, and there is nothing wrong with that, but it means we are a strange sort of game store, for better or for worse. In the future we will be trying to incorporate some of what you’ll find at more typical game stores, but at the same time striving to remain an oddity amongst game stores. Don’t worry, the puerile fantasy posters will never adorn our walls.

So, if you are searching for horror in a strange far place, we are the place to be this weekend. Our saturday game night is gathering steam for a horror theme, and a Mansions of Madness game will be happening this Saturday at 4:30pm. Seating is limited for that one, so let us know if you would like one!

Now, on to the new games, of which there are a few:

Eclipse: Yep, it is back, unfortunately we are already sold out. We are hoping to have more next week so stay tuned.

3012 Card Game: Here is another shot at deckbuilding, this time with some Munchkin-style help or hurt your buddies during monster attacks. While the Munchkin reference is apt, this game is designed to be far more strategic. Many new elements make this very interactive deckbuilder sound interesting.

Dr. Who Card Game: Here you go fans of the show, a Martin Wallace designed game. Most fans of the show will have no idea who Martin Wallace is, but trust me, he makes some darn great games. I am not a fan of the show, but I still want to play this game to experience the design. Luckily, sir Wallace made the game for a general audience, so non-gamer fans should be able to enjoy this one.

Farmageddon: A Kickstarter darling, this lighthearted interactive card game looks like a winner for all ages and inclinations. Essentially, you are trying to reap some big harvests from shared fields, without your opponents playing action cards that hurt your efforts. Sounds like a good-old fashioned card game, but with some entertaining personified vegetable artwork.

Diceafari: This is another Kickstarter project that should make a great family experience. You get to create a map in the shape of an animal, then roll dice to move around the terrain and snap animal photos. Nothing too complex here, but a very nice one to challenge some young ones. Look for this one on the rental shelf.

Events

Meaty Game Day, Saturday @ 4pm, featuring Mansions of Madness: A time to gather and play some longer heavier games. Bring your own, or we have some at the shop.

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. So far we have folks recruiting for a game of Game of Thrones and a game of Middle Earth Quest. Check out our guild forum for more info, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading. We want to work our way toward Core level so we can run official prerelease events and tournaments, so bring some friends!

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Posted on October 19th, 2012

Hello and happy Friday everyone. I have finally recovered from my cold, thanks for asking, and just in time for a pretty busy weekend at the shop. Our strategy Saturday nights have been going well, so stop on by tomorrow night at 6pm for some cozy board gaming. We have been seeing more heavy games at these events, but there is plenty of room for the lighter ones as well. Also check out our guild forums to see if anyone is planning a specific game. Just before the game night, our buddy Tam will be trying to rally for a Pathfinder adventure, so come on by at 4pm if you’d like to live out all of your fantasy dreams.

Sunday we’ll be getting up early for our booth at the Sellwood Middle School 5K fundraiser event. We have 4 registered Cloud Cap participants, so come cheer them on while you sip your coffee, and maybe stop by our humble booth for some entertainment. Then, at 2pm on Sunday, be prepared for the main event: the King of Tokyo Tournament! Anyone can play this fantastic movie monster game, and anyone can learn the rules rapidly during the first round of the tournament, so come join in even if you have never played this game. King of Tokyo is easily one of the best light-hearted game experiences, ever!

For new games this week we have only a single announcement, the old Dungeon board game has finally been reprinted by Wizards of the Coast and we will have a bunch arriving this afternoon. For the 12-year old boy in all of us, this game is hard to beat. It is a good old dungeon crawl adventure-fest without pages of finnicky rules but with tons of randomness, as it should be. The playability and great price ($20) make this game a must for fantasy lovers who can still squeal like a high school fanboy when they acquire an awesome magic wand, then use some lucky die rolls to turn a nasty gelatinous cube into a puddle!

We have had a lot of requests for the game Cards Against Humanity, and I just wanted to clarify our position on this game for those interested. In my opinion, this is the greatest party game ever made, there has not been and will never be a better party game for the adult American audience. But, sadly, we are not legally allowed to sell or rent this game in any form. The game is protected under a Creative Commons License that explicitly excludes any commercial use of the game. Now, at the Cards Against Humanity website they acknowledge that some resellers are selling the product, and that they can do nothing about it. I guess this means we could buy copies, mark them up, then sell them without fear of the designers legally attacking us. But you know what, we really don’t want to mess with that. We are on their email list for interested resellers if they ever decide to wholesale the game, and I cannot imagine that they won’t at some point do this as they will easily be able to retire from their normal jobs. But until that happens, you will have to buy the game from them directly, or pay way to much for a copy on ebay. If you do find a copy though, grab it, because you will want to play it with every group of friends you have.

Happy gaming everyone!

Events

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. So far we have folks recruiting for a game of Game of Thrones and a game of Middle Earth Quest. Check out our guild forum for more info, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.

King of Tokyo Tournament, Sunday @ 2pm: This is your chance to be a big bad Japanese movie monster, and win some Cloud Cap cash if you prove to be the king. King of Tokyo is like a mash-up of Yahtzee and king of the hill. Huge fun for ages 10 and up. Come stomp some skyscrapers!

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading. We want to work our way toward Core level so we can run official prerelease events and tournaments, so bring some friends!

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): One of the best darn game nights in town!

Posted on October 12th, 2012

Gonna make this as short and sweet as possible folks since I’ll be wiping my nose every paragraph. That’s right, thanks to one of my regular gaming buddies, I am a sneezing sniffling mess. No worries, we’ll be gaming tonight, and I’ll just have to bring him to sniffly tears over a game board.

The big new release this week is a zany genre-bending card game called Smash Up. What makes this one unique is all in the title, basically you’ll be taking two different decks of cards and smashing them together to form an army. Each deck represents a particular class of critter, such as pirates, ninjas, or zombies, so you’ll get to mash zombies and ninjas together and see how they fare against your buddy’s army of aliens and pirates. Despite my initial mockery of such an idea, I really want to try this one now, and it is getting great response from even the most jaded of game reviewers. Also, the color and composition of the box art is extremely appealing, so it just sits there and calls to me like a dinosaur siren.

This week we also received some great little toys that loosely fit into a ‘puzzle’ category. First off we have a new batch of popballs, and this time some of them have grown hair! Ask us for a demo of these, they are ridiculously fun to experiment with. Also ask us to show off the RC car in a soda pop can, far more in a little can than you would expect. More air gliders and glow-in-the-dark parachuters round out the puzzly toy shipment.

Eventwise, join us tomorrow night for our new Strategy Saturdays, and mark your calendars for our free King of Tokyo tournament next weekend, and a Mansions of Madness experience on October 27. Cheers and happy gaming!

Saturday Strategy Gathering, 6-10pm: Same great game night style, now more palatable for the weekday workers. So far we have folks recruiting for a game of Game of Thrones and a game of Middle Earth Quest. Check out our guild forum for more info, to reserve a seat, or recruit for a game of your own.

King of Tokyo Tournament, Sunday October 21 @ 2pm: This is your chance to be a big bad Japanese movie monster, and win some Cloud Cap cash if you prove to be the king. King of Tokyo is like a mash-up of Yahtzee and king of the hill. Huge fun for ages 10 and up. Come stomp some skyscrapers!

Pathfinder Adventures: Our summer intern, Tam, is looking to run some Pathfinder adventures on Saturday evenings for up to 5 players, ages 13 and up. Strap on your armor and RSVP for this if you are interested.

Monthly RPG night: We are trying to get at least one night a month of roleplaying games going, probably every third thursday at this point. What we need however, is at least one gamemaster. All roleplaying systems are welcome. Let us know if you are interested and when we get enough we’ll officially add it to our schedule.

Magic the Gathering Club (Friday, 4-6pm): Bring your cards for playing and trading, or just come to learn the game.

Pokemon League (Saturday, 10am-Noon): Trade and play and earn some free cards and badges.

Family Game Gathering (Sunday, Noon-6pm): Sunday is family game day, arrive when you want and test drive some games from our demo library. Do not be shy about asking us to teach you a new one.

Strategy Game Gathering (Wednesday, 6pm-11pm): One of the best darn game nights in town!